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          LITERATURE classes





03/02: bring book review book in on Monday [all makeup entries due start of class]

02/27: journal mid-term check: all journal zeros must be made up by Monday, March 2, using the appropriate form

02 /18: read 20 min nightly/1 sticky note of choice/bring novel daily: ....................finish novel by 03/02/15 for work on book review. Details will follow

02/06: Read 30 min. nightly/ bring book daily. Friday, Sat, Sun, = 90 min/

                   IF there is a SNOW DAY Monday, READ 30 MIN that night as well,

                   = 2 hours  for   Tuesday

01/26: read twenty min nightly/one sticky note per night : focus CULTURE, ANY ONE ASPECT (ab2c) . STAY WARM & BE SAFE!

01/13: complete rest of study guide for test MONDAY & TUESDAY. 

01/13: study guide Question 1 + Visions for quiz Friday 

01/05: Book review part 1: due Mnday 13, & Part 2 Due on block day / Jan 14 or 15.

12/16 continue reg. reading assignment (see 12/05) 

12/05 make-up format to be used up until 12/23 to get rid of any zeros!

 12/05: get yellow ZERO count signed.

12/05: read 20 min nightly/1 sticky of choice. Grapes = 30 min/1 sticky of choice.

11/18: extra credit opportunity:DRAW contrasting landscape/seascape in The Pearl.  OR  WRITE one page essay contrasting the landscape/seascape in The Pearl. DUE MON 11/24

11/16: read 20 min nightly/ bring novel daily (Grapes: more as needed/parent signature)

11/14: read 40 min/ get Myth test signed 

11/07: read 20 min nightly; long weekend: 60 min for Classes 4 &5, 80 min class 3 

10/24: Part 1 of STUDY GUIDE DUE Monday 10/27 

10/23: Part 2 of STUDY GUIDE DUE Friday 10/24

10/17 Part 1 book review due today 

10/10: plate /feathers colored; book review book ; part 1 book review due Firday

10/07: BOOK REVIEW NOVEL TO CLASS, finished dreamcatcher feathers, and plate (not colored) due at start of class. 

10/06: see (10/03). Cut and color dream catcher feathers for Tuesday 10/07.

10/03: FINISH NOVEL by WED 10/08. BRING NOVEL TO CLASS.  Book review work to begin in class. ALSO: enrichment activity ~ bring feathers and beads if available!

09/09: READ a minimum of 20 min. nightly. Bring novel daily. 



What to expect 2014-2015: (wonderful, challenging literature!)

Choose a novel with teacher/parent guidance. (Details in class)

Read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly. Bring book daily! Due Sept _____

Finish Writer's Survey Due Sept: ________

Exploring Symbolism; Visual literacy / symbolism postcard quiz  Due Sept ______

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Have a SAFE and RELAXING SUMMER!  See you next school year! Can't wait!


Farewell, LIT students of 2013-2014! You DID IT! Happy 8th grade!


 May 25: Book review: Part 1 rough draft due Friday May 30, Part 2 rough draft due Monday June 2, Part 3 rough draft due Wed June 4, FINAL TYPED TUESDAY JUNE 10.

May 21: "What I Know" or "What I Fear" poem typed, final format DUE WED, May 28th start of class, (hard copy & on GOOGLE DRIVE).   

May 20th: read for pleasure; no stickies required ;-)  EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! Ask! 

 May 19th: book finished for book review to be assigned Friday, DUE DATE TBD... 

April 28: complete SCI-FI STUDY GUIDE. TEST: Wed & Fri.

April 11: V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N!  It's been a LONG, HARD winter! NO HOMEWORK!  Enjoy your well-deserved break!

March 28: read 20 min nightly/1 sticky note.  40 min /2 sticky notes on weekend. 

March 5: COMPLETED  STUDY GUIDE due start of class on Friday. Book review outline of 3 topics/ 3-6 sticky notes due start of class on Friday.

March 3: homework: Review end of The Pearl & study guide/study; TEST Wednesday, March 12th. TEST Friday March 14

March 12: book review book DUE, TYPED, FINAL 

March 3: bring book review book daily.  BOOK REVIEW WORK IN CLASS ALL WEEK.

Jan 23: read 20 min nightly/1 sticky note.  Must finish novel in 4 weeks.

Jan 23: Grapes of Wrath: extra credit/enrichment opportunity to earn up to A+; may require more than the usual reading of 20 min nightly.  Novel must be finished in 4 weeks.

