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Ms. Kaitlin Kenny

8th Grade Literature & 3-8th Grade Technology

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SJS Book Club!

Next meeting is Monday, December 17 at 7:50am

For our next meeting, read The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon. 
I invite readers to bring treats from the SJS approved food list to share with the group. Additionally, bring a book you’d like to suggest to the group for our next meeting.

8th Grade Spotify Playlist Project

Printable Project Template


Click here for the BOTB List for 2018- 2019


 

2017- 2018: Literary Element Reading Extra Credit Opportunity!

  • Watch a film or read a book that is a frame story/ frame narrative and write a minimum two paragraph reflection explaining the effects of the frame story. Ask yourself: could the story be told in a different way, such as chronological order (linear narration) or stream of consciousness? How would that impact the story? Why did the author/director make the decision to tell the story in this way?
    • Examples: The Princess Bride, Titanic, Inception, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut …to name a few
    • Share or drop off your paragraphs to receive up to 10 points extra credit!

HOMEWORK


Week of Nov. 12- 16


Week of Oct. 15- 19

  • Chapter 4 reading and questions due Tuesday, Oct. 16

Week of Oct. 8 – 12

  • Chapter 3 reading and questions due Tuesday, Oct. 9
  • Quiz on Thursday, Oct. 11 over chapter 1-3

Week of Oct. 1- 5

  • Chapter 2 Questions due Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • Tech Class (period 3 only)- complete the exit ticket questions found here on your “Digital Media” doc.

Week of Sept. 24- 28

  • Chapter 1 Questions due Thursday, Sept. 27
    • Chapter 1 here
    • Chapter 1 questions here
  • Notebook Check on Monday, Oct. 1.

Week of Sept. 10- 14

  • Bring an independent reading book to class everyday! 
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library is coming to class on Monday, Sept. 17 for a book talk on Biographies/ Autobiographies to share a variety of great reads. You’ll be able to check one out, so be sure to bring your AHML library card to class! This is in preparation for our book reports, which will be introduced on Thursday 9/12.

Week of Sept. 3- 7

  • Bio Poems completed and printed by Thursday, Sept. 6
  • “I Am” poems must be shared by Friday, Sept. 7
  • Bring an independent reading book to class Wednesday & Thursday this week!

8th Reading Homework

2018- 2019 School Year Begins!


8th Reading- Week of 5/1:
  • Week 5 materials are due Wednesday, May 9. This include: your section of reading, analysis questions, and literature circle role.
    • The Boy Who Dared pages 167- 190 + Week 5 Questions
    • The Book Thief pages 459 – 550 + Week 5 Questions
    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas pages 186- 216 (author’s note optional) + Week 5 Questions
    • **Instead of eliminating Q.S. for Wk 5, I will give one extra credit point for each properly formatted Q.S.**
  • Book Thief Permission Form Click Here– due Friday, May 11
  • Striped Pajamas Permission Form Click Here– due Friday, May 11

8th Reading- Week of 4/23
  • Week 4 materials are due Wednesday, May 2. This include: your section of reading, analysis questions, and literature circle role.
  • Wednesday = Quiz review followed by a work day
  • Thursday = No class due to the Holocaust Museum
  • Friday= Quiz then work time

8th Reading- Week of 4/16
  • Week 3 materials are due Tuesday, April 24. This includes: your section of reading, analysis questions, and literature circle role.

8th Reading- Week of 4/9
  • Week 2 materials are due Tuesday, April 17. This include: your section of reading, analysis questions, and literature circle role.

8th Reading- Week of 4/3
  • Tuesday= Welcome back! Discuss new unit, review due dates, listen to Eli Weisel audio, reflection.
  • Wednesday= work day on Holocaust unit reading & questions
  • Thursday= Annotations discussion & work
  • Friday= Work on nature quizlet
  • DUE Monday, April 9 week 1 reading & questions
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8th Reading- Week of 3/19
  • Monday= review day. Need extra practice? Try this passage!
  • Tuesday= Figurative language quiz
  • Wednesday= Get new book for Holocaust unit + Week 1 reading assignment (due 4/9).

