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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 3-27-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #28 (3-27-17)
Parent Message:
Enjoy Spring Break!!!
  • 3/12 Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward on hour)
  • 3/13-24 Spring Recess=No School…School resumes Mon., 3/27
  • 3/29 Last day to submit late work for Qtr. 3
  • 3/31 End of Qtr. 3
  • 4/6=Citrus Valley High School Parent Night for incoming 9th graders-Blackhawk Theatre
    • 6:00-6:30 Performing Arts Showcase-Performances by band, choir, theatre arts students
    • 6:30-7:20 General Session-High school graduation requirements, college admission requirements, summer school courses, etc.
    • 7:30-8:10 Breakout Sessions-Meet with teachers, coaches, and advisers to learn about CV academics, honors, athletics, and extra-curricular programs.
    • Check out the CV website after Spring Break for a details program of the evening’s events
  • 4/11 Qtr. 3 Grades handed out to students last hour
  • We began working on the Poetry Portfolio last week with notes on Poetry, specifically, Forms of Poetry, Figurative Language, and the Poetry Portfolio. The students are writing/selecting and illustrating 5 poems for the portfolio. Please see the Poetry Portfolio assignment (due Tues., 4/10) (100 points) for details. There are no rough drafts nor peer editing required for the poems and the level of illustration that they choose for each poem will be up to them. The grade will not reflect a student’s innate artistic ability or lack thereof. J Extra credit is available for students if they want to research a famous poet. The details will be in the packet. I would like students to begin working on this assignment this week so they don’t feel compelled to spend too much time working on it over Spring Break…I want them to get some time off. J
  • Collection 3=We will begin Collection 3 when we return from Spring Break. 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 in relation to a pre-approved Civil War topic for which they can receive English and social studies credit. Due dates will be forthcoming.
  • Related Web Site:
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.
Monday, 3/27:
Vocabulary List #27=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
“Wreck of the Hesperus” Worksheet
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 3/28:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
HW=Complete “Wreck of the Hesperus” Worksheet
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 137-138, Ex. 1
Wednesday,3/29:
“Wreck of the Hesperus” Worksheet due
Read “from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” pp. 395-400
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 139-140, Ex. 1
Thursday, 3/30:
Current Event Due
HW=Work on Tom Sawyer CR Questions
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 3/31:
Vocabulary #27 Due/Quiz
Pronoun Cases Quiz
Poetry Quiz
Grammar Packet due
HW=Work on Tom Sawyer CR Questions-Due Mon., 4/3
HW=Work on Poetry Portfolio
HW= Read for RR (Honors RR due Mon., 4/3)
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., 4/3, 5/1, 6/5
  • Poetry Portfolio=Due 4/10/17
Classroom Donations:
  1. 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!!!
Questions to ask your student:
  1. What is Poetic Meter?
  2. What is a “Iambic Tetrameter”?
  3. What is the Rhyming Pattern or Rhyme Scheme of a poem?
  4. How many lines are in a sonnet? What is the typical rhyming pattern for a Shakespearean sonnet?
  5. What is an elegy poem?

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 #27
  1. Preamble: n. An introductory part (i.e. Preamble to the Constitution).
  2. Precarious: adj. Dangerously unsecure; unstable.
  3. Precedent: n. Something said or done that authorizes similar language or actions in the future.
  4. Precipitated: v. To cause to happen before expected or desired; to throw violently. (The budget problem was precipitated by unexpected costs. His stuttering was precipitated by a fear of girls.)
  5. Precursor: n. One that precedes and indicates the coming of another; forerunner.
  6. Predecessor: n. Previous holder of a position; one who came before.
  7. Prejudicial: adj. Action or thought based on prejudgment of another; behavior based on prejudice.
  8. Preoccupied: adj. Lost in thought; distracted; day dreaming. (She was preoccupied with boy’s blue eyes.)
  9. Preposterous: adj. Absurd; contrary to nature or reasoning.
  10. Pretentious: adj. Untrue self-glorification; bragging behavior.
Honors:
  1. Potentiate: v. To make potent; augment. (The steak sauce helped to potentiate his enjoyment of steak. The sound-track of the movie potentiated its emotional impact.)
