Mansfield Middle School
Mrs. Hodgson

8th Grade Literature and Language Arts

Room 306

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Language Arts 1, 2, and 3

Literature  4 and 5

Week of June 9, 2014

Thursday, June 12:  Spelling and vocab quiz ---- Unit 6, Roots OB and SUB, words 1-9, plus the homophones.

 

Monday, June 16:  Spelling and vocab quiz ---- Unit 6, Roots SUR and IN/IM , words 10-17 , plus the homophones.

 

Week of June 9, 2014

 

Your last written response of the year is due Wednesday, June 11.  Identify a theme in your Civil Rights text and explain how the author developed it.  Of course, include text support.

Week of June 2, 2014

 

The final draft of your poem is due Tuesday, June 3.

The first draft of your essay to explain your poem is due Thursday, June 5.

Next week you'll have a Unit 6 spelling quiz on the roots OB and SUB, words 109, and the homophones. 

 

 

Week of June 2, 2014

 

This week's  journals are due Wednesday, June 4.

 

Next week:  Your last journal of the year is due Wednesday, June 11.  You'll need to identify and explain a theme in your book.  Please wait until class on Monday, June 9, to complete this since you'll need some information I'd like to share in order to complete this successfully. 

Week of May 26, 2014

A completed first draft of your Spoken Word poem is due at the beginning of class Tuesday, May 27.

The final draft is due Tuesday, June 3.

The first draft of your essay to explain your poem is due Thursday, June 5.

 

Week of May 26, 2014

Your next lit journal isn't due until June 4.  In the meantime, I ask you to keep reading your Civil Rights text selection.

 

If you are reading To Kill A Mockingbird, please answer the following question in your journal.  As always, include text support and evaluation.

How have Jem and Scout changed so far in the course of this novel?  Identify any specific decisions by Harper Lee to show their development.

 

Week of May 19, 2014

Tuesday:  Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement quiz

Keep working on your Spoken Word selection.  The first draft of your poem is due Tuesday, May 27, and the first draft of the essay about your poem is due Tuesday, June 3.

 

Week of May 19, 2014

Read your Civil Rights book selection.

 There is no other homework this week.

 

Week of May 12, 2014

No homework this week.

Week of May 12, 2014

Read your choice book!

 You'll have one journal this week, due Friday, May 16.  If you're reading anything other than To Kill A Mockingbird, it can be about any trait.

If you are reading To Kill A Mockingbird, then I'd like you to answer the following question for your journal response:

 Why do you think Harper Lee included the character of Mrs. Dubose and the events that surround her?  Explain with text support.

 

Week of May 5, 2014

Spelling and vocab test on Unit 5, words 12-25, plus the roots spir, viv, and vid.  Be sure to know the homophones, too.

Classes 1 and 3:  Thursday, May 8

Class 2: Friday, May 9

Week of May 5, 2014

Read, read, read.  You should probably budget more time into your reading schedule this week if you find your current book is taking longer.

 Bring in the completed questions about civil rights on Tuesday, May 6.

Remember to get your permission slip for The Long Walk Home signed.

Just one journal is due this week, and it can be about any trait.  Have it ready at the beginning of class Friday, May 9.

 

Week of April 28, 2014

Quiz on Spelling Unit 5, Roots scribe, serve, and lat; Words 1-11, and the homophones/frequently misspelled words. The quiz dates are: 

Class 1 -- Thursday, 5/1

Class 2 -- Tuesday, 4/29

Class 3 -- Monday, 2/28

 

Week of April 28, 2014

One lit journal is due this week, and it can be on any trait. 

Class 4:  Due Friday, May 2

Class 5:  Due Thursday, May 1

Also, have your choice book with you at all times during this week's SBAC testing sessions.  You'll want it if you finish the test early!

Week of April 21, 2014

 

You have no homework this week.  However, if you are not satisfied with the grade you earned on the research essay, you may revise it.  It must be submitted no later than Thursday, April 24, and you must submit the old with the new.

 

Next week:  Quiz on Spelling Unit 5, Roots scribe, serve, and lat; Words 1-11, and the homophones/frequently misspelled words. The quiz dates are: 

Class 1 -- Thursday, 5/1

Class 2 -- Tuesday, 4/29

Class 3 -- Monday, 2/28

 

Week of April 21, 2014

 

Read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book.  You will have just one journal due this week, so make it a good one!

 For this journal, I'd like you to look for an example of either the bystander or the upstander effect in your choice book.  Identify a character who serves as either a bystander or an upstander, explain how, and provide text support to show how the author reveals this behavior. 

Journals due Friday, April 25.

