Welcome to our 8th grade ELA class page! 
HOMEWORK/classwork: most recent  assignments at top 
Date assigned:
 4/5/19 Yellow Badge article/crossword
due Mon for per 3, 4 and due Tues for 
per 7 &8
 4/2/19 Revised Argument essays
due Friday (optional)
- potential of up to 10 pts. grade change!
 3/26 Writing Test tomorrow - 
Read quote by Eve Bunting
at top of Terrible Things
essay: A. Explain its meaning
as it relates to our world
today; B. how do the article -
 38 Witnesses, the allegory 
"Terrible Things" and
the poem "First they came
 for the Jews" each
support/prove  Bunting's
quote? Explain and use
details/quotes from each
piece to support your
 3/21/19What Would you do? on
classroom - choose 4
 3/18 38 witnesses (classroom) 
 3/15/19 A Class Divided (on
 3/5/19 Webquest "Harlem Renaissance: 
poets/authors/setting" due Wed.
 3/4/19 Argument essay (typed/edited)
*with citations*
DUE on Google Classroom!
 2/27/19 Conclusion paragraph due 
 2/26/19 Body Paragraph #3 (counter-claim
and rebuttal due)
 2/16/19 Body Paragraphs 1&2 written in 
 2/14/19 Introduction paragraphs revised
 and re-submitted
 2/6/19 10-15 index cards 
w/notes (1-2 sentences
per card) quotes on
front & paraphrased on
back. *Notes are about
the reasons for their claim
and the counterclaim's
main reason
 1/23/19 Bring 15 index cards or 
paper cut to index card size
to argument essay and 
post on Classroom
 1/9/19 Narrative REvision due 1/10/19:
see list of 7 steps and resources
(dialogue rules, sensory details list)
submit on Google classroom
 1/8/19 submit Allusions slide(s) - Outsiders topic -
on Google classroom
 12/10 complete Ch 1-8 Study
guide; Do 1 CR Question
for Ch 8 (finish reading if
needed); QUEST (quiz/
test) on Wed covers
plot of Ch 1-9
 12/7/18 Outsiders Ch 7 choose
one question; Complete 
Study Guide Ch 1-8 by
Tues. 8:00 am! Study for
QUEST Ch 1-9 Wednesday
Ch 6 Outsiders Questions - 
choose two from the 10
on worksheet. See 
Google Classroom for 
questions and turn in 
assignment here (or 
write neatly if you can't)
Due Fri 12/7
Ch 5 Outsiders CR
Question - 
choose one from the 10
on worksheet. See 
Google Classroom for 
questions and turn in 
assignment here (or 
write neatly if you can't)
Due Thurs 12/6
 12/4/18 Ch 4 Outsiders Questions - 
choose two from the 10
on worksheet. See
Google Classroom for
questions and turn in
assignment here (or
write neatly if you can't)
Due Wed 12/5

11/20/185 questions about Narrative
Topic Choice; 1-2 page
Narrative rough draft
being typed Wed and
Monday IN CLASS; due 
Monday/Tues during class,
 11/9/18 Friendship Writing assignment
(3 questions) due Wed 11/14
 11/2/18After quiz: (finish for HW) 
Copy 5 of your best
Word of the Day context
sentences (detailed),
neatly on loose leaf!
Last assignment of MP1
- due Mon 11/5
 11/1/18 study for quiz: complete
study hyperbole, tone, 
all irony notes, and
 10/29/18 Quiz Friday on Ransom of Red Chief
and 3 types of irony!! Study!!
 10/17/18 ALL: 
1. work on finishing your PROJECT paragraph  (3 traits
that make this person someone you admire -
support each trait with
examples).  PLEASE PRINT OUT!
2.Then, make your own 10 question quiz/webquest
about author O. Henry using up to 3 websites (copy/paste
 address of websites you used to the top of your quiz).
Quiz can be matching, fill-in, multiple choice, or true/false
PRINT if finished!
 10/15/18 UPDATES: "Someone I Admire"
A. Collage part of PROJECT only is DUE 
on TUESDAY 10/16  for PER 4A, 7A, & 8A...
(*for PER 3A DAY the Collage is due Wed
since we took test Friday) - remember that the
3 traits that your paragraph will focus on
should be on your collage, in addition to
approx 10-15 more
items/pics/traits, quotes,
roles they play, how they make others

 feel, likes/interests etc....see 10/12 for more
B. THE PARAGRAPH, focusing on 3 traits,
(each supported with examples) is due Thurs.
10/18. It can be handwritten or typed (print out).

