Grade 8 Language Arts

Edward Snowden Debate

SNOWDENOur final unit of the year in E.L.A. is an integrated ELA/Social Studies assignment. Remember our atomic weapons debate? We will bring back the debate format in order to ask the question, should Edward Snowden be considered a hero, or a traitor? The proposition being debated as pro and con will be “Edward Snowden should be considered a hero.” 5 members of our team will go against 5 members of Mr. Gould’s class for  our final debate. Click “more” in order to find additional research, or go a little further and find your own! Just make sure to independently verify the sources of your research. (more…)

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Shakespeare

shakesMemeWe are currently doing some Shakespeare exploration. Each class has chosen one of Shakespeare’s more famous plays to read and investigate. In addition to reading pivotal scenes from his work, we will be watching some BBC Shakespeare and writing about it.

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Atomic Weapons Debates

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For our summative assessment on Bomb, and for our next unit in Language Arts, we will be crafting and presenting debates on different topics related to nuclear weapons. We will focus on common core standard for speaking and listening in Literacy,  “Literacy.S.L.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

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Bomb: Robert Sheinkin

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Currently in E.L.A. we are reading Robert Sheinkin’s Bomb. Check back soon to stay updated on our recently completed journal prompts for chapters in the book. See below for details.

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Narrative Writing

20sExploring Narrative Writing

For our next integrated unit, we will be studying the roaring twenties and the great depression in social studies. During language arts, we will focus on the skills that writers use to craft compelling narrative fiction and non-fiction. Check out common core writing standard 8.3 for more information on the standard that we will work towards. As we explore examples from other writers, we will focus on the skills that we can use to write our own stories.

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The Art of Persuasion

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Upcoming and Past Deadlines

  • Introductory Paragraph Due Jan. 15, 2014
  • First Body Paragraph Due Jan. 22, 2014
  • Rebuttal Due Jan. 24, 2014
  • Concluding Paragraph Due Jan. 29, 2014
  • Final Draft of Essay Due Feb. 5, 2014

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Language Arts: War Horse

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As you may have noticed, our blog will now be organized by unit. The current entry, on War Horse, will house all of our information, activities and resources for the novel and its peripheral assignments. Check back frequently for any information or digital backups of work that we do in class!

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Language Arts Week 9

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This week, we continue reading War Horse. We start the week on Chapter 3! Check back frequently for handouts and learning strategies that you have missed or misplaced. Also, remember to study for Vocab List 4 for the quiz on Friday! Schedule re-takes if you need to bring up your grade! Also, remember to come see me during learning opportunities if you need help.

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Language Arts Week 8

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Your first independent reading book is due! In addition, this week we begin our first class novel, War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. Check back soon for more information! We will be reading in class, so please make sure to check out a copy if you are absent from class at any point!

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Week 7

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Congratulations folks, your last year of NECAP testing has arrived! This will by no means be your last “Standardized test” ever, but it is the last year before we start to transition to the SBAC. One more round of NECAP (the science test is in the spring) and you are done! Click on more to see this week’s resources including our test taking tips, courtesy of Mr. Aquadro.

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