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: For TUES
DAY, May 23rd: Read the interview with Tom Shippey, a literary critic who favors Tolkien's novels, and write down bullet points / thoughts about why you agree or disagree with Shippey's point of view. Quick write to follow!

DUE Wednesday, May 31st: Complete the reading comprehension questions on Chapters 15 & 16 of The Hobbit.

Due Thursday, June 1st: Complete the family history questions and/or start writing a rough draft about your family heritage and how it has shaped you into the person you are...We will be working in the computer lab today on your essays.

DUE Tuesday, June 6th: Your essay on your family heritage will be due at the end of the period in the computer lab today. Do your best work, as this is your final project for English Language Arts!