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Week of 1-22-18

Due to the weather issues last week, I have kept the same independent reading assignments for this week and the same vocabulary words.

Next week in class, we will continue working on our Career Research Essay. Students will write the first draft and type the final draft. We will begin reading Phineas Gage as we discuss central idea, context clues, synonyms, antonyms, figurative language, and citing text based evidence. We will also review the different types of point of view.

Independent Reading will be homework this 9 weeks. Students will be assigned chapters based on the book they have chosen to read. Students only have to read ONE of the books below. The reading assignment will be given on Thursdays and the quizzes will be given the following Thursday. Students will be given a grade based on the score they make on the quiz for homework. They will be allowed to make corrections to the quizzes for half credit.

Independent Reading Assignments

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Read chapters 8-13.

Call of the Wild-Read chapter 2.

White Fang-Read chapters 4-7.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Read chapters 5-8.

A Single Shard-Read chapters 3-4.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe-Read chapters 3-5.

The Lottery Rose-Read chapters 3-4.

Students have received their AR goals for the 3rd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book. AR Points for 3rd 9 Weeks will be due on March 7th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz 2

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 15; Cold Read Test; Career Essay is due.

Week of 1-15-18

Next week in class, we will finish our Career Research Essay in class. We will also continue reading Phineas Gage as we discuss central idea, point of view, text based evidence, context clues, and figurative language. We will focus on the three types of point of view in class and discuss how and why authors use them.

Independent Reading will be homework this 9 weeks. Students will be assigned chapters based on the book they have chosen to read. Students only have to read ONE of the books below. The reading assignment will be given on Thursdays and the quizzes will be given the following Thursday. Students will be given a grade based on the score they make on the quiz for homework. They will be allowed to make corrections to the quizzes for half credit.

Independent Reading Assignments

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Read chapters 8-13.

Call of the Wild-Read chapter 2.

White Fang-Read chapters 4-7.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Read chapters 5-8.

A Single Shard-Read chapters 3-4.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe-Read chapters 3-5.

The Lottery Rose-Read chapters 3-4.

Students have received their AR goals for the 3rd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book. AR Points for 3rd 9 Weeks will be due on March 7th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz 2

Friday: Cold Read Test; Career Essay is due. (No vocabulary quiz this week)

Email for January 4th-12th

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season as much as I did. I am looking forward to seeing all of my students tomorrow! Report Cards will go home with students tomorrow.

Over the next week or so, we will begin working on a Career Essay. Students will have five days in the computer lab to complete research about a career of their choice before we begin writing. We will read “Fish Cheeks” as we discuss tone, point of view, context clues, character development, and citing text based evidence. Students will also read “Paul Revere’s Ride” as we work on paraphrasing, theme, and figurative language. We will begin reading Phineas Gage as we discuss central idea, text structure, synonyms, antonyms, figurative language, and word choice.

Independent Reading will be homework this 9 weeks. Students will be assigned chapters based on the book they have chosen to read. Students only have to read ONE of the books below. The reading assignment will be given on Thursdays and the quizzes will be given the following Thursday. Students will be given a grade based on the score they make on the quiz for homework. They will be allowed to make corrections to the quizzes for half credit.

Independent Reading Assignments

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Read the prologue through chapter 7.

Call of the Wild-Read chapter 1.

White Fang-Read Part I chapters 1-3.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Read chapters 1-4.

A Single Shard-Read chapters 1-2.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe-Read chapters 1-2.

The Lottery Rose-Read chapters 1-2.

Students will receive their AR goals to begin working on for 3rd 9 Weeks tomorrow. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book. AR Points for 3rd 9 Weeks will be due on March 7th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, Jan. 4th-Begin reading your assigned chapters for Independent Reading. (The quiz is next Thursday.)

Wednesday, Jan. 10th-Library Day

Thursday, Jan. 11th-Independent Reading Quiz

Friday, Jan. 12th-Vocabulary Quiz 15; Cold Read Test

Week of 12-11-17

Next week, we will be wrapping up the 2nd 9 weeks of school. In class, students will read a short story called “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan. We will focus on tone, point of view, context clues, citing text based evidence, character development, and word choice. We will read an article about the traditions of Christmas from Time Magazine. Students will answer questions focused on text structure, context clues, central idea, inference, and citing text based evidence.

The Semester Exam for my class will be a Cold Read Test. Due to Semester Exams, students will not have a vocabulary quiz this week.

For 3rd 9 Weeks homework, students will have a choice of reading one of the following books: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, or White Fang by Jack London. Students will need a copy of the book to read. They can either purchase their own copy or check one out from a library. Our school library has limited access to the books above. It will be first come, first serve. I need to students to bring a copy of their book to class with them by December 8th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: AR Points are due.

Wednesday: English and History Semester Exams

Thursday: Math, Science, and Tech Foundations Semester Exams

Friday: Make-up Semester Exams

Week of 12-4-17

Next week in class, we will read “The Gift of the Magi” as we discuss central idea, setting, irony, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a literary analysis in response to their reading of the story. We will also read “Paul Revere’s Ride” as we discuss poetic devices, context clues, figurative language, and paraphrasing. Students will also practice citing evidence and embedding quotations in writing. We will also discuss text structure and practice identifying the different types.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book.

For 3rd 9 Weeks homework, students will have a choice of reading one of the following books: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, or White Fang by Jack London. Students will need a copy of the book to read. They can either purchase their own copy or check one out from a library. Our school library has limited access to the books above. It will be first come, first serve. I need to students to bring a copy of their book to class with them by December 8th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 14; Cold Read Test

Week of 11-27-17

After Thanksgiving Break, we will finish reading The Bad Beginning. We will discuss central idea, theme, citing evidence, text structure, and figurative language. Students will write an essay about the theme shown throughout the book in class. We will also read a short story “The Gift of the Magi” as we review irony and summarizing.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book.

For 3rd 9 Weeks homework, students will have a choice of reading one of the following books: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, or White Fang by Jack London. Students will need a copy of the book to read. They can either purchase their own copy or check one out from a library. Our school library has limited access to the books above. It will be first come, first serve. I need to students to bring a copy of their book to class with them by December 8th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 13; Cold Read Test

Week of 11-13-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Bad Beginning as we discuss central idea, citing text based evidence, figurative language, text features, and text structure. We will also read a short story called “Broken Chain” in class and discuss central idea, figurative language, summarizing, plot development, and characterization. Students will finish writing their argument essay in class. Due to Case 21 Testing, students will not have homework or a vocabulary quiz. We will watch The Diary of Anne Frank and complete a comparison and contrast sheet for the movie versus the play.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book.

For 3rd 9 Weeks homework, students will have a choice of reading one of the following books: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, or White Fang by Jack London. Students will need a copy of the book to read. They can either purchase their own copy or check one out from a library. Our school library has limited access to the books above. It will be first come, first serve. I need to students to bring a copy of their book to class with them by December 8th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: English Case 21 Testing

Wednesday: Math Case 21 Testing

Friday: “Broken Chain” Quiz (Short Story)

Week of 11-6-17

Next week, we will continue reading The Bad Beginning while we discuss central idea, figurative language, context clues, making inferences, citing text based evidence, and vocabulary. Students will finish writing their argument essays. We will also read a non-fiction narrative article and students will answer questions about text structure, objective summary, text features, central idea, and supporting details.

Homework for 2nd 9 Weeks will be Articles of the Week. Students receive a copy on Thursday and the homework is not due until the following Thursday. The articles are also on my website.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to select their own book.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Quiz; Vocabulary Quiz 12

 

Week of 10-30-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Bad Beginning as we discuss central idea, citing text based evidence, figurative language, context clues, and inference. Students will finish writing an argument essay. They will also read “The Tell-Tale Heart” as we discuss tone and mood.

