8th ELA

  • Friday, April 8, 2022

    Review answers from test prep packets.

    Work on Figurative Language test prep packet 

    (You should complete Simile thru the Puns page)


    Thursday, April 7, 2022

    Review test prep packets, pick up additional materials

    (See me!)

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

    Email me your POV story

    Begin work on test prep packets

    (See me!)


    Tuesday, April 5, 2022

    Continue Lesson 19

    Different POV scene must be:

    typed (no larger than 12 pt.)

    one inch top and bottom margin

    must contain dialogue and with quotations

    must be peer checked and noted at the bottom of the page

    DUE 4/6


    Monday, April 4, 2022

    Begin Lesson 19 (Clever then LZ)

    Chose a different POV and scene to re-write.

    Follow prompts given in Lesson 19.


    Friday,April 1, 2022

    Lesson 15; Complete pg. 149 in "R.O.R.C." summarize using sentence stems

    Lesson 18; In your unit reader, read pgs. 25-32, summarize each paragraph in the margin and annotate


    Thursday, March 31, 2022

    C.W.T. is due today. Email me the essay and turn in the worksheet to the turn in basket.

    "R.O.R.C." point of view discussion

    Complete Lesson 14 slides 4/9 (in the text) and 7/9 (on loose leaf)


    Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    Class discussion of "R.O.R.C."

    C.W.T. Sugar unit is due Thursday, March 31, including the worksheets

    Tuesday, March 29, 2022

    Finish Lesson 1 of Tell-Tell Heart

    Begin Lesson 14- read "The Ransom of Red Chief", box in any words you don't know and identify the four main characters in the story, including their nicknames.

    Understand the differences regarding truth, perception, reality

    Pay attention to narrator, point of view, perspective


    Monday, March 28, 2022

    Begin our third unit, Tell-Tale Heart- Lesson 1

    after class discussion, complete pg. 114 in your workbook

    Begin reading, "Ransom of Red Chief" (pgs. 136-148 in your workbook OR pgs. 33-45 in the blue unit reader)

    CWT is due Thursday, March 31, 2022 (email me the essay, turn in the CWT worksheet packet to the turn in basket)

    (If you need to work on your CWT at school, see me for a note to come to my class.)

    TURN IN pg. 102 from Section 4 of Sugar TODAY


    Friday, March 25, 2022

    DUE TODAY- Narrative assignment and Sugar Cold Read, both in Edulastic

    DUE MONDAY, March 28- pg. 102 in your workbook over section four of our Sugar text. 

    Continue working on your CWT, including the two page packet. The packet and the CWT are due Thursday, March 31. Today is the last day you will have time to work on this activity in class.  You must email me your CWT and turn in the packet on Thursday. 

    Monday, March 28 we begin the third unit, "Tell Tale Heart"! 


    Thursday, March 24, 2022

    Pay attention to DUE DATES!!!!

    Begin C.W.T. packet for Sugar.  Your final submission is due Thursday, March 31. You will email your CWT to me at karen.cash@cpsb.org and you will turn in your paper packet to the turn in basket.

    You should  finish the Narrative assignment in Edulastic. Due 3/25

    You also need to finish the Sugar Cold read in Edulastic (I will need to open this for you). Due 3/25

    You will need to complete pg. 102 in the workbook for part four of the Sugar text.  Due 3/28

    *****We begin Unit 3, Tell Tale Heart on March 28, 2022*****

    Be sure you have received the new blue packet (Unit Reader) from me. 


    Please note that after Friday, March 25, the remainder of the CWT work will be considered HOMEWORK!  There will be no more class time to complete this assignment! 



    Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    Begin C.W.T. packet for Sugar.  Your final submission is due Thursday, March 31. You will email your CWT to me at karen.cash@cpsb.org and you will turn in your paper packet to the turn in basket.

    You should  finish the Narrative assignment in Edulastic. Due 3/25

    You also need to finish the Sugar Cold read in Edulastic (I will need to open this for you). Due 3/25

    You will need to complete pg. 102 in the workbook for part four of the Sugar text.  Due 3/28

    *****We begin Unit 3, Tell Tale Heart on March 28, 2022*****

    Be sure you have received the new blue packet (Unit Reader) from me. 


