English 8 with Ms. Alarid

 2008-11-21

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2008-11-05

Homework for Wednesday, November 5. Due Thursday:

Period 1:

1. Finish the T-Chart comparing and contrasting Obama's Victory Speech with Colin Powell's speech (p. 598 in the textbook).

2. Complete the vocabulary definitions and sentences for the following:

  1. errand

  2. signify

  3 . prodigy

  4. ventriloquist

  5. periscope

3. Bring your textbooks tomorrow!

 

Periods 4-7:

1. Read "Raymond's Run" (p. 288).

2. Write down 1 apposition sentence from the story.

3. Bring your textbooks tomorrow!

2008-11-04

Homework for Tuesday, November 4. Due Wednesday:

Period 1: Write 3 compound sentences and 3 simple sentences from your individual novel.

Periods 4-7:

1. Complete the vocabulary definitions and sentences for the following:

  1. errand

  2. signify

  3 . prodigy

  4. ventriloquist

  5. periscope

2008-11-03

Homework for Monday, November 3:

Period 1: Work on the compound/simple sentences you copied down in class.

Periods 4-7: Write 3 compound sentences and 3 simple sentences from your individual novel.

2008-10-30

Homework for Thursday, October 30:

Bring in the title and author of the next individual novel you will be reading. (The novel must be 120 pages or more.)

2008-10-24

Homework for Friday, October 24:

None. 

 

2008-10-24

Homework for Thursday, 10/23:

Due Monday: Using "The Tell-Tale Heart" handout as a model, please draw a cartoon of the 4 major events in your independent novel. Write 5 questions (and their answers!) about the book. You may ask reading comprehension questions or questions about the main ideas and details of the story. 

Period 7: Complete "The Tell-Tale Heart" questions on the cartoon handout. 

2008-10-22

Homework for Wednesday, 10/22:

Period 1:

1. Finish reading "A Tell-Tale Heart" (page 522).

2. Complete an acrostic poem for any word you feel is related to the story (i.e. "heart," "scary," etc). Write the word vertically and write a phrase or sentence that relates to the story for each letter. For instance, for the word "SCARY," write a sentence or phrase that begins with an S, and then another that begins with a C, and so on.

3. Bring your textbook. 

Periods 4, 6, and 7:

1. Finish reading "A Tell-Tale Heart" (page 522).  

2. Choose a journal that you have done for a past Bellwork. Choose either your favorite Journal or one that you have done a good job on. (This Journal will later be expanded into 5-8 sentences for your Portfolio, which showcases your best work.) 

3. Bring your textbook. 

Period 7:

In addition to the above, complete 5 Questions, 5 Predictions, 5 Clarifiers, and 5 Summaries for "A Tell-Tale Heart." 

2008-10-21

 Homework for Tuesday, 10/21: 

Periods 4, 6, and 7: Complete the Reading Response for "An Email from Bill Gates" (pages 54-58).

2008-10-20

Homework for Monday, 10/20: 

1. Complete definitions, parts of speech, and sentences for the following 7 vocabulary words:

acute

dissimulation

profound

sagacity

crevice

gesticulations

derision 

2. Complete the Context Clues handout. For the paragraph, figure out which words (above the paragraph) are synonyms for the words in the paragraph that are in italics

3. Bring your textbooks tomorrow! 

2008-10-15

Homework for Wednesday, 10/15:

Read "E-mail to Bill Gates," in your textbook on pages 54-58.  Use the handout given in class to write down the words/phrases that you do not understand or know very well.

2008-10-14

Homework for Tuesday, 10/14:

Complete definitons, parts of speech, and sentences for the following 5 vocabulary words:

1. interaction

2. misinterpret

3. intimate

4. etiquette

5. spontaneously

BRING TEXTBOOKS TOMORROW

Period 4: Answer the questions on page 601 in the sections entitled "Check Your Comprehension" and "Applying the Reading Strategy."

Periods 6, and 7: Answer the questions on page 601 in the section entitled "Check Your Comprehension."

2008-10-13

Homework for Monday, 10/13:

Complete the Main Idea handout.

2008-10-9

Homework for Thursday, 10/9:

If you did not complete it in class...

For your group's paragraph on page 600, please have one summary, prediction, clarifier, OR question so that you can add it to your group's poster tomorrow in class.

2008-10-8

Homework for Wednesday, 10/8:

1. Write 40 lines for not following directions yesterday with the substitute. Everyone is required to write this, except if you were absent (so, bring a note to excuse your absence).

