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*8th Grade ELA HW*

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs, and still-frames in your mind
Hang them on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoo's of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth, it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life
It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

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Finals for ELA:

5/30 Tuesday: Grammar and Vocab  / Fill out your 3x5 Grammar index card on one side for extra help during the exam.

6/1 Thursday: Literature

5/31 Wednesday = Field Trip

8am leave time from St. Mary. The bus will return around 4pm. 

Please bring in your permission slip if you have not done so already. 


Word Wisdom 7.3 due Wednesday, Quiz Friday

All TKAM projects due May 25 ( in class, unless you took something home)

Grammar Projects presented on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. 


Writing Final Tuesday, May 16th during our double period.

Vocab- Unit 7.2 Quiz Friday Unit 7.1 retake same time

FYI The Vocab Final is Unit 6 and Unit 7 plus 10 Literature words. 


5/8- 16

WW 7.1 Quiz on Friday

Lit- Read the rest of TKAM. We will also read some parts in class, but you will need to finish the book for your projects. Projects will begin on Monday.

Tuesday the 16th is your Writing Midterm. You will do it during your double period class. 



Word Wisdom 6.2 Quiz Monday

Word Wisdom 6.3 this week

Graduation Gowns- make sure they are wrinkle free and bring back on a hanger with your name written inside the gown's neck by May 1st or earlier.

 TKAM- Read up chapter 19-23  Summarize EACH CHAPTER separately, type and hand in on Thursday.

 Gerand Quiz Wednesday



week of 4/24

Read Chapter 16-18 by Friday

Graduation Gowns- make sure they are wrinkle free and bring back on a hanger with your name written inside the gown's neck by May 1st or earlier.

 Word Wisdom 6.2-- Quiz Friday

Grammar Indicative and Imperative in English workbook


Summarize ch 12-15



FRIDAY: WW quiz 6.1



Week of 4/3

Work on your persuasive essay. Your essay is most important! Then, once you have a great essay, you will make a 2minute speech on your researched position on your topic. 

Read all of Part One TKAM  Finish  CH7-9 Questions Due Wednesday

VOCAB Quiz Friday

Test on Part 1  TKAM on Wednesday 


Speech Construction for 3-minute speech and index cards  due with presentations this week for the "What does it Mean to be a Hero?" speech.

NO Word Wisdom this week

Grades close on Thursday, 3/30 for quarter 3.


Vocab Test March 24

Linking Verb Quiz  






The pdf is posted ( Thank you, Joseph!!) Please see if you can save it on your ipad. 

Linking Verb Quiz  




________Hand in all 3rd revision OMM papers by 3pm 3/16




3/7 Get the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

WW5.3 due Wednesday

3/6 Quiz Transitive Intransitive from Friday


All essays must be revised by March 2

Vocab-5.2 due Wednesday and Qui Friday.

Do this practice Quiz on Transitive and Intransitive Verbs.





We are working on a formal essay for Of Mice and Men. 

Bring in your materials I gave you in class and be ready to work in class and at home. The rough Draft is due on THURSDAY. If you are done on WEDNESDAY, hand it in early.

2/10 Choose your question that you want to answer for Of Mice and Men and write a graphic organizer and intro for it with a thesis statement.  We will review these on Monday. You will have some time to work on this in class.  Refer to your essay Checklist for due dates.

1. 2/16 Citation Hunt, Graphic Organizer, Rough Draft

2. Final Paper due on 2/23 with all above documents attached. 

NO Word Wisdom or Reading Log this week.


2/6 Word Wisdom Unit 4 Test

WW5.1 and Quiz on Friday

CHOOSE your Literary Essay Question or at least choose 2 possible ones that you could do. 

How to  Prepare to Write a Literary Essay.   

Word Wisdom Unit 4 Test - Make-ups during Unit 5.1


Catholic Schools Week

Finish  reading OMM

Quiz on 5  Thursday and 6  Friday

Word Wisdom Test on Unit 4 Friday!!!!!

OMM Test ( mult choice and matching part) Wednesday, 2/

Essay Draft One begins on Tuesday


Irregular Past Participle quiz


OMM Quiz CH4

1/23 OMM Literature

Read Chapter 3  for Wednesday and 4 for Thursday, 5 for Friday

CH2 Quiz Tuesday ( 10 Ques) 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there will be accountability quizzes for each chapter.

