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


Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #1)

Do you like to read? Why or why not? Write in complete sentences. (I like to read because ...)


Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Why is reading important in life? Explain in complete sentences. (Reading is important because ...)


Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Read the following article about solar eclipses: Why Future Earthlings Won't See Total Solar EclipsesWhat is the article about, or what is the main idea? Summarize it briefly in your own words.


Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

What is your favorite book, or a book you have enjoyed reading? What did you like about it?


Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

What kinds of stories do you like to read most? Why?


Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Remove the prefix and suffix in the underlined word below and write it down. Then write a new sentence using that root word.

          Max was very uncomfortable in his tuxedo and dress shoes.

Root word: ________________

New sentence: __________________________________________


Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #1 due)

Add a prefix and suffix to the word compare. Use your new word in a sentence.

New word: ________________

Sentence: ______________________________________________


Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #2)

Which of the words below contains a root word that means "to pinpoint the place of something"? Write down your choices, and then write a sentence using one of those words.

relocate     locust tree     locatable     locomotion     located


Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

For many years, one of the longest words in some dictionaries was antidisestablishmentarianism. Break the word down by listing all the prefixes and suffixes in it and finding the root word. Then try to figure out the meaning and write your guess.

PrefixesRoot WordSuffixes



Meaning (my guess): _______________________________________


Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Write the words that share similar meanings. Then write a sentence using one of the words. 

antitoxin     antibodies     antidote     antiphony     antiserum


Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Write the root words for each word below.

1. unthinkable     2. illegal     3. honesty    

4. mismanagement     5. impossible     6. disconnection


Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Add a prefix, suffix, or both to each root word below. Write the new words.

1. luck     2. quick     3. sleep     4. reach     5. pay     6. read


Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Sometimes the spelling of a root word changes when a suffix is added. Write the root words of the words below -- watch the spelling!

1. unbelievable          4. unhappily

2. reappearance        5. unfriendly

3. rechargeable         6. disagreement


Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Add the prefix re- to each word below and use it in a short sentence.

1. move

2. pay

3. place

What do you think the prefix re- means?


Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Make a bubble map with 5 more details you can remember from the story "The Moustache" so far. (Draw a circle in the middle of your bell ringer box and write "The Moustache" inside of it. Then draw six circles around it. You can write "Mike is the main character" in one, and fill in the rest with other details.)


Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #2 due)

Read a book of your choice silently for at least 15 minutes. 1. Write down the title of your book and the author. 2. While reading, pick a quote that stands out to you and write it down along with the page number (could be a sad part, funny part, important part, favorite part, surprising part, confusing part, or a part that makes you predict something). 3. Write a response to that quote. Tell what you think about it or how you feel, and why.


Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #3)

Use each of the following vocabulary words from "The Moustache" in a sentence of your own.

1. postponement

2. theatrically

3. barrel

4. complexes


Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Use each of the following vocabulary words from "The Moustache" in a sentence of your own.

1. antiseptic

2. lapsed

3. lucid


Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Use each of the following vocabulary words from "The Moustache" in a sentence of your own.

1. conspiratorial

2. mournful

3. serene


Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Study for your quiz! Review your notes. (Nothing to write down today.)


Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

After reading silently for at least 15 minutes: 1 Write down the title and author of your book. 2. Summarize what has happened in your book so far. Explain the story and what/who it is about. Write a paragraph. 


Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

1. How can knowing the meaning of a prefix and the root word help you understand the meaning of a new word?

2. If you know the meaning of a prefix, but not the root word, how can that help you understand the meaning of the new word?


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Write "true" or "false" for each statement below.

1. Prefixes can completely change the meanings of words.

2. Hyperactive and hypoactive have opposite meanings. (Use a dictionary to check!)

3. Prefixes are added to the beginning of a word.

4. The spelling of a root word may change when prefixes are added.

ENGLISH BELL RINGERS


Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #1)

What is English? How would you define this subject? Write your own definition in complete sentences. (English is ...)


Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Do you like English as a class? Why or why not? Explain in complete sentences. (I like English because ...)


Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

While listening to the NPR radio story, think about the following question and write down your answer in complete sentences: What do solar eclipses often mean, or represent, in movies? (Absent students excused from today's Bell Ringer.)


Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

How would you describe yesterday's solar eclipse based on your own experiences viewing it? What was it like? Write in complete sentences.


Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

What is a sentence? What does it include? Write your own definition based on what you know and remember. 


Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Free write! Write a paragraph (at least 4 sentences) about a topic of your choice.


Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #1 due)

Name the 4 types of sentences and write your own new sentence for each one.


Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #2)

Copy down the following sentences. Draw a line (/) between the complete subject and complete predicate. Then underline the simple subject once and simple predicate twice.

1. The wild horses ran freely along the shore.

2. The youngest kids swim in the shallow pool.

3. I like rap music.


Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

What is a sentence fragment? What is a run-on sentence? Explain both in complete sentences.


Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Why is it important for us to know and understand the parts of speech? Explain in complete sentences. 


Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Make a list of nouns (at least 10) that are present in our classroom.


Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Nouns can be common (general/nonspecific) or proper (specific). Capitalize proper nouns.

Which of the words below are proper and need to be capitalized? Write those words only?

amusement park          musician           freedom

walmart                         cheetos             labor day

dr. bob                          spaghetti


Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

What's wrong with the following sentence? Answer this question and rewrite the sentence so it is correct.

When the officer chased the burglar through the park, he broke his ankle. 


Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Write at least 3 sentences about your long, Labor Day weekend. Then circle every pronoun you used in your sentences. (Don't see any pronouns? Add some to your sentences!)


Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

What is one of your favorite pieces of clothing? Write down at least 4 words (adjectives) to describe it.


Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 (Bell Ringer Sheet #2 due)

Think of a pet that has been a part of your family or a favorite animal. Write a description of that animal using four adjectives and complete sentences.


Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 (Start Bell Ringer Sheet #3)

Write a paragraph (at least 4 sentences) about one of your favorite memories or experiences. Think about stories from your life that you love to tell others.


Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Think about your day so far. What kinds of actions have you gone through already? (Examples: sleep, eat)


Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Write 3 original sentences -- 1 using an action verb, 1 with a helping verb, and 1 with a linking verb. Circle your verbs.


Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Write 3 original sentences -- 1 in past tense, 1 in present tense, and 1 in future tense.


Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Imagine that you are running a race. Make a list of words (adverbs) to describe the way in which you are running. (At least 4 adverbs!)


Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Rewrite the following sentence so that it includes an adjective and an adverb to provide more details: The cow jumped over the moon. 

Label your adjective and adverb in your sentence.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Think of a box. Make a list of words (prepositions) that could tell us about the space it takes up. Examples: in the box, behind the box.

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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