Washington Irving Middle School Oval
Washington Irving Middle School

443 Lee Avenue

Clarksburg, WV 26301

304-326-7420

Washington Irving Hilltopper

Hilltoppers

Mrs. Borders

Eighth Grade English Language Arts

Developmental Reading

Room 205

Contact Information

  • WIMS: 304-326-7420
  • Email: jessica.borders@k12.wv.us
  • LiveGrades: livegrades.com

Important Links

            Students, welcome to Eighth Grade English and Reading at WIMS! I’m excited to start my second year as part of the school’s team and to get to know each and every one of you and be an important part of your educational journey. Together, let’s make the 2017-2018 school year a memorable and successful one. Read on to learn more about what you can expect out of your class experience. 


            Parents and guardians, feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to speak about your child or the class. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


            ~ Mrs. Borders



DATES TO KNOW

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READING BELL RINGERS


Monday, March 12, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #14)

Describe the scene where Lina buys colored pencils from Looper, the store owner. How does each character act? What are their thoughts and motivations? Explain. *Look back at Chapter 5 to help you.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reread the first half of pg. 89 of The City of Ember.

1. Why does Doon's father say anger is so dangerous? Be specific.

2. Write your own words of wisdom about how to handle anger. What advice can you give based on your own experiences? Explain. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Reread the last paragraph of Chapter 6 of The City of Ember -- pgs. 91-92 and make a prediction. 1. What do you think the paper is that Poppy found? 2. What do you think will happen next? Explain.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Write a response to what we have read so far in The City of Ember by completing one of the following statements with your own thoughts. (DO NOT write the same thing you did the last time you were given this writing prompt.) Explain and be specific!

*This story reminds me of ...

*I noticed ...

*I wonder why ...

*I was surprised by ...

*One question I have is ...


Friday, March 16, 2018

What are your thoughts on our novel so far? Do you like the story, and why or why not? Explain your opinion and be specific!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Which character in The City of Ember is your favorite so far or do you find the most interesting? Why? Explain and be specific.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Why does Lina think the message she found is important? Why is she so interested in figuring out what it is and what it says? Explain. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

None (No School)


Thursday, March 22, 2018

What do you think you would enjoy most about Ember? What would drive you crazy? Think of a positive and a negative about living there and explain.


Friday, March 23, 2018 (Bell Ringer #14 due)

Why does Lina think Doon is "the only person who might be interested in what she found" (page 112)? Why or how does she believe he can help? Explain.


Monday, March 26, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #15)

At the end of Chapter 8 in The City of Ember, Doon finds a book titled Mysterious Words from The Past (pg. 120). What are some words or phrases that you use now that people in the future might have trouble understanding? Why? List examples and explain.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chapter 9 is titled "The Door in the Roped-Off Tunnel." Make a prediction about what will happen next in the story based on this title. Be specific!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

1. Who do you think opened the locked room in Chapter 9? Why?

2. What could be in the room? Explain.

Make predictions for each.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

How are Lina and Doon similar? What do they have in common? Explain and be specific! (*List several things.)


Friday, March 30, 2018

Write a response to what we have read recently in The City of Ember by completing one of the following statements with your own thoughts. (DO NOT write what you did before when given this writing prompt.) Explain and be specific!

*This story reminds me of ...

*I noticed ...

*I wonder why ...

*I was surprised by ...

*One question I have is ...


Monday, April 9, 2018

Reflect back on the characters of Lina and Lizzie. How are they similar? How are they different? List and explain at least 2 similarities and 2 differences.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Imagine that you experience a blackout like the ones in Ember. Describe and explain: What would it be like? How would you feel or react? What would you do? Be specific and detailed!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What makes Lina realize tha Doon is her best friend? What has changed for these 2 characters? Explain. *Look back at page 163 for help.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Write down 3 possible quiz questions about what happens/important parts of Chapters 7-12. (Don't write questions about vocab/definitions.)


Friday, April 13, 2018 (Bell Ringer #15 due)

How is greed shown in The City of Ember? Provide and explain examples from the novel.


