Emily Griffin
Language Arts Department
griffiea@pwcs.edu
703-298-3774

Hello, my lovely students!!! I miss and love all of you from the bottom of my heart, and I hope your physical, mental, and emotional health is being taken care of. I am no longer able to be reached by the classroom phone number listed above, but, if anyone needs to talk, I am always available by email or Remind messages. For those who had not previously signed up for our Remind notifications, you can use the following link to do so:
https://www.remind.com/join/6b7bbe


Virtual Instruction Practices

Teachers are not currently giving instruction on new material, so every assignment will be focused on topics that you have already learned in my class this year, and we will be using NoRedInk.com or Quill.org to complete them. If you have forgotten your login information for either of these websites, I can look them up for you.

Since PWCS is switching to using the Canvas online learning program beginning May 4th, I will not be posting assignments on Microsoft Teams like we previously used. Please check No Red Ink and Quill for grammar and writing assignments. 

Click here for the No Red Ink Login page

Click here for the Quill Login page

For students who were not able to get their notebooks from my classroom, I have posted the slideshow and blank note pages for all four (4) of the grammar units we covered so far this year: nouns, pronouns, verbs, and conjunctions. You can find these resources under the "Files and Documents" tab to the left. Feel free to print and fill in the notes, or you can just use the slideshow as a reference.

Current Assignments for Week of 04/20-24:

There are currently three (3) assignments posted on NoRedInk.com:
     1. Quick Write: COVID-19 Response to the News (estimated time: 10-15 minutes)
     2. Quick Write: An Explanation for Aliens (estimated time: 10-15 minutes)
     3. Practice: Commonly Confused Words 1 (estimated time: 45-90 minutes)

If you are interested in completing additional work, please refer to the individual assignments you had been completing on Quill.org before we left school. 


Below is the schedule of instruction and office hours for virtual learning. I have highlighted our class time in yellow.


George M. HamptonGeorge M. Hampton Middle School
Schedule of Instruction and Office Hours

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30 – 10:00
(Instruction)
Student Work Time

 

Language Arts

 

Math

 

Science

 

Social Studies

 

Health & PE


10:00 – 11:30
(Instruction)
Student Work Time

Chorus, Band, Orchestra or Guitar

Quarter Encore Class:
Art/Tech/FACS 
or 
Support Class for Math/ Reading 

Students:
Possible Virtual Field Trips, Library, or 
Counseling Activities
Teachers:

Collaboratively Plan

Intro the World Language, Spanish, French or 
Creative Writing

Daily Support Class 
for Math or Reading 
or EL Instruction

 

12:00 – 1:30
(Office Hours)
Teachers Available for Parent / Student Contact and Support

Counseling

World Languages and Creative Writing

Language Arts 
General, ESOL and Special Education Teachers

Math

General, ESOL and Special Education Teachers

 

1:30 – 3:00
(Office Hours)
Teachers Available for Parent / Student Contact and Support

Science

Social Studies

Health & PE and 
Chorus, Band, Orchestra or Guitar

Quarterly Encore and all Math or Reading Support

 



8th Grade VA English Standards of Learning Covered So Far:

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy

8.1 The student will use interviewing techniques to gain information.
a) Prepare and ask relevant questions for the interview.
b) Make notes of responses.
c) Compile, accurately report, and publish responses.

8.2 The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.
b) Choose vocabulary and tone appropriate to the audience, topic, and purpose.
c) Use appropriate verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.
d) Respond to audience questions and comments.
e) Differentiate between standard English and informal language.
g) Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work.
h) Use a variety of strategies to listen actively.

Reading

8.4 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, analogies, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development within authentic texts.
b) Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meaning and differentiate among multiple meanings of words and phrases.
c) Use roots, affixes, cognates, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and technical vocabulary.
d) Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries to determine definition, pronunciation, etymology, spelling, and usage of words.
f) Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

8.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support.
g) Identify and ask questions that clarify various viewpoints.
h) Identify the main idea.
l) Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning.
m) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process. 

8.6 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.
a) Draw on background knowledge and knowledge of text structure to understand selections.
b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support.
d) Analyze the author’s use of text structure and word choice.
e) Analyze details for relevance and accuracy.
f) Differentiate between fact and opinion.
h) Summarize the text identifying supporting details.
k) Evaluate, organize, and synthesize information for use in written and oral formats.  

