Jennifer Simmons

 Grade 8 English with Miss Simmons

Homework:
A Block
Wednesday, November 20
Learn the vocabulary words for Monday's quiz.

Tuesday, November 19 -- no class today

Monday, November 18
1) Finish reading Stave One.  (It's possible that there will be a "surprise" reading quiz on material from page 17 to the end of the Stave.)

2) Vocabulary quiz next Monday.  It'll be matching.  Begin learning the words.

Friday, November 15
1) Read from page 8 through the first new paragraph on page 13.  

2) Answer questions #17 - #23 on the study guide.  Don't worry about wrong answers, just put in the best answer you can even if it's a guess.  We'll go over all of it on Monday.

Thursday, November 14
Bring in a quart-size zip lock bag for A Christmas Carol if you haven't already.

Read for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 13
1) Bring in a ziplock bag for A Christmas Carol.  I'll pass them out tomorrow.

2) Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, November 12 -- no class today

Monday, 11/11 -- no school today

Friday, November 8
1) Read for 20 minutes daily.

2) If you did not "turn in" Charlie's Speech, finish it over the weekend and turn it in (through Google Classroom) before Tuesday.

Thursday, November 7
1) Have quizzes signed that lower than a C-.

2) Finish drafting Charlie's Speech.

Wednesday, November 6

Fix vocabulary sentences if necessary.

Tuesday, November 5 -- no class today

Monday, November 4
Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, November 1

Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, October 31
1) Read for 20 minutes.

2) If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Wednesday, October 30

Finish labeling or label the Mentor Sentences on the paper I passed out today.

Tuesday, October 29 -- no class today

Monday, October 28
1) Quiz Wednesday on "Flowers for Algernon."  (story, point of view, theme, 6 concept vocabulary words, the prefix sub-, and indirect and direct objects)

2) Finish Analyze the Text on page 380 if you didn't finish in class.


Friday, October 25

Read for 20 minutes daily.

"Flowers for Algernon" quiz will be on Wednesday. 

Thursday, October 24

1) Use each concept vocabulary word -- I gave you words and definitions -- in an original, meaningful sentence.

2) Likely Flowers quiz Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Wednesday, October 23
Finish the Comprehension Check on page 379 if you didn't finish in class.

Likely quiz on this story next Wednesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, October 22 -- no class today

Monday, October 21
1) Finish reading and annotating the story.

2) Vocabulary quiz on Wednesday (matching).

Friday, October 18

Your vocabulary quiz is next Wednesday.  The words and definitions are in your binder.  Learn these words.  This is a good opportunity to get a good grade.

Thursday, October 17
1) In "Flowers for Algernon" read from page 355 Progress Report 6 -- March 15 through page 360 Progress Report for April 15.  (Make sure you read the April 15 entry also.)

2) You have a vocab. quiz next Wednesday on the words in your binder.  It will be a matching quiz.


Wednesday, October 16
Vocab.quiz next Wednesday on the words I passed out today.

Tuesday, October 15 -- no class today

Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10

Please read for 20 minutes daily.

Tuesday, October 8 -- no class today

Monday, October 7
1) Finish labeling the Chandler sentences if you haven't already.

2) Copy out your favorite line if you didn't do it in class today.  Use the guidelines I gave you at the bottom of the paper.  It tells you exactly what I'm looking for.


Friday, October 4
1) Your first Mug Shot quiz will be Monday.  It will be open book, and you can use your editing paper.

2) Read for thirty minutes daily for the rest of your lives.  You can begin with this weekend.

Wednesday, October 2
1) Label the remaining sentences on the front side of the Raymond Chandler paper.  Underline prepositional phrases.  Label all subjects and verbs.  Then label anything else you can, such as adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.

2) Your first Mug Shot quiz will be Friday.  It will be open book, and you'll be able to use your editing marks paper.