2. Finish reading Powell's speech on pages 599-600.

3. Finish the left side of the T-Chart, entitled, "Characteristics of an inspiring speech."

2008-10-7

Homework for Tuesday, 10/7:

Complete handouts distributed in class.

2008-10-6

Homework for Monday, 10/6:

Write the definitions to 9 vocabulary words, then put each vocabulary word in a sentence.

1. defer

2. strife

3. orator

4. indicative

5. saunter

6.  mode

7. sap

8. civic

9. redress

2008-10-2

Homework for Thursday, 10/2:

No homework tonight! Binder check tomorrow.

2008-10-1

Homework for Wednesday, 10/1:

Please complete the following using one counterargument against what your thesis for the $500,000 essay prompt given on 9/29. Use the handout given in class to properly phrase your counterargument and rebuttal.

Write one paragraph that directly addresses a counterargument your reader may have. This will strengthen your argument! An example is below.

 

First, write one counterargument:

 

 

Next, write the rebuttal to that counterargument:

 

 

 

Last, write 1-2 sentences in which you give supporting evidence (fact/example/detail) to prove that your rebuttal is correct:

 

 

 

 

 

Example:

For: Free candy giveaways every Monday

 

Opponents of my position may argue that passing out free candy to students during Homeroom will encourage bad eating habits. However, you should consider that by giving candy out to students, teachers may cause students to get tired of candy, thereby encouraging students to eat less of it on their own. For example, I know many people who have grown sick and tired of certain foods because they ate so much of it while they were young.  In addition, teachers can use the act of passing out candy as a platform to talk about the dangers of cavities and too much sugar.

 

 2008-09-30

Homework for Tuesday, 9/30:

 Complete a T-Chart for your proposed ONE suggestion on how we should spend the $500,000 (from yesterday's essay topic below). Label one side "Counterargument (Against)" and the other side "Rebuttal (For)." On the Counterargument side, list as many arguments against your proposed idea as possible (and aim for 5). After that, list one comeback argument--rebuttal--to each counterargument.

 For example, for my proposed plan of constructing a football field, one of my counterarguments may be that a football field is not as needed at Crespi as a track field is. My rebuttal to that is that we can put a track field around the football field. Remember--your rebuttal is your last chance to prove that your idea is the best.

 2008-09-29

Homework for Monday, 9/29:

Complete 5 paragraphs of a Rough Draft 1 (RD1) for the $500,000 prompt: If Crespi was offered a $500,000 grant, what project would you suggest we use the money for?Be sure to keep in mind the Persuasive Hamburger 5 paragraph structure and required ingredients.

 2008-09-25

Homework for Thursday, 9/25:

 Period 1:

1. Complete rough draft 2.

2. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow, or DETENTION. 

Period 4, 6, and 7:

1.Complete the vocabulary handout.

2. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow, or DETENTION.

2008-09-24

Homework for Wednesday, 9/24:

1. Complete rough draft 2.

2. Complete the stamp drawing.

3. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow.

2008-09-23

 Homework for Tuesday, 9/23:

 1. Complete rough draft 2. (Due Thursday)

2. Complete the stamp drawing. (Due Thursday)

3. Bring books tomorrow.

2008-09-22

 Homework for Monday, 9/22:

1. Bring your textbook (Prentis Hall Literature) to class tomorrow.

2. Write the definitions for the following words, and then write each in a sentence:

 1. artificial

2. luminous

3. oblong

4. whooping

5. ascent

6. bulked

7. ominous

8. contiguous

9.  conceivable

10. coincidental

11. elongate

3. Postage stamp drawing/collage due Thursday.

2008-09-18

Homework for Thursday, 9/18:

Write the 4th and 5th (conclusion) paragraphs for your essay. Be sure to have your full rough draft ready to turn in tomorrow.

Also, complete the "5 Paragraph Outline," also due tomorrow.

2008-09-17

 Homework for Wednesday, 9/17:

Write the 3rd paragraph for your essay.

2008-09-16

 Homework for Tuesday, 9/16:

Write the 2nd paragraph for your persuasive essay (the "1st reason" paragraph).  Again, your prompt/topic is the following: If you were to nominate one individual to be honored by being featured on a postage stamp, who would it be?

2008-09-15

 Homework for Monday, 9/15:

Write an Introduction paragraph for Rough Draft 2. 

