8th Grade

Novel Selection: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

​Reading Strategies:
 Annotating while reading (using Sticky Notes), understanding literary devices (imagery, metaphor, simile), characterization, story mapping, context clues

Writing: Persuasive / argumentative essays; comparing and contrasting text versus film

Grammar: Run-on sentences; sentence fragments; subject-verb agreement; and punctuation rules

Upcoming Assessments: No homework tonight!

FINAL Projects on the novel are due on MONDAY, JUNE 4th. No late assignments accepted!

Finish reading Chapter 26 for class tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th.

Due MAY 30th: Read Chapters 24 & 25 of To Kill A Mockingbird. Then, provide at least two (2) questions that you have on each chapter, as well as 2 words you didn't understand. Finally, complete the questions on both chapters for a homework grade.

Due May 16th: Provide a typed, double-spaced, one-page essay on one of these topics:
1. Compare Tom Robinson's version of the "rape" with the Ewells'. Which is more "truthful"? Why? What is Tom Robinson's apparent crime?
2. What do the children learn about Dolphus Raymond? What do they learn from him? How do those lessons relate to the novel? How do those lessons relate to life? 

Homework due on Thursday, May 10th: Using the quizlet link below, write a sentence for each of the words from Chapter 19 of To Kill a Mockingbird in order to prepare for Wednesday's vocabulary quiz.

DUE MONDAY, May 7th: Finish reading Chapter 18 of the novel and answer the questions you received in class this week. To be collected & graded!

DUE WEDNESDAY, May 2nd: Finish Chapter 17 on your own and complete the questions on the chapter for homework. 

On April 30th: QUIZ on the following words: https://quizlet.com/289082611/to-kill-a-mockingbird-chapter-16-vocabulary-flash-cards/

Due April 19th: Finish reading Chapter 15 for a possible pop quiz. Keep in mind the following questions:
  1. What is the “nightmare” that now descends upon the children?
  2. What was (and is) the Ku Klux Klan? What do you think about Atticus’s comment about it?
  3. How does Jem react when Atticus tells him to go home, and why?
  4. What persuades the lynching party to give up their attempt on Tom Robinson’s life?
  5. How does Scout affect these events without even realizing it?

DUE MONDAY, April 16th: Pretending to be Scout, write a journal entry about one of the following questions based on Chapter 13 of To Kill a Mockingbird:
1) Why does Aunt Alexandra come to stay with Atticus and his family? What is she like?
2) How does Aunt Alexandra involve herself in Maycomb's social life?
3) Comment on Aunt Alexandra's ideas about breeding and family. Why does Atticus tell them to forget it? Who is right, in your opinion?
Required length: 7 to 8 sentences, minimum.

DUE MONDAY, April 9th: Finish reading Chapter 11 of the novel, and answer the questions on the chapter for homework. Please write down at least two (2) questions you have about the chapter as well. The questions are as follows:
1. Jem cuts the tops off of Mrs. Dubose's camilla plants. Why does he do this? What provoked him into taking this action against her?
2. Atticus explains to the children why he considered Mrs. Dubose to be a "great lady" and a brave person. How is this symbolically relevant to why he is defending Tom Robinson?
3. Re-read the paragraph beginning, "She was...She had her own views..." on page 112. What THEME does Harper Lee present here? How does she accomplish this?
4. Write down 2 Questions on Chapter 11:

Due March 28th: Write a single-page, typed response to ONE of the three questions related to the novel on your Journal Write ditto. Use Times New Roman font, size 12 text, please.

DUE MONDAY: Complete your study guide on sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and punctuation rules to help prepare you for a Grammar TEST on Tuesday, March 20th.

HOMEWORK for MONDAY, March 12th: Complete the exercises on pages 75-76, 81, and 85-87 in your green Grammar Workbook.

Due March 8th: Finish reading Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird on your own, and complete the study guide questions on the chapter.

There will be a QUIZ on Monday, March 5th, on the Chapter 9 vocabulary words we've worked on this week. Go to the following link to study these 20 words for your quiz over the weekend:

Due Feb. 26th: Read Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird on your own, and complete the study guide questions for class. To count as a homework grade! 

Due Feb. 16th: In your green Grammar Workbook, complete pages 51 to 52, 187 to 188, and 191 to 192 on sentence fragments and subject-verb agreement. To be collected and graded! NOTE: There will be a grammar quiz after the break...

For Tuesday, Feb. 13th: Complete the ditto on subject-verb agreement for class. 

Due Feb. 12th: Write a paragraph about a social justice issue that is of concern to you using at least seven (7) vocabulary words from Unit 4 of your red Vocabulary Workbook. Required length: At least 7 to 8 sentences.

TEST moved to Wednesday, Feb. 7th, due to class interruptions / absences last week. The test will cover Chapters 1-7 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Review your study guide questions on chapters 1-5, but also be familiar with the characters and the plot from Chapters 6 and 7. Also, use the following quizlets to prepare for the test: 
     1. Chapters 1-5: https://quizlet.com/14293637/tkam-ch-1-5-study-guide-questions-flash-cards/
     2. Chapters 4-7: https://quizlet.com/41001198/to-kill-a-mockingbird-chapters-4-7-comprehension-flash-cards/

DUE FRIDAY, Jan. 26th: Write a one-page response (preferably typed, double spaced, size 12 typeface) to one of the following questions: 
   1. What is a hero? Is a hero born, or made? What makes Jem Finch a hero (see page 39 of the novel), or not?
   2. How is Miss Maudie a "reasonable creature"? What makes her reasonable? What person in your life fits this description of "reasonable"?
   3. On p. 52, Jem tells Scout that she is "gettin' more like a girl everyday." What does he mean? What is his definition of "girl"? How has that changed from then to now?

Due Jan. 22nd: Using your Character Chart completed in class, create a "Character Cube" focused on one character that you have not previously studied before. Use adjectives to describe each character and summarizing their qualities based on the text. Also, provide a sketch or picture of your character in the middle of your cube.

VOCABULARY QUIZ on FRIDAY, January 12th. Use this QUIZLET.com link to study and prepare for your quiz:

HOMEWORK over the BREAK: Finish reading Chapter 2 on your own and write a detailed journal entry on ONE of the following questions:
             1) In Chapter 1, Scout, Jem, and Dill are fascinated by the Radley house. When you were a child, was there a neighbor, family member, or place that scar
 ed you? Describe that person/place as you remember them AND think about how your experience parallels the children in the novel; or,
           2) The children enjoy their summer experiences. What kind of summer fun did you enjoy when you were a young child? Describe one of these experiences and think about how that experience was similar or different to those of the children in the novel. REQUIRED LENGTH: One page, typed.

Due on Dec. 15th: Write a paragraph describing the main character, Scout, from the citations and textual evidence you found working in your group's today. A paragraph is at least 5 sentences, please.

Due on Dec. 13th: Complete the study guide questions on Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird for tomorrow's class. To count as a homework grade!

Due Dec. 11th: Complete your vocabulary sentences using vocabulary from Chapters 1 & 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird.