Eighth Grade ELA - Assignments from Quarter Two, 2013 - 2014 School Year


Due Friday, January 17, 2014 - Reflect on your Personal Reading History Timeline. Your reflection should be two to three paragraphs long (total) with at least three sentences in each paragraph. Your entire reflection, therefore, should be between six and twelve sentences. Please see the copy of the handout (distributed in class today) in order to help you structure your response. Your final response should be typed and should follow all eighth grade formatting guidelines. Please incorporate a personal reading goal in your reflection, as well. Your goal should be specific to you.
Examples of goals include:
"I will finally read Divergent, in 2014."
"I will read thirty five books in 2014."
"I will read an average of one book each week in 2014."
"I will finally make it to chapter two in my second independent reading book."
Reading History Reflection Guidelines -
Paper Formatting Guidelines -

Due Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Complete Personal Reading History timeline (started in class today). Your timeline should contain roughly eight to twelve EVENTS that impacted your life so far as a reader. Ex) Seeing someone you care about reading a book or an article.

Due Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - Add more to the list of books that you have read on the back of your Personal Reading History sheet. Remember to look around at home and/or talk to your parents to make sure that you don't forget any books that you used to read (or that were read to you) as a child. Remember, your list can include: audiobooks, "read along" books (such as LeapFrog books), children's books, elementary school books, assigned reading for class, independent reading, etc.
Personal Reading History Sheet -

Revised Due Date: WAS Friday, January 3, 2014 - NOW DUE Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Finish reading your sic-fi choice book and complete the associated book chart by today.
Book chart template -


Due Thursday, December 19, 2013 -
Persuasive/Argument essay due for Flowers for Algernon. Essay description and supporting documents included below.
Essay Description -
How to write an argument piece
(NOTE: your only "source" is the short story version of Flowers for Algernon. You DO NOT need to do any additional research to find other source material.) -
Grading Rubric (Argument) -
Argument Template -
Argument Evaluation Checklist -

Due Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Continue working on your argument essay due on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

Due Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Continue working on your argument essay due on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

Due Monday, December 16, 2013 -
Completed argument template for Flowers for Algernon.
NOTE: You only need to include three (3) reasons/pieces of evidence, not four. You DO need to include a counterclaim and a rebuttal.
Argument Template -

Due Friday, December 13, 2013 -
Please return your permission slips, we will be watching scenes from the movie "At First Sight" (2005)
Read at least five (5) more pages in your sci-fi choice book and update your book chart with any new information that you encounter.

Book chart -


Due Thursday, December 12, 2013 -
Read at least ten (10) more pages in your sci-fi choice book and update your book chart with any new information that you encounter.

Book chart -

Due Tuesday, December 10, 2013 -
1) Use the sections of Flowers for Algernon that were returned today in class, and/or the electronic versions of the same sections included below (see assignments from pervious days NOTE: electronic versions of each section of the story were also shared with all students on Google Drive), to complete the "Evidence" sections on your "Before, During, and After" worksheet for Flowers for Algernon.
Flowers for Algernon - Before, During, and After sheet -

2) Read at least ten (10) more pages in your sci-fi choice book and update your book chart with any new information that you encounter.

Book chart -

Due Monday, December 9, 2013 - If you have not already selected a science fiction choice book, please do so. Your book should fall under the science fiction genre (see "Is it science fiction?" below for a checklist) and should be appropriate for an eighth grade reader (a novel). Once you have selected your sci-fi choice book, read at least thirty (30) pages and update your book chart with any new information that you encounter in the section you've read.
Is it science fiction? -
Book chart -

Due Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Continue reading the graphic novel version of Frankenstein, OR your science fiction choice book add to your book charts (see link below). You will be completing a separate chart for each book.
- If you are reading Frankenstein, try to finish reading it, and complete the chart that we started in class.
- If you are reading your science fiction choice book, read at least three more chapters and add the information in these chapters to your book chart.
Book Chart (Characters, Setting(s), Events (Timeline), and Key Problems or Conflict) -

Due Monday, December 2, 2013 - Read as much of the graphic novel version of Frankenstein, OR your science fiction choice book, as you can over the holiday break.
What is science fiction? Checklist and description of the sci-fi genre -
Does the book I recently read, or the book that I'm currently reading, qualify as my science fiction choice book? A flow chart to help you answer this question. NOTE: Does NOT apply to books you have not read OR books you are NOT currently reading. -

Due Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Complete the "description" section of the Before, During, and After sheet for Flowers for Algernon. You DO NOT need to complete the "evidence" section, yet.
Flowers for Algernon - Before, During, and After sheet -


Due Monday, November 25, 2013 - Essay on themes in Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Essay Guidelines (hard copy distributed and explained in class on 11/15/13) -
Justified Arguments Rubric (will be used to evaluate final essays)
(hard copy distributed and explained in class on 11/15/13) -
Paper formatting guidelines (hard copy distributed and explained in class on 11/15/13) -
Theme analysis templates (completed in class on 10/30/13) -
Theme extension template (completed for homework due on 10/31/13) -
Sample paragraph (written in the format of the body paragraphs in the theme essay) -


Due Friday, November 22, 2013 - Read and annotate section eight of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section VIII with questions -

Due Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Read and annotate section seven of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section VII with questions -

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Due Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Read and annotate section six of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section VI with questions -

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Due Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - Read and annotate section five of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section V with questions -


Due Monday, November 18, 2013 - Read and annotate section four of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section IV with questions -


Due Friday, November 15, 2013 - Read and annotate section three of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section III with questions -


Due Thursday, November 14, 2013 - Read and annotate section two of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section II with questions -

Due Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - Read and annotate section one of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Answer associated reading questions. NOTE: Electronic versions of this section were shared with all students in eighth grade ELA on the G-Drive.
Flowers for Algernon - section I with questions -

Due Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - There is no eighth-grade ELA homework due on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. However, you may complete any (or all) of the Root Word Worksheets below for extra credit points. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
Root Words: Make A Word -
Root Words: Adding Prefixes -
Root Words: Word Unscramble -

Due Thursday, November 7, 2013 - Complete the Multiple Intelligences Packet distributed in class.

Due Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - If you did not complete the worksheet for Flowers for Algernon (just the side titled "(Too) Hooked on Phonics", NOT the side titled "Vocabulary") during class today, please complete it and bring it with you to class on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Flowers for Algernon: (Too) Hooked on Phonics -

Due Monday, November 4, 2013 - If you did not complete the "Anticipation Guide" for Flowers for Algernon during class today, please complete it over the weekend and bring it with you to class on Monday, November 4, 2013.
Flowers for Algernon: Anticipation Guide -