Jan 13 READ 20 MIN NIGHTLY/ 1 sticky note


Jan 2: start of class have journal book finished for book review; bring book review novel to class

Dec 19: EXTRA CREDIT opportunity, due Jan 2 at start of class

Dec 4: read 20 min nightly/1 sticky unless otherwise indicated

Nov 8: study guide for final creation myth unit due Wed, Nov 13th.  test parts 1 & 2 on Friday, Nov 15, and test parts 3 & 4 on Monday, Nov. 18th. 

Oct 29th: color and cut dream catcher feathers (reading not necessary ~ bring novel tomorrow)

Oct 28th: get book review signed/ read/bring novel

Oct 22: get myth test signed, & bring new journal novel for class (may be a novel already approved and started from before book review)

Oct 18: change (see Oct 16) of due dates:  rough draft part 1: Monday, Oct. 21 ....TYPED PART 1 DUE TUESDAY, Oct 22,

rough draft PART 2 due MONDAY, Oct 21.  ALL FINAL work still due TOGETHER WED 10/23.

 Oct 16: book review format; FINAL OF BOTH PARTS DUE WED OCT 23; rough draft of author, genre, setting, theme, author's message due Friday Oct 18th.  Part One final due Wed Oct 23, Part Two final due Weds, 10/23.

Oct 9th: finish novel; bring finished book review book to class on WED 16th to start book review


Oct4: study guide MIDUNIT CREATION MYTH: due Monday/ vocab flashcards


Sept 13: REMINDER: READ 40 min each weekend and bring novel daily! Sept 7 - until end of school year unless otherwise noted: Read a minimum of 20 min. nightly, bring novel daily.  Other assignments added as needed.


German Exchange PPT info

Sept 7 - until end of school year unless otherwise noted: Read a minimum of 20 min. nightly, bring novel daily.  Other assignments added as needed.

Sept 4: fictional novel for approval by end of Friday x-block

Sept 4: get address for postcard

 Aug 29: Finish READER SURVEY for Friday 8/30

AUG  29, 2013;  NEW YEAR!



June 7: Book review FINAL due June 13th

rough draft part 1 due Monday

rough draft part 2 due Tuesday


 April 29: study guide due tomorrow (Tuesday), TEST THURSDAY [reading/sticky not necessary.]

April 19 Have a safe and fun vacation!  Study guide will be given Monday/ test Thursday when we return from break!

April 2: study guide and TEST due start of class on Thursday, April 4th.

March 18th: questions 1-4 on Starry Rift in packet [reading/sticky by choice!]

March 1: due at start of class; TYPED book review/rough draft

Feb 28 rough draft of all parts of book review due at start of class

Feb 22 Book review due Friday, March 1

THE PEARL TEST in 3 parts: Friday, Feb 1; Monday, Feb. 4 & Tuesday, Feb 5th.  COMPLETED STUDY GUIDE due at start of class on Friday.

Jan 29: Finished reading The Pearl in class.  Study guide vocab on pg 1 & 2 due at start of class on Thursday.

Jan 11: continue reading novel 20 min. nightly/ 1 sticky note per night

Jan 3: Book review: Rough draft (all parts handwritten or typed) due at start of class on Tuesday, Jan 8th.  FINAL: due typed at start of class THURSDAY, JAN 10th. If you are absent, you must send it via email to  or to Mrs. K with someone.

Dec 6: see Dec 3 & GET TEST SIGNED


Dec 3: read 20 min, 1 sticky = culture

Nov 30: read 40 min/ 2stickies: focus AUTHOR'S STYLE

Nov 10 continue as always: read 20 min nightly / 1 sticky note unless instructed otherwise

Nov 9: TEST Thursday Nov 15 & Friday Nov. 16.  STUDY GUIDE and flashcards complete due Thurs. Nov. 15

Nov 5th: yin yang journal entry/2 sticky notes about character (signatures as needed)

Nov 1: book review signed, read 20 min nightly, bring book daily

Oct. 18: bring book review novel to class. book review part one DUE MONDAY, OCT 22.  Book review parts 1 & 2 due Tuesday, Oct 23. [see 10/10 for format]

Oct 10: Finish novel for Tuesday, Oct 16, for BOOK REVIEW. Bring book review novel to class on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Sept 6: finish SYMBOLISM postcard quiz, due Friday/full color, Sept 7th: also read 20 min and bring novel

Aug. 29th: finish Reader's Survey! Due Friday 30th.

