Welcome to 8th Grade English

  • Today in 8th Grade English:

    Wednesday 12/11

    • Dystopia Unit Begins - Download the dystopia notes on from the documents list on the website
    • Harrison Bergeron film and text comparison - Make up this lesson in ASH

    Tuesday 12/10

    • Dystopia Unit Begins - Download the dystopia notes on from the documents list on the website
    • Harrison Bergeron - Download the story Harrison Bergeron from the documents list ont the website.  While reading, annotate examples where people are punished because they are successful or capable. 

    Monday 12/9

    • IXL Figurative Language and Tone - on ixl.com complete Level J - E. 7.  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.
    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.  This paper is due tomorrow 12/10!

    Friday 12/6

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Thursday 12/5

    • IXL Tone - on ixl.com complete Level J - C.3.  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.
    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Wednesday 12/4

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Tuesday 12/3

    • MAP Testing

    Monday 12/2

    • MAP Testing

    Monday 11/25 - Friday 11/29

    • Thanksgiving Break

    Friday 11/22

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Thursday 11/21

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Wednesday 11/20

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.
    • The War That Saved My Life - Make up this lesson and assignment in ASH

    Tuesday 11/19

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Continue storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Friday 11/15

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Begin storyboarding and then writing numerous scenes to tell a complete story.  Be sure to include the narrative craft moves in your scenes as you write.

    Thursday 11/14

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Make up this lesson in ASH
    • The Glass Castle- Get a copy of the excerpt from The Glass Castle from Mr. Spahn during ASH.  While reading, annotate the beginning and end of the numerous scenes in the exceprt.  Then list the purpose of each scene.  There are 3 scenes total.

    Wednesday 11/13

    • Writers' Craft: Commentary - Make up this lesson in ASH
    • IXL: Verb Tense - on ixl.com complete Level J - GG. 2, 3.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.

    Tuesday 11/12

    • Crafting numerous narrative scenes to tell a story - Make up this lesson in ASH
    • Why Chicken Means So Much to Me - Get a copy of the excerpt Why Chicken Means So Much to Me from Mr. Spahn during ASH.  While reading, annotate the beginning and end of the numerous scenes in the exceprt.  There are 6 or 7 scenes total.

    Monday 11/11

    • Continue writing a scene - continue creating a longer scene that incorporates all of the narrative craft moves that we have been looking at in previous classes (Creating narrator's voice through intentional run-on's and fragments, using sensory details to create a vivid description in the reader's mind, and using dialogue to reveal character traits).  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.  Your best draft of this scene is due on Tuesday 11/12

    Friday 11/8

    • Continue writing a scene - continue creating a longer scene that incorporates all of the narrative craft moves that we have been looking at in previous classes (Creating narrator's voice through intentional run-on's and fragments, using sensory details to create a vivid description in the reader's mind, and using dialogue to reveal character traits).  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.  Your best draft of this scene is due on Tuesday 11/12

    Thrusday 11/7

    • Craft moves in narrative writing: paragraphs - See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • Continue writing a scene - continue creating a longer scene that incorporates all of the narrative craft moves that we have been looking at in previous classes (Creating narrator's voice through intentional run-on's and fragments, using sensory details to create a vivid description in the reader's mind, and using dialogue to reveal character traits).  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.

    Wednesday 11/6

    • Write a scene - begin creating a longer scene that incorporates all of the narrative craft moves that we have been looking at in previous classes (Creating narrator's voice through intentional run-on's and fragments, using sensory details to create a vivid description in the reader's mind, and using dialogue to reveal character traits).  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.
    • IXL Personification - on ixl.com complete Level J - M.1.  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.

    Tuesday 11/5

    • Write a scene - begin creating a longer scene that incorporates all of the narrative craft moves that we have been looking at in previous classes (Creating narrator's voice through intentional run-on's and fragments, using sensory details to create a vivid description in the reader's mind, and using dialogue to reveal character traits).  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.

    Monday 11/4

    • Craft moves in narrative writing dialogue - See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • The Secret History excerpt - Download the excerpt from The Secret History by clicking on it from the documents list on the website.  While reading it, notice how the use of dialogue reveals the narrator's character traits.
    • Write a scene - after you have read, create a scene in your writers' notebook where you imitate the use of dialogue to reveal character traits.  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.
    • IXL Dialogue - on ixl.com complete Level J. - RR. 4  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.  For addtional help you can download the dialogue notes from the website and/or see Mr. Spahn during ASH

    Friday 11/1

    • Craft moves in narrative writing sensory details - See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • If I Stay excerpt - Download the excerpt from If I Stay by clicking on it from the documents list on the website.  While reading it, annotate examples of sensory details.
    • Write a scene - after you have read, create a scene in your writers' notebook where you imitate the use of sensory details.  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.
    • IXL Sensory Details - on ixl.com complete Level J. - E.1.  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.

    Thursday 10/31

    • Craft moves in narrative writing voice/tone- See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • Magonia excerpt - Download the excerpt from Magonia by clicking on it from the documents list on the website.  While reading it, annotate examples of intentional run-on sentences and intentional fragments/hyphens.  What tone/mood does the author create through those craft moves?
    • Write a scene - after you have read, create a scene where you imitate the use of intentional run-on's and fragments.  The topic of your scene can be anything you choose.  It can be fictional or non-fictional.

    Wednesday 10/30

    • Craft moves in narrative writing - See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • Memories from school - In your writers' notebook, create a list of memories you have from all of your years in school.  Start with kindergarten or 1st grade list one or two memories that jump out from you from that particular year in school.  Continue listing the grades and memories until you get to 8th grade.
    • Write a scene - after you have made your list, choose 1 of the memories and craft a scene in your writers' notebook.  Jump right into the action of that memory and tell what happend.

    Tuesday 10/29

    • Craft moves in narrative writing - See Mr. Spahn during ASH to make up this lesson
    • Indian Education - Download the short story Indian Education by Sherman Alexie from the documents list on the website.  
    • While reading the story, annotate the craft moves the author makes (description, dialogue, figurative language, mood and tone, etc...)

    Monday 10/28

    • No School 

    Friday 10/25

    • No School 

    Thursday 10/24

    • No School - Conferences

    Wednesday 10/23

    • Half day - Nothing to make up.

    Tuesday 10/22

    • "Family" Writing Notebook response - Consider a family member who is important to you.  What makes them such an impactful person?  Watch the youtube clip "For My Grandmother" by clicking on the it from the links list on the website.  After watching respond in your writers' notebook.
    • IXL Synonyms and Antonyms - On ixl.com, complete level J - S.1, 2  Get a smart score of 90 on each assignment.

    Monday 10/21

    • "Friends" Writing Notebook response - Consider your best friend(s).  What makes them such a great friend.  Watch the youtube clip "Origin Story" by clicking on the it from the links list on the website.  After watching respond in your writers' notebook.
    • IXL Root Words - On ixl.com, complete level J - R.2, 3.  Get a smart score of 85 on each assignment.

    Thursday 10/17

    • Scars writer's Notebook response - On a clean blank page in your writer's notebook, draw an outline of a body.  Your drawing may also be a stick figure.  Then list the scars you have on the drawing.  Your scars should include physical, mental, emotional scars that have shaped who you as a person today.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH for help if you need it.

    Wednesday 10/16

    • Turning 12 video - Watch the video by clicking on the video link listed on the website.
    • Writer's Notebook response - after watching the video, create a short response to the video.  As always, your response can be a short scene, story, poem, list, essay, commentary, etc....
    • Commas 1 - On ixl.com, complete level J - NN.2.  Get a smart score of 80 on the assignment.

    Tuesday 10/15

    • On Turning 10 - Download the poem from the documents list on the website
    • Writer's Notebook response - after reading the poem, create a list of memories from when you were 10.  Consider: what you liked to do in your free time, places you traveled, things you did with friends/family. 
    • After you have made your list, choose one memory and write a short piece giving the details of that event. 

    Monday 10/14

    • Writer's Notebook:  Floorplan of your house - In your writer's notebook, draw the floorplan of your house.  Then, list the various memories you have associated with the rooms of your house.  For help, see Mr. Spahn during ASH
    • Phrases and Clauses - on ixl.com, complete Level J - AA. 1, 3.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.  Download the notes on phrases and clauses from the documents list on the website to help you with the assignments.

    Friday 10/11

    • Read the poems: That Chair, Kitchen Table, and Junk Drawer by George Ella Lyon - You can find the poems by clicking on the link on the website called Many Storied House.  After clicking the link, use the drop down menu at the top right of the page to find the poem titles. 
    • Writer's Notebook Response - Create 3 short responses (write for about 3 minutes on each response) to George Ella Lyon's poems.  title the responses: That Chair, Kitchen Table, and Junk Drawer.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH for more clarification if you need it.

