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We began discussions on The Pearl with emphasis on literary analysis. Below are some class notes should anyone need to download a copy of them. We will continue with this tomorrow. The test on this novel will not be till next week. Students will be given a specific date for the test tomorrow.

Setting Literary Analysis

In addition, all students need to be working on their personal speeches. Presentations dates were given out yesterday. These will begin this coming Monday. Everyone has the instructions and expectations in the Writing section of their language arts binders.

posted on: August 16, 2007


Posters are due on Monday.

posted on: May 09, 2007


Act II questions due tomorrow.

Tests on the play were taken today. They are graded and posted on i-parent...or will be by 4!

We continue watching the Anne Frank movie.

posted on: May 08, 2007


We are watching the 1959 Academy Award winning film, The Diary of Anne Frank.

There is a test tomorrow on the entire play.

Act II questions are due Wednesday.

We will be visiting the Book Fair on Thursday. Anybody interested in possible purchases should remember to bring their money.

posted on: May 07, 2007


All classes have finished the play and are working on questions for Act II. A test on the entire play will be on Monday.

Keep working on those posters!!!!

Have a great week end!

posted on: May 03, 2007


We are just beginning Act II of the play. New question sheets will be handed out tomorrow.

For Wednesday:

a. Question/answer sheet for Act I is due.
b. Test on Act I

All students need to be working on the "Stamp Out Prejudice" posters.

posted on: April 30, 2007


We read the following:

1st hr: p.730 Scene 4

2nd hr.: P.745 End of Act I

3rd Hr.: p. 735 Scene 5

6th Hr.: p. 735 Scene 5

7th Hr.: p. 744

All students need to be working on the comp. questions for Act I. Also, remember to start planning and working on your posters.

Have a terrific week end!

posted on: April 27, 2007


We started the play:
1st hour: read to p. 704, middle of the page
2nd hr.: read to p.712 (top of the page)
3rd hr.: p.711 (top of the page)
6th hr.: p.705 (top of the page)
7th hr.: p. 709("He tosses...)

will continue tomorrow

posted on: April 25, 2007



Stamp Out Prejudice

Wednesday: quiz on film
Friday: written assignment on reaction to film

Some extra notes for your "collection" !

Anne Frank Remembered Notes

posted on: April 24, 2007


CRCT's are finally over, and the students (and teachers!) are thrilled!

We began our final unit for the year...the Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank. Students have been viewing Anne Frank Remembered, an award winning documentary that serves as an excellent foundation and introduction to this unit.


posted on: April 20, 2007

ACLA2 3/21

Test Friday on The Wave.

All analysis work due Friday.

Below is a copy of the written assignment introduced today in class. If you were absent, make sure to speak with me for further clarification.

The Wavetime To Earn Your Stripes

posted on: March 21, 2007


Students were given class time to work on their stanza and metaphor interpretations. Those who finished worked on their stories that are due tomorrow.

Test tomorrow on "The Highwayman".

posted on: March 21, 2007

ACLA2 3/20

We are wrapping up The Wave. Make sure all the literature analysis is completed by Friday of this week. A test will be given on Thursday. Be prepared to take it on Friday if you will be absent the day of the test.

CRCT review will begin after this and will continue until testing.

posted on: March 20, 2007


The re-telling of "The Highwayman" is due this Thursday. If typed, it must be double spaced, Times New Roman; if it's handwritten, it must be in ink and also double spaced.

A test on the ballad will be given on Thursday. Study your class notes.

CRCT review will follow this unit. We will be staying with this until testing takes place. :)

posted on: March 20, 2007

ACLA2 3/19

We will be wrapping up The Wave tomorrow. All analysis work will be due this Friday, 3/23. Expect a test on the novel by Thursday. I'll let you know for sure tomorrow.

posted on: March 19, 2007


We continued our work with "The Highwayman" analyzing stanzas, going over vocabulary, and discussing figurative language and rhyme schemes.

Tomorrow all students must turn in the pictures of their assigned stanza with the stanza written/typed on the back, and be able to answer questions about it.

posted on: March 19, 2007


We began work on "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. Students will be discussing literary analysis and figurative language. Today's class notes are below.


posted on: March 15, 2007


Read to the end of chapter 14.

