May 14-18

Wow!  I can’t believe how quickly this year flew by!  This is our last full week of the year and there are plenty of activities this week:

  • Tomorrow (Monday) is Olympic Day.  Please remember to dress in your country’s color as you will not be allowed to participate in your events if you are not wearing the appropriate color.
  • Wednesday is the Walk to Hillgrove honors day.  Please dress for the occasion.  Also, if you plan to go home after the Walk, it will save time if you bring back the permission form on the bottom of the letter that was sent home.
  • Friday is the 8th grade dance.  Tickets will be sold before homeroom this week.  You will not be able to buy tickets at the door.

Humorous Analysis Essay

Your humorous analysis essay is due by the end of class on Tuesday.  If you think it will take you longer, you should work on it before you come to class. Use the rubric in your text as a guide.

Final Exam

You will have a final exam on Monday, May 21st.  You will receive a study guide when you come to class on Tuesday.

Verbals Summative Re-take

If you want to re-take the verbals summative, please check the Content Library of your class One Note notebook for ELA.  You will see a section entitled “Verbals Summative Re-take.”  I will be posting an assignment there that will take the place of the assessment.  Please make sure you read all directions and that you do everything listed in the assignment.  If anything is missing, it will result in a lower grade.

Make-Up Work

Finally, several of you were absent when we did the Spring Board humor reading assignment.  The questions are attached.  Please complete using your Spring Board text and submit as soon as possible.

Springboard Reading Assignment-1u8dbt9

Week of April 30-May 4

Standards we will cover this week:

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Assessments:

Verbals summative assessment this Friday, May 4th.

Re-takes:

Anyone interested in re-taking the infinitives assessment must come to the tutoring session on Tuesday morning, May 1st at 8:15 a.m.

Resources:

Here are some links to some interactive verbal practice/quizzes:

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=varbals-quiz

http://www.classzone.com/books/lnetwork_gr07/page_build.cfm?id=quiz&ch=7

https://www.quia.com/quiz/413380.html

https://www.quia.com/cb/123479.html

http://knowledge.thinkingstorm.com/GrammarMechanicsandPunctuation/GerundsParticiplesandInfinitives/GerundsParticiplesInfinitivesQuiz.aspx

 

 

Week of April 23-27

Standards we will cover this week:

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RI1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Assessments for the week:

Infinitives quiz on Wednesday, April 25th.  I have posted some notes (which I will review in class tomorrow) in the “Content Library” of your One Note ELA class notebook.  Please use those to help you review.

Resources:

As stated above, please look in your ELA class notebook to find additional notes on infinitives.

Some interactive practice/quizzes:

https://www.quia.com/quiz/731238.html?AP_rand=32866859

https://www.englishpage.com/gerunds/gerunds_infinitives_29.htm

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/inf-diagnostic.html

 

 

Week of April 16-20

Make Up Work:

For those of you who were absent the Friday before Spring Break and therefore have not completed the gerund exercise, here is what you need.  On a separate sheet of paper, you must identify which underlined word is the gerund and its function (subject, direct object, predicate noun, object of preposition) in the sentence. Gerund Formative Assessment-1pwggva

Standards for the Week:

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RI1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Assessments/Graded Work:

-Infinitive quiz Friday, April 20th.

Resources:

Review your notes on verbals in preparation for infinitives. verbals notes-1cgqo26     verbals Notes-1pz3tak

Re-takes:

-There will be a tutoring session on Wednesday morning, 4/18 for those who did not perform well on the gerund quiz. If you would like to re-take the quiz, you must come to this tutoring session.   Also, use the links on last week’s post to review gerunds.

 

Gerund Review

Gerund quiz — 3rd, 4th, & 5th periods — Thursday, April 12

                             6th & 7th periods — Friday, April 13th 

Below are a few links to some interactive reviews:

http://www.eslstation.net/interactive_practice/Grammar/Gerund_or_Participle/Gerund_or_Participle1.html

https://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-8/identify-gerunds-and-their-functions

https://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/structures/gerund_subject_object.htm

https://webapps.towson.edu/ows/exercises/Gerunds_Ex5.aspx

 

Week of April 9-13

Standards for the week:

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RI1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Assessments this week:

Gerund quiz — Thursday, April 12th (3rd, 4th, & 5th this week.  6th and 7th will take the quiz on Friday, April 13th due to the testing schedule).

Resources:

For review:

verbals notes-1cgqo26

verbals Notes-1pz3tak

Active and passive Voice Practice-240uxkr

Mood of the Verb Handout Notes-1io9wkv

Verb Voice and Mood-26vshb6

Verb Mood Practice-1xkbr4s

Week of March 26

3rd and 7th periods:  A reminder to have your humorous independent reading novel with you in class tomorrow.  You will be given your assignment for the novel tomorrow.  See previous post for a list of suggested books.  You do NOT have to choose from that list.  It is there if you need help finding a book.

Standards for the week:

We are reviewing for the Milestone this week so we will be touching on most of the standards. Typing them all here would take too much space so I am listing the abbreviation for each one we will touch on:
ELAGSE8RL1-9
ELAGSE8RI1-9
ELAGSE8W1-3
ELAGSE8L1-6

Here is a link to the full standards:

ELA-Grade-8-Standards-to65t6

Assessments this week:

-Good news!  The participle quiz has been moved to Tuesday, March 27th to give us one more day to review!

-Gerund quiz Thursday, March 29th.

Resources:

Verbals Visual Organizer-1axt6vr

verbals notes-1cgqo26

verbals Notes-1pz3tak

Week of March 19

Standards we will cover this week:

ELAGSE8W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE8L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
ELAGSE8RI1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE8RI3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in
a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or
ELAGSE8RI5: Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
ELAGSE8RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE8RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
ELAGSE8RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
ELAGSE8RL6: Analyze how differences in the points of view of characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Assessments:

All classes — 3/22 — Objective summary of text

3rd & 7th — 3/23– Explanatory paragraph on how authors create humor

Resources:

Online textbook — see tab above.