8th Grade Language Arts

First Quarter Book Log is due October 27. It must be signed by a parent or
guardian.  It is worth 10% of your final grade.

A reminder of how to write the statement of theme for your book is to complete this
sentence: The author believes that ...(write a universal truth that you found in the book.)

Students analyze their schedule to help them determine the amount of time they 
can work on their homework, which includes 30 minutes minimum of reading they 
need to do every day. Then they set an independent reading goal for themselves gave 
reasons 
for that goal.  Students keep a list of books they have finished and get a parent or guardian 
signature at the end of the quarter before they turn it in. Only one book they read each 
quarter 
much be in the thematic subject I specify, the remainder of their reading choices are up to 
them. 
The required thematic book this quarter is "The Challenge of Heroism." Quarterly book logs 
were 
handed out and are always available in class as well.

Students need to read for at least 30 or more minutes each day, including weekends! That's 
just 
three and a half hours per week of reading outside of class.
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Monday, October 9, 2017


We wrote in our reading journal for 5-10 minutes

We did the Lessons regarding the Short Story "Drummer Boy of Shiloh from pages 15-23 on 
Monday and Tuesday.

Read for 30+ minutes in your own novel.
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Tuesday October 10

We did the Lessons regarding the Short Story "Drummer Boy of Shiloh from pages 15-23 on 
Monday and Tuesday.


Tonight's homework: Finish the Character Outline page by tomorrow
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Wednesday, October 11

Begin writing the Departure Stage of your Hero's Journey.  It is on Schoology and you have it 
on paper as well.  The full rough draft is due submitted on 
Schoology on Monday.

We will have lessons on writing dialogue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Work on your rough draft at home.
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Thursday, October 12


Continue writing the Departure Stage of your Hero's Journey.  It is on Schoology and you 
have it on paper as well.  The full rough draft is due submitted on 
Schoology on Monday. 

We are having lessons on writing dialogue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Work on your rough draft at home.

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Friday, October 13

Finish the full rough draft of your Hero's Journey Departure Stage. An approximate 
recommended  length is 2-3 pages. It is due by Monday, submitted on Schoology.


Students need to read for 30 or more minutes each day this weekend.
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A link for the online version of the blue Springboard textbook is on a page on this
website entitled Links for Parents & Students.

If you are going to email me, use the ordinary Google Drive mail system. I have put my email 
address on this webpage, but if you click it, the mail will not get to me, so please go back and 
use the regular school gmail account.
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