Today we held a mini debate. The class was split in two; one side had to defend the Wave while the other presented the cons. We will continue tomorrow. (I think I have a class full of future lawyers!!!!!!!!!)

posted on: March 14, 2007

ACLA2 3/12

Today there was a pop quiz on the first few chapters of The Wave. We continue to analyze the novel, take notes, and hold class discussions, all which will be used for assessment.

posted on: March 12, 2007

ACLA2 3/9

Please read through chapter 6 for Monday. Keep up-to-date with the analysis information.

Click below for today's class notes.

Wave Character Wheel

posted on: March 09, 2007


Students need to read to the end of chapter 4 for tomorrow.

We continued with character analysis and wrote on the board the main descriptors for each one. Focus was also placed on the relationships described so far.

posted on: March 08, 2007

ACLA2 3/7

Continued work on The Wave. Class discussions primarily focused on characters, vocab., and the Nazis and what led to their actions against minorities, especially the Jews.

Students should have read up to the end of chapter 2. Please keep up with main ideas, characterization, theme, etc. Do not wait to do it all at the end of the novel.

posted on: March 07, 2007


Students completed writing their summary/analysis about hate crimes. Please type your final copies over the week end if you did not get a chance to do so in school.

We begin The Wave on Monday.

posted on: March 02, 2007


Today was a media center day. Mrs. Hendrix worked with the students on using reference materials to obtain information.

Tomorrow we continue our work on hate crimes. Below is a copy of the writing assignment students will be working on later this week.

Hate Crimes

posted on: February 26, 2007

ACLA2 2/23

The class reviewed data and information from the US Dept. of Justice and the FBI regarding hate crime in the US. We will finish this on Monday and then use the information for a writing assignment.

Don't forget...attain a copy of The Wave! I have purchased 4 copies and 2 students have already claimed 2 of them.

Have a great weekend!

posted on: February 23, 2007

ACLA 2 2/21

Pronoun tests were returned and checked today in class.

As a foundation for our next book, The Wave, students were introduced to a list of words having to do with discrimination. Among the terms were prejudice, stereotype, scapegoat, racism, and pluralism. Tomorrow we will read a short piece, "The Greenies", which will open up discussion about prejudice. This book and its entire unit also serves as a foundation for the Anne Frank/Holocaust unit at the end of the year.

I would like to see all students with a copy of The Wave by Todd Strasser by a week from Friday. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding a copy or if you need assistance in any way.

Below is a link to Amazon, but I believe the local book stores should have enough copies of the book. PLEASE purchase a paperback format since we will probably be doing underlining, writing, etc. in the book itself. You may ask neighbors, siblings, or acquaintances who have had me as a teacher. You may use their copies, perhaps! Used books are encouraged and welcomed!


posted on: February 21, 2007


Test tomorrow on "I Have a Dream"

In-class projects due tomorrow at the end of class.

posted on: February 01, 2007

ACLA2 1/31

Students began oral presentations today. They have chosen some mighty powerful pieces of King's.

In-class projects should conclude by Friday.

posted on: January 31, 2007


Students need to study for the test on Friday. Regardless of what the weather may or may not do tonight, school or not tomorrow, THE TEST WILL BE GIVEN ON FRIDAY.

In-class projects are finally coming to an end. We continue to plan the start of pronouns on Monday.

posted on: January 31, 2007


Isn't technology fun?

Click on the picture for today's information.

Comic Homework 1-1

posted on: January 30, 2007


Students continued work on MLK's "I Have a Dream" . They are answering short answer questions, writing paragraphs, and creating art representative of a metaphor or simile found in the speech.

Wednesday: Students will present to the class the summary and analysis of another of King's written work.

Monday, 2/5, their written and pictorial summaries of "I Have a Dream" are due.

Next week we begin working with pronouns.

posted on: January 29, 2007


Students continued work on their MLK projects. We plan on working on these in class through tomorrow. We will see then if more time is necessary for completion. For those of you interested in working on some of this from home, below is a copy of class notes regarding expected length of each section.

Mlk Speech Instruction Summary

A test on "I Have a Dream" is scheduled for Friday. Students are to reread the speech and review notes taken in class.

Monday the 5th will see the start of a unit on pronouns.

posted on: January 29, 2007


Classes finished viewing and hearing the video/audio of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. There will be a brief quiz tomorrow on the speech...very basic-only 5 questions.