Tuesday, October 1 -- no class today


B Block
Wednesday, November 20 -- no class today

Tuesday, November 19
1) Finish reading Stave One and the study guide.  (Always expect a surprise reading quiz.)

2) Vocabulary quiz on Stave One words on Monday.

Monday, November 18
1) Read the rest of page 13 through the top half of page 17.

2) Vocabulary quiz next Monday.  Begin learning the words.

Friday, November 15
1) Bring in a zip lock bag (quart size or larger).

2) Begin learning the long vocabulary list I passed out.

Thursday, November 14
1) Read for 20 minutes.

2) Bring in a quart-size zip lock bag.

Wednesday, November 13 -- no class today

Tuesday, November 12

Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, 11/11 -- no school

Friday, November 8
1) "Turn in" Charlie's Speech before Tuesday if you did not do so today in class.

2) Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, November 7
1) Have quizzes with grades lower than a C- signed and return them to me tomorrow.

2) Read for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 6 -- no class today

Tuesday, November 5 -- no school today

Monday, November 4
1) Read 20 minutes.

2) Fix inc. vocabulary sentences if necessary.

Friday, November 1
Read for 20 minutes daily.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Thursday, October 31
Read for 20 minutes.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Wednesday, October 30 -- no class today

Tuesday, October 29
1) Finish Analyze the Text on page 380 if you didn't already.

2) "Flowers for Algernon" quiz is Thursday.  It's 20 multiple choice questions on the story, theme, point of view, six vocabulary words, the Latin prefix sub--, direct and indirect objects.


Monday, October 28
1) Complete the IO/DO paper I passed out in class.

2) Thursday quiz on "Flowers for Algernon."  (story, theme, point of view, Latin prefix sub -- , indirect and direct object, and 6 concept vocabulary words)


Friday, October 25

Read for 20 minutes daily.

"Flowers for Algernon" quiz will be Thursday.

Thursday, October 24
1) Use each concept vocabulary word -- I gave you words and definitions -- in an original, meaningful sentence.

2) Likely Flowers quiz Wednesday or Thursday of next week.


Wednesday, October 23 -- no class today

Tuesday, October 22
1) Finish reading and annotating the story.

2) Vocabulary quiz on Thursday (matching).


Monday, October 21
Read the April entries in Flowers for Algernon.  
Vocab. Quiz Thursday.

Friday, October 18
Your vocabulary quiz is next Thursday.  The words and definitions are in your binder.  Learn these words.  This is a good opportunity to get a good grade.


Thursday, October 17
1) Finish summarizing "The Human Brain" if you didn't finish in class.

2) There will be a vocabulary quiz next Thursday on the words I passed out today.  Begin learning them.

Wednesday, October 16 -- no class today

Tuesday, October 15

Finish reading "Bad Characters" and answer the Seeking Meaning questions.

Thursday, October 10

Please read for 20 minutes daily.

Wednesday, October 9 -- no class today

Tuesday, October 8
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, October 7
 Copy out a favorite line.  Follow the guidelines at the bottom of the paper I gave you.  It tells you exactly what I'm looking for.

Friday, October 4
Please read for thirty minutes daily for the rest of your lives.  You can begin with this weekend.

Thursday, October 3
Your first Mug Shot quiz is tomorrow.  You'll be able to use the book and your editing paper.

Wednesday, October 2 -- no class today

Tuesday, October 1

1) Label the remaining 3 sentences on the front side of the Raymond Chandler sentences (1st, 2nd, and 5th sentences).

2) Open book/editing paper Mug Shot quiz Friday.



C Block
Wednesday, November 20
Learn the 35 Stave One vocabulary words.  Here's a strategy:  Look up each word in the text, read it in context, and then look at the definition.  Does it all make sense?  If it doesn't, note which word(s) so you can ask me about them tomorrow.

Vocabulary quiz is Monday.  It'll be matching.


Tuesday, November 19
1) Finish Stave One and the study guide.  Do not worry about wrong answers.  Put the best answer you can come up with even if you think it's wrong.  We'll go over everything.

