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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: 1
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 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
Weekly Overview 4-10-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #30 (4-10-17)
Parent Message:
  • Many Thanks: I appreciate the many donations that you have made. You’ve been quite generous, and I value your support greatly!!!
  • 4/8-9 Parent Portal may not be available at points this weekend as our IT folks will be completing maintenance. Thanks for your patience!
  • 4/10 RHS 8th into 9th Parent Night at 6:00 on Clock Auditorium
  • 4/10 High School Counselors (from all the high schools) will be on our campus to begin the registration process with 8th graders through Social Studies classes
  • 4/18-19 Common Assessment #5
  • 4/27 Minimum Day
  • We have continued working on the Poetry Portfolio with notes on Poetry, specifically, Forms of Poetry, Figurative Language, and the Poetry Portfolio. We have read and analyzed at least 15 varied poems of varied genre to expose the students so they can make choices for their poems. 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. 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
  • I’ve eliminated the Current Event this week. The work load is pretty intense, and I want to relieve it a bit.
  • Collection 3=Began Collection 3-“The Move Toward Freedom” where we’ll be 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:
  • Thesis statement due (REVISED DUE DATE): WED., 4/12 (10 points)
  • 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., 4/25 (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
  • 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.
    • 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, 4/10:
Vocabulary List #29=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Poetry Portfolio Due
Research Paper Thesis Statement Due Wednesday
Read “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” pp. 167-172
HW=Work on the RP
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 4/11:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Finish “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” pp. 167-172
HW=Work on “Drummer Boy” (DB) CR Questions (due Tuesday next week)
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 153-154, Ex. 1
Wednesday,4/12:
RP Thesis Statement Due
Read “My Friend Douglass” p. 43 in the Close Reader
Complete Ques., 2,4,6, Short Response in the Close Reader
HW=Work on DB CR Questions
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 155-156, Ex. 1
Thursday, 4/13:
NO CURRENT EVENT this week
HW=Work on DB CR Questions
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 4/14:
Vocabulary #29 Due/Quiz
Subject/Verb Agreement Quiz
Grammar Packet (pp. 141-148) Due
HW=Work on DB CR Ques. (all four sections)-Due Tuesday
HW=Finish RP-3 Source Cards and 5 Note Cards for Monday
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
  • Be sure to look over the RP due dates at the top of this document
Classroom Donations:
  1. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
  2. Facial Tissues (we’ve had a number of students with colds; we’ve used many tissues the last couple weeks)
  3. Flash Drives
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 and Ode?
  2. How many lines are in a sonnet? May I read your sonnet for the Poetry Portfolio?
  3. What are the favorite poem or song lyrics that you used for your Poetry Portfolio?
  4. What are you thinking about writing your research paper about? Have your written your Thesis Statement?
  5. What is the difference between a Primary and Secondary Source for historical research?
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 #29
  1. Prostrate: adj. Stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; to reduce to a powerless condition; prone.
  2. Psychopath: n. A mentally ill or unstable person; maniac; lunatic.
  3. Purview: n. Range of limit of authority or responsibility; jurisdiction.
  4. Quake: v. Tremble or shake; to shudder or shiver as from fear.
  5. Queasy: adj. Nauseated; feeling ill to one’s stomach.
  6. Query: v. Question; inquire; ask.
  7. Quote: n. The exact words of a person; quotation; citation.
  8. Rabble: n. The lower class of people; mob.
  9. Racism: n. A belief that some races are, by nature, superior to others; discrimination.
  10. Radiant: adj. Beaming with happiness; shining; glowing.
Honors:
  1. Propensity: n. An intense inclination or preference; tendency.
  2. Pseudonym: n. A fictitious name; pen name (Mark Twain-Samuel L. Clemens)
  3. Pugnacious: adj. Having a quarrelsome or combative nature; argumentative.
  4. Punctilious: adj. Careful to live within the rules; careful; punctual.
  5. Quay: n. Wharf; bayside.
Spelling:
  1. recognize
  2. recommend
  3. rehearse
  4. relevant
  5. reminiscence
Weekly Overview 4-3-17
Beattie Middle School
English 8 and 8H=Mr. Whitehurst

Week #29 (4-3-17)
Parent Message:
  • 3/31 End of Qtr. 3…4/11 Report Cards will be handed out to students last hour
  • 4/3=Redlands East Valley High School Parent Night for incoming 9th graders-Blackstone Theatre, 5:30-7:30
  • 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
  • 4/10 High School Counselors will be on our campus to begin the registration process with 8th graders through Social Studies classes
  • 4/18-19 Common Assessment #5
  • 4/27 Minimum Day
  • We have continued working on the Poetry Portfolio with notes on Poetry, specifically, Forms of Poetry, Figurative Language, and the Poetry Portfolio. We have read and analyzed at least 15 varied poems of varied genre to expose the students so they can make choices for their poems. 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=Began Collection 3-“The Move Toward Freedom” where we’ll be 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:
  • Thesis statement due: Mon., 4/10 (10 points)
  • Three Source Cards/Five Note Cards due: Fri., 4/14 (20 points)
  • Sixty (Eng 8)/Seventy-five (Eng 8H) Note Cards due: Mon., 4/25 (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
  • 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, 4/3:
Vocabulary List #28=due Friday (word, p. of sp., syn., sentence, drawing==Spelling 5x each)
Agenda Review/check
Honors RR Due
Research Paper Assignment given out
HW=Work on Frederick Douglass CR Questions
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW=Work on RR
Tuesday, 4/4:
Regular Eng. 8 RR Due
Concrete/Elegy/Haiku Poetry
HW=Work on the Poetry Portfolio
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 141-142, Ex. 1
Wednesday,4/5:
HW=Work on Frederick Douglass CR Questions
HW= Work on the Current Event
HW= Grammar Packet pp. 143-144, Ex. 1
Thursday, 4/6:
Current Event Due
Read “O Captain, My Captain”
HW=Finish Frederick Douglass CR Questions
HW= Study for the vocab quiz
HW= Work on RR
Friday, 4/7:
Vocabulary #28 Due/Quiz
Subject/Verb Agreement Quiz
Poetry Quiz
Frederick Douglass CR Questions due
HW=Work on Poetry Portfolio (due MONDAY, 4/10)
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
  • Poetry Portfolio=Due 4/10
Classroom Donations:
  1. 8 ½” x 11” College Ruled/Lined notebook paper.
  2. Flash Drives
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 does “Iambic Tetrameter” mean?
  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 “Free Verse” poetry? How are Langston Hughes’ poems, “Mother to Son” or “Harlem Night Song” examples of “Free Verse”?
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 #28
  1. Privations: n. Deprivation or lack of common comforts; loss.
  2. Privateer: n. Sailor or ship that attacks other ships for plunder; pirate or pirate ship.
  3. Procure: v. To get possession of; acquire; gain.
  4. Prodigy: n. An excessively talented person (i.e. child prodigy); something or somebody unexplainable; omen; miracle.
  5. Prodigal: adj. Recklessly extravagant; wasteful; luxuriant.
  6. Profound: adj. Intellectually deep; difficult to understand; intensity of feeling (Atticus had a profound commitment to fairness and honesty.)
  7. Prominent: adj. Widely and favorably known; famous.
  8. Proponent: n. One who argues in favor of something; advocate.
  9. Propagandize: v. Spreading of ideas to further or damage a cause (Hitler propagandized the
German people into believing in the Nazi philosophies.)
  1. Psychology: n. Science of mind and behavior; study of the mind.
Honors:
  1. Prognosticate: v. To predict from signs or symptoms; foretell.
  2. Proletariat: n. Working class; industrial workers; lowest social economic class; rabble.
  3. Prolific: adv. Producing young or fruit abundantly; fruitful (i.e. a prolific orange tree).
  4. Propitiatory: adj. Behavior to gain or regain favor; appeasing; placating (He sent his girlfriend flowers as a propitiatory gesture for a date gone sour).
  5. Proprietary: adj. Made and sold by one with sole rights to do so. (The computer comes with the manufacturer’s proprietary software.)
Spelling
  1. pronunciation
  2. pursue
  3. questionnaire
  4. receipt
  5. recipe
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
Discussion Topics
Files
 Beginning of the Year
Parent Letter and Course Expectations
 Business Letter
This folder contains Business Letter Documents
 Career Research Project
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 Collection 1-Culture and Belonging
This folder contains varied assignments related to the Collections Textbook-Collection 1.
 Collection 2-The Thrill of Horror
The folder contains all the documents related to Collection 2.
 Collection 3-The Move Toward Freedom
This folder contains assignments and other documents related to Collection 3 from the textbook.
 Collection 4-Approaching Adulthood
This collection includes works about young people approaching adulthood and the many questions and challenges they experience. The unit will include a Career Research Project as well.
 Collection 5-The Holocaust and Its Legacy
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 Collection 6-The Value of Work
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 English 8 Honors Summer Reading
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 Flowers For Algernon
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 Holocaust Documents
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 Johnny Tremain
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 Memoir Writing Assignment
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 Poetry Unit
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 Recreational Reading Folder
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 Research Paper
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 Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
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 To Kill A Mockingbird Folder
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 cornell notes[1].ppt
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 Current Event-Report of Information Weekly Worsheet 4-6-12.docx
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 Open_House_2016-17.ppt
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