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For students who are enrolled in Pre-AP English at Fort Collins High School:




THE GOOD EARTH UNIT


Civil Rights Unit



The Battle of Gettysburg - Background Information


The Gettysburg Address - Background Information


The Gettysburg Address - President Abraham Lincoln's Speech


"Dream Deferred" - Langston Hughes' Famous Poem


"Dream Deferred" - Nike's Commercial


Biographical Information for Maya Angelou
http://www.mayaangelou.com/biography/


TIMED ESSAY #3 - ONE DOCUMENT WITH LINKS TO BOTH TEXTS



TIMED ESSAY #2 DOCUMENTS SKIING & SNOWBOARDING






Allegory & Narrative Writing

SHORT STORY PLANNING PAGE FOR MARCH 3RD & 4TH:



Dialogue Practice

Include these ingredients in the final dialogue product:

color-code the dialogue and indent the lines
8 body language references
2 setting references
10 domain words in descriptions after the quote
tone, mood, volume, quality of voice
5 different figurative language examples






The 8th Grade Standards Study Guide
READING FICTION
  • Plot, exposition, character, setting, type of conflict, rising action, complications, climax, solutions, falling action, denouement, theme, resolution, suspense, symbolism, flashback, foreshadowing, narrator, first person, second person, third person, pacing, author's purpose, audience, tone, mood, stereotype, figurative language and rhetorical devices
READING NONFICTION
  • Main idea, supporting details, passage, graphics, titles, captions, fact, opinion, cause and effect, inference, prediction, draw conclusions, evaluate, Venn diagram, sequence/order, select the most important, best title for the passage, author's purpose for a sentence or section of the text, textual evidence, bias, point of view, first person, second person, third person, past or present tense (or future tense), rhetorical devices and figurative language (used less in nonfiction, but still present sometimes)
READING POETRY
  • TPCASTT strategy to locate the theme of a text, T = Title, P = Paraphrase, C = Connocations, A = Attitude, S = Shifts, T = Title Again, T = Theme, stanza, lines, line number, rhyme, rhythm, mood, tone, point of view, speaker (instead of author/narrator), structure, iambic pentamenter (u/u/u/u/u/), figurative language and rhetorical devices, audience
WRITING INFORMATIONAL
  • Essay, paragraph, thesis statement, topic sentence, main points, supporting details, textual evidence, paraphrase, summarize, italics, bold, quotation marks, MLA, in-text citation, GBYRRYRRYRRPPO, domain vocabulary, regular vocabulary, strong sentences with variety, use of advanced sentence patterns, rhetorical devices and figurative language, explanation of quotes (without "this shows" or "this proves"), present tense, third person, use the person's last name in the essay, ethos, logos, pathos
WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE
  • Same as WRITING INFORMATIONAL, plus: claim, counterclaim, concession, rebuttal, refutation, ethos, logos, pathos, bais, audience, tone, credibility, credible sources, academic databases, (no .com websites)
WRITING NARRATIVE
  • Pacing, character development and introduction, setting introduction, mood of setting, tone of setting, plot pacing and introduction, plot development, descriptive details, sensory language, stay consistent in the same person (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) and in the same tense (past or present), figurative language and rhetorical devices, symbolism, all plot elements (see READING FICTION), dialogue, paragraphing (new person, new place, new perspective, new part)
MLA FORMAT & RESOURCES
  • Use MLA format for all papers, OWL at Purdue (stands for Online Writing Lab) can provide format answers for any MLA issue, google Long Island University MLA for a color-coded resource page with models on top and rules on the bottom of the page, Works Cited page, alphabetical order, in-text citation, credible sources, double spaced, size 12 Times New Roman, one inch margins, heading (student name, teacher name, name of class, date, then title centered)
CONVENTIONS
  • Reduce or eliminate state of being verbs (is, be, am, are, was, were, been, has, have, had, do, does, did, can, could, shall, should, will, would, may, might, must, being), include one semicolon per page (Sentence; however, sentence. OR Sentence; in fact, sentence. OR Sentence; consequently, sentence.), stay in present tense (even for things that happened in the past), stay in third person (he, she, they, citizens, Americans, survivors, followers, leaders)

Can I redo my Night essay? Yes, you can make revisions if you follow these directions EXACTLY.
1. Essay corrections will ONLY be accepted with the original essay and rubric included.
2. Answer the reflection questions for EACH standard you wish to retry.
  • How did you prepare for this essay? (Did you plan ahead, did you procrastinate, how did you use your lab time?)
  • Did you do something to strengthen your work on this standard before you submitted the draft?
  • Where did you find the answer about how to correct this standard?
  • What commitment will you make about future essays?
3. Add any corrections into the essay, and mark corrections or additions in BOLD.
4. This work will be accepted by Friday, February 26th. Corrections will not be accepted after the 26th.