  2. Pragmatic: adj. Logical; practical; realistic.
  3. Predaceous: adj. Predatory; preying upon others.
  4. Preeminent: adj. Having the highest rank; outstanding.
  5. Preemptive: adj. Marked by seizing the initiative (i.e. a preemptive attack).

Spelling:
1.preferable
2.prejudice
3.prerogative
4.privilege
5.procedure
Weekly Overview 3-6-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #27 (3-6-17)
Parent Message:
  • 3/9 CJSF Pictures, MPR 8:00-9:00
  • 3/10, 3:30 Deadline for CJSF Disneyland trip permission slip
  • 3/12 Moving off Daylight Savings Time-Spring forward 1 hour
  • 3/13-24 Spring Recess=No School…School resumes Mon., 3/27
  • 3/31 End of 3rd Quarter
  • We will be completing our Holocaust Unit this week. It will culminate in video of the repatriation of the prison camps by Allied troops in 1945. As a matter of fact, some of the video I’ll be showing the kids was shown at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII. They are graphic and proved to be convicting evidence of Nazi war crimes after the war.
  • We began working on the Poetry Portfolio last week with notes on Poetry, specifically, Forms of Poetry, Figurative Language, and the Poetry Portfolio. The students are writing/selecting and illustrating 5 poems for the portfolio. Please see the Poetry Portfolio assignment (due Tues., 4/10-100 points) for details. There are no rough drafts nor peer editing required for the poems and the level of illustration that they choose for each poem will be up to them. The grade will not reflect a student’s innate artistic ability or lack thereof. J Extra credit is available for students if they want to research a famous poet. The details will be in the packet. I would like students to begin working on this assignment this week so they don’t feel compelled to spend too much time working on it over Spring Break…I want them to get some time off. J They’ve earned it!!
Monday, 3/6:
Vocabulary List #26=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 3/7:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Work on the Personal Poem
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 132-134, Ex. 1
Wednesday,3/8:
CJSF Pictures 8-9:30
Work on the Sonnet
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 135-136, Ex. 1
Thursday, 3/9:
Work on a Limerick
Current Event Due
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 3/10:
Vocabulary #26 Due/Quiz
Pronoun Cases Quiz
Poetry Quiz
Work on Haiku and Limerick Poems
HW=Work on Poetry Portfolio
HW= Read for RR (Honors RR due Mon., 4/3)
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., 4/3, 5/1, 6/5
  • Poetry Portfolio=Due 4/10/17
Classroom Donations:
  1. Flash Drives for data storage
  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!!!
Related Web Sites:
  • This is a web site that includes a great deal of information about Anne Frank and her family. It includes a virtual tour of the attic in which the family hid and is a valuable resource.
http://www.annefrank.org/
  • This is the web site for the United State Holocaust Museum. It’s filled information and resources regarding the Holocaust.
https://twitter.com/HolocaustMuseum
Questions to ask your student:
  1. What is Poetic Meter?
  2. What is a “Foot” of Meter?
  3. What is the Rhyming Pattern or Rhyme Scheme of a poem?
  4. Shakespeare wrote his poems in Iambic Pentameter? What does this mean?

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 #26
  1. Paternal: adj. Fatherly; related to a father.
  2. Peripheral: adj. Outward borders; near outside boundaries; auxiliary; supplemental; add-on.
  3. Pervading: v. Spreading throughout; riddle; permeate.
  4. Petition: v. To request; solicit.
  5. Physics: n. The science of matter and energy and their interactions; science of physical processes.
  6. Pitiful: adj. Deserving compassion; worthy of pity; pathetic.
  7. Plausible: adj. Seeming worthy of belief; reasonable.
  8. Playwright: n. A writer of plays.
  9. Postmortem: adj. Done, occurring, or collected after death.
  10. Predisposed: v. Inclined; likely to behave in a certain manner; tendency.
Honors:
  1. Penury: n. Extreme poverty; extreme frugality.
  2. Perceptible: adj. Capable of being perceived or learned; understandable.
  3. Perfunctorily: adv. Done simply out of duty rather than motivation; done because one feels one should; mechanical.
  4. Personification: n. Figurative language where animate or human qualities are attributed to inanimate objects for literary reasons (The wind howled in the trees).
  5. Pompous: adj. Arrogant; conceited; self-important.
Spelling
  1. perspiration
  2. phenomenon
  3. physician
  4. pneumonia
  5. possession
Weekly Overview 2-27-16
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #26 (2-27-17)
Parent Message:
  • We’re coming to a particularly busy time of year for 8th graders. Please encourage your student to stay focused and finish “strong” in middle school. Although they’re only logically going to be thinking about high school, there are concepts and skills that must be mastered in preparation for the next levels, and the study habits established here will follow them in high school.
  • The students did an excellent job on The Diary of Anne Frank test. They were pleased with how much they’ve learned in this unit!
  • 3/12 Daylight Saving’s Time=Spring forward one hour
  • 3/13-24 Spring Recess=No School…School resumes Mon., 3/27
  • 3/31 End of 3rd Quarter
  • Our next essay is due this week. It will require the students to identify “Holocaust Heroes” and convince their reader, using textual evidence, that the character from their reading/viewing is worthy of the title, Holocaust Hero. We have completed a sample essay together (they received a hard copy of that essay last week…it’s also on the web site). Rough Draft: due 2/27 and Final Paper: due 3/1 (due dates were moved back to accommodate reading completion). It will involve the completion of editing forms…I would appreciate it if you could complete one of the forms; they will have a peer do the other form.
  • We will begin working on the Poetry Unit and Poetry Portfolio next week. The students are writing/selecting and illustrating 5 poems for the portfolio. Please see the Poetry Portfolio assignment (due Mon., 4/10-100 points) for details…the kids will get the assignment next week. There are no rough drafts nor peer editing required for the poems and the level of illustration that they choose for each poem will be up to them. The grade will not reflect a student’s innate artistic ability or lack thereof. J Extra credit is available for students if they want to research a famous poet. The details will be in their packet.
Monday, 2/27:
Vocabulary List #25=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Work on AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary (no vocabulary)-Due
Holocaust Heroes Essay RD Due (try to have it typed and bring the Editing Forms)
HW=Work RR
HW=Work on revising the Holocaust Heroes Essay
Tuesday, 2/28:
AAUW Conference-180 of our 8th grade girls will be traveling to the University of Redlands for a STEM
Conference
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 125-127, Ex. 1
Wednesday,3/1:
Holocaust Heroes Essay Final Paper Due (Final, RD, Editing Forms)
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 128-131, Ex. 1
Thursday, 3/2:
Current Event Due
Poetry Portfolio Assignment Introduction
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on BARF
Friday, 3/3:
Vocabulary #25 Due/Quiz
Sentence ID/Grammar Quiz
HW=Work on Poetry Portfolio
HW= Read for BARF (Honors RR due Mon., 4/3)
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., 4/3, 5/1, 6/5
  • Holocaust Heroes Essay=(NEW DUE DATES: Rough Draft due Mon., 2/27==Final Paper due Wed., 3/1) I moved the due dates back to finish reading The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Poetry Portfolio=Due 4/10/17
Classroom Donations:
  1. Flash Drives (Office Depot has 16 GB drives on sale for $9.99)
  2. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!!

Questions to Ask Your Child:
1) Why did Anne and her mother struggle in their relationship with each other?
2) How is Mr. Frank a hero in the play we read?
3) What does Mr. Frank mean at the end of the play when he says about Anne, "...she puts me to shame"? How is this a compliment to his daughter?

Related Web Sites:
  • This is a web site that includes a great deal of information about Anne Frank and her family. It includes a virtual tour of the attic in which the family hid and is a valuable resource.
http://www.annefrank.org/
  • This is the web site for the United State Holocaust Museum. It’s filled information and resources regarding the Holocaust.
https://twitter.com/HolocaustMuseum

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 #25
  1. Omnipotent: adj. Having unlimited authority or power; all-powerful.
  2. Omnivorous: adj. Feeding on both animal and vegetable substances; voracious; hungry.
  3. Orator: n. Public speaker; lecturer.
  4. Ostentatious: adj. Intentionally showy or gaudy; flashy; gaudy.
  5. Oxygenate: v. To supply with oxygen.
  6. Pandemonium: n. A scene or wild disorder; chaos.
  7. Paradoxical: adj. Things that appear to be contradictory (shy/actor; loving/boxer).
  8. Parody: n. A humorous, mocking, or satirical imitation; caricature.
  9. Perilous: adj. Potential to cause injury or harm; dangerous.
  10. Perpetual: adj. Continuing forever; ongoing.
Honors:
  1. Octagonal: adj. Containing eight sided (stop sign).
  2. Octogenarian: n. A person whose age is in the eighties; 80-year-old.
  3. Odious: adj. Causing or deserving hatred; hateful; evil; abhorrent.
  4. Officious: adj. Volunteering services where they are not wanted or needed; too authoritative; meddlesome; impertinent.
  5. Oligarchy: n. A form of government where power is held by a select few; government by a few for corrupt or selfish purposes.
Spelling
  1. patience
  2. permanent
  3. permissible
  4. perseverance
  5. persistent
Weekly Overview 2-20-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #25 (2-20-17)
Parent Message:
  • 2/20=No School-Presidents’ Day
  • Third Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home today, 2/17. If a student has a C- or lower in class, you will receive the notice which is a reminder of previous communication related to concern about academic performance. I am always willing to help develop an assistance plan for your student (we’ve probably already done that).
  • We are over half way through The Diary of Anne Frank, in our literature book. The true-story play is about a Jewish girl who went into hiding in July, 1942, and writes a diary depicting her time in hiding. The bulk of the play is her diary about her family’s time spent in a Holland attic to avoid German deportation of Jews. Anne ultimately died in Bergen-Belsen Prison Camp in March of 1945, two weeks before repatriation. Obviously, this unit is very serious, and we will be discussing many examples of “man’s inhumanity to man.”
  • There is a Study Guide that the students are to complete for The Diary of Anne Frank. They should have Act 1-Sections 1,3,4 on Tuesday…Sections 1 and 3 in Act II (Due Monday., 2/27…new due date).
  • The next essay is a culminating activity for the Holocaust Unit and will require students to identify “Holocaust Heroes” and convince their reader, using textual evidence, that the character from their reading/viewing is worthy of the title, Holocaust Hero. Rough Draft: due 2/27 and Final Paper: due 3/1 (due dates were moved back to accommodate reading completion). It will involve the completion of editing forms…I would appreciate it if you could complete one of the forms; they will have a peer do the other form.
  • Tues., 2/28=Many of our female students will be participating in the AAUW STEM Conference at the University of Redlands.
Monday, 2/20: NO SCHOOL
No School-President’s Day
HW=Work on RR
HW=Work on AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary (due Tuesday)
Tuesday, 2/21:
Vocabulary List #24=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Extra-Credit Holocaust Essay Due

Honors Eng. 8 RR Due
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
AF Act I Study Guide (Sections 1,3,4) Due
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 121-122, Ex. 1
HW=Work on AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary
Wednesday,2/22:
Read AF pp. 325-334
HW=Work on AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 123-124, Ex. 1
Thursday, 2/23:
Current Event Due
Diary of Anne Frank Test
HW=Work on AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary=Due Mon., 2/27
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 2/24:
Vocabulary #24 Due/Quiz
HW=Finish AF Act II-Study Guide/Summary Due Mon., 2/27
HW= Work on Persuasive Essay-Holocaust Heroes (RD due Monday for Peer Editing)
HW= Read for RR (Honors RR due Mon., 4/3)
Due Dates and Calendar Items:
  • Eng. 8 RR=Due each Tuesday (60 minutes/2-sentence summary for each 20-minute reading time)
  • Honors RR 4/3, 5/1, 6/5
  • Holocaust Heroes Essay=(NEW DUE DATES: Rough Draft due Mon., 2/27==Final Paper due Wed., 3/1) I moved the due dates back to finish reading The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Wed., 3/1=Diary of Anne Frank TEST
Classroom Donations:
  1. Flash Drives for data storage
  2. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!!
Questions to Ask:
  1. Why is Anne Frank remembered as a heroic young lady? What lines from the play are particularly heroic?
  2. At the end of the play, Mr. Frank says, “She puts me to shame.” What does he mean by that.
  3. In what ways was Anne a typical teenager? In what ways was she incredible?
Related Web Sites:
  • This is a web site that includes a great deal of information about Anne Frank and her family. It includes a virtual tour of the attic in which the family hid and is a valuable resource.
http://www.annefrank.org/
  • This is the web site for the United State Holocaust Museum. It’s filled information and resources regarding the Holocaust.
https://twitter.com/HolocaustMuseum

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 #24
  1. Multisyllabic: adj. Containing more than one syllable; a word with 2 or more syllables.
  2. Muster: v. The act of assembling often for military purposes; gather; collect.
  3. Nuisance: n. An annoying or troublesome person; unpleasant; pest; annoyance.
  4. Nuptial: adj. Of or related to a marriage or a wedding; marital; wedded.
  5. Objectionable: adj. Undesirable; worthy of objection; offensive.
  6. Obscure: adj. hidden in darkness; not easily understood; relatively unknown; remote; nebulous.
  7. Obligatory: adj. Perceived to be a duty or obligation; required; compulsory; mandatory.
  8. Obliterate: v. To remove from recognition or memory; destroy.
  9. Obnoxious: adj. Disgusting; offensive; abhorrent; hideous.
  10. Oppressed: v. Kept down by cruel or unjust use of power; crushed by abuse; suppress.
Honors:
  1. Nebulous: adj. Unclear; foggy; lacking detail.
  2. Nepotism: n. Favoritism shown to a relative often in hiring; family-favoritism.
  3. Obfuscate: v. To intentionally confuse or baffle; to keep obscure; confuse.
  4. Obsequious: adj. Excessively attentive; slave-like; subservient.
  5. Obviate: v. To anticipate and prevent; avert.
Spelling
  1. optimistic
  2. outrageous
  3. parallel
  4. paralyze
  5. parentheses
Weekly Overview 2-13-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #24 (2-13-17)
Parent Message:
  • 2/14 Happy Valentine’s Day
  • 2/16 Minimum Day-Students dismissed at 12:40
  • 2/17=3rd Qtr. Progress Reports mailed out
  • 2/20=No School=Presidents’ Day
  • We have been reading a play, The Diary of Anne Frank, in our literature book. The true-story play is about a Dutch Jewish girl who went into hiding in July, 1942, and writes a diary depicting her time in a secret annex. The bulk of the play is her diary about her family’s time spent in a Holland attic to avoid German deportation of Jews. Anne and her sister, Margot, ultimately died in Bergen-Belsen Prison Camp in March of 1945, two weeks before repatriation. Obviously, this unit is very serious, and we will be discussing many examples of “man’s inhumanity to man.”
  • There is a Study Guide that the students are to complete for The Diary of Anne Frank. They should complete Sections 1,3,4 in Act I and Sections 1 and 3 in Act II. They have the Study Guide for the entire play.
  • I gave the students the information regarding their next essay. It will require them to identify “Holocaust Heroes” and convince their reader, using textual evidence, that the character from their reading/viewing is worthy of the title, Holocaust Hero. Rough Draft: due 2/27==Final Paper: due 3/1 (New due dates). It will involve the completion of editing forms…I would appreciate it if you could
  • I gave the students a second extra-credit opportunity four weeks ago (on the web site):
    • Holocaust Book Review: This requires students to read a Holocaust-related book and complete a 3-4 page book review (details are in the assignment). The reading/pages can be used for BARF. Due: 2/17.
Monday, 2/13:
Vocabulary List #23=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Read AF pp. 314-324=Complete Act 1
HW=Work on RR
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Summary/Characterization
Tuesday, 2/14:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Read AF pp. 325-334
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 117-118 Ex. 1
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Summary/Characterization
Wednesday,2/15:
Read AF pp. 334-347
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Summary/Characterization
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 119-120, Ex. 1
Thursday, 2/16:
Current Event Due
Read AF pp. 347-352 (Finish the play)
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Summary/Characterization
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 2/17:
Vocabulary #23 Due/Quiz
Holocaust Extra Credit Assignment-Book Review (Typed, MLA Format)
AF Study Guide for Act I Due (Sections 1, 3, 4)
Grammar Packet Due
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Summary/Characterization
HW= Work on Persuasive Essay-Holocaust Heroes
HW= Read for RR (Honors BARF due 2/21)
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 Tues., 2/21
  • AF Act II Study Guide Due, Fri., 2/24
  • Holocaust Heroes Essay=(NEW DUE DATES: Rough Draft due Mon., 2/27==Final Paper due Wed., 3/1) I moved the due dates back to finish reading The Diary of Anne Frank.
Classroom Donations Needed:
  1. Flash Drives
Questions to ask your student:
  1. Why did the Frank family go into hiding in Holland?
  2. Why did the Van Daan family join them?
  3. What were some of the challenges and limitations of being in “hiding” in a business building?
  4. What is Anne’s personality like?
Related Web Sites:
  • This is a web site that includes a great deal of information about Anne Frank and her family. It includes a virtual tour of the attic in which the family hid and is a valuable resource.
http://www.annefrank.org/
  • This is the web site for the United State Holocaust Museum. It’s filled information and resources regarding the Holocaust.
https://twitter.com/HolocaustMuseum

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 #23
  1. Monastic: adj. Related to monasteries or monks; highly disciplined or ordered; structured.
  2. Monetary: adj. Of or related to money; financial; fiscal; pecuniary.
  3. Monotheism: n. A doctrine or belief that there is only one deity or god; one-God.
  4. Monotony: n. Tedious sameness; uniformity; boring repetition; monotone (one-tone).
  5. Nauseous: adj. Feeling sick; upset stomach; ill; queasy.
  6. Nemesis: n. One that inflicts vengeance; enemy; rival; avenger.
  7. Nocturnal: adj. Related to or occurring in the night; night.
  8. Nomadic: adj. Characterized by constant wandering; itinerant; wandering.
  9. Nonconformist: n. One who does not conform to rules; dissident; rebel;
  10. Noxious: adj. Harmful especially to health or morals; disagreeable; pernicious.
Honors:
  1. Moil: v. To work hard; trudge; toil; labor.
  2. Monosyllable: n. A word of one syllable; adj. limited vocabulary.
  3. Multitudinous: adj. A great many; to an excessive extent; multiple; numerous; legion.
  4. Naive: adj. Marked by innocence; simple; unstudied; unknowing; innocent.
  5. Narcissistic: adj. Person who is absorbed in self-love; conceited; self-consumed; ego-centric.
Spelling
  1. nuisance
  2. occasion
  3. occurrence
  4. omitted
  5. opportunity
Weekly Overivew 1-6-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #23 (2-6-17)
Parent Message:
  • Week of 2/7-8=Common Assessment #4
  • 2/16=Minimum Day
  • 2/17=3rd Qtr. Progress Reports will be mailed out
  • 2/20=No School=Presidents’ Day
  • This week, we will continue reading a play, The Diary of Anne Frank, in our literature book (we assigned parts on Friday). The true-story play is about a Dutch Jewish girl who went into hiding in July, 1942, and writes a diary depicting her time in a hidden annex. The bulk of the play is her diary about her family’s time spent in a Holland attic to avoid German deportation of Jews. Anne ultimately died in Bergen-Belsen Prison Camp in March of 1945, two weeks before repatriation. Obviously, this unit is very serious, and we will be discussing many examples of “man’s inhumanity to man.
