Archive for February, 2016

8th Grade: Research Info

Posted: February 28, 2016 in Home

Please consult this site about your research paper: Conducting Research

I hope that you have been searching for and reviewing your sources–you should have been reading multiple items over the weekend.

Digital Note Cards

Posted: February 26, 2016 in Home

Here are your digital note cards: 8th grade research digital notecard

8th Grade: please read the following article, as it will be the doorway to your research project.


8th Grade: MLA Guidelines

Posted: February 10, 2016 in Home

8th Grade: please open the link for information an MLA formatting for your essays.

MLA Purdue OWL

8th Grade: To Help with Your Essay

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Home

How to Write a Body Paragraph in a Five-Paragraph Essay

1). Make a claim. The claim derives from your thesis statement, and it will serve as the main idea of your paragraph. Note: each of your paragraphs should have only one main idea. That’s why it’s called a main idea!

2). Expand upon that claim. Say more about your claim. At this point, you can stress its importance in the text. Try to establish its relevance to your argument.

3). Provide textual evidence to support your claim. Remember our fictional court case: without evidence, it’s “case dismissed!” We don’t have a case without evidence, and an argument without facts is merely an opinion. Introduce the quote and work it into your own words. Don’t just stick it in your paragraph by itself!

4). Analyze that evidence in light of your claim in order to expand upon it. Focus on specific words the author uses to say more about your argument. Explore connotation and denotation, as well as figurative language. Explain how the passage reveals the same concern in other parts of the text.

5). Conclude the paragraph by showing readers that they now know more about your claim than they did at the beginning of the paragraph. Therefore, you must not simply repeat your topic sentence.

A Paragraph’s Format:


Expand the claim

Provide textual evidence

Analyze textual evidence


Thesis Statements

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Home

8th Grade–this is a document with which you should become very familiar…

Endeavor English: Grades 7 and 8

Here is the link many of you requested: Thesis Statement Basics

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8th Graders: Please print out the following essay organizers and bring them to class
with you. I will hand out the writing prompts in class tomorrow, and we will begin writing on Tuesday.
You must use these organizers to plan your essay because you already know we must never dive right in!

Here are the three organizers: frolio writing Introductory Paragraph Organizerfrolio writing Paragraph Organizer body 1frolio writing conclusion organizer