Monday, April 16, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, April, 17, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #16)

Think about the young people in Ember. In your opinion, how much responsibility should a 12-year-old have? Describe and explain the upper limit of what a 12-year-old should be required or expected to do for his/her family or society.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Do you think society would be more efficient if the government chose our jobs for us? Why or why not? Explain. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Why doesn't Doon tell his father about everything he has learned about the Instructions and the mayor? Look back at pg. 176 of the book and explain your answer.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Lina suspects the mayor is trying to live it up because he thinks everything is hopeless. If this is true, what are your thoughts on this way of thinking? Can you justify his perspective? Explain.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Go back to Chapter 13 and reread the first full paragraph on page 168

1. What does Clary tell Lina about the darkness in Ember? 

2. Do you think this could be true of our society/world today? Why or why not? Explain. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Reread and summarize the beginning of Chapter 15 -- pages 193-195. What has happened/is going on so far? Be specific and give details. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

1. Look back at Chapter 15 -- pages 196-197 -- and list 5 things that Doon packs in his pillowcase for his journey down the river. 2. List 3 other/different things that you would want to bring if you were in a similar situation and had room in your bag.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

1. What are the names of the three songs of Ember? (pages 221-223)

2. Why are these songs so important to the city and its people? Explain your thoughts.


Friday, April 27, 2018 (Bell Ringer #16 due)

From Chapter 16, reread the first full paragraph on page 218. 

1. What does the mayor say about his duties as mayor and how they relate to the public/citizens?

2. What are your thoughts on his viewpoint? Explain. 


Monday, April 30, 2018

None (Testing)


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #17)

Write a response to what we have read so far in The City of Ember by completing one of the following statements. Explain and be specific! (Make sure your response is different from the ones you have written before!)

*This story reminds me of ...

*I noticed ...

*I wonder why ...

*I was surprised by ...

*One question I have is ...


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 

1. Why do you think Lina brought Poppy along for their journey down the river?

2. What are your thoughts on her decision? Would you have done the same? Why or why not?


Thursday, May 3, 2018

None (Testing)


Friday, May 4, 2018

In Chapter 18, Lina realizes she forgot to leave Clary the message.

1. What does her mistake mean for Ember and its people? (Review page 248 for help.)

2. What do you think will happen next? Make a prediction.


Monday, May 7, 2018

In Chapter 20, what do Lina and Doon learn when they read the book they found? Summarize what the book tells them. (Look back at pages 258-262 for help.)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

None (Election Day)


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

After reading the article titled "Hydroelectic Power and the City of Ember," write down 3 facts/things you learned. (Link to article: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/hydroelectric-power-and-the-city-of-ember)

1.

2.

3.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Write down 3 possible quiz questions about what happens/important parts of Chapters 13-20. (Don't write quesitons about vocab.)


Friday, May 11, 2018 (Bell Ringer #17 due)

1. What are your thoughts on the ending of The City of Ember?

2. What did you think of the book overall?

EXPLAIN BOTH!


Monday, May 14, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #18)

After reading the article and watching the video about the "Power Outage in Puerto Rico," answer the following question (Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/power-outage-in-puerto-rico-leaves-people-without-electricity/): 

*How is the real-life situation in in Puerto Rico similar to the fictional scenario in Ember? Compare them by listing 3 similarities.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1. Write a goal for what you hope/want to accomplish on your Flap Book during class today.

2. What do you need to do to reach your goal?

EXPLAIN BOTH AND BE SPECIFIC.

(*If you've already turned in your project, write about a goal for Reading class for the rest of the year instead.)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

None (Testing)


Thursday, May 17, 2018

None (Testing)


Friday, May 18, 2018

List 3 events/happenings from the novel The City of Ember that you think should definitely be included in the movie version. 

1.

2.

