Monday - Friday, May 25 - June 5: *In case you didn't have a chance last week, I highly recommend continuing to read pages 1-43 (and the rest of the novel) in Fahrenheit 451. This is one of my favorite books. I think you will really enjoy this book. It's different and has a cool religious message at the end of the novel. (You'll see that I skipped a few pages on purpose; I meant to do that.)
*This story takes place in a time in the future when it is illegal to own books. The government doesn't allow books in people's homes or to be read. If it is found that you have books hiding in your home, the firefighters are called to your home. These firefighters don't "put out" fires, but instead, start fires! The main character is a fire fighter and one day gets curious at a fire, sneaking home a book to read, and ends up stealing more & more books every time he goes to "a fire".
*Continue to email me and tell me what you think of this story. I'm curious to hear your thoughts. :) -Even throughout the summer. Share what books you read and your thoughts on them!
*Thank you for all your hard work the past 3 months! I know it wasn't easy. I am proud of those of you who worked SO HARD! Thank you! -Miss Blecka
Thursday & Friday, May 21-22: *Out of the 3 stories you read from The Ghosts of St. Augustine, choose 1 and write your own ending or continuation to the story. *The length should be at least one side of a sheet of looseleaf paper or a 1/2 page of a typed document. *Don't forget to write the title of the story you are continuing to write about. *This assignment is due on Friday, 5/22
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 19-20: *Read 3 short stories in the book The Ghosts of St. Augustine by Dave Lapham - These stories are provided for you below. Just click on the file icons. Have these stories read by the end of Wednesday... Thursday, you will have an assignment tied to these stories. *Story 1 = "The Ghosts of St. Augustine" *Story 2 = "Alaska" *Story 3 = "Katie's Guardian Angel"
Monday, May 18: *Today, you will finish last week's assignment on the short story, "The Necklace" . *Remember to do your questions and paragraph *All of this is due by the end of today!
Monday - Monday, May 11-18: *This week, you will read the short story, "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. It is posted just below to download. *After you complete reading the entire story, complete the questions that are tied to this story. They are attached below. *In addition, you will write a paragraph (5 or more sentences) about what you think the husband's thoughts are of his wife. Use examples from the story. *All of this is due on Monday, 5/18. Thank you!
*ZOOM CLASS WITH STOCK MARKET TUESDAY AT 10:00 A.M. TO FINISH OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR! I EXPECT YOU TO ATTEND... Remember participation points! :)
Topic: St. Constance Virtual Stock Market Program Session Description: Time: 10:00AM 05/12/2020 Time Zone: (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) Meeting ID: 9361 Join URL: https://sw
NOTE: *Next week Monday or Tuesday we will meet on Zoom to discuss some Graduation details and vote on "The Most's" for the yearbook.
Monday-Friday, May 4-8, 2020: *This week you will read the short story, "Valediction" by Sherman Alexie. It is posted just below to download (don't worry, it is shorter than last week's story) ;) *After you complete the story, fill out the comprehension common core worksheet according to the the story, "Valediction". *All of this is due on Friday, 5/8. Thank you!
Friday, May 1, 2020: *Catch up day on your work. Please complete and turn in any work you owe your teachers. Thank you.
Thursday, April 30, 2020: *Attend the Zoom Meeting today at 1:00 p.m. - Questions for A Good Man is Hard to Find
Jennifer Blecka is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: 8th Gr Reading Class Time: Apr 30, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom Meeting ID: Password:
Tuesday / Wednesday, April 28 & 29, 2020:
*Thursday, 4/30 at 1:00 p.m. will be our Zoom Meeting to discuss the questions from the story A Good Man is Hard to Find. Please do not cover your cameras and put your device on "mute". Thank you :) Details and codes for this meeting will be emailed to you.
Monday, April 27, 2020: *You have an extra day to complete the questions to the classic short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find. *Use the video I made below (last week) if you are stuck on the story. *This is due tomorrow, 4/28
Monday - Friday, April 20 - 24, 2020: *This week you will work on classic literature. 1.) Read the entire short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor.
This story is attached below.
You will notice paragraph numbers listed at the end of each paragraph. This is to assist you when answering the questions based on this story.
The questions for this story are on a separate document attached below.
2.) Answer the questions about the short story in complete sentences. Make sure you give exact examples in your answers from the text. Email or text me if you have questions about the story and/or questions. 3.) This is due Friday, 4/24
*Explanation video about A Good Man is Hard to Find.
