8th Grade Language Arts
This quarter is all about critical thinking, critical reading, and the art of persuasion.
The big question this quarter is:
How can language initiate change?
Links to speeches we are reading in class:
"The Perils of Indifference: Lessons From A Violent Century" Elie Wiesel
Mr. Wiesel comes on at the 15 minute mark after then First Lady Hilary Clinton.
Our 8th Grade Project research papers have been turned in. Revisions and re-writes will be due by May 9th.
Wiki classroom link
Homework: Beginning September 11th, students will read 4 nights a week for at least 15-20 minutes and write in their journals for 10 min. each night as well.
4th quarter reflection letters are due:
7th READING JOURNAL CHECK
will be April 29th, 2014 you should have 107 total entries by then, or 16 since our last check-in.
You will turn in your journal for me to look over and give you feedback.
Assignment & rubrics are below.
Please Contact Me!
My email is email@example.com. This is the best way to get a quick response from me. I encourage students, and parents alike to communicate with me this way.
Don't forget you may come see me at lunch recess Tuesday - Thursday if you have questions or need help.
Link to Our Middle School Blog:
The 8th grade online textbook can be found here: EMC
The PIN number is: E3W6Q2
Make sure you select 8th Grade!
Grammar practice online: grammarbytes
List of Grammatical Terms: chompchomp
Common Core Standards explained by PPS.
Interactive graphic organizers can be found here. HOLT organizers
Purdue Owl online writing help page OWL
Sample Page from our Yellow Cornell Notebooks.
Note: the big idea question in left margin & the summary at bottom of page.
Check out author Gene Yang discussing
his book Gene Yang video, American Born Chinese
Power point about patterns of Organization written by J. Renzi used in class.
Dukes of Earle - cohort
Don't forget our cheer:
WE REIGN THIS GAME! ALL THE DUKES GIVE A WHOOP WHOOP DI DO!
Here is a link to the Random Acts of Kindness Website that our Wednesday lessons come from:
THANKS for all the help in the cafe first quarter!
Check out our Theme Song!
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Have you checked out Khan Academy yet? Just remember, these are not teachers nor experts, but they have some great information. khanacademy.org