Homework for 2nd 9 Weeks will be Articles of the Week. Students receive a copy on Thursday and the homework is not due until the following Thursday. The articles are also on my website.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to selected their own book.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Test; Vocabulary Quiz 11

Week of 10-23-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Bad Beginning as we discuss central idea, citing text based evidence, figurative language, tone, mood, character traits, and inference. Students will write an argument essay in class. We will work on capitalization and punctuation. We will also continue focusing on context clues.

Homework for 2nd 9 Weeks will be Articles of the Week. Students receive a copy on Thursday and the homework is not due until the following Thursday. The articles are also on my website.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to selected their own book.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Quiz, Vocabulary Quiz 10

Week of 10-16-17

Next week in class, we will reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” and discuss mood and tone. We will also begin reading The Bad Beginning as we discuss objective summary, central idea, text based evidence, tone, context clues, characterization, and symbolism. Students will continue to practice identifying the types of figurative language.

Homework for 2nd 9 Weeks will be Articles of the Week. Students receive a copy on Thursday and the homework is not due until the following Thursday. The articles are also on my website.

Students have received their AR goals to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to selected their own book.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Test; Vocabulary Quiz 9

Week of 10-9-17

Next week, we will focus on short story elements as we discuss mood, tone, irony, summarizing, central idea, plot development, and figurative language. Students will create a plot line for both stories and write an essay about the irony used in each story. In grammar, we will focus on the difference between your and you’re.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class. This week will be the last Michael Vey Quiz. Students will complete Articles of the Week for homework during 2nd 9 Weeks.

Students will receive AR goals this week to begin working on for 2nd 9 Weeks. These goals will be in the front of their agendas. Meeting their AR goal will be a test grade at the end of the 9 weeks. Students will receive 20 minutes of independent reading time in class each day. To meet this goal, students are allowed to selected their own book.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Thursday: Michael Vey Quiz Chapters 42-48

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 8; Cold Read Quiz

Week of 10-2-17

Next week in class, we will finish reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss central idea, summarizing, and theme. Students will write a narrative from the perspective of a character in the play. We will begin discussing the three types of irony. In grammar, we will discuss the difference between your and you’re.

9 Weeks Testing is next week; therefore, students will not have a vocabulary quiz. There will still be a quiz over Michael Vey.

The English 9 Weeks Test will be a Cold Read Test where students read a passage and answer questions about what they read.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: English, History, and Tech Foundations 9 Weeks Tests

Thursday: Math and Science 9 Weeks Tests; Michael Vey Chapters 35-41 Quiz

Week of 9-25-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss point of view, central idea, inference, summarizing, characterization, and context clues. Students will write a narrative from the point of view of a character in Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will also read an article called “The Amazing History of Dogs” as students answer questions about central idea, text based evidence, summarizing, and synthesizing. In grammar, we will discuss the different between there, their, and they’re. We will finish discussing the types of figurative language and move on to discussing the three types of irony.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: They’re, There, and Their Quiz

Thursday: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Chapters 27-34 Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 7; Cold Read Test

Week of 9-18-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank. We will discuss plot development, figurative language, central idea, point of view, summarizing, conflict, and characterization while reading. Students will also read a narrative non-fiction piece. They will work on making inferences, central idea, figurative language, and cause and effect. Students will write a narrative about a scene from Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Quiz over chapters 23-26

Friday: Cold Read Quiz; Vocabulary Quiz 6

 

Week of 9-11-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss connotation, denotation, figurative language, central idea, and citing text based evidence. We will also read a narrative fiction piece about Hercules while discussing central idea, citing evidence, and tone. Students will complete a narrative writing piece in class.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Chapters 15-22 Quiz

Friday: Cold Read Test; Vocabulary Quiz 5

Week of 9-5-17

I have decided to move this week’s vocabulary quiz to next Friday (9-8-17) due to the Mid-Point Assessment that is on Friday.

Students will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss central idea, opinion, making connections, making inferences, summarization, plot development, and point of view. Students will also read “From War to America” out of Scope Magazine as they answer questions about summarizing and using text based evidence. We will also work on close reading as students read an article about the history behind World War II.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

Students are offered extra credit every week. They will write a definition, a synonym, an antonym, draw a picture, and write a sentence with each vocabulary word. This is worth 10 points. They can earn up to 10 points per week by doing this.

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Thursday: Michael Vey Quiz over Chapters 9-14

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 4; Cold Read Quiz

Week of 8-28-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss character traits, inference, plot development, contrasting points of view, conflict, central idea, connotation, summarization, and how dialogue propels action. We will discuss how to cite text based evidence and focus on theme. We will focus on informational writing and narrative writing.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday. Homework will be reading assigned chapters out of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. Students will take a quiz over the chapters they read in class.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

Students will be given an AR goal to meet each 9 weeks. Meeting this goal will count as a test grade at the end of each 9 weeks.

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Quiz over Chapters 1-8

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 4, Cold Read Quiz

 

Week of 8-21-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we focus on central idea, plot development, point of view, making inferences, conflict, and citing text based evidence. We will begin talking about the different types of conflicts characters face and the different character types. We will also continue working on using context clues in reading.

Students need a copy of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans by August 24. There are several copies available in our school library for students to check out, or students can bring their own copy.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the work and how to use it in a sentence. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

We will start reading library books as soon as we visit the library. Our library date is August 22nd. Students will be given an AR goal to meet each 9 weeks. Meeting this goal will count as a test grade at the end of each 9 weeks.

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Act 1 Scene 2 Quiz for The Diary of Anne Frank.

Thursday: Cold Read Quiz; Article of the Week is due. Read chapters 1-8 of Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by next Thursday (August 31, 2017).

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 3

Week of 8-14-17

Monday is Open House/Meet the Teacher Night at CHMS. I hope to see you all!

This week in class, we will finish reading and discussing “Thank You, Ma’am” as we discuss plot line and character traits. Students will finish writing a narrative from the perspective of a character in the story. We will also begin reading The Diary of Anne Frank. During reading, students will analyze character development. Prior to reading, we will read about the Holocaust and World War II. As we read, we will discuss central idea, summarizing, and cause and effect.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

We will start reading library books as soon as we visit the library. Our library date is August 22nd. Students will be given an AR goal to meet each 9 weeks. Meeting this goal will count as a test grade at the end of each 9 weeks.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Open House/Meet the Teacher Night

Thursday: Context Clues Quiz; Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Quiz; Vocabulary Quiz 2

Week of 8-7-17

We have had a wonderful start to the school year! I have enjoyed meeting all of my students and getting to know a little bit about them. I am excited for all the wonderful things that will happen this year.

Normally, my parent email will go out on Thursday or Friday. It will tell you about everything that will be going on the next week in class.

Vocabulary quizzes will be every Friday. Every student has a copy of these words stapled in his or her interactive notebook. These are also available on my website under classroom handouts.

Homework is due every Thursday. Students are given a homework assignment on a Thursday, and it is not due until the following Thursday.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers

We will start reading library books as soon as we visit the library. Our library date is August 22nd. Students will be given an AR goal to meet each 9 weeks. Meeting this goal will count as a test grade at the end of each 9 weeks.

This week in class, we will read two short stories and discuss plot line, character types, theme, tone, and conflict. Students will write a narrative from the perspective of another character in the short story “Raymond’s Run”. This will be completed in class.

Important Dates:

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 1; Cold Read Test; Scope Magazine Fee is due. ($10)

Supply List

 

2017-2018

 

Mrs. Hileman

 

8th Grade English

 

Mead 5 Star Notebook 5 Subject Notebook

 

Paper

 

Plastic Folder with 3 Rings to hold paper (This can also be a small ½ inch binder instead)

 

Pens (blue or black ink only) or Pencils

 

1 large bag of candy-suckers, jolly ranchers, gum (no chocolate)-You will be able to enjoy this all year long! Make sure to pick out something that you and your classmates will like! J

 

Students will need to purchase their independent reading books or check one out from a local library. Our school library has several of the books on the list, but it does not have all of them. We will be using these books to complete homework. Students will be assigned chapters to read and take quizzes over those chapters for a homework grade.

