8th Grade ELA
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DEAR Time: Drop Everything and Read

Website: arbookfind.com - useful to check the reading level of a book a student may want to read.

Lit. Circles: Mondays and Thursdays


******Reminder: All children must read 2 books (besides their Lit. Circles reading) for each trimester. They have 15 minutes Quiet Reading Time at the end of every day to work on this. They must also read at ***HOME*** each night.

11/16 Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
Rob read us another version of the story with a modern twist to the art.
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Next 4 children recited the poem from memory.
Introduced Personification - discussed examples of personification in literature, film, TV and advertising.

11/15 Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 5 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 6 on Thursday. 
Some groups who finished earlier are working on their group projects.
Some children are taking the AR Tests on their books.

11/14 Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
Next 4 children recited the poem from memory.
TJ read us a picture book version of the poem:
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Began to copy our ABC Thanks poems on good paper.

11/13 Editing/proofreading practice
Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
First 5 children recited the poem from memory.
THANKS spelling/vocabulary assignment
Turkey Crossword

11/12 No school - Veterans' Day

11/9 Reviewed the poem we have to memorize by Tuesday: "Thanksgiving Day"
Watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" which features the poem at the end of the story.

11/8 Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 4 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 5 next Thursday. (Monday is a holiday.)
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2 Groups have finished their books and began to take the 3 AR Tests on their books.
DEAR Time.
"Thanksgiving Day" poems must be memorized by Tuesday.

11/7 Review 4 kinds of sentences.
Poetry: "Thanksgiving Day" by Lydia Maria Child - review what we covered yesterday - see 11/6.
Continued analyzing poem: repetition, meaning of each stanza, vocabulary.
Read aloud an illustrated version of the poem.
Showed the class many ads, cartoons and newspaper stories that used the words of the poem to make a point.
Listened to 2 sung versions of the poem.

11/6 Quiz on 4 kinds of sentences.
Poetry: "Thanksgiving Day" by Lydia Maria Child:
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We analyzed the poem for stanzas, mood, setting (time and place), rhyme scheme (ABBCB), Figures of Speech (simile, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration) and rhythm (we listened to several recorded sung versions, including Alvin and the Chipmunks.) To be continued.

11/5 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 3 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 4 on Thursday.
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DEAR Time


11/2 Metaphor in Poetry: "The Great Grey Clouds" - discussed extended metaphor, free verse and Walt Whitman, the LI poet who was known for first writing free-verse (non rhyming) poetry.

11/1 No school: Feast of All Saints

10/31 Corrected worksheets on the 4 kinds of sentences. 
Quiz next week.
Reviewed triplets - 3 line rhymes.
Wrote one triplet about ourselves. This will be part of an eventual poem made up of 5 or more triplets.
Spelling/vocabulary Halloween puzzles.

10/30 Reviewed the 4 kinds of sentences: Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative and Exclamatory. Did 2 papers practicing identifying these four.
Spelling/vocabulary Halloween puzzles

10/29 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 2 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 3 on Monday and DEAR Time.
Went over the poem from the actual HS test the children took on Sat.
We discussed their impressions and experiences of the exam.

10/26 No school - Diocesan Teachers' Conference Day for staff

10/25 Last Lit. Circle group presentation by the children who read "Crazy Lady."
They made a poster, clay figures and discussed 4 of the main characters.
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Last HS Entrance Test practice: we copied the poem and wrote the paragraph about trying again if you don't first succeed. We were timed the 15 minutes that will be allowed on the test day for these two tasks. The children will see if they have to work faster on Sat. to accomplish these in the allotted time.
During Religion, we began Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 1 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 2 on Monday and DEAR Time.

10/24 Lit. Circles presentation: Children who read "The Great Gilly Hopkins" presented their Venn Diagram listing the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.
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Spelling/vocabulary work.
During Rel. class, we borrowed time for the next group to present their project. The children who read "A Corner of the Universe" presented their amazing puppet show.
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10/23 Children who read "The Outsiders" put on an amazing puppet show retelling the story.
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See more photos in the Photo Gallery.
HS entrance test practice: write a paragraph telling about what friendship means to you. Finish for HW.

