8th Grade

Selections of Poetry by: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou, among others

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

Writing: Haiku, free verse, and acrostic poetry

Grammar: The 8 Parts of Speech

Upcoming Assessments:

HOMEWORK due on Tuesday, September 26th: In your green Grammar Workbooks, please complete pages 235-236 on contractions vs. possessive nouns; pages 243-244 on capitalization; and pages 269-270 on apostrophes for a homework grade.

HOMEWORK due on Thursday, Sept. 28th: Using the analysis sheet of Elvis Presley's song, "In the Ghetto," write a three-line haiku poem about poverty in our society. Remember, the 1st and 3rd lines of haiku contain 5 syllables, and the 2nd line has 7 syllables. TO BE GRADED!

HOMEWORK due Friday, Sept. 22nd:
1. Complete the multiple choice practice test on your Catholic high school entrance exams!
2. Complete the HAIKU or FREE VERSE poem you started in class today. To be collected and graded!

HOMEWORK due Tuesday, Sept. 19th: Complete the packet on "Apostrophes" for Tuesday's class! This practice will help you on your Catholic high school entrance exams!

HOMEWORK due Friday, Sept. 15th: Complete the remainder of Unit 2 on Nouns, from pages 65 to 72, for Friday's class. To count as a homework grade!
HOMEWORK due Monday, Sept. 11th: Complete Unit 2 on "Nouns: Proper and Common" from pages 61 through 64 in your "Grammar and Language Workbook" for Monday's class. To count as a homework grade!