 

1st 9 Weeks: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans (Due: August 18th)

 

3rd 9 Weeks: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, OR A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park , Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell OR Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry,

 

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, OR White Fang by Jack London (Due: December 8th)

 

 

 

Students will also be charged a $10 Scope Magazine fee. We will use this magazine in class all year just like students did in 6th and 7th grades at CHMS.

 

 

 

 

 

Girls: Kleenex

 

Boys: Hand Sanitizer

 

Wish List: Expo markers, #2 wooden pencils, cap erasers, tape, staples, magic markers, and paper towels

 

 

 

 

 

Week of 5-15-17

 

This will be my last email for the school year. As I type this, I am saddened by the thought of seeing my students go on to high school, but I know it is time for them to move on to the next chapter of their lives. I have truly enjoyed teaching each of my students this year and have loved watching them grow and learn. I wish each of them all the best in high school!

 

Next week in class, we will read some narrative non-fiction articles and analyze text features, mood, tone, text structure, and central idea. Students will also work on summarizing and citing text based evidence. Students will have a test over Freak the Mighty, and they will finish reading the book. We will also watch the movie version of the book in class.

 

My students’ semester exam will be their Freak the Mighty study guide. On the day of the exam, they will also have a handout to complete for the book. They will be able to use their study guide and the book when they do this.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday: Freak the Mighty Test

 

Thursday: Field Day

 

Friday: Semester Exams

 

Week of 5-8-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss central idea, citing text based evidence, character types, theme, and figurative language. We will also read “Black Sunday” a non-fiction article about the Dust Bowl as we discuss text features, inference, mood, tone, text structure, and summarizing.

 

There will not be any homework for the rest of the school year.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday: Freak the Mighty Chapters 21-25 Quiz

 

Thursday: Cold Read Test

 

Week of 5-1-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we focus on central idea, theme, tone, figurative language, and context clues. Students will work on narrative writing. We will also read an article titled “Good Deeds” and discuss literary elements and citing text based evidence. We will also spend time reviewing irony this week.

Due to state testing for other subject areas, we will not have a vocabulary quiz this week. I have also decided that students will not have any homework for the rest of the school year. I feel they have worked very hard and deserve a break.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Cold Read Test

Thursday: Chapters 16-20 Freak the Mighty Quiz

 

Week of 4-24-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty while discussing characterization, figurative language, theme, summarizing, citing text based evidence, and context clues. Students will work on writing narratives.

 

The State Writing Test will be on Tuesday. Please encourage your child to do his or her best.

 

Due to State Testing, there will not be any homework next week. There will not be a vocabulary quiz on Friday either.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday: State Writing Test

 

Thursday: Cold Read Test; Freak the Mighty Quiz over chapters 11-15

 

Week of 4-17-17

Next week, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss central idea, theme, tone, figurative language, citing evidence, and summarizing. Students will complete a timed writing essay in class.

State Testing begins next week. Please encourage your child to do well on these tests.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on April 18th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Timed Writing Essay

Wednesday: Cold Read Quiz; Homework is due.

Thursday: 1st and 2nd Period will take their State Reading Test during Session #2. These students will need to eat lunch at 10:50.

Friday: 4th and 5th Period will take their State Reading Test during Session #1. 7th and 8th Period will take their State Reading Test during Session #2. 7th and 8th Period students will need to eat lunch at 10:50.

*Due to State Testing, there will not be a vocabulary quiz on Friday.

 

 

Week of 4-10-17

 

Next week, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss figurative language, irony, central idea, context clues, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a literary analysis essay in class.

 

Due to a short week, there will not be a vocabulary quiz next week; however, there will be a homework assignment.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on April 18th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday: Cold Read Test

 

Thursday: Homework is due. (Scope Magazine Article with questions to answer)

 

Friday: No School

 

Week of 4-3-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss central idea, characterization, making inferences, citing text based evidence, and point of view. Students will write a timed literary analysis essay for a test grade. We will also continue discussing context clues and figurative language.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on April 18th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Computer Lab Day

Wednesday: Freak the Mighty Quiz Chapters 6-10

Thursday: Homework is due. (This week students were given a Scholastic Scope Magazine Article with questions to answer instead of an Article of the Week.) Timed Writing Essay Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 22

 

 

Week of 3-27-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss central idea, context clues, point of view, figurative language, author’s purpose, and characterization. Students will write a literary analysis essay in response to reading an article in class.

 

As a result of the progress my students made on the last Case21 assessment for English, we will have a reward day in class. Students will be allowed to bring food on Thursday, March 30th. They have all shown so much progress this school year, and I am very proud of them!

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR Points for 4th 9 weeks are due on April 18th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday: Cold Read Test

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Freak the Mighty Quiz Chapters 6-10

 

Friday: Science Case 21 Testing (Due to testing, students will not have a vocabulary quiz.)

 

Week of 3-20-17

The week after Spring Break, we will begin reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss central idea, inference, point of view, context clues, and citing text based evidence. Students will also write a literary analysis about the theme of a short article they will read.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick was due on March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 21; Computer Lab Day/Cold Read Test

 

 

Week of 3-6-17

 

Next week, we will have 9 Weeks Testing. My students will take the Case21 English Test on March 8th. This will count as their 9 Weeks Test grade. Students have been given a review sheet for the test. We will finish reading Last Bus Out and discuss central idea, point of view, citing text based evidence, and figurative language.

 

Due to 9 Weeks testing, we will not have a vocabulary quiz next week. However, students will have an Article of the Week that is due on Thursday. This will be their final homework grade of 3rd 9 Weeks.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick was due on March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday: English Case21 (3rd 9 Weeks Test)

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

 

 

 

Week of 2-27-17

Next week, we will continue reading Last Bus Out while discussing central idea, characterization, figurative language, inferencing, theme, and citing text based evidence. Students will write an informational essay about a non-fiction article. We will discuss how to identify theme in great detail.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Independent Reading Assignments:

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 20-22

A Single Shard-Chapter 13

The Lottery Rose-Chapters 12-14

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 43-52

Call of the Wild-Chapter 7

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Symbolism Quiz

Thursday: Cold Read Quiz; Independent Reading Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 20

 

Week of 2-20-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out as we discuss central idea, characterization, point of view, foreshadowing, and citing text based evidence. We will discuss theme in depth. Students will write a literary analysis after reading an article. They will also read an article “The Curse of King Tut” and answer questions focusing on literary elements and devices.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Independent Reading Assignments:

 

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 18-19

 

A Single Shard-Chapters 11-12

 

The Lottery Rose-Chapter 11

 

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 37-42

 

Call of the Wild-Chapter 6

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: No School

 

Wednesday: Symbolism Quiz

 

Thursday: Cold Read Test; Independent Reading Quiz

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 20

 

Week of 2-13-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out while discussing central idea, making inferences, figurative language, and citing text based evidence. Students will read a non-fiction article and write an informational essay. Students will also read a short play and answer questions about literary elements.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Independent Reading Assignments:

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 16-17

A Single Shard-Chapters 9-10

The Lottery Rose-Chapter 8-10

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 28-36

Call of the Wild-Chapter 5

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Read Theory Quizzes in Computer Lab

Thursday: Cold Read Quiz; Independent Reading Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 20; Library Day

 

 

Week of 2-6-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out while focusing on central idea, supporting details, citing text based evidence, figurative language, inferencing, and characterization. Students will write a literary analysis in class.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Independent Reading Assignments:

 

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 11-15

 

A Single Shard-Chapters 7-8

 

The Lottery Rose-Chapter 7

 

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 21-27

 