10/22 Proofreading/editing practice
Made handwriting corrections to the poem copied from the 2012 HS entrance test.
Lit. Circles group project presentation by the children who read "Surviving the Applewhites" - an interview with the author.
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Gave out the books for Lit. Circles Cycle 2.
Filled out the grading sheets for Cycle 2 and set up the notebooks.
Returned the paragraph writing practice for the 2013 test: a celebration that is special to the child's family 

10/19 Lit. Circles project presentation by the children who read "Hoot." They made a wonderful board game based on the characters, settings and storyline in the book. After they did the presentation, groups of children got to play the game.
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HS entrance test practice: copy the poem from the 2013 test.
Spelling/vocabulary work "In the Bag" and Ghost Crossword.

10/18 Lit. Circles project presentations postponed one day.
HS entrance test 2012 - Usage page 16: corrected # 25-32 (done yesterday after school) and then did #33-40.
Reading comprehension page 4 (story about spiders.)

10/17 Corrected reading comprehension page 6 of 2013 exam.
Paragraph writing form the 3013 test: Describe a family celebration that has special meaning for you. Finish for HW if not done.
Vocabulary/spelling: "In the Bag"

10/16 Corrected the spelling (1-5) and vocabulary (31-35) from the 2013 HS exam.
Copy Practice - poem by Longfellow.
Reading comprehension - page 7, poem by Langston Hughes.
We also looked at pictures of Hughes and talked a little about him.
Reading comprehension page 9 - finish for HW.

10/15 Editing/proofreading practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 7 - All groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th. 
The children are also in the process off choosing new books and forming new groups for Cycle 2.
  
10/12 Completed the USAGE section of the 2013 HS Entrance exam.
Corrected the handwriting practice from the 2014 exam.
2013 Test: spelling #1-5 and vocab. # 31-35
Spelling/Vocabulary: "In the Bag"

10/11 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 7 - All groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th. 
The children are also in the process off choosing new books and forming new groups for Cycle 2.

10/10 Collected writing assignment  "If I Could Spend a Day with Anyone Alive"
Corrected spelling and vocab. from 2014 HS Test
Reading comprehension from 2014 test: #3 and 5.
Vocabulary: "It's in the Bag"
 
10/9 Editing/proofreading practice
Reviewed common editing symbols.
Collected "copy poem" assignments started on Friday.
Reviewed sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
Returned writing practice from 2015 HS test.
Worked on writing practice from 2014 HS test: "If I Could Spend a Day with Anyone Alive"
Finish for HW.

10/8 No School10/5 Corrected HS Test practice poem copying - 2015 test
Finished writing TRIPLETS started on Wednesday.
HS Test book 2014 Spelling # 1-5 and Vocab. # 31-35
Copy poem from 2014 book.
Finish all the above for HW if you are not caught up.
Work on Spelling/Vocab "In the Bag"

10/4 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 6 - one group still had to discuss their final reading and take their AR Tests. The other groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th.
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See other photos in Photo Gallery.

10/3 Collected HW - paragraphs about something we are good at.
Reviewed Couplets - two line rhymes with about the same number of syllables in each.
Reviewed syllables and counted the syllables in a collection of words.
Introduced Triplets: 3 line rhymes.
Working in groups, we composed 3 triplets, 2 with the rhymes provided and the last one based on a picture with the rhymes left up to the student.
Gave the children a copy of the grading rubric I will use to evaluate the Lit. Circles group projects.

10/2 Correct spelling # 1-5 and Vocab. # 31-35 from HS Entrance Test 2015.
Paragraph writing: Write a paragraph about something you do well.
Vocabulary - October Spelling/Vocab. Puzzle: "It's in the Bag" - all words contain the letters BAG.

10/1 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 5 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 6 on Thursday, DEAR Time. Children who finished their books took the AR Tests. All books must be finished by Thursday, October 4th.
Children who finished for last session are working on their group projects which will be presented starting on October 18th.
HS Entrance Test: copy practice - 5 line poem 

9/28 Gave the children a list of possible Lit. Circle group projects to tape in their Lit. Circles notebooks.
HS Entrance Test 2015 - Usage #32-40
Spelling # 1-5
Vocabulary # 31-35
Practiced handwriting for HS test.