    Please note that after Friday, March 25, the remainder of the CWT work will be considered HOMEWORK!  There will be no more class time to complete this assignment! 


    Tuesday, Match 22, 2022 - NO SCHOOL, weather related


    Monday, March 21, 2022

    Continue work from Friday, be sure and copy, paste your writing assignment into the websites 


    Friday, March 18, 2022 

    Check your CPSB student email for instructions for today!

    You will work in Edulastic on state test prep work.

    You should look for "Narrative" and the icon is black background with the word "TEXT" in it!

    This is a graded assignment!



    Thursday, March 17, 2022  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Sugar Cold Read - ck your CPSB student email!


    Be sure to pick up a Tell-Tale Heart Unit Reader today! 


    Wednesday, March 16, 2022

    Quiz 5, Lessons 15-19

    Complete Sugar questions (covering pgs. 80-126), DUE THURSDAY, March 17, 2022


    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    Begin Lesson 23

    Read Part Four of the Sugar text, pgs. 101-126

    Pick up the last page of the Sugar questions. Due 3/17/22

    Quiz 5 Wednesday, Lessons 15.19 (This is the last grade of the 9wks)


    Friday, March 11, 2022 

    Lesson 20: Revising and Editing an explanatory essay

    Log into Clever  to LearnZillion

    Complete Lesson 20 as instructions state

    When you are done, work on your Sugar guided questions.

    Quiz 5 on Wednesday, 3/16

    ***NO SCHOOL MONDAY, Teacher In-Service*****



    Thursday, March 10, 2022

    Complete Lesson 19 with your partner

    Work on Guided Sugar questions after you finish Lesson 19


    Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Lesson 19 Varying sentence structure to increase clarity and reader engagement

    (Clever then LearnZillion)

    With your partner complete workbook page 100-101

    Also refer back to pgs. 64&65 in the workbook for accountable talk and transition words

    Quiz 5 is Wednesday (last grade of the 9 wks)

    ****NO SCHOOL MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2022, Teacher In-Service********


    Tuesday, March 8, 2022

    Review Lesson 18,

    Check charts on pg. 98&99


    Monday, March 7, 2022

    Turn in Lesson 17 Reading Log (at the beginning of the class)

    Begin Lesson 18  Determining the strongest text evidence to support an idea and recognizing irrelevant evidence

    (log into Clever then LearnZillion)

    Follow directions on the slides, using workbook pgs. 94 & 96

    Pay close attention to slide 7/9 RCR strategy

    Complete pgs. 97-98 in your workbook. If you don't finish in class, then it is homework for tonight. We begin Lesson 19 tomorrow.



    Friday, March 4, 2022

    Begin Lesson 17

    Log into clever, then LearnZillion

    work with your group to complete pg. 96 in your workbook

    complete Reading Log 17 for homework if not completed in class


    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Continue Lesson 16

    check pg. 94 in workbook

    complete Reading Log 16

    begin work on pg. 7 Sugar questions


    Friday, February 25, 2022

    Happy Mardi Gras!!

    Sugar cane taste testing today!   

    No homework.....see ya'll next Thursday!  


    Thursday, February 24, 2022

    With your partner, continue to work on pg. 94 of your workbook. 

    You will need your Unit Reader, pgs. 7-10 "How Sugar Changed the World'  by Heather Whipps, pgs. 21-31, "Sugar" by Anup Shah and on YouTube, "Louisiana Sugar Cane Farmer". All three of these will be used to complete pg. 94 in the workbook, Analyzing Conflicting Ideas.

    Complete Reading Log 16 and begin work on the 7th pg. of the Sugar questions

    As I grade the quiz from yesterday, I will post by class into JCampus. 

    ***No school next, Mon-Wed, for Mardi Gras!****


    Wednesday, February, 23, 2022

    Quiz over Lessons 12-14 

    After you finish the quiz/homework, read "Sugar" by Anup Shah in your UNIT READER, pgs. 21-31


    Two'sday, February 22, 2022

    Continue with Lesson 15

    On pg. 94, you can only complete the first two VERTICAL blocks for today.