Week of April 7, 2014

Prepare for your debate Tuesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 10.  At this point, you should be finished with everything, but it might be helpful to re-read the various articles you've gathered.

 

Week of April 7, 2014

The Midsummer projects are due at the end of class Monday.

You have one journal due this week:  Friday, April 11.

 

Week of March 31, 2014

Please note this change:

The final and edited versions of your research essays/speeches are now due at the end of class Tuesday, April 1. 

You must come to class with a printed, REVISED version of your speech Tuesday.  Have an electronic version available, too. You'll have time to edit during class.  The edited and final version is due at the end of class Tuesday.

 

Week of March 31, 2014

No journals are due this week so you can work on your Midsummer Night's Dream project.  Bring all project materials to class with you each day.

 

Week of March 24, 2014

The completed first draft of your debate speech is due at the end of class Monday, March 24. 

The final draft --- including the Works Cited list --- is due at the beginning of class Tuesday, April 1. 

 

Week of March 24, 2014

Continue to read your choice books.

One journal due this week:  Wednesday, March 26.

Bring all materials for your Midsummer project to class each day this week.

 SPECIAL NOTE TO CLASS 4 STUDENTS WHO ARE IN CHORUS:  If you were not in class and didn't get to show me your journal, then either find me during Thursday's or Tuesday's X block.

 You will not have any journals due next week so you can dedicate some extra time to your Midsummer Night's Dream project.

 

Week of March 17, 2014

Wear your green!

You have no homework due this week.  However, you should complete some research for your team's debate through the EOS library website if you have Internet access at home.

 

Week of March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Keep reading your choice books.  You'll have one journal due this week:  Wednesday, March 19.

 Remember to bring in the permission slip for A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Week of March 10, 2014

You have no homework this week.  However, you may choose to complete some research on your own about our debate resolve ---- whether or not we should require composting in Connecticut.

 

Week of March 10, 2014

One journal due this week:  Wednesday, March 12.  It can be about any trait.

Of course, keep reading at least twenty minutes per night!

 Week of March 3, 2014

The "Evaluating Information Sources" sheet is due Thursday, March 6 (classes 1 and 3) and Friday, March 7 (class 2).  You must find and evaluate two info sources from the EO Smith Library resources.

Week of March 3, 2014

You have one journal due this week.  Complete the sheet about Hermia's choices.  Attach this to your journal on Wednesday, the one in which you compare the           role(s) of women/men in your choice book to those in A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

February 24, 2014

 

Spelling and Vocab test Monday, February 24.   Roots:  ACT, DICT, JECT, and PORT, and words 14-27.

 

Quiz:  Debate terms.  Thursday, February 26.  Know Status Quo, Affirmative, Negative, Inherency, Rebuttal, Significance.

Week of February 24, 2014

Keep reading!

One journal is due this week --- Wednesday, February 26.  This journal needs to be about Word Choice.  Ask yourself, "How does the author use language creatively?"  Think about our conversation in class in which we discussed Shakespeare's invention and creative uses, and examine your author to see if he/she creates words, uses unusual turns of phrase, or comes up with some imaginative uses of language.

 

 

Week of February 17, 2014

You'll have a spelling and vocab test on Monday, February 24, 2014. 

Week of February 17, 2014

Remember that we have no school Monday and Tuesday.  Spend some time reading --- and get out there to play in the snow, too!

 

Just one journal due this week on Friday, February 21.  It can be about any trait.

 

Spelling and vocab test Monday, February 10, on roots voc, duc, and loc, and words 1-13.

 

 Week of February 10, 2014

You have just one journal due this week, and it can be about any trait.  It's due at the beginning of class Wednesday, February 12.

 

Class 5 members: If you choose, you can bring in a written description of your Kiva suggestion in lieu of Wednesday's journal.

 

 

 

Spelling and vocab test Monday, February 10, on roots voc, duc, and loc, and words 1-13.

 Week of February 3, 2014

 

On Monday, February 3, your Twain assessment (green sheet and written response) is due at the beginning of class.  If you need a copy of "Jumping Frog," click here:  http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/projects/price/frog.htm

 

You have a journal due Friday.  It must be about theme.

 

 

 Week of January 27, 2014

A completed and typed first draft of your This I Believe essay is due at the end of class Monday, January 27.

Be sure to have an electronic copy of your essay with you each day this week.  Your final draft is due at the end of class on Thursday (Class 2) or Friday (Classes 1 and 3).   

 Week of January 27, 2014

           

 

There is no journal due Friday.