  • I gave the students the information regarding their next essay. It will require them to identify “Holocaust Heroes” and convince their reader, using textual evidence, that the character from their reading/viewing is worthy of the title, Holocaust Hero. Rough Draft: due 2/21/Final Paper: due 2/23. It will involve the completion of editing forms…I would appreciate it if you could edit your student’s paper.
  • I gave the students a second extra-credit opportunity two weeks ago (on the web site):
    • Holocaust Book Review: This requires students to read a Holocaust-related book and complete a 3-4 page book review (details are in the assignment). The reading/pages can be used for BARF. Due: 2/17.
Monday, 2/6:
Vocabulary List #22=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Read AF pp. 283-292
HW=Regular Eng. 8 and Eng. 8H=Work on RR
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Vocabulary
Tuesday, 2/7:
Common Assessment #4
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Read AF pp. 292-304
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 113-114, Ex. 1
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Vocabulary
Wednesday,2/8:
Common Assessment #4
Read AF pp. 304-314
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Vocabulary
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 115-116, Ex. 1
Thursday, 2/9:
Current Event Due
Read AF pp. 314-324=Complete Act I
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Vocabulary
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 2/10:
Vocabulary #22 Due/Quiz
HW=Work on AF Study Guide/Vocabulary
HW= Work on Persuasive Essay-Holocaust Heroes
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., Tues., 2/21
  • Holocaust Heroes Persuasive Essay (RD=2/21, Final=2/23)
Classroom Donations:
  1. Flash Drives
  2. Facial Tissue
Thank you so much for your many previous donations!!!!
Questions to ask your student:
  1. Why did the Frank family go into hiding in Holland?
  2. Why did the Van Daan family join them?
  3. What were some of the challenges and limitations of being in “hiding” in a business building?
  4. What is Anne’s personality like?
Related Web Sites:
  • This is a web site that includes a great deal of information about Anne Frank and her family. It includes a virtual tour of the attic in which the family hid and is a valuable resource.
http://www.annefrank.org/
  • I showed the kids a small piece from ABC News-World News Tonight on 2/2/16 that shows a survivor of the Holocaust who was freed from Auschwitz the same time as Elie, the writer of our novel, Night. It’s a sweet story about an amazing man!!
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/man-made-suits-america-1947-45234879
  • This is the web site for the United State Holocaust Museum. It’s filled information and resources regarding the Holocaust.
https://twitter.com/HolocaustMuseum


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 #22
  1. Migrant: n. A person who moves in order to find work (such as harvesting crops); adj. Describing one who moves in order to find work; nomadic (such as a migrant bird).
  2. Mischievous: adj. Irresponsibly playful; annoyance; playfulness.
  3. Misinterpret: v. To misunderstand or misread; distort.
  4. Misspeak: v. To say incorrectly or imperfectly.
  5. Mistrust: n. Doubt; not trust; uncertainty.
  6. Morose: adj. Gloomy; ill-tempered; depressed; disconsolate; solemn.
  7. Muse: n. Spirit of inspiration; one who inspires creativity; deep thought; poet.
  8. Mutineers: n. People on a ship who revolt against their officers; insurgent; rebel.
  9. Negligent: adj. Without care or attention; indifferent; neglect; derelict.
  10. Negotiation: n. A discussion to reach an agreement; compromise; concession.
Honors:
  1. Mimic: v. To copy closely; to ridicule or make fun of by imitation; imitate; parody; spoof.
  2. Misalliance: n. An improper or unsuitable marriage or partnership.
  3. Miser: n. A person who hoards and is stingy with money; cheapskate; scrooge.
  4. Missive: n. A letter or note; dispatch; memo.
  5. Modulate: v. To keep in proper measure or proportion; control or tune to maximize performance; temper.
Spelling
  1. neutral
  2. niece
  3. ninety
  4. noticeable
  5. nuclear
Discussion Topics
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