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CURRENT 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Whooping Cough Immunization. Please submit proof of shot to school office by March 27, 2017
English 8H: 5
Instructor: Whitehurst   
Welcome to Honors 8th grade English!!  I'm looking forward to experiencing the next ten months with you.  As we look to your last year of middle school and your upcoming 8th grade, be prepared for some challenging experiences, but also several opportunities for academic and personal growth, learning, and fun!  Our core literature this year will consist of classic and contemporary fiction, nonfiction, informational text, and poetry.  We will be reading such works as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night, The Glory Field,The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, assorted short stories, assorted essays and memoirs, assorted poetry of varied genre, and much more .  The literature will be the basis for discussion, analysis, writing, vocabulary development, and grammar instruction.  In addition the students will be presenting varied forms of speeches and working collaboratively to create projects.  All of our activities are aligned to California's Framework Language Arts, The Redlands Unified School District Scope and Sequence for 8th Grade ELA, and the Common Core State Standards.  All activities are designed to prepare students for high school and higher education.  Have a great year and get ready to work hard!!
 
Announcements
Weekly Overview 5-29-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #37 (5-29-17)

Teacher Note:
I will not be sending an e-mail out next week given the fact that we will have no vocabulary and no homework outside of RR for Honors. We will, however, have class work each day. J Yes, much to the chagrin of the students, we will be working all the way through the last day of school. They’ll need a pencil throughout that week.
I want to express my appreciation to you as parents for your support throughout this school year and for your wonderful kids. I have enjoyed 2016-17 here at Beattie Middle School and my students very much. They have accomplished a great deal of work this year, and I feel blessed to have spent their 8th grade year with them. Again, thank you so much!! I wish you and your family a good summer and know that the kids will love high school! My best wishes and heartfelt thanks!!
Dale

Parent Message:
  • M., 5/29 Memorial Day-No School
  • 5/30-5/31=English End of Semester Exam (English is T., 5/30 and W., 5/31)
  • 6/2=Last day for late work
  • 6/2=Writing Portfolio Night (6-7:30) See below.
  • T., 6/6=Knott’s Berry Farm Trip (8th Grade Trip)
  • W., 6/7=Yearbook Distribution. Be sure to remind your child to write his/her name in the yearbook in multiple locations and to keep an eye on it at all times.
  • Th., 6/8=Minimum Day (Last day for students)
  • 6/14=Report Cards mailed home
  • Collection 3=In Collection 3, we explored America’s quest toward equal civil rights from slavery through today. We are read an epic novel, Glory Field, which tells the story of an African-American family’s evolution from slavery to the 1990’s in the United States. Now, the students are exploring their own biases and prejudices while learning to be accepting, caring citizens. They’ll be writing about this topic in their last essay which is due Th., 6/1 (I modified the due dates)…(see the assignment below).
  • Writing Portfolio Night will be Friday, June 2, 6:00-7:30. You may stop by our classroom at any time between 6:00 and 7:30 on Friday, June 2, to view your student’s middle school Writing Portfolio and to read your child’s Middle School Writing Reflection. (I sent home a green letter.) We’d love to have you join us! You may take the Writing Portfolio home that evening. Feel free to park in the south parking lot closest to my classroom…I’ll be sure the gate is open for you! All other portfolios will be sent home on June 5. Unfortunately, students should not plan to attend this activity.
  • No Current Event this week.
Monday, 5/29:
No School-Memorial Day
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 5/30: Mr. Whitehurst will not be at school
Vocabulary List #36=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Persuasive Essay RD Due
End of Semester Exam, Part 1
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
HW=Grammar Packet pp. 201-204, Ex. 1
Wednesday, 5/31:
End of Semester Exam, Part 2
Work on Middle School Writing Portfolio
HW=Finish the Persuasive Essay
HW=Grammar Packet pp. 205-208, Ex. 1
Thursday, 6/1:
Persuasive Essay Final Paper Due
Work on Middle School Writing Portfolio
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 6/2:
Vocabulary #36 Due/Quiz
Sentence Diagramming Quiz
Finish Middle School Writing Portfolio Reflections (20 points)
Last Day for any late work
Grammar Packet due
6:00-7:30 Middle School Writing Portfolio Night-(Park in the south parking lot…stay as long or as
little as you want)
HW= Read for RR for Regular and Honors
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Mini-Persuasive Essay, Final Paper Due=Th., 6/1
  • Honors RR Due Mon., 6/5
Questions to ask your student:
  1. What are the differences between BIAS and STEREOTYPES, PREJUDICE and BIGOTRY, and DISCRIMINATION and OPPRESSION?
  2. What are the …isms we discussed in class related to oppression?
  3. How has your writing improved this school year?
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dale Whitehurst
Beattie Middle School
(909) 307-2400 Ext. 40715
dale_whitehurst@redlands.k12.ca.us

