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Welcome to ELA- Grade 8

We are going to explore a timeless question: are human beings fundamentally good or evil? Through a close study of fiction, non-fiction, primary and secondary sources, we will consider how access to power influences human behavior, and how everyday people respond in the face of unjust leadership, violent oppression, and cruelty. We will look at […]

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W01 Writing 2020

Instructions You will be learning to write academic essays. We will be working on Unit 5: Writing in “Everything You Need to Ace English”. I expect you to take notes and to practice what you learn in your writing assignments moving forward. Monday 1/27 Read pages 379 – 382 Write six different research questions based […]

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05: Encountering Evil: Drawing Conclusions

Reading Night pg. 23 — 28 Focus Consider the way that people responded to Moishe the Beadle’s warning and Mrs. Schächter’s. What conclusions can you draw about human nature based on their response? Support your answer with at least two pieces of specific evidence from the text. How to Cite (Modern Language Association (MLA) Style) […]

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04: Encountering Evil: Word Choice and its Impact on the Reader

Reading Night by Elie Wiesel pg. 11 — 22 Focus (Comment here) On page 12, Wiesel writes, “Night fell.” What might “night” symbolize based on this section of text (pages 12–14)? Support your answer with at least two pieces of evidence from these pages. Extension: Find other references to night and darkness in today’s reading […]

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03: Encountering Evil: Drawing Conclusions About Characters

YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH THE LINK TO YOUR RESPONSE Writing (Reader’s Notebook) How do the people of Sighet respond to Moishe the Beadle’s warnings? What does this reveal about the people of Sighet? Support your answer with two pieces of evidence from the text. Questions (Reader’s Notebook) Describe Eliezer in as much […]

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02: Encountering Evil: Writer’s Purpose

Watch I’m Still Here: Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust 00:10 – 06:00 Questions Why did Klaus Langer most likely keep a diary? Who was his intended audience? In your own words, summarize each of the reasons Wiesel presents on page vii as a possible answer to the question “Why did I […]

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01: Encountering Evil- -Chronology and Cause/Effect Relationships to Present Information

https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/video/step-step-phases-holocaust What are the four key phases of the Holocaust, according to Doris Bergen? Summarize the characteristics of each. Why does Doris Bergen say it is important to not “rush to the gas chambers”? (02:10) How did the Nazis begin to prepare for the mass killing of the Jewish people even during phase one of […]

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07 Seeking Justice: Revealing Character and Propelling Action

Assignments Respond to the following questions in your notebook Respond to the discussion questions by creating a blog post on OYSTER Academy (formerly For Love of Education). I have sent an invitation. You will need to accept the invitation sent to the address associated with your WordPress.com site. Read To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 9 and […]

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06 Seeking Justice: Comparing and Contrasting Mood in Both Film and Book

Note: Studying a film adaptation of a novel shows how a director converts a book’s words into visual media. The director supervises all the major aspects of a film, so his or her choices affect how audiences experience a text. Directors choose what to include, exclude, or emphasize in a film or stage production. Attentive […]

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05 Seeking Justice: Dialogue & Decision Making

Assignments Respond to the following questions in your notebook Respond to the discussion questions by creating a blog post on OYSTER Academy (formerly For Love of Education). I have sent an invitation. You will need to accept the invitation sent to the address associated with your WordPress.com site. Read To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 6 and […]

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04 Seeking Justice: Author’s Point of View or Purpose

Assignments Pre-Writing Read Straight Talk About the N-Word by Sean Price (Teaching Tolerance) Answer the following questions in your notebook Read To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 4 and 5. Questions What is Coates’s point of view on the use of the N-word by the African-American community? Provide at least two pieces of evidence from the text to […]