In addition, students were given a handout that explains their work for the next few days. They will be involved with multiple small projects regarding the Civil Rights Movement, MLK, and his speech. This will ALL be completed in class.

All classes took the "Choice" vocabulary quiz.

posted on: January 25, 2007


Paragraph by paragraph interpretation of "I Have a Dream" and analysis of figurative language were the focus of today's lesson. Most classes began watching a video of MLK's 1963 speech.

Quiz tomorrow on "Choice" vocab.

posted on: January 24, 2007

ACLA2 1/24

Students began reading and interpreting MLK's speech. Figurative language including vocabulary will be the focal point.

In addition, a summarizing activity was assigned and explained. This is due Friday, 2/2. Below is a copy of the directions.

Quiz tomorrow on "Choice" vocab.

I Have A Dream Summary Project

posted on: January 24, 2007

ACLA2 1/23

Word maps were completed and presented. Final discussion and sharing of answers to the essential questions took place.

Students were given basic instructions to an assignment due next Wednesday, 1/31. The assignment requires them to read one of MLK's speeches/written pieces and present it to the class. The requirements are found below.

Mlk  Assignment

Tomorrow we begin reading and analyzing "I Have a Dream". Future projects and assignments will be discussed later this week.

posted on: January 23, 2007


We checked homework and discussed the vocabulary and essential questions. It was announced that a vocabulary quiz will be given on Thursday.

Discussion on figurative language was begun and explanations about metaphors, similes, alliteration, and repetition were presented, We began reading and summarizing the first few paragraphs of "I HAve a Dream". Students are urged to make notations on their copy of the speech in addition to marking examples of figurative language. We will continue this process through tomorrow and hope to view and listen the actual speech from 1963 on Thursday.

Varied assignments are to follow this week and next.

Class notes:

Mlk Figurative Language 2

posted on: January 23, 2007


Students read "Choice" and we discussed the essential questions. The answers to these are due tomorrow. In addition, vocabulary is due. Third, sixth, and seventh hours are to complete 3 word maps for 3 of the words from the list and define the remaining words. First hour is to define, identify part of speech, and use in a sentence all of the words on the list.

Below is a copy of the word maps to be used by some.

Word Map 2

posted on: January 22, 2007


Today we read "Choice" and discussed the essential questions plus vocabulary. The answers to the questions are due tomorrow. Students will be working on word maps in class tomorrow.

An example of the word map is found below.

Word Map 2-1

posted on: January 22, 2007


Students read "Choice" and we discussed the essential questions. The answers to these are due tomorrow. In addition, vocabulary is due. Third, sixth, and seventh hours are to complete 3 word maps for 3 of the words from the list and define the remaining words. First hour is to define, identify part of speech, and use in a sentence all of the words on the list.

Below is a copy of the word maps to be used by some.

Word Map 2
Word Map

posted on: January 22, 2007


We continued discussions on the civil rights movement primarily reviewing and explaining issues and events that took place from 1954 to 2003. Students used a time line as a basis for these discussions, and also viewed photographs about some of these events that made them more realistic. Click on the address below to view the timeline.


We did not get to "Choice", but we will do so on Monday.

Have a terrific weekend.

posted on: January 19, 2007


We began discussion on the civil rights movement, and I have asked students to ask parents, grandparents, etc. about their experiences growing up in the 60's and 70's. We will be reading Alice Walker's "Choice" beginning tomorrow, and from there will follow up with MLK and "I Have a Dream".

To start, students will have to answer 2 essential questions and work with vocabulary from the story. Other small projects and short writing assignments will follow. Below are the questions and words we will begin working on tomorrow.

Essential questions:
1. What was Alice Walker's purpose for writing "Choice"?
2. How is her "choice" connected to MLK's civil rights movement?


embrace disinherit
dispossession literally
brutality ephemeral

posted on: January 18, 2007


The Writing Test is finally behind us! I am encouraged from all the bits of conversation I have heard, that the students feel confident about their essays. We have been told to expect results in March.

Beginning tomorrow, we will be studying the Civil Rights Movement. Included in our readings will be "Choice" by Alice Walker, and King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Literary analysis will be predominant in our lessons as will the students' written and oral responses to the literature.

These lessons will serve as a foundation to our final unit this year on the Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank.

posted on: January 17, 2007


We concluded reading The Light in the Forest. All analysis work will be reviewed and finished tomorrow.

posted on: November 20, 2006


Students will have a quiz tomorrow on chapters 5-11. A plot chart will be distributed that needs to be completed by next week.