Call of the Wild-Chapter 4

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday: Last Bus Out Quiz Chapters 7-8

 

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz; Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 19

 

Week of 1-30-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out while discussing central idea, point of view, flashback, character development, figurative language, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a literary analysis in response to chapters 1-7 of the book. We will continue practicing context clues and begin discussing inference.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Independent Reading Assignments:

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 9-10

A Single Shard-Chapters 5-6

The Lottery Rose-Chapters 5-6

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 14-20

Call of the Wild-Chapter 3

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Last Bus Out Chapters 7-8 Quiz

Wednesday: Context Clue Quiz

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz; Cold Read Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 18

 

 

Week of 1-23-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out while focusing on text structure, inference, central idea, characterization, and point of view. We will also practice using context clues. Students will write a literary analysis in response to Last Bus Out.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 5-8

 

Call of the Wild-Chapter 2

 

The Lottery Rose-Chapters 3-4

 

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Chapters 8-13

 

A Single Shard-Chapters 3-4

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz 2 (chapter assignments are listed above); Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 17

 

 

 

Week of 1-16-17

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out as we discuss central idea, text structure, author’s point of view, figurative language, flashback, and citing text based evidence. Students will work on narrative writing. We will begin discussing the different types of context clues.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on March 6th.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

Independent Reading Assignments-Students will read the assigned chapters by Thursday and be prepared to take a quiz over the chapters. The quiz will count as a homework grade.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad-Chapters 1-4

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen-Prologue-Chapter 7

The Lottery Rose-Chapters 1-2

A Single Shard-Chapters 1-2

Call of the Wild-Chapter 1

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Wednesday: Text Structure Quiz

Thursday: Independent Reading Quiz 1 (The chapters students are assigned to read are different depending on which book they selected. The assignments are listed.); Cold Read Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 17

 

 

Week of 1-9-17

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Last Bus Out as we discuss central idea, text structure, point of view, characterization, and theme. Students will practice citing text based evidence. During writing, students will work on narrative writing. They will also read “The Flaming Sky” a non-fiction narrative and focus on text features, inference, central idea, supporting details, and mood.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Cold Read Test, Article of the Week is due.

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 16

 

 

Week of 1-3-17

 

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!

 

We will begin reading Last Bus Out in class this week as we discuss central idea, theme, character traits, figurative language, and author’s purpose. We will review text structure and practice identifying each type using graphic organizers. Students will read “This Apple Could Have Been Saved” while identifying text features, text structure, and text based evidence.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Cold Read Quiz

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 15, Last Bus Out Chapter 1 Quiz

 

 

 

 

Week of 12-12-16

 

This will be my last parent email of the semester, and I hope everyone has a great break! My students have all worked hard this semester, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of them. They have been so easy to work with!

 

Due to Semester Exams in other classes, there will not be any homework this week, and there will not be a vocabulary quiz until we return from Christmas Break.

 

Next week in class, we will wrap up discussing Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will read a play called Into a Maze of Doom and students will answer questions focusing on making inferences, character’s motivation, character traits, text structure, author’s craft, supporting details, character types, plot, structure, and literary devices. We will also finish watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and we will compare and contrast Percy Jackson’s journey to Michael Vey’s journey.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell was due December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Week of 12-5-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss character types, character traits, figurative language, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a narrative in class and work on adding sensory details to their writing. Students will also read “The Flaming Sky” a non-fiction narrative passage about the Hindenburg. As they read the passage, students will work on identifying text features, mood, text structure, inference, tone, objective summary, and descriptive details. On Friday, we will begin watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. We will discuss the hero’s journey of Michael Vey and do a side by side comparison of Percy’s hero’s journey.

 

As a result of Case21 Testing, students will not have a vocabulary quiz or an article of the week this week. Case21 will count as their Semester Exam grade. Students have received a study guide to help them prepare.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on December 8th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Case21 English/Semester Exam

 

 

 

Week of 11-28-16

 

Next week, I hope that all my students enjoy their Thanksgiving Break! It is well deserved. I know they are ready for some time off.

 

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will continue discussing central idea, foreshadowing, text based evidence, and figurative language. We will also read a short fictional story that will be paired with a non-fiction text. When we do this, students will practice mood, character types, and inferencing.

 

All students in Desoto County will take Case21 for their 8th Grade English Semester Exam. This is similar to the Cold Read Tests they have been taking in class. The English Semester Exam at Center Hill Middle School will be given on December 8th. I will give students a study guide with terms to study for the exam.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on December 8th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 14

 

Week of 11-14-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss figurative language, central idea, inference, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a final draft of a literary analysis in class covering chapters 1-21 of the book. Students will read a non-fiction article and work on central idea, supporting details, and mood.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned. AR points are due on December 8th.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Chapters 23-26 Quiz

 

Tuesday: Read Theory Quizzes

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Quiz

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 13

 

 

 

Week of 11-7-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss central idea, foreshadowing, figurative language, citing text based evidence, making inference, and character types. We will also focus on test taking tips and strategies to help students with cold read tests.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: Michael Vey Quiz Chapters 15-22

 

Tuesday: No school

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz

 

 

 

Week of 10-31-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss figurative language, citing text based evidence, foreshadowing, and central idea. During writing time, students will write a literary analysis about a topic of their choice. We will continue to discuss poetic devices and read poetry.

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Poetic Devices Quiz

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Read Theory Quizzes in Computer Lab

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 11

 

 

Week of 10-24-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss context clues, theme, figurative language, and author’s craft. Students will write a literary analysis in class over chapters 9-18 of the book. We will focus on poetic devices and analyzing poetry in class as well.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 10

 

Week of 10-17-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss figurative language, making predictions, opinion, text details, foreshadowing, and character types. Students will write a literary analysis for chapters 9-18 and cite text based evidence.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday and Tuesday: 8th Grade Science Field Trip Dates

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Library Day

 

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz

 

Week of 10-10-16

 

Next week is the beginning of the 2nd 9 Weeks! I can’t believe it’s already here! Next week, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss character traits, theme, characterization, figurative language, point of view, and foreshadowing. Students will find lines in the text that support a literary analysis topic and write in response to their reading.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: No School

 

Tuesday: Computer Lab-Read Theory Quizzes for AR (This is cold read practice on each student’s reading level. Students cannot prepare for this.)

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 8

 

Week of 10-3-16

 

9 Weeks Tests are next week. The testing schedule for 8th grade students is listed below. Due to 9 Weeks Testing, I will not give a vocabulary quiz next week. Students will receive an article of the week, but it will not be due until Thursday, October 13th. My students 9 Weeks Test will cover irony, point of view, character types, and types of conflict. I have attached a copy of the study guide that my students have been given. It is also on my website.

 

Since my students will take their 9 Weeks Test on Monday, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 while discussing figurative language, text based evidence, central idea, foreshadowing, conflict, and theme. Students will work on narrative writing.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. During 3rd 9 weeks, we will do something different for homework. Students will select one of the following books to read: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, Call of the Wild by Jack London, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. The independent reading book is due by January 9th. They will be assigned chapters to read during the week. Their homework grade will come from the quizzes that they take over the assigned chapters for that week. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is not due until March 2nd. Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books-A-Million in Southaven should have all of these books in stock.

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: English and Electives 9 Weeks Tests

 

Tuesday: Math 9 Weeks Test

 

Wednesday: History 9 Weeks Test

 

Thursday: Science 9 Weeks Test

 

 

 

Week of 9-26-16

 

Next week in class, we will read “Thank You, M’am” and “The Ransom of Red Chief” as we review characterization, types of conflict, point of view, and irony. Students will write a literary analysis for “Thank You, M’am”. We will begin discussing figurative language.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. This book was due on September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only, but Barnes and Noble in Collierville was able to get some in stock. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. It is not due until the following Thursday.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday: Act 2 Scenes 4-5 Anne Frank Quiz

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 7

 

Week of 9-19-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank while discussing important quotations, direct and indirect characterization, theme, irony, resolution, and flashback. Students will write a literary analysis and cite text based evidence. In grammar, we will discuss simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.

