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Brown Vs Board of Education
Smart Phone Toll (1).pdf

4/27/18

English 8- Vocab 20 Test review

Honors 8- Vocab 19 Test.

4/26/18

English 8- Students were asked to read Chapter 11 in the novel A Mighty Long Way, and respond to the questions.

Honors 8- Students were asked to read chapters 22 & 23 in the novel Unbroken for homework. In class we discussed the 14 Part Message, Japan's response to FDR's speech known as The Day of Infamy.

4/25/18

ISAT Testing- MAT-CAT

English 8- Students were asked to read Chapter 10 in the novel A Mighty Long Way

Honors 8- None

4/24/18 - Substitute

All students were asked to complete a writing prompt IN CLASS on the article they were given last week on Smartphones. This article is to be used as their writing sample for those wishing to enter Honors English next year. Students were only given the period to write their response. No additional time was allowed.

4/23/18

ISAT Testing - ELA-PT

Students were given the day to catch up.

4/20/18 - Article is posted above.

English 8- Students were given Vocab 20 (due NEXT week) and their article to read over the weekend. When they return they will be asked to write an essay in response to a question about the article. Students will not be permitted to write outside of class. They will be given a single period to write.

Honors English 8- Students were given Vocab 19 (due NEXT week) and their article to read over the weekend. When they return they will be asked to write an essay in response to a question about the article. Students will not be permitted to write outside of class. They will be given a single period to write

4/19/18

English 8- Students read Chapter 9 in class from A Mighty Long Way.

Honors 8- Students read Chapter 18 &19 from Unbroken.

4/18/18

English 8- Students watched a video on Brown vs Board of Education (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGHLdr-iak) and then completed a quick write. Use the Google Slide above to complete the Quickwrite Prompt.

4/17/18

ISAT Testing - ELA-CAT

English 8 students were asked to read Chapter 8 in their novel.

Honors 8 students were asked to read Chapter 15 & 16 in their novel.

4/16/18

All students worked on their illustrations that are due end of the period today.

4/13/18

English 8- Students took Vocab 19 Test

Honors 8- Students took Vocab 18 Test

4/12/18

English 8- Students listened to Chapter 7 of A Mighty Long Way while they worked in groups to illustrate key vocabulary phrases. Posters are Due Monday.

Honors 8- Students worked in groups to illustrate key characters from the novel Unbroken.

4/11/18

English 8- Students read Chapter 6 in the novel and answered the following Focus questions as their "exit ticket."

Carlotta writes, "in this battle, the segregationists forced everybody to choose sides. If you weren't with them all in the way in words and deeds, there was not middle ground. You were against them." She is describing the FOUR groups of people she encountered at Central.

HOW did the battle lines set up the groups? (use evidence)

WHY might the differences exist between the people who could be hind to the black students and those people who were sympathizers, but did nothing?


Honors English 8- Students read Chapters 12 & 13 and then answered the following Focus questions.

From pages 125-127, the scene Hillenbrand describes is mostly underwater. 1) What descriptive details does she use to vividly create this scene? 2) How does this contribute to the meaning of the song? 3) How is war affecting Louie in this mostly underwater scene?


4/10/18

English 8- Students completed a "5W's Note Catcher" on the Plessy Vs Ferguson case, by watching the following Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsDTqtyiNZk (View Video above)

Students then read excerpts from the court's decision and notated the "gist" of each in order to better help them understand the significance of the case.

Honors English 8- Students reviewed what has happened in the novel so far, and then began reading Chapters 10 & 11 in the novel Unbroken.


4/9/18

English 8- Students completed their Vocab 19 Packets. Packets are due on Friday when they will be tested.

Honors English 8- Students completed their Vocab 18 Packets. Packets are due on Friday when they will be tested.


4/5/18

Students took their Vocab Tests.


4/4/18

English 8- Students completed reading Chapter 5 in A Mighty Long Way in class and discussed that was happening in the novel.

Honors English 8- Students discussed Chapter 8 in Unbroken and then read Chapter 9.


4/3/18

English 8- Students took their Vocab 17 Test and then began to read Chapter 5 in the novel A Mighty Long Way.

Honors English 8- Students finished reading Chapter 7 of the novel Unbroken.


4/2/18

English 8- Students were given Vocab 18 Packets. The entire period was provided to complete the packet. Test will be on Thursday when packets are due.

Honors English 8- Students were given Vocab 17 Packets. Test will be on Thursday when packets are due.

Rough Draft Highlight Guide:

Thesis Statement (Last sentence of the first paragraph. MUST state Opinion and three ways you're going to prove it) - ORANGE

Topic Sentences (First sentence in each paragraph)- YELLOW

Evidences (the facts about each stage of eclipse) - GREEN

Opinions (What you thought about each fact/Why it is important to know)- BLUE

Conclusion Statement- PINK

Honors English 8 Syllabus.docx
English 8 Syllabus.docx