Here's the link to the electronic copy of the Reading Log document:

Set up the Google Doc like this:
Name
Name
Name
Name
Ms. Menard
English 8 – Period 2
17 February 2016
Daily Reading Log for Animal Farm
Chapter 1
Sketch to Stretch notes are ready to show Ms. Menard at the end of the novel.


Chapter 2
1. What is the main idea of this chapter? What quote best supports your answer? (Answered by Superman)
Type answer here.
2. What three details/quotes best support the main idea of this chapter? (Answered by Batman)
Type answer here.
3. What can you infer as a reader in this chapter? What quote supports your answer? (Answered by Shrek
Type answer here.
4. What can you predict will happen later? What quote defends your prediction? (Answered by Donkey)
Type answer here.


Chapter 3 (Students rotate to answer a new type of question.)
1. What is the main idea of this chapter? What quote best supports your answer? (Answered by Batman)
Type answer here.
2. What three details/quotes best support the main idea of this chapter? (Answered by Shrek)
Type answer here.
3. What can you infer as a reader in this chapter? What quote supports your answer? (Answered by Donkey)
Type answer here.
4. What can you predict will happen later? What quote defends your prediction? (Answered by Superman)
Type answer here.
Repeat this structure each day.


Example of Sketch-to-Stretch Reading Comprehension Notes from Animal Farm

CLICK HERE --->
Animal Farm 1.jpg



NIGHT UNIT - WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER WITH AN ARGUMENT
Helpful Hint:



Night Planning Sticky Notes - Period 2


Night Essay Rubric



COOL WEBSITE TO QUOTE FOR THE ESSAY:
http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/wie0bio-1

Quotes look like this:
From the book: "Quote" (Wiesel, Night 22).
From the speech: "Quote" (Wiesel, "Nobel Peace Prize Speech" 115).
From the "Wiesel Warns" article: (O'Leary 2).
From the United States Holocaust Memorial Website: (www.ushmm.org).


Here's the link to watch Elie Wiesel's famous speech:
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1986/wiesel-acceptance.html

Link to MLA Formatting for Electronic Sources at Purdue's Online Writing Lab:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/




NIGHT UNIT - READING THE MEMOIR BY ELIE WIESEL



NIGHT UNIT - BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE & DOMAIN VOCABULARY



NIGHT UNIT - HOW TO WRITE AN ARGUMENT




FIRST SEMESTER WORK IS BELOW THIS LINE.


Twelfth Night Essay


Here is a link to an electronic copy of the play in PDF format:
http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/PDF/TN.pdf

Here is a website that has links to the play and vocabulary definitions as footnotes:
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/twnscenes.html

Here is a PowerPoint Presentation with background information about Courtly Love:



Poetry Essay







40 Book Challenge Reading Log for the Year


ESSAY #1: THEME AND COMPARE/CONTRAST PRESENTATION OF THEME IN SHORT STORIES

NEW: Ms. Menard's Essay Revision BINGO

CLICK ON ME! I CAN HELP YOU REVISE YOUR ESSAY:







Link to "The Bet" full text:
http://www.classicreader.com/book/240/1/






The link for contest details is: http://www.rmpbs.org/storymakers/. Paste the link in a new search to access the website.



If you visit the website, you will find a scoring rubric and links to read the winning stories from last year.

2nd Period and 8th Period Outline for "Open Boat" Paragraph in Class:

Sample Paragraph



Here are the rules and information about the deadline:



IN PLot Triangle.jpg
IN Open Boat Day 1.jpg
IN Paragraph Rubric.jpg
IN State of Being Verbs.jpg
IN Voice Text of Choice.jpg

UNIT: FOUNDATIONS OF READING & WRITING
These are the essential skills you must be able to do before we start our first unit on writing.

Specific assignments and dates are listed on the Google Homework Calendar. My calendar is posted on its own wiki page, and it is linked to the Kinard 8th grade calendar on the school website. Electronic copies of most documents are available on this wiki.