Week 1 Assignments= due Monday, April 9

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8th Reading- Week of 3/12
  • Week 5 Reading assignment= pages 130-165/ END (or 35 pages) and identify your novel’s theme! In addition, complete the work on this slides presentation. Reading & Work due Monday, March 19
  • QUIZ over literary devices on Tuesday, March 20. Study: personification, symbolism, metaphor, simile, imagery, foreshadowing, tone, point of view, setting, characterization, static  & dynamic characters, and opening lines (mini-lesson).
  • Monday= Review homework + reading for the week; go over quizlet answers
  • Tuesday= Discuss theme, foreshadowing, & personification in this slide presentation
  • Wednesday= Stations work w/ lit. devices
  • Thursday= BOTB check-in with Mrs. Furmanski and Mrs. Hartman
  • Friday =  Figurative language practice worksheet.
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8th Reading- Week of 3/5
  • Week 4 Reading assignment= pages 100-130 (or 30 pages) and identify symbolism & tone. Complete the work on the shared doc or write it in your reading notebook. Instructions are all on this doc.
  • Reading Notebook Check on Thursday, March 8. See the doc here to ensure you have everything. All work must be titled and dated.
  • Monday= finish reading the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacob’s for Tuesday’s class.
  • Tuesday= literary device scavenger hunt
  • Wednesday= symbolism (introduce) and tone (review) notes and examples. Slides presentation here.
  • Thursday= Quizlet “A Separate Peace”
  • Friday =  Work Time
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8th Reading- Week of 2/25
  • Reading assigned for this week → read pages 65- 100 for Monday, March 5th (or 35 pages)
  • Complete hard copy work pages about your characters’ development  → due Monday, March 5. Click here for digital version.
    • Complete pages 1 & 2 for two characters, and page 3 from the perspective of one character.
  • Tuesday’s Class = notes on character development. The slides presentation that students took notes on is here.
  • Wednesday’s Class = reading and character development worksheet work day
  • Thursday’s Class= Reading a quizlet together & then students will work with a partner to complete the questions
  • Friday’s Class= station work with Reader’s Workshop
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7th Letter (click here) to be signed for tomorrow, Friday 2/23
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8th Reading- Week of 2/12 *updated*
  • Read your novels daily! This week, read 35 pages by Friday, and complete the Reader’s Journal (here) as you read. Come to class Friday with your reading and notes complete.
  • You may complete the journal on paper or digitally. Your notes may be bullet points or short phrases.
  • Due Friday= Reader’s journal (a few bullet points or notes for characters and plot elements) + 35 pages of reading + opening lines HW
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Snow day! 8th reading classes, please continue to read your independent novels for Reader’s Workshop over the weekend. Enjoy the extra day!
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8th Reading Upcoming Due Dates:
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8th Reading Updates:
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8th Reading:

1/10 class: read chapter 10 in class; finish for Friday, January 12. Audio available by clicking here.

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6th Tech:

Digital Footprint project due Tuesday, January 16

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Quizlet due Thursday, January 11
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Reading HW 12/18
  • THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE— You no longer have to finish chapter 8 for HW Monday night. We will finish reading chapter 8 as a class on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Reading questions can be finished in class and will be due at the end of the period.
  • Answer 2 essay questions from this list. These are due Wednesday, Dec. 20.
  • Quizlet: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrockdue Thursday, January 11 (week after we come back from break).
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Reading HW due 12/12

Complete chapter 6 questions for Wednesday.

Test corrections due Friday.

If you didn’t finish the exit ticket, please complete these questions:  What is the mood of chapter 6? Is there one mood for the whole chapter? Provide one piece of textual evidence to support your answer. Evidence may be a direct quote or paraphrased.

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Reading HW 12/11

Read chapter 6 and annotate with post-its. Chapter 6 questions due Wednesday.

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Reading HW due Monday 12/11

Quizlet here. Answers may be on loose leaf, in your reading notebooks, or digital.

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Those of you out for NJHS Wednesday, the following assignments are due Thursday 12/07:
1) Bellringer Question: Title your notebook entry “Bellringer 12/06”. 
You may use your text to answer this question in 5-7 complete sentences. At least one quote sandwich is required.
Why is Utterson so curious about the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? What events or conversations in the story have developed Utterson’s curiosity? 

2) Chapter 5 Questions

3) See your classmates for notes to complete your character charts. You may help each other! This will be good study material for Friday.

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Study guide for chapter 1-5 quiz on Friday, Dec 8
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Reading HW 12/1:

Complete this compare & contrast table on loose leaf or in your reading notebook. Use only what we’ve read so far to help you complete the table (chapters 1-3). Due Monday 12/4

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Reading HW 11/28:

Periods 4 & 5- Complete chapter 2 questions by Thursday. Read chapter 3 by Friday. In case you missed it, here’s the slides presentation about annotations we covered in class 11/28. Make sure you bring post-it notes everyday for the remainder of our novel.

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Reading HW 11/27:
Periods 4 & 5- Read chapter 2 in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Also, I forgot to mention, but please bring *small* post-it notes tomorrow for our lesson on annotations.

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Reading HW: Notebook Check 11/16

Make sure your notebooks are in order and ready to be left in the bin on Friday. You will not get any class time to organize your notebooks. The following assignments will be a part of your notebook grade, totaling 130 pts. Make sure everything is titled and dated. Email me with any questions!

Title Date Points
Bellringers Weeks  5-10 Varies 30 pts.
Bellringers Weeks 5-10 Graded Varies 30 pts.
Movie clip small group work 10/3 10 pts.
Fr. Dan Qs and notes 10/25- 10/26 10 pts.
Fr. Dan Reflection 10/27 10 pts.
In-text citation notes 11/06- 11/07 10 pts.
Theme trees 11/08- 11/13 (multi day work) 10 pts.
Magi theme paragraph 11/16 10 pts.
Quizlet 11/15 10 pts.

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