Week 5-6, August 24-September 5

Hello Spartans!

This week is a fairly important week as students are preparing for and drafting Embedded Assessment #1. Here, students will be creating an original narrative that follows the Hero’s Journey archetype. We have taken time to dive deep into the Hero’s Journey. We have looked at excerpts from The Odyssey and A Wrinkle in Time. We have also been using technology to supplement our group discussions in an effort to give positive feedback and workshop story ideas.

Important Dates

9/1 – Progress Report 1 – Distributed Electronically via Synergy Parent-Vue

9/20 – Title 1 State of the School Meeting – 6:00 to 6:30

9/21 – PBIS Celebration for Latino History Month – Music w/ DJ, Mariachi Band, Salsa Lessons, Games & Food

Have a great week!

Haruki Murakami

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Week 1-4, August 1-24

Hello Spartans and welcome to 2018!

Sorry for the delay on getting our blog up and running, but there were some technical issues. Needless to say, despite the lack of blog updates, our class has hit the ground running. As you know, 8th grade is an incredibly important year and everything leads up to the all-important Milestone test at the end of it. So here in ELA, we are preparing students for the test from day one!

These few weeks, students have been diving into our Springboard textbook and Unit 1: The Challenge of Heroism. We have had some informative discussions about what makes a hero, looked at fictional heroes in both film and prose, and even discussed Joseph Campbell’s work on The Hero’s Journey and how archetypes have shaped fiction for centuries. We’ll be doing more with this as we work towards our first embedded assessment right after Labor Day.

Important Dates This Week

  • 8/23 PTSA Open House
  • 8/24 $2 Jeans Day
  • 8/29 Early-Release Day
  • 9/5 Progress Report

Have a great week!

Stephen King

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

2018 Complete!

Congratulations, new Ninth Graders! You did it! Have a wonderful Summer and remember to always do good in whatever you do. Here are some customary last day selfies to remember everyone by!

Take care!

Sarah Dessen

“But I’d long ago learned not to be picky in farewells. They weren’t guaranteed or promised.
You were lucky, more than blessed, if you got a good-bye at all.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Weeks 32-33 (Apr 9-20)

Welcome back Spartans!

After an all-too-short break, we’ve returned just in time for the Milestone! During this important test, we’ve taken on a bit of a lighter work – though work never stops here in ELA. We’re working on our Mass Media Admiration Project, which is a sort of film study. Students will be looking at a movie and its sequel, analyzing its plot – across two installments, and even writing opinion pieces on it.

Guardians of the GalaxyMMAP

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 4/23- Renaissance Field Trip
  • Tuesday, 4/24- Kona Ice Sales in HR (Delivered Wed. at lunch)
  • Thursday, 4/26- College & Career Day for 8th grade
  • Friday, 4/27- $15 Campbell Cash Dress Down Day for Students (spirit wear for staff)

Take care!

Stan Lee

“With great power comes great responsibilty.”
Stan Lee

Weeks 30-31 (Mar 19-30)

Hello Spartans!

After three weeks of grueling work putting together PSAs, we had a number of fantastic projects that we all got to watch together. Special congrats to the winners of our class awards! If I get the okay, I’d love to share some of those videos here on this blog.

This week and next is Milestone review. There are only two full weeks until the big test and we’re hunkering down and reviewing everything we’ve covered this year. We’ll be re-covering various grammar rules (active/passive voice, ellipsis, verb moods, verbals, etc) in addition to looking at tips for increasing writing scores and practicing various modes of writing.

The 8th Grade Milestone is a big test, and I think our kids understand just what’s at stake! I believe we can CRUSH it!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 3/27- String Jamboree- 6:30 pm in Gym
  • Mon, 4/2- Fri, 4/6- Spring Break

Look for a study packet to go home over the break! Have a great week!

Benjamin Franklin

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
Benjamin Franklin

Week 27-28 (Feb 26-Mar 9)

Greetings 8th Grade Spartans!

This week we are focusing on our 8th Grade IB Service Learning Project. This year students are creating Public Service Announcements regarding a cause of their choosing. This allows students to practice being advocates for themselves and their passions.

Week 27 was concerned with researching their chosen topics. They were asked to find facts, statistics, and organizations that supported their cause.

Week 28 is focused on writing the script for their end product. Students are confined to a one-minute time limit, so expediency is key!

Next week we’ll have fully filmed PSAs ready to show! There are some prizes in store for the best ones, so I’m excited to see what we get!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, March 13th– Orchestra LGPE
  • Tuesday, March 13th- Kona Ice Sale!
  • Wednesday, March 14th– End of 3rd 9 week grading period
  • Wednesday, March 14th– Early Release & After PL- Early Release Schedule
  • Friday, March 16th– $2 Dress Down and PTSA Dance after school

Have a great week!

William Faulkner

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

Week 24-25 (Jan 29-Feb 9)

Hello again, Spartans!

These two weeks we have done some cross-curricular study with social studies and looked at stories of the Holocaust. In Week 24 students were in groups to research and present some of the broader aspects of the event while in Week 25 we zoomed in a bit and looked at writing narratives through the lens of individuals who experienced it. A lot of what I’m seeing with our developing writers is promising, especially as we approach the Milestone! I’m looking forward to seeing more of our students Level Up!

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14- 8th Grade College Tour Field Trip & Renaissance Field Trip
  • Thursday, Feb. 15- Dance Team Field Trip
  • Friday, Feb. 16Humanitarian Awards

Have a great week!

Oscar Wilde

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
Oscar Wilde

Week 22-23 (Jan 16-26)

How about those snow days?

Week 22 shaped up to be not much of anything, so a lot of what we were going to do there has bled into Week 23. We are reading excerpts from a number of pieces of Holocaust literature and using it to analyze theme, allegory, and poetry. There are some challenging topics within here and a lot of meaty historical issues to delve into as we look at one of our darkest moments in world history.

We will also have a pre-test for the linguistic concepts we will cover in Unit 3 on Friday along with our newly-instituted weekly narrative writing practice.

Upcoming Events

1/31/18 – Club Picture Day

2/2/18 – 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Have a superb week!

Abigail Reynolds

“I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.”
Abigail Reynolds, Pemberley by the Sea