Writing

8.7 The student will write in a variety of forms, including narration, exposition, persuasion, and informational.
a) Identify intended audience.
b) Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
c) Distinguish between a thesis statement and a topic sentence.
d) Organize details to elaborate the central idea and provide unity.
e) Select specific vocabulary and information for audience and purpose.
g) Revise writing for clarity of content, word choice, sentence variety, and transitions among paragraphs.

8.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
b) Use and punctuate correctly varied sentence structures to include conjunctions and transition words.
c) Choose the correct case and number for pronouns in prepositional phrases with compound objects.
d) Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs.
g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words.

Research

8.9 The student will apply knowledge of appropriate reference materials to produce a research product.
a) Collect and synthesize information from multiple sources including online, print, and media.
c) Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate information.
d) Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view or bias.


7th Grade VA English Standards of Learning Covered So Far:

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy

7.1 The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.
a) Communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner.
b) Ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas.
c) Make statements to communicate agreement or tactful disagreement with others’ ideas.
d) Use language and style appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.
e) Use a variety of strategies to listen actively.

7.2 The student will identify and demonstrate the relationship between a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages.
a) Use verbal communication skills, such as word choice, pitch, feeling, tone, and voice appropriate for the intended audience.
b) Use nonverbal communication skills, such as eye contact, posture, and gestures to enhance verbal communication skills.

7.3 The student will understand the elements of media literacy.
b) Distinguish between fact and opinion, and between evidence and inference.
d) Compare and contrast the techniques in auditory, visual, and written media messages.

Reading

7.4 The student will read to determine the meanings and pronunciations of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
a) Identify word origins and derivations.
b) Use roots, cognates, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
d) Identify connotations.
e) Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
f) Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
d) Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language.
f) Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning.
g) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text.
h) Identify the main idea.
l) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
c) Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
d) Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information.
e) Differentiate between fact and opinion.
f) Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
h) Identify the main idea.
i) Summarize text identifying supporting details.
k) Organize and synthesize information for use in written formats.

Writing

7.7 The student will write in a variety of forms with an emphasis on exposition, narration, and persuasion.
a) Identify intended audience.
b) Use a variety of prewriting strategies including graphic organizers to generate and organize ideas.
c) Organize writing structure to fit mode or topic.
d) Establish a central idea and organization.
e) Compose a topic sentence or thesis statement.
f) Write multi-paragraph compositions with unity elaborating the central idea.
g) Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.
h) Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.
i) Use clauses and phrases for sentence variety.
j) Revise sentences for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

7.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
a) Use a variety of graphic organizers to analyze and improve sentence formation and paragraph structure.
c) Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.
d) Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.
e) Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view.
f) Demonstrate understanding of sentence formation by identifying the eight parts of speech and their functions in sentences.
h) Use correct spelling for commonly used words.  

Research

7.9 The student will apply knowledge of appropriate reference materials to produce a research product.
a) Collect and organize information from multiple sources including online, print, and media.
c) Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate information. 


Class Description:

Objective: Students will discover the importance of perspective and perseverance when writing. As budding adolescents, I expect my students to develop habits that promote their mental and emotional growth, both in and out of the classroom.

In order to reach our individual objective, students in all my classes will learn how to:
         -- Practice growth mindset instead of fixed mindset
         -- Recognize the effects that their words and actions can have on their peers, teachers, and community 

         -- Apply perspective to better understand their peers, teachers, and community 
         -- Build a classroom community among their peers
         -- Collaborate with others to achieve their goals


Creative Writing
This class is on the same track as Hampton's Spanish course, meaning that my students will see me every single day.

Class Objective: Students will understand the fundamentals of basic English grammar and sentence structure. Students will then explore the different styles of writing in which they can apply their new writing skills.

In order to reach our class objective, students in my Writing Workshop classes will learn how to:
         -- Identify the different parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections)
         -- Identify prefixes and suffixes
         -- Create simple, compound, and complex sentences
         -- Combine sentences
         -- Apply punctuation within their writing
         -- Edit and revise writing


Office Hours:

The easiest way to get in touch with me is to email me at griffiea@pwcs.edu.


PARENTS:    How to Set-up Calendar Alerts:

If your child is in my class, and you would like to receive email alerts for items posted to my calendar, you may view step-by-step directions here: http://tinyurl.com/hldqx4z.

Please note: You will receive a separate email alert for each calendar you choose to subscribe to.  


Announcements and Assignments

    Class Announcements and Assignments can be found at https://hamptonms.pwcs.edu/gateway/login.aspx?returnUrl=/social/slms/

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