"Someone I Admire"      due Tues. 10/16
Character/Person Description
paragraph (support 3 personality
traits) and 8x11 collage* 

*May include a variety:
photos, drawings, clip art
and/or magazine or newspaper
clippings of symbols &words
that tell about the person's
personality traits, talent/skill,
interests/likes, how the person
makes you feel, impacts others.
10/10/18  see 10/9;
(per 3A days will take the
test Friday since I didn't see them
 10/9/18 study for Raymond's Run test
Thursday 10/11! How?
Study story notes&study guide 
and all Literary Elements in binder
"LIT" section - know definitions and
be able to identify examples of the
Character Traits, Point of View (4
kinds); Plot, Plot Graph (6 elements);
Setting, Theme, Dialect.
**Know the above terms and how
these tools relate to "Raymond's
run" You can listen to the story again
 on youTube.
Complete character chart (essay is
about how Squeaky's personality 
develops or changes over the
course of the story) to use for essay;
Create a cheat sheet on a 3x5 or 4x6 index card
if you wish!
 10/4/18Raymond's Run complete questions
 #1-6 (per 4A)
#1-10 (per 3A) 
*Listen on youtube*
 10/2/18 Raymond's run questions 
 9/26/18prepare for  Open-binder 
exam - be sure to have all
Words of the Day (10) and
Literature notes:
character, traits, inference,
Direct/indirect character-
point of view (4 types),
 plot (6 parts)
 9/20/18 complete Sully questions 
 9/13/18 Inference packet (3 pgs)
    due Fri 9/14
 9/12/18 due 9/13 "Benevolent" WOD
sentence 10+ words, your own!
(see context sentence directions)
 9/12/18 Materials are due! See list below:

ELA class MATERIALS: (due Wed. 9/12)


  • 3 binder dividers;
  • 3 highlighters (different colors);
  • a durable manual pencil sharpener;
  • 1 box of tissues or 1 Purell-type hand sanitizer pump;
  • a 3-ring binder (at least 1”) -- filled with loose leaf paper (approx 100 pages);
  • a 2-pocket folder** (for HW, packets, graded work), preferably plastic or laminated folder;
  • 10 pens (black/blue); 10 pencils (please restock every few months).
  • Any pencil case or slide-lock bag to secure your pens/pencils, highlighters & sharpener
  • 2 packs Post-it notes 3”
  • A novel/appropriate materials for silent reading (after tests, etc)

*All items (except writing utensils) should be clearly labeled on the front with: Name, ELA, Bloete

Recommended but not required:

o        index cards (for studying vocabulary and literary terms);

o        **an ‘accordion’ folder (for keeping all class subjects) instead of a 2-pocket folder;

o        reinforcements

o        personal headphones

o        personal supply of hand sanitizer and tissues (kept in a Ziploc bag!)

 9/5/18Have "Course Guidelines" signed by
 Thurs 9/6 & collect items on
required ELA Materials list (on yellow
paper) by Sept 12th (wed)                                    due Thurs. 9/6; materials 9/12
*see details in middle column

*see details in middle column


due Fri 9/29
 due Monday


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 10/20 Narratives: Adding Dialogue 5-10 lines 
 10/23 Wonder reading Part 3; complete packet due Wed. 10/25 
 10/26 Narrative Notes due Monday 10/30 -- see worksheet:

Name ______________________        Per _________

Narrative Notes:

Point of view

Your first-person narrator is YOU. What are your thoughts/feelings/opinions about the situation/experience?  (be sure to make these clear in your story) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Write out the PLOT of your story. ….6-10 events, step by step:

1. First, ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. Next, ______________________________________________


3. ______________________________________________


4. ______________________________________________


5. ______________________________________________


6. ______________________________________________


7. ______________________________________________


8. ______________________________________________


9. ______________________________________________


10. ______________________________________________



What is your attention grabber/Hook? (first couple sentences) : _____________________________________________________





