8th Grade Reuniting

Due to the split up of the 8th grade this year, your last year in middle school, many have asked if we could have a reuniting event.

In honor of Maestoso, we will extend the event through afternoon tutorials on Thursday, December 20. If you’re a current 8th grade student in my class, you may choose to attend this event to reconnect with your peers from the original class. Please consider bringing your favorite book you’ve read this year wrapped to exchange in a “White Elephant” style gift exchange. Also, feel free to bring a snack and water for your personal enjoyment.

Time: 3:40-4:05 PM
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Place: Room 614
Bring (optional): Your favorite book, wrapped, and a snack/water for your personal enjoyment
Wear: Blue for Maestoso, of course!

The Hobbit

With the recent release of The Hobbit movie adaptation, I wanted to share a few interesting facts and resources about Tolkien, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy!

  • There is a The Lord of the Rings symphony.
  • Some universities offer Tolkien classes.
  • Tolkien loved word play and even invented his own languages for fun.
  • The Hobbit was born from a comment Tolkien wrote on a student paper.
  • Starting next school year, GT ILA 8th graders across the district will read The Hobbit as part of the GT ILA course!

Tonight’s Homework

7th grade, here’s your assignment! It’s due tomorrow!

Go to http://www.perotmuseum.org and click on the “Explore the Museum” tab.

Use the information found through this tab to summarize in a paragraph of 6-8 sentences all the things you could see or do at this museum. Include aspects of the building itself as well as the exhibits.

Poetry Contest

5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest

Submit Your Poem Today!

If you’re in grades 3-8, write a poem about your pet and enter in the 5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest for a chance to win:

– A $1,000 scholarship for each winning student’s classroom
– A $250 gift certificate for pet products
– And, a “by·line” in a nationally circulated magazine!

6 Students Nationwide Will Win!

It couldn’t be easier to enter! Kids simply write a poem about their pet and the joys they bring, and post it online.

Deadline: January 31, 2013
http://www.petsaddlife.org/2012-pet-poetry-contest/

7th Grade Unit Test

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, you have your first SpringBoard-inspired Unit Test! Here’s what you need to know to ace it!

7th Grade Unit (1) B Review

Look over the SpringBoard unit that we’ve been studying for the last several weeks including all the activities we’ve done (p. 1-88). Important topics include:

  • theme (in myth and personal narrative)
  • exposition
  • infer
  • symbolism
  • conflict
  • climax
  • falling action
  • resolution
  • rising action
  • tone
  • hyperbole
  • allusion
  • sensory details
  • imagery
  • revising personal narratives
  • conventions (grammar, comma rules, sentence structures, etc.)