Your prompt/topic: If you were to nominate one individual to be honored by being featured on a postage stamp, who would it be?

2008-09-11

Homework for Thursday, 9/11:

Using the persuasion map you did for the postage stamp prompt (below), plus the persuasion handout I handed out today in class, please write the Introduction paragraph and Paragraph 2. This is a rough draft, due tomorrow.

Due to the photo ID digression this morning, Period 1 is only required to do the Introduction for homework tonight.

2008-09-10

Homework for Wednesday, 9/10: 

Periods 1, 4, and 6: Do a persuasion map outlining your argument for the prompt below. Please include your GOAL (a statement revealing your opinion), plus 3 REASONS to support your goal.

Many famous people, both real and fictional, have been honored by having their faces on postage stamps. Choose a real or fictional person, dead or alive, famous or not, who you feel deserves this honor.

Period 1: In addition to the above, write a summary for chapter 2 in the novel you are reading.

Period 7: On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

2008-09-09

Homework for Tuesday, 9/9: 

Period 4: On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

Period 6:  On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

Period 7: Write 1 fact and 1 opinion for page 25 and page 26 of the "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" handout

 

2008-09-08 

Homework for Monday, 9/8: 

Period 1: Write one prediction and one summary for Chapter 1 in the novel you are reading.

Period 4: Write one prediction and one summary for page 25/26 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 6:  Write a prediction and summary for pages 25/26 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 7:  Write one question and one clarifier for page 24 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

2008-09-05 

*Extra credit opportunity for all: Research 3 idioms from other languages (besides English) and write a one-paragraph analysis for each. Make sure you address the following in your 3 paragraphs:

  • Who uses this idiom? (In which language it is used?)
  • What is the figurative meaning?
  • How might a foreigner perceive the idiom's meaning?
  • (If possible: please provide an explanation as to how this idiom originated.)

Extra credit will not be given unless at least the first 3 bullet points here are complete for all 3 idioms in your own words. Here are some possible resources for your research:

http://able2know.org/topic/3936-1

http://www.learnplus.com/guides/german-idioms.html

 

2008-09-05

Homework for Friday, 9/5:

Period 1: Write 1 question and 1 clarifier for the last paragraph on page 23 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 4: none

Period 6: none

Perod 7: Finish classwork if you haven't done so. This assignment is to draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed on the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning.

2008-09-04

Homework for Thursday, 9/4:

Periods 1, 4, and 7:

  • Complete Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. Bring it ripped out of the book and stapled, with the journal activity attached (from the bottom of p. 16) on a separate piece of paper. 
  • Draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed from the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning.
  • Bring binders with divider tabs to class if you haven't already done so.
  • Bring page 6 of the syllabus, filled in, if you haven't already done so.

Period  6:

  • Complete Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. Bring it ripped out of the book and stapled, with the journal activity attached (from the bottom of p. 16) on a separate piece of paper.
  • Using the Reciprocal Teaching handout, think up one question, one clarification, one summary, and one prediction per paragraph on page 24 of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings packet.
  • Bring binders with divider tabs to class if you haven't already done so.
  • Bring page 6 of the syllabus, filled in, if you haven't already done so.

2008-09-03

Homework for Wednesday, 9/3:

Period 1: Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. 

Period 4: Draw out a visual representation of your simile "poem," from today's Bellwork. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

Period 6: Draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed from the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

Period 7:  Draw out a visual representation of your simile "poem," from today's Bellwork. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

2008-09-02 

Homework for Tuesday, 9/2:

  • Bring materials tomorrow, including Binder with Dividers
  • Bring syllabus signature form, completed if you haven't done so (page 6 of the syllabus)
  • Due Friday:  Chapter 1 of the Spelling 8 workbook

2008-08-30

Homework for Friday, 8/29: 

Period 1:

  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 4:

  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 6:

  • Using the excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, please use each vocabulary word in a sentence. (Vocabulary/definitions can be found at the bottom of the pages.) This is due on Tuesday.
  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 7:

  • Using the excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, please use each vocabulary word in a sentence. (Vocabulary/definitions can be found at the bottom of the pages.) This is due on Tuesday.
  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday.

 

2008-08-30

Dear students, 

Welcome to the English 8 website!

