443 Lee Avenue

Clarksburg, WV 26301

304-326-7420

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, Oct. 9, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #5)

Most stories need an effective antagonist (bad guy). Who do you think would qualify as the antagonist(s) in the novel at this point? What made you select this person or group?


Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

In The Outsiders, we have learned that here are a number of characters who suffer from abuse. What might help an abuser to change his/her ways?


Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Foreshadowing is a literary device used by authors to provide clues for the reader so they are able to predict what might occur later in the story. How might the following statement from Chapter 3 of The Outsiders be an example of this?

"Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn't get worse. I was wrong."


Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

None


Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Read silently for at least 15 minutes. Then, write a review of your book so far. Do you like it? Would you recommend it to others to read? Why or why not? Be specific and use details!


Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Use each of the following vocabulary words from Chapter 1 of The Outsiders in a sentence of your own.

1. asset

2. unfathomable

3. rivalry

4. gingerly

5. sagely


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Use each of the following vocabulary words from Chapter 2 of The Outsiders in a sentence of your own.

1. roguishly

2. incredulous

3. nonchalantly

4. abiding

5. digested


Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

There's a saying that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. What do you think this means? Explain using examples. (Think of the Socs and Greasers.)


Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

What is change? What does this word mean? What are some things that change? Give examples. 


Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #5 due)

Read silently for at least 15 minutes. Then summarize the last chapter or section that you read in your book. Describe/explain what happened or what it was about. Be specific and use details!


Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #6)

Pick 4 characters from The Outsiders and describe each one using only one adjective. Use different words for each character.


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

None!


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Do you believe that a person's relationship with his/her peers will affect the kind of person that he/she will become as an adult? Explain/defend your answer. 


Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

What makes someone a "good person" or a "bad person"? What happens when a "good person" makes bad decisions or a "bad person" makes good decisions -- does that change who they are or how we think of them?


Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

None!


Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Many of the problems the Greasers are facing in regards to violence seem nearly impossible to overcome. What helpful tips would you suggest in order to prevent violence of this sort?


Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

We're half way through our novel! Write down something you have learned while reading, an interesting fact, OR a question you have.


Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Write a paragraph summary of what has happened in our book, The Outsiders, so far. Think about how you would explain the story to someone who hasn't read it.


Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Make a prediction about The Outsiders based on what we have read. What do you think will happen next in the story or how are you guessing it will end? Be specific! 


Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #6 due)

In Chapter 7 we learned that the Socs and Greasers share a number of similar hardships and family problems, despite being separated by their social classes. Explain these similarities. 


Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

On the Chapter 8 worksheets you received on Friday, read the box titled "Fascinating Facts" at the bottom of the last page and write a response. What do you think about the explanation/reasoning that the author gave for her writing choices? Remember that the book was published in 1967. 


Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Describe one scene in the novel which you have enjoyed the most so far or has been the most memorable. Explain why you picked that part and why it stands out to you.


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Someone once said, "Don't change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not?


Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Write a response/your reaction to Johnny's death in Chapter 9. How did you feel or what were your thoughts after finding out this news? Were your surprised, or did you expect it? Be specific and explain yourself.


Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

What does it mean to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes"? How does this saying relate to our novel? Explain.


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

How is each member of your family, including yourself, unique and different? What are some ways that family can influence a person?


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

None! (No class)


Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

How is the Greasers gang family? What do they do for each other that their blood family does not? Explain and include examples.


Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #7 due)

How are the Curtis brothers similar and different? What did Ponyboy learn about his family throughout the book? Explain and include examples.

ENGLISH BELL RINGERS


Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #5)

Reflect on your 1st 9 weeks. How did go overall? What are you proud of, or what do you need to work on for the 2nd 9 weeks? Write in complete sentences. 


Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Without using the words "like" or "as," make comparisons between love and something else. "Love is" ... (Example: a battlefield)


Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Complete the following phrase to create metaphors: "Blanket of" ... (Example: snow)


Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

None


Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Free write! Write a paragraph about a topic of your choice.


Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Imagine that the pencil in your hand is alive. Describe your pencil's day and what he/she says, does, and feels.


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Using the lists below, combine the subjects and action verbs to make at least 4 sentences that show personification. 

Subjects                   Action Verbs

sun                            tells

moon                         shows

stars                          reminds

sky                             teaches

sea                             listens

stone                          remembers

night                           brings

mountain                    looks

morning                      dances

evening                      dreams


Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Think of the sentence "I'm hungry." List ways that you could rewrite the sentence using exaggerations. 


Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Write a story (a paragraph) that somehow includes the hyperbole "I have told you a million times not to do that!" Your story can be fictional or based on true events. 


Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #5 due)

None (add to notebooks)


Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #6)

Imagine that you're in the bus room or cafeteria at WI. Make a list of the sounds (onomatopoeia) that you might hear.


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Write a story (a paragraph) that includes 3 examples of onomatopoeia. *3rd period is excused from today's bell ringer.


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Use your first name or last name and add an adjective in front that starts with the same letter (Example: Brainy Mrs. Borders). Write this down, along with name alliterations for 2 of your classmates. 


Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Of the 6 types of figurative language that we have been studying, which has been your favorite to read or write? Why? Explain in complete sentences. 


Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

How is figurative language used in real life? Where do we see or hear examples every day? Explain in complete sentences.


Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Write a paragraph about Halloween memories or experiences from you life. 


Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

1. Write down a scary story -- one you have heard or experienced, or make up one!

OR 

2. Write about your favorite Halloween/scary story, movie, or TV special -- what's it about and why do you like it?

(Write a paragraph for either option -- explain and give details!).


Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Think about and write down your goal for what you hope or want to accomplish on your figurative language project during class today. What have you already done and what do you still need to work on? Be specific!


Thursday, Nov. 1, 2017

"Turning over a new leaf" (an example of an idiom) means you are trying to improve a situation or get rid of a bad habit. Write about why you think it is so hard to change our bad habits even when we know we should.


Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #6 due)

"Don't sweat the small stuff" (another idiom) means don't worry about the little things in life. In your opinion, what are examples of "small stuff" that people worry about? Does worrying actually help or not?


Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Fill in the blanks with either the word "allusion" or "illusion." (You don't need to write the sentences on your Bell Ringer sheet.)

1. The Great Dontini, a magician, created an ________________ of sawing his assistant in half.

2. Dennis thought he saw pools of water in the parking lot on that hot, hot day, but it was just an ________________.

3. Some students did not understand Roy's ________________ to Star Trek in his speech during science class.


Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Write down the number of each sentence that features an allusion and explain the reference it is making. 

1. Yesterday I read Romeo and Juliet.

2. Jonathan is so truthful and honest that we call him Honest Abe.

3. Diana knew Sam had asked her not to get involved in his personal life, but she could not resist the urge to play Cupid and set him up with Erin.

4. Will Ferrell is going to be on Modern Family.


Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

A pun is a "play on words" that creates a funny meaning in a sentence. After reading the story titled "Bell Ringers" (click link to read story), write down the puns that are in the story and explain their different meanings. 


Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

What do you think the purpose of a pun is? What are some reasons authors might put puns into their writing, or why do people use puns in everyday life? Explain in complete sentences.


Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

What do you know about the literary term "irony"? What does it mean when something is "ironic"? Write in complete sentences. (5th period is excused from today's Bell Ringer -- add to notebooks instead.)


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Write down an example of verbal irony and explain how/why it is ironic.


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Write down an example of situational irony and explain how/why it is ironic. (3rd period is excused from today's Bell Ringer -- no class.)


Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Write down an example of dramatic irony and explain how/why it is ironic.


Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #7 due)

Write a paragraph about your plans for Thanksgiving break. Think about: What are you looking forward to during your week off from school? What traditions does your family have?

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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