2) It's always possible that you'll have a "surprise" reading quiz.

3) Also, vocabulary quiz next Monday.  Learn those words.

Monday, November 18
1) Read the rest of page 13 through the top half of page 17.

2) Vocabulary quiz next Monday.  Begin learning the words.


Friday, November 15 -- no class today

Thursday, November 14

Wednesday, November 13
1) Bring in a ziplock bag for A Christmas Carol.

2) Read pages 7, 8, 9, 10.


Tuesday, November 12

Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, 11/11 --- no school

Friday, November 8 -- no class today


Thursday, November 7
1) Return any quizzes with scores lower than a C- signed.  These are due Tuesday.

2) Make sure your Charlie Speech is turned in.

3) Read for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 6

Finish your Charlie's Speech and "turn in" through Google Classroom.

Read for 20 minutes.


Tuesday, November 5 -- no school today

Monday, November 4

Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, November 1
Read for 20 minutes daily.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Thursday, October 31
Read for 20 minutes.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Wednesday, October 30
Read for 20 minutes.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Tuesday, October 29
Finish labeling the Mentor sentences I handed out in class.

Monday, October 28

Quiz tomorrow on "Flowers for Algernon."  Story, point of view, theme, concept vocabulary words (6), the prefix sub-, and direct and indirect objects.  The quiz is only 20 multiple choice questions.

Friday, October 25 -- no class today

Thursday, October 24
1) Do the Direct and Indirect Object paper I gave you today.  Do both sides of the paper!

2) Likely Flowers quiz next Tuesday or Wednesday.


Wednesday, October 23
Use each concept vocabulary word in an original and meaningful sentence.  This means that your definition makes it clear that you understand the definition of the vocabulary word and how to use it correctly in a sentence.  You may use any form of the words.  Please space out the sentences and write neatly.

It is likely that you'll have a quiz on Flowers for Algernon this coming Tuesday.  It will be a 20-question, multiple choice quiz.


Tuesday, October 22
1) Finish reading and annotating Flowers for Algernon.


Monday, October 21

Prepare for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz.


Friday, October 18 -- no class today

Thursday, October 17
1) Read and annotate pages 364 (April 27) through page 371 (May 31) in "Flowers for Algernon."

2) You have a matching vocabulary quiz on the words in your binder on Tuesday.


Wednesday, October 16
1) Vocab. quiz next Tuesday on the words I passed out yesterday.

2) Continue reading "Flowers for Algernon" from the March 25th entry on page 356 to the April 25th entry on page 264.  Annotate the text as you read.  You do not have to do the Close Reads.


Tuesday, October 15

You'll have a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday on the words I passed out to you today.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10

Please read for 20 minutes daily.

Tuesday, October 8
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, October 7
1) Finish labeling the Chandler sentences if you haven't already.

2) Copy out your favorite line if you didn't do it in class today.  Use the guidelines I gave you at the bottom of the paper.  It tells you exactly what I'm looking for.

Friday, October 4 -- no class today

Thursday, October 3
1) Your first Mug Shot quiz will be Monday.  It will be open book, and you can use your editing paper.

2) Read for thirty minutes daily for the rest of your lives.  You can begin with this weekend.

Wednesday, October 2
1) Your first Mug Shot quiz is Thursday and/or Monday depending on the STAR Reading Assessment.  The quiz will be open book, and you'll be allowed to use your editing paper.

2) Back side of the paper of the Raymond Chandler sentences... Label the 3rd, 5th, and 6th sentences.  Underline all prepositional phrases.  Label every subject and verb.  Then label anything else you can, such as adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.

Tuesday, October 1

1) Label the remaining 3 sentences on the front side of the Raymond Chandler sentences (1st, 2nd, and 5th sentences).

2) Open book/editing paper Mug Shot quiz Thursday and/or Monday.

