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CURRENT 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Whooping Cough Immunization. Please submit proof of shot to school office by March 27, 2017
Current 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Tdap Shot To Begin School on August 10, 2016 for 7th Grade.
New immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year/SB 277: All incoming Kindergarten and 7th grade students must have current immunizations on record to begin school on August 10, 2016. California law SB 277 no longer allows personal or religious beliefs exemptions. Click here for more information.
English 8 Honors
Instructor: Mrs. Cullen   
Welcome to 8th grade English!  As we look to your last year of middle school, be prepared for some challenging experiences, but also several opportunities for growth, learning, and fun. During this school year, we will be emphasizing on reading comprehension and analysis, development of writing, vocabulary study, appropriate grammar and usage, listening and speaking skills, and test taking strategies. Although helpful, this webpage should not be used as the sole means of classroom announcements, due dates, and resources. Our daily classroom routine will allow for classroom announcements, time to copy the agenda, and extra copies of all assignments. I am looking forward to an exciting year of enriching your lives and preparing you for the endeavors ahead.
Announcements
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Guest Speaker
Tomorrow, February 22, 2017, I am happy to share that we will have a guest speaker in class. Rabbi Jay Sherwood is going to visit with our English 8 Honors class to give students further background information about the Holocaust and answer questions that they may have. This is an excellent opportunity for our students that I am sharing with you in order to keep you informed. A letter went home with each student in my period 4 class today and is attached with the documents below.
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Module Four: Anne Frank's Legacy 1/9/17-3/10/17
Module Four (Collection Five) is titled, “Anne Frank’s Legacy.” Over the course of four weeks, students will read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, “After Auschwitz,” by Elie Wiesel, and additional readings pertaining to the unit. The Performance Task for this Collection will be an argumentative essay in which students take a position on one of Anne Frank’s key statements from her diary: “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Students will decide whether or not they agree with this statement, using evidence from the unit to support their position. This unit also includes the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel, which we will read in class over the course of two weeks. To access any files for this collection, please scroll down and click on the “Module Four” folder.
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Module Three: October 31-December 9, 2016
Module Three combines texts from Collection Four, “Approaching Adulthood” and Collection 6, “The Value of Work.” Over the course of three weeks, students will gather evidence by reading short stories, poems, and articles which will explore the passage from childhood to adulthood and discuss the value of work. They will use this evidence to create their Performance Task, which is a multimedia presentation (choice of PowerPoint or Prezi) in which students will recognize a certain age or life event—such as voting, getting a driver’s license, legally being considered an adult, or living independently—that should be changed. This essay will be supported with the evidence they have gathered throughout the unit. The Performance Task for Module Three will be due on Monday, December 5th. Students will present to the class individually or in pairs (students choose). To access any files for this collection, please scroll down and click on the “Module Three” folder.
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End of First Quarter
Can you believe it? You are ¼ finished with your last year of middle school! The last day of Quarter 1 is Friday, October 7, 2016. This is the final day to turn in missing assignments (including late work and absent work) for Quarter One. No missing assignments from first quarter will be accepted after this date. First quarter report cards will be distributed to students on October 14, 2016.
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Module Two: 9/19/16-10/28/16
Module Two is titled, “The Thrill of Horror.” Over the course of four weeks, students will gather evidence by reading literary criticism and stories, and comparing and contrasting the text version to film version of selected works. Students will use this evidence to write a literary analysis about “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Monkey’s Paw.” This performance task will be supported with the evidence they have gathered throughout the unit. To access any files for this unit, please scroll down and click on the “Module Two” folder.
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Module One PT
Hi students! Click here to complete the editing form. We will do this in class today and tomorrow.

Instructions: ​Complete this form twice: Once on your own, then once for a partner (switch seats and peer edit).
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Module One

Module One is titled, “Culture and Belonging.” Over the course of this unit, students will gather evidence by reading articles and stories, researching, and watching video clips about people who have overcome challenges. They will use this evidence to write Performance Task One, which is a personal narrative about a struggle they have experienced. To access any files for this collection, please scroll down and click on the “Module One” folder.

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Welcome!
Welcome back to another school year! I am looking forward to working with you and your student this year in English. My goal is to provide your student with an educational opportunity that is enriching and engaging, working to encourage and prepare him or her to be a successful, life-long learner. In order to maintain the classroom as a supportive learning environment, I have discussed classroom expectations, goals, and procedures with your student. They are available on this page under "Files" for the first week of school. I encourage you to be an active participant in your child’s educational experience; your involvement and support at home will be an asset to his or her success this year. Please remember that I am always happy to answer any questions you may have; my contact information is posted at the link to the right of this announcement. I look forward to meeting you at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 25th!

Files
 Biweekly Vocabulary
Vocabulary lists are assigned every other Friday. The activity is due in 2 weeks, and a quiz will be given in class.
 General Class Information
Beginning of the Year Documents
 Module 4-Honors
Collection 5-Anne Frank's Legacy
 Night-Module 4
novel unit: Night, by Elie Wiesel
 Biography Project-Powerpoint option.pdf
Influential Person Project
 Extra Credit Opportunities.pdf
Extra Credit may be turned in at any time up to 1 week before the end of the Semester
Contacts
+ Cullen, Carolyn
Click on name to see details.

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