Mary Lynn Lawson
English 8
Chilhowie Middle School phone: 646-3942






Welcome to English 8! We will be preparing for two SOL tests (Writing and Reading), so we have much to accomplish. We will all work hard to be prepared for the tests and for high school.

Expectations: Treat others as you wish to be treated...with respect. Complete all work to the best of your ability and on time. Take responsibility for your learning...seek help when you need it; offer help when you are able.

Grades will be based on homework, tests, and projects. Work that is late can never receive full credit.

Library. Our first library visit will be on Friday as soon as Mrs. Wright gets our classes registered. We will go every two weeks throughout the year. Students will take the STAR Assessment and will be given a points goal for each grading period. We will read a class novel at the beginning of the year. This will be a good way to get a jump on the AR points goal.

Notebooks: Students will need a three-ring binder with five dividers. The sections will have the following names:
1. Editing 2. Word Study 3. Writing 4. Grammar 5. Literature

General information for each notebook section:
1. Editing. Each week students will have an editing sheet to complete. This is a review of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all things necessary for writing correctly. These sheets have five passages, so students should complete at least one passage per day. If the week has fewer than five days, then more than one passage will need to be completed on some days.

2. Word Study includes vocabulary development activities such as context clues, prefixes, suffixes, and words with multiple meanings.

3. Writing. Any handouts or parts of an SOL practice paper will be stored here.

4. Grammar. practice exercises from the English book will be kept in this section.

5. Literature. Any activities from the literature book will be kept here.
email: marylawson@scsb.org

Assignments with the most recent week at the top (Monday-Friday):

May 14-23: Students have class novels to read and complete sheets. These are due on May 23 but can be turned in at any time. Some students have finished already.

5/14 - Review for SOL Reading with Word Analysis packet and terms activity
5/15 - SOL
5/16 - Draw an idiom
5/17 - Anchovy book: idioms and name game
5/18 - 8th grade picnic

5/7 - Algebra SOL; Text Structure, Theme, Idioms
5/8 - Math 8 and Geometry SOL; ReadWorks Nonfiction
5/9 - Workbook 420-421
5/10 - Workbook 432-445
5/11 - Science and World G. SOL; ReadWorks Nonfiction

4/30 - Idioms; Robert Frost poems
5/1 - Advice poems and choice poems: Workbook and worksheets
5/2 - Skill sheets for SOL review
5/3 - Diagnostic test in lab
5/4 - Word Analysis packet

4/23 - Skill sheets #24, #35; Venn diagram of Longfellow poems
4/24 - Hiawatha packet; Seven days of fast
4/25 - Lab for diagnostic
4/26 - finish Hiawatha; workbook 320-331
4/27 - Library

4/16 - Poetry term definitions open-note quiz; Paul Revere's Ride read and complete sheet
4/17 - Label poetry terms on poem
4/18 - The other Riders reading check and story map; Village Blacksmith
4/19 - Lab for Test Nav Reading
4/13 -The Village Blacksmith 1-6; Analogies sheet

4/9 - Poetry terms 1-10; Bearstone Chapters 7,8,9
4/10 - Poetry terms 11-20; Bearstone Chapters 10-11
4/11 - Poetry terms 21-30; Test on Word Study 11-15; Prefixes #6
4/12 - Poetry terms 31-35; Bearstone Chapters 12-13
4/13 - Library; Bearstone Chapters 14-15

4/3 - Bearstone Chapters 1-6 Vocabulary
4/4- Bearstone 1-6 Analyzing, Critical Thinking, Test
4/5 - Benchmark
4/6 - Roots Bingo to review for Word Study test next Wednesday

3/26 - Writing SOL:paper
3/27 - Library
3/28 - Theme with Dr. Seuss (early dismissal)

3/19 - Review for SOL: how to Ace the Test, Common mistakes
3/20 - SOL Writing Short Answer
3/21 - SOL Writing Paper SNOW DAY
3/22 - Dr. Seuss books (identify theme)
3/23 - Library


3/12 - Review for SOL; go over all sheets - SNOW
3/13 - SOL Writing Short answer - SNOW
3/14 - SOL Writing Paper - SNOW
3/15 - skill sheet on commas, possessive forms, and FANBOYS
3/16 - Anchor papers from VDOE to go over and discuss

3/5 - Elements of Writing 1-30; There, their, they're and TEI
3/6 - Adjective/Adverb, Possessives; plan for persuasive paper
3/7 - Testnav: go over short-answer test
3/8 - IXL
3/9 - Library; SOL 2010 review

2/26 - Edit 26; Expository essay first paragraph
2/27 - Word Study Quiz 15
2/28 - Lab: TestNav practice test for writing
3/1 - Handbook for Writers; Skills sheets
3/2 - Lab: TestNav tool for writing paper

2/19 - Edit 25; Word STudy 15 - due Friday with quiz
2/20 - Pink books pages 619-627; Skills pages on capitals, punctuation, and mechanics
2/21 - Skills sheets
2/22 - Lab for IXL
2/23 - library; Word Study quiz 15