Please finish reading the last chapters of the book and complete the necessary work.

All work for The Light in the Forest will be due Tuesday, November 28th. A final test will be given on that day, as well.

Have a terrific weekend.

posted on: November 16, 2006


Read chapters 7&8 for tomorrow and keep up with the chapter summaries and journal entries. Quizzes were returned.

Today Mrs. Hendrix reviewed note cards, bibliography cards, and other valuable researching information. Students were to bring 100 index cards to begin preparing for the research unit after Thanksgiving.

posted on: November 13, 2006


We continued work on The Light in the Forest. Students took a quiz on chapters 1-4 this morning. weekend homework!

posted on: November 10, 2006


We continue work with The Light in the Forest. Students are keeping up with literary analysis components, chapter summaries, and journaling. There is a quiz tomorrow on chapters 1-4.

REMINDER: All students will need 100 5X3 index cards for the research unit coming in the near future. Mrs. Hendrix will be reviewing note cards and bibliography cards with all 8th graders on Monday.

posted on: November 09, 2006

ACLA2 11/6

Students began the unit on The Light in the Forest. Handouts were distributed covering chapter summaries, characterization, conflict, journaling, etc. Students know which ones need to be worked on nightly.

We began chapter one, but did not finish. Therefore, students must complete it and chapter 2 for Wednesday. In addition, they must summarize the chapters and complete the speculation journal.

If the book is owned by the student, it is suggested that they begin to highlight or underline vocabulary, descriptive passages, and so forth. This is information they will need for future use as explained in class.

posted on: November 06, 2006


Students recited the 2 stanzas from "The Raven" that they had chosen earlier in the week. They all did a pretty good job! In addition, they completed transcribing stanzas from the same poem into prose. Tomorrow we will put them together and continue reading them as a complete story.

Test tomorrow! STUDY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Response to literature due tomorrow.

posted on: November 02, 2006


First and third hours worked in literature circles involving Poe's stories and the element of tone. Tomorrow they will continue working on the expanded paragraph as described below.

Sixth and seventh hours continued working on the expanded paragraph. As a pre-write, they used the Venn diagram that listed similarities and differences between the stories they had read. Emphasis was put on the use of transitions and compound sentences. Tomorrow we continue with this lesson. Students will also be given a timed writing assignment that will mirror today's.

posted on: November 02, 2006



1. literature analysis due by Friday
2. recitation of 2 stanzas
3. test

posted on: November 01, 2006

11/1 All language arts periods and ACLA2

We have been presenting Poe projects since yesterday. I CANNOT believe the level of originality exhibited in most of the projects this year! From movies, posters, and costume designs, to portrayals of attorneys at the narrator's trial. Epilogues have been very Poe-like and gruesome to the max! I am thrilled to, once again, have my students out do any expectations I may have had regarding the projects. They are here for everyone's "enjoyment"...feel free to come visit!

posted on: November 01, 2006

ACLA2 10/30

We read "The Raven" today and discussed Poe's use of alliteration, internal rhyming, repetition, and vocabulary to create tone. We will continue work with this tomorrow. Students have been asked to memorize any 2 stanzas for recitation this week.

Due soon:

1. Written response to literature due by Friday.
2. Poe projects due no later than Wednesday.
3. Recitation of 2 stanzas on Thursday.
4. Test Friday on "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and the notes on Poe.


posted on: October 30, 2006


"The Tell-Tale Heart" tests were returned today as well as the "Flowers for Algernon" Blooms projects.

Poe projects are starting to come in, and they are creepy, gruesome, and scary. Poe is smiling from above! some presentations started today, but most will take place tomorrow and Wednesday. Remember to read the instructions carefully and include all requirements.

We are also continuing to analyze both stories be comparing and contrasting elements of each. We used a venn diagram as a note-taking device, and today started to write an eleven sentence paragraph about the similarities of both stories. Students will be focusing on using compound sentences, transitions, and direct quotations. First, third, and sixth hours are to complete the BP for tomorrow. We will use part of our class time to edit them.

posted on: October 30, 2006


1. Response to literature due next week.
2. Poe projects due 10/31.
3. WE will finish reading "THE BLACK CAT" tomorrow, and students will be making comparisons and contrasts regarding vocabulary, plot, characters, setting, tone, and theme.