Friday, April 10, 2020: *If you still owe work, make sure you submit it. I wish everyone a very Happy Easter! Work will be posted again on Monday, 4/20/20.
Thursday, April 9, 2020: *Today you will work on Citing Evidence to Make Inferences. 1.) Read the newspaper article on worksheet pages 22 & 23, "...UFO" 2.) Follow the questions and activities to complete in the margins as well as the questions on page 23 related to the article on UFOs. 3.) Question #3: Make sure you answer this question in full sentences with proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. 4.) This is due tomorrow, 4/10
Wednesday, April 8, 2020: *Congratulations! We finished our novel, To Kill a Mockingbird! *Many of you all worked so hard on your final essay that was due yesterday. *Today you have a day to recover from all your hard work. *If you owe me any reading assignments, use this day to catch up and submit your work! Thank you! :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2020: *Final draft of your 5-paragraph To Kill a Mockingbird essay is due by the end of today. *Contact me with any questions.
Monday, April 6, 2020: *Finish your 5-paragraph essay assignment -DUE TOMORROW, 4/7!
Friday, April 3, 2020: *Keep working on your 5-paragraph essay assignment -I'm extending this assignment to Tuesday, 4/7 *See assignment directions & expectations in Wednesday's assignment below.
Thursday, April 2, 2020: *Keep working on your 5-paragraph essay assignment -due tomorrow, 4/3! *See assignment directions & expectations in yesterday's assignment below.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020: 1. Final novel assignment for, To Kill a Mockingbird: you will write a 5-paragraph essay. 2. This essay will be tied to your English assignment, "3 Examples to Prove a Point" from Tuesday, March 24th. 3. Choose either A, B, or C for your topic for your essay: A.) Is Atticus a good father or a bad father? Write 3 reasons for your opinion. Briefly explain each reason, giving an example from the novel. B.) To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about youth seeing the evil, hypocrisy, and injustice in adult society. Write 3 examples of how these themes are shown in the novel. C.) Choose either Scout or Jem to explain how he/she changes throughout the novel. Give 3 examples from the novel proving how one of those characters go through major changes throughout the story. *You will take what you wrote from this assignment on 3/24/20, and build on it to form a full 5-paragraph essay. *For each topic above, you had to write 3 reasons to prove your point. Well, these 3 reasons will turn into your 3 body paragraphs of your essay. Reason #1 = body paragraph 1. Reason #2 = body paragraph 2. Reason #3 = body paragraph 3. Don't forget to embellish and give examples from the novel for each reason.
4. This essay should be:
typed in some sort of document (Word or Google Docs)
size 12 pt font
any print font style
your heading should be in the top left corner of the paper: Full Name, Reading, Today's date
skip 2 lines after your heading and center & type your title (your topic you wrote about)
skip 2 lines
Indent the beginning of each paragraph
send your completed essay document either in Google Classroom or attach it to my email
5. Look at 8th Grade English section of this website for helpful videos to assist with this writing process. 6. Call / text / email with any questions. 7. This essay is due Friday, 4/3.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020: 1. You have an extra day to complete yesterday's assignment for Compare & Contrast. 2. This will be due tomorrow, 4/1.
Monday, March 30, 2020: 1. On Friday, you were supposed to watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird or watch the significant scenes from the film (which I provided for you below in Friday's assignment). *COMPARE & CONTRAST 2. Choose 3 significant scenes from the movie or from the scene/movie clips below. Write a paragraph for each of the 3 scenes you choose. Write about how each scene is portrayed in the movie/film vs. how that scene is portrayed in the novel. What are the similarities and differences of these scenes? 3. This assignment is due tomorrow, 3/31.
Friday, March 27, 2020: 1. Film day! 2. Watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1962 version with Gregory Peck. I think it is free on Amazon Prime. 3. If you cannot access the movie. Here is a list of significant scenes from the novel:
Thursday, March 26, 2020: 1. Catch up day! 2. Finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird. 3. Complete worksheet of questions from chapters 30 and 31 listed in Wednesday's work.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020: 1. I set up a Google Classroom account for us to complete and submit our work. Use Code: o 2. Finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird (if you didn't finish yesterday). 3. Complete questions worksheet for chapters 30 and 31 that is listed below. Please download the worksheet to answer the questions. 4. This assignment is due Thursday, 3/26. ***Please remember, you only have to post your work once; either to my email, or my cell, or on Google Classroom. You do not need to send it through all 3. Don't do more work than you have to :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 1. I set up a Google Classroom account for us to complete and submit our work. I already invited some of you; those whose emails I already have. If you didn't get an invite, use Code: oz 2. Finish the novel (chapters 30 and 31) in To Kill a Mockingbird. 3. This is due tomorrow, 3/25.