This is where you will find reminders about homework assignments/projects. Please be reminded that I do not accept late work. Also, if you are ever absent, please bring a note explaining your absence from a parent/guardian plus a phone number contact. In the case of an excused absence, you will have 2 days to turn in all necessary classwork and homework. Please be sure to ask myself and your classmates about the work missed, so that you can be sure you are not missing points for your grade.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments via email or when visiting my Collaboration Hour in room 308 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30. 

Thank you, and let's have a successful year together!

 

Best,

Ms. Alarid

 2008-10-30

Homework for Thursday, October 30:

Bring in the title and author of the next individual novel you will be reading. (The novel must be 120 pages or more.)

2008-10-24

Homework for Friday, October 24:

None. 

 

2008-10-24

Homework for Thursday, 10/23:

Due Monday: Using "The Tell-Tale Heart" handout as a model, please draw a cartoon of the 4 major events in your independent novel. Write 5 questions (and their answers!) about the book. You may ask reading comprehension questions or questions about the main ideas and details of the story. 

Period 7: Complete "The Tell-Tale Heart" questions on the cartoon handout. 

2008-10-22

Homework for Wednesday, 10/22:

Period 1:

1. Finish reading "A Tell-Tale Heart" (page 522).

2. Complete an acrostic poem for any word you feel is related to the story (i.e. "heart," "scary," etc). Write the word vertically and write a phrase or sentence that relates to the story for each letter. For instance, for the word "SCARY," write a sentence or phrase that begins with an S, and then another that begins with a C, and so on.

3. Bring your textbook. 

Periods 4, 6, and 7:

1. Finish reading "A Tell-Tale Heart" (page 522).  

2. Choose a journal that you have done for a past Bellwork. Choose either your favorite Journal or one that you have done a good job on. (This Journal will later be expanded into 5-8 sentences for your Portfolio, which showcases your best work.) 

3. Bring your textbook. 

Period 7:

In addition to the above, complete 5 Questions, 5 Predictions, 5 Clarifiers, and 5 Summaries for "A Tell-Tale Heart." 

2008-10-21

 Homework for Tuesday, 10/21: 

Periods 4, 6, and 7: Complete the Reading Response for "An Email from Bill Gates" (pages 54-58).

2008-10-20

Homework for Monday, 10/20: 

1. Complete definitions, parts of speech, and sentences for the following 7 vocabulary words:

acute

dissimulation

profound

sagacity

crevice

gesticulations

derision 

2. Complete the Context Clues handout. For the paragraph, figure out which words (above the paragraph) are synonyms for the words in the paragraph that are in italics

3. Bring your textbooks tomorrow! 

2008-10-15

Homework for Wednesday, 10/15:

Read "E-mail to Bill Gates," in your textbook on pages 54-58.  Use the handout given in class to write down the words/phrases that you do not understand or know very well.

2008-10-14

Homework for Tuesday, 10/14:

Complete definitons, parts of speech, and sentences for the following 5 vocabulary words:

1. interaction

2. misinterpret

3. intimate

4. etiquette

5. spontaneously

BRING TEXTBOOKS TOMORROW

Period 4: Answer the questions on page 601 in the sections entitled "Check Your Comprehension" and "Applying the Reading Strategy."

Periods 6, and 7: Answer the questions on page 601 in the section entitled "Check Your Comprehension."

2008-10-13

Homework for Monday, 10/13:

Complete the Main Idea handout.

2008-10-9

Homework for Thursday, 10/9:

If you did not complete it in class...

For your group's paragraph on page 600, please have one summary, prediction, clarifier, OR question so that you can add it to your group's poster tomorrow in class.

2008-10-8

Homework for Wednesday, 10/8:

1. Write 40 lines for not following directions yesterday with the substitute. Everyone is required to write this, except if you were absent (so, bring a note to excuse your absence).

2. Finish reading Powell's speech on pages 599-600.

3. Finish the left side of the T-Chart, entitled, "Characteristics of an inspiring speech."

2008-10-7

Homework for Tuesday, 10/7:

Complete handouts distributed in class.

2008-10-6

Homework for Monday, 10/6:

Write the definitions to 9 vocabulary words, then put each vocabulary word in a sentence.

1. defer

2. strife

3. orator

4. indicative

5. saunter

6.  mode

7. sap

8. civic

9. redress

2008-10-2

Homework for Thursday, 10/2:

No homework tonight! Binder check tomorrow.

2008-10-1

Homework for Wednesday, 10/1:

Please complete the following using one counterargument against what your thesis for the $500,000 essay prompt given on 9/29. Use the handout given in class to properly phrase your counterargument and rebuttal.

