Monday, December 11, 2017

8th grade homework: Week of December 11, 2017

8th Grade Weekly Vocabulary Words

1. metaphor-noun. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity
2. figurative language-noun. speech that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect; figures of speech
3. commentary-noun. a series of comments or notes
4. minors-noun. not having reached the age to have full civil rights
5. occupation-noun. taking possession of an area
6. style-noun. a way of expressing oneself
7. alacrity-noun. cheerful readiness to do something
8. attain
9. –ity-Latin suffix. State or quality of
10. covet-noun. to wish for greatly or with envy


All four homework assignments are due on Friday, December 15, 2017 for a homework grade.

12/11
Option 1: What does Gary Soto mean when he says he "recognized a few of the people...in the film"?
Option 2: Research. What is a homonym? List several examples.

12/12
Option 1: Create a story using all 10 vocabulary words.
Option 2: Did Gary Soto and his mother have an option of choosing other work?

12/13
Option 1: What is Gary Soto's attitude toward working in the fields?
Option 2: Choose 5 vocabulary words and create an acrostic poem for them that help you to understand the meaning of the word.

12/14
Option 1: What conclusions can you draw about Gary Soto's family?
Option 2: Write 10 detailed sentences using 10 vocabulary words.

12/15
Read for 30 minutes.

7th Grade Homework: Week of December 11,2017

7th Grade Vocabulary Words
1. complex-adjective. consisting of many interwoven parts that make something difficult to understand
2. potential-adjective. capable of doing or being something; having possibility
3. rely-verb. to depend on something or someone for support, help, or supply
4. stress-verb. to put emphasis on something
5. valid-adjective. convincing or having a sound reason for something
6. steward-noun. a person who supervises and manages something
7. tectonic-adjective. relating to the deformation of the Earth’s rocky crust
8. micro-Greek root. small
9. microscopic-adjective. able to be seen only through a microscope
10. cache-noun. amount of something that has been hidden away

All four assignments are due on Friday, December 15, 2017 for a homework grade.

12/11
Option 1: According to Kennedy's speech, what can space exploration teach people about safeguarding earth's environment?
Option 2: Why does Kennedy refer to the staff at the Medical Center as "pioneers"?

12/12
Option 1: In "Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap," what is the author's attitude toward space research?  Think carefully.
Option 2: What does Cousteau mean when he says "we also have to opportunity to course correct" in our treatment of the oceans?

12/13
Option 1: Write a friendly letter to someone using 8 vocabulary words.
Option 2: Use magazines and and articles to cut out letters spelling 5 vocabulary words.

12/14
Option 1: How does a whale carcass display a "cache of resources" for a variety of deep-sea creatures?
Option 2: Type all 10 vocabulary words and definitions using different types of fonts.

12/15
Read for 30 minutes.

Monday, December 4, 2017

8th grade homework: Week of December 4, 2017

8th Grade Weekly Vocabulary Words
1. dilapidated-adjective. old and falling apart
2. tranquil-adjective. calm
3. dramatic irony-noun. the narrator reveals to readers something that a story character does not know or expect
4. feeble-adjective. very weak
5. predicament-noun. a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
6. avert-verb. to prevent something from happening
7. counterargument-noun. an opposing argument
8. personification-noun. language that gives human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
9. erg-Latin root. work
10. ergophobia-noun. a fear of or aversion to work

All four homework assignments are due on Friday, December 8, 2017

12/4

Option 1. Rainbow write your vocabulary words once with definitions.
Option 2. Consider our new essential question: what are the benefits and challenges that are a part of being a worker?

12/5
Option 1. How can we tell the point of view from which Adventures of Tom Sawyer is told? 
Option 2. Write 2 declarative (.), 2 interrogative (?), and 2 imperative (a command), sentences with your vocabulary words.

12/6

Option 1. What commentary is Mark Twain making about human nature and the nature of work?
Option 2. Write definitions in your
own words for each of
the 10 vocabulary words.

12/7
Option 1. In what ways does word choice, sentence structure, imagery, and tone contribute to Twain’s style? 
Option 2. Create 6 math word problems using 8 of your
vocabulary words.

12/8
Read for 30 minutes.

7th grade homework: Week of December 4, 2017

7th Grade Vocabulary Words
1. complex-adjective. consisting of many interwoven parts that make something difficult to understand
2. potential-adjective. capable of doing or being something; having possibility
3. rely-verb. to depend on something or someone for support, help, or supply
4. stress-verb. to put emphasis on something
5. valid-adjective. convincing or having a sound reason for something
6. steward-noun. a person who supervises and manages something
7. tectonic-adjective. relating to the deformation of the Earth’s rocky crust
8. micro-Greek root. small
9. microscopic-adjective. able to be seen only through a microscope
10. cache-noun. amount of something that has been hidden away

All four assignments are due on Friday, December 8, 2017 for a homework grade.

