Grade 8 Reading
It seems like we have been working in literature circles for half the year! As we move past working in small groups towards tackling fiction, the class will now be working through individualized interest driven non-fiction. Students will self select pieces based on topics that they want to read about and discuss. Check out the current events suggestions on the social studies page if you need to find something to read for class. Remember, the paragraph assignment is due following your readings each class!
I hope you all enjoyed your winter break as much as I did! Now that we are back in the swing of things, we will continue with the literature circle unit, beginning our first lit. circle novels. Check out the book trailers below for more information on the books that you can choose from. We will have a potential of 5 literature circles with the novels Hoot, Lord of the Flies, A Day No Pigs Would Die, The Giver, and Pretties.
First of all, check out the beautiful paper-mache mask that K.R. created for her independent project(on the left) for the novel, Uglies. In addition to creating this phenomenal work of art, she also expertly described how the theme of beauty that Scott Westerfield discusses in the novel is related to our cultural use of beauty and image in society. We begin short stories with Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man! We will talk about the five elements that each short story needs (see flocab’s video below), we will read a selection of different short stories from both Bradbury and other authors.
Greetings folks! For the next week we will be working on our summative project for the novel, Uglies. We will be producing self-designed independent projects to demonstrate our understanding of themes in the novel. Remember, your learning contract for this independent project needs to be approved by Monday, November 11.
Just a quick announcement. We will be finishing up with Uglies in the next few weeks. Our next unit is short stories! Check back soon for more information.
Long time, no post. In reading this week, we will continue to talk about the rising action, climax and resolution in our novel, Uglies. Check back frequently, especially if you miss the definitions of any of the literary terms that we discuss in class. We begin the week by talking about foreshadowing and dialogue.
Check back soon for the vocabulary lists that our class have created!
Here it is guys! This is the first chapter of our introductory book, the Uglies. Check back soon for more chapters…