Write one paragraph that directly addresses a counterargument your reader may have. This will strengthen your argument! An example is below.

 

First, write one counterargument:

 

 

Next, write the rebuttal to that counterargument:

 

 

 

Last, write 1-2 sentences in which you give supporting evidence (fact/example/detail) to prove that your rebuttal is correct:

 

 

 

 

 

Example:

For: Free candy giveaways every Monday

 

Opponents of my position may argue that passing out free candy to students during Homeroom will encourage bad eating habits. However, you should consider that by giving candy out to students, teachers may cause students to get tired of candy, thereby encouraging students to eat less of it on their own. For example, I know many people who have grown sick and tired of certain foods because they ate so much of it while they were young.  In addition, teachers can use the act of passing out candy as a platform to talk about the dangers of cavities and too much sugar.

 

 2008-09-30

Homework for Tuesday, 9/30:

 Complete a T-Chart for your proposed ONE suggestion on how we should spend the $500,000 (from yesterday's essay topic below). Label one side "Counterargument (Against)" and the other side "Rebuttal (For)." On the Counterargument side, list as many arguments against your proposed idea as possible (and aim for 5). After that, list one comeback argument--rebuttal--to each counterargument.

 For example, for my proposed plan of constructing a football field, one of my counterarguments may be that a football field is not as needed at Crespi as a track field is. My rebuttal to that is that we can put a track field around the football field. Remember--your rebuttal is your last chance to prove that your idea is the best.

 2008-09-29

Homework for Monday, 9/29:

Complete 5 paragraphs of a Rough Draft 1 (RD1) for the $500,000 prompt: If Crespi was offered a $500,000 grant, what project would you suggest we use the money for?Be sure to keep in mind the Persuasive Hamburger 5 paragraph structure and required ingredients.

 2008-09-25

Homework for Thursday, 9/25:

 Period 1:

1. Complete rough draft 2.

2. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow, or DETENTION. 

Period 4, 6, and 7:

1.Complete the vocabulary handout.

2. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow, or DETENTION.

2008-09-24

Homework for Wednesday, 9/24:

1. Complete rough draft 2.

2. Complete the stamp drawing.

3. Bring textbooks to class tomorrow.

2008-09-23

 Homework for Tuesday, 9/23:

 1. Complete rough draft 2. (Due Thursday)

2. Complete the stamp drawing. (Due Thursday)

3. Bring books tomorrow.

2008-09-22

 Homework for Monday, 9/22:

1. Bring your textbook (Prentis Hall Literature) to class tomorrow.

2. Write the definitions for the following words, and then write each in a sentence:

 1. artificial

2. luminous

3. oblong

4. whooping

5. ascent

6. bulked

7. ominous

8. contiguous

9.  conceivable

10. coincidental

11. elongate

3. Postage stamp drawing/collage due Thursday.

2008-09-18

Homework for Thursday, 9/18:

Write the 4th and 5th (conclusion) paragraphs for your essay. Be sure to have your full rough draft ready to turn in tomorrow.

Also, complete the "5 Paragraph Outline," also due tomorrow.

2008-09-17

 Homework for Wednesday, 9/17:

Write the 3rd paragraph for your essay.

2008-09-16

 Homework for Tuesday, 9/16:

Write the 2nd paragraph for your persuasive essay (the "1st reason" paragraph).  Again, your prompt/topic is the following: If you were to nominate one individual to be honored by being featured on a postage stamp, who would it be?

2008-09-15

 Homework for Monday, 9/15:

Write an Introduction paragraph for Rough Draft 2. 

Your prompt/topic: If you were to nominate one individual to be honored by being featured on a postage stamp, who would it be?

2008-09-11

Homework for Thursday, 9/11:

Using the persuasion map you did for the postage stamp prompt (below), plus the persuasion handout I handed out today in class, please write the Introduction paragraph and Paragraph 2. This is a rough draft, due tomorrow.

Due to the photo ID digression this morning, Period 1 is only required to do the Introduction for homework tonight.

2008-09-10

Homework for Wednesday, 9/10: 

Periods 1, 4, and 6: Do a persuasion map outlining your argument for the prompt below. Please include your GOAL (a statement revealing your opinion), plus 3 REASONS to support your goal.

Many famous people, both real and fictional, have been honored by having their faces on postage stamps. Choose a real or fictional person, dead or alive, famous or not, who you feel deserves this honor.