 Grammar _ First Lesson Verbs   Review

WW Unit 4.2---Quiz Friday

  Bring in your iPad charged up and ready to use. NO ipad=demerit_______________





____Ask someone you admire about how they motivate themselves for productivity (which for you would be homework and studying). Your Purpose: Find some middle ground for internal and external motivation!!!

1/9 If you did not complete your index card 100%, complete it and show it to me to get credit for your homework from yesterday.

NO READING LOG or  new WORD WISDOM this week.

Vocab Midterm is Unit 3 (1,2,3) , Unit 4 (only 1) and literature words.

*  1/6 Weekend


Tell your parents your study schedule for the weekend. 




*Reading Log due Friday / Reading Strategy U and M

*Noun Packet we began in class. We will go over tomorrow.

*Vocabulary Unit 3 and first chapter Unit 4 as well as Literature words for Midterm

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you so much for the wonderful holiday gift! I am excited to experience Stitchfix, a fashion fix, without going to the mall!  

Best wishes for happiness, health and prosperity in the new year.  

Warm regards,

Mrs. Ben-Ami


Mrs. Ben-Ami




12/21 Animal Farm Test 

Word Wisdom 3.3 due Thursday. 


12/20 Midterm Announcement: The 8th-grade end of first half of the year writing assessment will take place on December 20th instead of Midterms week. This will allow for greater ease in transitioning to the new year and focusing on all other midterms which will begin on January 10th. 





READING LOG - only 6 and 7 = all summary or  your choice


Simple and Complete Subjects/ 6

Indirect and Direct Objects/ 7

Appositives/ 8



Cool6th Grade_ Please get the book THE GIVER by Lois Lowry 

If you prefer, I found a PDF file of the book online. 

Quiz on Chapters 1 and 2 --- I will be going over the finer points of the quiz and then we will take it after the review. Rereading and reviewing CH1 and 2 are helpful, but the quiz is only a 5 question Quickie Quiz requiring paying attention in class and class participation.

Nouns as Subjects Worksheet / Quiz is on Subjects/simple and complete

Cool7th Grade_ We will be using our  Prentice Hall Literature book for "A Christmas Carol." 

Direct Objects and Indirect Objects/ Quiz Thursday ( all voted for it Thursday while it was fresh in their minds from Wedensday!) 

Cool8th Grade_ Animal Farm Study Guide Ch 4-5  Due Dec. 2

Appositives and Plurals worksheet / Quiz is on Appositives

HAVE A PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING_____________________________________________

7th grade_ Direct Object, Indirect Object Quiz Friday

6th grade - Grammar Quiz  Friday on current lesson (Wednesday)

8th grade- Grammar Quiz  Friday on current lesson (Wednesday) 

** 8th grade: Here is the link to the book  


It is posted in FILES.


FRIDAY_ Vocab  Quiz  and Reading Log due Friday: Strategy is Reaction!!

(Reminder: All Reading Log HW will now be graded as Writing. I did this a few times last semester, but will do it all Q2)

+ Any student who has The Giver,  we need extra copies, so all donations and loans are graciously accepted.


Grade 6- We will have our Tuck Test Thursday.  Please study. Only 3 of you reported that you really studied. It is multiple choice. 

Grade 7- no homework

Grade 8- no homework

*This week we have Tuesday (Election Day)  off and Early Dismissals for Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday. Also, Friday night is the 8th-grade fundraiser;  a babysitting night called the Pajama Party, for grades K,1,2,3,and 4 from 6pm to 9pm. We already have over 20  young students coming! 

CoolReading Logs are due on Wednesday. Yes, do the reading log on Tuesday! 

ALSO... I will not accept reading logs that are more than a day late. 

The purpose of reading logs are to build the habit of reading, writing, and thinking for yourself. 

Cool6th and 7th graders- Bring in your Permission Slips for the movies Tuck  Everlasting or The Outsiders

All classes: Reading Log  

*** I forgot to give out the reading log today... so reading log will be from Wednesday to Wednesday instead of due this Friday.

 Strategy is Free Choice

STUDY FOR Word Wisdom Unit 2 Test  on Friday

8th Grade- TBWD Multiple Choice Test  Wednesday,   11/9  Q2 grade)

Cool7th grade- Outsiders CH9-12 Short Answer-Test Wednesday 11/9 ( Q2 Grade) 

Cool6th Grade- Tuck Everlasting  Multiple Choice Test will be Wednesday 11/9 (Q2 Grade) 

October 23-28

Cool6th Grade: Word Wisdom Ch 2/3 Reading Log/ Strategy:Question

READ CH 17 and 18 for Reading Log  Last box and do Questioning

Cool7th grade/Word Wisdom Ch 2/3, 

Reading Log is to read our book:

OUTSIDERS MondayCH8,TuesdayCH9, WednesdayCH10, ThursdayCH11, Reading Strategy is Questioning      

THURSDAY is CHARACTER TEST for OUTSIDERS  (changed from Wednesday)

Cool8th Grade/ Word Wisdom Ch2/3

Read Newspaper Articles for Reading Log and use the Question Strategy

Continue Reading TBWD at home We completed up to page 107. Last page is 174.

We will work on Study Guide in Lit Circles.


10/16 - 10 /21 

Dear Parents, 

There were many papers that went home this week. Please send back ...

1. Conference Papers

2. 7-8 dance papers/Chaperone

3. 8th Grade Dues

4. Pizza Orders

5. Thanksgiving volunteer request

6.  Pajama Party Fundraiser/ Chaperone support parents


I think that's it..... and I may have missed one. Trying to keep track right along with you:) 


Reading Log - The reading log homework will now be graded as a writing assignment. Please check your work for full and complete sentences, spelling and basic grade level grammar that we have learned in class. 

The strategy this week is  OPINION.




7th Grade: Bring in magazines and scissors for Character Development Characterization Project for the book The Outsiders.

8th Grade:

Tuesday-Wednesday HW: You are responsible for reading pgs 51-107 by Wednesday: Quiz on Friday **Keep up and read at home. We will have discussions in class .

Resource from class today: How to write a newspaper article:




10/3-10- 10/7

*Punctuation Grammar Review Packet:  7, 8 due Tuesday 

  Test Thursday 6,7,8

*Word Wisdom:  Wednesday; book work due/ Friday Quiz

*Reading Log 6,7 : U= Under the Words ( aka: Between the Lines, Out of the box)

  Strategy for Active Reading

*8th Grade: Read Current Events or  a Magazine/ Journalistic Article




Word Wisdom Wednesday book work due

Reading Log 6,7 CONNECTION is the Strategy for Active Reading

8th Grade: Read Current Events or  a Magazine Journalistic Article

Summarize a different article each day. We will share on Friday.


9/21- 9/23

Grammar quiz for 6,7,8 Thursday.

Reading Log Active Reading Strategy is Prediction.

Vocab Quiz Friday


8th graders- Finish your plot line pictures and writing.

All other grades, no homework.

9/15 and 9/16

Vocab Quiz Friday- STUDY

Reading Log  (Due Friday)

Hand in the Internet Usage Agreement!! 

Check to see if you owe forms in your homeroom!!! Bring them in!!


Word Wisdom Wednesday!! HW Check.

Vocab Quiz Friday

Reading Log Due Friday

Hand in Expectations and Agreements !

Hand in the Internet Usage Agreement!! 

IF you did not hand in your Summer Reading project, hand it in.

GRADE 7- Purchase the book The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton

GRADE 6-Purchase the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt  

Grade 8 will be reading The Boy Who Dared and we have that class set.



Bring in any assignments you forgot to bring in:

1. Class Agreements

2. Reading Log

3. Summer Project



Word Wisdom: All Grades, Due Friday

Vocab Quiz Friday

Reading Log Due Friday

Hand in Expecatations and Agreements by Friday 

IF you did not hand in your Summer Reading project, hand it in.

GRADE 7- Purchase the book The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton

GRADE 6-Purchase the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt  

Grade 8 will be reading The Boy Who Dared and we have that class set.


Have a great holiday weekend. Come back fully rested and ready to work!  If you did not bring in your summer work, bring it in Tuesday.

What to bring to ELA? A Composition Notebook, Spiral Notebook, and 2 folders.

8th Grade HR: If you are running for a Class Office, plan your campaign and write your speech. Show me your speech on Wednesday, September 7th for some feedback


Welcome Back! 

The Summer Reading Project  for all grades will be due the first full day of school, September 2nd.  

6th Grade Students read the book Wonder. They will  hand in the Summer Reading questions and that will be the first test grade for Quarter One.  Are you having a hard time finishing the book?  Here is the free ( with commercials)  online  audiobook.  


7th and 8th Grade Students will hand in the written portion and present their book to each other the first full week of school. Make your project GREAT since it is the first "test" grade for the new school year and you will begin the year shining brightly if you complete the project with quality and creativity.