In order to help your child be successful, students may login to clever at home: https://clever.com/in/jppss (your child’s login and password is his/her lunch number). From there he/she can go to iReady and work on customized Reading lessons. He/she may also go to typing.com to increase typing speed (LEAP testing is timed, so it is important that students are able to type quickly!)
Extra Credit (will no longer be accepted after 4/27):
Common Lit Student Login: 3rd/5th Period https://www.commonlit.org/student/K8LJ4
4th/8th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/student/574W9
LEAP Testing: 8th grade 4/26-5/3, 9th grade ?
Study EVERY NIGHT until testing: LEAP 2018 Parent Night Handout and LEAP Prep Flash Cards
The next piece of literature we will be reading is The Odyssey by Homer. This piece is in the Collections 9 textbook. All students have their own username and password to be able to log in to the book at home: my.hrw.com
1st Nine Weeks: Students will need to purchase or check out from the library a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. If possible, please get the copy pictured above (60th Anniversary Edition) because it contains additional texts in the back. (It is not a problem if you cannot get that edition. It is just preferred.) Students need to have his or her own copy of Fahrenheit 451 in class by Friday, September 8, 2017.
2nd Nine Weeks: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
3rd Nine Weeks: The Odyssey by Homer
4th Nine Weeks: Antigone by Sophocles and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Students will need to purchase a copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)
Scholastic Reading Club class online ordering code is MP69K. You can click the link to take you to the webpage.
On sale in October!
Students need to have his or her own copy of Fahrenheit 451 in class by Friday, September 8, 2017.
During the Fahrenheit 451 Banned Books Unit, students will also form literature circles (2-4 students) in which they will choose a novel from a list to read. Students must choose a book he or she has not already read. It will need to be purchased or checked out of the school/public library (Please do not purchase it until you are assigned a book, depending on popularity of each title, you may end up with your second choice). Please read, fill out, and have a parent/guardian sign the attached letter: banned book permission slip. This book will be read in part at home and in part in class.
“Learning to Read and Write”: 9/8
“Superman and Me”: 9/11
Fahrenheit 451 Anticipation Questions and starting Part One “The Hearth and the Salamander”: 9/12
“Hearth and the Salamander” Questions 1-8, Read Pages 1-15: 9/13
“Hearth and the Salamander” Questions 9-19, Read pages 16-21: 9/14
“Hearth and the Salamander” Questions 20-23, Read pages 22-37: 9/15
“Hearth and the Salamander” Questions 24-30, Read pages 38-50: 9/18
“Hearth and the Salamander” Questions 31-41, Read pages 51-65: 9/19
Part One Questions 1-41 are due at the beginning of class Friday, 9/22
Part One Figurative Language Questions (including Character Charts) are due Tuesday, 9/26
Part One Test and Part One Vocabulary Test will be Thursday, 9/28
Part Two “The Sieve and the Sand” Questions 1-3, Read pages 67-71 and “The Great Imagination Heist”: 10/2
Dystopian and Censorship Packet is due at the end of class: 10/3
“The Sieve and the Sand” Questions 4-5, Read pages 71-76: 10/5
“The Sieve and the Sand” Questions 6-12, Read pages 77-89: 10/6
Extra Credit: Purple Elements of Literature textbook pages 436-454
Week 10/9-10/13 “The Veldt” and “There Will Come Soft Rains” Ray Bradbury short stories packet
10/16-10/17 State Interim Online Test
10/18 “The Sieve and the Sand” Questions 13-20, Read pages 89-106 due Friday 10/20, “The Veldt” and “There Will Come Soft Rains” Packet is also due 10/20
10/20: “Dover Beach” Questions 1-13 due Monday, 10/23
10/23: “You Have Insulted Me: A Letter”
Thursday, 10/26 Part II Test and Part II Vocabulary Test and Part II Figurative Language due
Friday, 10/27: “Reading Lolita in Tehran” and an excerpt from Persepolis 2.
10/30: “Burning Bright” Read pages 107-119, Questions 1-7
10/31: Halloween Narrative Writing: Short Stories and Poems
11/1: No School
11/2: “Burning Bright” Read pages 119-130, Questions 8-12
11/3: “Burning Bright” Read pages 130-147
11/6: “Burning Bright” Read pages 147-158
11/14: Part III Test, Part III Vocabulary Test, Part III Figurative Language
Every Monday we will have a vocabulary test on 10 words from your ELA glossary. If you make front and back flashcards you will receive +10 points on the test. I will go in alphabetical order 10 at a time. Once we get through the entire glossary, there will be a major test on the entire glossary.
Homework: Due Monday, 8/21: Watch a movie and map the plot. You will be required to provide: title of the movie, set-up, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, protagonist, antagonist, flat character, round character, static character, and dynamic character.
Please come and learn about your child’s class. Open House at RMS will be Tuesday, August 29 at 6:00 PM.
Summer Reading: Summer Reading 2017-2018
Summer Reading Test and Project due date will be Tuesday, September 5.
- ELA Binder (1″ any design/color to be used for ELA only)
- Lots of loose leaf paper (several packs to get you through the whole school year I prefer college ruled lines)
- Yellow Highlighter
- Black Pen
- Blue Pen
- Red Pen
- Green Pen (not a light green please, it is difficult to read)
- Colored pens and yellow highlighter are for the color coded step up to writing program
I highly recommend purchasing a 4 color bic pen. That way you have all of the colors in one writing pen + one yellow highlighter!
Appreciated Classroom Donations: Kleenex, White Copy Paper, Colored Copy Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Post It Notes
8th Honors students will take English I for 9th Grade Honors credit. Because of this, it is extremely important to maintain a high average. This course will affect your high school GPA which will then affect college scholarships. Students will not take LEAP. Instead, he or she will take the EOC (End of Course) test. Students must pass this test in order to receive credit for the course.
Honors students MUST maintain a C average throughout the school year to remain in the Honor Program. If your child is ever absent please visit this page for all missing assignments and classwork. Any time a homework assignment is turned in late, every day I will subtract 10 points from the grade. After 3 days, I will not accept any late assignments and the student will receive a 0%. Major projects will not be accepted late.