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Grade 8 English (Honors)

In English 8, students must read and comprehend grade-level fiction and nonfiction texts. They must also be able to communicate their ideas orally and through written means, with particular emphasis on writing narrative, informational, and argumentative papers. Students read closely, applying reading strategies to compare and contrast texts. In extended responses, students routinely cite evidence to support their analysis of texts. With increased study of the author’s craft, students evaluate not only the writer’s point of view but also the social and historical context of his or her work. Students are required to participate as members of a literate community, discussing literature and writing, and listening respectfully to others.

English 08 Honors Syllabus 2017-2018

English 8 Honors Book Report Assignment

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Week of 10/16-10/20

Students are working on a compare/contrast argumentative essay. They have just viewed Peter Jackson’s An Unexpected Journey, and are creating a thesis focused on comparing the film to our current novel– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Click the link below to view the essay directions, expectations and grading rubric.

Compare and Contrast Essay 2017

UPCOMING DUE DATES

Thursday, October 19th:

  • Reading Quiz- The Hobbit, Chapters 17&18

Monday, October 23rd:

  • Finish reading The Hobbit before class

  • Bilbo’s Hero’s Journey ASSIGNMENT Due

Wednesday, October 25th:

  • Q1 BOOK REPORT (click link above for expectations & rubric)

Current CCSS Literary Standards being addressed:

READING

Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

WRITING

Text Types and Purposes

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.a
Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.b
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.c
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.d
Establish and maintain a formal style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.1.e
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

math

MATH 8

The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.

Week of 10/16-10/20

Students are beginning Chapter 1– Equations. We are focusing on the triangle angle sum rule, addition property of equality & subtraction property of equality.

Homework due Tuesday 10/17: Exponent Worksheet

Homework due Friday 10/20: Textbook Page 7 #1-15 (Started in class)

 

UPCOMING DUE DATES

Thursday, October 19th:

  • PLANET OF EXPONENTS BROCHURE PROJECT DUE

Friday, October 20th:

  • QUIZ: Finding the sum of triangle angle measurements & Solving simple equations (Ch. 1 In textbook)

This year, in the 8th grade, students will…

  • learn that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers
  • learn how expressions and equations work with radicals and integer exponents
  • understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

  • analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

  • define, evaluate, and compare functions

  • use functions to model relationships between quantities

  • understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem

  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres

  • investigate patterns of association in data

 TESTS AND QUIZZES

Students will have advanced notice of all quizzes and tests. A study guide will be provided a day or two before a test. Students will have the option of doing test corrections. Half credit will be given for this work and added onto the original grade.

Student’s will also have the option to retake a test. This is their responsibility to schedule for after school.

GRADING and LATE WORK

Grades are earned by actively participating in class, and completing classwork, the interactive notebook, projects, tests, and quizzes.
Homework is an important part of our students’ academic growth and development. As part of our 21st century learning expectations, the habits of good organization and time management skills are integral to successful task completion. Homework is expected to be turned in on the due dates assigned. Failure to do so will impact the grade on homework. If a student fails to do homework, he/she may be told to call home and make arrangements to stay after.

The school-wide homework policy is as follows:

One day late = 10 pts. off

Two days late = 20 pts. off
Three days late = 30 pts. off

No credit for work turned in after 3 days late. 

Any exceptions to this policy will require approval by both teacher and administration. Students having difficulty completing homework should make arrangements for help with their teacher during HIP or after school.

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