    Review/complete Edulastic assignment assigned today

    Read "Sugar" in Unit Reader pg. 21-31

    Quiz tomorrow 2/23 - Lessons 12-15


    Monday, February 21, 2022

    Lesson 15- Determining the meaning of unknown words in context and analyzing texts that convey conflicting information on the same topic

    (Clever then LearnZillion)

    With your partner, read "How Sugar Changed the World" in your unit reader, pg. 7-10 follow directions on the lesson slides

    Define these words on pgs. 58-63 in your workbook

    indulgence, horrendous, unabated, decisive, garrison, quaffing, byproducts, commodities, sufficient, diversified, cash crops

    Workbook pg. 94 (you will also need your Sugar textbook)


    QUIZ  (Section 4, Lessons 12-14) is on Wednesday, February 23


    Friday, February 18, 2022

    Log into Clever, then into Edulastic. 

    There are four new assignments for today, authors point of view and quiz 4 review.

    Monday begin Lesson 15

    Quiz 4 is Wednesday, February 23, 2022

    Class activity on Friday, February 25, 2022


    Thursday, 17, 2022

    Sugar questions are due NOW

    Continue Lesson 14, review pg. 89 in the workbook and continue to pg. 92

    You will need your highlighters again today.


    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Turn in Section 3 work from Friday, Feb. 11 .....NOW!

    Log into Clever then to LearnZillion

    Open Lesson 14 - Evaluating the author's claim in informational text

    Read slides 5 and 6, think about Louisiana's contribution to Sugar

    Workbook pgs. 87-92

    You will need highlighters: yellow, blue, green, pink and orange

    Sugar questions are due Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 when you walk in the door!


    Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    Continue Lesson 13- Analyzing the development of a central idea over the course of an informational text

    Log into Clever and then LearnZillion

    Watch the appositive video and complete the guided questions

    Pick Up Reading Log 13 and complete it and turn it into the basket

    See me for Sugar Part 3 worksheet and questions 

    Part 3 is due ASAP; questions are due Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022



    Monday, February 14, 2022 - Happy Valentine's Day

    Reports back from the subs on Friday are quite favorable.  Thanks for doing your work and conducting yourself accordingly!  

    Today we will check the Sugar by Countries Timeline on pgs. 84-86 in the workbook and complete the work from Friday for a grade. 

    Tomorrow we review Lesson 13.


    Friday, February 11, 2022

    I am not in class, but on campus for Professional Development, you will have a sub or be in the gym.  I expect YOU to complete YOUR work and turn in WHATEVER you have finished. If you do not turn it in at the end of the hour, I will not take it late!!! 

    ***DO NOT UNSTAPLE YOUR WORKSHEETS, if they are unstapled I won't take them!*******

    This is NOT group work.  It is a grade and it's YOUR grade, not a group grade. DO YOUR OWN WORK!!!

    You will need to complete the Sugar Changed the World Part 3 test first. You may use YOUR Sugar text.  When you are finished, begin work on the Sugar questions, be sure to put page numbers with your answers. 

    Any questions, email me!  

    See you all on Monday!


    Thursday, February 10, 2022

    Read the rest of Section 3 "Freedom",  pgs. 83-99

    AFTER you finish reading, pick up your workbook next to my desk

    Complete Sugar By Country Timeline on pgs. 84-86 (You will need to draw another box under US and SD on pg. 86)

    F-0 US-3 E-2 SD-6

    1800's (pg. 92-94)

    1800's (pg. 95-96)

    1779 1807 1806 1811 1799 1793 1804 1798 1790

    ****This is due for Monday, Feb. 14, 2022******




    Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    Turn in your Sugar questions

    Turn in your workbook, pgs. 84-86

    Continue Lesson 12, pick up Reading Log

    View slide 8 of Lesson 12 in LearnZillion

    This is NOT group work, do your own work!

    When you complete Reading Log 12, turn it into the basket

    Read pgs. 83-99 in the Sugar text


    Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    Continue Lesson 12  from yesterday, Timeline on pg. 84 of your workbook

    When you are finished, SHOW ME YOUR TIMELINE, and I'll give you the next assignment! :)

    If you don't finish in class THIS IS NOW HOMEWORK!  

    Also, you should have ALL FIVE of your Sugar guided questions returned back to you, BE SURE TO HAVE PAGE NUMBERS RECORDED, put the papers in order according to the book and turn them back to me for WEDNESDAY!!!!!!