2/12 - Edit 24; Word Study #15
2/13 - School-wide writing
2/14 - Writing Released Test; Context Clues 5
2/15 - Lab for Criterion; IXL
2/16 - Lab for IXL



2/5 - Word Study 14 due Wednesday; Play Skills The Call of the Wild
2/6 - Edit 23; Will's Skills; Jack London
3/7 - Library; Quiz Word Study 14
2/8 - Criterion for Expository essay
2/9 - Lincoln Trip; Check-up and puzzles from Barter


1/29 - Edit 22; Word STudy 14 due Feb. 6
1/30 - School-wide writing (snow)
1/31 - Speeches Lincoln and Red Cloud questions
2/1 - Lab for Criterion
2/2 - Check up on speeches; Eli Weisel (snow)

1/22 - Edit 21; Test Tuesday on Edit 19-20; Word Study 13 due Tues.; test Wed.
1/23 - Subject/verb agreement; Context Clues 4
1/24 - Reaching the Dream with check test
1/25 - Gettysburg Address and Red Cloud Check test on all speeches
1/26 - Library

1/15 - Edit 20; Word Study 13; Rough Draft Club Fundraiser revised and edited due Wed.
1/16- MLK speech #2,3,4,6,10
1/17 - SNOW
1/18 - SNOW
1/19 - MLK parallelism sheet

1/8 - Snow
1/9 - Snow
1/10 - Word Study 13 now due 1/19; Expository writing; brainstorm new topic: Club Fundraiser
1/11 - Rough Draft due Monday
1/12 - STAR; rough draft

1/3 - Edit 19; Word Study #13 due Jan. 12
1/4 - Snow
1/5 - Snow

12/18 - After the Diary; Terrible Things Allegory
12/19 - Christmas ABC and Gobbledygook

12/11 - Edit 18; Theme; Context clues 3
12/12 - Benchmark Review
12/13 - SOL Science or World G.
12/14 - Benchmark English
12/15 - Library; One Survivor Remembers

12/4 - Edit 17; Word Study 12 due Friday with Quiz; Test Act II Anne Frank
12/5 - Theme worksheet; Novel packet with 10 questions; Test on Edit 15-16
12/6 - Test Prep Listening Skills on Charles Dickens; No Sweat Prep Test from SCOPE
12/7 - Field Trip to E and H; Anne Frank edit passages
12/8 - Benchmark Review; Algebra SOL

11/27 - Edit 16; Word Study 11 due Friday with quiz
11/28 - Literature 544-545 #'s 4,6,7; Anne Frank Act II
11/29 - Act II test
11/30 - Lab: Anne Frank AR; IXL quotation marks
12/1 - Library; Quiz on Word Study 11

11/20 - Reality Store Field Trip
11/21 - Test Act I Anne Frank; Simple Sentences and Infinitives

11/13 - Edit 15; Word Study BINGO sheet to review for Test Friday on 6-10
11/14 - Finish Scene 3 in play; complete Exposition sheet
11/15 - Lab to finish Criterion and IXL commas and quotation marks
11/16 - Read Scenes 4-5 in class and complete quiz with characterization
11/17 - Test on Word Study 6-10 and Act I

11/6 - Edit 14; Word Study 10; Parts for Anne Frank play
11/7 - No School - Election Day
11/8 - Lab to complete Criterion : Two persuasive essays from the past two weeks
11/9 - Read play in parts; complete story map and flashback pages
11/10 - Library; finish Scenes 1-3

10/30 - School-wide writing; students will have Activity time and English class to complete essay
10/31 - Edit 13; Word Study 9 quiz on Friday; Workbook Lemon Brown
11/1 - Definition Clues #3l; test on Edit 7-12
11/2 - Lab to submit essays to Criterion
11/3 - Quiz on Word Study 9; KWL for Anne Frank/WWII

10/23 - Edit 12; Word Study 9B; quotation marks
10/24 - Selection quiz/connections; persuasive writing; T-chart
10/25 - RAFT topics; rough draft due Friday
10/26 - Heartbeat sheet and rainbow revision; Vocabulary and tone (Lemon Brown)
10/27 - Library; 9B quiz and word study due

10/16 - Edit 11; Word Study 9A; quotation marks
10/17 - Treasure of Lemon Brown with CIP test
10/18 - Commas review; Context Clues check
10/19 - Treasure of Lemon Brown vocabulary and selection quiz/connections
10/20 - Benchmark #1

10/9 - Edit 10; Word Study 8; Vocabulary Red Chief
10/10 - Dependent Clauses; Diction; Simple, compound, complex check
10/11 - Test on Red Chief; Treasure of Lemon Brown; selection quiz and connections
10/12 - Worksheets on new story
10/13 - Word Study quiz #8; Library

10/2 - Edit 9; Word Study 7; On a White Bus sheet
10/3 - Diction sheet; subordinate Clauses sheet
0/4 - Lab: submit personal narratives to Criterion
10/5 - Vocabulary for Ransom of Red Chief
10/6 - Quiz on Red Chief; Word Study 7 quiz