 

*There will not be an article of the week this week due to good behavior.

 

We have started reading AR books. All students should have a library book to read. Students receive 15 minutes of independent reading time in class every day. At the end of the 9 weeks, each student will be required to earn a certain number of AR points by reading books and taking tests over them on the computer. I have taped their goals in the front of their agendas. At the end of the 9 weeks, they will receive a test grade for the percentage of AR points they earned.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will start reading this book soon when we finish The Diary of Anne Frank. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday: Anne Frank Quiz

 

Thursday: Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 6

 

Week of 9-12-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss text details, conflict, plot development, characterization, point of view, summarizing, and important quotations. We will begin discussing the flat, round, dynamic, and static characters. We will also read a non-fiction article relating to the Holocaust and answer questions while citing text based evidence. During grammar, we will discuss simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Students will write a literary analysis in class relating to The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expect. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

Important Dates:                                                                                                                                          

 

Tuesday: Point of View Quiz

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 5

 

Week of 9-5-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank while discussing connotation, how events propel action in a plot, opinion, text based evidence, summarizing, cause and effect, theme, conflict, and characterization. Students will write a narrative from the perspective of a character in the play.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expect. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: No School

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Anne Frank Act 1 Quiz

 

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 5

 

Week of 8-29-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank while discussing conflict, point of view, irony, connotation, opinion, citing evidence, and theme. Students will write a literary analysis for Act 1 Scene 3 of The Diary of Anne Frank. In grammar, we will discuss simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expect. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Irony Quiz

Thursday: Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 4

 

 

Week of 8-22-16

 

Next week in class, students will finish writing a literary analysis for “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”. We will begin discussing the history behind the Holocaust to give students the background information they will need to understand The Diary of Anne Frank. Students will read a non-fiction article that introduces the Holocaust. We will begin reading The Diary of Anne Frank. We will focus on irony, character traits, plot development, point of view, and making inferences.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. I would give them another week or so before going to purchase the book. They have not contacted me to let me know they are in yet. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expect. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Types of Conflict Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 3; Irony Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of 8-15-16

 

Next week in class, we will finish reading “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”. Students will create a plot line, identify theme, type of conflict, and characters. Students will write a literary analysis after we examine a sample in class. We will start discussing World War II in preparation for reading The Diary of Anne Frank. We will also read an introduction to the Holocaust and use the non-fiction signpost while we read.

 

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website or any other teacher’s website in this school by using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

 

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

 

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. I would give them another week or so before going to purchase the book. They have not contacted me to let me know they are in yet. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. It is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

 

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expect. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

 

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday: “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” Quiz

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

 

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 2

 

Week of 8-8-16

I believe we have had a great start to the school year! I have enjoyed meeting all of my students and look forward to getting to know them better in the weeks to come.

Next week in class we will read the short story “Raymond’s Run”. We will discuss plot line, figurative language, central idea, and summary writing. We will examine a sample literary analysis essay, and students will write a narrative.

I always update my website with this information. You can get to my website using the following link. http://chms.desotocountyschools.org/?PageName='Teachers'

My website has vocabulary words for the entire school year along with each week’s homework. You can go to the class handouts section to see this information. Students are given a paper copy of vocabulary and homework. This is just in case a student leaves one of the handouts at school the night before a quiz or homework assignment will be given.

The first extended text we will read this school year is The Diary of Anne Frank which is in the literature book, so you do not have to purchase a copy of it. The second extended text we will read is Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students will need to purchase this book by September 23rd. We will read this book in class. Students do not need to begin reading it until then. I have contacted Barnes and Noble in Collierville and Books A Million in Southaven to let them know which books we will be reading. I would give them another week or so before going to purchase the book. They have not contacted me to let me know they are in yet. Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell is not due until December 8th. This book is a preorder book only. Neither book store can stock it. You can pay ahead, and they will order it for you, or it is available online. I will send reminders about the other books as the due dates get closer.

My homework is the same for the entire 1st semester. Every Thursday, students will be given an article of the week to read and annotate. We practiced one on Friday (August 5) in class, so they would have an example of what I expected. Students have an entire week to complete their homework. It is not due until the following Thursday.

Vocabulary Quizzes are every Friday. Students need to know how to spell the words and how to use the words in a sentence. Every week before the vocabulary quiz, students are given a vocabulary practice that looks similar to the quiz. This will show them how to study for the quizzes. They are allowed to bring this home.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. (1st homework assignment)

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 1 and “Raymond’s Run” Quiz

Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have throughout the school year. I will get back with you as quickly as possible. I am looking forward to a great school year!

 

Supply List

2016-2017

Mrs. Hileman

8th Grade English

3 ring binder

Paper

Pens (blue or black ink only) or Pencils

Hand-held pencil sharpener (if you will be using wooden pencils)

5 dividers for notebook

Composition Book (Just like what you used in English last year)

1 large bag of candy-suckers, jolly ranchers, gum (no chocolate)-You will be able to enjoy this all year long! Make sure to pick out something that you and your classmates will like! J

Students are required to purchase the books we are reading this school year. The due dates are the dates students need to bring the following books to school. We will read the books together in class.

The Diary of Anne Frank is in their literature book, so students will not have to purchase it.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell Block 25 by Richard Paul Evans-Due Date: September 23rd

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell Due Date: December 8th

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick Due Date: March 2nd

-Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park-Students will select one of the books listed to read during the 3rd 9 weeks of school for homework. I will assign one to two chapters per week. Students will read the chapters for homework and take a quiz in class for their homework grade. Due Date: January 9th

Girls: Kleenex

Boys: Hand Sanitizer

Wish List: Expo markers, #2 wooden pencils, cap erasers, and paper towels

 

 

 

 

 

Week of 5-16-16

This will be my final parent email of the school year. I wanted to take the time to let you know how much I have enjoyed getting to know each of my students this school year. I know they will go on to high school and be very successful. They are a great group of kids with a ton of potential. It has been my honor to be their teacher.

As the school year winds down, there will be a few events that are going on in the building that you should know about. I have listed those below for your reference.

In class, we will watch the Freak the Mighty movie and discuss how it relates to the book. We will also complete an I-phone project. Students will design phone for one of the characters in the book. They will create messages, wallpaper, and a playlist for the character based on what we read in class. We will also review figurative language and complete task cards in class.

My students’ semester exam will be their Freak the Mighty study guide that we have worked on all 9 weeks. Students are required to be present on May 20th for their Final Exams. This is when they will turn in their study guide to me.

Due to Semester Exams, there will not be any homework this week. There will not be a vocabulary quiz.

Important Dates:

May 16th-Math Day

May 17th-Locker Clean Out

May 18th-Awards Day

May 19th-Field Day 60% Day

May 20th-Semester Exams 60% Day

 

 

Week of 5-9-16

 

 

 

Next week, we will finish reading Freak the Mighty. Students will write an essay in response to the ending of the book. They will be required to cite text-based evidence. Students will take a test over the book. They can use their study guide, character list, and vocabulary list for the book to study. Once we are finished with the book, we will read short stories for the rest of the school year.

 

 

 

Students will complete an article of the week. This is due on Thursday. It has been uploaded to my website if your child comes home without it.

 

 

 

There will not be a vocabulary quiz this week. There will not be any more vocabulary quizzes for the remainder of the year.

 

 

 

The Semester Exam for my class will be the Freak the Mighty Study Guide we have worked on for the entire 9 weeks. This is due on May 20th. Students who are exempt will receive 20 bonus points for turning it in.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

 

Friday: Freak the Mighty Test

 

 

 

Other Important Dates:

 

May 16th-Math Day

 

May 17th-Locker Clean Out

 

May 18th-Awards Day

 

May 19th-Field Day

 

May 20th-Final Exams

 

Week of 5-2-16

 

First of all, I have to say I was impressed with my students’ hard work on their State Tests this past week, and I am proud of them!