Vocabulary #36
  1. Withered: adj. Shriveled; wilted; weakened.
  2. Woebegone: adj. Very sad in appearance; looking wretched.
  3. Workmanship: n. The art or skill of a workman; quality work.
  4. Wrangle: v. To argue; quarrel; to verbally fight loudly.
  5. Wreak: v. To inflict as a revenge or punishment; bring about; cause.
  6. Wry: adj. Deviating from that which is proper or right; grimly humorous.
  7. Yap: v. To make a sharp, shrill bark (like a dog).
  8. Yardarm: v. Either half a hard (slender rod) used to support a square sail.
  9. Zenith: n. The culminating point; highest point; peak; climax.
  10. Zonked: adj. Exhausted; highly fatigued.
Honors:
  1. Wrest: v. To pull by force; wrestle; wrench.
  2. Wrought: v. Formed; made; shaped; created; brought on.
  3. Yabber: n. Talk; jabber.
  4. Zealot: v. One who is particularly enthusiastic about a cause; fanatic.
  5. Zucchini: n. Squash that looks like a cucumber.
Spelling
  1. volunteer
  2. weight
  3. weird
  4. wield
  5. yield


English 8 and 8H-Whitehurst
Mini-Essay
Date assigned: Tuesday, 5/12/17
Rough Draft of Essay=5/30/17 (10 points)
Date due: Final Paper=6/1/17
(typed…MLA format; 2-3 pages; 4-6 paragraphs)
100 points overall
You will be writing a short Persuasive Essay using the resources and information you have received in the second half of this unit and any research you might find related to biases, prejudices, and stereotypes.
Your essay should address the following topic.

Topic: You will be trying to persuade your audience regarding the following information:
~ What are biases, prejudices, and stereotypes?
~ Why do people have biases, prejudices, and stereotypes?
~ What can we do to avoid having biases, prejudices, and stereotypes as a society?
Each of the topics above will be at least a paragraph…probably more. Be sure to embed any citations within your essay. This essay may be in First Person Point of View, but you need to use research/evidence to support your point of view…using the evidence effectively is a major component of this assignment.

Remember, your essay should be MLA format, but you don’t need a Works Cited Page…just be sure to identify your sources within your paper by embedding your bibliographic information. For instance, Biases, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2016, are, “…a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others; this usually results in treating some people unfairly.” In her Ted Talk in 2014 entitled, “How to Overcome Our Biases…,” Verna Myers, noted Diversity Advocate, says, “Biases are the stories we make up about people before we actually know who they are.” Notice that I’ve included the sources within the text to avoid the need for a Works Cited Page.
Weekly Overview 5-15-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #34 (5-15-17)
Parent Message:
  • Mother’s Day: Sun., 5/14
  • 5/12=4th Quarter Progress Reports mailed out
  • 5/24=8th Grade Textbook Check-In
  • 5/24=8th Grade Awards Night, 6:00, MPR
  • 5/29 Memorial Day-No School
  • 5/30-6/1=English End of Semester Exam
  • 6/2=Writing Portfolio Night (6-7:30) See below.
  • 6/7=Yearbooks Distributed
  • SBAC Testing: Both Math and ELA will be testing 5/15-19. See below for the schedule…
  • High School Athletics: If your student intends to be involved in inter-scholastic sports at the high school level next year, he she will need to complete the Athletic Packet which available on Beattie’s web site (beattie.redlandsusd.net) under Counseling and then High School Athletics. In addition, there is a flier for an upcoming Sports Physical that you may want to know about. I would encourage you to get this packet and the physical completed soon so your student may participate in any high school related summer athletic opportunities.
  • Collection 3=In Collection 3, we are exploring America’s quest toward equal civil rights from slavery through today. We’ll be reading a variety of literature related to Civil War culminating in an epic novel, Glory Field, which tells the story of an African-American family’s evolution from slavery to the 1990’s in the United States. We have scheduled this collection to correspond with (or just after) social studies classes and their coverage of the Civil War. Students will be asked to research and write a Research Paper (a basic expectation in the Common Core Standards)=
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.) in relation to a pre-approved Civil War topic for which they can receive English and social studies credit. Due dates are as follows:
  • Final Paper due: Mon., 5/15 [Will not be accepted late-no late passes] (100 points)
    • This will include the complete rough draft and a typed Final Paper…final paper stapled on top of the rough draft.
  • Writing Portfolio Night will be Friday, June 2 6:00-7:30. You may stop by our classroom at any time between 6:00 and 7:30 on Friday, June 2, to view your student’s middle school Writing Portfolio and to read your child’s Middle School Writing Reflection. (I will send home a green letter.) We’d love to have you join us! You may take the Writing Portfolio home that evening. Feel free to park in the south parking lot closest to my classroom…I’ll be sure the gate is open for you! All other portfolios will be sent home on June 5. Students may attend this activity.
  • Related Web Sites:
A great resource for research paper citation and the implementation of MLA format is the web site I have on my web page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ …click on MLA Style Guide. I have used this site repeatedly as a resource for citation questions. It is a part of Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and will be valuable for your student all through high school as well!! I’ve had three high school students call me this week looking for this web site because they found it valuable last year but could not remember it.
  • As kids work on their research for topics related to the Civil War, I recommend that they use the Civil War Trust web site: www.civilwar.org. It’s a well-researched web site that is full of information that students could use for their research papers. It has written documents, videos, and many primary source documents for students to read. They will want to use other sources such: www.history.com and www.biography.com just to name a couple. These are reputable sites with many facts communicated through history experts.
  • Persuasive Essay: Last week I gave the kids their last essay of the year. It’s a Persuasive Essay where they’re trying to convince their readers to reduce or do away with Biases, Prejudices, and Stereotypes (see below). They’ll be viewing the reading information related to this topic that will help provide them with support materials. This is a wonderful culminating activity related to both Collection 5 (Holocaust) and our current Collection 3.
  • RR: I’m going to allow the kids to use any reading they do out of Glory Field for RR. They’ll still have to do the summaries, but it should reduce the work load to read a core novel for RR. We should read about 60% of the novel in class which will also save time. J
  • CAST and SBAC Testing Schedule:
  • WEEK 2 – (May 15 – May 18) – ELA & Math SBAC – All Grades
  • English test during English classes, Math test during Math classes.
  • Block Schedule Monday thru Thursday for all students – Three periods per day as follows:

