Jennifer Simmons

 Grade 8 English with Miss Simmons
Homework:

A Block
Friday, February 28
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, February 27
Read for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, February 26
Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, February 25 -- no class today

Monday, February 24
Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, February 14
Read for 20 minutes daily for the rest of your lives.

Thursday, February 13

No homework.

Wednesday, February 12
Paper 111 on Adverb Clauses.  Part A -- do odd numbers.  Do all of Part B.

Tuesday, February 11 -- no class today

Monday, February 10

**Memorize the relative pronouns:  that, which, who, whom, whose
**Know the difference between a phrase and a clause:
     Phrase - a group of related words with NO subject and verb
     Clause - a group of related words that contains a subject and verb

Friday, January 31


Thursday, January 30
1) You are going to write three sentences using the same phrase.  One phrase will be a verb phrase; one will be a participial phrase; one will be a gerund phrase.

Here's an example:  "sitting by the window"
Bob was sitting by the window.  (sitting is part of the verb phrase "is sitting")
(Sitting by the window), Bob did his h.w. (sitting by the window is a part.phr.)
Sitting by the window is fun. (sitting by the window is a subject noun)
or 
My favorite pastime is (sitting by the window).  The phrase is a subj.complement.
or
I love (sitting by the window).  The phrase is the direct object.

Now for your sentences, don't use the word "sitting."  Think of something else.

2. If you scored lower than a C- on the linking and helping verb quiz, you need to ask your parent to sign the quiz and then return it to me tomorrow.

3. Quiz on subordinate conjunctions on Monday. You'll have to identify them in a list of many other words.

4) Likely quiz on phrases (prep., infin., part., ger., app.) on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of each phrase.

Wednesday, January 29
Find a sentence containing an infinitive and/or a participial phrase and/or a gerund phrase.  Use the form I gave you.

Quiz identifying subordinate conjunctions will be on Monday.

Tuesday, January 28 -- no class today

Monday, January 27
Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Monday.

Wednesday, January 22
Label the "Awakening from a prodigiously tough snore ..." sentence.

2. Labeling quiz on Friday:  subject/noun or subj/pron, verb and verb phrase, direct object/noun or DO/pron, prep.phrase, infinitive phrase, participial phrase.

Tuesday, January 21 -- no class today

Monday, January 20 -- no school today

Friday, January 17
Labeling quiz sometime next week, maybe Thursday or Friday. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

If you still don't recognize prepositions, memorize the list.

Thursday, January 16
Label two sentences.  The first begins "Scrooge looked at the Ghost..."

Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

Wednesday, January 15
Label the sentences from October 2019 Favorite Lines from A and B Blocks ("Small puddles of water ...")

Tuesday, January 14 -- no class today

Monday, January 13
Label the sentences from the paper entitled Favorite lines H Block October 2019.
There are two sentences to label.  The third sentence will be used for quotation marks.

Wednesday, January 8
1) Finish any basic writing revisions from the Stave quizzes (2, 3, 4&5).  Make sure you "turn in" the assignment on Google Classroom and then give me the original quiz.

2) Quiz Friday on linking verbs and helping verbs

Tuesday, January 7 -- no class today

Monday, January 6
1) Quiz on linking and helping verbs on Thursday or Friday.

2) In the packet, do 53. More Verb Phrases.

Friday, January 3

Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, January 2
1) If any vocabulary quizzes were below a C-, have the paper signed by a parent and return it to me tomorrow.

2) Read for 20 minutes. 



B Block
Friday, February 28
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, February 27
Read for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, February 26 -- no class today

Tuesday, February 25
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, February 24

Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, February 14

Read for 20 minutes daily for the rest of your lives.

Thursday, February 13
Write two original sentences.  Each one should contain a different clause.  Here are your choices:  adjective clause, adverb clause, noun clause.

Wednesday, February 12 -- no class today

Tuesday, February 11
Write one original sentence that contains an adjective subordinate clause.
(Hint:  The above sentence contains an adjective subordinate clause.)


