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

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            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, Dec. 11, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #9)

Summarize what you know so far about the short story "Priscilla and the Wimps." What has the narrator told us? 


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

What did you think about the story "Priscilla and the Wimps'? Did you enjoy it or not, and why? Explain and be specific.


Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Fill in each blank below with the word that fits best. Think about the relationship between the words in each statement.

1. Captain is to boat as pilot is to _________________.

2. Finger is to hand as _________________ is to foot.

3. A composr creates music as a choreographer creates _________________.


Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Read a book of your choice silently for at least 15 minutes. Then:

1. Write down the title and author of your book.

2. Write a paragraph summarizing what you read in your book today.


Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

We are getting ready to read a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern called "The Greatest Gift." What do you think "the greatest gift" might or could be? Make a prediction. 


Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Summarize what has happened in "The Greatest Gift" so far based on what we read yesterday. Be specific/give details!


Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 (Bell Ringer #9 due)

Using the "Bees" handout (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet write the answers (just the letters) to the 4 questions.

1.

2.

3.

4.


Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #10)

Using "The Earth" handout (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet write the answers (just the letters) to the 4 questions.

1.

2.

3.

4.


Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Define/explain each of the terms below:

1. What is the main idea of a story or article?

2. What are the supporting details?


Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

What are context clues? How do we use context clues for reading? Explain or give examples. 


Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Read silently for at least 15 minutes. Then write down:

1. The title and author of your book.

2. Two things you have learned about or from your book. Explain and use details!


Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

None (No School)


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

None (No School)


Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Using the blue handout that says "Day 1" at the top (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet answer the 4 questions. 


Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 (Bell Ringer #10 due)

Read silently for at least 15 minutes and --

1. Write down the title and author of your book.

2. Pick a quote that stands out to you and write it down along with the page number.

3. Write a response to that quote. Tell what you think about it or how you feel, and why.


Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #11)

Using the blue handout that says "Day 2" at the top (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet answer the 4 questions. 


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Using the purple handout that says "Day 3" at the top (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet answer the 4 questions. 


Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Using the purple handout that says "Day 4" at the top (see Mrs. Borders), read the short passage and on your Bell Ringer sheet answer the 4 questions.


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Using the yellow handout (see Mrs. Borders), read and answer the 8 questions (front and back) on your Bell Ringer sheet.


Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

Read silently for at least 15 minutes, then: 

1. Write down the title and author of your book.

2. 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 give details.


Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

1. Write down as many synonyms as you can think of for the word "kid."

2. Then list antonyms for "kid."


Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

In the following sentences, some of the words are the wrong words, meaning they don't have the right spelling and meaning. Rewrite the sentences correctly.

1. I herd the reign ruined there picnic.

2. The young boy was to week too lift the bored. 

3. The principle read the announcements for the hole school.


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

For each sentence below, write the correct words in the order that you use them.

1. If a (hoarse/horse) had a sore throat, would it sound very (hoarse/horse)?

2. If you learn this (lessen/lesson) well, it will (lessen/lesson) the study time for your test.

3. Many (patience/patients) have very little (patience/patients) when they are ill.

4. The juniors (teamed/teemed) up to play basketball against the seniors.

5. The (beach/beech) (teamed/teemed) with seashells.


Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Match these homophones with their definitions. Just write the letter.

1. stationary          A. not interested

2. stationery          B. paper for writing letters

3. board                C. associated with brides or weddings

4. bored                D. motionless

5. bridal                 E. leather straps used to guide a horse

6. bridle                 F. lumber


Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

None (No School)


Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 (Bell Ringer #11 due, start Bell Ringer #12)

Use the clues to answer the questions using the words listed. (Just write the word.)

pedal     peddle     residence     residents

1. I am a place where people live. What am I?

2. I am a part of a bicycle. What am I?

3. I am a verb that means to sell. What am I?

4. I am people who live in a specific place. What am I?  


Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Use the words listed below to complete the sentences. For each number, just write the words in the order that you use them.

straight     strait     reins     reigns

1. The king _____, but the queen holds the _____ of power.

2. If you travel _____ east by ship, you will reach the _____ of Gibraltar, leading to the Mediterranean Sea. 


Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Use a dictionary to write a brief definition for the underlined word that fits the context of each sentence.