    Thursday 10/10

    • Narrative writing introduction - Download a copy of the Essential Elements in Narratives from the document list on the website.  Glue or tape that document into your writer's notebook.
    • Read the spoken work poem, Hands  - download a copy of the poem from the documents list on the website.  
    • Writer's Notebook Response - In your notebook, trace your hand and inside of the hand outline, create a list of the important items your hands have held, or things you have touched that were meaningful. 

    Wednesday 10/9

    • Unit 1 Exam - Make up in ASH

    Monday 10/7

    • Read The Chaser - Download the short story from the documents list on the website.  While reading, annotate examples of lust, desire, and greed.
    • The Chaser Bubble Map - Make up this lesson in ASH
    • Pronouns and Antecedents - On ixl.com, complete level J - CC. 1, 2, 3.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.

     

    Friday 10/4

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 5, scene 3 - Annotate additional key events that could be added to your literary domino note cards.

    Thursday 10/3

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 5, scenes 1 and 2 - Annotate additional key events that could be added to your literary domino note cards.
    • Writer's Notebook - Download the Open Letter to Middle Schoolers document from the documents list on the website.  Read the letter and then create a letter of your own to someone in your Writer's Notebook.

    Wednesday 10/2

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 4, scenes 4 and 5 - Annotate the reasons Lord Capulet is sad Juliet is dead
    • Subjects and Predicates - On ixl.com, complete assignemnts Level Y - I. 2, 3, 5.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.

    Tuesday 10/1

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 4, scenes 1-3
    • Act 4, scenes 1-3 DED - Make up in ASH

    Monday 9/30

    • Warren Tech Field Trip - Nothing to Make up!

    Friday 9/27

    • Granparents' Day - Nothing to make up!

    Thursday 9/26

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 3, scene 4-5 - Annotate examples of Lord Capulet's anger with Juliet.
    • Romeo and Juliet Film - Act 3

    Wednesday 9/25

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 3, scene 3 - Annotate examples of Romeo's emotions getting out of control and Father Laurence's examples of good advice.

    Tuesday 9/24

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 3, scene 2 - Annotate examples of Juliet's emotions getting out of control.
    • Juliet's Emotions DED - Create a 4 quote DED based on your annotations from Act 3, Scene 2.  On the left of your DED, list 4 different quotes that best show Juliet's different emotions.  On the right, give your opinion of Juliet's actions/thoughts.  Make sure that your opinions on the right are done in complete sentences.

    Monday 9/23

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 3, scene 1 - Annotate events that escalate or deescalate the fight in act 3 secne 1
    • Literary Dominoes - Make up this lesson and assignment in ASH

    Friday 9/20

    • How Much Land Does a Man Need - Download the story How Much Land Does a Man Need from the documents list on the website.
    • Annotation Guide - Download the How Much Land Annotation Guide from the documents list on the website.  Read the story and use the annotation guide to answer the questions and guide your reading.

    Thursday 9/19

    • Act 2 Quiz - Make up in ASH
    • Writer's notebook response - In your writer's notebook, create a visual commentary on your life as it is right now.  See Mr. Spahn in ASH for further instructions.

    Wednesday 9/18

    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 2, scenes 5 and 6 - Annotate examples of Friar Laurence and the Nurse trying to get Romeo and Juliet to slow down and think.  Also, annotate examples of Romeo and Juliet ignoring that advice.
    • Visual Commentary - Make up this assignment in ASH

    Tuesday 9/17

    • Reading Response to the poem We Wear the Mask - Download the poem from the documents list on the website.  Read the poem and write a short response to share your thoughts on why we wear metaphorical masks in our lives.
    • Read Romeo and Juliet act 2, scene 4 - Annotate examples of Mercutio wearing a metaphorical mask to hide his true emotion and/or ignore the emotions and feelings of others.

    Monday 9/16

    • Revise your PEAL Essay - The final copy of this essay is due tomorrow.
    • Supporting Details IXL - Complete Level I: k.3, 5 on ixl.com.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH if you need any help.

    Friday 9/13

    • Not Anyone Who Says poem analysis - Make up this lesson and assignment in ASH
    • Read act 2, scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet - Annotate examples of Friar Lawerence giving Romeo good advice.
    • Friar Lawerence DED - Create a 3 quote DED using any quotes from Friar Lawerence.  On the left side of the DED, list the quote and page number.  On the right side, explain the meaning of the quote.

