Week of Feb. 12/ Reminder Permission Slips Due

Posted by Nancy Lessel on February 14, 2018 in Class News |

This week we will wrap up our study of the Underground Railroad by examining how different mediums effect our understanding of events and people/character. You will also finally be presenting your literary term projects (summative grade). The week will end with reviewing the terms by playing Kahoot. Over the break it is important that you get your reading time in so you will have your 1st book for this cardmarking done. When we return you will begin working on a character analysis of based on your book.

Please remember permission slips are due by Thursday for our Anne Frank Play Field Trip in March.  Attending this trip will enhance your study of drama and aid in your understanding of our in class reading. Attending will not put you behind in your other classes since the whole 8th grade is going.

Permission Slip



Spirit Week Dress for Feb 12-16th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on February 9, 2018 in Class News |
8th grade , want to show how much school spirit you have? well then wear the following items to school each day to show your school spirit and earn points for our grade. Go Eagles!
Monday– Pajama Day
Tuesday– Meme Day/TV Character Day
Wednesday– Twin Day
Thursday– Slippers and Hat Day
Friday– Color Day
            8th Grade- Black
            7th Grade- White
            6th Grade- Blue


Field Trip Permission Slips Due Thursday, Feb. 15th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on February 8, 2018 in Class News |

As part of our unit on drama we will be attending a play, The Diary of Anne Frank, on Monday March 12th.  It is important that you attend this trip as it is part of your learning experience. It will aid you in our in class reading of the play and give you another medium to compare with. Often times students say ” Well, I don’t want to go.”  and convince their parents to let them stay home. However if we judge attending school based on that reason, would staying home because you don’t want to learn about figurative language, or quadratic equations, or the civil war be an option?  Hopefully not. Students that do attend discover that they actually enriches their experience.

Parents if your child is telling you this or for any other reason please contact me so we can discuss.


Here is the permission slip.


Permission Slip


Snow Day Friday, Feb. 12

Posted by Nancy Lessel on February 8, 2018 in Class News |

It’s a great day to get  some reading time in!




Week of Feb. 5

Posted by Nancy Lessel on February 6, 2018 in Class News |

This week we will analyze the text ” Harriet Tubman Conductor of the Underground Railroad” to see how author’s develop characters/people. We will also continue to compare different people/characters view the Underground Railroad. Below is the link for materials in case you need to finish at home.

Homework: READ. You will need to have 1 book finished by Feb. 2/28 and your 2nd book finished by March 23. To accomplish this task you must read at home as well as at school.

Read Theory is available for extra credit as well.

Link for text:tubmanexcerpt

Characterization p.1 Characterization p.2


Week of Jan. 30th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on January 29, 2018 in Class News |

 Welcome to 2nd semester of 8th grade!

Today is a new day, with new hopes and new dreams.

It is up to you to make it happen and I believe that you can!

Parents and Guardians



This Week’s Agenda

Monday– New Semester/ SSR 2nd Semester ( Book Selfies Due)

Tuesday & Wednesday: District Common Writing Assessment

( Figurative Language Project Due Tuesday)

Literary Terms Directions Literary Terms Rubric

Thursday and Friday: Underground Railroad


Homework: I can’t say it enough READ ( 20 minutes a night for 5 nights or 100 minutes minimum)

Parents and Guardians please look at your child’s grades and  results on NWEA reading in language. They can be found on page 8 of their planners and in their online district my learning plan.  Guide them in reflecting on their progress and discuss with them their next goals. Together we can help them achieve!




Week of Jan. 23rd

Posted by Nancy Lessel on January 25, 2018 in Class News |

The last week of marking period brings us our Mid-winter Assessments.

This week we will be taking NWEA Reading and Language to see where we are at.

Parents please ask your child to show you their results  in their planner  on their ” My Learning Plan” found on e portofilos through Dearborn Schools or in their planner on page 8 ( has the chart showing grade level equivalent). Students were expected to write it in both places.


Homework: Read and take your Book Selfie ( Due Monday)


Week of Jan. 17th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on January 17, 2018 in Class News |

We will be continuing to review and wrap up the 1st semester.

Students, you will need to to have your 3rd book for the year completed by Friday and an exit ticket turned in. Remember this is a formative assignment and on Friday, you will be examining how your reading went to formulate to write a reflection letter. For some of you your reflection will show you what you need to work on , while for others it will show you what you did well at. From what you learned from your honest reflections you will be able to set goals for yourself for next marking period. This is an important part of your learning process.

Please note Extra Credit is available through Read Theory up until Jan. 22nd. Hopefully your practice has increased your reading level. We will be taking NWEA next week to see where you are currently at.


Monday- No School

Tuesday- Theme: Prove It

Wednesday ( LATE START): “Raymond’s Run” plot/ characterization

8th grade  Trip Fundraiser

   Buffalo Wild Wings


Thursday: ” Raymond’s Run” plot/characterization/ theme

Friday: Book Talks & Reflection Letters


Week of Jan. 8th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on January 8, 2018 in Class News |

Happy New Year!


This week we will be reviewing. First we will look at parts of an argument and persuasive techniques to prepare for the Unit Test on Wednesday. To prepare you will select 1 of the assigned articles on NEWSELA to read, complete the graphic organizer handed out in class, and take the quiz provided on NEWSELA.

We will finish the week looking back at narrative elements ( specifically theme, symbolism and plot).  You will be reading 2 stories “Abuela Invents the Zero” ( p. 465-467) and “Raymond’s Run” (p.38-46) to analyze narrative elements.

As always be sure you are reading at home ( you must finish your 2nd book by next Friday. Also January Extra Credit for Readtheory is due Jn 22nd.


Week of Dec. 18

Posted by Nancy Lessel on December 18, 2017 in Class News |

This week you will be taking your research and your ideas to write your argumentative essay. In order to finish you will need to work on this in and outside of class. All work and directions are on google-classroom.


Due Monday: All Research ( Choosing a Topic, Working Thesis, Research Sources and Notes, and Counter-Argument and Rebuttal)

Due Wednesday:  Entire Argumentative Draft

Due Friday: Final Copy Argumentative Essay

Due dates mean done before that class day.


Homework: Essay Writing & Read*

Extra Credit Read Theory Due Dec 31st.


Be sure to get started on your 2nd book for this card marking in order to be done by  Jan. 19th.


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