English 8

Welcome to English 8! 

I am excited to be teaching in Rappahannock for the 2017-2018 school year! I will be using this site to post homework assignments and test dates. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at jkelly@rappahannockschools.us. 

School supplies needed for English 8:
  • Binder
  • Pencils (preferred)/Pens (accepted)
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Composition Notebook
  • Colored Pencils
Semester 2 -
Week 13
4/9 - Context clues; poetry and figurative language
4/10 - Context clues; poetry and figurative language
4/11 - Context clues; poetry analysis
4/12 - Context clues; finish analysis; begin poetry scavenger hunt (quiz grade)
4/13 - Context clues; poetry scavenger hunt due at the end of class

Week 12
4/2 - NO SCHOOL Spring Break
4/3 - Final review/reminders for SOL tomorrow
4/4 - WRITING SOL - multiple choice/TEI
4/5 - WRITING SOL - short answer
4/6 - Introduction to Poetry

March 24 - April 2 SPRING BREAK!

Week 11 
3/19 - Last Review
3/20 - SOL RESCHEDULED - Early Dismissal
3/21 - No school
3/22 - No school
3/23 -  The Book Thief

Week 10 
3/12 - Final paper
3/13 - Final paper Due
3/14 - Comma Review
3/15 - Agreement (subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent) Review
3/16 - Review

Week 9
3/5 - SOL Practice Items
3/6 - Go over Practice Items
3/7 - Released SOL test
3/8 - Go over Released Test
3/9- Begin Final Paper

Week 8
2/26 - Prompt practice; Subject-Verb & Pronoun-Antecedent agreement
2/27 - Prompt practice; Subject-Verb & Pronoun-Antecedent agreement
2/28- Prompt practice; Subject-Verb & Pronoun-Antecedent agreement
3/1 - Early Dismissal - Agreement Quiz
3/2 - No School

Week 7
2/19 - NO SCHOOL
2/20 - VOCABULARY DUE.  Literature Circle from Friday 2/16
2/21 -  Go over work from Thursday and Friday; Finish subject-verb agreement on NoRedInk/ 3rd Block: Scholastic Article
2/22 - Anchor papers/ 44 prompts - choose the ten you think would be the hardest
2/23 - Work on Final Project

Week 6
2/12 - Revision Assistant Prompt
2/13 - Prompt Due; SOL practice
2/14 - Extended Metaphors
2/15 - Prompt Practice/SOL Reivew
2/16 - Writing Prompt Practice

Week 5
2/5 - No School
2/6 - Writing time, subject verb agreement, prompt practice
2/7 - No School
2/8 - Revision Assistant prompt
2/9 - VOCABULARY DUE. Literature Circle Day

Week 4
1/29 - Writing time; subject-verb agreement - Compound subjects; prompt practice; No Red Ink - compound-complex sentence practice
1/30 - Writing time; subject-verb agreement; prompt practice - Indefinite Pronouns; No Red Ink - compound-complex sentence practice
1/31 - Writing time; subject-verb agreement; prompt practice - Here/There/Questions; No Red Ink - compound-complex sentence QUIZ
2/1 - Writing time; subject-verb agreement; prompt practice; No Red Ink - Subject-verb agreement practice
2/2 - VOCABULARY DUE. Literature Circle Day

Week 3
1/22 - Work on Expository Essay
1/23 - Expository Essay Due
1/24 - Benchmark Review
1/25 - Benchmark 2
1/26 -VOCABULARY DUE. Literature Circle Day

Week 2 
1/15 - NO SCHOOL
1/16 - Subject-Verb Agreement; Writing prompt practice - place you would live to visit is homework
1/17 - Subject-verb agreement; writing prompt practice; NoRedInk - Compound/Complex sentence quiz
1/18 - In class expository essay
1/19 - VOCABULARY DUE. Literature Circle Day

