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English 8: 5
Instructor: Williams   
Welcome back fellowáMustangs!á

This is your resource for Ms. Williams' English class. I will be posting daily to inform you and your parents about the class agenda, assignments in and outside of class, and any additional resources or handouts you will need.

You will find my welcome letter attached under files. This contains classroom policies and procedures, grading policies, required supplies, and my contact information.á

I look forward to an amazing year!

Ms. Williams

No "Homework" exist(s)
Textbooks and Late Work
If you or your student checked out a hard copy of the English Literature textbook, please have the student return it to the library either before school, at lunch, or after school. If the student received the electronic login for the textbook, he or she does not need to do anything.

All late work, missing assignments, and quiz make-ups must be completed and turned in on Thursday, June 2 in order to be graded and inputted into ABI for grades.

Final Projects for 7th and 8th graders are due on Tuesday, June 7.

Wednesday Wars
We are embarking on the final unit of the school year. 8th graders will be reading the novel Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. There is a strong Shakespeare emphasis in the novel that will help prepare the 8th graders for high school level readings.

The novel takes place in the 1960's and focuses on issues such as the roles of men and women in society, the civil rights movement, religion, music, sports, fashion, and the Vietnam War. In order for the students to fully understand the significance of these topics in relation to the time period, characters in the novel, and the plot, they are conducting research projects on one of the topics in order to share their findings with their classmates.

Research Project Due Tuesday, May 3.
Final Project Due Tuesday, June 7.

The school owns enough copies for every student to have their own in class; however, there are not enough copies for students to take home. If a student would like to purchase their own copy, they may do so.

For more information for parents on Wednesday Wars, go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-wednesday-wars

Citations Notes
Click on the link below to go to the PowerPoint for the citation notes:

Citation PowerPoint Link

End of Quarter 3 Late Work
All late or missing work from quarter 3 is due by Wednesday, March 16. Any work or quizzes not made up before spring break will be given a zero and will not be allowed to be made up for credit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

Argumentative Essay
Students took a computerized pre-assessment on their knowledge of argumentative essays.

During the unit, students will be writing two argumentative essays.

Essay 1: To what extent do celebrities have a positive or negative impact on our lives? Due Thursday, March 17

Essay 2: Essay Assessment (topic will be revealed the day of the assessment).

The students read an article on celebrities impacts on people as well as an excerpt from a Sophomores' essay on the same topic. They will incorporate evidence from their observations, experiences, or readings in addition to the essay by Deborah King. The majority of the essay will be written, edited, and revised in class. Any work not completed in class will automatically become homework.

Additional Resources:

Shmoop Video Clips on the Writing Process
Argumentative Essay Clip - Why do we need to write an argumentative essay? http://www.shmoop.com/video/argument-essay?playlist=essay-writing

How to Write a Killer Thesis - http://www.shmoop.com/video/how-to-write-a-killer-thesis-statement?playlist=essay-writing

How to Structure a Thesis Sentence - http://www.shmoop.com/video/how-to-structure-a-thesis-sentence-?playlist=essay-writing

Writing a grabby sentence or a hook - http://www.shmoop.com/video/writing-grabby-intro-sentences?playlist=essay-writing

What Not to do in an Introduction - http://www.shmoop.com/video/what-not-to-do-in-an-introduction?playlist=essay-writing

Freak the Mighty
If you are absent, check the calendar to see if you missed any chapters today. If you did, read the summaries of the chapters HERE.

If you miss a day of reading, go through the Freak the Mighty PowerPoint and find the chapter number and its correlating quick write. You need to have all 12 quick writes completed at the end by the novel to receive all of your quick write points. Missing quick writes will result in a lower grade. Click HERE for the PowerPoint.

Complete the vocabulary and looking up any quotes for the symbols when you return. You'll have enough time in class to complete those activities. It is the student's responsibility to remember to complete these activities, and it must be done before we finish reading the novel.

If you miss the documentary on King Arthur, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMOTv4iwURs

Hero's Journey Archetype Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlOK_pkfVD8

Finals and Study Guide

On Monday, I passed out a study guide in class for students to work on and complete. They will be worth 8 extra credit points if completed and turned in the day of the final. If the study guide is not completed, then students will not receive the extra credit on their final.

The final will be a computerized test.

Finals schedule (all half days)
Tuesday: Periods 1, 2, and 3
Wednesday: Periods 4, 6, and 5

End of Semester 1
We are nearing the end of the first semester. For those of you who have procrastinated on turning in any missing or absent work, the FINAL DAY to turn in any work is Friday, December 11. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS made, so be prepared. I am available most mornings before school, and every day after school and lunch B. Be responsible and make up that work so you can have a happy holiday with the grade you want and worked hard to earn.
Progress 2 Grades
Progress 2 grades are due Friday, October 30. Every student will receive a report card home for this progress grade.

Please check ABI for your (or your child's) current grade. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. My email is catherine_williams@ycjusd.us

Thank you!
-Ms. Williams

Argumentative Essay Final Draft
Your final draft must either be:
Handwritten in INK (Pen), legible to read. and have proper MLA heading


Typed, Times New Roman, 12-point font, Double-spaced, and proper MLA heading
If you have additional sources other than the two articles, include a works cited page:
If you do not have access to a printer, please email me your typed final draft.

Click HERE to see a video about double spacing in Microsoft Word.

Steps to Writing an Argumentative Essay Powerpoint
The link to the PowerPoint is located HERE.

The PowerPoint includes the entire process we are going to learn and complete in class.

Quarter 1 Grades
Quarter 1 ends Friday, October 9.

Late work for Quarter 1 is due by Wednesday, October 7. Any Quarter 1 late work turned in after October 7 will nor receive credit. Quarter 1 missing assignments will not be given credit if completed and turned in after Quarter 1 is over.

Check ABI to see what you or your student is missing. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Quiz Corrections
EVERY student needs to make corrections for Grammar Quiz #1. You will not receive a grade until the corrections are 100%, so that may mean you need to redo them until you have them right.

Students who receive a grade below a 7 on any other quiz are REQUIRED to make quiz corrections and will receive a zero if they do not make these corrections. Quiz corrections are due the day after quizzes are returned in class. They are always included as part of the homework assignment that day.

Notebook Checks this Friday 9/16
This Friday, I'll be collecting notebooks from my 8th graders for a quality check. Be sure to have the following in your notebook. If you are missing anything, I've included the date for the calendar where you can find the notes or the link to the prezi, or you need to contact a classmate for the notes or questions.
This notebook check will be worth 50 class participation points.

1) Follow Directions Quiz
2) Listening Questionnaire
3) The House on Mango Street (August 20)
4) Literary Devices up to Personification cut and glued. Activities completed up to Denotation/Connotation (handouts in class)
5) Sentence Types (handouts in class)
6) Parts of Speech (September 1)
7) Social Media:
Survey (ask a classmate)
Key terms questions (ask a classmate)
Prediction Questions (September 9)
Making Predictions (Under files)
Key Vocabulary (September 16, under files)
8) Rhetorical Sentence Types (ask a classmate)

Progress Reports
Current Progress Reports are being sent home today. Parents, if you sign the progress slip and your child returns it to me on TUESDAY 9/8, he or she will receive extra credit on the quiz from 9/4.

Thank you!
Ms. Williams

Grammar Punk
Dear Parents,

I posted the link for the Grammar Punk under the links resources. Please feel free to check it out and look at the videos and resources they provide through their site.
 Figurative Language
Includes PowerPoint lessons with definitions and practice as well as the pages for your INB.
 English 8 welcome letter.pdf
English 8 Welcome Letter

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