    Monday, February 7, 2022

    Begin Lesson 12 - Summarizing an Informational Text and Analyzing how tensions in the text contribute to the central idea.

    Read independently pgs. 71-82 in your Sugar text

    WORKBOOK pg. 84

    As you read, look for the following dates and put them under each country as it applies:

    1691,1733, 1785, 1714, 1763, 1716, 1789, 1791, 1765 .........This is NOT group work! 

    (F-5, US-3, E-1, SD-0)


    Friday, February 4, 2022

    Complete Sugar Changed the World Part 2 Test

    For each false statement, you must make it true AND include a page number you found the correct answer. 

    When you are done, turn it in!

    Continue to work on Edulastic Leap 2025 Practice Test


    Thursday, February 3, 2022

    Quiz Lessons 5-11 Today (Log into Clever, then LearnZillion)

    Finish up your Sugar Changed the World questions, pgs. 4-5 and TURN IT IN TODAY!

    Be sure pg. 83 in your workbook is completed today!! Hold on to it, DO NOT tear it our of your workbook!

    Word on LEAP 2025 Edulastic 


    ****QUIZ THURSDAY, FEB. 3 over Lessons 5-11********

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022


    Review for the Quiz on 2/3

    Log into Edulastic, look for Leap 2025 test, begin work

    Sugar guided questions, pgs. 4-5 are due 2/3

    Be sure to complete pg. 83 in your workbook


    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    Complete Lesson 11

    In your workbook, pg. 83,  I will give you the THREE  Author's Viewpoints I want you to focus on: 

    1. The idea that ancient people used sugar as a spice to hide rotting meat is a myth. (pgs. 20-25ish)

    2. The sugar trade involved a complicated set of connections that involved countries and goods all over the world. (35-40ish)

    3. The life of an enslaved person was brutal and dangerous, and they were treated as objects. (55-60ish)

    Now YOU must find the text evidence that supports each one listed above.

    Then find the conflicting viewpoint and text evidence. (second column) 

    And the last column, how do the author's respond to the conflicting evidence?? 

    After you complete pg. 83, finish pg. 5 of Guided Sugar questions. Due 2/2




    Monday, January 31, 2022

    Continue Lesson 11

    check timeline on pg. 80 for version 3, be sure you have the correct information

    Add to timeline on pg. 81 these dates: 1700's, 1800's and 1900's (be sure to follow the direction of the arrows), you will find the answers in the "Hell" section of the Sugar text

    Lesson 11, slide 10-11 you will answer on pg. 83 of your workbook.  Follow directions as given on those slides.




    Friday, January 28, 2022

    Since there was an internet outage this morning, today's lesson is modified.

    WIth a partner, study the photo gallery on pgs. 42-59 in the Sugar text.  Then complete Reading Log 11. I've opened Lesson 11 in LearnZillion, so you can click on the slides.  We will continue with Lesson 11 on Monday, Jan. 31. 

    When you are done with Reading Log 11, work on pg. 5 of the Sugar Guided Questions that I handed out today! 

    Thursday, January 27, 2022

    Finish reading pgs. 56-63

    Page 4 of Sugar guided questions, stopping after The Overseer pgs. 57-63. Be sure to include page numbers for the answers.

    Complete Reading Log 10 using Lesson 10 powerpoint in LearnZillion (access it by using CPSB Launchpad, then Clever, then Learnzillion)

    Complete Analyzing a Central Idea chart on pg. 82 in your workbook.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    ****Turn in pg. 3 of your Sugar Guided Questions (put your name on the top) AND Reading Log 9 (both pages). 

    Begin LESSON 10-Analyzing the development of a central idea and it's supporting ideas

    Begin reading in your Sugar text on pg. 54-56 (I'll read this to you)  With a partner, you read pgs. 56-63, stopping at Back in Europe pg. 63

    Pick up Reading Log 10 (access Lesson 10 on LearnZillion, you will need slide 7 and slide 8)

    Workbook pg. 82 Analyzing a Central Idea

    (Central Idea- Sugar has impacted the entire world in both positive and negative ways)

    You must include at least one positive and one negative way


    Tuesday, January 25, 2022

    Continue Lesson 9 (You have access to this lesson! Go to Canvas, then LearnZillion) 

    Pick up Reading Log 9 (it's a three page document today!!!!!)  Work with your partner from yesterday and answer ALL questions.  When you are done, staple it and be sure your name, date and hr. is at the top.