Week 1
1/4 - Welcome back!Sentence review; writing prompt practice; Holocaust review; start novels
1/5 - Homophones; writing prompt practice; introduce literature circles
1/8 - Verb tense review; writing prompt practice; read
1/9 -  Subject-verb agreement; writing practice; read **PERMISSION SLIPS DUE**
1/10 - Subject-verb agreement; writing prompt practice; read
1/11 -  HOLOCAUST MUSEUM FIELD TRIP
1/12 - Literature Circle Day

Week 18 
12/11 - Write rough draft
12/12 - Write rough draft
12/13 - Peer Review
12/14 - Final due; Begin working on presentation
12/15 - Work on presentation
12/18 - Present 

Week 17 
12/4 - Primary/secondary; research in the library
12/5 - Research in the library
12/6 - Research in the library
12/7 - Research in the library; 4 sources (minimum) due at the end of class.
12/8 - Outline and works cited page due at the end of class.

Week 16
11/27 - Vocabulary due; Read 17-19
11/28 - Finish book; characterization; conflict; symbolism
11/29 - Giver Final essay
11/30 - Start Research paper
12/1 - Weekly paragraph

Week 15
11/13 Finish 5 & 6
11/14 Finish 7 & 8
11/15 - Read Double Entry Journal due
11/16 - Quiz  Read 9&10 Double Entry Journal Due
11/17 - Read 11 & 12; Weekly Paragraph
11/20 - Read 13 &14
11/21 - Read 15 & 16; Vocab due Monday 11/27

Week 14
11/6 - Review dialogue; focus our "Writer's Binoculars" and draft horror story; students will conference with Ms. Kelly about their stories.
HOMEWORK: Finish rough draft if not done in class.
11/7 - Peer revise/edit and submit horror story. Interim reports go home. 
HOMEWORK: Finish story if not finished in class. Get interim reports signed.
11/8 - Begin The Giver. Read chapters 1 & 2.
11/9 -  The Giver chapter 3&4
11/10 -  The Giver chapters 5 & 6 
QUIZ on chapters 1- 6 Monday, 11/ 13

Week 13
10/30 - Raven Quiz/ Review for benchmark 
10/31 - Benchmark
11/1 - Nonfiction - What makes horror?
11/2 - Horror Story
11/3 - Horror Story

Week 12
10/23 - VERDUN FIELD TRIP
10/24 - "The Tell-Tale Heart" quiz
DUE: Vocabulary, comic strip (if not done in class)
10/25 - NO SCHOOL 
10/26 - The Raven
10/27

Week 11
10/16 - Grammar focus: dialogue; Go over Nonfiction test; mood
HOMEWORK: Write a short paragraph that shows mood
10/17 - Grammar focus: dialogue; Background on Poe; "The Tell-Tale Heart"
10/18 - More Dialogue; Finish "The Tell-Tale Heart" and discuss
10/19 - More dialogue; Comic strip of "The Tell-Tale Heart" 
10/20 - "The Tell-Tale Heart" quiz

Week 10 
10/9 - Finish Nonfiction Test/ Start prewrite for essay. 
HOMEWORK: Finish prewrite if not done in class
10/10 - Write the rough draft for the essay
HOMEWORK: Finish rough draft if not done in class
10/11 - Final draft on Revision Assistant/ Go over Nonfiction test
10/12 - Intro to horror unit - The Monkey's Paw (play)
10/13 -  Monkey's paw work: Horror as a genre, mood, inference

Week 9
10/2 - Text structure and synthesis of History of Teeth
10/3 - Quiz on Nonfiction.  *** 2nd block - Weekly paragraph is due
10/4  - Water article - analyze for elements of nonfiction/review for test ***3rd block - Weekly paragraph is due
10/5 - NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/6 -  Nonfiction test today!*** 4th block - Weekly paragraph is due

REMINDER: Monday, October 9th is the 8th grade field trip to Verdun!