Monday, February 10
**Memorize the relative pronouns:  that, which, who, whom, whose
**Know the difference between a phrase and a clause:
     Phrase - a group of related words with NO subject and verb
     Clause - a group of related words that contains a subject and verb


Friday, January 31
1. If you scored lower than a C- on the linking and helping verb quiz, you need to ask your parent to sign the quiz and then return it to me tomorrow.

2. Quiz on subordinate conjunctions on Monday. You'll have to identify them in a list of many other words.

3. Likely quiz on phrases (prep., infin., part., ger., app.) on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of each phrase.



Thursday, January 30
1) You are going to write three sentences using the same phrase.  One phrase will be a verb phrase; one will be a participial phrase; one will be a gerund phrase.

Here's an example:  "sitting by the window"
Bob was sitting by the window.  (sitting is part of the verb phrase "is sitting")
(Sitting by the window), Bob did his h.w. (sitting by the window is a part.phr.)
Sitting by the window is fun. (sitting by the window is a subject noun)
or 
My favorite pastime is (sitting by the window).  The phrase is a subj.complement.
or
I love (sitting by the window).  The phrase is the direct object.

Now for your sentences, don't use the word "sitting."  Think of something else.

2) Get your quiz signed if the grade is lower than a C-.

3) Subordinate conjunction quiz on Monday. You will have to identify them in a list of many words.

4) Likely quiz on verbals next Thursday.  You'll be given an italicized phrase in a sentence.  You'll have to identify what kind of phrase it is -- prep., infin., part., ger., or app.


Wednesday, January 29 -- no class today

Tuesday, January 28
Find a sentence containing an infinitive and/or a participial phrase and/or a gerund phrase.  Use the form I gave you.

Quiz identifying subordinate conjunctions will be Monday.

Monday, January 27

Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Monday.

Thursday, January 23 -- no class, Geography Bee

Wednesday, January 22 -- no class today

Tuesday, January 21
1) Label one sentence:  Awakening in the middle of a ..."

2) Labeling quiz next Monday.

Monday, January  20 -- no school

Friday, January 17
Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas?  Practice those by going over the sentences we've labeled and notes in your binder, for example, the lists of helping and linking verbs.


Thursday, January 16
Label the sentences from October 2019 Favorite Lines from A and B Blocks ("Small puddles of water ...")

Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

Wednesday, January 15 -- no class today

Tuesday, January 14

Label the sentences that begin, "At the the spirit ..." There are two sentences to label.

Monday, January 13
Label the sentences from the paper entitled Favorite lines H Block October 2019.  There are two sentences to label.  The third sentence will be used for quotation marks.

Wednesday, January 8 -- no class today

Tuesday, January 7

Quiz on linking and helping verbs either Thursday or Friday. Prepare for that quiz.

Monday, January 6
1) Signed quizzes are due. (Grades lower than C-.)

2) Quiz on linking and helping verbs either Thursday or Friday.

3) In the packet I gave you, do 53. More Verb Phrases.


Friday, January 3

Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, January 2
1) If any vocabulary quizzes were below a C-, have the paper signed by a parent and return it to me tomorrow.

2) Read for 20 minutes. 


C Block
Friday, February 28 -- no class today

Thursday, February 27
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Wednesday, February 26
Finish labeling the Favorite Lines from C and G Blocks.

Tuesday, February 25

Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, February 24

Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, February 14 -- no class today

Thursday, February 13
Read for 20 minutes daily for the rest of your lives.

Wednesday, February 12
Paper 111 on Adverb Clauses.  Part A -- do odd numbers.  Do all of Part B.

Tuesday, February 11
Write one original sentence that contains an adjective subordinate clause.
(Hint:  The above sentence contains an adjective subordinate clause.)


Monday, February 10
**Memorize the relative pronouns:  that, which, who, whom, whose
**Know the difference between a phrase and a clause:
     Phrase - a group of related words with NO subject and verb
     Clause - a group of related words that contains a subject and verb

Friday, January 31 -- no class today

Thursday, January 30
1) Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions.  Your quiz is Monday.  You'll have to identify the conjunctions in a list of many other words.

2) Likely quiz on phrases on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of phrase:  prep., infin., part., ger., or appositive.