    Also, pick up pg. 4 of the Sugar guided questions.  

    Sugar pg. 3 guided questions are DUE Wednesday, 1/26.


    REMINDER: Color Run permission slips are due tomorrow, Wednesday, 1/26.


    Monday, January 24, 2022

    If you have been absent, you need to see me to complete DRC Testing.

    You should read pgs. 31-41 in your Sugar Text.

    Be sure you have page 3 of the Sugar Guided Questions, complete questions through  pg. 41

    Lesson 9 will be available in Clever (LearnZillion). We are doing slides 1-5 today. (I will give you the Reading Log 9 on Tuesday)

    Pick up your workbooks from front table.  You will add three more dates to finish out pg. 80 on your Timeline. 1500, 1665 and 1768. If your Timeline is past pg. 80, it is incorrect. You need to see the dates on the board.

    Email me if you have questions: karen.cash@cpsb.org


    ****IF you are eligible for the Color Run, you received a permission slip today!  It's due Wednesday, 1/26.*****


    Friday, January 21, 2022

    Finish DRC Testing, session 1 and session 2

    Edulastic assignment for a grade:

    1. Fiction Text Evidence Grade 8

    2. Text Evidence G8


    Thursday, January 20, 2022

    Complete DRC Testing session 2


    Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    Complete DRC Testing, session 1

    Turn in for a grade: Prologue Test with corrections

                                    Sugar guided homework questions, pgs. 1-2

                                    Reading Log 7, completed on loose leaf

                                    Workbook pg. 80 with version 1 & 2 filled in (dates were given to you on the board and the v.2 dates were sent in an email)


    Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    Review work assigned ON LINE from 1/12 to 1/14. All work is due for a grade at the beginning of class Wednesday, 1/19/22


    Monday, January 17, 2022 - No School     Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday


    It's FriYAY!!!!  Januar;y 14, 2022

    Hope eveyone is happy and healthy!  Looking forward to you all being back on Tuesday!  Don't forget Monday we are out to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday!  


    Today's lesson is to continue to answer your guided Sugar Changed the World questions. You should complete all of the rest of the second page, through The Problems with Sugar Cane section. Be sure you are adding the page numbers where you found the answers as the directions state.  You should be prepared for me to ck them when we return face-to-face. Please be sure you have done all of the work I've assigned this week, it is considered a homework grade



     Stay well, and I challenge each of you to do something kind this weekend: wash the clothes, fill the dishwasher, empty the dishwasher, play a game with your siblings, help a neighbor, maybe send one of your teachers who you know is sick a quick get well email.....and then let me know what you did!

    I plan to see my elderly Mom tomorrow, help her around her house and do a little grocery shopping for her!  If you see a need, do something about it!  Have a great day Colts, see ya'll soon! 







    THURSDAY, January 13, 2022

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     THURSDAY, January 13, 2022

    Morning Colts!
    Please be prepared to turn in the work from yesterday. This will be a graded assignment. 
    Today,  please click through Lesson 7 in LearnZillion.  You will need to read pgs. 21-29 in the Sugar text. As you read, be looking for information to add to your timeline on pg. 80.  The dates you are looking for are 1095 A.D., 1150 A.D. and the 1400's. You will need to add the information to the timeline, please pay attention to the direction of the arrows on the timeline.  Also, you are to complete the Reading Log for Lesson 7 on loose leaf paper.  Do your best, that's what I expect!
    This work will be considered a HOMEWORK grade! 
    Stay well, hope to see you all again soon! 
    Email me if you have any questions!
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022


    Hey Colts!!!


    Please remember that your Prologue worksheet and the guided questions through pg. 21 will be due whenever we return face to face. 


    Also, I've assigned Lesson 6 on Learnzillion. You should complete the timeline on page 80 with the assigned dates that I gave yall in class. 


    I will post an update for tomorrow's lesson later in the afternoon.


    Stay well, emaill me if you have any questions at karen.cash@cpsb.org. 


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