1st Block 2nd Block 1st LUNCH 2nd LUNCH 3rd Block
8:45 – 10:43 10:48 – 12:41 11:42 – 12:18 12:46 – 1:17 1:22 – 3:15
Monday, May 15 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 1 Period 3 LUNCH LUNCH Period 4
Tuesday, May 16 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 2 Period 5 LUNCH LUNCH Period 6
Wednesday, May 17 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 4 Period 3 LUNCH LUNCH Period 1
Thursday, May 18 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 6 Period 5 LUNCH LUNCH Period 2
Friday, May 19 - Regular Bell Schedule – Rotation 4-5-6-1-2-3
My classes will have second lunch all week...like always.
Testing Make-Ups will be done the week of 5/22-25
  • As we move into multiple testing windows here at Beattie, it is important that you come along side to maximize student performance. Here’s how you can help:
    • Have your student at school on time each day 5/15-19…absences and tardies will negatively affect testing performance.
    • Be sure your child has had a good night’s sleep each night.
    • Be sure your child has a healthy breakfast (maybe a good time avoid the Starbucks overload).
    • Encourage your child to simply try his/her best on the tests…that’s what we’re communicating here at Beattie.
    • Avoid morning stress…stress/anger reduce student cognitive performance by as much as 35%.
    • Encourage your child to have an RR book with him/her during testing to use “down” time efficiently.
  • No Current Event this week.
  • No RR for Eng. 8 Regular this week.
  • No Grammar Packet this week
  • Vocab. #34 is not due this week, but students can complete it for 10 points EXTRA CREDIT.
Monday, 5/15: Block Schedule=Per. 1,3,4
Vocabulary List #34=EXTRA CREDIT (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Final Research Paper Due (100 points) (Final Paper (Typed with Works Cited Page/Rough Draft stapled
together with Final on top)
HW=Read GF pp. 194-210
Tuesday, 5/16: Block Schedule=Per. 2,5,6
Regular Eng. 8 RR=CANCELLED THIS WEEK DUE TO TESTING
HW=Read GF pp. 211-227
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
Wednesday, 5/17: Block Schedule=Per. 4,3,1
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
HW=Read GF pp. 228-250
Thursday, 5/18: Block Schedule=Per. 6,5,2
HW=Read GF pp. 251-269
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 5/19: Regular Schedule Per. 4,5,6,1,2,3
Vocabulary #34 Quiz is CANCELLED=Vocab may be submitted for Extra Credit
Send home the Writing Portfolio Night Letter
GF Quiz
HW=Work on Persuasive Essay
HW=Read GF 270-285
HW= Read for RR
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • W., 5/24 Glory Field Test
  • W., 5/24 Persuasive Essay RD Due-Biases, Prejudices, and Stereotypes/W., 5/31 Final Paper Due
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Honors RR Due Mon., 6/5
Related Readings that would be good RR books or even summer reading:
  • Roll of Thunder; Hear My Cry=Taylor
  • Bound for the Promise-Land=Smith
  • Little Women=Alcott
  • Red Badge of Courage=Crane
Questions to ask your student:
  1. What forms of prejudice are you seeing in Glory Field? Have they changed from 1753 to 1964 (where we are in our novel right now)?
  2. How has the self-perception of African-Americans evolved through the novel?
  3. What acts of courage have you seen throughout the novel?
  4. How have the characters fought for equal rights and basic dignity?
  5. What did find interesting about the TED Talk we viewed on Thursday and the Spoken Word Poem, “I Am Not Black,” we heard on Friday?
  6. Have you taken the Implicit Bias Association Assessment (Harvard.edu)? What did it tell you?
https://implicit.harvard.edu/
Classroom Donations:
  1. We REALLY need facial tissues…we’re down to our last two boxes in the classroom.
  2. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!! Specifically, thanks to the parents who gave enough stretchy book covers to recover our textbooks for next year!!!