3) If the score on your linking and helping verb quiz is lower than a C-, ask a parent to sign it and then return it to me tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 29

1) Quiz on sub.conjunctions will be Monday.

2) You are going to write three sentences using the same phrase.  One phrase will be a verb phrase; one will be a participial phrase; one will be a gerund phrase.

Here's an example:  "sitting by the window"
Bob was sitting by the window.  (sitting is part of the verb phrase "is sitting")
(Sitting by the window), Bob did his h.w. (sitting by the window is a part.phr.)
Sitting by the window is fun. (sitting by the window is a subject noun)
or 
My favorite pastime is (sitting by the window).  The phrase is a subj.complement.
or
I love (sitting by the window).  The phrase is the direct object.

Now for your sentences, don't use the word "sitting."  Think of something else.


Tuesday, January 28
Find a sentence containing an infinitive and/or a participial phrase and/or a gerund phrase.  Use the form I gave you.

Monday, January 27

Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Monday.


Wednesday, January 22
Prepare for tomorrow's labeling quiz:  subject/noun or subj/pron, verb and verb phrase, direct object/noun or DO/pron, prep.phrase, infinitive phrase, participial phrase.

Tuesday, January 21
1) Label one sentence:  "Awakening in the middle of a ..."

2) Labeling quiz on Thursday. 
 

Monday, January 20 -- no school today

Friday, January 17
Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas? Practice them by going over sentences we've labeled in class, and you've labeled for homework. Review notes in your binder, for example, paper on participles, lists of preps, helping, and linking verbs.


Thursday, January 16
Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas?  Practice them by going over the sentences we've labeled in class and those you've labeled for homework.  Also look at notes in your binder, for examples, lists of prepositions, linking verbs, and helping verbs.


Wednesday, January 15
Revise three rambling sentences.

Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.



Tuesday, January 14

Label the sentences that begin, "At the the spirit ..." There are two sentences to label.

Monday, January 13
Label the sentences from the paper entitled Favorite lines H Block October 2019.  There are two sentences to label.  The third sentence will be used for quotation marks.

Wednesday, January 8
1) Finish any basic writing revisions from the Stave quizzes (2, 3, 4&5).  Make sure you "turn in" the assignment on Google Classroom and then give me the original quiz.

2) Quiz tomorrow on linking verbs and helping verbs

Tuesday, January 7

Prepare for the linking and helping verb quiz which will be on Thursday.

Monday, January 6
1) Quiz on linking and helping verbs on Thursday.

2) In the verb packet do 53. More Verb Phrases.

Friday, January 3 -- no class today

Thursday, January 2
1) If any vocabulary quizzes were below a C-, ask your parent to sign the quiz and return it to me Monday.

2) Read 20 minutes daily.



G Block
Friday, February 28
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, February 27 -- no class today

Wednesday, February 26
Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, February 25
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, February 24

Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, February 14
Read 20 minutes daily for the rest of your lives.

Thursday, February 13 -- no class today

Wednesday, February 12
Paper 111 on Adverb Clauses.  Part A -- do odd numbers.  Do all of Part B.

Tuesday, February 11
Write one original sentence that contains an adjective subordinate clause.
(Hint:  The above sentence contains an adjective subordinate clause.)


Monday, February 10
**Memorize the relative pronouns:  that, which, who, whom, whose
**Know the difference between a phrase and a clause:
     Phrase - a group of related words with NO subject and verb
     Clause - a group of related words that contains a subject and verb



Friday, January 31
1) Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions.  Your quiz is Monday.  You'll have to identify the conjunctions in a list of many other words.

2) Likely quiz on phrases on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of phrase:  prep., infin., part., ger., or appositive.

3) If the score on your linking and helping verb quiz is lower than a C-, ask a parent to sign it and then return it to me.


Thursday, January 30 -- no class today

Wednesday, January 29
1) Quiz on sub.conjunctions will be Monday.

2) You are going to write three sentences using the same phrase.  One phrase will be a verb phrase; one will be a participial phrase; one will be a gerund phrase.

