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Mrs. Haygood's 8th Grade Students,


     Welcome to Mrs. Haygood's 8th grade ELA class!  I hope you have had a good summer so far.  I look forward to getting to know each one of you this upcoming school year.  Make sure you have read your summer reading book.  You may choose ANY book on the Lone Star Reading List for 2016-2017.  You can google the list or ask any public librarian.  Remember the local public libraries have summer reading incentives too!  Go to the library, check out some books and stay literary this summer.  Get ready to learn!  We are going to have a great year!

See you soon, 

Mrs. Haygood

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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

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

8th Grade PreAP:  

  • Read from the Lone Star List for your summer reading project.  Know the elements of the plot of the novel you choose.
  • Take advantage of the public library programs and stay literary!

8th Grade Academic:

  • Read from the Lone Star List for your summer reading project.  Know the elements of the plot of the novel you choose.
  • Take advantage of the public library programs and stay literary!


*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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