On Monday, February 3, your Twain assessment (green sheet and written response) is due at the beginning of class.  If you need a copy of "Jumping Frog," click here:  http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/projects/price/frog.htm

 

 

Completed first drafts of your This I Believe personal essay are due Thursday, January 23 at the beginning of class.  You will have time on Tuesday to work on this.

 Week of January 20, 2014

No school Monday.

Two journals are due this week:  one Wednesday and another Friday.  Both can be about any trait.

Tom Sawyer essays (for those of you completing the TS challenge) are due in final draft form at the beginning of class Wednesday, January 22.

 

 Week of January 13, 2014

You have no homework this week.

 

 Week of January 13, 2014

You have two lit journals due this week, one Wednesday and the other Friday.  Of course, you need to keep reading at least twenty minutes each night, including weekends.

If you are completing the Tom Sawyer opportunity, be sure to bring in your notes each day.  The essay is due Wednesday, January 22.  Feel free to submit it early, if you'd like.

 

 Week of January 6, 2014

 

 

 

Monday, January 13, you will have a spelling test on words 11-20 from Unit 3, as well as the roots CED, PEND, AND POS.

 Week of January 6, 2014

You have two lit journals due this week:  One Monday, and another on Friday.  Remember that Friday's needs to be about how the book you're reading has helped you avoid "the danger of the single story." 

Another option would be to watch the TED talk with a parent, and to write your journal response about your conversation about its ideas.  http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Of course, keep reading at least twenty minutes in your choice book each night.

If you're completing the Tom Sawyer challenge, be sure to keep taking notes that will help you complete the essay.

 Week of January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

Revisions to your argument essay are due Friday, January 3 (if you choose to take this option).  Be sure to attach the original, graded copy with your new one.

 

 Week of January 2, 2014

 

Just one journal due this week, on Friday, January 3.

 

 Week of December 16, 2013

You have no homework this week.

 Week of December 16, 2013

You have two journals due this week.  The one due Wednesday should be about how the author reveals the setting in your choice book.  The one due Friday can be about any trait.

 

 Week of December 9, 2013

 

The final draft --- including the Works Cited list --- of your argument/research essay is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, December 10.

You'll have a spelling and vocab test on Monday, December 16.  Know the roots CED and PEND and words 1-10.

 

Week of December 9, 2013

 

Just two journals due this week --- one Wednesday and another Friday.

 

And of course, be sure to keep reading!

 Week of December 2, 2013

A completed draft of your research essay/argument essay is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, December 3. 

The final draft is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, December 10.

Be sure to have all materials --- both paper and electronic --- with you during class so you can work on this assignment.

 

 Week of December 2, 2013

Keep reading!

 

You have either a journal or a Kiva presentation due Monday.

 You have two more journals due this week: one Wednesday and one Friday.

Read, read, read, and read some more.

 Week of November 25, 2013

A draft of your research essay/argument essay is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, December 3.

 Week of November 25, 2013

Keep reading!  Dr. Robinson will give us a book talk on Tuesday morning. 

No journals are due this week, but you will have one due Monday, December 2, 2013.  It can be about any trait of your choice.  (Remember you can do the Kiva option instead.)

 

 Week of November 18, 2013

By the end of Tuesday's class (11/19), you need to have your thesis statement and introduction to your argument essay complete.  If it's not done by then, complete it for Friday and give it to Mrs. Hodgson in homeroom.

 Week of November 18, 2013

Of course, you need to read at least 20 minutes each night.

One journal is due this week -- on Wednesday, November 20.  It can be about any trait of your choice, unless I instructed you to do another about theme.

Also, bring all of your journal entries to class on Wednesday so Mrs. Hodgson can complete an organization check of your journals.

 

 Week of November 4-15, 2013

You have no homework this week.  Enjoy!

Weeks of November 4 -15, 2013

Here's the deal:

You will have only two journals due in the next two weeks, so make them really good.

Be sure you include at least two specific quotes for support, and elaborate when explaining the effectiveness of the author's craft decisions. 

Also, keep a reading log.  Ms. Hodgson will check this on Friday, November 8, and Monday, November 18.  Be sure to read every day and to record the time read, title, and page numbers.

 

 Week of October 27, 2013

No homework to hand in this week.

 Spelling quiz on Words 1-10 from Unit 2.  Know these roots:  URB, PUBLIC, REG.

Classes 1 and 3:  Thursday, October 31

Class 2:  Friday, November 1

 Week of October 27, 2013

Journals are due twice this week and can be on any trait:

Due Wednesday, October 30

Due Friday, November 1.  Scratch that.  No journal is due Friday.  That's my Trick or Treat present to you.  Have fun Thursday night, and if you don't like the M&Ms you get, feel free to share some with me.

