Ms. Herring's 8th Grade English Language Arts

Phone: 910-567-5879

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Psychology Bachelors in English Teaching Certification Post-baccalaureate degree in Clinical Counseling

Ms. Herring's 8th Grade English Language Arts

Welcome, my name is Michelle Herring and I am an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.  I am so excited to be back at Midway Middle this year, and have an exciting year planned!  

 

 

 

  • Students will be expected to walk into my class each day and write down that day's vocabulary word.  If a student misses class, he or she will be able to access the vocabulary words on quizlet.com by searching MMS 8th grade vocabulary or just click on the link MMS 8th grade Vocabulary . 

    Students will also be responsible for writing in their journals.  This task is almost daily.  If a student misses a day for whatever reason, he or she can find the missed journal here.  Journal checks will be every nine weeks. Click here for the Journals.

    Students will be expected to complete at least six quizzes on Read Theory per nine weeks. Students will be given time in class to complete these six quizes; however, students can access and complete at home. Students will also be given assignments on commonlit.  For your student's login information, simply email me or you can just ask your child for his or her login information. 

     

     PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL TISSUES and pencils/paper or donate more to your child's classes.  thank you : )

     

     

     

    The Link The Outsiders novel https://www.teh.k12.ca.us/cms/lib/CA02205882/Centricity/Domain/338/complete%20novel.pdf

     

    Link to the Spanish version of the Outsiders https://aprendizaje3.milaulas.com/pluginfile.php/223/mod_resource/content/1/REBELDES%20Versi%C3%B3n%201.pdf

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  • Book report

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    Book Report Instructions click here for packet

    Spanish verison of book report Book report Spanish (this report has to be in English) great way to practice!

    Ms Herring’s 8th Grade Language Arts

    Book Report Assignments for the 2019-2020 School Year

     

    • As parents, I want to assure that you approve all books your child is reading during class. I can certainly make suggestions, but you have the final say. Students need to read their selected books primarily at home. However, they can bring the book to class because they should always have something to read in case they finish assignments and tasks early. Please note that this required reading is in addition to any novels, short stories, or other materials we are reading as a whole class.

     

    • The first book report will be due on February 17th. You will be required to sign each of your child’s book reports, indicating that you approve of the book, and that to the best of your knowledge, your child has read the book and completed the report on his/her own. I ask that you try to make sure that your child is reading young adult or adult books. Children’s books are not acceptable for eighth graders to read for book reports.

     

    Below is a summary of the assignments for the book reports. Specific dates will be assigned and more detailed descriptions of assignments will be distributed closer to each due date.

     

    Assignment

     

    Type of Book

    February 17th

    Create a Social Networking Profile (for a character)

    Fiction

     

    April 15th

    Book Advertisement/Book Review

    Fiction or Nonfiction

     

    May 15th

    Character Analysis

    Fiction

     

    8th Grade Book Report

    Create a Social Networking Profile

     

    Directions:

    1. Choose a fictional book to read for this book report.

     

    1. Choose a character to analyze and use to create a social networking profile.

     

    1. All the information you need is included in this hand-out. This assignment does not require you to post any information online. It also does not require you to visit, or become a part of, any social networking sites online.

     

    1. On poster board, please include the following. Please do not use a display board. Follow the format of the template provided in this hand-out:

     

    1. An original title for your social networking page (not the title of the book, name of the character, or the title of any existing social networking pages)
    2. The name of your character
    3. Image
    4. *Quote or Greeting
    5. *Song Now Playing (titles of songs are in quotation marks)
    6. *My Latest Blog Entry
    7. *About Me
    8. *My Interests and Favorites
    9. *Accomplishments: The title of the book you have read (underline the title if you use handwriting; italicize the title if you type) and the first & last name of the author
    10. *The Theme of My Life
    11. At the bottom, include your first & last name and morning LA period

     

    1. *Letters D through J above must be labeled on your poster board.

     

    1. You may write or type the information. However, the poster should be neat and colorful with no scratch-outs and no pencil, and should show that effort and time was taken to complete it.

     

    1. Write in first person point of view, as if the character was writing about him or herself.

     

    1. All information should be based on the book. Do not simply make up ideas that are not based on the book.

     

    1. The more you write about, the more likely your grade will improve, as long as the information is appropriate and accurate.

     

    1. The assignment must be turned in on time with the rubric and parent signature form complete, and stapled to the back of the poster.

     

     8th Grade Book Report Rubric

    Create a Social Networking Profile

    Name:                                                                                                 

     

    Assignment turned in on time with the rubric and parent signature form complete, and stapled to the back of the poster

    0          1          2          3          4

     

    Completed on poster board; neat and colorful with no scratch-outs and no pencil

    0          1          2          3          4

    Includes the following:

    1. An original title for your social networking page (not the title of the book, name of the character, or the title of any existing social networking pages)

    0          1          2         

    1. The name of your character

    0          1          2         

    1. Image

    0          1          2          3          4

    1. *Quote or Greeting

    0          1          2          3          4

    1. *Song Now Playing (in quotation marks)

    0          1          2         

    1. *My Latest Blog Entry

    0          1          2          3          4

    1. *About Me

    0          1          2          3          4

    1. *My Interests and Favorites

    0          1          2          3          4

    1. *Accomplishments: The title of the book you have read (underline the title if you use handwriting; italicize the title if you type) and the first & last name of the author

    0          1          2          3

    J.*The Theme of My Life

    0          1          2          3          4          5

    1. At the bottom, include your first & last name and morning LA period

    0          1          2

    *The more you write about, the more likely your grade will improve, as long as the information is appropriate and accurate, and based on the book. Feel free to add other pictures and images.

     

    *Letters D through J above must be labeled on your poster board

    0          1          2          3         

     

    Written in first person point of view

    0          1          2          3

     

    Total:  _______/50 points

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student’s name: ____________________________________________________

    Book report book: __________________________________________________

    I approve of my child’s choice of a book to complete this book report. To the best of my knowledge, he/she has read the entire book and has completed the required writing portion on his/her own.

     

    Parent signature: _____________________________________________________________

     

    *This sheet with the above information must be completed and turned in with the book report, in order to avoid a deduction of points.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Play-writing (1st/2nd period and 7th and 8th period only)

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    All plays are due on the 17th of December.  Students have been working on plays for weeks.  Students have been given an example of a play, and have been given a rubric.  Students will preform in front of the class on Decemeber 18th and the 19th. 

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  • The Gift of the Magi

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    12/03-12/10

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  • The Outsiders

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  • Grammar

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    Week of October 8th-12th: Students will be reviewing nouns (proper and common/ abstract and concrete)

     

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  • Flowers for Algernon

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    For the week of September 4th to September 24th (date motifications will be made in lieu of the hurricane), we will be reading and completeing activies with"Flowers for Algernon".  Students are allowed to check out a literature book to take home but must back promptly. All students are responisble for any damages of books or resources that are borrowed.  

    To study Part 1 of Flowers for Algernon, click on  the link provided. https://quizlet.com/160509658/flowers-for-algernon-part-1-flash-cards/

    Part one test.  Students were all allowed to make corrections for half credit. Score in Powerschools reflects that grade.  Orginal grade will be found in the comment section.

    Test for Flowers for Algernon 3rd and 4th of October. 

    3rd/4th period will take flowers for Algernon Test October 9th.

    Students will watch "Flowers for Algernon", to compare and contrast the film to text from Venn diagrams/graphic organzier to written form.  

     

     

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