Classwork/Homework February 1-5

8th Grade

Monday, February 1

  • Debate #3
  • Reminder: All Field Trip Money is due ($33)
  • Reminder: High School Course Selection Forms are due Wednesday, 2/3/16

Tuesday, February 2

  • Debate #4
  • Unit 2 Suffixes and Prefixes Test
  • Reminder: High School Course Selection Forms are due Wednesday, 2/3/16

Wednesday, February 3

  • High School Course Selections Due Today
  • Counselor will briefly conference with each student individually today
  • Debate #5

Thursday, February 4

  • Debate #6

Friday, February 5

  • Debate Make-Up Day

Monday, February 8

  • LTF Reading Selection #3
  • Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • You need your copy of the play in class each day in February

6th Grade 

Monday, February 1

  • SSR
  • Explanation of Post Mortem of a Protagonist Project
  • Assign Groups

Tuesday, February 2

  • SSR
  • Post Mortem of a Protagonist Project Planning Day
  • Turn in Unit 2 Vocabulary Packet
  • Take Unit 2 Vocabulary Test

Wednesday, February 3

  • SSR
  • Post Mortem of a Protagonist Project Work Day

Thursday, February 4

  • SSR
  • Post Mortem of a Protagonist Project Work Day

Friday, February 5

  • SSR
  • Share Post Mortem Projects

Monday, February 8

  • LTF Reading Selection #4
  • Begin reading Out of the Dust
  • Bring it to Class each day this week and next week

Classwork/Homework January 25-29

8th Grade

Please bring field trip money ($33) and permission forms by Wednesday – I will be out Thursday and Friday this week for JUNA.  

High School Registration Parent Night – TUESDAY, 1/26 – OMHS Auditorium at 6:00 pm.  In addition to Tuesday’s parent night, there will be a make-up session Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. in the OMHS auditorium.

Monday, January 25

  • Debate #1 
  • Homework: memorize/rehearse opening or closing statements.  Have parent sign for 5 gold bonus points.

Tuesday, January 26

  • Unit 1 Suffixes and Prefixes Test
  • Debate #2

Wednesday, January 27

  • Debate #3

Thursday, January 28

  • LTF Reading Selection #1 – The Belle of Amherst by Emily Dickinson
  • Read Independent Novel

Friday, January 29

  • LTF Reading Selection #2 Excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Renew library books
  • Read Independent Novel

6th Grade

Monday, January 25

  • Think Like an Inventor (due by Wednesday)
  • Unit 1 Vocabulary: Prefixes

Tuesday, January 26

  • Unit 1 Suffixes and Prefixes Test
  • Hand out Unit 2 Suffixes and Prefixes (due next Tuesday)
  • Post Mortem of a Protagonist – Alabama Moon

Wednesday, January 27

  • Debate #3
  • Post Mortem of a Protagonist – Alabama Moon

Thursday, January 28

  • LTF Reading Selection #2 – “It’s Hard to be an Elephant” by Jack Prelutsky 
  • Read Independent Novel

Friday, January 29

  • LTF Reading Selection #3 – National Convention Speeches
  • Renew library books
  • Read Independent Novel

Classwork/Homework January 19-22

8th Grade 

Tuesday

  • Unit 8 Vocabulary Packet due today (test during class)
  • Start Greekymon Vocabulary Project (due Thursday)
  • Read Independent Novel

Wednesday, January 20

  • Format Debate Preparation Form
  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Close Read #1
  • Read Independent Novel

Thursday, January 21

  • Edit and Revise Opening Statement and Closing Statements
  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Read Independent Novel

Friday, January 22

  • High School Counselor – Course Selection
  • Read Independent Novel

6th Grade

Tuesday

  • Review for Alabama Moon Reading Test
  • Read Independent Novel

Wednesday

  • Unit 8 Vocabulary Packet due today (test in class today)
  • Read Independent Novel

Thursday

  • Review for Alabama Moon Reading Test
  • Read Independent Novel

Friday

  • Take Alabama Moon Reading Test
  • Read Independent Novel

Homework January 5-8, 2016

8th Grade:

Due Thursday (1/7):  Finish writing the counterclaim and rebuttal for your persuasive research paper if you did not finish it during class (submit it on Google Classroom)

Due Friday (1/8):  Read excerpt from The Belle of Amherst by Friday

Due next Tuesday (1/12): Complete Unit 7 Latin and Greek Roots Packet and study for quiz

8th Grade GRC Field Trip (March 1 to Alabama Shakespeare Festival) Forms and Money are due by Friday, January 29.  Cost is $33.00 (make checks payable to OMMS).

