Mrs. Campbell

Language Arts Literacy Grade 8

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  My commitment as an educator will be to provide your student with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure a successful year.  
Summer Reading:  The summer reading assignment consists of two components: (1) Reading the required novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel and handwritten log.  (2) Assessment - test will be given 9/12/16.  Summer reading will count as 15% of the first marking period grade.
September 12 - 16
  • Summer Reading Test on the novel, Night on Monday the 12th.  Reading logs will be collected at this time.
  • All About Me Poster Project is due on Tuesday the 13th. (Directions in folder below)
September 19 - 23
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Unit 1
  • Literature - Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction.  Class will prepare to read Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara
  • Research Paper on the topic Canine Search and Rescue is due 9/22.  Paper is to be typed using MLA format, Times New Roman 12.
  • BOY (Beginning of the year) assessment will be administered on Friday.
September 26 - 30
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Unit 1
  • Literature - Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction. Raymond's Run.  Critical Thinking Questions and assessment.
October 3 - 7
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Unit 2
  • Literature - Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction. A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry. Read and assign Critical Thinking Questions.  Students will work independently or with a partner to write and perform a news broadcast of the short story.
October 11 - 14
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Unit 2
  • Literature - Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction.  A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry.  Students present news broadcast.  Test on selection.
October 17 - 21
  • Grammar - Case of personal pronouns (nominative, objective, possessive).
  • Literature - Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction.  Gentleman of Rio en Medio by Juan A. A. Sedillo. Read and assign Critical Thinking Questions. 
  • Scrapbook Assignment - Long term assignment. Assigned in October and due in May.  Handout with directions passed out, read aloud and discussed.  Students will be shown a sample completed scrapbook.  Directions may be found in the file below.
October 24 - 28
  • Grammar - Pronouns (Who/Whom) and Reflexive and Intensive.  Test
  • Apex Learning Program:  Elements in Literature
  • Literature:  Unit 1:  Fiction and Nonfiction.  Old Ben by Jesse Stuart and Fox Hunt by Lensey Namioka.  Read and assign Critical Thinking Questions.
October 31 - November 4
  • Literature:  Students will begin reading Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin.  
  • Students will work with a partner or independently on a Greek Gods/Goddesses Information Chart.  Research done in class with a due date to be announced.
November 7 - 9
  • Literature:  Continue reading Greek Mythology and working on information chart.  
  • Greek Gods, Goddesses and Monsters Project assigned with a due date of Wednesday, the 9th. Students may choose to make a google side or poster presentation.
November 14 - 18
  • Literature:  Student presentations on Greek Mythology Project will be begin.  Information Charts are due on Friday, the 18th.
  • Sadlier Vocabulary:  Unit 3.  Definitions and worksheet have been assigned.
  • Test on two short stories read in class Old Ben and Fox Hunt.
  • Literature:  Students will begin reading the novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys.  
  • Sadlier Vocabulary:  Unit 4
  • Grammar:  Action and Linking Verbs
January 4 - 13, 2017
  • Literature:  Continue reading the novel Flowers for Algernon and complete assignments related to the literature.
  • Sadlier Vocabulary:  Unit 5
  • Grammar:  Action and linking verbs, simple tense of verbs, and principal parts of regular verbs.  
  • Language Arts Quarterly Exam is scheduled for Friday, January 13th.
  • Reminder:  Students should be working on the Scrapbook assignment.  Directions can be found in the folder below.  This is a long range assignment - assigned in October - due in May.
January 30 - February 3, 2017

The class has finished reading the novel Flowers for Algernon." The class will be working on two writing assignments connected to the literature:
  • Plotting Action (completing a graphic organizer)
  • Writing a five paragraph on theme analysis. (Directions for assignment can be found in folder below).
February 6-10, 2017

  • Literature:  Read the short story Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes.  Answer Critical Thinking Questions in text p. 392.
       Students will be given an informative article to read about the Harlem Renaissance and have 5 questions to answer. Then they will be assigned a notable African-American to research to find out their contributions to the Harlem Renaissance.  It is a poster project and oral presentations will be made in class.

  • English:  Unit 6 Sadlier Vocabulary
March - April 2017

  • Literature:  Started our unit on the Holocaust. Read the Drama The Diary of Anne Frank. Then viewed three films and a documentary related to the Holocaust: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Life is Beautiful and Auschwitz Death Camp with Elie Wiesel. 
  • Writing Assignment:  Students will be assigned a compare and contrast essay on two Holocaust films: The Diary of Anne Frank and Life is Beautiful.
  • The compare and contrast essay must be typed using Times New Roman 12 Font - double space with a proper heading - an exemplar shown in class.
  • Class time was used to brainstorm together using a graphic organizer to organize information. Draft a thesis statement and use block method for compare and contrast.  Class time was given to develop first draft.  Final typed draft is due Thursday, April 13th.
* Reminder:  Scrapbooks are due marking period 4.  Directions may be found in the folder below.  

May - June 2017

  • Literature:  Students have been reading the John Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men.  Students are exploring the elements of setting, character analysis, imagery and theme analysis.  Upon completion of novel students will view the movie and compare and contrast the story.
  • Scrapbook Assignment - Due date is June 12th. 
  • NJASK Science Testing - 5/31/17
  • Marking Period 4 ends 6/12/17
  • Final Exams begin 6/13/17
Final Exam:  Expository Clarification Essay.  Students will write a well-organized essay on an assigned topic that will be discussed in class.




 Textbooks used in class:
  • Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition Grade 8
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level C
* Typed assignments must follow MLA format. Using google docs is suggested.  It is the responsibility of the student to plan ahead and turn in a completed assignment on time.


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