DIALOGUE: (approx. 10 lines)

What will your dialogue be about? _________________________


What will the dialogue reveal about your character (s)? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What dialogue tags will you use to show attitude/personality, other than said? (see list) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

**Remember: if your dialogue involves only two people, you can use no tag after the first 3-5 lines; just be sure to indent each time you change who is speaking



Setting & Imagery:

While writing or when finished with a draft, ask yourself if you have used more than one sense to describe the setting, “scenery” and help your reader feel as though s/he is there. What details might appeal to our sense of:

Sight ?_______________________________________________


Smell ?_______________________________________________

Touch ? ______________________________________________

Taste ? _______________________________________________



Word Choice: the adjectives, adverbs, and action verbs should help the reader understand your mood. Be as specific as possible and be sure not to use many “penny” words!

List a few words you’d like to change in the next draft:






 11/3 Narrative Rough (complete) draft -
unedited, due Mon 11/6. Accepted no
later than Wed 11/8.  Share to bbloete@
 11/3 Part 5 Justin of Wonder novel - each
student given a packet to READ and 
questions to answer. Due Wed 11/8

Extra Assignment (not extra credit)

due 11/9

-- no penalty if not done, but can boost your grade!   *Worth 20 pts


Using any 10 of your Words of the Day, write an original story or dialogue 


Be sure to:

-Establish at least one character and setting!

-Underline the WOD words used; be sure to use them correctly (see part of speech).

-Write a minimum of 15 sentences (in other words, there should be more than just the sentences with WODs in them.

11/9Wonder Part 6 ?s due Mon  
 11/13/17 wonder Part 7
due Wed 11/15
 11/14 Fall assessment Gr 8:
 11/14Survey about HW 
 11/15-17 Finish reading Wonder; Part 8 questions due
Monday 11/20.   (all Part 6, 7 - late
assignments - due by Monday, with Late forms,
no exceptions) 
 11/20/17 Wonder Character Snapshot
(Silhouette paper & Word Snapshot
directions*) due Wed 11/29
 11/21/17 Wonder open-binder test - apply
knowledge of LIT terms to Wonder
novel -- Allusions, Setting, Conflict,
Point-of-view, Plot, Traits  
 11/28/17 Character Snapshot due tomorrow!
Follow all directions for: traits,
precept, and 3 quotes from novel
 11/29/17 Narrative Better Draft

Checklist for Content:

__I have an attention grabber/hook that shocks my reader or piques my reader’s interest/curiosity, instead of just a topic sentence or intro statement.


__ I tell my story in first person point of view. This means I share my opinions, feelings/thoughts.


__ I have a setting that is either stated or implied with sensory imagery.


__ I have characters that I described either physically or their attitude /behavior


__I used descriptive details & appealed to more than one sense 


__ I have written at least 10 lines DIALOGUE, punctuated correctly, following 5 rules/examples!!


__ My dialogue forwards the plot and/or shows the characters’ personality


___ My story has a clear purpose or message towards the end (think of your topic/prompt,chosen at beginning of assignment)

 Writing Mechanics Checklist:

Have you used strong, complete sentences?


a)         A sentence begins with a capital letter, and it ends with a mark of punctuation (period. Question mark? Exclamation point!).

b)         A good sentence expresses a complete idea.

c)         Vary sentence lengths and patterns.  Mix shorter sentences with longer sentences; combine short sentences into compound or complex sentences.

d)         Vary sentence beginnings.  Do not always begin with subject-verb; begin sometimes with dependent clauses, adverbs, or prepositional phrases.



Have you avoided usage errors?


a)         Check for subject-verb agreement (singular subject-singular verb; plural subject-plural verb.  For example, it is never “we was,” but rather, “we were.”).

b)         Check for correct adjective and adverb usage, taking care to use the appropriate positive, comparative, or superlative form.  Avoid redundancy (For example, it is never “most ugliest” but rather “ugliest.  Nor is it ever “more uglier,” but rather “uglier.”).




a)  Choose a writing partner who has not had an opportunity to read your draft (if possible, get someone who has no idea of your topic or subject).

b)         Ask that person to read your paper aloud to you, without stopping

 to adjust for any errors!  Your partner should read through until s/he 

reaches punctuation, and should pronounce words as they are spelle

in your writing, and not as you may have meant them to

 be spelled or pronounced.  You should listen for 

mispronounced words, and for run-on sentences. 

