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  • Themes in Lit HW: Thurs. April 27

    Use STTAMP-FL poetry analysis method to evaluate "Overheard in an Orchard" on pg. 227

    Use TPCASTT poetry analysis method to evaluate "The Day is Done" on page 230.


    THEN watch the video and take notes. To get full credit on the homework you must have tried the analysis yourself, and then taken notes on my answers. You must have both.  

  • 8th grade reading: HW Tues April 25

    Okay guys, there's some adjustments I want to make to the Complexity Wheel assignment. 

    --We had previously discussed needing 3-4 pieces of text evidence for any question that required evidence. Because of time constraints, I'm going to bump that down to just ONE piece of text evidence, but that one piece MUST BE A QUOTE WITH AN IN-TEXT CITATION. 

    --There are 6 sections of the Complexity Wheel (Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create). Keep in mind though that each section increases in difficulty.  I want you to complete 2 sections of the Complexity Wheel (or the equivalent) each day. That would actually leave Friday free to be a review and study day. **Contact me if you need help with a question.

    --Remember that the Complexity Wheel assignment is based on ALL of Fellowship of the Ring, not just book 2.  However, while there may be some material from Book 1 on the test, the test on Monday will focus solely on Book 2.  

  • Themes in Lit Thurs. HW: April 20th

    Answers to classwork:

    #5 iambic heptameter

    #6 anapestic tetrameter


    Scan the following 3 lines of poetry. As in class, mark and unstressed and stressed syllables, divide into feet, and determine the meter (type of foot and number of feet)

    1. But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

    2. Should you ask me, whence these stories? (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Story of Hiawatha")

    3. When the blue waves roll nightly on deep Galilee (Lord Byron, "The Destruction of Sennacherib")


    Now, write two lines of meter.  

    One line should be iambic pentameter.

    The second line can be your choice of any meter

    Make sure you mark the line with the stressed and unstressed syllables as well.  

  • Themes in Lit: HW Tues. April 4

    First, watch the video about Rhyme Scheme:

    Then,  determine the rhyme scheme of the two poems included in your poetry dictionary. You will need to record those in your foldable.

    Next, watch the video about song lyrics as poetry.   There will be an assignment that you complete as you watch the video. Please do this on paper. I will check it in class tomorrow. Video:

    **note: I did not say this while recording the video, but you may use your poetry dictionary for all activities during the video. Please have it out and use it!** 

    Finally, you will choose a song to analyze for poetic devices, like we did in the video. Choose your favorite song (school appropriate), print or copy the lyrics, and find three poetic devices -- this can include anything from your poetry dictionary, like rhyme scheme or figurative language. This can NOT include using the chorus as an example of repetition (it IS, but that's an easy cop-out to finding other more sophisticated examples of poetic devices) Bring to class tomorrow, and we will share with the class.  

  • 8th Grade Poetry HW: Thurs. March 30

    Complete poetry packet 

    Things to remember as you complete your packet, plus some HINTS:

     "Type of poem"  = narrative, lyric, dramatic.  Review those terms. 

    Number 10 is difficult because we can't be sure of the pronunciation or number of syllables since it's a different language.  Here is the ANSWER!! Copy this down in your packet for number 10. If you don't, you'll lose the points when we grade tomorrow! 

    #10: The poem is written in Elvish. The meter is iambic tetrameter and the rhyme scheme is aababcc

    **Be sure to FINISH #11.  We've already done the rhyme scheme, but you need to answer the other questions. Here's a hint: one of the questions is "does this poem seem different from the other hobbit poems?" To answer that, go back to the beginning of the novel and look at other hobbit poems and songs. What are hobbit songs USUALLY about? Is that the same or different than what THIS poem is about? 

    Number 12: Don't draw the double lines in the book, of course, but I do need to see your work here. Make a copy of the poem, either by hand, or by printing a copy.  


    NO new video! I decided I didn't need to get you any new information at the moment. HOWEVER, if you haven't watched the poetry video I made earlier (or if you need a refresher, it has been a while since we've talked about poetry), OR the Lit Circle Rubric video, please do so. 

  • A Wrinkle in Time Study Guide

    Study guide is attached below. 
  • Red Badge of Courage Study Guide

    Study guide is attached below.  
  • 8th Reading: Literature Circle Rubric video

    Be sure you watch the video to know exactly what the expectations are tomorrow for the Lit Circle. Shortest video ever! Here it is:
  • Phy Sci Module 10 study guide

    I acidentally posted the answers to the summary instead of the study guide. Here is the RIGHT document. Sorry!
  • Phy Sci HW Thurs. March 23

    Here is the module 10 study guide answers.  I was not able to scan all the pages the right way, so you will have to print in order to look at some of the pages. Let me know if you have any problems or questions. 
  • 8th grade Reading: HW Tues. March 21

    -Watch poetry video:

    -complete #s 3-7, and #11 (just rhyme scheme) in "Poetry in Fellowship of the Ring" packet

    -Read to page 279 (to the break) in "The Ring Goes South" 

  • 8th Grade Reading: Review for Book 1 test, and HW

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    •  Brainstorm possible answers to Apply #3, Analyze #1 and 3. This needs to be done ON PAPER and brought to class tomorrow. It is a grade. However, it will also prepare you for the test
    • Complete Understand #4 on the Complexity Wheel. Do this in your packet. 
    • Review the character of Goldberry
    • Review what happened to the hobbits after they left Tom Bombadil's house. 
    Other things to review/think about to prepare for the Complexity portion of the test:  
    -plot diagram for Book 1
    -Themes in the novel and text evidence to back up your ideas.
    -opinion of the novel and text evident to use to promote your idea


  • Jr. High Girls Bible Tues. Feb. 28

    Please complete the reflections questions on page 18-19 of the Esther study for Wednesday. 
  • Themes in Lit

    Continue your reading plan for your literature circle group each day. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to yourself and your partner to be caught up and remain on schedule regardless of absences. Remember that someone else is depending on you!
  • 8th Reading: Tues. Feb. 28 HW

    •  Read first half of Chapter 11 of FOTR: pgs 172-182 to break at the top of the page)
    • "Understand" task card, but instead, explain the SIGNIFICANCE of a quote instead of summarizing it. 
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