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**Language State Testing Parts 2 & 3**
Due Date: 4/23/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/20/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/19/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


**State Writing Assessment (85 min)**
Due Date: 4/18/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/18/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/17/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/16/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/13/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/12/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/11/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Verb Agreement Homework - Due Wed.
Due Date: 4/11/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Test on Wednesday
Due Date: 4/11/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

ELA Test – Wednesday, April 11th

This test will include:

Read a nonfiction text and apply your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Central idea/main idea
  • Decoding unknown words
  • Inference 
  • Characterization
  • Analyze author’s techniques

Editing:

·         Edit a paragraph for better phrasing

·         Edit a paragraph for appropriate concluding sentence

Grammar:

·         Pronoun/antecedent agreement

·         Verb tense agreement

·         Comma usage

 



Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/10/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Pronoun / Antecedent Agreement Homework - Due Tues.
Due Date: 4/10/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 4/9/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Spring Break
Due Date: 3/30/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/29/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Independent Reading Book Assignment
Due Date: 3/28/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Facebook Profile Project

Due: Wednesday, March 28

You will create a Facebook profile page using the independent book you have been reading for Q-3.

This profile page will contain:

1.    A relevant profile picture and cover photo (10 pts.);

2.    A biography page that depicts basic information about the character (occupation, likes, dislikes, etc.) (20 pts.);

3.    Two “wall posts” from other characters within the text (20 pts.);

4.    Two quotes from the selected character that are used as “status updates” (20 pts.)

5.    Continuous use of relevant, plausible information about the character and the text (20 pts.); and

6.    A sequential order of events that mimics the true Facebook layout (old information at the bottom, current information at the top) (10 pts.).

 



Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/28/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/27/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/23/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/22/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/21/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Suffix Homework Due
Due Date: 3/21/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/20/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 3/19/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School - Teacher In-Service Day
Due Date: 3/16/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/16/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/15/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Test - click to see more info.
Due Date: 3/15/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Please note:  If students miss school Mon. - Wed., they will need to go to the following link to read play.  Students should have read Act 1, Scenes 1 - 5 by Thursday.

http://www.emcp.com/product_catalog/school/litLink/Grade08/U10-03annefrankact1/selection.php

 

 See additional information below regarding the test:

Test – Thursday, March 15th

Students will read one nonfiction text. Concepts that will be covered are the following:

·       Central Idea

·       Point of View

·       Paragraph Structure

·       Decoding unknown words

·       Understanding role of phrases in a text

Students will also edit this non-fiction text for:

·       Poor word choice

·       Redundancy

·       Passive voice

·       Dangling modifier

 

Regarding The Diary of Anne Frank, students should know the following:

·       What is the meaning of capitulation?

·       What does the Star of David represent to the various characters?

·       What is the meaning of the words insufferable and intolerable?

·       What is the meaning of mercurial?

·       Questions in which you are required to make inferences.

·       Comprehension questions.

Students will be able to use their textbook.

The root word that will be assessed is syn/sym. The PowerPoint is located on my website to help students study.



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/14/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/13/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/12/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/9/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/8/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/7/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Phil Root Word Homework Due
Due Date: 3/7/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/6/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/5/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/2/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 3/1/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/28/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/27/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/23/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Sym / Syn Root Word Homework
Due Date: 2/23/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/22/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/21/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/20/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/16/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


TEST- THURSDAY
Due Date: 2/15/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

The assessment on Thursday will include:

1.  Two excerpts from stories not yet read in order to apply knowledge:

  • common theme
  • characterization
  • inference

2.  Vocabulary words – phon (sound) and aqua/hydra (water)

  • Students will need to be able to use the root words correctly in sentences.
  • Students can use the homework to study the words or the PowerPoint presentations that are located on my Loftis webpage.

3.  Semicolon Usage - 

  • Students will analyze sentences and determine which sentence uses semicolons correctly.
  • Copy and paste the below link in browser to practice semicolon usage:

https://www.classmarker.com/online-test/start/?quiz=6n75a8223fd66344

 

Students may use notes in literacy notebook during this assessment. 

 



Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/15/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/14/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/13/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 2/12/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Revise and Edit Essay
Due Date: 2/9/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Revise and edit your essay over the weekend.  



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/9/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/8/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


2nd Body Paragraph - Thursday Homework - Due Friday
Due Date: 2/8/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Thursday evening homework - Due Friday

 

3rd Paragraph (2nd body paragraph) – “The Chase” by Annie Dillard.  Use PEEL to develop this paragraph.  Cite 2 pieces of evidence from the story demonstrating how the story supports this common theme.  In-text citations should be used.  Each piece of evidence should be explained thoroughly.   Don’t forget conclusion sentence!

 

Utilize the exemplary text to help you with this assignment.

