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Have a safe, happy, and restful summer! Congratulations to the class of 2012 and 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

Hurray! You've found the homework link! Please find your assignments below. Have a question? Feel free to e-mail me!

5/07 Only two more Parts of The Book Thief to go! Please see your last reading/annotating assignments below:

For Tues 5/8- Everyone will read/annotate "The Next Temptation", "The Card Player" and "The Snows of Stalingrad" (pages 459-471)

For Wed 5/9(A and B Blocks) and Thurs 5/10 (C and D Blocks) You will need to read/annotate "The Ageless Brother", "The Accident", and "The Bitter Taste of Questions" (pages 472-480)

For Friday 5/11- Everyone will read/annotate "One Toolbox, One Bleeder, One Bear", and "Homecoming" (pages 481-493) 

For Thurs 5/17- Everyone will read/annotate "End of the World (Part I)", "The 98th Day", and "The War Maker" (497-518)

For Mon 5/21- Everyone will read/annotate "Way of the Words", "Confessions", "Ilsa Hermann's Little Black Book", "The Rib-Cage Planes", "The End of the World (Part II)" (pages 497-539)

For Tues (C and D Blocks) and Weds (A and B Blocks)- Everyone will read and annotate the epilogue (pages 543-550)

Power Projects will be presented May 22nd, 23rd, and 25th. 

 

 

4/22 We're in the final stretch of our study of The Book Thief. You'll find the week's assignments below.

1. You will need ot read/annotate pages 407-419 for Tues (C and D Blocks); Weds (A and B Blocks)

420-437 for Thursday; 438-451 for Friday; 452-455 for Monday. 

2. You'll need to continue your hard work on your Power Project

3. Your Merlyn's Pen writing contest submission is due in final form (edited and typed) on Monday

4. You'll have your cumulative vocab quiz and a quiz on Parts 6 and 7 of The Book Thief during your block period this week (Tues for C and D; Weds for A and B)

 

4/23 Happy sunny days! We are over 1/2 way through our amazing novel, The Book Thief. Here are your assignments for the week.

1. You will read and annotate pages 353-370 (this is due Tues for B and C blocks and Weds for A and D blocks)

2. You will read/annotate pages 371-384 (this will be due Weds for B and C and Thurs for A and D blocks)

3. If you're looking to get ahead, pages 385-403 will be due on Monday.

Of course you will also want to continue your fine work on your group Power Project.

 

4/17 4/19 Hello! You'll need to be sure to have read/annotated 307-324 for Friday. You will also need to have a hard copy of your Meryln's Pen submission. If you would like to work ahead on this weekend's homework, you can read pages 325-350.

4/16 Tonight you'll need to read/annotate pages 307-324. This will be due on 4/20. You will also have a quiz on part 5 on 4/17 and 4/19 (depending on when your block period meets). You'll also want to continue your work on your Power Project and be sure you have your submission to Meryln's Pen on Friday.

4/10-4/11 Tonight you will finish/review your reading of pages 241-266 "The Floating Book" and "The Gamblers". If you would like to read ahead, pages 267-276 are due on Friday and pages 277-303 will be due on Monday. You also need to be working on your Power Project assignment as well as your submission to the Meryln's Pen writing contest. Your first draft of your submission is due on Monday. 

4/9 The following assignment will be due during your block period this week (A and B meet on Weds, C and D meet Tues). 

1. You will need to review Part 4 of The Book Thief for a quiz! Be sure to review your anotations as well as your character bookmark. Try the review strategy I shared in class!

2. Begin to read pages 241-266. This reading will be due on Thursday, 4/12

3. Be prepared to show work you've completed on your Merlyn's Pen writing contest submission

4. Continue your work on your "Power Project"

 

4/6 For Monday you will need to read/annotate the sections entitled "The Swapping of Nightmares" as well as "Pages from the Basement." You will also want to continue your work on your Power Project. (You'll be meeting with your group at the beginning of next week). Additionally, on Monday you will need to share your submission idea for Merlyn's Pen Writing Contest. Have a great weekend!

4/4 (assigned during block period this week) Your homework for Friday will be to read and annotate "The Wrath of Rosa" "Liesel's Lecture" and "The Sleeper" (pages 187-206) . You will also need to begin collecting quotes for your Power Project assignment. Additionally, you will need to share with me your submission idea for the Merlyn's pen writing contest! Remember, your submission can be poetry, fiction or non-fiction. The other critical info is on the sheet provided in class during block period :)

4/03 Happy Tuesday! Tonight's homework is to review "The Accordionist" and "A Good Girl" and "A Short History of the Jewish Fist Fighter" (pages 173-196) for your block period this week (A and B meet on Weds. C and D meet on Thurs.) If you would like to read ahead, you may read "The Wrath of Rosa", "Liesel's Lecture" and "The Sleeper" (pages 197-206). These pages will be due on Friday. "The Swapping of Nightmares" and "Pages from the Basement" (pages 207-238) will be due on Monday. 

4/2 Happy April! Tonight's homework will be to read (as much as you can) up to pages 193 in The Book Thief . 

3/13 All students will be reading/annotating part Three of The Book Thief: meinkampf . This includes pages 125-170. This reading will be due on 4/2. 

3/12 Tonight you will read up to page 122 in The Book Thief . Just a reminder to those who are traveling abroad over breakaway (to Martinique and Costa Rica) You will need to complete Part three of The Book Thief by April 2nd. Bon Voyage and safe travels!

 

3/9 Over the weekend you will read up to page 100 in The Book Thief for Monday and 122 for Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

3/8 Be sure you are prepared for your quiz tomorrow on the Prologue and Part One of The Book Thief. Remember, in addition to reviewing chapter headings, annotations, and your character sheets, you can always access the Moodle site for review. 

3/6 3/7 Hello! You are responsible for reading/annotating "The Smell of Friendship" and "The Heavyweight Champion of the Schoolyard" for Thursday. This is pages 69-80. You'll have your very first quiz on The Book Thief on Friday. This quiz will focus on the main events and characters from Part One. 

3/5 You are responsible for reading/annotating "The Jesse Owens Incident" and "The Other Side of Sandpaper" for your block period this week. If you would like to read ahead in this great book, you can read "The Smell of Friendship" and "The Heavyweight Champion of the Schoolyard" for Thursday. You'll have your very first quiz on The Book Thief on Friday. This quiz will focus on the main events and characters from Part One. 

3/2 (weekend assignment)  Over the weekend you will be reading and annotating the sections entitled "The Woman with the Iron Fist" and "The Kiss." in The Book Thief (pages 36-55). If you would like to read ahead, you can read "The Jesse Owens Incident" and "The Other Side of Sandpaper". These sections will be due during your block period next week. Have a great weekend!

2/28-9 Tonight you will be reviewing for your first vocab quiz, which will occur tomorrow. You will also be reading "Arrival on Himmel Street" and "Growing Up a Saumensch" in The Book Thief. This reading will be from page 19-35. While reading you will be annotating margins as you detect metaphor, simile, personification, and synethesia. You will also need to mark where you see color being used. Additionally, you will circle new vocab words. This reading is due on Friday.  (sorry for the following gobblygook- I can't seem to edit it out!)

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2/27 Today we received our new book, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak! Tonight you will be reading the Prologue of this amazing book. While reading, you are to annotate new words, the use of color, as well as literary devices you see at play. Have fun as you read by annotating your own reactions! We'll use this info as we have our discussion during your block period this week. (C and D meet on Tues; A and B meet on Thurs.) 

2/22 2/23 There is no homework for Friday other than thinking about the ideas imbedded in the film I Am.

2/21 Tonight you will be revising your peer edited paper. Your original draft, peer edit, and new draft are due in class during your block period this week. C and D blocks meet on Weds, and A and B blocks meet on Thurs.

2/15 Over the weekend, you will be finalizing your "Think Tank Utopia" Project paper. This paper will be turned in (typed and double-spaced) on Tuesday. This paper will need to include: an explanation of the problem, your proposed solution, the local and global impacts of your solution, potential drawbacks to your solution (generated in your group) , and your response to these drawbacks.  

For 2/13 You have just begun your "Think Tank Utopia" Project! Over the weekend you will want to 1) solidify your problem and be ready to write the first part of your paper (2) Research! Research! Research! online/books/parents/documentaries (3) Be ready to start creating your solution on Monday. Have a great weekend!

For 2/8 Be sure to have read up to page 300 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal. You will also want to review your summaries and annotations for your quiz tomorrow on "Slumberland" section. If you are a vocabulary of the day presenter, you will need to be prepared for your first presentation!

For 2/7 Be sure to have read up to page 285 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal. If you are a vocabulary of the day presenter, you will need to be prepared for your first presentation!

For 2/6Be sure to have read up to page 275 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal. If you are a vocabulary of the day presenter, you will need to be prepared for your first presentation!

For 2/2 or 2/3 Be sure to have read up to page 248 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal. If you are a vocabulary of the day presenter, you will need to be prepared for your first presentation!

For 2/1 Be sure to read up to page 226 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal.

For 1/31 Be sure to review your annotations and summary notes for your quiz on Part 3 of feed. You may also begin reading up to page 226 in feed. Be sure to annotate and write your quick summaries in your journal.

For 1/30 You will need to bring that descriptive paragraph to class on Monday (see below). You will also need to read up to page 203 in Feed. In addition, you will need to bring in your paragraph response to the question "Are mega brands destrutive or constructive for society"?

For 1/27 You will need to bring in a paragraph of what you feel to be very interesting descriptive writing on Friday- this might be from your favorite book.You will also want to be sure your journals are up-to-date, as these will be collected on Friday.

For Monday you will need to read up to page 203 of Feed. After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2).

For 1/24 1/25 You will need to read pages 134-157 of Feed for your block period. After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2). You will also need to bring in a paragraph of what you feel to be very interesting descriptive writing- this might be from your favorite book.

For 1/23 Over the weekend you will be reading the NY Times article assigned in class. You will also complete the journaling associated with this (the assignment is written on the coversheet of the article). This reading is due on Monday. You may also begin to read your next installment of Feed- this includes pages 105-133. Pages 105-133 will be due on Tuesday.

For 1/20 (1) You will continue reading Feed. Your fourth reading includes pages 75-104. While reading, you will circle unfamiliar vocabulary and annotate any questions that arise (in your margins). After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2) .(2) Be sure to have your completed "White Noise" sheet for class- we'll be discussing this! (3) Be sure to have your advertisement sheet- we'll be discussing this, too.

For 1/17 (1) You will continue reading Feed. Your third reading includes pages 41-72. While reading, you will circle unfamiliar vocabulary and annotate any questions that arise (in your margins). After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2) .(2) Be sure to have your completed "White Noise" sheet for class- we'll be discussing this! (3) Be sure to fill our the advertisement sheet- we'll be discussing this, too.

1/10 and 1/12 (to be completed for Friday). You will continue reading Feed. Your second reading includes pages 20-40. While reading, you will circle unfamiliar vocabulary and annotate any questions that arise (in your margins). After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2) . The subsections include: "The nose grid" and "The Moon is in the House of Boring". Continue to record data on your "White Noise" sheet.

1/9 (to be completed for your block period) You will begin read our new novel, Feed. Your first reading is pages 3-19. While reading, you will circle unfamiliar vocabulary and annotate any questions that arise (in your margins). After reading each subsection, you will write a very brief summary in your journal (Part 2) . The subsections include:"Your face is not an organ", "impact", and "juice". In addition, you will record data on your "White Noise" sheet.

1/04 Welcome back! We are in the process of watching the film version of Fahrenheit 451. On Monday, you will need to turn in your typed movie review.

12/14 Review Part One questions sheet and quiz! Review your notes for your reader role presentation of Part Two! Review your summary written for part three! Review your "bingo" card from our whole book review (which occured during block period)!  Your test is happening in class on Thursday, 12/15! 

12/12 This evening you will be reading "Afterward" and "Coda" of Fahrenheit 451. Be ready to discuss these sections as well as part 3 in class tomorrow. You can also begin to review parts one, two, and three of Fahrenheit 451 as your whole book test will occur on Thursday.

12/09 Over the weekend you are finishing Part Three of F451. You will also need to complete your journal entry (which is to respond to one of the prompts shared in class. Your entry should be at least one page in length and this will be written in part 2 of your journal). If you received a lower score or did not take the first literary terms quiz, you will be taking the quiz on Monday at lunchtime. Have a nice weekend!

12/05 Be sure you're ready with your reader role work tomorrow, as your presentation will occur then. You may also begin reading/annotating part 3 in F451. This reading will be due on Monday, but you'll need to be reading until then, to have theis be manageable for you.

12/01 Part two of F451 is due on Monday, Dec 5th. You'll want to be reading and annotating this section now, and while reading you'll be assuming the reader role that was determined today in class. Your reader role work will be due at the end of class on Monday. Your group presentation will occur next Tuesday!

11/29 Tonight you will review Part One of F451 for your quiz during your block period this week (C and D on Weds- A and B on Thurs). You will also want to be sure you know the vocab inmbedded in this section (reviewing the sheet provided in class should help). Part two of F451 is due on Monday, Dec 5th. You'll want to begin reading and annotating this section now, and while reading you'll be assuming the reader role that was determined today in class.

11/28 Welcome back! Today you were assigned review work to consider the meaning of Part One of Fahrenheit 451. This review work will be due in class tomorrow (and discussed). You will have a quiz on Part One during your block period: Thursday for A and B Blocks and Wednesday for C and D Blocks. Be sure you know the vocabulary imbedded in this section!

11/18 Today in class you worked on annotating pages 42-68 in Fahrenheit 451. This reading will be due on 11/29.  Be sure to use your "hot sheets" and mark any of the vocabulary words from the list you've received.You will also need to continue  jotting down notes on your active reding sheets.

11/17 You will read and annotate (very carefully!) pages 32-41 in Fahrenheit 451 for Friday. Be ready to discuss!

11/15 You will read and annotate (very carefully!) pages 11-31 in Fahrenheit 451 for Thursday. Be sure to use your "hot sheets" and mark any of the vocabulary words from the list you've received.You will also need to begin jotting down notes on your active reding sheets.

11/14 You will read and annotate (very carefully!) pages 3-11 in Fahrenheit 451. Be sure to use your "hot sheets" and mark any of the vocabulary words from the list you've received.

11/8 assigned during block period- be sure to study your literary terms for a test on Thursday! Reviewing and highlighting your notes will be the way to go!

11/2 (assigned during block period and due on Friday for C and D and on Monday for A and B) You will revise your test essay ( in response to teacher feedback) and your character sketch (in response to peer edits). Please take this opportunity to revise your work to the best that it can be!

11/1 (due during your block period) You will need to turn in your final draft of your character sketch and your self-assessment on Wednesday (for C and D Blocks) and Thursday (for A and B Blocks)

10/25 (assigned during block period- work is due on Monday) A new hardcopy of your character sketch is due. This draft will need to contain setting information as well as a literary device.

10/24 Due during your block period (Tues. for C and D and Thurs. for A and B): 1) You will need to have either a hardcopy of your Zombie writing contest submission -or- a hardcopy of a letter to Jeannette Walls (which focuses on three questions you have for her after having read The Glass Castle). (2) You will also need to bring an e-copy of your character sketch- we will be redrafting in class.

10/20 for Monday Be sure to smile over the weekend! You've been working so hard in class!

10/17 For Tuesday Read and annotate pages 281-288 of The Glass Castle. You will also need to complete a letter to Jeannette Walls in part 2 of your journal. This letter should focus on three lingering questions that you have after having completed her book, The Glass Castle. Please be specific and thoughtful in this letter.

10/3 For Monday Read and annotate pages 255-281 of The Glass Castle. You will also need to complete a journal entry focused on the following prompt. (in part 2 of your journal). "What injustices have occurred during Jeannette Walls' story?" Have a great long weekend!

10/11 For Thurs Read and annotate pages 245-254 of The Glass Castle for Thurs.  You will also need to revise your character sketch by adding in specific character information and dialogue.  You will need to bring a new hardcopy of this assignment to class on Thursday. You should be having fun with this assignment :)

10/10 For your block period Read and annotate pages 226-241 of The Glass Castle for Tues (A and B Blocks) or Weds C and D blocks). You will also need to continue your work on your character sketch. When you go to your block this week, you will need to have a hardcopy draft with highlights and notes regarding specific character information.

