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Do Now: parallel text structures (what are they? identify them. Why are they used? How can you use them in your own writing?)
Grammar: nouns: abstract, concrete, collective, compound, subject, predicate, and object nouns quiz Tue/Wed.
Begin prepositions: identify them, use them in sentences
Literature: “Retrieved Reformation” pages 42-50 in textbook
draw label plot diagram, label parts of the plot from the story, look at William Sydney Porter’s background; how was his writing influenced by actual events? Why did he choose to use a criminal as the protagonist? What would his purpose be?
Read the story “After Twenty Years” by O’Henry. Compare the characters and ironic twist with “Retrieved Reformation” version. Quiz on story will be Friday and Monday of next week.
Article of the Week number one is due Oct. 15/16th. Make sure to refer to your directions to complete all components.
Nouns: subject, predicate, object, abstract, concrete, compound, and collective
Article of Week #1: due Oct. 15/16
Read Play: “The Spider Curse” analyze literary elements: characterization, plot, vocabulary, irony, and symbolism
Read short story “Retrieved Reformation” pages 42-50 in textbook by Wed.Thur. reading check will be given
Book Fair: Wed. and Thur. in the library (bring money if you’d like to purchase)
Field trip to Poe Museum form is due by Oct. 8/9
Webquest-webinar research about internment camps
*take interactive quizzes
*interactive word search using internment camp vocabulary
Nouns: types of nouns-interactive grammar practice
visit three grammar links on the laptops
practice your grammar skills-receive immediate score
Wed/Thur-quiz on Summer reading novel Manzanar
Thur/Friday-vocabulary 2 quiz
Thur/Friday-Project due on Manzanar
Complete library orientation/student login ID.
Return Vocab. one quiz/return Dawn of New Day essays
Look at and discuss common mistakes made in the essays
Farewell to Manzanar: Connection Project due Oct. 1/2
Extension Groups about Manzanar: family dynamics, setting, therapy, racism, defiance, domestic violence, audience, point of view, and teen culture
Review puzzle about the book for prizes
Video clip: tour of Manzanar camp
Journal Writing: 3 facts about the book, 2 questions you have about Manzanar, 1 thing you would to know more about internment camps
Begin Vocab. 2
compound and collective noun practice, create own collective noun
Grammar: types of nouns (abstract, concrete, compound, collective)
vocabulary one practice (SAT) quiz will be Sept. 18/21
Article of the Week training: practice the reading strategy with partners using article “Dangers of Cheerleading”
Library orientation will be Fri. 18th/Mon. 21
summer reading of Farewell to Manzanar needs to be completed by next week
Welcome back students! We have worked hard to prepare for this school year, and I look forward to having you this year. Some things for the year have already been placed into motion such a field trip to the Poe Museum in Richmond.
The first week you will get the supply list and procedures information. You will also take a pre-assessment on quotation marks, homophones, and apostrophies. It does not count as a grade however. We will also begin discussion of the summer reading assignment Farewell to Manzanar. Due to some teachers at Moore not passing on the information about the summer reading, you actually have until Sept. 21/22 to complete the novel.
In honor of 9/11, we look at the guiding question of how does society define a hero? The theme of heroism will continue with many of our readings for unit one in our literature book.
Next week, we have library orientation and back to school night for parents on Wed. Sept. 16th.
Students are getting back their SOL scores. We had 100% passing for reading. 🙂
Create welcome letter to up-coming 8th graders.
This week we continue Act II of Anne Frank. Complete study guide.
Act II quiz-next week.
Study guide due next week.
Exam exemption letters will be going out.
Practice SOL released questions-technology enhanced
SOL review Bingo game using literature terms
SOL practice: “A Magical Experience”
Continue reading Anne Frank-quiz on part I
SOL READING TEST: May 21, May 22
play the quiet games that Jews played in hiding-checkers, coloring, cards, reading magazines, pingpong, crosswords-write reflection about difficulty of being quiet with the world going on around you.
Reading 8 SOL Review Challenge: practice fiction, nonfiction, and poetry review questions
Begin “Anne Frank” in textbook
complete study guide as we read it aloud as a class
MYP students need to complete novel Devil’s Arithmetic by May 14th (companion novel to Anne Frank)
SOL Testing dates for Reading:
May 21-3rd and 4th blocks
May 22-5th, 6th, and 7th blocks
do now: text structure
post assessment-same question set that you took in September for the pre-assessment
Diary of Anne Frank-Scope magazine
*text evidence *text structure
video clip: Holocaust introduction
SOL Review Challenge: fiction, nonfiction, poetry samples
Article of the Week is due May 7,8
English 8 SOL is May 21, 22
interims go out Wednesday