DO NOT PLAGIARIZE

The textual evidence that Myers uses to express the theme focuses on parents as well. He begins by showing Greg’s father’s desire to pass on a feeling of pride in doing hard work; “His father had been a postal worker for all Greg’s life, and was proud of it, often telling Greg how hard he had worked to pass the test” (2). Greg had heard this message many times, but it took a meeting with Lemon Brown to understand what his father was really telling him.  As the story progresses, Myers uses Lemon Brown to highlight the idea that parents have something important to pass on to their children. This becomes clear when Lemon tells Greg about the objects that Lemon’s son kept with him while he was in the Army: “I traveled around, and one time I come home, and there was this letter saying Jesse got killed in the war…They sent back what he had with him over there, and what it was is this old mouth fiddle and these clippings…That was my treasure, and when I give it to him he treated it just like that, a treasure” (7). Lemon found these items valuable in teaching his son about who he was and his son held on to that until his death. This begins to help Greg understand the stories that his dad is always telling him about his past.  Myers uses the ending of his story to provide additional support for the theme. He does this through Greg’s realization that his father’s words hold value: “Greg pushed the button over the bell marked Ridley, thought of the lecture he knew his father would give him, and smiled” (8). He knows that despite the fact that he is in trouble, his father’s words will be valuable in understanding his father’s past and provide a lesson for the future. 



1st Body Paragraph - Wednesday Homework - Due Thurs.
Due Date: 2/7/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

1st Body Paragraph - Wednesday Homework - Due Thursday

2nd Paragraph (1st body paragraph) – “Oranges” by Gary Soto.  Use PEEL to develop this paragraph.  Cite 2 pieces of evidence from the poem demonstrating how the poem supports this common theme.  In-text citations should be used.  Each piece of evidence should be explained thoroughly.   Don’t forget conclusion sentence!

 

Utilize the exemplary text to help you with this assignment.

DO NOT PLAGIARIZE

Giovanni uses a discussion of her parents at the beginning of the text as an example of people with something that they protect and want to pass down to their children. Giovanni’s parents protect and share a sense of pride in their community. She writes, “it never gets across how much you/understood their feelings/as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale” (lines 13-15). Giovanni is suggesting that she understood that her parents were proud of living in Hollydale and had passed that feeling on to her.   As the poem progresses, Giovanni uses her parents’ struggles to highlight how she sees the value of family as a gift she received from them: “And though they fought a lot/it isn’t your father’s drinking that makes any difference/but only that everybody is together and you/and your sister have happy birthdays and very good/ Christmases”              (lines     22-26).    It is clear that Giovanni was taught not to focus        on the struggles                that her family faced; she has learned to reflect upon the happiness in her life.  Finally, Giovanni uses the ending of her poem to provide additional support for the theme. She does this when she discusses how a biographer would never understand her family. She says, “I really hope no white person ever has cause/to write about me/because they never understand/Black love is Black wealth” (lines 27-30). She is saying that a person outside of the family and the community may not see the lessons and values parents have to pass on to their children because they are very personal.



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/7/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Introductory Paragraph - Tuesday Homework - Due Wed.
Due Date: 2/6/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Introductory Paragraph - Tuesday Homework - Due Wed.

1st Paragraph – Introduction needs to be a least 3 sentences make sure you mention the theme that both “Oranges” and “The Chase” share.  This will be the last sentence of your first paragraph; it is your thesis statement.

Utilize the exemplary text to help you with this assignment.

Exemplary Example - DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!!!

The poem “Nikki-Rosa” and the short story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” have several themes related to love and happiness. Nikki Giovanni and Walter Dean Myers use evidence throughout the text to support the various the themes related to of love and happiness.  However, one theme in particular is supported by both of these texts.  Both the poem and the short story share the theme of every person has something special to protect and share with the ones they love. 

 



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/6/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/5/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/2/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 2/1/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/31/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Phon Root Word Homework Due January 31st
Due Date: 1/31/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/30/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/29/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Assessment- Friday
Due Date: 1/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will have an assessment on Friday.  This test will include:

1.  A excerpt from a story they not yet read in order to apply their knowledge on the following:

  • theme
  • central idea
  • plot development
  • characterization
  • inference 

2.  Questions about the poem "Oranges"

  • plot development
  • figurative language
  • central idea
  • theme

3.  Vocabulary words - Mob/Mot

  • Students will need to be able to use these mob/mot words correctly in sentences.
  • They can use their homework to study the words or the PowerPoint located on this webpage.

4.  Comma Usage - 

  • Students will read a paragraph with missing and misplaced commas and make corrections.  The commas that are missing or misplaced are from sentences that use coordinating conjunctions, complex sentences that use subordinating conjunctions, sentences with introductory words and phrases, and sentences that include commas in a series. 


