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.          

  • For Mon., 10/1: Read "Learning About Paragraphs,"  pp. 500-507 in Holt.  Take notes in the CJ and complete Ex. 1-3 on notebook paper.
  • For Tues., 10/2:  Read "What Makes a Good Paragraph,"  pp. 507-512.  Take notes and complete Ex. 4 & 5.( Be sure to include the chart about the "order of details" in your notes.)
  • Due Weds., 10/3: Read about Spatial Order, Order of Importance, Logical Order and Transitions, pp. 512-517 in Holt.  Copy the transitions chart into your Cj and take notes on the major concepts in the CJ.  Complete Ex. 6-9 following the instructions given in the book.
  • Due Thurs., 10/4:  Read about "Elaboration,"  pp.517-519 and take notes on the different ways to elaborate.  Complete Ex. 10.
  • Due Fri., 10/5: Using today's reading and the guiding questions in my Google Classroom assignment,  develop an eleven to thirteen sentence body paragraph that responds to the following prompt:  What can we learn about the importance of respect from today's NEWSELA  article about Judge Kavanaugh?  Draft the paragraph in Google Classroom for a mini-writing workshop tomorrow.  (See Google Classroom for the paragraph  development prompt.)
  • Due Wednesday, 10/10:  After sharing your workshop comments with your peer, read the handouts on setting up a body paragraph and using specific detail.  Then using information from the handouts and what you've learned from today's mini-workshop, REVISE your paragraph.  After you've revised the paragraph, complete the reflection in Google Classroom.  We will polish up and print paragraphs, peer comments and reflections in the computer lab on  Thursday.
  • Due Thursday, 10/11.  Read the "Show, Don't Tell" handout,  and apply what you learned in today's lessons and handouts to the final version of your paragraph about respect.  We will go to the computer lab to put final touches on the paragraphs and reflections.  We will print paragraphs, reflections and peer comments in the lab.
  • Bring vocabulary books to class on Friday, 10/12.  We will begin Lesson 2. Begin Ex. A<B &C in the "Show, Don't Tell" packet.  I will check this work on Thursday, 10/18.
  • Due Monday, October 15:  Pages 24-26  for Unit 2 in Vocabulary and the fronts of the cards. should be complete.
  • Due Tuesday, Oct. 16:  Periods 1-5:  Complete pp. 27-31 in your vocabulary book and write sentences for five to ten words that are most familiar to you.  Period 7:  Complete pp. 27-31 in your vocabulary book and write sentences for a minimum of ten words. are most familiar to you.
  • Due Wednesday, October 17:  All sentences for vocabulary words in Unit 2 are due.
  • Thursday, October 18: "Show, Don't Tell" paragraphs and sentences are due.  Periods 1-5: choose two topics from Ex. A and two from Ex.B.  Complete all four tasks in Ex. C.  Period 7:  choose three topics from Ex. A and three from Ex.B.  Complete all four tasks in Ex. C.  Please PRINT out all typed responses.
  • Friday, October 19:  Study for the  Unit 2 Vocabulary Test.  Possible sentence words for per. 1-5:  avowed, banter, congested, durable, frugal, incognito, invalidate, minimize, veer, and wanton;   Possible sentence words for per.  7: alien, compensate, erratic, expulsion, fodder, jeer, lucrative, tantalize, terse, and unflinching.
  • Due Monday, October 22:  Revise and Reflect (typed and printed):  Using a paragraph from the "Show, Don't Tell" assignment, REVISE by adding information or elaborating what is already there, rearranging the illogical order of sentences, and/or eliminating off-topic sentences. Show revisions with a yellow highlighter.   Then proofread and correct the revised paragraph with a red pen.  Finally, compose a second paragraph reflecting upon what you have learned about body paragraphs for informational writing.  Please be sure to double space your work this time.
  • Due Tuesday, October 23: Revise the "Show, Don't Tell" paragraph if you have not yet done so.  Be sure to bring the revised paragraph to class.  Then type a "Writer's Memo" for two peer readers.  Refer to the "Writing Circles" packet if necessary.   Remember that a Writer's Memo (WM) includes a summary paragraph and two questions with room for each reader to answer both questions.
  • Due Wednesday, October 24:  We will be working on a goals project in class.  To prepare,for this assignment, students in all periods: should check Genesis for the scores of   graded assignments;  and should try to obtain  their seventh grade PARCC scores in ELA, including  their subscores in writing and reading.  In periods 1-5, students need to compose two refelctive paragrphs about today's writing circle experience.  One paragraph should focus on what students learned about themselves as writers and the other should discuss what was learned from reading other students' writing;  In period 7, students need to compose the same two paragrphs as periods 1-5 and then add a third paragraph that focuses on time management.
  • Due Thursday, October 25:  Printed Goals Statement and a  small photo. (If you do not have a photo,  be sure to include a four-line heading.) The statement consists of a paragraph that summarizes the challenges you currently face as a writer and reader,  and a list of goals that you want to achieve in eighth grade ELA.  The paragraph should focus on the challenges  reflected in the scored work housed in your classroom writing folder.  Remember to zero-in on the key aspects of writing, which are: unity, coherence, use of general and specific detail, elaboration,  word choice, sentence construction, grammar and mechanics.  
  • Due Friday, `10/26: Read three handouts: 1. "How Do I Introduce My Writing?" 2. "A Bare Bones Guide to Introductions," and 3.  "Is My Thesis Statement Any Good?"  Take notes.
  • Due Monday, 10/29:  Periods 1-5:  Compose one introductory paragraph of at least three-four sentences for each of the three topics given in Practice Your Skills, Part A of  "How Do I Introduce My Writing?" (#s 1, 2, and 3). Period 7: Complete the same assignment as periods 1-5 and choose two topics from Part B for a total of five practice introductory paragraphs.
  • Reflect in either the IJ or by typing one or two paragraphs about what you learned from your peer in class today.  Think about the feedback you received,  and think about what you learned from comparing someone else's introductory paragraphs to the paragraph checklist.  Then read "Conclusions" and "How Do I Conclude My Writing?" Take notes, either in the CJ or they may be typed.
  • Due Wednesday, 10/31: Revised concluding paragraphs from the  "How Do I Conclude My Writing?" packet (Ex. A, #s 2 and 4).  Notes on "Underlining  (Italics),"  pp. 386 & 387 in Holt,, and Ex. 1, pp. 387-388 in Holt.
  • Beginning November 1, 2018, all of my homework assignments will be posted in Google Classroom.  They will no longer appear on this page.