Mrs. Laricks

                      8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS  

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small compared to what lies within us."
                                                       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                SEPTEMBER 18-22, 2017

Reminders:
Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, 9/19
No School Friday, 9/22
EXTRA CREDIT -- Mark Twain Performance at SIC Library
                               Monday 9/25, 6-7pm
School Pictures Thursday, 9/28

READING 8A & 8P
ClassZone
This week we will be analyzing and discussing the characters, symbols and themes in Mildred Taylor's novel The Land.

* The Land Novel Test is Thursday, 9/21 (tentative date)
*  You should be reading your Independent Reading Novels-- 1 journal entry about CHARACTER is due Monday, 9/25 in Reading Journal (Marble Notebook)

September Project of the Month-- Kindness & Compassion Quotes
* Visual due Thursday, 9/21
* Response Paper due Friday, 9/29


NewsELA Requirements
https://newsela.com/signin
* Sign in with Google
* Read ONE article per week
*Complete ONE quiz per week
* Due by Friday of EACH week
* 15% of Reading Grade



SPELLING/VOCABULARY 8A & 8P
https://www.vocabtest.com/middle_school/7th_grade.php
This week we will focus on the correct spelling of words with a silent e

* Lesson 1 Worksheet due Tuesday, 9/19
* Complete ONE 100 point Creative Spelling activity by Wednesday, 9/20
* Lesson 1 Spelling Test on Thursday, 9/21


GRAMMAR 8A & 8P
Exercises in English
This week's focus is on adjectives.  We will be reviewing the position of adjectives, demonstrative, interrogative and indefinite adjectives. We will also review comparative and superlative adjectives and adjective phrases.

*  Workbook pages 11-18 due Thursday, 9/21
* Workbook pages 19-20 due Monday, 9/25
* Adjective Test Monday, 9/25

WRITING 8A & 8P
Students will be examining the nature of courage in The Pearl and relate it to an experience of their own.  This week we will focus on writing our rough drafts of our Courage Personal Narrative Essays.

* Courage personal narrative rough draft due Thursday, 9/21

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest-- "America's Gift to My Generation"
* Final Drafts due Friday, 10/20