 Make the appropriate editing marks in all the places

 where they need to be made, and make your changes!

c)         Listen to make sure your writing sounds like language!  Trust your ear!  You know the language very well, probably better than you think.

d)         Now you can serve as your partner’s partner, and complete this task for her/him by reading her/his paper aloud.

 11/30-12/4 Students created Allusions slideshows to present as a group
Each student received an Allusion from Wonder & was
responsible for explaining  A)  its origin/description and
B) its connection to Wonder characters and plot, purpose of
author's choice to include this specific allusion in the novel
and C) whether it is an historical, literary, cultural, or biblical 
allusion. **Presentations Mon-Wed**
 12/6/17 sp/vocab sentences (10)
using FFA list due 12/12.
 12/14/17 spelling/Vocabulary Test 
Tues 12/19 on 20 words 
from "Flowers for Algernon"
short story.  **CREATE FLASH
 CARDS - due Mon 12/18
 1/11/18 Outsiders Ch 3&4 Critical Reading
Questions*  *see below for copy 
(choose 2 per chapter) -- due Friday
 1/12/18 Outsiders Ch 5 CRQ* due Tues 1/16
Outsiders Ch 6 CRQ* due Wed 1/17
 1/17 Outsiders Ch 7 CRQ* due Friday 1/19;
Quiz Ch 4-8 Monday, may use notes
 1/19 Outsiders ch 8 CRQ* due Monday;
Quiz on Ch 4-8 (may use notes)
 1/22 Outsiders ch 9 due wed; ch 10-12**
(**1 question each - due Friday)
  *Critical Reading Questions see below:

Critical Reading Questions for The Outsiders


For each chapter you read, choose & respond to any two of the following questions. Each response should be 50-100 words each. Write in complete sentences, either typed or in your neatest handwriting on loose-leaf!


  1. Describe how the events in this chapter affected the main character. How has s/he changed, grown or developed as a result of what happens? What’d he learn?


  1. How did the main character’s Conflict (internal or external) become more complicated in this chapter? Explain.


  1. How did you connect or react emotionally to the events (or dialogue) in this chapter? Did it evoke anger, fear, sadness, etc. in you? Why?


  1. What was the most important part/event of this chapter ? Explain why.


  1. Prediction: What happens in this chapter that may help or hurt the main character later in the life of the character? Explain.


  1. How would you have acted/reacted differently than the main character did to the events or other characters’ actions in this chapter? Explain why.


  1. What advice would you give to the main character at the end of this chapter? Write a letter of advice to him/her. (use: Dear ___; Sincerely, ____)


  1. Write a journal entry (in First Person Point of View) by anyone other than the main character/narrator about what s/he experienced in this chapter only.


  1. Explain how you can personally relate to what happens with one of the characters in this chapter. Is it something you’ve experienced or felt before? Explain.


  1. Make up 5 questions that could appear on a quiz about this chapter. See below:

The questions must start with the following words EXACTLY:

    1. What is/was…?
    2. What/Who might…?
    3. How might…?
    4. What/How did…?
    5. Who...?


*Attempt to use a variety of questions on your assignments each chapter; decide which are most appropriate for each chapter. You DO NOT have to provide answers for #10.


 1/24/18 extra points:
Use TEN (10) Words of the
Day from November-January to
1) write an alternate ending to
The Outsiders, OR
2) write a letter from one [ living ] 
character to another one year later 
Due no later 
than Tuesday 1/30.
 1/29             1960s webquest is
due 1/30 for per 3/4 (choose 15 questions)
and 1/31 for per 7/8 (20 questions)
 2/26 Students will finish an Edited & revised
second draft of Outsiders Soundtrack
essay by Friday 3/2 (before class)
See Rubric (100 pts) and the Editing/
Revising checklist on reverse side.




I. Printing Essay/Song (5-10 min)

A.   Before printing your Outsiders Soundtrack essay, please type the title of your song at the top, centered under your heading. Make sure your font size is 12-14 Times New Roman or Arial.