12/4

Option 1: Rainbow write your vocabulary words once with definitions.
Option 2: Consider our new essential question: how far is too far?  

12/5

Option 1: What is President Kennedy’s purpose in his “Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center”?
Option 2: Create an illustrated dictionary for all 10 of your vocabulary words.

12/6
Option 1: What ideas does Kennedy stress in his speech to support his claim? 
Option 2: Is Kennedy’s argument effective?  Explain what valid evidence Kennedy provides to support his reasons. Use your notes.

12/7

Option 1: Explain how the medical research that Kennedy proposes could be tedious (involving hard work). 
Option 2: Write dialogue between two people using 8 vocabulary words.

12/8
Read for 30 minutes.





Monday, November 27, 2017

8th Grade Homework: Week of November 27, 2017

8th Grade Weekly Vocabulary Words

1. metaphor-noun. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity
2. figurative language-noun. speech that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect; figures of speech
3. commentary-noun. a series of comments or notes
4. minors-noun. not having reached the age to have full civil rights
5. occupation-noun. taking possession of an area
6. style-noun. a way of expressing oneself
7. alacrity-noun. cheerful readiness to do something
8. attain
9. –ity-Latin suffix. State or quality of
10. covet-noun. to wish for greatly or with envy


All four homework assignments are due on Friday, December 1, 2017 for a homework grade.
Reading Comprehension quiz is on Wednesday, November 29!

11/27
Option 1. The greatest difference between Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln was…
Option 2. What were two reasons for Jefferson Davis’s decision to move the Confederate government from Richmond to Danville?

11/28
Option 1. Why did the Confederate government abandon its capital, Richmond?
Option 2. Write a letter to your friend. Use at least 8 of your vocabulary words.

11/29
Option 1. Make a crossword puzzle out of your 10 vocabulary words.
Option 2. Reflect on the texts we have read this selection.  Why should we (or not) read them?

11/30
Option 1. Write dialogue between two people using the 10
vocabulary words.
Option 2. Reflect on the collection: Write a literary analysis of “Drummer Boy of Shiloh”.  What do the drum and peach blossoms mean?

12/1
Vocabulary Quiz on Monday!  Review your words.

7th Grade Homework: Week of November 27, 2017

7th Grade Vocabulary Words
1. alliteration-noun. the repetition of a sound at the beginning of two or more words (i.e. wild and woolly)
2. inundate-verb. to overwhelm
3. restrictive-adjective. serving or likely to restrict
4. exhibition-noun.  a public showing
5. precaution-noun. care taken in advance
6. substantiate-verb. to establish by proof or evidence
7. –ity-Latin suffix. State or quality of
8.  clarity-noun. state or quality of being clear
9. calamity-noun. deep distress or misery

10. denotation-noun. dictionary definition of a word

All four assignments are due on Friday, December 1, 2017 for a homework grade.
Reading Comprehension quiz is on Friday!

11/27
Option 1: Why is Bessie Coleman an important figure?
Option 2: Write a free verse poem
or song using 7 of your vocabulary words.

11/28
Option 1: Why did Bessie Coleman go to France to learn to fly?
Option 2: Create an illustrated
dictionary for all 10 of your vocabulary words.

11/29
Option 1: How do we know that the earliest women aviators were brave and accomplished?
Option 2: Write an ad for your
favorite food, car, toy, or restaurant using 6 of your vocabulary words.

11/30
Option 1: How did the deaths of Harriet Quimby and Bessie Coleman affect public opinion about women pilots?
Option 2: Write a short story with 8 of your vocabulary words.

12/1
Review your vocabulary. Vocabulary quiz on Monday!

Monday, November 20, 2017

7th and 8th Grade Homework: Week of November 20, 2017

Read for 30 minutes each night, and review your vocabulary words.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and have fun with your family and friends.  Be ready to work hard upon your return!!!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Eighth Grade Homework: Week of November 13, 2017

8th Grade Weekly Vocabulary Words

1. metaphor-noun. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity
2. figurative language-noun. speech that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect; figures of speech
3. commentary-noun. a series of comments or notes
4. minors-noun. not having reached the age to have full civil rights
5. occupation-noun. taking possession of an area
6. style-noun. a way of expressing oneself
7. alacrity-noun. cheerful readiness to do something
8. attain
9. –ity-Latin suffix. State or quality of
10. covet-noun. to wish for greatly or with envy


All four homework assignments are due on Friday, November 17, 2017 for a homework grade.

11/13

Option 1. What did the fall of Richmond symbolize to the people of the North? What did it represent to the people of the South?
Option 2. What do the actions and decisions of Davis and Lincoln demonstrate about each man’s character?
Collection 3: The Move Toward Freedom

11/14
Option 1. Research.  What are primary sources? How have they been used in From Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis?  
Option 2. 
Rainbow write each word and definition once.


