Homework Assignments

*** Until further notice:  Assignments that say "due on..." will be checked and graded according to the criteria shown in "HW policies."  Assignments that say"enrichment for..." are meant to better prepare students for tests, quizzes and scored writings. (Students who complete these assignments because they want to improve their skills and better prepare for high school are encouraged to do so as they are much more likely to witness positive changes in their writing and time management skills than those who forego the experience.)  Enrichment assignments will not be checked or graded.  However,  students who want feedback on enrichment work should see me during the Guide period or on Mondays from 2:52 to 3:15.          

  • Due on Friday, September 7, 2018. Perids 2-7:  Reflection on "Thank You, Mr. Falker"  The reflection may be typed or written in the Idea Journal (IJ).  Here are some questions to guide your thoughts: How were both Tricia and Mr. Falker heroic?  What thoughts do you have about the story's theme?  Why do you think I chose it to start the year? Bring in an object for the "Artifact Exchange."  The object should be small enough to fit in your backpack, of high emotional value to you, but not something that will cause great distress if lost or damaged.
  • Tuesday, September 11:  Bring in your classroom supplies: one 1 1/2" 3-ring binder; 5 subject dividers; punched (college rule) lined paper; two 9 1/2 x 7" composition notebooks (college rule); lined white 3x5" note cards; multi=pack of highlighters (yellow, pink, orange, blue and green); #2 pencils and a red pen (for corrections).  Please have contact information for at least one of your parents.
  • Due Wednesday, September 12: The vocabulary part of the summer reading assignment and the items needed for our "Writing Community Posters.  These items are your full name typed in large font ; a pre-cut wallet-size photo of yourself; and three pre-cut, typed large font adjectives that describe you as writer.
  • For Thursday, September 13:  Complete the Poster Reflection in Google Classroom.
  • Due Friday, September 14: Complete "Me, the Writer."  If you choose to type, use the lines on my assignment as guidelines for the amount of writing expected.  Additionally, use headings so that I know the topic of your paragraph.  Remember that detail matters.
  • Due Monday, 9/17: "Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About Me."  Please write a letter to me about you as a person and the life you lead in school or out of school.  The purpose of this assignment is to inform me of important factors that affect your life and your experience in school.  Here are some guiding questions: Do you face special physical or emotional challenges? What kinds of pressure do you experience?    Is bullying a problem? What role does friendship play in your life? Do you have responsibilities at home that take a lot of your time?  Are you blessed with an easy life?  Do you have particular interests, talents or passions?  
  • Due Tues., 9/18:  Review today's "writing guidelines" handouts and reflect either in your IJ or on a printed typed page.  Some questions to answer are: What do you expect to be different in eighth-grade LAL?  What must you work on to improve your writing?  How do these handouts affect your expectations for assessment, or how you will be graded?
  • Announcement for Thursday, 9/20:  Please bring your vocabulary books to class.
  • Due Friday, 9/21: The Vocabulary of Vocabulary. Read everything on pp. 7-11 in the vocabulary book, and copy key terms and definitions into your Content Journal (CJ).  The words that must be copied and defined include: context clues, restatement clue, contrast clue, inference clue, main idea questions, detail questions, vocabulary-in-context questions, inference questions; tone, and author's technique.
  • Due Monday, 9/24: complete the vocabulary classwork (three handouts):  complete pp.14-16 for Unit 1 in the vocabulary book as instructed in class, and complete the fronts of your flashcards forthe first  ten words.