3.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Which novel did you prefer that we read in class this year -- The Outsiders or The City of Ember? Explain why and be specific/include details!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

None (Kennywood Trip)


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Which short story did you like the best that we read in class this year -- "The Moustache," "Priscilla and the Wimps," "The Greatest Gift," or "All in a Summer Day"? Explain why and be specific!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Have you preferred the novel or film version of The City of Ember? Why? Explain your preference by including specific examples and lots of details. 


Friday, May 25, 2018 (Bell Ringer #18 due)

None (RCB Field Trip)

ENGLISH BELL RINGERS


Monday, March 12, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #14)

Read the information on the Taj Mahal (see Mrs. Borders) and answer the two questions:

1. How would the emperor feel as he looks upon the Taj Mahal? Why?

2. How would the commoners feel as they look upon the Taj Mahal? Why?


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1. Why is it important to look at different perspectives in stories?

2. Why is it important to look at different perspectives in real life?

Explain or provide examples (in complete sentences) for each question above.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1. Name one of the last movies or TV shows you watched.

2. Who do you think the intended audience was?

3. What do you think the purpose of the movie/show was? Explain. 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Look at the advertisment (see Mrs. Borders) and answer the following questions:

1. What is the purpose of the ad? Identify the type -- PIE -- and explain. 

2. Who is the intended audience? Explain.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Individual notebook check. Directions: 1. In your own notebook, check to see if your Table of Contents, Grade Sheet, and Goals (pg. 12) are complete. 2. Then flip through pages 62-93 to see if you have any missing papers/blank pages. 3. On your Bell Ringer sheet, write down anything that you are missing. If you find out that it is perfect already, write a sentence saying that.


Monday, March 19, 2018

What is plagiarism? Tell what you know in complete sentences.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Why is it important to cite the sources that you use when you are writing a paper that involves research? Explain. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

None (No School)


Thursday, March 22, 2018

What kinds of research projects or papers have you done during your time in middle school? Explain your experiences and give examples.


Friday, March 23, 2018 (Bell Ringer #14 due)

Free write! Write at least a paragraph about a topic of your choice. Use details and be specific!


Monday, March 26, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #15)

When you are doing research, how do you know if a source is trustworthy or not? Provide examples and explain. 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Write down 3 things that you have learned about citing sources. Feel free to look at your notes to help you!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

1. Which famous person did you choose for your "Celebrity ABC's" project?

2. Who are they, and what do you know about them already?
3. Why did you choose that person?


Thursday, March 29, 2018

1. Write a goal for what you hope/want to accomplish on your "Celebrity ABC's" project today.

2. What do you need to do to meet this goal?

*Explain and be specific for each!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Write a paragraph about one of the following:

1. Your memories, experiences, or stories from past spring breaks.

2. Your plans for this spring break and why you are looking forward to. 


Monday, April 9, 2018

How do you "win" an argument with someone? What do you think makes the best or most effective argument? Explain or provide examples.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Do dogs or cats make better pets? Pick a side and write down 3 reasons why you believe this is true. Then write 1 reason to support the other side.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Should students be allowed to use cell phones in class? Pick a side and write down 3 reasons to support your argument. Then write 1 reason to support the other side.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

None!


Friday, April 13, 2018 (Bell Ringer #15 due)

Are school uniforms needed in middle school? Pick a side and write down 3 reasons to support your argument. Then write 1 reason to support the other side. 


Monday, April 16, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, April, 17, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #16)

Do you use bottled water, tap water, or both? Why? Explain in complete sentences.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What is a thesis statement in an essay? Explain. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

How can a writer grab the reader's attention and create interest from the beginning of his/her essay? Explain or provide examples.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Free write! Write at least a paragraph about a topic of your choice. Remember: Explain, be specific, and include details!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Write down 3 things you have learned about thesis statements. Write in complete sentences.

1. 

2. 

3. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Imagine you are writing an essay about life as a middle school student. 1. Write a hook (attention grabber/lead) to begin the introduction of your essay. 2. What type of lead did you use? Look at your worksheets from yesterday to help!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Read and follow the directions on the "Paragraph Review 1" handout (see Mrs. Borders) but do not write on that paper. Write the 2 topic sentences on your bell ringer sheet. 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Read and follow the directions on the "Paragraph Review 2" handout (see Mrs. Borders) but do not write on that paper. Write the 2 topic sentences on your bell ringer sheet. 


Friday, April 27, 2018  (Bell Ringer #16 due)

Read and follow the directions on the "Paragraph Review 3" handout (see Mrs. Borders) but do not write on that paper. Write the 2 topic sentences on your bell ringer sheet. 


Monday, April 30, 2018

None (Testing)


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #17)

Write down 3 things you have learned about writing an argumentative essay.

1. 

2. 

3.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Read the essay titled "Teach It Well, or Don't Teach It at All" (see Mrs. Borders for a copy). Then:

*List 3 reasons the essay gives for why students shouldn't be required to speak a second language.

1.

2.

3.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

None (Testing)


Friday, May 4, 2018

Read the article titled "Is Summer Vacation Bad for you?" (see Mrs. Borders for a copy). Then:

1. Summarize the counterargument.

2. Summarize the rebuttal.


Monday, May 7, 2018

1. Write a goal for what you hope/want to accomplish on your argumentative essay during class today. 2. What do you need to do to reach your goal? Explain.

(*If you've already turned in your essay, write about a goal for English class for the rest of the year instead.)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

None (Election Day)


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Think about reports you have written in the past for your classes. What are some features of this type of writing, called informational writing? What is it like, what does it include, or what is the goal? Explain your thoughts.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

1. What part of an argumentative essay would NOT be found in an informational essay?

2. How would you set up an informational essay? List the main parts/section in order. 

(Look back at your notes -- pg. 110 "How to Set Up Your Essay" -- for help!)


Friday, May 11, 2018 (Bell Ringer #17 due)

If you're writing an informative essay, should you attempt to persuade your reader with an opinion? Why or why not? Explain. 


Monday, May 14, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #18)

1. When you take tests like the Smarter Balanced, what is the most difficult for you and what is easiest?

2. What strategies do you use while taking the test, or what helps you?

EXPLAIN YOUR EXPERIENCES.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Use the "Narcissus Myth" handout (see Mrs. Borders for a copy) to read and answer the 2 questions on your Bell Ringer sheet (#1 has 2 parts).

1. Part A: (Just write the letter of the correct answers)

    Part B:

2. (Just write the first few words of the sentence you choose.)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

None (Testing)


Thursday, May 17, 2018

None (Testing)


Friday, May 18, 2018

Describe your experiences taking the SmarterBalanced English tests on Wednesday and Thursday this week:

1. How do you feel you did on the tests? Explain.

2. What was the hardest and easiest for you? Explain.


Monday, May 21, 2018

List 3 things you learned while working on the informative essays on earthquakes. (Could be about earthquakes, informative essays, the writing process, working in groups, etc.)

1.

2.

3.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

None (Kennywood Trip)


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When you think of the genre of horror, what comes to your mind? Make a list of words that you associate with this type of story.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

1. From Thursday's pink worksheet, pick and write down either one statement from the front OR one fact about Edgar Allan Poe from the back. 

2. Write a response explaining your reaction/thoughts to that statement or fact.


Friday, May 25, 2018 (Bell Ringer #18 due)

Write a paragraph reaction/response to your tour of RCB. What are your thoughts on high school now? What did you notice or what stood out to you? Explain, give details, and be specific!

(3rd period is excused from today's Bell Ringer. Any students from 5th, 6th, or 7th periods who did not go on the field trip should just write about their thoughts on high school.)

ENGLISH SYLLABUS


Course Description

            During this class, you will continue building your knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Throughout the year, you will learn by participating in class discussions and activities, being involved in pair and small group work, and engaging in individual practice.


Course Goals

You will be able to:

  1. Analyze, comprehend and make connections to literary and informational texts.
  2. Write for different purposes and audiences and conduct research.
  3. Collaborate with your peers, understand diverse viewpoints, and present information.
  4. Use language and vocabulary to effectively write, speak, read and listen.  

