Eighth Grade Homework

Monday: No School

Tuesday: none

Wednesday: Finish “Mass” ditto due tomorrow

Thursday:  review ditto 9 due tomorrow

Friday: none

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Mystery Story due Mon. Jan. 28

Wednesday: Mystery Story due Mon. Jan. 28

Thursday: wb 43 due tomorrow, Mystery Story due Mon. Jan. 28

Friday: Mystery Story due Monday

Monday: No School

Tuesday: ditto 8-2 due tomorrow

Wednesday: review ditto due tomorrow

Thursday: ditto 8-3 due tomorrow

Friday: none

**Vocabulary Sheet due on the day of the chapter test!!!**

Monday –






Monday: No School

Tuesday: review ditto due tomorrow

Wednesday: vocab ditto due tomorrow, Vocabulary Quiz Section 2 on 1/31

Thursday: Vocabulary Quiz Section 2 on 1/31

Friday: Bring in ME Collage Items, Vocabulary Quiz Section 2 on 1/31

Unit 17 pages due Friday, Jan. 25th

Unit 17 Test on Friday, Jan. 25th

Unit Nine pages due: Tuesday, January 23rd

Unit Nine quiz: Wednesday, January 24th

practice using vocabtest.com…email or show me two of your practice tests for extra credit each unit


Dear Class of 2019,
Before entering eighth grade, please read two books over the summer (of course I will never complain if you read more). Both books should be chosen from this list unless you email me with another selection(s) you would like to read. Please complete a project of your choice from the list below for each novel. Bring your projects in on the first day of school in September!! If you have any questions about the projects PLEASE feel free to email me at jagnew@spare.org and I will be happy to help you. Have a wonderful, restful summer!!!! This coming year will be a busy one, but a GREAT one too!!!! I look forward to being your teacher!
Love, