This Week in Language Arts: Sept. 17 ~ 21, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • record the summary and important information for their group’s section of The Odyssey (vocabulary and definitions, figurative language, indirect characterization of Odysseus – S.T.E.A.L., summarize and illustrate the plot, relate their section to a stage in the hero’s journey)
  • watch, listen, annotate, and write notes as they watch group presentations for The Odyssey in Springboard and their notebook
  • analyze/answer text-dependent questions for The Odyssey
  • complete an assessment on The Odyssey (Thursday)
  • complete ELA QTR 1 Touchstone Mini 3 assessment (Friday)

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read 30 minutes
  2. Work not completed in class should be finished for homework

 

This Week in Language Arts: Sept. 10 ~ 14, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • review and complete literary elements chart for Drummer Boy of Shiloh
  • listen, read, and annotate from The Odyssey 
  • anylze text-dependent questions from The Odyssey
  • identify stages of the initiation of the hero’s journey in The Odyssey
  • analyze figurative language
  • use STEAL method of characterization to analyze characters in the text
  • write a constructed response using RACES to respond to a prompt related to from The Odyssey

HOMEWORK:

Read 30 minutes daily

Work not completed in class should be completed for homework

This Week in Language Arts: Sept. 3 ~ 7, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • analyze reading passages on the Unit 1 Touchstone Mini 1 and Mini 2 assessment (district-wide assessment)
  • identify and evaluate narrative elements in Drummer Boy of Shiloh
  • write a summary of the main idea of Drummer Boy of Shiloh (include evidence from the text)
  • create an original hero with characteristics and a meaningful name
  • identify and use new vocabulary appropriately in sentences
  • express and support opinions of a short story in collaborative conversations (demonstrate active listening skills)
  • draft the departure stage of their hero’s journey narrative

HOMEWORK:

Read 30 minutes daily

Work not completed in class should be completed for homework

This Week in Language Arts: Aug. 27 ~ 31, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • analyze the poem, Ithaka (text-depnedent questions)
  • write an explanatory, summarizing, paragraph on Ithaka
  • rewrite Ithaka from a different point of view and with another metaphor
  • complete ELA 8 Touchstone Pt. 1 (county assessment)
  • listen, read, and annotate The Drummer Boy of Shiloh
  • analyze The Drummer Boy of Shiloh using text-dependent questions
  • identify and evaluate the stages of the Hero’s Journey in The Drummer Boy of Shiloh
  • use TREE to provide a written response to a quote

HOMEWORK:

Read 30 minutes daily

Assignments not completed in class should be finished for homework

This Week in Language Arts: Aug. 20 ~ 24, 2018

Welcome to another week of Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • finish watching the film “Big Hero 6” and applying it to the stages of the Hero’s Journey archetype
  • apply the stages of the Hero’s Journey archetype from “Big Hero 6” to a plot structure
  • identify Unit 1 vocabulary terms and definitions on a quiz
  • read, analyze the imagery, and answer questions on the poem, “Ithaka”
  • determine the relationship between “Ithaka” and the Hero’s Journey archetype
  • re-write Ithaka from a different point-of-view

HOMEWORK:

Read 30 minutes daily

This Week in Language Arts: Aug. 13 ~ 17, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will…

  • Define “hero”
  • Analyze the concept of “challenge”
  • View and take notes on the Hero’s Journey plot pattern
  • identify the stages of the Hero’s Journey plot pattern within a film
  • Review the definition of “archetype”
  • Study the archetypal hero’s traits
  • Review vocabulary (Academic Vocabulary and Literary Terms) definitions
  • Label a plot diagram with stages from the film
  • Complete a written response

HOMEWORK:

Work not completed in class should be finished for homework

Welcome Back!!!

August 1, 2017

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! My name is Mrs. Gilkes, and I am your child’s 8th Grade Language Arts teacher!

Today, students reviewed the rules, expectations, and procedures for the class. We also discussed the importance of a first impression, the use of cell phones, and consequences for inappropriate behavior.

Later this week, students will review the components of Tapp P.R.I.D.E. and complete a unit pre-test. Students will also receive their Springboard consumable textbook (which will remain in the classroom).  The replacement cost of the Springboard text is $82.82.  Students will also receive an online code for accessing the text via the internet. If students wish to take their textbook home to complete work, they can do so at any time.

I look forward to working with you to ensure a successful 8th grade year for your child. My primary method of communication is by email. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at [email protected].  Enjoy the rest of your week!

This Week in Language Arts: May 14 ~ 18, 2018!

Welcome to another week in Language Arts! This week, students will complete all of their Autobiography Project which is due on Thursday, May 17 (this is the extension date). In order to do this, students will…

  • finish submitting rough drafts of autobiography’s chapters (if incomplete)
  • type all autobiography chapters
  • create and design chapter dividers
  • write/type their Legacy Page
  • write/type their Dedication Page
  • write/type their Table of Contents
  • create/write/type their Title Page
  • write/type their Conclusion
  • decorate their cover with their theme

HOMEWORK:

Continue working on Autobiography Project at home