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/25/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Aqua/ Hydra Homework Due
Due Date: 1/24/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/24/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/23/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 1/22/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School- Inclement Weather
Due Date: 1/18/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School- Inclement Weather
Due Date: 1/17/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School- Inclement Weather
Due Date: 1/16/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School- MLK Day
Due Date: 1/15/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 minutes and fill out log
Due Date: 1/12/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Report Cards
Due Date: 1/12/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 minutes and fill out log
Due Date: 1/11/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Mob/ Mot Homework due Wednesday
Due Date: 1/10/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Mob / Mot Root Word Homework due Wednesday, January 10th



Read 20 minutes and fill out log
Due Date: 1/10/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 mins and fill out log
Due Date: 1/9/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


No School- Inclement Weather
Due Date: 1/8/2018
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Independent Reading Interviews
Due Date: 12/15/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will have their independent reading book interviews either the 13th, 14th, or 15th

Independent Reading Interview – Quarter 2

20 pts.

15 pts.

10 pts.

5 pts.

0 pts.

Communication Skills – Student can speak effectively, has come prepared, and communicates clearly and fluently with the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Comprehension – Student can recount plot with accuracy, shows evidence of utilizing comprehension strategies such as questioning, making predictions, and making text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Character Knowledge – Student shows ability to relate to/infer character emotions, motivations, actions, and personal qualities.  Student can identify major transitions (changes) undergone by character.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis/Response – (Indicated through 5 Post-it annotations).  Student demonstrates ability to select / analyze passages that are significant to the narrative throughout the full scope of the text and have significant meaning to them.

 

 

 

 

 

Connections – Through conversation, student connects literature to life, whether on a personal level or by drawing similarities to other novels or world/community/ cultural issues.

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Total Score:                 /100

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 12/15/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/14/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage.  

 



Independent Reading Interviews
Due Date: 12/14/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will have their independent reading book interviews either the 13th, 14th, or 15th

Independent Reading Interview – Quarter 2

20 pts.

15 pts.

10 pts.

5 pts.

0 pts.

Communication Skills – Student can speak effectively, has come prepared, and communicates clearly and fluently with the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Comprehension – Student can recount plot with accuracy, shows evidence of utilizing comprehension strategies such as questioning, making predictions, and making text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Character Knowledge – Student shows ability to relate to/infer character emotions, motivations, actions, and personal qualities.  Student can identify major transitions (changes) undergone by character.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis/Response – (Indicated through 5 Post-it annotations).  Student demonstrates ability to select / analyze passages that are significant to the narrative throughout the full scope of the text and have significant meaning to them.

 

 

 

 

 

Connections – Through conversation, student connects literature to life, whether on a personal level or by drawing similarities to other novels or world/community/ cultural issues.

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Total Score:                 /100

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/13/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage.  

 



Independent Reading Interviews
Due Date: 12/13/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will have their independent reading book interviews either the 13th, 14th, or 15th

Independent Reading Interview – Quarter 2

20 pts.

15 pts.

10 pts.

5 pts.

0 pts.

Communication Skills – Student can speak effectively, has come prepared, and communicates clearly and fluently with the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Comprehension – Student can recount plot with accuracy, shows evidence of utilizing comprehension strategies such as questioning, making predictions, and making text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Character Knowledge – Student shows ability to relate to/infer character emotions, motivations, actions, and personal qualities.  Student can identify major transitions (changes) undergone by character.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis/Response – (Indicated through 5 Post-it annotations).  Student demonstrates ability to select / analyze passages that are significant to the narrative throughout the full scope of the text and have significant meaning to them.

 

 

 

 

 

Connections – Through conversation, student connects literature to life, whether on a personal level or by drawing similarities to other novels or world/community/ cultural issues.

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Total Score:                 /100

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/12/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Quarter 2, Assessment 4
Due Date: 12/12/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Quarter 2, Test 4 – Tuesday, December 12th  

You will read two metaphorical poems that you have not analyzed before.  It will be important to annotate these poems for better understanding.  Questions will cover the following:

·        Central Idea

·        Structure

·        Analysis of repetition

·        Tone

·        Analysis of figurative language/poetic devices

You will have questions over The Hitchhiker that will include the following:

·        Tone

·        Author’s purpose

·        Foreshadowing

·        Symbolism

·        Character perspective/point of view

Correlating, Coordinating, and Subordinating Conjunctions:  
You will read several paragraphs and locate where the commas are missing in the sentences that contain subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.  You will also decide which correlating conjunction pair works best in sentences. 

Root Words Chron/Temp (Time)

You will read a story and fill in blank with the correct Chron/Temp word.  You will have a word bank.

You may use all of your notes in your literacy notebook, textbook, short story folder, and writing folder. 

 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/11/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/8/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/7/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/7/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/6/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/5/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Prepare for Book Interview
Due Date: 12/4/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Students will be interviewed about their Quarter 2 independent reading book on either December 13th, 14th, or 15th.  There is a rubric on this webpage. 



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 12/1/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Vocabulary Test on Thursday
Due Date: 11/30/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading

Vocabulary test this Thursday.

Root words tested will be Astro/Stell and Bi/Du

Students can use homework to study and/or the PowerPoint presentations found on this webpage

 



Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 11/30/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 11/29/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Homework Chron/Temp due Wednesday
Due Date: 11/29/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 11/28/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading


Read 20 min. and fill out log
Due Date: 11/27/2017
Subject: Language Arts/Reading