- We will check our vocab unit 12 tomorrow.
- Today you will take a practice AIR test. We will talk through all of the answers together tomorrow, discussing strategies for doing your best on the test. Put forth your best effort! To complete the test, follow the instructions in the post below: AIR Test Preparation.
- If you were absent Friday and unable to take your STAR reading test, you should do that now in class. You should take the AIR practice test at home tonight and bring your answers to class tomorrow. You may enter and exit this test as many times as you need with no consequences, so if you have time to start it after the STAR test, feel free.
Good morning, boys and girls. Unfortunately, I am home sick today. I expect that you will all be on your best behavior, and hopefully I will be back tomorrow. Please follow the directions below:
A message from Ms. Casey:
Hi, all! My African American Literature class is hosting an African American Read-In on April 4th (Maya Angelou's Birthday) from 6:00-8:00 at the High School library. We will be paying homage to the sit-ins of the 1960s by asking students of all ages (and their parents) to come to the library and pledge to read a book, poem, play, essay from an African American author for at least 20 minutes. My students will be reading passages from their author study, and we will have a read-aloud corner, food, etc.
You will take your ELA AIR tests on April 4th and 5th-- That's the Tuesday and Wednesday after we return from Spring Break. This week, we'll be preparing by looking at the test format and taking practice tests.
Click here for Practice Tests
Click here for Answer Keys to Practice Tests and Sample Items found in the above link.
Monday: Select Grade 8, Start G8 English Language Arts Practice Test. Leave all the pre-set settings as they are, and just click select, yes, begin test now. Your passage will be an excerpt from the book Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Once you finish questions 1-7, questions 8-17 will appear in the top left hand corner. You may skip question 17, which is a short answer response. We will discuss that another day.
The first link allows you to access several different tests, so listen closely to be sure you take the right one on the right day. **Although you can mark your answers electronically on the practice test, just as on the real tests, the practice tests do NOT save your answers. Please mark your answers both electronically AND on a piece of loose leaf paper. For multiple choice questions, even though the choices aren't labeled, you can write a, b, c, etc. for each option. This will allow you to check your work when we discuss the test together. The answer key is labeled this way.
The second link allows you access to all of the answer keys for the practice tests. Although we will go over the most important ones in class, you may wish to look at other tests for further practice. For instance, you might like to look at a different grade level's practice test. This is not requirement; it is simply here as a resource for those who are interested in preparing further.
Today in class you will be taking your second STAR test to assess your reading comprehension skills. Use this link to login and be sure to click the BLUE button for the STAR test.
Study Island Q3 #4 is due this Friday (4 topics)
Vocab 12 is due Monday;test is next Friday
Choose a classic novel for your Fourth Quarter 4 Square and start reading.
Remind your parents/guardians that D.C. payments are due tomorrow!
That is it until after Spring Break! Hang in there!
Today we will take our Vocab 11 test via Google Forms.
Finish The Old Man and the Sea with accompanying annotations for Tuesday.
Four Squares are due PRINTED tomorrow.
Study for tomorrow's Vocab 11 test.
Your final section of The Old Man and the Sea, including annotations, is due Tuesday.
We will continue our discussion of part 1 of The Old Man and the Sea tomorrow. Reading and annotations for part 2 (pp. 41-86) are due Thursday. See your assignment page for helpful notes.
Continue working on your Four Square, which is due Friday.
Vocab 11 is due Monday.
The Old Man and the Sea pp. 1-41 with annotations are due Tuesday.
Symbolism Four Squares are due next Friday.
*After checking vocab on Monday, you will have the rest of the period as work time. Make sure you are prioritizing your work and creating a plan to get everything done.
Study Island Q3 #3 is due this Friday.
Four Squares are due next Friday.
The Old Man and the Sea assignments are described here. Due dates are as follows:
Part 1 due Tuesday 3/7
Part 2 due Thursday 3/9
Part 3 due Tuesday 3/14