Please read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly.

Bring novel daily.

Read a minimum of 40 min. total each weekend.



02/24: spelling unit 4 

02/23: DUE START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY, final argument/typed/revised/edited/ self-eval sheet due start of class, PRINTED 

02/20: rough draft typed at start of class FRIDAY

02/18:Due Thursday : first 3 paragraphs/documentation for Sports  

02/06: Due Tuesday: Umbrella organizer: 3 main arguments / supporting details taken from you T-chart. 

01/06:Due MONDAY: Read and underline important facts 10 articles.   Finish T-Chart (at least 30 for each side) RESOLVE: CT should ban competitive sports in school. 

01/26 Finish reading and note taking for all 4 articles given in class/mark each for important facts/create separate notes on white-lined paper. STAY WARM & BE SAFE!

12/19 SPELLING TEST Monday/ all packet work due  

12/16 spelling unit 3; packet work 1 & 2 due Thursday start of class

12/05 typed friendly letter due start of class 

11/14. Unit 2 spelling list: # 4 on back due Monday

11/12: Unit 2 spelling list: do #1,#2,#3 on front page/  # 3 on back page due Friday

11/07: MOOD worksheet due

11/04: Tell-tale Heart Comparison Essay due

10 28: Letter to Simpsons producer due

10/24: Raven cut out due

10/20: parent signature on autobio poem & memoir due

10/9: Write one sentence for each unit 1 spelling 1-20 list words & MUSCLE words. Due Friday at start of class.

10/7 ALL SPELLING due on Thursday start of class. Test: FRIDAY 10/10  Bring spelling pretest and all spelling packet work.

10/06: Spelling unit 1 pretest in class on Tuesday 10/07. Misspelled words x10,  alphabetize entire list, and work of one category of choice for Thursday start of class. 

10/03: Memoir final due/ all rough drafts at end of class


09/09: AUTOBIO-POEM. FINAL, TYPED, FINISHED border, due start of class on Thursday 9/11.


What to expect 2014-2015: (exciting writing & presenting opportunities!)

Finish Spelling inventory.  Due Sept. _____

Finish Parts of Speech and Parts of Words  Due Sept _____

Moving on to study language: Pretests: parts of words, parts of speech (Greek and Latin forms), spelling, and vocabulary. Due ____________

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Have a SAFE and RELAXING SUMMER!  See you next school year! Can't wait! 


Farewell, LA students of 2013-2014!  YOU DID IT!!! Happy 8th grade!



June 2: flashcards for all unit 6 spelling words and Latin forms due Tuesday June 3.  UNIT 6 TEST POSTPONED; to be combined with YEAR-END; LATIN & GREEK FORMS (PREFIX, ROOT, SUFFIX). Date of test TO BE DETERMINED.

May 27th: spelling unit 6 work continues in class. TEST TUESDAY, JUNE 3rd. 

May 23rd: EDITED, REVISED, FINAL/works cited/url page, PRINTED. All in GOOGLE DOCS ~~~~ DUE START OF CLASS! 

May 19th: Informational essay complete with Works Cited page

April 28th: working on approved INFORMATIONAL research topic of choice in class.  If absent, make up class work at home.

APRIL 11: V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N! It's been a LONG, HARD winter! NO HOMEWORK! Enjoy your well-deserved break! 

April 10: STUDY: Friday SPELLING TEST; spelling, part of speech, proof 

April 8: spelling packet completed in class or continued as homework. PACKET DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY. [STUDY 20 min. nightly as needed]

March 4 Spelling unit 4 test 

Feb 28th: spelling unit 4 packet due Monday

Jan.30: Unit 3 spelling: work packet due Tuesday, Feb 4.  Test: Thursday, Feb. 6

Jan 22: read and underline important facts in Scope Mag articles; to be used in debate: Should Your School Get Rid of Sports?" due start of class Thursday.  Put facts & personal experiences in T-chart on Thursday, and start rough draft essay. Rough draft of argument paper using recipe due end of class Friday.  Typed argument essay due TUESDAY START OF CLASS. 

Jan 13: Argument writing in class; using "recipe" and transitions sheet, complete rough draft 5 part essay "Everybody should get Trophies ? 