11/15

Option 1. Research.  Investigate James L. Swanson.  Why is he so fascinated with Abraham Lincoln?
Option 2. Summarize “From Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis” using 5 vocabulary words.

11/16

Option 1. Write a short informative essay detailing the strengths and weakness of Lincoln and Davis.
Option 2. Write 10 detailed sentences using 10 vocabulary words. 

11/17

Read for 30 minutes. 

Seventh Grade Homework: Week of November 13, 2017

7th Grade Vocabulary Words
1. alliteration-noun. the repetition of a sound at the beginning of two or more words (i.e. wild and woolly)
2. inundate-verb. to overwhelm
3. restrictive-adjective. serving or likely to restrict
4. exhibition-noun.  a public showing
5. precaution-noun. care taken in advance
6. substantiate-verb. to establish by proof or evidence
7. –ity-Latin suffix. State or quality of
8.  clarity-noun. state or quality of being clear
9. calamity-noun. deep distress or misery

10. denotation-noun. dictionary definition of a word

All four assignments are due on Friday, November 17, 2017 for a homework grade.

11/13

Option 1: Create a short article that discusses what you think would be an appropriate age to take a solo trip. 
Option 2: Research and analyze. Find a video of the Sunderland family.  What overall impression does the interview create?


11/14
Option 1: In the “Flight of Icarus,” what do the characters want? What do the characters do to reach that goal?
Option 2: Write a dialogue between two people using 8 vocabulary words.


11/15
Option 1: What does the expression “someone flew too close to the sun” mean? What does it have to do with the myth of Icarus?
Option 2: Write definitions in your own words for each of the 10 vocabulary words. 



11/16

Option 1: Create a comic strip of “The Flight of Icarus”. 
Option 2: Summarize “The Flight of Icarus” using 5 vocabulary words. 


11/17
Read for 30 minutes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Eighth Grade Homework: Week of November 6, 2017

8th Grade Weekly Vocabulary Words
1. solemn-adjective. done or made seriously and thoughtfully
2. askew-adjective. not straight: at an angle
3. legitimate-adjective. being right or acceptable
4. resolute-adjective. firmly determined
5. secede-verb. to end an association with an organization (as a country)
6. succumb-verb. to yield to force or pressure
7. elegy-noun. a sad poem or song: a poem or song that expresses sorrow for someone who is dead
8. belli-Latin root. war
9. belligerent-adjective. feeling or showing readiness to fight
10. bellicose-adjective. having or showing a tendency to argue or fight

All three homework assignments are due on Thursday, November 9, 2017 for a homework grade.

11/6
Option 1: How does "Bloody Times" demonstrate comparison and contrast text structure?
Option 2: What was the greatest difference between Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln?
Collection 3: The Move Toward Freedom

11/7
Option 1: Create a mini poster that compares and contrasts Lincoln and Davis.
Option 2: Use 10 vocabulary words in 10 detailed sentences.

11/8
Option 1: Complete the statement: Some wanted vengeance against those who wanted to secede because...
Option 2: Complete the statement: There is no jubilation when someone tries to oppress people because...

11/9
Read for 30 minutes.  Vocabulary quiz on Monday! 

Seventh Grade Homework: Week of November 6, 2017

7th Grade Vocabulary Words
1. aspect-noun. a characteristic or feature of something
2. cultural-adjective. of or relating to culture or cultivation
3. evaluate-verb. to examine something carefully to judge its value or worth
4. resource-noun. something that can be used for support or help
5. text-noun. a literary work that is regarded as an object of critical analysis
6. nav-Latin root. ship
7. navigation-noun. the act or practice of steering, directing the course of, or finding a way through
8. invoke-verb. to ask for aid or protection (as in prayer)
9. prowess-verb. very great ability
10. frantic-adjective. having a lot of wild and hurried activity

All 3 homework assignments are due on Thursday, November 9, 2017

11/6
Option 1: What aspect of Abby's trip was most concerning to you?  What resources did Abby have on board to help keep her safe?
Option 2: Write your vocabulary words and definitions TWICE.

11/7
Option 1: Make a chart.  List two reasons FOR Abby's sailboat trip. List two reasons AGAINST Abby's trip.  Use reasoning.
Option 2: What is the central idea of "Parents of Rescued Teenage Sailor Abby Sunderland Accused of Risking Her Life"?

11/8
Option 1: How might cultural influences affect decisions like the one Abby's parents made?  How would you evaluate the writer's overall claim?
Option 2: Find a synonym for 8 vocabulary words.  Use google.

11/9
Read for 30 minutes.  Vocabulary quiz on Monday!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

7th and 8th Grade Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up

Good afternoon lovely parents!  It is a great day at Imagine Andrews.  Please find attached a link to Volunteer Spot, the application we use for conference sign ups.  Please kindly adhere to the schedule so that we can see as many parents as possible.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Partnering with you!


Best,
The Middle School Team