 

State Testing will continue for 8th graders this week with Science and Math. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats breakfast each morning.

 

We will continue reading Freak the Mighty while we discuss central idea, character traits, citing text based evidence, and figurative language. Students will write in response to a journal topic and turn this in for a class work grade.

 

Articles of the week can be found on my website if your child leaves it at school or loses it. This week’s is due on Thursday. Vocabulary words for the entire year are also on my website. Our quiz is on Friday.

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 24 (last one of the year)

 

Upcoming Events:

 

May 16th-Math Day

 

May 17th-Locker Clean Out for 8th Graders

 

May 18th-Awards Day

 

May 19th-Field Day

 

May 20th-Final Exams

 

Week of 4-25-16

Next week, all 8th grade students will start state testing for English. Please encourage them to do well on their tests and to get a good night’s sleep. Below I have listed reminders about where students are supposed to go during state testing.

My students have all worked hard this year. I feel that each student I teach has grown as a reader and writer. I am proud of them! They all mean a lot to me, and I know this time of year can be stressful for them as they are getting tired and are longing for summer break. I want to emphasize their hard work and let you know they are prepared for high school.

As a reward for their hard work, on Friday students will be allowed to bring food to class. We are going to have a relaxing day as we celebrate the end of state testing. Students will get to watch a movie during this time as well.

Due to state testing, there will not be any homework next week. Students will be given an article of the week, but it will not be due until May 5th. There will not be a vocabulary quiz either.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 26th State Reading Test

1st/2nd Period Class in Room B17 (Mrs. Harrison’s Room) during Session 1

Wednesday, April 27th State Reading Test

4th/5th Period Class in Room B17 (Mrs. Harrison’s Room) during Session 1

7th/8th Period Class in Room B5 (Mrs. Bruno’s Room) during Session 2

Thursday, April 28th State Writing Test

1st/2nd Period Class in Room B6 (Mrs. Hileman’s Room) during Session 1

4th/5th Period Class in Room B14 (Mrs. Eisenhart’s Room) during Session 1

7th/8th Period Class in Room B6 (Mrs. Hileman’s Room) during Session 2

Friday-REWARD DAY! J

 

Week of 4-18-16

Next week, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty as we discuss citing evidence, theme, central idea, characterization, and figurative language. Students will write an informational essay in response to a reading passage.

Students will complete an article of the week for homework. This week’s homework is available on my website if your child comes home without it.

We are taking a break from vocabulary words this week. Instead students have been given a copy of common testing vocabulary terms. They are having a quiz over words starting with F-S.

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Cold Read Test

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Testing Terms F-S Quiz

 

Week of 4-11-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty while discussing theme, central idea, citing evidence, characterization, figurative language, and voice. Students will work on non-fiction writing and write an essay about an article that we will read together.

Vocabulary quizzes will be put on hold for the next two weeks. Students will take a quiz over some common testing terms instead. On the list of terms they have received, this week they will study A-E. The quiz will be matching. As long as they study, students should do well.

Students will complete an article of the week for homework. I give this to students every Thursday, and it is not due until the next Thursday. If your child leaves his or her homework at school, I have uploaded a copy to my website.

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Science Case 21 Testing

Wednesday: Cold Read Test

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Testing Terms Quiz (A-E)

 

Week of 4-4-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty while discussing citing text based evidence, context clues, characterization, figurative language, theme, and central idea. Students will write a literary analysis after analyzing a reading passage.

 

We are completing articles of the week for homework this 9 weeks. Students will receive an article on Thursdays, and the article will be due the following Thursday. I will also upload the article to my website in case your child forgets to bring it home.

 

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all words for the year. This can also be found on my website.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

 

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 23

 

Week of 3-28-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Freak the Mighty while we discuss characterization, theme, character traits, point of view, voice, tone, and figurative language. We will work on informational writing.

We will start completing articles of the week for homework this 9 weeks. Students will receive an article on Thursdays, and the article will be due the following Thursday. I will also upload the article to my website in case your child forgets to bring it home.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all words for the year. This can also be found on my website.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Wednesday: Computer Lab Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 22

 

Week of 3-21-16

 

After Spring Break, we will begin reading Freak the Mighty while we discuss character traits, theme, inferences, citing evidence, and central idea. We will work on narrative and informational writing.

 

We will start completing articles of the week for homework this 9 weeks. Students will receive an article on Thursdays, and the article will be due the following Thursday. I will also upload the article to my website in case your child forgets to bring it home.

 

Due to the holiday on Friday, there will not be a vocabulary quiz this week.

 

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all words for the year. This can also be found on my website.

 

Students need their own copy of Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. We will be writing in these books.

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: Article of the Week is due Thursday.

 

Friday: No School

 

Week of 3-7-16

Next week in class, we will continue discussing fear as students finish reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” and read “The Landlady”. Our main focus will be tone, mood, inference, character types, and conflict. 9 weeks testing will be next week. The English 9 Weeks Test will be on Monday. My test will be a Cold Read Test. Students will not need to study for this.

Students will not have homework or a vocabulary quiz due to 9 weeks testing.

When we get back from Spring Break, we will begin reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Students need to purchase a copy of this book and bring it to class with them every day.

After Spring Break, we will go back to Articles of the Week for homework. Students will have a week to complete the assignment. A copy of the assignment will be available on my website if students do not bring it home. This assignment will be due on Thursdays.

Important Dates:

Monday: English 9 Weeks Test and History 9 Weeks Test

Tuesday: Science 9 Weeks Test and Electives 9 Weeks Test

Wednesday: Math 9 Weeks Test

 

Week of 2-29-16

Next week in class, we are going to finish reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad as we discuss theme, character traits, citing evidence, and central idea. When we finish the book, we will start reading “The Landlady” as we discuss tone and mood. Students will work on argument writing.

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is due on March 2nd. This is the last book we will read as a class.

 

Vocabulary words can be found on my website.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Call of the Wild-Chapter 7, Lottery Rose-Chapters 12-14, A Single Shard-Chapter 13 (Quiz is Thursday)

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 21

Week of 2-22-16

 

Next week in class, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. We will discuss theme, central idea, character traits, and tone. Students will finish the narrative about “Thank You, M’am”. We will start discussing argument writing and work on citing text based evidence.

 

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is due on March 2nd. This is the last book we will read as a class.

 

Vocabulary words can be found on my website.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Call of the Wild-Chapter 6, Lottery Rose Chapters 10-11, and Single Shard Chapters 11-12. Students need to read assigned chapters by Thursday.

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Cold Read Test

*No vocabulary quiz until next Friday.

Week of 2-15-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. We will discuss central idea, character traits, theme, and citing evidence. Students will read a short story called “Thank You, Ma’am” and write a narrative in response. This will count as a test grade. In grammar, we will discuss punctuating dialogue.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

The final book that we will read this school year is Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This book is due by March 2nd. We will read it as a class, and students will each need their own copy of the book.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Read chapter 6 of Call of the Wild, read chapters 11-12 of A Single Shard, or read chapters 10-11 of Lottery Rose by next Thursday.

Thursday: Literary Elements Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 20; Library Day

 

Week of 2-8-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad while discussing character traits, theme, central idea, and citing evidence. Students will continue working on narrative writing.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

The final book that we will read this school year is Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This book is due by March 2nd. We will read it as a class, and students will each need their own copy of the book.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Call of the Wild-Read chapter 5, The Lottery Rose Read chapters 8-9, and A Single Shard-Read chapters 9-10. Quiz will be on Thursday.

Wednesday: Progress Reports go home. These are due by Friday with a parent signature.