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IVF Summary Notes - How to write IVF.jpgIVF Domain Notes.jpg

8.24 and 8.25 Reflection I.N. Left Side.jpg8.24 and 8.25 Solutions I.N. Right Side.jpg

Thursday, September 10th (ODD) and Friday, September 11th (EVEN):
*DUE: State of being verbs and present tense practice page
Objective:I will be able to draft a proficient paragraph using all the skills I’ve learned so far this quarter.
Agenda: Planning a proficient paragraph in one class period (Bring your highlighters!)
Homework:The typed, final draft of the professional paragraph is due next class, on Monday, September 14th (ODD) and Tuesday, September 15th (EVEN). It should be in MLA format with a Works Cited page. Use OWL at Purdue as a guide for MLA and Works Cited format.

Tuesday, September 8th (ODD) and Wednesday, September 9th (EVEN):
*DUE: Voice Activity (Typed and Labeled) *
Objective: I will be able to comprehend the roles of three distinct writing essentials for 8th Grade: state of being verbs, GBYRRYRRYRRGPO, and present tense.
Agenda:Paragraph Basics and Rubric Comprehension.
Homework: Please check Synergy. All missing assignments are due by this Friday, September 11th.


Thursday, September 3rd (ODD) and Friday, September 4th (EVEN):
Objective: I will be able to review voice elements AND learn new voice elements for 8th Grade.
Agenda: 1.Voice elements (alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, rhetorical question, hypophora, allusion, eponym). 2. MAP Make Up. 3. Work Time on voice activity.
Homework:Typed and labeled piece of creative writing that correctly uses all ten elements of voice we learned today. Due Tuesday, September 8th (ODD) and Wednesday, September 9th (EVEN). Pictures are above.

Tuesday, September 1st (ODD) and Wednesday, September 2nd (EVEN):
*DUE: Typed IVF with Works Cited page for "The Biggest Ship in the World" and Ch. 10 ofDownriver* or of the tundra texts
Objective:1. I will be able to assess my Reading Lexile level and RIT Score at the beginning of my 8th Grade Year.
Agenda:1. MAP Testing in Lab 512. Please bring a book to read or homework in case you finish. You will not be able to log out of the MAP screen.
Homework:1. None


Friday, August 28th (ODD) and Monday, August 31st (EVEN):
*DUE: Reading Quiz on Tundra Articles*
Objective:1. I will be able to distinguish between domain and amazing vocabulary. 2. I will review IVF and Works Cited in order to independently complete a typed IVF for next class.
Agenda:1. Domain vs amazing vocabulary in "The Biggest Ship in the World" and Chapter 10 fromDownriver. 2. Compare/Contrast T-Chart.
Homework:1. Typed IVF with Works Cited page for "The Biggest Ship in the World" and Ch. 10 ofDownriverdue Tuesday, September 1st (ODD) and Wednesday, September 2nd (EVEN).


Wednesday, August 26th (ODD) and Thursday, August 27th (EVEN)
*DUE: TYPED, STAPLED Paragraph Pre-Test*
Objective:1. I will be able to learn MLA Formatting and how to cite my sources in my writing.
Agenda:1. I will be able to write a Works Cited page. 2. I will be able to comprehend how to present titles in my writing. 3. I will be able to write an IVF Summary. Key Terms: IVF (Identify/Verb/Finish the Thought), TAG (Title/Author/Genre). 4. Receive take-home reading and quiz.
Homework:1. Take-home reading quiz on Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine tundras due Friday, August 28th (ODD) and Monday, August 31st (EVEN).


Monday, August 24th (ODD) and Tuesday, August 25th (EVEN)
Objective:1. I will be able to learn the expectations and culture of Ms. Menard’s classroom. 2. I will be able to write a paragraph pre-test to see my writing proficiency baseline at the beginning of my 8th Grade year.
Agenda:1. Culture/Expectations. Key Terms: CKB (Core Knowledge Binder), IN (Interactive Notebook), Wikispace, Flashdrive, Google Docs. 2. Model IN. 3. Paragraph Pre-Test (begin planning).
Homework:1. Paragraph Pre-Test (TYPED), stapled in order of the directions on the prompt, due Wednesday, August 26th (ODD) and Thursday, August 27th (EVEN).