    Thursday 9/12

    • Act 1 PEAL Essay - Respond to the following prompt in a two quote PEAL.  Choose 1 character from the play (thus far) and describe how that character's emotions impact their actions and decisions.
    • Revise your PEAL Essay

    Wednesday 9/11

    • Act 1 PEAL Essay - Respond to the following prompt in a two quote PEAL.  Choose 1 character from the play (thus far) and describe how that character's emotions impact their actions and decisions.

    Tuesday 9/10

    • Read Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 2 - Annotate examples of love as Romeo and Juliet speak to each other.
    • True love thought log response - In a short paragraph, respond to the following question:  What is true love?  How do you know when you have found it?  Have you ever seen true love in your own life?

    Monday 9/9

    • Read Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 2 - Annotate examples of love as Romeo and Juliet speak to each other.
    • Figurative Language - Download the figurative language notes from the documents list on the website.  Then, complete Level I: E. 3, 5, 6 on ixl.com.  Get a smart score of 80 on each assignment.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH if you need any help.

    Friday 9/6

    • Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Quiz - Make up in ASH
    • Romeo and Juliet video clips: Act 1
    • IXL Diagnostic - complete the language arts diagnostic on ixl.com

    Thursday 9/5

    • Read all of act 1, scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet
    • Guided Reading Questions - Download the Act 1, Scene 5 Guided Reading Questions from the documents list on the website.  Answer those questions and turn them into Mr. Spahn when you are finished.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH for any help you may need.
    • IXL Diagnostic - complete the language arts diagnostic on ixl.com

    Wednesday 9/4

    • Read all of act 1, scene 4 in Romeo and Juliet
    • Attacking a prompt 2 - make up this lesson and assignment in ASH
    • IXL Diagnostic - complete the language arts diagnostic on ixl.com

    Tuesday 9/3

    • Read all of act 1, scene 3 in Romeo and Juliet
    • Attacking a prompt 1 - make up this lesson and assignment in ASH
    • IXL Diagnostic - complete the language arts diagnostic on ixl.com

    Monday 9/3

    • No School

    Friday 8/30

    • MAP Test

     

    Thursday 8/29

    • MAP Test

     

    Wednesday 8/28

    • Read all of act 1, scene 2 in Romeo and Juliet
    • Types of Sentences - Complete the IXL assignment: Level J, Z.1 on ixl.com.  Get a Smart Score of 100 on the assignment.  See Mr. Spahn if you need any help

    Tuesday 8/27

    • Read pages 19-23 of Romeo and Juliet - Annotate the metaphors Romeo uses will discussing the topic of love with Benvolio
    • Romeo Metaphor Analysis - Make up this lesson is ASH

    Monday 8/26

    • Sonnet Due Today via the Flocabulary.com Lyric Lab
    • William Shakespeare/ Romeo and Juliet Introduction - Make up in ASH
    • Read pages 2-19 of Romeo and Juliet - Get your copy of the play from Mr. Spahn in ASH, if you were absent today.

     

    Friday 8/23

    • Sonnet - Finish creating your sonnet using the lyric lab on flocabulary.com.  This assignment is due on Monday 8/26.  Remember, your sonnet must contain at least two similes, metaphors, personifications, or other types of vivid description.

    Thursday 8/22

    • Sonnet - Create your own sonnet using the lyric lab on flocabulary.com.  See Mr. Spahn in ASH if you need any help.

    Wednesday 8/21

    • Sonnets - Download the notes from the documents list on the website.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH for clarification on anything you do not understand.
    • Iambic Pentameter - Make up this assignment in ASH

    Tuesday 8/20

    • Dr. H Theme Wrap-Up - Make up this assignment in ASH
    • Irony notes - Download the notes from the documents list on the website
    • Identifying Irony - Download and complete the Identifying Irony assignment from the documents list on the website.  See Mr. Spahn in ASH if you need any help.

    Monday 8/19

    • Unit 1 Introduction - Make up this lesson in ASH
    • Dr. Heidegger's Experiment - Download this story from the documents/handouts list on the website.  Read the story and then meet with Mr. Spahn during ASH to discuss and annotate it.
    • Inference Wheel - Make up this assignment in ASH

    Friday 8/16

    • Inference practice - Make up this assignment and lesson in ASH
    • Theme IXL - Complete the 8th grade B.2 assignment on ixl.com.  See Mr. Spahn during ASH if you need any help.

    Thursday 8/15

    • Theme practice - See Mr. Spahn in ASH to make up this lesson and assignment.

Announcements

  • The best draft of your multi-scene narrative is due on Tuesday 12/10.

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  • If you are ever absent, please remember to see Mr. Spahn during ASH.

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Documents and Handouts