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Mrs. Haygood's 8th Grade Students,

     We have been off to an unusual start of the school year because of Hurricane Harvey, so the last nine weeks went by quickly!  We will continue to read fiction and poetry and continue to use the literary elements.  If you do not know your literary elements and can not recognize them in literature, continue to study your windowpane or the handout that was provided in class.  There is also a copy on this website.  We will continue analyze literature using these elements for the rest of the year, so it is important that you know them.  In addition to fiction and poetry, we will also read drama and non-fiction articles this nine weeks comparing them to other genres of literature.  We will finish our Harry Potter novels and start reading a realistic fiction novel called, Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper.  We will use non-fiction articles to relate to the topics discussed in the novel.  PreAP students will need to purchase the novel for annotations.  I think you will really like our next novel!  Get ready to learn. 

We are going to have a great year!

Mrs. Haygood

Subject Area:


8th Grade Language Arts

Grammar Review:




*  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.


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.


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.


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




8th Grade PreAP:  

  • Work on your Latin Root Word Spokes and STUDY for your TEST!  Make sure to start studying your words as you learn them.  The Word Spokes were designed to help you.  Remember you need to know the definitions of the words and how to use them in a sentence as well as synonyms and antonyms of the words. These are due the day of the test! (Dec 12th)
  • If you do not already know your Literary Elements, continue to learn them.  We will use them to analyze literature for the rest of the year.
  • Purchase Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper and have in class by December 4th!
  • Complete the Commonlit assignments:

8th Grade Academic:

  • Read every night for 20 minutes!
  • Keep up with your Latin Root Word Spokes and study them as we learn them. Your test is December 12th.  STUDY EVERY NIGHT!

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



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


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