8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Parents

Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.

Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.

Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.

Where: Walton Theater

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name:

Last name A-L, 6pm

Last name M-Z, 7pm

Week of Feb. 12-16

Test over Hatchet and related vocabulary on Thursday 2/15

Students are participating in QuickWrites pertaining to Hatchet and students’ own experiences each day. Vocabulary Practice 2 was assigned and due Wednesday, 2/14, at the beginning of class.  Students continue to read and listen to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Chapters 16-19 and the Epilogue.

Mini Lesson: Types of Conflict – person vs person; person vs self; person vs nature; person vs society; person vs supernatural; person vs technology.  Types of Conflict Organizer is due Wednesday, 2/14, at the beginning of class.  Test on Thursday.  Begin comparing and contrasting the novel vs the movie “A Cry in the Wild”.





Week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Students will continue their multi-modality reading of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Comprehension questions focused on main idea, sequence of events, theme, central idea, characters, setting, plot, dialogue, and summary are asked after each chapter with Higher Order Thinking Skill Questions (HOTS) alternating in-between.

Monday – Pop Quiz on chapters 1-5; Read/listen to chapters 7 & 8; Homework – problem and solution visual organizer

Tuesday – Make corrections to chapter 3 Notice and Note Signpost answer; Media center visit with Mrs. Inman (see Media Center News below); discussion “What importance did creating a fire have for Brian?”; compare and contrast media clip from Castaway (movie w/ Tom Hanks) and how Brian started a fire; Read/listen to chapters 9

Wednesday – Quick Writes (warm-up); grade problem/solution visual organizer from Monday;  Read/listen to chapters 10 & 11

Thursday – Quick Writes; Read/listen to chapter 13; mini-lesson on figurative language; complete for homework figurative language worksheet DUE MONDAY

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Friday – Quick Writes; Watch youtube video how to filter water;



Instructions for making a water filter

Read/Listen to chapter 14


Reading 8th Grade


MEDIA CENTER NEWS-  We have 2 reading incentives for the month of Feb. Back by popular demand we will have our annual “blind date with a book”. Most of you are familiar with that.

New this year we are also doing “Olympic Reading Challenge” with 9 other school. There are 4 Olympic events students can enter. We will have prizes with in the school as well as prizes for the schools with the most metals. The challenge will begin February 1st and go the entire month. Any book finished on or after February 1st through February 28th at midnight will be eligible for submission.

Begins Thursday, February 1st link for the challenge website for more information is  


A Cobb website/Readerboard will be updated daily on school days. Check out our Reading Challenge website for more details, and as always feel free to ask if you have questions.


Kathren Inman

Media Specialist
Dickerson Middle School


Reading 8th Grade

Week of Jan. 22 – 26

Students worked to complete the 10 Survival Skills using sketch-noting.  A gallery walk allowed students to show off their sketch noting skills and evaluate each others work.

Students began Chapter 1 of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  After reading/listening to chapter 1 through edpuzzle.com  students will 1) identify one Notice and Note Fiction Signpost, 2) cite the evidence supporting the signpost and 3) answer the signpost question in detail.   This is  homework Monday, Jan. 22nd.

PDF version of Hatchet http://scotland.k12.mo.us/view/637.pdf

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Students will continue with chapters 2-6 this week.   Students will discuss foreshadowing and identify events that the author Gary Paulsen foreshadowed in Hatchet along with vocabulary, setting, point of view, conflict and plot.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Dear Dickerson Parents,

Due to inclement weather, CCSD is cancelling ALL after school and evening activities except for ASP for today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  However, although ASP will remain open, parents are strongly encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible.  In addition, the district and superintendents office will be monitoring the weather situation and they hope to make a decision regarding tomorrow by 10 pm this evening.  Please stay tuned.


Dr. Carole Brink

Principal, Dickerson Middle School



Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9. 

Week of Jan. 9-12

Students will spend 5-10 minutes each morning reading from their media center book of choice.

Students will review of Notice and Note Signposts for Fiction – Students will add notes to visual organizer Reading for Signposts.


Using visual organizer, students will complete 12 task cards identifying the signposts and asking/answering the signposts questions.

Students will complete the last few task cards from previous assignment.


Students will learn a new note taking strategy – sketch noting.

Students will watch and participate in the activities from the Ted Talk Video – How to Draw to Remember More. You will need 2 blank sheets of paper and a pencil

Turn and Talk: Discuss how this note taking strategy could be used in each of your classes.

Students will use sketchnoting skills to take notes from article – Ten Interesting Facts . . . Survival in the Wilderness.   This activity will lead into our next “student requested” novel study – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Just a note – Gary Paulsen was the author of our previous novel study Soldiers Heart.


Period 7

Week of Dec. 11-15

Students will begin reading Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen.  This book is historical fiction and will compliment the Georgia Studies curriculum covering the Civil War.   People do get shot and killed in the book and the events are a little graphic.

Go to edpuzzle.com and read/listen to the forward and chapter 1.  Multiple choice questions will follow the reading.

Period 7

Week of Dec. 4 – 8

Students will continue with The Bounty part II, Lesson 6 .  Complete introduction of each word by writing the correct response to each word on your word list.  SEE WORD LIST HERE


Homework – Complete 5 words each night on your Frayer Model Organizer 

Students are introduced to the featured vocabulary and apply their meaning in new contexts.  We as a class will also continue to review and apply synonyms and antonyms to our vocabulary. Students will use their learned skills to read and analyze The Bounty Part II that incorporates the featured vocabulary, and then complete comprehension questions related to that passage.  Exercises 6A – 6E are due Thursday.  Complete for homework.

We will culminate this unit with a comprehension and application assessment FRIDAY 12/5 the students will complete the Frayer Model visual organizer to use to prepare for this assessment.  Turn Frayer Models assignment in on Friday prior to the assessment.

Period 7

Week of November 13 – 17

Students will continue reading and analyzing The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst.  Review the vocabulary words along with the Notice and Note Signposts for fiction.  These items will be included on Friday’s assessment.

billowed – swelled out or bulged

careen – lean to one side while in motion

sullenly – with irritation, gloom, or ill humor

imminent – likely to occur at any moment

infallibility – the quality of never failing or making a mistake

precariously – dangerously or not securely


Notice and Note Signposts for fiction