Thursday: Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 20

 

Week of 2-1-16

Next week, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad.

We will discuss theme, central idea, and character traits. Students will work on narrative writing.

During grammar, we will continue discussing prepositions, conjunctions, and infinitives.

 

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

The final book that we will read this school year is Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This book is due by March 2nd. We will read it as a class, and students will each need their own copy of the book.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Call of the Wild-Read chapter 4, The Lottery Rose chapter 7, and A Single Shard-Read chapters 7-8. Quiz will be on Thursday.

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Cold Read Practice Quiz

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 19

 

Week of 1-25-16

Next week, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad while we discuss central idea, citing text based evidence, character traits, and theme. During grammar, we will continue discussing prepositions, conjunctions, and infinitives.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Call of the Wild-Read chapter 3, The Lottery Rose and A Single Shard-Read chapters 5-6. Quiz will be on Thursday.

Thursday: Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 18

Week of 1-18-16

Next week, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. We will discuss theme, point of view, character traits, context clues, central idea, and citing text based evidence. Students will continue working on narrative writing. In grammar, we will discuss prepositions, conjunctions, and infinitives. Students have been given a study guide for the Literary Elements Test that is on Friday. We completed the study guide in class and went over all the answers. The study guide is downloaded to my website.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Thursday: Call of the Wild Quiz over Chapter 2, The Lottery Rose Quiz over Chapters 3-4, or A Single Shard Quiz over Chapters 3-4 (Your child will only take the quiz that goes with the book he or she has selected for independent reading.)

Friday: Literary Elements Test

 

Week of 1-11-16

Next week in class, we will continue reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. We will discuss theme, context clues, central idea, point of view, and character traits as we read. Students will answer questions and cite text based evidence. We will work on narrative writing and discuss how to write from different perspectives.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: Read chapter 1 of Call of the Wild, read chapters 1-2 of A Single Shard, OR read chapters 1-2 of The Lottery Rose by Thursday.

Tuesday: Quiz over Harriet Tubman Chapters 3-4

Thursday: Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 17

 

Week of 1-4-16

We will begin reading Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. We will discuss the following objectives as we read: theme, central idea, summarizing, and citing text based evidence. Students will work on narrative writing. We will also practice for cold read tests by reading passages and answering part a, part b questions. We will discuss test taking strategies.

For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Important Dates:

Monday: Read chapter 1 of Call of the Wild, read chapters 1-2 of A Single Shard, read chapters 1-2 of The Lottery Rose. (By next Thursday)

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 16

 

Week of 12-14-15

As the 2nd 9 weeks winds to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to say I have seen real progress and growth in my students throughout the 1st semester of this school year. They have worked hard and deserve a wonderful winter break. With the holidays approaching, I would like to make a suggestion. Many students have greatly enjoyed reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. There are a total of 5 books. If you have heard your child talking about the book, this could make a wonderful gift for the holidays. J

Next week, we will take our Semester Exam. My exam will be a Cold Read Test. Students will be able to make corrections to the test for partial credit. There is no need for them to study or prepare other than getting a good night’s rest. Since Exams are next week, I will not be assigning any homework or quizzes.

For the rest of the week, we will review figurative language through the Christmas song “The Grinch”. We will also use “The Grinch” to discuss character traits. We will read a non-fiction article about the origin of Santa Claus in America while focusing on central idea, context clues, author’s purpose, and making predictions. We will focus on narrative writing.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is the book we will start reading the day students arrive back from the break. This book was supposed to be available at Books-A-Million in Southaven; however, the store failed to order it on time. I have spoken with the manager, and it should arrive in 2 weeks at the store. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade. *If you would like for your child to read their independent reading book on a device, you can purchase it on a Kindle, I-pad, or phone for them to read.

Important Dates:

12/15-English Exams

12/16-Scince Exams for 6th and 7th grades (8th grade took their Science Exam last Wednesday)

12/17-Math and Elective Exams

12/18-Makeup Exams

Week of 12-7-15

Next week in class, we will read a short story called “The Ransom of Red Chief”. We will focus on the following objectives as we read: plot line, setting, figurative language, and irony. During grammar, we will discuss pronouns and pronoun antecedent agreement.

I have given all of my students a permission form for the Percy Jackson movie which is rated PG. Since there is not a movie for Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, I still wanted students to see a movie with a hero theme to it. We will compare and contrast the film to the book we read in class.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Library Day, “Ransom of Red Chief” Quiz

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 15

*Note: This is the last week before Semester Exams begin. There will not be an article of the week or vocabulary quiz next week. My Semester Exam will be a Cold Read Test. Students will not have anything to study for this.

 

Week of 11-30-15

In class, we will finish reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will discuss theme, central idea, figurative language, making connections, summarizing, and character traits as we finish the book. Students will write a literary analysis for chapters 40-48 of the book. I think the students have really enjoyed this book, and I have enjoyed watching their excitement about reading it!

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Quiz over Michael Vey Chapters 23-26

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 14

Week of 11-16-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will discuss theme, central idea, character traits, making connections, and plot development. Students will work on writing a literary analysis. In grammar, we will continue discussing pronoun antecedent agreement.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 13

Week of 11-9-15

In class next week, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. As we read, we will discuss theme, central idea, making connections, figurative language, plot development, character traits, and summary writing. We will continue to discuss pronouns during grammar. Students will write a narrative and a literary analysis during writing next week.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday: 8th Grade ELA Case 21 Testing

Wednesday: 8th Grade Math Case 21 Testing

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 12

Week of 11-2-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss central idea, plot development, character traits, inference, theme, figurative language, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a literary analysis and edit each other’s writing. We will discuss pronouns and pronoun antecedent agreement during grammar. Due to the short week, there will not be a vocabulary quiz.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

Important Dates:

Tuesday: No School

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Cold Read Test

Week of 10-26-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. As we read, we will discuss plot and character development, figurative language, foreshadowing, inference, character traits, theme, and central idea. Students will write a literary analysis and cite text based evidence to support their view point.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 11

Week of 10-19-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 as we discuss central idea, theme, figurative language, inference, character traits, and citing text based evidence. Students will write a literary analysis for chapters 9-14 of the book. They will also write a descriptive writing piece about their favorite season of the year. We will examine a model text before they complete the descriptive writing piece.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry is due by December 8th. This book is available at Books-A-Million in Southaven. For 3rd 9 weeks, students will need to select ONE of the following books to read for homework. The options are Call of the Wild by Jack London (be sure to purchase the Scholastic version-the ISBN number is 978-0-439-22714-8), The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Whatever book your child selects is due by January 8th. *Students will be assigned specific chapters to read weekly, and they will take a quiz over the chapters on Thursdays. The quiz grade will count as their homework grade.

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 10

 

Week of 10-12-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading Michael Vey while discussing central idea, theme, plot development, character traits, figurative language, and inference. Students will write a literary analysis citing text based evidence. In grammar, we will discuss pronouns and pronoun antecedent agreement.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans was due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary Quiz 9

 

Week of 10-5-15

 

I wanted to start by saying that I can’t believe the 9 weeks is coming to a close. My students have worked very hard this 9 weeks, and they have been a joy to teach.

 

Next week in all classes, students will take their 9 weeks tests. These tests are very important because they count for 10% of each student’s overall average. The testing schedule is below.

 

9 Weeks Testing Schedule

 

Monday-English Classes and Electives

 

Tuesday-Science Case 21

 

Wednesday-Math and History

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday in my class, we will watch the movie version of The Diary of Anne Frank. This is a great way for them to see the play come to life. On Thursday and Friday, we will continue reading Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. We will discuss character traits, theme, inference, foreshadowing, central idea, and figurative language. We will continue discussing plurals and possessives during grammar. Students will finish writing the final draft of their narratives.