Period 1: In addition to the above, write a summary for chapter 2 in the novel you are reading.

Period 7: On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

2008-09-09

Homework for Tuesday, 9/9: 

Period 4: On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

Period 6:  On the "TV" handout, underline one fact or opinion in each paragraph and state which one it is.  In addition, write one summary per paragraph (on the back of the handout). 

Period 7: Write 1 fact and 1 opinion for page 25 and page 26 of the "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" handout

 

2008-09-08 

Homework for Monday, 9/8: 

Period 1: Write one prediction and one summary for Chapter 1 in the novel you are reading.

Period 4: Write one prediction and one summary for page 25/26 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 6:  Write a prediction and summary for pages 25/26 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 7:  Write one question and one clarifier for page 24 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

2008-09-05 

*Extra credit opportunity for all: Research 3 idioms from other languages (besides English) and write a one-paragraph analysis for each. Make sure you address the following in your 3 paragraphs:

  • Who uses this idiom? (In which language it is used?)
  • What is the figurative meaning?
  • How might a foreigner perceive the idiom's meaning?
  • (If possible: please provide an explanation as to how this idiom originated.)

Extra credit will not be given unless at least the first 3 bullet points here are complete for all 3 idioms in your own words. Here are some possible resources for your research:

http://able2know.org/topic/3936-1

http://www.learnplus.com/guides/german-idioms.html

 

2008-09-05

Homework for Friday, 9/5:

Period 1: Write 1 question and 1 clarifier for the last paragraph on page 23 of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Period 4: none

Period 6: none

Perod 7: Finish classwork if you haven't done so. This assignment is to draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed on the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning.

2008-09-04

Homework for Thursday, 9/4:

Periods 1, 4, and 7:

  • Complete Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. Bring it ripped out of the book and stapled, with the journal activity attached (from the bottom of p. 16) on a separate piece of paper. 
  • Draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed from the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning.
  • Bring binders with divider tabs to class if you haven't already done so.
  • Bring page 6 of the syllabus, filled in, if you haven't already done so.

Period  6:

  • Complete Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. Bring it ripped out of the book and stapled, with the journal activity attached (from the bottom of p. 16) on a separate piece of paper.
  • Using the Reciprocal Teaching handout, think up one question, one clarification, one summary, and one prediction per paragraph on page 24 of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings packet.
  • Bring binders with divider tabs to class if you haven't already done so.
  • Bring page 6 of the syllabus, filled in, if you haven't already done so.

2008-09-03

Homework for Wednesday, 9/3:

Period 1: Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book. 

Period 4: Draw out a visual representation of your simile "poem," from today's Bellwork. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

Period 6: Draw the literal meaning of an idiom listed from the board. In addition, write the figurative meaning. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

Period 7:  Draw out a visual representation of your simile "poem," from today's Bellwork. Work on Chapter 1 of the blue Spelling 8 book.

2008-09-02 

Homework for Tuesday, 9/2:

  • Bring materials tomorrow, including Binder with Dividers
  • Bring syllabus signature form, completed if you haven't done so (page 6 of the syllabus)
  • Due Friday:  Chapter 1 of the Spelling 8 workbook

2008-08-30

Homework for Friday, 8/29: 

Period 1:

  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 4:

  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 6:

  • Using the excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, please use each vocabulary word in a sentence. (Vocabulary/definitions can be found at the bottom of the pages.) This is due on Tuesday.
  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday. 

Period 7:

  • Using the excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, please use each vocabulary word in a sentence. (Vocabulary/definitions can be found at the bottom of the pages.) This is due on Tuesday.
  • Bring all required materials listed on the syllabus. If you cannot do so, please email me at the email address listed on the front of the syllabus or bring a note from your parent/guardian.) I will be checking binders on Tuesday.

 

2008-08-30

Dear students, 

Welcome to the English 8 website!

This is where you will find reminders about homework assignments/projects. Please be reminded that each assignment will be marked down 10% per day it is late. Also, if you are ever absent, please bring a note explaining your absence from a parent/guardian plus a phone number contact. In the case of an excused absence, you will have 2 days to turn in all necessary classwork and homework. Please be sure to ask myself and your classmates about the work missed, so that you can be sure you are not missing points for your grade.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments via email or when visiting my Collaboration Hour in room 308 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30. 

Thank you, and let's have a successful year together!

 

Best,

Ms. Alarid