10/7 for Monday Read and annotate pages 206-225 of The Glass Castle for Monday. You will also need to continue your work on the first draft of your character sketch (draft one is due Monday, and you need to bring an electronic copy of your work thus far to class).

10/6 for Friday

Read and annotate pages 193-205 of The Glass Castle for tomorrow. You will also need to continue your work on the first draft of your character sketch (draft one is due Monday, but you need to bring an electronic copy of your work thus far to class tomorrow). You will also need to bring in your “random autobiography” poem to class tomorrow for "read arounds." 

 

10/4 for Thursdsay (this is work assigned during block period)

1. Please read pages 180-192 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.

2. Please be sure to bring your USB or e-mail your character sketch work. You'll need to have this in class on Thursday.

10/3 For block period this week

1. Read and annotate pages 168-179 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.

2. If you are in "Desert" group, be sure you're ready for your group presentation during your block period this week.

9/29 For Monday

1. Read and annotate pages 129-167 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.

2. Please use the "How to Write an Amazing Summary" worksheet to guide you as you write and type a summary of "Desert" section from The Glass Castle. The list the worksheet prompts you to create should be written in Part Two of your journal. 

3. Have a great weekend!

9/27 for Thursday (These assignments were given during your block period this week. Read further below if you're in C and D block and are looking for assignments due on Wednesday).

1. Read and annotate pages 116-125 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.You will also need to write short responses to the questinons on your new study questions sheet. These questions focus on the current reading and will be used for discussion.

2. If you read aloud your poem in class during your block period, you'll need to revise this after having read your feedback slips. A new, typed copy will be due on Thursday.

9/26 Due during your block period this week

1. Read and annotate pages 102-113 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.You will also need to write short responses to the questinons on your new study questions sheet. These questions focus on the current reading and will be used for discussion.

2. Revise your "Random Autobiography" poem by including more setting detail. A new, typed copy of your poem will be due in class.

3. Be sure to give me the title of your "banned book" free reading selection. This book will need to be read by Halloween.

9/20 For Monday

Please read and annotate pages 67-101 in The Glass Castle. Be sure to be adding information to your character packets, too.You will also need to write short responses to the questinons on your new study questions sheet. These questions focus on pages 67-101 and will be used for discussion.

9/19 For tomorrow- Work on enhancing your autobiographical poem by completing page one of your "Poetry Consideration" packet. This page involves you looking for opportunities to improve the quality of verbs and adjectives. It also has you looking for opportunities to include literary devices (such as metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, and alliteration).

If you want, you may begin your reading/annotating (pages 67-101 in The Glass Castle). This reading will be due on Monday, 9/26.

9/16- For Monday

1. Type a draft of your autobiography using your ten stanzas.You will need to bring a hard copy of your poem to class on Monday. Please print before class!

2. Read/annotate pages 32-66 in The Glass Castle. (remember, you are using the symbol "!" to indicate intense content, "?" to indicate questions that may have arisen, "c" to note where characterization is happening and "s" to note where setting development is occuring.

3. Consider the questions on the "Process Questions" sheet. Write brief responses that you'll use for class discussion on Monday.

4. Complete the journal entry located on the back of your "Process Questions" sheet. You will write your journal entry in part 2 of your journal (The prompt is: What do you feel about the parenting style of the Walls family? Do you feel Rex and Rosemary are justified in their decisions? What would you do if you were one of their children? (be realistic here)

9/14-9/16 For Friday

1. You will have written at least ten stanzas of your "Autobiography Poem" in your response journal. Be ready to read a few of these in class.

2. Read (and annotate) pages 9-31 in The Glass Castle. While reading, you will be highlighting (or noting) where you recognize setting and character development. You will also place exclamation points at surprising text and question marks when you find yourself wondering. You will also need to begin taking notes in your character packets, as a later assignment will rely on keen character observations

 

 

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Welcome to 8th Grade English, where students explore the power of written and spoken word. In this class students read and discuss fiction and nonfiction, commit verse to memory, learn new vocabulary, write poetry and short stories, and study the structure and themes of literary works.

In addition to developing clarity, energy, creativity, and precision in our writing, we work to hone critical reading and thinking skills. Through reading, writing, discussing, listening, creating, and reflecting, students gain a greater appreciation for language and literature, as well as a fuller sense of themselves.

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