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Mrs. Haygood's 8th Grade Students,


     The end is finally here!  I am proud of how hard you have worked and learned this year. American War Unit is over and projects have been presented.  PreAP classes we are finishing the year with a Mythology Unit.  Most of you have already made it through the majority of your novel.  If you haven't, start reading! We will review Hero's Journey one more time with this novel to prepare you for high school.   On Level classes will be finishing up their World War II novel and project. Don't forget to read your Summer Reading Books.  I have added the list for both high schools to my website.  You have so many fun eighth grade activities planned this nine weeks, so stay out of trouble and enjoy your last couple months of middle school!

I'm looking forward to our last days in class!

Mrs. Haygood (aka Mrs.Trahan)

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8th Grade Language Arts

Grammar Review:

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IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

CAPITAL LETTERS:

*  Always capitalize the letter "I" when you are referring to yourself.

*  Always capitalize the first word in a sentence.

*  Always capitalize proper nouns, names of specific people, places or things.

PARTS OF SPEECH

NOUN-  a person, place, thing or idea. (ex. school)

        Compound Noun is made by joining two nouns.  (ex. homework)

        Proper Noun is a specific name of a noun (ex. Spring Branch Middle School)

PRONOUN- takes the place of a noun

        Demonstrative Pronouns point out a person, place or thing.  (ex. this, that, these, those)

        Personal Pronouns refer to people who are speaking or the people they are speaking about.

                                                Singular                      Plural

                          1st person    I, me, my, mine        we, us, our, ours

                          2nd person   you, your, yours        you, your, yours

                          3rd person   she, her, hers          they, them, their, theirs

                                             he, him, his

                                             it, its

ACTION VERBS- show the mental or physical action of a person or thing.

LINKING VERBS- link a noun or pronoun in the subject to a word that describes it in the predicate. (ex. am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been)

HELPING VERBS- verbs that come before the main verb to help express the meaning of the main verb.

Helping Verb Song

ADJECTIVES- modify nouns or pronouns.  They answer the questions: "Which One? "What Kind?" "How Many?" or "How Much?" Articles, also called Noun Markers, are special adjective that let you know a noun is on its way.  They are "a", "an" and "the"

ADVERBS- modify verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  They answer the questions: "Who?" "Where?" "How?"

PREPOSITIONS- relate words to other words in a sentence with a prepositional phrase. These phrases consist at least of a preposition and an object of the preposition.

CONJUNCTIONS- connect words, phrases and sentences.  The common conjunctions can be remembered with the acronym: FANBOYS The letters represent the words: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

TYPES OF SENTENCES:

SIMPLE - includes one independent clause.

COMPOUND - includes two or more independent clauses joined by a correlative conjunction.

COMPLEX - includes an independent clause and a dependent clause.

* A complete sentence has both a subject and a predicate.  If you do not have both a subject and a predicate, it is a sentence fragment.  A run-on sentence has two or more independent clauses joined improperly or punctuated improperly!

*A run-on sentence has too many ideas that are not connected properly.  Many run-on sentences can be changed with correct punctuation.

* A fragment is a group of words that resemble a sentence, but they are missing either a subject or a predicate.  A fragment does not complete an idea.

WRITING A SHORT ANSWER RESPONSE (SAR)

To write a short answer response, one simply needs to follow the formula below:

E - Echo:  Echo part of the question in the response to create a complete sentence.

A - Answer:  Answer the question that is asked completely. 

(Both the "Echo" and the "Answer" together complete the thesis or controlling idea.)

T/S - Text Support:  Use the text to prove that the answer is correct.  Use quotation marks and MLA documentation to avoid plagiarism.

E - Explain:  Explain the answer completely and have it connect back to the thesis.

 

 

Laurie Haygood

1000 Piney Point Room 212

Houston, TX 77024

713-251-4472

laura.trahan@springbranchisd.com

Homework

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SUMMER READING FOR INCOMING 8TH GRADERS:  Read ANY of the 2016-2017 Lone Star Reading Books!

8th Grade PreAP:  

  • STUDY for your LATIN ROOTS TEST!  (May 18th)
  • Get your Writer's Notebook up to date... another quiz is coming!
  • READ  your Mythology novel and work on your project.  Due date May 26th.

8th Grade Academic:

  • Complete any assignment that you did not complete in class.
  • Read something you love for 20 minutes every day and fill out your Reading Log.
  • Get your Writer's Notebook up to date... another quiz is coming!

*All dates are subject to change.  Make sure you are paying attention to announcements in class and reading the white board for changes!

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Tutorials:  Wednesdays 3:40-4:15 p.m. or by appointment in room 212

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