The Hero's Journey Archetype Explained
Many of the most popular stories, even over thousands of years and across cultures, share a specific formula. That formula is now commonly referred to as mythic structure, or the Hero's Journey
This week our class is learning about the steps in the Hero's Journey Archetype, as presented in our Springboard ELA text. We will discuss the characteristics specific to each stage of the journey and take notes. Students will be watching the film version of Big Hero 6 in class to identify each stage of the Hero's Journey.
Warm ups are completed and discussed in class daily to review or highlight important skills that will prepare them for end of grade assessments.
Students are responsible to check for accuracy and turn them in every Friday. Students need to label and date each warm up, before they turn them in for a grade.
Unpacking Unit 1: The Challenge of Heroism
This week our students will be working with an overview of Unit 1.
Students will take a vocabulary pre-test to assess their previous knowledge of the vocabulary for this unit.
Students will be creating a poster or thinking map with the following components:
Thursday, we will visit the Learning Commons (our school library), to check books out for personal reading.
We will complete a scavenger hunt using the books they check from the library.
Have a Great Summer!
Wishing everyone good luck in High School!
Remember to contact he High School you will be attending next year and make an appointment with the counseling department for your enrollment.
Report Cards will be mailed home on Wednesday, May 29th.
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Hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Reading Inventory and Year in Review
This week our students will be taking the Reading Inventory (RI). The RI is a reading comprehension test that assesses students’ reading skills. The score from this test helps teachers place students on the correct educational path, adjust their teaching style to students’ needs, track students’ reading growth over time, and match readers to books appropriate for their skills.
ELA Students will be working on reviewing grammar and reading skills learned throughout the year. Students who owe assignments for Quarter 4 will have an opportunity to complete and turn them in.
Also this week, students will be participating in their grade level Field Day. Students will get to experience a variety of fun activities in a friendly and safe environment.
Field day dates are as follow:
8th Grade - Wednesday, May 15th
7th Grade - Thursday, May 16th
6th Grade - Friday May 17th
East Cobb MS International Night Celebration
Please join us for our International Night celebration and enjoy an evening of fun, food samples, dance, music, art and learn about the cultures that represent the diversity of our families. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2018
Where: East Cobb Middle School
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Sections 4 and 5
Last week, students watched the movie version of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This week, we will be reviewing and discussing the last section of the text. Students will be completing activities in class and getting ready for the novel test. Students will focus on chapter 10 to compare the two major characters of the story. They will work independently to complete an open book analysis of this chapter for a grade.
Additionally, students will select one of the characters from the novel and create a profile using quotes from the book to support the information they present. Thursday, students will take the final novel test.
Friday, students will catch up on any missing work for this quarter.
The Boy in Striped Pajamas: Section 3
8-11This week 8th grade students will take Social Studies and Science Milestones Test on Monday and Tuesday.
We encourage students to get plenty of sleep and come to school prepared for these assessments.
Wednesday, we will resume our regular ELA class and continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. We will finish chapters 7 and 8, then focus on Section 3, chapters 8-10.
Chapter 9: Bruno Remembers that He Used to Enjoy Exploration
Chapter 10: The Dot that Became a Speck That Became a Blob...
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Section 2
This week 8th grade will be taking their Math Milestones Tests on Monday and Tuesday. We strongly encourage that students eat a healthy breakfast and come to school well rested, so they can better focus on each test section.
Wednesday, we will continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and complete activities for each section of the text. We will focus on Section 2, which contains chapters 5 through 8. Students will complete activities for these chapters.
Section 2: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Chapter 5: Out of Bounds at all Times and No Exceptions
Chapter 6: The Overpaid Maid
Chapter 7: How Mother Took Credit for Something She Hadn't Done
Chapter 8: Why Grandmother Stormed Out
There will be a quiz on Friday covering Holocaust vocabulary (click on the link to study the words).
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Section 1
This week 8th grade will be taking their ELA Milestones Tests on Monday and Tuesday. We strongly encourage that students eat a healthy breakfast and come to school well rested, so they can better focus on each test section.
Wednesday, we will begin reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. We will alternate reading with the audio-book version of the novel and complete activities for each section of the text.
This week we will focus on Section 1, which contains chapters 1 through 4. Students will complete a brochure, due Friday, describing the setting, characters and highlighting important details from this section.
Section 1: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Chapter 1: Bruno Makes a Discovery
Chapter 2: The New House
Chapter 3: The Hopeless Case
Chapter 4: What they See Through the Window
The Challenge to Make a Difference
The world has dark pages in its history, and at times the challenge of righting such immeasurable wrongs seems impossible. Reading a series of narratives about the Holocaust will reveal the worst in human behavior, but it will also show how individuals can find light in the darkness. In this unit, students will present the voices of fictional or real people who fought the darkness of the Holocaust by helping, hoping, or persevering. Students will also apply the lessons of the past to start making a difference today by raising awareness and encouraging people to take action about a significant national or global issue.
~ from ELA Grade 8 Springboard text ~
Students will begin by unpacking the unit and familiarizing with the academic vocabulary and literary terms they will study as they study the narratives.
Goals for this unit:
Upcoming Milestones Test Dates for 8th Grade:
Embedded Assessment: Writing an Argument Essay
Our focus of study this week is writing an argument essay. We had the opportunity to visit the Learning Commons and search Cobb Virtual Library, where students worked on finding evidence and taking notes that they will to support their claim.
This week, students will be putting it all together, as they use their outlines to create a well developed argument writing. Students need to turn in the outline and the final essay this Friday March 29th. Since this assignment is being completed in class, no late work will be accepted!
Additionally, students continue working on their IXL assignment for Persuasive Strategies (a score 80% or above on each skill is needed to show mastery) :
The following resources may assist as students develop their argument writing:
Next week we will be on Spring break and school will be closed!
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Skill Practice : studentID@ecms