 

 Week of October 13, 2013

A typed draft of your Flash Fiction story should be finished by the end of class Monday, October 25.  You'll have time in class on Thursday to finish your drafting and typing. 

 

This draft does not have to be perfect; it's just a draft.  It does, however, need to be complete.

 October 13, 2013 through October 25, 2013

You'll have just one journal due this week:

Due Wednesday:  One journal about conventions.    Ask yourself these questions:  "How does the author make a deliberate decision about the use of conventions?  How does this affect the meaning?"

 

You'll also have a journal due on Monday, October 25.  This journal can be about any trait.

 

And of course, keep reading at least twenty minutes per night!

 

 Week of October 7, 2013

You have no homework this week.  You'll write the draft of your Flash Fiction in class.  If you find that the class time isn't enough to finish, then you'll need to work on it this coming weekend.

 Week of October 7, 2013

Keep reading at least 20 minutes per night.

 

Due Wednesday:  One journal response.  This response must be about one way the author organizes your book.  Consider Point of View, conflict, pacing, or the use of cliffhangers and chaptering.

Due Wednesday:  One journal response. This response must be about the author's sentence fluency. 

 

For all journal entries, remember to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

 Week of September 30, 2013:

 

Keep thinking about your characters and setting for your Flash Fiction story.  We'll get working on those this week in class.

 

Spelling:  Homework for words 10-20 due Tuesday.

 

Spelling test:  Words 10-20 Thursday.

 Week of September 30, 2013

Due Wednesday:  One journal response.  This entry must be about the narrator's voice.  Remember not to confuse the narrator with the character voice.

Due Friday:  One journal entry about any trait.

 

For all journal entries, remember to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

 Week of September 23, 2013

 

Spelling quiz on Monday, September 23, for words 1-9 of Unit 1.  These are the words from the roots bene, mal, and equi. 

No other homework this week, unless you don't finish your character sketches in class.  If that's the case, be sure to have the first character introduction completed for class on Thursday, September 26 (Classes 1 and 3) or Friday, September 27 (Class 2).

 Week of September 23, 2013

Due Wednesday:  One journal response.  This entry must be about the author's word choice.  Refer to your notes from Monday's class to help you complete this entry. 

Due Friday:  One journal entry about any trait.

For all journal entries, remember to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

 

Language Arts 1, 2, and 3:

Your allusions sheet (yellow) is due at the beginning of class on Monday, September 16.

 

Spelling 1-9 is due at the beginning of class on Thursday, September 19.  On the Unit 1 paper, write a definition for the first nine words (in the left-hand column).

 

 Literature 4 and 5

 Read at least twenty minutes each night in your choice book.  Journals are due twice this week:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013  THIS ENTRY MUST BE ABOUT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.  Ask yourself:  "What strategies does this author use to develop character?  Is this effective?"

Friday, September 20, 2013

 

For each, be sure to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

 Due Tuesday, September 10, 2013:

Have a typed, double-spaced and revised copy of your Where I'm From poem printed and ready to go when you walk in the door.  BE SURE TO HAVE AN ELECTRONIC VERSION, TOO!

 

Bring in any artifacts or photos you will want pasted to your poster.  It is due at the following times:

LA1:  10:30

LA2:  12:05

LA3:  2:05

 Read at least twenty minutes each night in your choice book.  Journals are due twice this week:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

 

For each, be sure to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

 Due Monday, September 9:

Have a typed, double-spaced, and revised copy of your Where I'm From poem printed and ready to go when you walk in the door.

Also, be sure to have an electronic version of the story with you.

 Due Monday, September 9:

No journal due Monday.  Read at least one hour in your choice books.

You'll have two journals due later this week, one on Wednesday and one on Friday.

 

 Week of September 3, 2013

Come to your next class with a  typed and printed draft of your Where I'm From poem.

-double-spaced

Due from LA 1 and LA 3 at the beginning of class on Thursday, September 5

Due from LA 2 at the beginning of class on Friday, September 6.

 

Also, start to collect artifacts and/or pictures for your poster.

 

 Week of September 3, 2013

 

 Lit 4 and Lit 5:  Read!  Read at least  twenty minutes per night in your choice book.  Complete one journal response for each class, making sure to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

Remember to "think as a writer" when reading! 

 

 Week of August 26, 2013

No homework.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Week of August 26, 2013

 Lit 4 and Lit 5:  Read!  Read at least  1 1/2 hours in your choice book.  Complete one journal response, making sure to include:

-- an identification of author's craft

-- a specific example or two for support

-- an evaluation of that strategy.

 

Remember to "think as a writer" when reading!