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

 

November 3, 2014

Spelling and vocab quiz Monday, November 3 (Class 2) or Tuesday, November 4 (Classes 1 and 3).

Roots URB, PUBLIC, AND REG, and the first ten words, plus homophones. 

November 3, 2014

PERMISSION SLIPS FOR THE TWAIN HOUSE ARE DUE MONDAY!  The money can come in later, but the signed form is due Monday.

Two journals due this week --- about any trait:

Monday, November 3, and Friday, November 7.

 

October 27, 2014

You'll have a quiz on run-on sentences. 

Classes 1 and 3:  Thursday, October 30

Class 2:  Friday, October 31

 

Spelling and vocab quiz Monday, November 3 (Class 2) or Tuesday, November 4 (Classes 1 and 3).

Roots URB, PUBLIC, AND REG, and the first ten words, plus homophones. 

October 27, 2014

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

 Lit 4 Students:  One journal is due this week --- Wednesday, October 29.

Lit 5 Students:  Your journal is due Friday, October 31.

 

 

October 14, 2014

We'll keep working on the informational essays this coming week.  The final draft is due (printed!) when you walk in the door on Monday, October 27. 

Use your class time wisely and you may be able to avoid homework for this assignment!

October 14, 2014

 You don't have any journals due this week.  Your next journal is due Friday, October 24.  However, I ask that you not work on it until you have participated in class discussions and activities Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, since you'll need this information to help you write a good journal response about theme.

But of course:  I ask you to read at least twenty minutes per night in your choice book!

 

October 6, 2014

A completed first draft of your informational essay is due at the end of class Thursday, October 8 (Classes 1 and 3) or Friday, October 9 (Class 2).

 During the long weekend, you don't have homework.  However, if you think your informational essay needs more research, then investigate your topic and take notes so you can add it to your draft next week.

 And of course, if you weren't able to hand in your draft on Thursday or Friday, make sure you finish it this weekend.

October 6, 2014

Read a minimum of 20 minutes per night.

 One journal is due this week on Wednesday.  Identify one of the author's deliberate decisions, and then be sure to include text support and an evaluation of the author's craft.

 

During the long weekend, you have no written homework --- BUT I STILL EXPECT YOU TO READ AT LEAST 20 MINUTES PER NIGHT!  MINIMUM!

 

October 3, 2014

 

Your next spelling and vocab quiz is Monday, October 6.  Know these roots:  ARCH, CRAT, DEMOS, POLIS.  Know words 10-20 and the homophones. 

 

October 3, 2014

 

Class 5:  Complete the sheet about author's organization for all four stories:  "The Lottery," "Charles," "Raymond's Run," and "On The Bridge."

 

Class 4:  Complete the sheet about author's organization for one of the above stories --- in addition to the one about "Charles" that we did in class.

 

September 29, 2014

Your ten notecards were due Monday.  Be sure you handed them in.  If you find you have missing information (such as modern references to your topic), then complete some additional research.

 

Your next spelling and vocab quiz is Monday, October 6.  Know these roots:  ARCH, CRAT, DEMOS, POLIS.  Know words 10-20 and the homophones. 

 

September 29, 2014

Due Wednesday for Class 4:  Journal about Sentence Fluency.

 Refer to the notes you took during class on Monday about how author's vary (or don't) their sentence fluency for specific effects.  Then consider how the author of your choice book uses sentence fluency for a specific effect.  Include specific text support, at least two quotes, and evaluate the effectiveness.

 

For Class 5:  Please complete the back side of the sentence fluency sheet.  Use your copy of "Raymond's Run" to do so. 

 

September 23, 2014

You have no homework this week, unless you'd like to complete additional research about your mythological figure or topic for a future allusion.

 

September 23, 2014

Due Wednesday:

Journal about VOICE. 

1)  Identify the narrator's voice in your text, and explain how the author developed it. 

2) Support with evidence from the text.

3) Evaluate.  Explain whether you think the author did a good job revealing this voice.

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!