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8th Grade Update 11.13-11.17
Posted by Abby LeBaron on November 09, 2017 at 7:19pm

8th grade updates:

Students are currently in their 2nd week of reading Science-Fiction or Dystopian novels; they will need to read a minimum of two during the month of November.  As a class, we have been closely studying the short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury and will hold our first Socratic Seminar this week.

I am hopeful that I will see many of you at conferences the week of Thanksgiving; as always, please reach out if you have questions specific to your student or want to schedule a different time to discuss student progress if you will not be able to make it to conferences.


Monday, 11.13

Tuesday, 11.14

Wednesday, 11.15

Thursday, 11.16

Friday, 11.17


Class Events

Tone ML & Practice with “The Veldt”


Identification & Analysis of Author's Purpose in JR Book

Speaking & Listening ML / Basics


Socratic Seminar Prep

Socratic Seminar

Viewing a Film: Director’s Craft to Tone ML


Viewing “The Veldt” Film

JR Book Theme Check



Viewing “The Veldt” film



Identifying & Analyzing Tone in JR Book

Speaking & Listening (Socratic Seminar)

Tone in Film / Director’s Craft (graphic organizer)

Tone in Film / Director’s craft


JR Book Theme Claim Check   

Homework (other than weekly reading & notes – see below)





1st Science Fiction / Dystopian book needs to be finished by this weekend

Independent Reading Expectations: a minimum of 120 (2 hours) weekly. 

Independent Reading Thinking: Students also need to engage with what they read by tracking evidence & analysis in a variety of ways (introduced and taught in class).  


Upcoming Assessments:

  • JR Book Extended Response 1st week of December

o   Evidence, Theme, & Informational Writing assessed)