9/25 - Edit 8; Word Study 6 due Friday
9/26 - simple and compound sentences
9/27 - complex sentences: ON a White Bus page
9/28 - Library
9/29 -Short story in workbook; selection test

9/18 - Edit 7; test on Edit 1-6 Tuesday; test on Roots 1-5 Friday; Final form of Personal narrative due Wednesday with all parts
9/19 - Context Clues #3
9/20 - Static/dynamic characters; idioms
9/21 - Movie of Hollis Woods
9/22 - Venn diagram comparing book and video; draw an idiom


9/11 - Edit 6; Word Study 5; Brainstorm personal narrative and complete Observation Chart
9/12 - Rough Draft; Context clues 3; Domains of VDOE
9/13 - Rough Draft; Rainbow Revision and Heartbeat Sheet
9/14 - Complete Rough Draft; Revise and Edit
9/15 - Library; Word Study Quiz #5

Sept. 4 - Labor Day
Sept. 5 - Edit 5; Word Study 4 due Friday with quiz; Consistent verb sheet with paragraph
Sept. 6 - Parallel form with character sketch; Observation chart
Sept. 7 - Personal narrative rough draft
Sept. 8 - Revise and edit wit Rainbow Revision and Heartbeat sheet; final draft due Tuesday

August 28 - Edit #4; Word Study #3 due Friday; Short story notes; point of view sheet
August 29 - Workbook pages 4-16/Raymond's Run; Selection Quiz
August 30 - Plot on page 17 in workbook; Consistent verb tense sheet with essay on Squeaky as a friend
August 31 - Parallel Writing sheet with practice
Sept. 1 - Library; Word Study 3 due with Quiz

August 21 - Edit 3; Word Study 2 due Friday with quiz
August 22 - Charles story with vocabulary
August 23 - Lab to complete STAR and finish diagnostic writing
August 24 -Short story notes and Point of View sheet
August 25 - Workbook pages 4-19

August 14 - Edit 2; Word Study 1 -work and quiz on Friday
August 15 - Diagnostic Reading
August 16 - Context Clues 1
August 17 - Diagnostic Reading complete
August 18 - Word Study Quiz #1; commas

August 10 - Edit 1
August 11 - Edit 1 on paper; student inventory





Grammar Games

Reading SOL SKILLS


1. Inferences and Drawing Conclusion (Rags to Riches)
2. What Can You Infer? (Drop-Down)
3. What Can You Infer? #2
4. Inferences Rags to Riches
5. Inferences Jeopardy
6. Inferences, Summaries, and Conclusions (Rags to Riches)

Reading Comprehension Links for Practice



7. Word Meanings from Context
8. Reading Comprehension (BPA)
9. Reading Comprehension (Outer Space)
10. Reading Comprehension (Vitamin D)
11. Reading Comprehension (Drawing Conclusions)

12. Prefixes Jeopardy
13. Prefix and Suffix Game
14. Prefix Matching
15. Context Clues Millionaire
16. Context Clues Jeopardy
17. Context Clues Middle School ELA
18. Context Clues Millionaire II
19. Context Clues Millionaire III
20. 40 Drop-Down Main Idea Passages
21. 5 Main Idea Practice
22. Reading Skill Review Jeopardy
23. Reading Comprehension Skills (30)
24. Figurative Language Jeopardy
25. Idioms Slang Game
26. More Idioms Slang Game
27. Feelings Idioms Game

Vocabulary Can Be Fun Game Page


28. Reference Skills 1
29. Reference Skills 2
30. Reference Skills
31. Dictionary Skills

32. Lit Terms Millionaire
33. Literary Terms Hangman










Welcome to English 8! We will be preparing for two SOL tests (Writing and Reading), so we have much to accomplish. We will all work hard to be prepared for the tests and for high school.

Expectations: Treat others as you wish to be treated...with respect. Complete all work to the best of your ability and on time. Take responsibility for your learning...seek help when you need it; offer help when you are able.

Grades will be based on homework, tests, and projects. Work that is late can never receive full credit.

Library. Our first library visit will be on Friday as soon as Mrs. Wright gets our classes registered. We will go every two weeks throughout the year. Students will take the STAR Assessment and will be given a points goal for each grading period. We will read a class novel at the beginning of the year. This will be a good way to get a jump on the AR points goal.

Notebooks: Students will need a three-ring binder with five dividers. The sections will have the following names:
1. Editing 2. Word Study 3. Writing 4. Grammar 5. Literature

General information for each notebook section:
1. Editing. Each week students will have an editing sheet to complete. This is a review of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all things necessary for writing correctly. These sheets have five passages, so students should complete at least one passage per day. If the week has fewer than five days, then more than one passage will need to be completed on some days.

2. Word Study includes vocabulary development activities such as context clues, prefixes, suffixes, and words with multiple meanings.

3. Writing. Any handouts or parts of an SOL practice paper will be stored here.

4. Grammar. practice exercises from the English book will be kept in this section.

5. Literature. Any activities from the literature book will be kept here.