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dale Whitehurst
Beattie Middle School
(909) 307-2400 Ext. 40715
dale_whitehurst@redlands.k12.ca.us

Vocabulary #34
  1. Weaponry: n. Weapons; science of designing an making weapons.
  2. Werewolf: n. Person with the ability to take the form of a wolf; (German=man+wolf).
  3. Whippersnapper: n. Generally a young, inexperienced person; insignificant person.
  4. Wrathful: adj. Very angry; behavior derived from anger or malice; irate; apoplectic.
  5. Wrench: v. To move with a violent twist; wrestle.
  6. Wretch: n. or adj. A miserable, unhappy person; despicable person; miscreant.
  7. Yammer: v. Chatter; ongoing talking; babbling.
  8. Yielding: adj. Giving way; not rigid; passive.
  9. Yowl: v. or n. To utter a long, loud, mournful cry; sad howl.
  10. Zestful: adj. Full of energy and enthusiasm.
Honors:
  1. Vaporous: adj. Misty; ghost-like.
  2. Voracious: adj. Extremely hungry; very eager (i.e. voracious reader); starving.
  3. Xenophobic: adj. Behaviors that show a fear of strangers or people of a foreign origin.
  4. Yearn: v. To desire strongly; to crave.
  5. Zealous: adj. Highly enthusiastic behavior; almost fanatical enthusiasm.
Spelling
  1. threshold
  2. truly
  3. unmanageable
  4. unwieldy
  5. usage


English 8 and 8H-Whitehurst
Mini-Essay
Date assigned: Friday, 5/12/17
Rough Draft of Essay=Wednesday, 5/24/17 (10 points)
Date due: Final Paper=Wednesday, 5/31/17
(typed…MLA format; 2-3 pages; 4-6 paragraphs)
100 points overall
You will be writing a short Persuasive Essay using the resources and information you have received in the second half of this unit and any research you might find related to biases, prejudices, and stereotypes.
Your essay should address the following topic.

Topic: You will be trying to persuade your audience regarding the following information:
~ What are biases, prejudices, and stereotypes?
~ Why do people have biases, prejudices, and stereotypes?
~ What can we do to avoid having biases, prejudices, and stereotypes as a society?
Each of the topics above will be at least a paragraph…probably more. Be sure to embed any citations within your essay. This essay may be in First Person Point of View, but you need to use research/evidence to support your point of view…using the evidence effectively is a major component of this assignment.

Remember, your essay should be MLA format, but you don’t need a Works Cited Page…just be sure to identify your sources within your paper by embedding your bibliographic information. For instance, Biases, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2016, are, “…a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others; this usually results in treating some people unfairly.” In her Ted Talk in 2014 entitled, “How to Overcome Our Biases…,” Verna Myers, noted Diversity Advocate, says, “Biases are the stories we make up about people before we actually know who they are.” Notice that I’ve included the sources within the text to avoid the need for a Works Cited Page.

Weekly Overview 5-8-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #34 (5-8-17)
Parent Message:
  • Mother’s Day: Sun., 5/14
  • 5/12=4th Quarter Progress Reports mailed out
  • 5/24=8th Grade Textbook Check-In
  • 5/24=8th Grade Awards Night, 6:00, MPR
  • 5/29 Memorial Day-No School
  • 5/30-6/1=English End of Semester Exam
  • 6/2=Writing Portfolio Night (6-7:30) See below.
  • SBAC Testing: Both Math and ELA will be testing 5/15-19. See below for the schedule…
  • High School Athletics: If your student intends to be involved in inter-scholastic sports at the high school level next year, he she will need to complete the Athletic Packet which available on Beattie’s web site (beattie.redlandsusd.net) under Counseling and then High School Athletics. In addition, there is a flier for an upcoming Sports Physical that you may want to know about. I would encourage you to get this packet and the physical completed soon so your student may participate in any high school related summer athletic opportunities.
  • Collection 3=In Collection 3, we are exploring America’s quest toward equal civil rights from slavery through today. We’ll be reading a variety of literature related to Civil War culminating in an epic novel, Glory Field, which tells the story of an African-American family’s evolution from slavery to the 1990’s in the United States. We have scheduled this collection to correspond with (or just after) social studies classes and their coverage of the Civil War. Students will be asked to research and write a Research Paper (a basic expectation in the Common Core Standards)=
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.) in relation to a pre-approved Civil War topic for which they can receive English and social studies credit. Due dates are as follows:
  • Mon., 5/8 [effect on society] (20 points)
  • Fri., 5/12 [entire rough draft] (40 points)
  • Final Paper due: Mon., 5/15 [Will not be accepted late-no late passes] (100 points)
    • This will include the complete rough draft and a typed Final Paper…final paper stapled on top of the rough draft.
Total Points Value: 300 points
If you’ll notice, the entire Research Paper project is worth 300 points, but the chunks along the way are worth 2/3 of the points. My goal is to have the kids do this large project in pieces so they’re not overwhelmed with the work. Please monitor and encourage their progress. They should have the tools to write this research paper. However, I really want them to complete the chunks so the “whole” of the paper is not too large.
  • Writing Portfolio Night will be Friday, June 2 6:00-7:30. You may stop by our classroom at any time between 6:00 and 7:30 on Friday, June 2, to view your student’s middle school Writing Portfolio and to read your child’s Middle School Writing Reflection. (I will send home a green letter.) We’d love to have you join us! You may take the Writing Portfolio home that evening. Feel free to park in the south parking lot closest to my classroom…I’ll be sure the gate is open for you! All other portfolios will be sent home on June 5. Students may attend this activity.
  • Extra Credit: I gave the students a Collection 3 Extra Credit Poster assignment three weeks ago. It relates to the readings we’re doing in this collection from our textbook. I think they’ll find it a creative opportunity to incorporate their reading and textual evidence within the context of a poster. It will be completely voluntary but a good way to exercise another area of the brain. Due: W, 5/10.
  • Related Web Sites:
A great resource for research paper citation and the implementation of MLA format is the web site I have on my web page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ …click on MLA Style Guide. I have used this site repeatedly as a resource for citation questions. It is a part of Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and will be valuable for your student all through high school as well!! I’ve had three high school students call me this week looking for this web site because they found it valuable last year but could not remember it.
  • As kids work on their research for topics related to the Civil War, I recommend that they use the Civil War Trust web site: www.civilwar.org. It’s a well-researched web site that is full of information that students could use for their research papers. It has written documents, videos, and many primary source documents for students to read. They will want to use other sources such: www.history.com and www.biography.com just to name a couple. These are reputable sites with many facts communicated through history experts.
  • RR: I’m going to allow the kids to use any reading they do out of Glory Field for RR. They’ll still have to do the summaries, but it should reduce the work load to read a core novel for RR. We should read about 60% of the novel in class which will also save time. J
  • CAST and SBAC Testing Schedule:
    • WEEK 1 – (May 9 – May 10) – Science – CAST Testing - 8th Grade Only
    • Testing will take place during Science classes Tuesday and Wednesday – Regular Rotation
    • WEEK 2 – (May 15 – May 18) – ELA & Math SBAC – All Grades
    • English test during English classes, Math test during Math classes.
    • Block Schedule Monday thru Thursday for all students – Three periods per day as follows:

1st Block 2nd Block 1st LUNCH 2nd LUNCH 3rd Block
8:45 – 10:43 10:48 – 12:41 11:42 – 12:18 12:46 – 1:17 1:22 – 3:15
Monday, May 15 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 1 Period 3 LUNCH LUNCH Period 4
Tuesday, May 16 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 2 Period 5 LUNCH LUNCH Period 6
Wednesday, May 17 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 4 Period 3 LUNCH LUNCH Period 1
Thursday, May 18 - Block Schedule Rotation: Period 6 Period 5 LUNCH LUNCH Period 2
Friday, May 19 - Regular Bell Schedule – Rotation 4-5-6-1-2-3
  • As we move into multiple testing windows here at Beattie, it is important that you come along side to maximize student performance. Here’s how you can help:
    • Have your student at school on time each day 5/15-19…absences and tardies will negatively affect testing performance.
    • Be sure your child has had a good night’s sleep each night.
    • Be sure your child has a healthy breakfast (maybe a good time avoid the Starbucks overload).
    • Encourage your child to simply try his/her best on the tests…that’s what we’re communicating here at Beattie.
    • Avoid morning stress…stress/anger reduce student cognitive performance by as much as 35%.
    • Encourage your child to have an RR book with him/her during testing to use “down” time efficiently.
  • No Current Event this week.
Monday, 5/8:
Vocabulary List #33=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Rough Draft-Effect on Society Section of RP Due (20 points)
HW=Read GF pp. 116-128
HW=Work on the RP Rough Draft
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 5/9:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due (Reminder: Students may use Glory Field for BARF)
HW=Read GF pp. 129-142
HW=GP pp. 165-166, Ex. 1
HW=Work on RP Rough Draft
Wednesday, 5/10:
Extra Credit-Collection 3 Poster (40 points)
HW=GP pp. 167-168, Ex. 1
HW=Read GF pp. 143-156
Thursday, 5/11:
Receive last essay assignment-Biases, Prejudices, and Stereotypes
HW=Work on RP Rough Draft
HW=Read GF pp. 157-173
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on BARF
Friday, 5/12:
Vocabulary #33 Due/Quiz
Grammar Quiz
Grammar Packet Due, pp. 157-168
Entire Research Paper Rough Draft Due (40 points)
Final Research Paper due Monday, 5/15
HW=Read GF 174-194
HW=Work on RP-Final Paper-due Mon., 5/15 (students will turn in a complete rough draft and a final
paper…must be typed)
HW= Read for RR
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Honors RR Due Mon., 6/5
Related Readings that would be good BARF books:
  • Roll of Thunder; Hear My Cry=Taylor
  • Bound for the Promise-Land=Smith
  • Little Women=Alcott
  • Red Badge of Courage=Crane
Classroom Donations:
  1. We REALLY need facial tissues…we’re down to our last two boxes in the classroom.
  2. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!! Specifically, thanks to the parents who gave enough stretchy book covers to recover our textbooks for next year!!!

