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English – Week of 4/24

1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Periods: 

TKAM – Students should be reading Chapters 21 – 26 this week. We will have our Mini-Test over Chapters 10-20. Students should be working on their character charts as they read.

Project – Students should have completed their interviews and will be submitting their interview notes. Students will have class time to work on their projects as they finish the assigned reading for the day.

Vocabulary.com –  The TKAM POMS Ch. 21-31 2017 (the final list) has been assigned and is due Monday, May 1.

2nd Period: 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: The Ch. 1-5 Quiz was postponed from Friday and will now be on Tuesday. We plan to read Chapters 6-9 this week, completing the vocabulary and questions in the packet as we read.

Project – Students should have completed their interviews and will be submitting their interview notes. Students will have class time to work on their projects on Thursday and Friday if their interviews are done.

To Kill a Mockingbird Resources

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US History – Unit 9 Vocab

Below are the links to the Unit 9 vocabulary and the same vocabulary broken into sets. Each day next week, the students will quiz over a given set at the beginning of class.

FULL list of Unit 9 terms

9A Notes Vocab {Only}    :

I will quiz over these terms on Monday/Tuesday (April 24th/25th)

9B Notes Vocab {Only}  :

I will quiz over these terms on Wednesday/Thursday (April 26th/27th)

9C Notes Vocab {Only}  :

I will quiz over these terms on Friday (April 28th)

 

These are the last terms for the entire 8th grade year! Let’s work hard and finish on a good note 🙂

English – Week of April 17

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Purchase a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird

If PreAP students (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Periods) would like to purchase a personal copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, they are available for sale at Pin Oak on a first come, first serve basis.

Many students have realized that they would benefit from having their own copy to keep up with the reading and annotate as thy read.

  • Cost: $8.00
  • How to pay: Pay through SchoolPay-To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Print your receipt OR send a picture of the receipt to your child’s phone or tablet.
  • Show your receipt to the front office to pick up your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Be sure to write your name on your book in case you leave it somewhere! There are many copies around 8th grade!

English – Week of April 10

This week, we are exploring spoken and unspoken rules which govern the communities in To Kill a Mockingbird and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will be completing a dialectical journal assingment in which they look at these societal expectations.

Students are also beginning to prepare for their final English project, the “Family Matters” assignment.

“Family Matters” Assignment

Griot, cuentacuentos, maggid, seanchaÍ, bard, nagal. West Africa, Latin America, Judaism, Ireland, England, Iran. Every culture has its own history of storytellers, and the “family historian” is the most important. In some families this person is a grandparent, a parent, and in other times and aunt or uncle. Now, you are to become that person.

Purpose:

In reading To Kill a Mockingbird or Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry you are being presented with the many injustices which were present in the United States in the 1930s. Both of these books focus on the interactions and struggles for justice and equality between Caucasian and African-American communities. While you may not have any relatives who lived in the 1930s, someone in your life has experienced a different time. It is important to know the past so that we understand the present and can make the future better.

Task:

Choose an older family member, friend, or community member to interview about their life and experiences. Based on your reading of either To Kill a Mockingbird or Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, find out about that person’s experience with culture, race relations, gender roles, education, friendships, etc.

Choose a multi-media or artistic format for telling the story of your chosen subject.

Important Due Dates:

  • Submit Project Plan for Approval­­– Green Day – April 13, Blue Day – April 17
  • Project Interview Notes Due– 4/24-25/2017
  • Submit Final Project– 5/12/2017
  • Present Final Project to Class– During Long Finals Period Week of 5/15-19/2017

Family Matters Project

This Week 4/10-13/2017

1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Periods – To Kill a Mockingbird

2nd Period – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

US History – Unit 8 Agenda

Unit 8 – “Causes of the Civil War”  will be from Monday, April 10th through Friday, April 24th. Below are the various agendas for each day.

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