Each student needs to have a copy of The Light in the Forest by the end of next week.

posted on: October 26, 2006


Students took "The Tell-Tale Heart" test today. We also began to read "The Black Cat" and will be discussing comparisons tomorrow.

posted on: October 26, 2006


Vocabulary and sentences assigned last night for homework were shared and discussed.

Quizzes and tests were returned.

Persuasive essays were returned and placed in portfolios.

We reviewed for a test on "The Tell-Tale Heart" tomorrow; students know to study the vocabulary, mystery criteria as it applies to "The Tell-Tale Heart", and characteristics of the narrator, as well as plot.

posted on: October 25, 2006


Students took an open-note quiz on the biographical movie they watched last week on Edgar Allan Poe. Tomorrow they begin work on literary analysis and a written response to "The Tell-Tale Heart".

Final Poe projects were discussed today. Students will choose ONE project from a list of choices. These are due Oct. 30th.

posted on: October 23, 2006


We completed reading "the Tell-Tale Heart". On Monday we begin literary analysis, a response to literature, and an exercise on opinion based on facts.

posted on: October 20, 2006


Due Monday: "Flowers for Algernon" project. Remember to bind them using a book report cover, etc.

Today we completed reading "The Tell-Tale Heart". Monday we will begin our literary analysis.

posted on: October 20, 2006

ACLA2 10/16

Today we viewed the last of the Keynote presentations. We will have a short review of verbals before proceeding to another grammar unit.

Tomorrow we begin a unit on Edgar Allan Poe. Students will be busy analyzing his literature and relating different pieces to his life story. After viewing a biographical documentary on Poe, students will analyze and write responses to several pieces of his work, in addition to creating a final project on "The Tell-Tale Heart".

posted on: October 16, 2006

Oct. 16th

Final essays were collected today.
Final projects for "Flowers For Algernon " are due Friday.

We began our unit on Poe today. This will take us through the next 2, possibly 3, weeks. Students will be viewing a film on the biography of Poe today and tomorrow. They are taking notes on life facts and personal tragedies. These notes will be used for future tests, writing assignments, and projects. It is imperative to have knowledge of Poe's life and tragedies in order to fully comprehend his literature.

We will be reading "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", "The Raven", and "The Mask of the Red Death" to name a few. Students will be responding to literature, analyzing literature, comparing and contrasting Poe's works, and finally, creating a final project.

Again, these will a very busy few weeks, and students are encouraged to keep up with the work and the reading.

posted on: October 16, 2006


There will be a final test on "Flowers for Algernon" tomorrow. Students should make sure to review the vocabulary words defined throughout the story in addition to everything else.

Information on the projects will be given out as well.

posted on: October 11, 2006


We continued reading "Flowers.." Students should answer the following questions:

1. Give 2 examples of Charlie's changing and growing thinking process.
2. Charlie has always viewed the world through the eyes of a child. How does the reader know he is beginning to view it as a man?

W e expect to conclude the story tomorrow. A test will be given on Thursday.

Students will find out tomorrow about the end of unit project. This will include several different choices to pick from, each representing a different level of difficulty.


posted on: October 10, 2006


"Flowers for Algernon" continued:

1st, 6th, 7th hours: Stopped before April 22nd entry
3rd hour: Stopped before April 9th entry

Students are to answer the questions written on the board, and in addition, they are to rewrite correctly the March 29th entry.

1. List two examples show Charlie's growing intelligence.
2. List two examples that indicate that Charlie has not changed completely.
3. What are Charlie's thoughts about Algernon?

posted on: October 05, 2006


First draft were turned in today.

We began reading "Flowers for Algernon" and most classes read up to page 188. Students are to answer questions given in class today.

posted on: October 04, 2006



We began a new unit today. We will be reading "Flowers for Algernon" in our lit. books, and so students were assigned books for the year.

posted on: October 03, 2006

2nd Hr. ONLY

All students need to have purchased or borrowed a copy of Conrad Richter's The Light in the Forest by the end of October. We will be working on a literary/research unit with this wonderful and captivating novel. More information will be given later, but I wanted to make sure to give everyone time to find a copy of the book. Please e-mail me if there are any questions about availability.

Light In The Forest

posted on: August 23, 2006

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