Course Materials

  1. You must have a pencil to write with every day. If you are in need of one, you may trade your agenda book for a pencil for that class period. I will hold onto your agenda book until you give the pencil back to me.
  2. You must have your agenda book, which the school provides, with you at all times. If you misplace your agenda, you are responsible for buying a new one.
  3. Every class member will create an Interactive Notebook, which will serve as a portfolio of your work and as a study tool. You will need two spiral, one-subject notebooks for this purpose (one per semester), which you may obtain on your own if you wish or they will be given to you.
  4. You will also need a place to store any loose papers for this class until you turn them in for a grade or add them to your Interactive Notebook. You may use a section of the accordion file folder that the school provides at the start of each year, or you may buy your own folder and organize it as you see fit.

READING SYLLABUS


Course Description

In this class, students will strengthen their skills and build their confidence as readers, and also develop an appreciation for and interest in reading. Your learning will revolve around class discussions and activities, pair and small group work, individual practice, and – of course – plenty of reading.


Course Goals

You will be able to:

  1. Build your vocabulary knowledge and determine word meanings while reading.
  2. Use pre-reading/previewing strategies to make predictions and support comprehension.
  3. Form connections to texts with the help of a variety of reading experiences.
  4. Analyze information, develop inferences, and create meaning and understanding in texts.

Course Materials

  1. You must have a pencil to write with every day. If you are in need of one, you may trade your agenda book for a pencil for that class period. I will hold onto your agenda book until you give the pencil back to me.
  2. You must have your agenda book, which the school provides, with you at all times. If you misplace your agenda, you are responsible for buying a new one.
  3. You need a separate folder to hold papers for this class only. You are welcome to bring in your own folder, or one will be given to you.
  4. Always have a book with you for independent reading time. You may check out books from the school library or my small classroom library, or bring a book from home.

RULES & PROCEDURES FOR MY CLASSROOM


Classroom ROCKS

  1. RESPECT: Respect yourself, everyone around you, and this classroom and school. Keep your hands to yourself, and make sure your language and anything you say or do is appropriate for school. Ask for permission to use classroom materials, put them away when you are finished, and throw away all trash.
  2. ORGANIZATION: Come to class prepared with your materials and any work that is due, and keep your belongings in order. Visit the restroom and/or water fountain before class, and be ready to learn from bell to bell. If you miss class, you are responsible for finding out about any make-up work.
  3. CONSIDERATE/CARE: Be kind, polite, and helpful to those around you, and strive to stay positive and calm. Do NOT talk when your teacher or a classmate is speaking in front of the group. Raise your hand if you wish to speak and wait until your teacher calls on you. Remember: Your teacher dismisses the class – NOT the bell.
  4. KNOWLEDGE: Share your thoughts and ideas during class discussions and listen to what others have to say. Participate, pay attention and keep your head up off your desk, and ask questions. Always work hard, do your best, challenge yourself, and made good decisions.
  5. SAFETY: Remain in your assigned seat, keep all four legs of your desk on the floor, and do NOT sit on top of your desk or on the bookshelves. Wait for your teacher’s permission to get out of your seat or to leave the room. If you do not see your teacher, do NOT enter the classroom; wait in the hallway until she arrives. Do NOT throw anything.

Grades

            I determine all grades based on a point system. Assignments turned in after the due date will receive a late grade, with each day late resulting in a larger amount of points subtracted. I will no longer accept late work once two weeks have passed from the original due date.

            The grading scale is as follows: A = 93 to 100; B = 85 to 92; C = 75 to 84; D = 65 to 74; F = 0 to 64; I = Incomplete. You can find your grades, which I update regularly, online at livegrades.com.


Absences

            For each day absent, students get one day to make up assignments. However, if a student already knows about a test, quiz, or assignment before being absent, he or she must take care of that responsibility on the day of return to school. Failure to follow these procedures for absences will result in a late grade.



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