Here's an example:  "sitting by the window"
Bob was sitting by the window.  (sitting is part of the verb phrase "is sitting")
(Sitting by the window), Bob did his h.w. (sitting by the window is a part.phr.)
Sitting by the window is fun. (sitting by the window is a subject noun)
or 
My favorite pastime is (sitting by the window).  The phrase is a subj.complement.
or
I love (sitting by the window).  The phrase is the direct object.

Now for your sentences, don't use the word "sitting."  Think of something else.



Tuesday, January 28
Find a sentence containing an infinitive and/or a participial phrase and/or a gerund phrase.  Use the form I gave you.

Monday, January 27

Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Monday.


Thursday, January 23 -- no class today

Wednesday, January 22
1) Labeling quiz will be Friday:  subject/noun or subj/pron, verb and verb phrase, direct object/noun or DO/pron, prep.phrase, infinitive phrase, participial phrase.

2) Label two sentences, the first like you always do.  On the second sentence concentrate on all the prep.phrases and the FIVE subject and verb relationships.


Tuesday, January 21
1) Label one sentence:  "Awakening in the middle of a ..."

2) Labeling quiz on Friday.

Monday, January 20 -- no school today

Friday, January 17
Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas? Practice them by going over sentences we've labeled in class, and you've labeled for homework. Review notes in your binder, for example, paper on participles, lists of preps, helping, and linking verbs.


Thursday, January 16 -- no class today

Wednesday, January 15

Label the sentences from October 2019 Favorite Lines from A and B Blocks.  The first sentence begins, "Small puddles of water..."

Tuesday, January 14

Label the sentences that begin, "At the the spirit ..." There are two sentences to label.

Monday, January 13
Label the sentences from the paper entitled Favorite lines H Block October 2019.  There are two sentences to label.  The third sentence will be used for quotation marks.

Wednesday, January 8
1) Finish any basic writing revisions from the Stave quizzes (2, 3, 4&5).  Make sure you "turn in" the assignment on Google Classroom and then give me the original quiz.

2) Quiz Friday on linking verbs and helping verbs
Tuesday, January 7

Prepare for Friday's linking and helping verb quiz.

Any quizzes lower than a C-?  Ask your parent to sign them and return them to me tomorrow.

Monday, January 6
1) Get signed Stave 3 quizzes signed if the grade is lower than a C-.

2) Quiz on Friday on linking and helping verbs.

3) In the verb packet I gave you do paper 53. More Verb Phrases.

Friday, January 3

Read 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, January 2 -- no class today

 

H Block
Friday, February 28
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, February 27
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Wednesday, February 26
Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, February 25
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, February 24 -- no class today


Friday, February 14
Read for 20 minutes daily for the rest of your lives.

Thursday, February
Paper 111 on Adverb Clauses.  Part A -- do odd numbers.  Do all of Part B.

Wednesday, February 12

Paper 108 on Adjective Clauses.  Do the circled sentences the way I showed you with sentence #1.

Tuesday, February 11
**Memorize the relative pronouns:  that, which, who, whom, whose
**Know the difference between a phrase and a clause:
     Phrase - a group of related words with NO subject and verb
     Clause - a group of related words that contains a subject and verb

Monday, February 10 -- no class today

Friday, January 31
1. If you scored lower than a C- on the linking and helping verb quiz, you need to ask your parent to sign the quiz and then return it to me tomorrow.

2. Quiz on subordinate conjunctions on Tuesday. You'll have to identify them in a list of many other words.

4) Likely quiz on phrases (prep., infin., part., ger., app.) on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of each phrase.


Thursday, January 30
1) You are going to write three sentences using the same phrase.  One phrase will be a verb phrase; one will be a participial phrase; one will be a gerund phrase.

Here's an example:  "sitting by the window"
Bob was sitting by the window.  (sitting is part of the verb phrase "is sitting")
(Sitting by the window), Bob did his h.w. (sitting by the window is a part.phr.)
Sitting by the window is fun. (sitting by the window is a subject noun)
or 
My favorite pastime is (sitting by the window).  The phrase is a subj.complement.
or
I love (sitting by the window).  The phrase is the direct object.

