A Wrinkle in Time
We hope everyone had a great fall break!
This week, 8th grade students will be reading an excerpt from "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L' Engle, to analyze a narrative for archetype and narrative techniques. They will be determining the theme and central idea of the text, as well as identifying the stages of the hero's journey in the reading selection.
Later in the week, students will be reviewing the RACE strategy as they get ready to work on their embedded writing assessment, where they will develop their own narrative and apply the stages on the hero journey to the plot of their writing.
The Odyssey and the Hero's Journey
This week students will be reading an excerpt from The Odyssey. They will be analyzing the epic poem for archetype of the hero's journey, as well as using textual evidence to support their analysis of the story as they answer text dependent questions. Students will also explain the difference between character traits and characterization using examples of two characters from the story.
As we read and discuss The Odyssey, students will focus on the following vocabulary: talents, draught, whey, curdled, sacked, slew, suppliants, devoid, revere, aegis, whelps, cast lots, premonitions, ambrosia and nectar, fuddled, subtle, treachery, and fleece.
There will be a comprehension quiz on Friday that includes vocabulary, analyzing quotes from the story and using evidence from text to support answers to questions.
Fall Break: No School
Monday September 24th thru Friday September 28th
The Drummer Boy of Shiloh
This week, our class will be reading and discussing a short story, The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, by Ray Bradbury. Students will be able to determine meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative language used by the author to create impact in the meaning and tone of the story. Students will also practice their writing skills, using textual evidence to support their analysis of the story.
Vocabulary to focus:
The Drummer Boy of Shiloh (Part 1)
The Drummer Boy of Shiloh (Part 2)
Additionally, students will be assigned a Hero's Journey Project. In this project, students will complete an analysis of the hero journey archetype using a movie or story of their choice.
The Hero's Journey Project (100 points): Due September 17, 2018
Applying the Hero Stages to the Plot of a Story
I hope you have had a restful long weekend!
This week we are wrapping up with Big Hero Six, by analyzing the hero's journey stages in the movie.
Students will be reviewing the story presented in the movie and editing the chart they created last week, as needed. This will serve as a study guide for a comprehension test, Tuesday. The following link contains a prezi presentation that they can use to review and study for the test:
Thursday and Friday, our class will be introduced to imagery in literature. We will read the poem Ithaka
to analyze how writers use imagery to create a picture in the reader's mind. Students will be identifying examples of imagery in the poem. Then students will be creating a poem of their own, using imagery to describe the character as she is presented in the poem.
Highlights this week:
September 5th- Progress reports will be available online via StudentVue or ParentVue. ParentVue gives you access to your student;s schedule and grades. Click on the following link and follow the simple steps.