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

 

September 15, 2014

Spelling and Vocab quiz this coming Thursday (classes 1 and 3) or Friday (class 2). 

Know the meanings of the roots BENE, MAL, and EQUI.

Know the parts of speech and definitions for words 1-11.   Simple, easy-to-remember definitions (as reviewed in class) are perfect.

September 15, 2014

Due Wednesday:

 1)  The Character Chart for "Raymond's Run" if you did not finish it in Monday's class.

2)  A journal about character development.  Refer to the Character Chart to help you identify specific strategies the author uses to reveal character.  In addition, provide text support.  Be sure to evaluate the effectiveness of the author's decisions. 

 

September 11, 2014

Complete 1-11 on the spelling Unit 1 sheet.  Write the definition and part of speech for each word.

 

September 11, 2014

Journals are due Friday.  Please explain how your author develops a main character in your book.  Be sure to include text support and evaluation.

September 8, 2014

Have all materials for your Where I'm From poem with you Tuesday and Wednesday.  Be sure to have your artifacts and an electronic version.

September 8, 2014

Read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book.

 Your next journal is due Wednesday, September 10.  Answer this question: 

"Why do I think the author of my choice book chose to tell this particular story?" 

Include text support and evaluation in your response.

 

September 5, 2014

Due Monday when you walk in the door:

-- A typed and printed copy of your "Where I'm From" poem, complete with all revisions made so far;

-- And electronic copy of your poem.  Having it available on Google Drive or a flash drive is perfect.

-- All artifacts you will use for your poster.

September 5, 2014

Read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book.

 Instead of a journal for Monday, answer this question posed by one of your classmates:  "Why do you think Shirley Jackson wrote 'The Lottery'?"

At least one well-developed paragraph, please.

 

September 2, 2014

Complete the metaphor explanation on the form you received in class today.  Be sure to swing by Wednesday's X if you have any questions!  Due Thursday.

 (Students in Class 2 --- You won't receive this assignment until Wednesday.)

 

September 3, 2014

Read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book.  

 

Your next lit journal is due Friday, September 5.  This journal should focus on Ideas and Content.  Refer to the pink packet you received in class, especially page 3.  Select one of the ideas on the page, such as theme, character development, conflict development, or the use of irony.  In this journal:

--- Identify one of the author's "deliberate decisions" regarding the development of Ideas and Content;

-- Explain how the author implements this decision, using at least two quotes/examples for support;

-- Explain what you think about this decision.  Feel free to judge its effectiveness.

   August 30, 2014

A completed first draft of your "Where I'm From" poem is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, September 2.  This draft doesn't need to be typed but should be complete and reflect all parts of your life as indicated in your notebook. 

 

In addition, it's a good idea to begin gathering some pictures or other mementos for your poster.

 

 

 

 August 30, 2014

Read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book.  

 

Your first lit journal is due Wednesday, September 3.  In this journal:

--- Identify one of the author's "deliberate decisions;"

-- Explain how the author implements this decision, using at least two quotes/examples for support;

-- Explain what you think about this decision.  Feel free to judge its effectiveness.

  

If you get stuck, you could complete this form instead.

 

As always, be sure to have your choice book with you for each and every lit class!