Monday, September 30
1) First Mug Shots quiz on Thursday.  You'll be able to use your editing paper and the Write Source textbook you've been using in class.

2) Label 5 sentences written by Raymond Chandler.  We identified the five in class.  [3rd sentence, 4th sentence, last sentence on the front of the paper, and the first 2 sentences on the back side of the paper.]



G Block
Wednesday, November 19
1) Finish reading Stave One.
2) Finish answering all questions on the study guide.
3) Vocab.quiz on Stave One words is Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 19
1) Read through the top half of page 17 and answer up to and including #28 on the study guide.

2) Vocab.quiz on the Stave One words next Tuesday.

Monday, November 18
1) Vocabulary quiz next Tuesday.  Begin learning the words; there are a lot of them.

2) Read pages 

Friday, November 15

Read 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, November 14 -- no class today

Wednesday, November 13

Finish Charlie's Speech.  Make sure you "turn it in".

Tuesday, November 12

Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, 11/11 -- no school today

Friday, November 8
1) If you didn't "turn in" Charlie's Speech, please do so before Tuesday.

2) Read 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, November 7 -- no class today

Wednesday, November 6

Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, November 5 -- no school today

Monday, November 4
Read for 20 minutes.

Friday, November 1
Read for 20 minutes daily.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Thursday, October 31
Read for 20 minutes.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Wednesday, October 30

Label the Mentor Sentences that I passed out today.

Tuesday, October 29
Wednesday quiz on "Flowers for Algernon."  (story, point of view, theme, Latin prefix sub--, 6 concept vocabulary words, and indirect and direct objects.)


Monday, October 28
1) Wednesday quiz on "Flowers for Algernon."  (story, point of view, theme, Latin prefix sub--, 6 concept vocabulary words, and indirect and direct objects.)

2) Finish the IO/DO paper you started in class.

3) Finish Analyze the Text on page 380 if you didn't finish in class.


Friday, October 25
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Likely Flowers quiz next Wednesday.


Thursday, October 24 -- no class today

Wednesday, October 23
Use each concept vocabulary word in an original and meaningful sentence.  This means that your definition makes it clear that you understand the definition of the vocabulary word and how to use it correctly in a sentence.  You may use any form of the words.  Please space out the sentences and write neatly.

It is likely that you'll have a quiz on Flowers for Algernon this coming Tuesday.  It will be a 20-question, multiple choice quiz.


Tuesday, October 22

Finish reading and annotating Flowers for Algernon.

Monday, October 21
Vocabulary quiz is tomorrow.  Prepare.

Friday, October 18
Your vocabulary quiz is next Tuesday.  The words and definitions are in your binder.  Learn these words.  This is a good opportunity to get a good grade.


Thursday, October 17 -- no class today

Wednesday, October 16

Vocab. quiz next Tuesday on the words I passed out yesterday.

Tuesday, October 15
You'll have a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday on the words I passed out to you today.

Thursday, October 10 -- no class today

Wednesday October 9 
Please read for 20 minutes daily.

Tuesday, October 8
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, October 7
Copy out a favorite line.  Follow the guidelines on the bottom of the paper I gave you.  It tells you exactly what I'm looking for.

Friday, October 4
1) Your first Mug Shot quiz will be Monday.  It will be open book, and you can use your editing paper.

2) Read for thirty minutes daily for the rest of your lives.  You can begin with this weekend.

Thursday, October 3 -- no class today

Wednesday, October 2
1) Your first Mug Shot quiz is Friday and/or Monday depending on the STAR Reading Assessment.  The quiz will be open book, and you'll be allowed to use your editing paper.

2) Back side of the paper of the Raymond Chandler sentences... Label the 3rd, 5th, and 6th sentences.  Underline all prepositional phrases.  Label every subject and verb.  Then label anything else you can, such as adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.



Tuesday, October 1
1) Label the remaining 3 sentences on the front side of the Raymond Chandler sentences (1st, 2nd, and 5th sentences).

