8th Grade Entrance Tasks

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12/5 Independent Reading
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on December 05, 2016 at 7:05am

Respect

Silently complete your own work.  

Responsibility

Get out your reader's notebook, scifi book, writing utensil.  

Integrity

Focus on your work the entire time.

Work only on your reading. 

Excellence

Select any writing about reading strategy.  Complete it on p. R24B

 

12/2 Theme
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on December 02, 2016 at 7:26am

What is theme in your Sci Fi book?  What is a moment that develops that theme in the beginning of your book?  How does that moment develop the theme?

12/1 Character
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on December 01, 2016 at 7:27am

1.  Read the excerpt from The Leveller

2.  What is Nixy like in this passage?  How do you know?  What technique (inner thinking, action, description, dialogue) does the author use to develop the character?

11/30 Inner Thinking, Action, Description, Dialogue
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 30, 2016 at 7:44am

What is Nixy like in the passage below?  How do you know?  What technique (inner thinking, action, description, dialogue) does the author use to show you that character trait?  

I ride my old Schwinn home with the fold-up lawn chair strapped to my back and my hoodie tied tightly under my chin.  I got my driver's license over the summer, but there's no way I'm going to spend money on car insurance, gas, and some old beater in this podunk town.  I can get anywhere in twenty minutes or less on my bike, and it's free.

11/29 Character
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 29, 2016 at 7:14am

List three character traits that describe Nixy Bauer (protagonist of The Leveller).  Think of three moments from chapter one that reveals that character trait

Character Trait
Moment

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11/28 Freewrite
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 28, 2016 at 7:24am

If you could live in any video game, which one would you live in?  Why?  Describe a typical day in this video game.  WRITE 1/2 a page!

11/17 What is Science Fiction?
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 17, 2016 at 7:35am

What is science fiction?  What kinds of elements would you expect when reading a science fiction book?

11/16 Socratic Seminar
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 15, 2016 at 3:01pm

1.  Send your round 1 person to the inner circle.

2.  Sit BEHIND your round 1 pilot

3.  Get out "The Veldt," your green Socratic Seminar packet, and a writing utensil.

11/15 Tone
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 15, 2016 at 7:46am

What is George Hadley's tone towards the house at the end?  What words and phrases best show that tone?

"Lydia, it's off and it stays off.  And the whole damn house dies as of here and now.  The more I see the mess we've put ourselves in, the more it sickens me.  We've been contemplating our mechanical, electronic navels for too long. My God, how we need a breath of honest air" (Bradbury 8-9).

11/14 Freewrite
Posted by Hannah Behrmann on November 14, 2016 at 7:23am

Get out a sheet of looseleaf paper.  Write your heading at the top.

Image result for UFO

Pick one scenario and write a zoom in description of the character.  

A:  An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) lands on earth.  The aliens bring a gift to save humanity.  What do the aliens look like?

B:  An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) lands on earth.  The aliens bring a terrible weapon to destroy humanity.  What do the aliens look like?