8th Grade

Selections of Poetry:
"In the Ghetto," by Elvis Presley; "Stopping by Wood on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost; "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers," by Emily Dickinson; "Still I Rise," by Maya Angelou; "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe; and "Paul Revere's Ride," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

​Reading Strategies:
 Annotating while reading, understanding poetic devices (imagery, repetition, metaphor, simile, personification, etc.), understanding rhyme and meter

Writing: Haiku, free verse, cinquain, and acrostic poetry

Grammar: The 8 Parts of Speech

Upcoming Assessments: No homework this weekend, but continue working on your Google Slides projects!

TEST on Friday, Nov. 17, on the following items:
- "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allan Poe
- Figurative Language (similes, metaphors, allusions, personification, and repetition)
- Imagery & Rhyme scheme

Due Monday, Nov. 27th: Present your Google Slides project on your chosen poet, describing his or her life in a short biography. Then, present a brief analysis of a poem by that poet. Be sure to include a Works Cited page at the end of your presentation.

Due on Nov. 13th: 
Make a gravestone for Lenore. Include an image or symbol on it, plus an epithet (short comment). Then, write a five-sentence obituary or eulogy for Lenore. Be creative! You may write the obituary from the point of view of “The Raven’s” narrator, if you wish, or as a funeral director.

For Wednesday, Nov. 8th: Complete the questions on the poem, "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe.

Due Nov. 6th: Re-write the story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" from the perspective of the police officers who came to question the narrator. Required length: 7 to 8 sentences.

For Oct. 30th: Write a poem about a Halloween monster, costume, or related theme. Brainstorm words that rhyme with your monster, i.e., ghost, roast, toast, coast, and then write your poem. This time, however, try to rhyme words in the beginning of each line! Have fun & be creative! 

Homework for the week: Continue studying vocabulary in the red Vocabulary Book for your Catholic High School Entrance exam on Saturday! Also, try using the website, www.vocabularyworkshop.com and select the "Level C" book for access to online games and study materials!

For Oct. 25th, during STUDY HALL: Complete your practice test on the Catholic High School Entrance exam for Study Hall, and finish the questions on Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" for English class!

For Oct. 19th: Complete the context clues ditto for our test preparation class during study hall tomorrow!

Due Oct. 16th: Complete side "A" of your Poetry Packet.

For Wednesday, Oct. 11th: Complete your "Haiku Cards" with any two (2) haiku poems and illustrations on the index card provided...Also, bring your "Adjectives" worksheet to class! 

For Oct. 10th: 1) Complete the "Adjectives" worksheet; 2) then, re-write your two haiku poems on poverty and Tootsie Roll Pops with vivid, colorful descriptions. We will be designing "haiku cards" in class, and you will need at least 2 haikus to complete this project!