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Happy Last Week of Eighth Grade!

Wow! It’s already the last week of school, and I am sooooooo not ready. Don’t get me wrong: your papers are graded; my forms are completed; report card grades are all ready and will go into Aeries soon; and I’ve made my summer plans for professional development… But I’m not ready to let this class go. I promise you that I do not say this every year… You are an amazing class made up of funny and smart and kind individuals, and I will really miss you. (Ten of you have signed up for Aca Dec, which is wonderful, and that makes this a little easier.) 🙂

Here’s a quick recap of what we’re doing this week:

  • Monday–Start in class and gradually be released to Fun in the Sun if you earned a Renaissance card for the third quarter.
  • Tuesday–Go to periods 1, 2, and 3. Sign yearbooks, watch the Diary of Anne Frank movie, listen to my sappy graduation speech… {MINIMUM DAY}
  • Wednesday–Practice graduation at OJHS. Non-grads will be in various classrooms. {MINIMUM DAY}
  • Thursday–Practice graduation at OHS. (The stadium is hot and reflective. Wear sunscreen or a hat and bring water.) Non-grads stay in various classrooms. {MINIMUM DAY}

And then… Thursday Night… Graduation is at 7:00 PM at the OHS football stadium. Get there early for parking!

Have a great week!

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Week of May 15, 2017

Here are some random notes for this week and next…

Period 1: Don’t forget to get your graduation contracts signed (even if you don’t think you’re graduating). Every student has to return this paper. The deadline is officially Friday, but I am asking for them by Wednesday so we can check that requirement off of our lists.

Periods 1-3: Your General English Final will be on Wednesday. It will include lit terms, conventions, analogies, and a few other things we have gone over this year. If you want to review, I recommend you reread the notes in your Lit Log and review old DOL papers. (Your Lit Logs are all graded, and if you don’t have yours yet, you can pick it up tomorrow.)

Periods 1-3: If we have time, there will be a Diary of Anne Frank test on Thursday or Friday.

Periods 5-6: You will have a General English Final on Wednesday as well. It will be worth 100 points. There are 100 questions. Your score needs to be higher on this test than the score you earned on your pre-test in the fall. None of you should have a problem meeting this goal. 🙂 The test covers conventions, analogies, basic lit terms, and advanced lit terms. Study the notes in your lit log. Review old DOL papers.

Periods 5-6: Research papers were due today. If you couldn’t turn yours in for some reason, I will still accept them one day late with a late pass or Renaissance card. Make sure your Works Cited page is attached. Rough drafts are not needed/expected.

All Classes:  We are on a regular schedule this week. Finals will take place during regular class periods. Each teacher will be able to tell you when their final will be.

Next Week:

  • Monday–Start the day in class and eventually head out to Fun in the Sun.
  • Tuesday–Go to periods 1, 2, 3 only. Sign yearbooks, pick up caps-n-gowns, and wrap up these classes.
  • Wednesday–Practice graduation at OJHS.
  • Thursday–Practice graduation at OHS.

 

 

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Pre-AP English 8–Lit Logs Due Friday

Notebooks are due on Friday. Here’s a list of what you need to have to get an A+. Note that the early informational pages (there were approximately 17 of them!) are just represented by the first four items below. You could be missing one or two of the others not specifically listed and still be fine.

Spring 2017 Lit Log Assessment

Pre-AP English 8

  • Clock Partners
  • Lit Terms (Basic 1, Basic 2, Additional, Advanced 1, Advanced 2)
  • Writing Record
  • Other Early Papers
  • Journal #8
  • Journal #9
  • Journal #10
  • Common Archetypes in Literature
  • Journal #11
  • Journal #12
  • Riddle Poem
  • Journal #13
  • Journal #14
  • Poetry Notes/Genres
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Journal #15
  • Rarer Forms of Poetry
  • Journal #16
  • Journal #17
  • “O Captain! My Captain!”
  • Journal #18
  • Journal #19
  • Journal #20-homework, if nec.