Monday, March 23, 2020: 1. I set up a Google Classroom account for us to complete and submit our work. I already invited some of you; those whose emails I already have. If you didn't get an invite, use Code: o 2. Complete questions listed below from chapters 28 and 29 in To Kill a Mockingbird. 3. This is due tomorrow, 3/24. 4. This week we will complete the novel, so be ready for a final essay assignment. More details to come soon. Questions Chapters 28/29: 1. What part does Scout play in the Halloween pageant? 2. Why does Scout miss her cue in the pageant? 3. Why was Scout walking home from the pageant in her costume? 4. What happens to Jem and Scout on their way home from the pageant? 5. Who hurts the children? What happens to him? 6. What was the loud "crack" that Scout heard before Jem screamed? 7. Who carried Jem home? 8. What does Mr. Tate say probably saved Scout's life? 9. Who is the man standing in the corner of Jem's room? 10. How does Scout react to seeing this man for the first time?
Friday, March 20, 2020: 1. Today you have a chance to catch up on your assignments. 2. If you did not get a chance to finish reading chapters 28 & 29 in To Kill a Mockingbird, today is your chance. 3. Next week we will complete the novel, so be ready for a final essay assignment. More details to come soon.
Thursday, March 19, 2020: *HAPPY ST. JOSEPH'S DAY! 1. Read chapters 28 & 29 in To Kill a Mockingbird. -Quiet day of reading... :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020: 1. Today you have a chance to catch up on your assignments. 2. If you did not get a chance to finish reading chapter 27 in To Kill a Mockingbird, today is your chance. 3. Also, you have an extra day to finish the questions from chapters 25 and 26. (Scroll down to yesterday's date if you still need the questions.) 4. Please have Chapter 27 read and the questions answered from chapters 25 and 26 for tomorrow and submit them to me. 5. Contact me with any questions.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020: *HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY! 1. Since you all read chapters 25 and 26, in To Kill a Mockingbird, you will answer the questions listed below in complete sentences in an email and send the completed questions to me via email. You can also take a picture of your answers and send them to me. 2. Then read chapter 27 in To Kill a Mockingbird. 3. Follow the same directions I gave you yesterday on how to submit your assignments. 4. This assignment is due by, Thursday, 3/19/2020 - I'm giving you an additional day so you can catch up with other assignments. 5. Contact me with any questions you might have. :)
CHAPTER 25 & 26 QUESTIONS FROM NOVEL: 1. What did Atticus tell Helen Robinson? 2. Why didn't Jem want Scout to kill the caterpillar? What was her reaction? 3. How is the theme of hurting defenseless insects continued in the way Dill described Tom's wife, and Mr. Underwood's description of Tom's death? 4. At school, Scout's class talked about Hitler. Why did Miss Gates' lesson about prejudice confuse Scout? How did Jem react when Scout asked him about it? Why? 5. Prediction: Do you think there will be further retaliation in Maycomb County due to Tom Robinson's death? Why/why not?
Monday, March 16, 2020: 1. Read chapters 25 and 26 in To Kill a Mockingbird. 2. Write/type a 1 paragraph summary for each chapter (both 25 and 26). Please do this assignment in a regular email and include your name on this summary as well. Send your summaries to: Miss J. Blecka's Email: 3. You must use proper grammar, spelling counts, at least 5 sentences = 1 paragraph, don't forget about indenting, and all other rules about writing proper paragraphs. 4. This assignment is due tomorrow, March 17, 2020. 5. Email me ANY questions you might have. You can also call or text questions to me (773) 5. I am here for all of you! :)
*There are several projects that the students will work on throughout the school year. Be sure to always check this website for due dates, updated information, and other assignments that will be due. Due dates for projects and homework might occasionally change, so please be prepared and check this website regularly.
(*Assignments are subject to change in order to accommodate student needs.)
*How to Return Completed Assignments: (in Trimester 3) -Complete the assignment and send it back to me via google classroom, email, scan, or take a photo of your work and send it to my email. -Another option is to add your answers into a regular email for me. Just please be sure to add your name in the email as well. -If you do not have an email yet, (with your parents' permission) please use your parents' email or phone to take a photo of your completed work and send to my email: -Miss J. Blecka's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org