Mansfield Middle School
Mrs. Hodgson

8th Grade Literature and Language Arts

Room 306

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Language Arts 1, 2, and 3

Social Studies 4 and 5



Tuesday, October 6 (Classes 1 and 3) and Wednesday, October 7 (Class 2): Spelling and vocab quiz:

Unit 1, roots bene, mal, and equi.  Know the parts of speech, definitions, and correct spelling for words 1-9.


Class 2 students who were on the German Exchange field trip:  Please don't worry about this quiz over the weekend.  I'll give you what you need to know on Monday.


Monday, September 28:  

Read and EXAMINE the sample research essay about cell phones, and answer the questions on the yellow paper.

Purpose:  to examine MLA documentation.


Due Thursday, October 1 (Classes 1 and 3) or Friday, October 2 (Class 2):  Complete the allusions/mythology activity (purple paper).  

1)  Current Issues Quiz Monday, October 5.  Review the broadcast for September 29, 2015.  Here are the notes.  


2)  Due typed and printed when you walk in the door Wednesday, October 7:

Read Chapter 5, Section 2 of your Social Studies textbook.  

Fully answer questions 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4, 5 and 6 on page 149.  

Read Chapter 5, Section 3 (From Protest to Rebellion), p. 150-153. 

Fully answer  “Check Your Progress” questions (p. 153) – 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 5, 6, 7.

 Be sure to use complete sentences and TTQA.

 If you have a hard time accessing the online textbook, you can use this black and white PDF of the assigned sections.


Friday, September 25:  No homework this weekend.


Quiz:  Friday, September 25.  Study the seven note cards that you created from the "Exploring the Explorers" activity.  If you're not sure about the content on your note cards, please come to 306 for X on Wednesday or Thursday.  I have the information posted on the back bulletin board.


Current Events Stories to Review:

--- CNN Student News September 22, 2015.  

Notes from September 22 broadcast.

---CNN Student News September 24, 2015

Notes from September 24 broadcast


Thank you, Amber O., for the polite reminder about the notes!





1) The final draft of your Where I'm From poem is due by the end of class on Friday, September 18.  Make sure you have revised and edited to:

-- replace forms of "to be" with active, vivid verbs;

-- replace generic nouns with specific selections;

-- remove cliches; 

-- be sure all/most parts of your life are reflected in this poem.


2) The finished poster is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, September 22 (Classes 1 and 3) or Wednesday, September 23 (Class 2).   I recommend working on this during an X block, if possible.  



CNN September 14 broadcast: 

(I'm having problems activating the links.  If this doesn't work, please go to CNN News for Students and find the September 14 broadcast.)

Notes from 9/14/15 broadcast.



CNN September 16 broadcast:


Notes from September 16

Current Issues Quiz Monday, September 21




Due at the beginning of class Tuesday, September 15:

Spend 20 minutes revising your Where I'm From poem.  Goal:  Eliminate all forms of the verb "to be."  (You're allowed only one in your final draft!)  Forms to eliminate:  is/are/was/were/being/been/am)

3) Finish completing the yellow peer review form for your partner by the beginning of class on Thursday.

 Due at the beginning of class Wednesday, September 16: 

-- Write a full paragraph to answer the last question in your explorers packet;

--create seven note cards, one for each explorer in the chart, indicating three bullet points of the most important information about him.  Hint, hint:  These note cards will be very useful when you study for your midterm exam!

Posted September 8, 2015

Weekend:  Spend at least twenty minutes revising your poem for specificity and breadth. 



--Write five metaphors on the metaphor activity sheet.  Due Thursday, 9/10 (Classes 1 and 3) or Friday, 9/11 (Class 2).


-- Finish typing your Where I'm From poem draft.  Due Thursday, 9/10 (Classes 1 and 3) or Friday, 9/11 (Class 2).

 Posted September 9, 2015

Current Issues Quiz:  Monday, September 14

For your review:

CNN September 8  and Notes from 8/18 and 9/9


CNN September 10

 Notes from September 10: Notes from September 10


Posted September 2, 2015

Bring in a few artifacts (three or four pictures, magazine clippings, leaves, ticket stubs, etc.) for your poster.


A completed draft of your Where I'm From poem is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, September 8.  It does not need to be typed.

Posted September 2, 2015

Your next current issues quiz will be Tuesday, September 8.  Here are the links for the videos for review:

From 9/1 and 2:

Notes: /filestorage/6715/6788/SS_CI_9-1_Notes.docx


From 9/3 and 9/4:

 Notes: /filestorage/6715/6788/SS_CI_notes_9-4.docx



Posted August 28, 2015

No homework this weekend.  However, you should start to gather artifacts (ticket stubs, photos, trinkets) that you can use for your Where I'm From poster.




Posted August 28, 2015

Your first current issues quiz is Monday, August 31.  If you'd like to review the story, check this link:

You may earn 5 bonus points on this quiz by watching and discussing the broadcast with an adult.  Bring in a note to indicate you have done so.


This week's study tip from The New York Times:  Change your location!  Study the same information multiple times in different locations.


Many study skills courses insist that students find a specific place, a study room or a quiet corner of the library, to take their work. The research finds just the opposite. In one classic 1978 experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms - one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard - did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Later studies have confirmed the finding, for a variety of topics.

The brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time, the authors say, regardless of whether those perceptions are conscious. It colors the terms of the Versailles Treaty with the wasted fluorescent glow of the dorm study room, say; or the elements of the Marshall Plan with the jade-curtain shade of the willow tree in the backyard. Forcing the brain to make multiple associations with the same material may, in effect, give that information more neural scaffolding.

"What we think is happening here is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting," said Dr. Bjork, the senior author of the two-room experiment.  (