At End:

  • Song and Poem-of-the-Week List 1
  • Song and Poem-of-the-Week List 2

25 Items Total x 10 = 250 points possible

Your Score:                           /250

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Lit Log Check on Friday – English 8

Here’s a check list you should look over and compare with your own Lit Log contents. It’s okay if one or two of your items are in a slightly different order; that will not affect your grade. The main thing is to ensure that you have these items, and then make them up if you don’t. Journals are easy to write, and notes can be copied from a friend.

Spring 2017 Lit Log Check * English 8

  • Clock Partners
  • Lit Terms
  • Graphic Organizers & Other Early Papers
  • Journal #8
  • Journal #9
  • Slavery/Civil War/Lincoln Chart
  • Journal #10
  • “Letter to a Teacher” poem
  • Journal #11
  • Journal #12
  • Journal #13
  • Journal #14
  • Notes on Verb Moods/Tenses
  • Poetry Notes/Genres
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Journal #15
  • Journal #16
  • Rarer Forms of Poetry
  • Additional Poetry Notes
  • Poetry Notes-Figurative Language
  • Journal #17
  • Journal #18
  • Journal #19
  • Journal #20
  • Other valuable item I will allow to substitute for missing item… J

At the end:

  • Song and Poem-of-the-Week List

25 Items Total x 10 = 250 points possible

Your Grade:                                   /250

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Pre-AP English 8, Week of May 1

I can’t believe it’s already May. This has been a wonderful year. I love my classes, and I love my students! I will be really sorry to see you go, but I hope to see some of you around at the high school and at least ten of you in my Aca Dec class!

What’s going on this week? Some of you will be missing class tomorrow for the CJSF field trip. We also have a minimum day on Wednesday, and we have the awards assembly on Thursday during seventh period.

Tomorrow’s Agenda for Absent PRE-AP Students:

  1. DOL
  2. Outlines Due
  3. Debate WS
  4. Write Research Paper Body Paragraphs (use citations!!!)
  5. HW–Reading Slip & Works Cited Rough Draft due via Classroom tomorrow (Weds.) by midnight

Homework this Week for PRE-AP Students:

  • Monday-Finish Outline
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip and Finish Works Cited Draft (submit via Classroom)
  • Wednesday-Finish Body Paragraphs; Work on Introduction and Conclusion
  • Thursday-Reading Slip and Finish Rough Draft of Research Paper

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English 8, Week of May 1, 2017

I can’t believe it’s already May. This has been a wonderful year. I love my classes, and I love my students! I will be really sorry to see you go, but I hope to see some of you around at the high school and at least ten of you in my Aca Dec class!

What’s going on this week? Some of you will be missing class tomorrow for the CJSF field trip. We also have a minimum day on Wednesday, and we have the awards assembly on Thursday during seventh period.

Tomorrow’s Agenda for Absent Students:

  1. DOL
  2. Lit Log Table of Contents Due (on a separate sheet of paper, not in your LL)
  3. Giver Test
  4. “Understanding Both Sides” WS
  5. HW–Reading Slip (and Get GS Signed if you need to)

Homework this Week:

  • Monday-Get GS Signed and Write Up a Table of Contents for Lit Log (separate sheet of paper)
    • page 1-Clock Partners
    • page 2-Chromebook Rules
    • page 3-Sentence Stems
    • etc.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip (and Get GS Signed)
  • Wednesday-Debate WS
  • Thursday-Reading Slip, Lit Logs Due Tomorrow (100+ points)

 

 

 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Hello! Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Now, I realize this may not be as exciting as Hug a Dog Day or National Cupcake Day, but I am seriously considering giving small prizes (very small prizes, sorry, no brand new cars) to people who have a poem in their pockets tomorrow. It can be a poem you wrote or one of your favorites by another author. Practice reading it out loud, too, in case someone wants to hear it. 🙂

 

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