6th Grade:

Due Friday (1/8):  Read excerpt from The Bishop’s Candlesticks by Friday

Due next Tuesday (1/12): Complete Unit 7 Latin and Greek Roots Packet and study for quiz

8th Grade Classwork/Homework 11/30-12/18

Monday, November 30

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Research Article #2, MLA Works Cited, In-text Citation, & PAARC Test (submit on Google Classroom)

Tuesday, December 1

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Research Article #3, MLA Works Cited, In-text Citation, & PAARC Test (submit on Google Classroom)
  • Distribute Unit 5 Vocabulary Activities

Wednesday, December 2

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Research Article #4 MLA Works Cited, In-text Citation, & PAARC Test (submit on Google Classroom)
  • Turn in Compiled Works Cited (with all 4 article citations on one document; submit on Google Classroom)

Thursday, December 3

  • PRINTED OUT Research Articles 1-4 are due today.  They must be printed BEFORE class today.  
  • Annotate Research Articles 1-2
  • Notes Source Pages for Articles 1 and 2

Friday, December 4

  • Annotate Research Articles 3-4
  • Note Source Pages for Articles 3-4

Monday, December 7

  • How do I write properly cited body paragraphs with meaningful commentary?
  • Begin writing Body Paragraphs with meaningful commentary

Tuesday, December 8

  • Take Unit 5  Vocabulary Quiz
  • Finish Body Paragraphs and Commentary
  • Minilesson on Transitions

Wednesday, December 9

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Type Body Paragraphs including appropriate transitions

Thursday, December 10

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Finish typing Body Paragraphs (Submit on Google Classroom by 8 a.m. on Friday, December 11 at 8 am)

Friday, December 11

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Minilesson on Addressing the Counterclaim and Forming a Rebuttal

 

Monday, December 14

  • Exam Study Guide
  • Review for Exam

Tuesday, December 15

  • Review for Exam
  • Go over Exam Study Guide

Wednesday, December 16

  • Exam

Thursday, December 17

  • Creative Thinking Lesson

Friday, December 18

  • Assemblies and Team Parties

ELA Benchmark Topic List

8th ELA Benchmark Topic List

Here are the topics covered on the 8th grade ELA benchmark exam on Wednesday 12/16. Basically, we all want to see what’s truly learned and cemented into your brain rather than what you cram in while you study last minute. The results form the benchmark will help us figure out exactly how we will teach you in January, enhancing skills you’re good at and building up skills that are deficient.

1. Punctuation: Commas, Ellipses, and Dashes

ReviewPunctuation Notes: Comma, Dash, & Ellipsis 2015.

2. Spelling

Really, this could be better call “commonly confused words” because spelling mistakes often happen with homophones (words that sound the same but are written differently) like to/too/two that are confused with each other.

3. Positive, Negative, and Neutral Connotation of Words

This is NOT the dictionary definition of a word. Connotation is the emotional associations or “flavors” that certain words have. For example, I could be described as self-confident (positive) or as arrogant (negative). Though both words have pretty much the same dictionary definition, they have different connotations: one gives a more positive impression and the other a more negative impression. Here are some other examples.

  • fired (-), let go (+)
  • childlike (+) , childish (-)
  • curious (+), nosy (-)

4. Website Credibility

Review the CRAAP Test on Google Classroom and your handouts.

5. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the stealing of another’s words, ideas, and/or work and claiming as your own. You must give credit to a source if you use any information from them. That’s why we use parenthetical citation in our class work–we give credit to where we found our info.

6. MLA Citation

We call this parenthetical citation, where we put the page number in parentheses at the end of a sentence that uses info. from a text. Remember, the period goes after the parentheses.

7. Paraphrase/Summary of Passages

To paraphrase means to take an original passage and put it almost entirely in your own words–almost like a 1 sentence summary.

8. Main/Central ideas

This is similar to #7 above, but a main/central idea is basically asking you to identify the overall message or point of the passage.

9. Author’s Purpose

Why did the author write this text? What the point/purpose? Is it to inform us about an important topic? To persuade us to do something? To entertain us with a good tale?

10. Theme

This is a thematic statement–one complete sentence that explains the lesson or point of the passage that the author wants us readers to take away. Often times, a theme shows some part of the human condition, the messy, complicated, and wondrous state of being human.

11. Footnotes

Footnotes will be at the bottom (or foot) of a page of a story. When reading the story, you’ll see a word with a little number after it. Look to the bottom of the page to find that number, and read the information that goes with it.  Why? Passages use foot notes to give readers important information to help understand the story better. ALWAYS READ THEM.

