Posts Tagged ‘8th Grade’

Some Class Notes on Character

Posted: October 12, 2017 in Home
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This is from 5th period today, but every class can benefit from it:

Analyze: to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of; to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc

Some things to pay attention to when Analyzing Character:

Motivation: What force drives a character to act; what MOTIVATES that character? What reasons do characters have to perform actions?

Psychology: How a character’s mind works. Decision making processes, thoughts, unconscious mind, past traumatic experiences, mental state

Relationships: the characters’ interactions with others. How they treat others; how others treat them. Love interests.

Description: author’s details about the character. What does the character look like? How does the character dress? Physical features.   

Behavior: How a character acts and why.

Dialogue/Language: Determine character according to what the character says, how (s)he speaks to others. Consider tone, diction, syntax, style of speaking. Is the language simple or complex?

Unreliable Narrators

  • Compromised credibility (not a credible witness)
  • Intentional or unintentional
  • Wide range of causes: innocence, immaturity; lack of information, insanity, bias or prejudice, or just flat out lying.

Authors often provide clues of a character’s unreliability, but not always


What to expect this week…

Posted: October 9, 2017 in Home
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Hey Everyone,
We have a busy, four-day week beginning tomorrow, so I thought it may help to give you some idea of what you should expect. First of all, each class will receive a new seating assignment.

                                                                         8th grade
Period 1:
I will be collecting the two paragraph response on Montresor from Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado,” and then we will begin working with “The Black Cat.” Our focus will be on comprehending this difficult text, identifying Gothic characteristics, and formulating themes.

Period 5: A comprehension quiz will be given on Poe’s “The Tell-Tale heart,” and we will examine passages that exhibit Gothic characteristics. After that, we will examine symbolism and the characters’ relationships, which will lead to a journal assignment. Be prepared to use vocabulary to start drafting your Gothic fiction stories.

                                                                          7th Grade
Periods 4, 6, and 7: We will examine passages from Chaim Potok’s “Zebra,” in order to identify themes. In addition, we will complete a topic/theme/thesis, and then will begin the groundwork for our first formal essay.  Sentence diagraming is on the horizon.

**All students who have either not taken or completed last week’s vocabulary test will have until next Monday before the opportunity is lost. The grades are up on the portal.

See you tomorrow!



What’s going on…

Posted: September 30, 2017 in Home
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Here is bit about what we covered last week in class:

Period 1: We have been examining the symbolism of the eye in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” as well as the relationship between the narrator and the old man. students completed an “iceberg” character analysis on Friday because we feel we need to more about the narrator to better understand the eye.

7th grade: We read, studied, and analyzed Julia Alvarez’s personal essay, “Names/Nombres.” We have a vocabulary handout for the test that will be given next week, most likely on Wednesday.  We explored names conceptually, and attempted to determine how much they influence identity.  We also analyzed Juliet’s thoughts on names, expressed in Shakespeare’s balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Students are currently writing letters to Julia using Juliet’s ideas to offer advice on the author’s struggle with names.

Period 5: We read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and began to analyze the metaphorical/symbolic significance of the veil, after ensuring comprehension, of course. Students have begun a close reading analysis of specific passages in groups–it will be finished on Monday.

8th Grade: Hawthorne Info…

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Home

This is an excellent interview with Brenda Wineapple, author of Hawthorne: A Life:


8th Grade Drafts

Posted: March 13, 2016 in Home

Attention 8th graders: please be sure that you bring your research paper drafts to class everyday this week–starting tomorrow.
**Please note: completed graphic organizers do not count as a finished draft. If you bring in only organizers, you will lose the 10 points.

I would also appreciate it if you could contact others in your class who may never look at this blog to keep them informed. I suppose I should point out that you are REQUIRED to check this blog each day


8th Grade MLA Citations

Posted: March 6, 2016 in Home

While reviewing your digital note cards, I noticed that many of you are not including vital information about your sources, such as authors, publications dates,  and even titles. It is important to remember that no credit will be given if the cards are incorrect or lack necessary information.
Please consult this short handout to assist you with MLA citation style, and please understand that your note cards list the citations as they will appear on your works cited page.  MLA Citation

Just Curious 8th grade…

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Home

I’m just curious 8th grade: how many of you see the homework posted for tonight?