1. Darryl will graduate from high school in June.

2. The graduate applied for several jobs last week.

3. The woman set her groceries on the counter.

4. My parents countered my request for a larger allowance.


Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Use a dictionary to write a brief definition for the underlined word that fits the context of each sentence. 

1. Who will conduct the orchestra at tonight's concert?

2. Water conducts electricity.

3. His conduct during the crisis was admirable.


Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Write the correct word to complete each sentence.

1. He was a person of strong (principles/principals).

2. The (principles/principals) of nine schools met for lunch.

3. My advice is to spend the interest, but don't touch the (principle/principal).

4. Some scientific (principles/principals) are difficult to understand.


Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Turn to one of the first few pages of The City of Ember where the "Contents" are listed, and notice how the author chose to use chapter titles along with the numbers.

Why do you think she did this? What could it add to the story?


Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Turn to the map of the City of Ember at the beginning of the novel. List at least 3 observations about what you notice or find interesting about the city based on the map.


Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Why was the City of Ember built? Make a prediction about what we will learn about the city's creation.


Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Read the following passage from Chapter 2 of The City of Ember: "People in Ember rarely threw anything away. They made the best possible use of what they had."

What do you think of this philosophy? How does it compare to your life? How do you see this idea reflected in what other people do?


Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

None (No School)


Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (Bell Ringer #12 due, start Bell Ringer #13)

Lina loves to draw. Her favorite thing to draw is a city from her imagination that exists outside of Ember. Describe this city that Lina dreams of and compare it to her reality -- Ember. Use evidence from the text (look at pages 4, 17, 24-25). 


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 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. Explain and be specific!

*This story reminds me of ...

*I noticed ...

*I wonder why ...

*I was surprised by ...

*One question I have is ...


Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

At the end of Chapter 3 of The City of Ember, Doon's father says, "The main thing is to pay attention. Pay close attention to everything, notice what no one else notices. Then you'll know what no one else knows, and that's always useful." 

*How could this idea be helpful in life? Explain/be specific!

ENGLISH BELL RINGERS


Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer #9)

Imagine that a book is written about your life. What would be the most important part? Explain in complete sentences.


Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday story, book, or movie? What makes that one special to you and causes it to stand out compared to others? Explain using complete sentences.

*Write your answer in the Tuesday box on your Bell Ringer sheet.


Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Write a paragraph about: 

1. The holiday traditions you share with your family and/or friends.

OR

2. A memory or experience from a past holiday season.

*Write your answer in the Wednesday box on your Bell Ringer sheet.


Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Write a short letter to Santa, but it must not be a traditional list of objects that you want. Rather, what you ask for must not be an object or material thing. You must fully explain why you want this.

*Write your answer in the Thursday box on your Bell Ringer sheet. Feel free to go into Friday's box if you need to.

* Save your Bell Ringer sheet to use after break.


Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

How have you seen time travel depicted or portrayed in stories, TV, or movies? What are some methods the characters use to travel through time? Explain and give examples. 

*3rd period is excused from today's Bell Ringer -- no class.


Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 (Bell Ringer #9 due, start Bell Ringer #10)

3rd period: How have you seen time travel depicted or portrayed in stories, TV, or movies? What are some methods the characters use to travel through time? Explain and give examples.

5th, 6th, & 7th periods: Describe the setting of the short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. What is it like? OR

What do you know/remember about the story so far? What has happened?


Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

3rd period: We are getting ready to read a science fiction short story called "A Sound of Thunder." Based on the title alone, make a prediction about what the story could possibly be about. Be creative!

5th, 6th, & 7th periods: Who are the two main characters in "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury? Describe them and what they are like.


Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

We have read about half of the short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. What do you think might happen next in the story? What is your prediction for how it will end? Explain in complete sentences. 


Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

None (school closed early)


Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

None (No School)


Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

None (No School)


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

None (No School)


Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

What types of conflict are present in "A Sound of Thunder"? Explain and write in complete sentences. (Look at your Conflict Notes -- pg. 68 of your notebook -- for help.)


Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 (Bell Ringer #10 due)

Imagine that you could go back and do one thing differently in your life (could be something very recent or way in the past -- something big or small). How could that change have impacted you or others? Explain. 


Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 (Start Bell Ringer #11)

In "A Sound of Thunder," Eckels accidentally killing a butterfly in the past changes the future drastically. Brainstorm how his small mistake could have led to those big changes. What chain of events might have occurred?


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

1. Write down the name of a book or movie that you read or watched recently, or one of your favorite books or movies. 2. What kind of message or lesson did it have about life? Explain.


Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

None (Benchmark Test)


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Write a brief story (a paragraph) that shows one of the following themes:

*Overcoming obstacles

*Hard work pays off

*Standing up for what's right

*Believing in yourself


Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

1. When you see or hear the word "lottery," what comes to your mind or what do you imagine? 

2. What would you do if you won a lottery?

Explain each.


Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

Write a brief fictional story (a paragraph) about one of the following characters:

*an animal

*a monster/ghost/zombie

*a cartoon/animated character

*a superhero


Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Write a brief fictional story (at least a paragraph) that takes place in one of the following settings:

*a haunted house

*an old castle

*space/another planet

*the basement of WI


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

While listening to the podcast for "The Lottery," write down 4 important or interesting pieces of information that you hear. 

*Absent students excused from today's Bell Ringer.


Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Write a brief fictional story (at least a paragraph) with one of the following plot elements:

*a magical object is discovered

*losing one of the five senses

*a race against time to save a life

*a journey into the future


Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

None (No School)


Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 (Bell Ringer #11 due, start Bell Ringer #12)

Write a brief fictional story (at least a paragraph) with one of the following conflicts:

*person vs. supernatural

*person vs. technology

*person vs. nature


Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Write a brief fictional story (at least a paragraph) with one of the following tones: 

*cheerful

*gloomy

*scary

*funny


Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Below is some dialogue that has not been punctuated. Write the lines of dialogue on your paper and add punctuation (quotation marks, commas, and end marks) and capital letters where needed.

     We shouldn't speak of it Kler asked

     Father replied no one must know

     What about Kler continue the Chief in Tarboon

     Absolutely no one replied father


Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

What are the toughest and easiest parts of the writing process for you? Why? Explain your experiences.


Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

What keeps you interested in a story and makes you want to continue reading? Explain and be specific or use examples.


Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Refer to the passage (see Mrs. Borders) and rewrite it in first person on your Bell Ringer sheet.


Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Who is the most unique or interesting person that you know? Describe this person in detail in complete sentences. (Think about: What does this person say, do, or believe that makes him/her different? How does he/she look, what does he/she wear, and how do others think about that person?)


Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Write down one of your favorite places and imagine you are there. What words/sensory details (think of your 5 senses) would you use to describe it? Write in complete sentences.


Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Follow the directions at the top of the handout titled "Leads: Dewey's Day at the Campground" (see Mrs. Borders). Write your answer on your Bell Ringer Sheet -- NOT on the handout.


Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

None (No School)


Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (Bell Ringer #12 due, start Bell Ringer #13)

Using the "Transitional Phrases" paper (see Mrs. Borders), write the sentences in the story at the bottom and fill in the blanks with the transitional words from the box at the top that make the most sense.


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

1. Describe the beginning of your short story. What's it like? How have you set up or introduced your story?

2. Describe the ending of your short story. What's it like? What is your reader left feeling or thinking?


Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Answer one of the following questions in complete sentences. Be detailed and explain!

1. What areas or parts of your writing do you need to focus on the most when revising and editing in order to improve your work?

2. What is your goal for what you hope/want to accomplish on your short story today? What do you need to do to reach your goal?

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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