Now for your sentences, don't use the word "sitting."  Think of something else.

2. If you scored lower than a C- on the linking and helping verb quiz, you need to ask your parent to sign the quiz and then return it to me tomorrow.

3. Quiz on subordinate conjunctions on Monday. You'll have to identify them in a list of many other words.

4) Likely quiz on phrases (prep., infin., part., ger., app.) on Thursday.  You'll have to identify the type of each phrase.


Wednesday, January 29
Find a sentence containing an infinitive and/or a participial phrase and/or a gerund phrase.  Use the form I gave you.

Quiz identifying subordinate conjunctions will be Tuesday.

Monday, January 27

Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Monday.

Tuesday, January 28

Memorize the list of subordinate conjunctions -- likely quiz next Tuesday.

Monday, January 27 -- no class today

Wednesday, January 22
1) Labeling quiz will be Friday:  subject/noun or subj/pron, verb and verb phrase, direct object/noun or DO/pron, prep.phrase, infinitive phrase, participial phrase.

2) Label two sentences, the first like you always do.  On the second sentence concentrate on all the prep.phrases and the FIVE subject and verb relationships.


Tuesday, January 21
1) Label one sentence:  "Awakening in the middle of a ..."

2) Labeling quiz on Friday.

Monday, January 20 -- no class today

Friday, January 17
Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas? Practice them by going over sentences we've labeled in class, and you've labeled for homework. Review notes in your binder, for example, paper on participles, lists of preps, helping, and linking verbs.


Thursday, January 16
Label two sentences. The first begins, "As Scrooge and the Spirit..."

Probable labeling quiz next week some time. Expect to see linking verbs, verb phrases, infinitives, and participial phrases. The best way to prepare is to put your best effort into the sentences we're labeling in class and those you're doing for homework.

What are your weak areas? Practice them by going over sentences we've labeled in class, and you've labeled for homework. Review notes in your binder, for example, paper on participles, lists of preps, helping, and linking verbs.


Wednesday, January 15

Label the two sentences I gave you. The first begins, "At this the spirit ..."

Tuesday, January 14
Label the sentences from the paper entitled Favorite lines H Block October 2019.  There are two sentences to label.  The third sentence will be used for quotation marks.

Monday, January 13 -- no class today

Wednesday, January 8
1) Finish any basic writing revisions from the Stave quizzes (2, 3, 4&5).  Make sure you "turn in" the assignment on Google Classroom and then give me the original quiz.

2) Quiz Friday on linking verbs and helping verbs

Tuesday, January 7
1) In the verb packet I gave you do paper 53. More Verb Phrases.

2) There will be a quiz on linking and helping verbs on Thursday or Friday.

3) Return any quizzes with grades lower than a C-.

Monday, January 6 -- no class today

Friday, January 3
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, January 2
1) If any vocabulary quizzes were below a C-, ask your parent to sign the quiz and return it to me tomorrow.

2) Read for 20 minutes.

After-School Extra Help
January
Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 9
Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, October 10
Tuesday, October 15 and Thursday, January 16
Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 23
Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30

February
Thursday, February 6
Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13
Tuesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 27

March

Tuesday, March 3 
Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12
Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19
Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26
Tuesday, March 31



Contact

Parents,

We need not wait until official conferences to meet.  If you'd like to meet with me at any time during the school year, just call 508-252-5080, leave a message, and I'll return the call) or email me (jsimmons@drregional.org) , and we'll set up a day and time.  I'll make every effort to return phone calls and emails within 24 hours.

 General Rules
 1. Each human being needs to treat every other human being (not just the ones you like) with common courtesy and respect.
2. Each human being needs to remember that he/she is not the center of the universe.  Others' feelings and needs are as important         as your own.
3. Each human being is responsible for his/her words, actions, and in-actions --  no excuses, no scapegoating.  It's up to each
     human being to take care of his/her own business.
 

 

 The Secrets to Success in 8th grade ELA and in Life:

1. good attitude

2. honest effective effort and deliberate practice

3. a growth mindset

4. sense of humor 

  Questions?  Concerns?  Email me at jsimmons@drregional.org.

 

 

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