B.    Before printing your song lyrics on Google docs or Word, number the lines every 5th line (5, 10, 15, etc) in the left margin. (Try to make your song fit on one page (don’t print two pages if there are no lyrics you used on second, or if the lyrics are repeated throughout.)

C.    Print both. Write your name on back of your printed song. Turn in.



II. New assignment: (30-35 min)

A. Create a document (or use looseleaf):

1. Define stereotype in 25 words or less. Google it.

2. In your own words/opinion, what do you think are 
two stereotypes of American culture? (you don’t have

to agree with these). In other words, how do people

in other countries perceive American citizens': their lives,

their personalities, their values/priorities and habits? 
(these can be positive or negative). 

3. Then, copy/paste link below into browser: read about 
some negative and positive stereotypes of Americans.  
Name and explain 3 of each (summarize reasons 
in 20 words or less).   Link to article:


4. What is your opinion about what you read? (20-50 words)


B. Print & Turn in


 3/12/18 Stereotypes (gender) newspaper articles
 & self-check Quizzes...due in class or
finish for hw due Tues 3/13
 3/13/18 Stereotypes, Prejudice and
Discrimination: two true stories.
HW: Summarize 5-10 facts about
"A Risky Experiment" -- on handout
or on looseleaf! (per 4, 7, 8) 
 3/16/18 per 7 A & 8 A: essays returned with
rubric/comments on strengths &
weaknesses; final revision (3rd draft)
can be done to gain back a maximum
 of half the points lost. For ex: If you
got an 80%, you can still get grade
up to a 90% at most (IF you make
improvements and fulfill all the 
criteria expressed on graded rubric.
All revisions should be highlighted. 
Please send to my email "Final":
Due: Tues 3/20

 3/19 All classes: see Journal #1:
Diversity -- 150-200 words
answering the 5 questions. due 3/20
 3/19 per 3A 
essays returned with 
rubric/comments on strengths & 
weaknesses; final revision (3rd draft)
can be done to gain back a maximum
 of half the points lost. For ex: If you 
got an 80%, you can still get grade 
up to a 90% at most (IF you make 
improvements and fulfill all the 
criteria expressed on graded rubric.
All revisions should be highlighted. 
Please send to my email "Final":
Optional: due 3/24
 3/23 do crossword and study word list
from WOD section! Test Monday!
 3/26 per 4 A revisions for soundtrack
essay due by Thurs 3/29
 3/26 Complete two articles (continued
from classwork) and answer 2
questions  A&B for each - found on
Classroom, Create a document &
Submit on Classroom due Tues
before class!
 4/6/18vocabulary#1 list for Anne 
Frank play - 15 sentences
due Monday! (each
sentence should have a
detail that helps reader to
  understand the vocab word
 (10-20 words in each sentence)

 4/18/18 DUE WED 4/25:
Take Home Writing Test -
using 3 stories: 38 Witnesses,
Terrible Things, and 
First they Came For the Jews,
explain how Eve
Bunting's quote "Standing
 is valid (with examples
from those 
pieces of literature) AND to
explain further in either Intro or
use any examples to
support any others in real world
OR a "what would you do episode?" 

 due dates:

Outline 6/4 
(6/5 for per 3 & 8 due to assembly)

Final Product:
Monday 6/11

Argument Project “Rubric”/Criteria:


1. Outline: “Argument” (25 points) =

Claim 5 pts

Evidence 10 pts

Counter-claim 5 pts

Rebuttal – 5 pts

Conclusion (can be formulated later)


*Turn in on June 1 - June 4 at latest!



2. Efficient Use Of Classroom Time* (50 points) =

A. Research your Evidence: find statistics/studies that will back up you claim using procon.org and google  …& then

B. Create your product during class time! – write an essay OR make note-cards for a presentation/performance OR plan/make a poster OR a Google Slide presentation!

C. Ask questions during class 6/1 - 6/5 – don’t wait!!



*this is not homework! I want to witness your work/effort!



3. Final Product (50 points) =

Be sure to present/display or write all 5 elements of Argument in your project! 


**Valid Evidence: statistics/studies/#number facts that truly support what you are trying to prove**  = 25 out of 50 points!