8th Grade
Novel Selection: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Skill: Annotating while reading, character & setting analysis, understanding literary devices (imagery, foreshadowing, simile, metaphor, and personification)

Strategy: Summarizing the plot structure; character charts; story mapping; analyzing the author's use of literary devices; analyzing the author's purpose of writing the story

Writing: Creating your own archetypal character (questing hero, reluctant hero, mentor, or monster)

Topic: Fantasy

Chapters 1-3: throng, flummoxed, audacious, conspirator, runes, obstinately, prudent, requisite, dreary, scuttle, cavalcade, larder, glade, cleave, grieves

Grammar: Using apostrophes, commas, and semi-colons

Upcoming Assessments: Due Tuesday, March 28th: Write a short summary / description of one character from the novel, using at least five of the words in Unit 10 of your Vocabulary Workbook. To be collected & graded!

 Due Wednesday, March 29th: Complete the character charts, with physical descriptions, details, and quotes for each character, on characters other than Bilbo Baggins.

Due Wednesday, April 26th: Complete the reading comprehension questions on Chapter 11 of The Hobbit for a homework grade.

Due Thursday, April 27th: Complete your classwork on character quotes for tomorrow by identifying which character said each quote, and what the quote means!

NO HOMEWORK Tonight! Due Monday, May 1st: Read the article, "Hobbits in Hollywood," by book critic Judith Shulevitz, and write down bullet points / thoughts about why you AGREE or DISAGREE with Shulevitz's point of view. We will have a QUICK WRITE on this reading on Monday!