Week 8 
9/25 - Finish The Outsiders project (if needed); watch The Outsiders movie.
9/26 - Writing time; model sentences; Elements of Nonfiction
9/27 - EARLY DISMISSAL. Writing time, read article
9/28 - Writing time; sentence variety, analyze article
9/29 - Weekly paragraph

During FLEX time, students will have time to work on vocabulary. 

Vocabulary collector due Monday 10/2.

Week 7
9/18 -  New vocabulary: Symbolic Representation. Vocabulary collector due Monday 9/25. Grammar focus: Building better sentences. Finish book by beginning of class Wednesday 9/20
9/19 - Grammar focus: Building better sentences. Finish novel. Write theme statement. Finish elements of narrative sheet. 
9/20 - More building better sentences. Work on final project.
9/21 - More building better sentences. Work on final project.
9/22 - FINAL PROJECT DUE BY END OF CLASS. 

Week 6
9/11 - Grammar focus: compound-complex sentences, New vocabulary collector - Antonyms/Synonyms, Outsiders - read chapter 8, Freak the Mighty - read chapters 13-14
9/12 - Grammar focus: compound-complex sentences, class discussion on reading
9/13 - Grammar focus: building stronger sentences/sentence variety, The Outsiders read chapter 9, Freak the Mighty read chapter 15
9/14 - Grammar focus: building stronger sentences/ quiz The Outsiders chapters 7-9, Freak the Mighty chapters 11-15
9/15 - Weekly paragraph

During FLEX times, students will have time to work on vocabulary for the week and any missing work, if necessary.


Week 5
9/4 - NO SCHOOL
9/5 -  Interim report sent home. Please bring back signed.  Work on News Report (if needed); Chapter 5 & 6 (Outsiders)/ Chapter 7-10 (Freak the Mighty) questions due. 
9/6 -  Compound-complex sentences; Reading QUIZ - The Outsiders chapters 4-6; Freak the Mighty chapters 7-10. 
9/7 - Compound-complex sentences, chapter 7 (chapters 11 &12 FREAK); diary entry
9/8 - Student work day


Week 4 
8/28 - Sentence types review, read chapter 4, characterization packet due Tuesday
8/29 - Sentence types review, characterization posters 
8/30 - Sentence types, news article, HOMEWORK: Finish news article basics (chapter 4 The Outsiders/ chapter 7 Freak the Mighty) if not done in class
8/31 - Dialogue, news article (Google Classroom) read chapter 5
9/1 - Dialogue, news article (Google Classroom), read chapter 6

Vocabulary Collector Due Tuesday, 9/5. 
Quiz on chapters 4-6 Wednesday, September 6. 

Week 3
8/21 - Writing Preassessment - NOT FOR A GRADE
8/22 - Compound sentence review, review figurative language, read chapter 2/ 3-4 Freak the Mighty
8/23 - Complex sentences, characterization, read chapter 3/ 5-6 Freak the Mighty
8/24 - Complex sentences, characterization posters
8/25 - Complex sentences, Quiz chapters 1-3/ 1-6 Freak the Mighty
DUE 8/25: Figurative Language and Literary Device worksheet

WEEKLY PARAGRAPHS - due by the end of FLEX
VOCABULARY is due MONDAY, 8/28
2nd - Tuesday 8/22
3rd - Thursday 8/24
4th - Friday 8/25

Week 2
8/14 - Parts of Speech poster presentation
8/15 - Complete sentences, background information for novels - The Outsiders or Freak the Mighty
8/16 - More complete sentences, introduce vocabulary collector, begin novels
8/17 - Even more complete sentences, more vocabulary, characterization
8/18 - Compound sentences, more vocabulary, characterization

BLOCK 4 - Weekly paragraph due Friday by the end of class. 
BLOCK 2 - Weekly paragraph due Tuesday by the end of class.
BLOCK 3 - Weekly paragraph due Wednesday by the end of class. Vocabulary collector due Thursday 8/24.

Week 1
8/10 - Please bring back classroom expectations as soon as possible!
8/11 - In class we are working on parts of speech posters. You will present them on Monday 8/14