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dale Whitehurst
Beattie Middle School
(909) 307-2400 Ext. 40715
dale_whitehurst@redlands.k12.ca.us

Vocabulary #33
  1. Unabashed: adj. Unashamed; not embarrassed; without question; unembarrassed.
  2. Unanimous: adj. Agreeing completely; united in opinion; agreement.
  3. Unobtrusively: adv. Without calling attention to oneself; inconspicuous.
  4. Unremitting: adj. Not stopping; continued; constant.
  5. Untrodden: adj. Not walked upon; undisturbed; untraveled (i.e. untrodden snow).
  6. Usurp: v. To take power by force or aggression; seize; appropriate.
  7. Ventriloquist: n. Someone who speaks through a puppet or a dummy; one who throws his voice.
  8. Virtuous: adj. Moral; upright; behave in an upright manner; honorable; virtuous; righteous.
  9. Wan: adj. Pale; feeble as in health; sickly.
  10. Wayfarer: n. Traveler especially on foot; wanderer.
Honors:
  1. Spurious: adj. Not legitimate intentions; not genuine; false; unauthentic.
  2. Stigma: n. A mark of disgrace; brand (i.e. Scarlet Letter=A=Adultery, wounds of Christ, the scars from being whipped).
  3. Stupendous: adj. Amazing; tremendous; extremely terrific.
  4. Uncompromising: adj. Not accepting a compromise; unyielding; stubborn.
  5. Vicariously: adv. Living through another; as a substitute.
Spelling
1. surveillance
2. susceptible
3. tariff
4. temperamental
5. theater
Weekly Overview 4-24-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #32 (4-24-17)
Parent Message:
  • Thurs., 4/27=Minimum Day: Students dismissed at 12:40
  • Sun. 5/14: Mother’s Day.
  • SBAC Testing: Both Math and ELA will be testing 5/15-19.
  • High School Athletics: If your student intends to be involved in inter-scholastic sports at the high school level next year, he she will need to complete the Athletic Packet which available on Beattie’s web site (beattie.redlandsusd.net) under Counseling and then High School Athletics. In addition, there is a flier for an upcoming Sports Physical that you may want to know about. I would encourage you to get this packet and the physical completed soon so your student may participate in any high school related summer athletic opportunities.
  • Collection 3=In Collection 3, we are exploring America’s quest toward equal civil rights from slavery through today. We’ll be reading a variety of literature related to Civil War culminating in an epic novel, Glory Field, which tells the story of an African-American family’s evolution from slavery to the 1990’s in the United States. We have scheduled this collection to correspond with (or just after) social studies classes and their coverage of the Civil War. Students will be asked to research and write a Research Paper (a basic expectation in the Common Core Standards)=
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.) in relation to a pre-approved Civil War topic for which they can receive English and social studies credit. Due dates are as follows:
  • Eng 8-60 Note Cards/Eng 8H-75 Note Cards due: Mon., 4/24 (50 points)
  • Final outline due: Wed., 4/26 (20 points)
  • Rough draft sections due: Mon., 5/1 [background] (20 points)
  • Wed., 5/3 [social climate] (20 points)
  • Mon., 5/8 [effect on society] (20 points)
  • Fri., 5/12 [entire rough draft] (40 points)
  • Final Paper due: Mon., 5/15 [Will not be accepted late-no late passes] (100 points)
Total Points Value: 300 points
If you’ll notice, the entire Research Paper project is worth 300 points, but the chunks along the way are worth 2/3 of the points. My goal is to have the kids do this large project in pieces so they’re not overwhelmed with the work. Please monitor and encourage their progress. They should have the tools to write this research paper. However, I really want them to complete the chunks so the “whole” of the paper is not too large.
  • Extra Credit: I gave the students a Collection 3 Extra Credit Poster assignment last week. It relates to the readings we’re doing in this collection from our textbook. I think they’ll find it a creative opportunity to incorporate their reading and textual evidence within the context of a poster. It will be completely voluntary but a good way to exercise another area of the brain.
  • Related Web Sites:
A great resource for research paper citation and the implementation of MLA format is the web site I have on my web page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ …click on MLA Style Guide. I have used this site repeatedly as a resource for citation questions. It is a part of Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and will be valuable for your student all through high school as well!! I’ve had three high school students call me this week looking for this web site because they found it valuable last year but could not remember it.
  • As kids work on their research for topics related to the Civil War, I recommend that they use the Civil War Trust web site: www.civilwar.org. It’s a well-researched web site that is full of information that students could use for their research papers. It has written documents, videos, and many primary source documents for students to read. They will want to use other sources such: www.history.com and www.biography.com just to name a couple. These are reputable sites with many facts communicated through history experts.
  • RR: I’m going to allow the kids to use any reading they do out of Glory Field for RR. They’ll still have to do the summaries, but it should reduce the work load to read a core novel for RR. We should read about 60% of the novel in class which will also save time. J
  • As we move into multiple testing windows here at Beattie, it is important that you come along side to maximize student performance. Here’s how you can help:
    • Have your student at school on time each day 5/15-19…absences and tardies will negatively affect testing performance.
    • Be sure your child has had a good night’s sleep each night.
    • Be sure your child has a healthy breakfast (maybe a good time avoid the Starbucks overload).
    • Encourage your child to simply try his/her best on the tests…that’s what we’re communicating here at Beattie.
    • Avoid morning stress…stress/anger reduce student cognitive performance by as much as 35%.
    • Encourage your child to have an RR book with him/her during testing to use “down” time efficiently.
Monday, 4/24:
Vocabulary List #31=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
75 Note Cards Due (50 points)
HW=Work on BT CR Ques.
HW=Work on the RP
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 4/25:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
HW=Work on RP Outline
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 153-154, Ex. 1
Wednesday, 4/26:
Research Paper Outline Due (may be hand written…I just want to know the student has a plan) (20 points)
Bring your ID to check-out Glory Field (students will need to bring the text each day)
HW=Read p. 1-3 of Glory Field Study Guide
HW=Read GF pp. 5-9
HW=Finish BT CR Ques. (no vocab….30 points)
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 155-156, Ex. 1
Thursday, 4/27: Minimum Day
“Bloody Times…” CR Ques. Due (30 points)-Revised due date from 4/25…also, don’t do the vocabulary…just
do the questions.
GF Quiz
HW=Work on RP
HW=Read GF pp. 11-22
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 4/28:
Vocabulary #31 Due/Quiz
Grammar Quiz
GF Quiz
HW=Read GF pp. 23-31 (we’ll try to do all the reading in class)
HW=Work on RP-Background Rough Draft-due Mon., 5/1 (20 points)
HW= Read for RR (Honors RR due Monday, 5/1=Students may use GF pages…summaries are required)
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Honors RR Due Mon., 5/1, 6/5
Related Web Sites:
  • A great resource for research paper citation and the implementation of MLA format is the web site I have on my web page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ …click on MLA Style Guide. I have used this site repeatedly as a resource for citation questions. It is a part of Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and will be valuable for your student all through high school as well!! I’ve had three high school students call me this week looking for this web site because they found it valuable last year but could not remember it.
  • As kids work on their research for topics related to the Civil War, I recommend that they use the Civil War Trust web site: www.civilwar.org. It’s a well-researched web site that is full of information that students could use for their research papers. It has written documents, videos, and many primary source documents for students to read. They will want to use other sources such: www.history.com and www.biography.com just to name a couple. These are reputable sites with many facts communicated through history experts.

Related Readings that would be good RR books:
  • Roll of Thunder; Hear My Cry=Taylor
  • Bound for the Promise-Land=Smith
  • Little Women=Alcott
  • Red Badge of Courage=Crane
Classroom Donations:
  1. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
  2. Flash Drives on which to save documents.
  3. Facial tissue (we’ve had many runny noses the last few weeks).
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!!
Questions to ask your student:
“How do I know what to cite in my research paper?”
“What is a ‘Parenthetical Citation’ in a research paper?”
“What is an ‘Embedded Quotation’ in a research paper?”
“What is Subject/Verb Agreement?”
“What is Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement?”
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dale Whitehurst
Beattie Middle School
(909) 307-2400 Ext. 40715
dale_whitehurst@redlands.k12.ca.us

Vocabulary #31 (Word/P. of Sp./Syn./Sentence/Drawing)
  1. Rectify: v. To make or set right; pay back; mend; correct; remedy.
  2. Reform: v. To make better or improve by removing faults; rehabilitate.
  3. Regular: n. A soldier in a regular army as opposed to volunteer militia; one who is regular; one who can be trusted.
  4. Revelation: n. Something revealed or realized.
  5. Rigorous: adj. Very strict or harsh; challenging.
  6. Rivulets: n. Little streams; streamlet.
  7. Roam: v. To go aimlessly or wander; drift; meander.
  8. Runt: n. The smallest animal in the litter; diminutive; tiny.
  9. Sauntering: v. Walking slowly and confidently; swagger.
  10. Somber: adj. Dark and gloomy; dismal; melancholy.
Honors:
  1. Reconnaissance: n. A preliminary survey of an area to gain information.
  2. Relegate: v. To send into exile; banish; to assign to a place of insignificance or unimportance; to put out of sight; demote.
  3. Remit: v. To forgive or pay back; to make a payment.
  4. Remuneration: n. Compensation or payment.
  5. Repellent: adj. To drive way; disgust (i.e. mosquito repellent)
Spelling (5X each)
  1. satellite
  2. schedule
  3. scissors
  4. secretary
  5. siege
Weekly Overview 4-17-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #31 (4-17-17)
Parent Message:
  • HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER!!
  • 4/18-19 Common Assessment #5
  • Thurs., 4/27=Minimum Day: Students dismissed at 12:40
  • Collection 3=In Collection 3, we are exploring America’s quest toward equal civil rights from slavery through today. We’ll be reading a variety of literature related to Civil War culminating in an epic novel, Glory Field, which tells the story of an African-American family’s evolution from slavery to the 1990’s in the United States. We have scheduled this collection to correspond with (or just after) social studies classes and their coverage of the Civil War. Students will be asked to research and write a Research Paper (a basic expectation in the Common Core Standards)=
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.) in relation to a pre-approved Civil War topic for which they can receive English and social studies credit. Due dates are as follows:
  • Three Source Cards/Five Note Cards due (REVISED DUE DATE): MON., 4/17 (20 points)
  • Sixty (Eng 8)/Seventy-five (Eng 8H) Note Cards due: Mon., 4/24 (50 points)
  • Final outline due: Wed., 4/26 (20 points)
  • Rough draft sections due: Mon., 5/1 [background] (20 points)
  • Wed., 5/3 [social climate] (20 points)
  • Mon., 5/8 [effect on society] (20 points)
  • Fri., 5/12 [entire rough draft] (40 points)
  • Final Paper due: Mon., 5/15 [Will not be accepted late-no late passes] (100 points)
Total Points Value: 300 points
If you’ll notice, the entire Research Paper project is worth 300 points, but the chunks along the way are worth 2/3 of the points. My goal is to have the kids do this large project in pieces so they’re not overwhelmed with the work. Please monitor and encourage their progress. They should have the tools to write this research paper. However, I really want them to complete the chunks so the “whole” of the paper is not too large.
  • Extra Credit: I’ll be giving the students a Collection 3 Extra Credit Poster assignment next week. It relates to the readings we’ll be doing in this collection from our textbook. I think they’ll find it a creative opportunity to incorporate their reading and textual evidence within the context of a poster. It will be completely voluntary but a good way to exercise another area of the brain.
  • Related Web Sites:
A great resource for research paper citation and the implementation of MLA format is the web site I have on my web page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ …click on MLA Style Guide. I have used this site repeatedly as a resource for citation questions. It is a part of Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and will be valuable for your student all through high school as well!! I’ve had three high school students call me this week looking for this web site because they found it valuable last year but could not remember it.
  • As kids work on their research for topics related to the Civil War, I recommend that they use the Civil War Trust web site: www.civilwar.org. It’s a well-researched web site that is full of information that students could use for their research papers. It has written documents, videos, and many primary source documents for students to read. They will want to use other sources such: www.history.com and www.biography.com just to name a couple. These are reputable sites with many facts communicated through history experts.

Monday, 4/17:
Vocabulary List #30=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Research Paper 3 Source Cards/5 Note Cards Due
HW=Finish DB CR Ques. (all sections)-20 points
HW=Work on the RP
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 4/18:
Regular Eng. 8 BARF Due
DB CR Ques. (all sections)-20 points= Due
Common Assessment #5
Begin reading, “from Bloody Times: The Funeral…”, pp. 177-194
HW=Work on RP
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 149-150, Ex. 1
Wednesday, 4/19:
Common Assessment #5
Finish reading, “from Bloody Times: The Funeral…”, pp. 177-194
HW=Begin Working on the BT CR Questions
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 151-152, Ex. 1
Thursday, 4/20:
Extra Credit Poster Assignment
RP Questions to be addressed today:
“How do I know what to cite in my research paper?”
“What is a ‘Parenthetical Citation’ in a research paper?”
“What is an ‘Embedded Quotation’ in a research paper?”
HW=Work on RP
HW=Work on BT CR Questions
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 4/21:
Vocabulary #30 Due/Quiz
Grammar Quiz
HW=Work on BT CR Questions-Due Tuesday, 4/25 (worth 30 points)
HW=Work on RP-75 note cards due Monday, 4/24
HW= Read for RR
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Honors RR Due Mon., 5/1, 6/5
Classroom Donations:
  1. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
  2. Facial Tissues-We’ve used virtually all of your donations…lots of runny noses.
  3. Flash Drives on which to save documents
Questions to ask your student:
  1. What is a Thesis Statement for a Research Paper?
  2. What is a Works Cited Page? How is it different from a Bibliography?
  3. What is a Source Card? What is a Note Card?
  4. How should a student cite a Web Site for the Source Card and Works Cited Page?
  5. What is your Research Paper about?

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dale Whitehurst
Beattie Middle School
(909) 307-2400 Ext. 40715
dale_whitehurst@redlands.k12.ca.us

Vocabulary #30
  1. Rambunctious: adj. Unruly; raucous; uncontrolled excitement.
  2. Rancid: adj. Having a bad smell or taste; spoiled; rotten.
  3. Raucous: adj. Extremely disorderly or disruptive; rambunctious.
  4. Ravaging: v. Severely damaging; devastating.
  5. Ravenous: adj. Very hungry; voracious.
  6. Recede: v. Move away or fade (i.e. a receding hairline); withdraw; diminish.
  7. Recluse: n. One who intentionally isolates himself; hermit.
  8. Refute: v. To prove to be false by argument or evidence; contradict; reject.
  9. Registrants: n. People who are registered to participate in something; ones who sign up.
  10. Retribution: n. Punishment for wrongdoing; payback; revenge.
Honors:
  1. Ragamuffin: n. A ragged, dirty person; poorly clothed or dirty child.
  2. Ramifications: n. The consequences or outcomes.
  3. Rapacious: adj. Excessively greedy or covetous; extremely hungry; ravenous.
  4. Recalcitrant: adj. Stubborn resistance to authority; headstrong.
  5. Recapitulate: v. To restate briefly; summarize; sum up. (At the end of the period, Mr. Whitehurst likes to recapitulate concepts he’s teaching.)
Spelling
  1. repetition
  2. restaurant
  3. rhythm
  4. ridiculous
  5. sandwich
Discussion Topics
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