Dec. 20: memoir/cover due by end of class'; extra credit art due end of class
Dec 19; SPELLING UNIT 2:  Words wrong x 10 DUE MONDAY, test Thurs. 12/19
DEC 13; start of class collection: final memoir/rough drafts/ 2 explosions/ REVISED TITLE
Dec 9: Due Tuesday, DEC 10: two typed memoirs/ 2 explosions in favorite memoir

Dec 4; due at start of class; complete memoir #1 typed, 1/2 memoir #2 typed
NOv 19: three different timelines for possible memoirs. (Include characters, setting, climax, LESSON)  DUE THURSDAY, Nov.21, start of class

Oct 28th Raven cutout/moody words from the Raven

Oct 22: using notes from Simpson's Raven video, create a brainstorm to write to this prompt: Would Edgar Allan Poe have approved of this rendition of his poem?  Why or why not?

Oct 21: Be sure you have read both articles on Poe's life and complete the worksheet.  Use complete sentences & write a paragraph per answer.

Oct 17: complete the reading of POE & do the worksheet corresponding worksheet.  Use front and back to write paragraphs and complete sentences. Due Friday.

Oct 9: finish typing descriptive FALL writing/thesaurus revision for rich language /"exploding the moment" 

Oct 7th: write  3/4 page descriptive (5 senses) writing from class notes on "fall"

Also: your address written in your planner ~proper format (parental check!)

Sept 27: write wrong words from spelling test x 20. Due MOnday.  Finish typing and revising persuasive letter to parents about puppy.

Sept 19; pre- test in class. COMPLETE spelling packet; each wrong word X 10, choose 4 activities (2 circled & 2 others), complete back of spelling page, STUDY; UNIT 1 TEST Thursday, 9/26/13.

Sept 13: Happy weekend! No Homework!

German Exchange PPT Information

Sept 7: Auto-bio poem final /thesaurus due Thursday start of class.  FINAL revised & EDITED  due typed/ ART Friday, Sept 13th (yikes! scary date!)  Bawhahahahaha!

 Aug 29: finish spelling survey for Friday 8/30

 AUG 29, 2013; new year!


June 1: MEMOIR final typed due Wed June 12

April 30: write short story using all spelling list words.  Underline each spelling word. 

April 29: spelling unit 7; wrong words X 10 each, alphabetize list, front & back of sheet due TUESDAY.  TEST FRIDAY.

April 20: Have a safe and fun vacation! Writing for argument unit continues after break.  Deciding a charity to receive our tag sale money!

April 2: ADVERTISEMENT/ donation/ permission slip due Wed April 3 at start of class.

March 18th extra credit: link to ad

March 1: bring in three advertisements or one magazine for Monday

Feb 22 Spelling unit 6; pretest Monday, Feb 25, packet work & test Friday, March 1

 Jan. 29: spelling unit 5; pretest today. Incorrect words X 10 & Cloze activity due Wed. start of class. Identify & define prefix/root/suffix.  TEST FRIDAY  02/01.

Jan 11: spelling unit 4;pretest today. Assignment and packet work due day of TEST, TUESDAY, JAN 15

Jan 4; Person of the Year ; typed, research due Monday, ROUGH DRAFT due TUESDAY, FINAL TYPED due Wed.

Dec 11: Choose one topic, write 3 body paragraphs, use transitional phrases/ & 3 Fs / 3 different elaboration strategies DUE: wED 10/12

Dec 3: spelling unit 3; misspelled words x 10, alphabetize word list, do assignment as indicated on spelling list.  Spelling work due at end of class, Tues. 12/04 & TEST = WED, 12/05.

Nov. 14: typed rough drafts of 2 different moods (1/2-3/4 pg), due end of class Friday Nov 16th.

Oct 23: poetry packet; parent sign for Oct 24


Oct 17: TYPED final PANTOON poem due Friday, Oct 19 

Oct 17: parent signature on spelling test; due Friday

Oct 10: spelling unit 2: incorrect words X 10/ alphabetize list/ complete word clues/complete one category (one choice/all words)by Monday10/15. Test & Packet due 10-/17.

Sept 7: revised rough draft autobiopoem/ thesaurus due MOnday Sept. 10 at start of class.

Sept 4: rough draft (hand-written) autobiopoem due Friday Sept 6th

 Aug 29: Finish Writer's Survey due Friday, Aug 30th