2) Open book/editing paper Mug Shot quiz Friday and/or Monday.



H Block
Wednesday, 11/20 -- no class today -- assembly

Tuesday, November 18
1) Finish Stave One and the study guide. (Always expect a surprise reading quiz.)

2) Vocab.quiz on Stave One words next Tuesday.

Monday, November 18 -- no class today

Friday, November 15
1) Read from the bottom of page 10 through the top half of page 17. 

2) Answer questions #23 - 28.  Remember, I'm not afraid of wrong answers.  Give each question your best thinking and write in the best answer you can come up with even if you're convinced your answer is incorrect.  That's o.k.  Write in pencil, and you can change answers when we go over them.

Thursday, November 14

Wednesday, November 13

1) Bring in a zip lock bag for A Christmas Carol.  

2) Finish Charlie's speech and turn it in.

Tuesday, November 12
Read for 20 minutes.

Monday, 11/11 -- no school today

Friday, November 8
If you haven't "turned in" your Charlie's Speech through Google Classroom, do that this weekend and "turn in" before Tuesday.

Read for 20 minutes daily.

Thursday, November 7

Ask your parents to sign any quizzes with grades lower than a C-.  


Wednesday, November 6

Read for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, November 5 -- no school today

Monday, November 4
-- no class today

Friday, November 1
Read for 20 minutes daily.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Thursday, October 31
Read for 20 minutes.

If you still can't recognize prepositions, study the list in your binder.

Wednesday, October 30

Read for 20 minutes daily.

Tuesday, October 29
Wednesday quiz on "Flowers for Algernon."  (story, point of view, theme, Latin prefix sub--, 6 concept vocabulary words, and indirect and direct objects.)Monday, October 28 -- no class today

Friday, October 25
Read for 20 minutes daily.

Likely Flowers quiz on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 24
Do the Direct and Indirect Object paper I passed out today.  Do both sides of the paper!

Likely Flowers quiz on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 23

Use each concept vocabulary word in an original, meaningful sentence.  I gave you the words and definitions.

Tuesday, October 22
Finish reading and annotating Flowers for Algernon.

Monday, October 21 -- no class today

Friday, October 18

Your vocabulary quiz is Tuesday.  You have the words and definitions in your binder.  It's a matching quiz, so if you prepare sufficiently, you'll do fine.  Learn the words.

Thursday, October 17
1) Read pages 357 - 367 in "Flowers for Algernon."  You are reading and ANNOTATING all of the April Progress Reports.

2) Remember, you have a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 16
Next Tuesday you'll have a matching quiz on the vocabulary words I passed out yesterday.  Prepare for this quiz.

Tuesday, October 15
You'll have a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday on the words I passed out to you today.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 9 and 10

Please read for 20 minutes daily.

Tuesday, October 8
Bring in a favorite line.  Use the guidelines on the bottom of the paper I gave you.

Monday, October 7 -- no class today

Friday, October 4
1) First Mug Shot quiz will be Tuesday.  It will be open book and you can use your editing paper.

2) Read for thirty minutes daily for the rest of your lives.  You can start with this weekend.


Wednesday, October 2
1) Front side of the paper of Raymond Chandler sentences ... Label the 1st, 2nd, and 5th sentences.  Underline all prepositional phrases.  Label all subject and verbs.  Then label anything else you can, such as adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions.

2) Your first Mug Shot quiz is Friday.  It will be open book, and you'll be able to use your editing paper.

Tuesday, October 1
1) Label the 5 Raymond Chandler sentences we marked.  Underline prepositional phrases.  Label subjects, verbs, objects, and anything else you can.  You're working in pencil so don't worry about mistakes.

2) Open book and editing paper Mug Shot quiz on Friday. 



After-School Extra Help
October
Tuesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 3
Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10
Tuesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 17
Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24
Tuesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30

November
Tuesday, November 5
Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21

December

Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5
Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12



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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