 

Due to 9 weeks testing, there will not be an article of the week or a vocabulary quiz in my class. However, I will go ahead and give students a copy of the article of the week that is due in 2 weeks.

 

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

 

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

 

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans was due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday: English 9 Weeks Test

 

Week of 9-28-15

Next week in class, we will continue our short story unit with “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” and “Broken Chain”. We will discuss central idea, character traits, figurative language, and plot line. Students will write a narrative from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. In grammar, we will finish discussing plurals and possessives.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans was due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Cold Read Test, Article of the week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 8

9 Weeks Testing Schedule

English and Elective Classes: October 5th

Science Case 21: October 6th

Math and Social Studies: October 7th

 

 

Next week in class, we will read “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”. As students read the short story, they will focus on the author’s usage of the 5 senses. We will also discuss character traits. Students will write a narrative from another character’s point of view or finish the story. We will also read “Broken Chain”. Students will pay attention to character traits, central idea, context clues, and figurative language. We will continue to work on descriptive writing. In grammar, we will discuss plurals and possessives.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

If your child has decided to read Call of the Wild by Jack London during the 3rd 9 weeks, make sure to purchase the Scholastic version of the book. The ISBN number for the book is 978-0-439-22714-8. If you already purchased a different version, have your child bring it to me to make sure the book lines up with the quizzes for the book. If you bought the incorrect version, your child can borrow one from me if the book does not match the information on the quizzes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Important Dates:

Tuesday: Anne Frank Act II Test

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 7

 

Week of 9-14-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss central idea, character traits, plot development, context clues, and theme. Students will write a final draft of a literary analysis. We will discuss possessives and plurals during grammar.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

If your child has decided to read Call of the Wild by Jack London during the 3rd 9 weeks, make sure to purchase the Scholastic version of the book. The ISBN number for the book is 978-0-439-22714-8. If you already purchased a different version, have your child bring it to me to make sure the book lines up with the quizzes for the book. If you bought the incorrect version, your child can borrow one from me if the book does not match the information on the quizzes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Progress Reports went home last week.

Important Dates:

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 6

Week of 9-7-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank. We will discuss central idea, character traits, inference, context clues, and plot development. We will analyze dialogue to see how characters are beginning to change. We will also discuss conflict. Students will write a narrative from the perspective of a character in the play. We will discuss how to make words possessive in grammar.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

If your child has decided to read Call of the Wild by Jack London during the 3rd 9 weeks, make sure to purchase the Scholastic version of the book. The ISBN number for the book is 978-0-439-22714-8. If you already purchased a different version, have your child bring it to me to make sure the book lines up with the quizzes for the book. If you bought the incorrect version, your child can borrow one from me if the book does not match the information on the quizzes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

 

Important Dates:

Monday: No School

Wednesday: Library Day, Progress Reports will go home.

Thursday: Test over Act 1 of The Diary of Anne Frank, Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 5

Week of 8-31-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank. We will discuss character traits, central idea, setting, plot development, context clues, and make connections to the text. Students will write a journal and cite text based evidence. We will work on narrative and descriptive writing as we examine model texts and emulate the author’s writing.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

If your child has decided to read Call of the Wild by Jack London during the 3rd 9 weeks, make sure to purchase the Scholastic version of the book. The ISBN number for the book is 978-0-439-22714-8. If you already purchased a different version, have your child bring it to me to make sure the book lines up with the quizzes for the book. If you bought the incorrect version, your child can borrow one from me if the book does not match the information on the quizzes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. This is the first book of the series. The front cover is blue. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Important Dates:

Monday: Work on article of the week. (Due Thursday)

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 4

 

Week of 8-24-15

Next week in class, we will continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank as we discuss setting, character traits, plot development, inference, central idea, and summarization. Students will write a journal in response to their reading. They will be required to cite text based evidence to support their opinion about the topic. Students will also write a narrative in response to a picture.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

If your child has decided to read Call of the Wild by Jack London during the 3rd 9 weeks, make sure to purchase the Scholastic version of the book. If you already purchased a different version, have your child bring it to me to make sure the book lines up with the quizzes for the book. If you bought the incorrect version, your child can borrow one from me if the book does not match the information on the quizzes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Important Dates:

Monday: Work on Article of the Week. (Due Thursday.)

Wednesday: Library Day

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 3

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell Block 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Week of 8-17-15

Next week in class, we will read excerpts from a non-fiction book about the history of the Holocaust. Students will make text to text, text to self, text to world, and text to media connections after reading. They will also work on identifying the central idea. We will begin reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Students will be assigned parts to read the play in teams. We will focus on the following objectives while reading: central idea, context clues, setting, character traits, and inference. During grammar class, students will edit their argumentative essays and write a final draft.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due. Cold Read Test

Friday: Vocabulary/Spelling Quiz 2

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell Block 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

Week of 8-10-15

Next week in class, we will begin reading “Raymond’s Run” and “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”. Both are short stories that have to do with our 9 weeks theme of helping others. While we read the stories, we will discuss theme, central idea, story elements, and context clues. Throughout the 9 weeks, we will also discuss argumentative writing. This week we will analyze one article about technology together, and students will analyze one article about technology in their teams. We will write a sample argumentative essay together. Students will practice citing text based evidence.

For homework this 9 weeks, students will be given an article of the week to complete. I will give this to them every Friday, and it will be due the following Thursday. Students are expected to annotate the text with the main idea and to answer questions using complete sentences.

Students have been given a vocabulary packet with all of their words for the entire school year. This is also available on my website under class handouts if they leave it at school. Articles of the Week are also available on my website if students forget to bring them home.

We will be going to the library on Thursday. Students will check out books and be expected to bring them to class every day. We will go to the library at least once every two weeks as a class.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Article of the Week is due.

Friday: Vocabulary and Spelling Quiz 1

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell Block 25 by Richard Paul Evans is due by September 23rd. I called Books-A-Million in Southaven and let them know all of my students would be purchasing this book. They should have it in stock.

 

Supply List

2015-2016

Mrs. Hileman

8th Grade English

3 ring binder

Paper

Pens (blue or black ink only) or Pencils

Hand-held pencil sharpener (if you will be using wooden pencils)

5 dividers for notebook

Composition Book (Just like what you used in English last year)

1 large bag of candy-suckers, jolly ranchers, gum (no chocolate)-You will be able to enjoy this all year long! Make sure to pick out something that you and your classmates will like! J

Students are required to purchase the books we are reading this school year. The due dates are the dates students need to bring the following books to school. We will read the books together in class.

The Diary of Anne Frank is in their literature book, so students will not have to purchase it.

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell Block 25 by Richard Paul Evans-Due Date: September 23rd

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry Due Date: December 8th

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick Due Date: March 2nd

-Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt, or A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park-Students will select one of the books listed to read during the 3rd 9 weeks of school for homework. I will assign one to two chapters per week. Students will read the chapters for homework and take a quiz in class for their homework grade. Due Date: January 8th

*I have contacted Books-A-Million in Southaven. They will have all of these books available.

Girls: Kleenex

Boys: Hand Sanitizer

Wish List: Expo markers, #2 wooden pencils, cap erasers, and paper towels

 

 

Myon information is listed below.

www.myon.com

School: Center Hill Middle School

Username: MSIS Number (Lunch Number)

Password: Student’s last name with the 1st letter capitalized

This program is a really great and easy way for students to work on reading skills. The website will actually read the book to the student. Every time we have used this in class my students have liked it. I think it’s a great way to encourage digital reading.

 

Parent E-mail

I send out a weekly parent e-mail. If you are not receiving the e-mail, please let me know. It will keep you updated each week on tests, class assignments, and quizzes.

Vocabulary/Spelling Quizzes

Vocabulary and Spelling Quizzes will be every Friday.

AR Test Dates

Students will be required to read an AR book and take a test over the book once every 3 weeks. This will count as a test grade.

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