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8th Grade Language Arts Newsletter

Hello Parents,

We are fervently rolling along in what has been a very busy semester! We've come back from winter break in full force and haven't wasted any time getting back into the swing of things. Here are a few notes about upcoming events in 8th grade Language Arts. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Happy February!

Ms. B.


Important Dates:

Monday and Tuesday, February 3-4: In-class review of STAAR Reading Simulation

Tuesday, February 4
: Tutoring begins for second semester. We will have tutoring every Tuesday from 3:40-4:15. WOW buses will run in the afternoons for any students signed up for the WOW program. Tutoring letters were sent home at the end of last week/early this week for students who did not receive a passing grade on the STAAR Writing Simulation that was taken in January. If your child received a letter requesting that they attend tutoring, sign this form and check whether or not they will participate. Please return these yellow forms as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 5: Test over Act II of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Friday, February 7: One-pager report over "The Diary of Anne Frank" due

Friday, February 14: Valentine's Day--commit random acts of kindness! <3

Monday, February 17: President's Day/No school for students/Teacher In-Service Day

Monday, February 24: Westwood Multicultural Night 6:30-8:30 pm (more details will come soon!)

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Poetry Analysis using TPCASTT
  • Elements of Poetry including: Figurative Language, Imagery, Irony, Symbolism
  • Elements of Non-fiction texts; understanding and summarizing non-fiction
  • Comparing, Contrasting, and Connecting texts across genres
  • Author's Purpose for writing and communicating ideas and information
  • Spelling and Vocabulary building using Greek and Latin roots and affixes

Poetry Analysis:

We use the acronym TPCASTT to annotate and understand aspects of poetry. This acronym stands for:

  • T = title: Make a prediction about what the title might mean.
  • P = paraphrase: Write each stanza of the poem in your own words.
  • C = connotation: What words has the author chosen to create mood? What words have positive, negative, or neutral connotations/feelings/meanings?
  • A = attitude: What is the speaker's attitude about the topic (tone)?
  • S = shifts: Does the poem make shifts in tone or stay consistent throughout?
  • T = theme: What message is the author giving about life, the world, people?
  • T = title: Examine the title again for meaning.