12. Point of View

Point of view is the perspective from whom the story is told. There are 3 common types.

  • 1st person point of view – The narrator uses the pronoun I to refer to herself. “An Open Heart” by Judith MacKenzie uses 1st person POV.
  • 3rd person limited point of view – The narrator is like a camera man following around 1 character all of the time. Our point of view is limited to 1 person. We get to see everything that character says, does, goes, etc. We cannot see what other characters do unless our character is with them. “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl is 3rd person limited POV  to Billy.
  • 3rd person omniscient point of view – The narrator is like a camera man who can follow and jump into the heads of every, single character. This is a god-like POV because the narrator knows the future of the characters. Christie’s And Then There Were None is 3rd omniscient–we get to see and hear what every character thinks, even when he or she is hiding something.

Homework 11/16-11/20

8th Grade  Classwork and Homework:

Monday, November 16

  • Present Reading Projects (Biography or Mystery)
  • Begin Article of the Week #2

Tuesday, November 17

  • Read: “The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member gets the Message”
  • Answer Questions on Page 81-82 of Elements of Lit. Textbook
  • Complete 1 page reflection

Wednesday, November 18

  • Turn in Unit 4 Vocabulary Activities
  • Take Unit 4 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Read: “There Will Come Soft Rains” (pages 104-107)
  • Complete Questions on Page 108
  • Complete 1 page reflection

Thursday, November 19

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Plagiarism WebQuest (submit on Google Classroom)
  • Present Reading Projects
  • Distribute Unit 5 Vocabulary Activities

Friday, November 20

  • B-11 Computer Lab
  • Finish Plagiarism WebQuest (submit on Google Classroom)
  • Works Cited Lesson
  • Research Article #1, MLA Works Cited, In-text Citation, & PAARC Test (submit on Google Classroom)

6th Grade Classwork and Homework:

Monday:

  • View: “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Work on Tracking Form

Tuesday:

  • Field Trip: Dress nicely, bring lunch money or lunch

Wednesday:

  • Turn in Unit 3 Vocabulary Activities
  • Take Unit 3 Vocabulary Test
  • Read “There Will Come Soft Rains” and complete Questions

Thursday:

  • Complete Tracking Form for “The Tell Tale Heart”

Friday:

  • Review for Short Story Reading Quizzes

Homework November 9-13

8th Grade:

Monday, November 9

Tuesday, November 10

  • Star Wars Mini Debates White Team High Flight
  • Minilesson: Writing your Thesis

Wednesday, November 11

Happy Veteran’s Day

Thursday, November 12

  • Take Units 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Begin Unit 4 Vocabulary Activities
  • Read your Biography or Mystery Novel and/or Work on the Project

Friday, November 13

  • What’s the difference between Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing?
  • Turn in Reading Project (Biography or Mystery)

6th Grade:

Monday: Turn in Thinker Key #2

Tuesday: Turn in Unit 2 Vocabulary Activitiesand Take Unit 1 & 2 Vocabulary Test

Wednesday: Happy Veteran’s Day

Thursday and Friday:

  • Thinker Key #3 Due next Monday, 11/16
  • Unit 3 Vocabulary Activities and Quiz due/on Next Tuesday, 11/17
  • Work on Mystery Project (due Next Wednesday, 11/18)

 

Homework November 2-6

8th Grade GRC

6th Grade GRC

  • Due Monday, November 9: Thinker Key #2 (Mystery Book Project)
  • Due Tuesday, November 10: Unit 2 Vocabulary (and we will take a Unit 1 and Unit 2 Vocabulary Test on this day)
  • Due Wednesday, November 18: Mystery Book Project

 

Homework October 26-30

8th Grade:

  • Bring your Creatively Imminent Individual/Mystery Novel to Class on Wednesday.
  • All students should submit their Unit 1 Vocabulary Activities by Wednesday of this week, as well.
  • Friday: Rhetorical Appeals Quiz Retake (study before Friday)
  • Due Monday: Rhetorical Analysis of an Ad (assignment on Google Classroom)
  • Due November 13: Mystery/Creatively Imminent Individual Biography Project Due

6th Grade (if you are NOT on the PAL field trip this week)

  • Due Wednesday: Bring your Mystery Novel to Class.
  • Due Monday, 11/2: Complete your Unit 1 Greek and Latin Roots activities by Monday.
  • Due Monday, 11/2: Thinker Key #1 (for Mystery Novel Tic Tac Toe)
  • Due Monday, 11/2: Annotation of Europa Article

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