9/27 Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 4 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 5 on Monday, DEAR Time.

9/26 HS Entrance Test 2016 - paragraph writing - write about a historical event you would like to travel back to in a time machine.
Spelling, p. 12 #1-5
Vocab, p.13 #31-35
Finish for HW.

9/25 Discussed "good" reading logs and what the class can to to improve them.
HS Entrance Test 2016 - Usage #33-40.
Reading comprehension - page 10.
Copy work: poem 

9/24 Proofreading/editing practice
Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 3 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 4 on Thursday, DEAR Time.
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9/21 HS Entrance Test 2016:
Reading comprehension #1, page 3.
Poem analysis page 6.
Usage page 16, # 25-32
Finish above for HW.

9/20 Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 2 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 3 on Monday, DEAR Time.

9/19 HS Entrance Test - 2017 
Paragraph writing - we wrote paragraphs about a time we helped someone.
Finish paragraphs for HW.
Worked on 2 spelling/vocabulary papers.

9/18 HS Entrance Test - 2017:
Copy work - copy the poem in script exactly as written
Spelling:  p12 #6-10
Vocabulary: p13 # 36-40
Reading comprehension, p9 - underline # 31, 32, 33
Finish for HW.

9/17 Editing/proofreading practice
Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 1 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 2 on Thursday, DEAR Time.
Children received the grades on their summer reading tests. They need to be returned tomorrow signed. Thank you.

9/14 Challenge Course - no regular class.

9/13 We set up our notebooks for Lit. Circles, Cycle 1, Session 1, next Monday.
The children quickly met in their groups to choose what pages they will read. We discussed the log they must write after they finished the reading.
I signed up the books they are reading for Trimester 1 (see above note).
HS practice test: We finished the Usage section, the remaining 8 questions.
Please return the bottom section of the handout from Open House last night. If you were not here, I gave your child a copy today. Please keep it and refer to it all year. Thank you.
 
9/12 gave out the results of the STAR Reading placement tests. The top tear-off must be returned tomorrow.
HS Entrance Test - reading comprehension #3.
Corrected spelling and vocabulary. HW from yesterday.
Worked on the Usage section of the test #25-32.
Children new to the school must have their marble notebooks for class tomorrow.

9/11 Gave out the High School Entrance Examination test booklet used in 2017.
We reviewed the parts of the test.
Reading Comprehension section - the first two selections.
Spelling #1-5 and Vocabulary #31-35 - finish for HW.

9/10 Gave the children a list of the Lit. Circles reading logs.
The class formed themselves into groups of 5 children each.
They chose the books they would read for Cycle 1.
Gave out the grading sheets for Cycle 1 and explained how they worked.
Gave out the books for Cycle 1. 
The first reading and log is due next Monday, September 17.
Co-op practice starts tomorrow. Children must have a permission slip to stay.

9/7 Computer Room: SSCM returning children took the AR Tests on their summer reading books.
Then they helped our "new" students get their user names and passwords, access the AR program and take a test on a book they recently completed for PRACTICE. If they fail the test, I will delete it from the data base, but if they pass it, it will count as extra credit. They also learned how to print their tests.
Those finished worked on the Spelling/Vocabulary: "Back to School Puzzle"

9/6 Children must sign up their first book by next Thursday. See above note.
Discussed our Lit. Circles reading program in great detail, especially the changes from the 7th grade program.
We will form our groups and choose our books for Cycle 1 next week.
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Discussed the yearbook and the need to take pictures and look for old school pictures (SSCM & OLL)

9/5 Collected summer reading forms.
Asked the children to bring in a baby picture.
Reminded them to bring in pictures for the yearbook.
Discussed the Catholic High School entrance test and how/when we will practice.
Reminded them to check my website when they miss a class for ANY reason.
Went over supply list.
Spelling/Vocabulary: "Back to School Puzzle"
 
9/4 No class due to first day procedures.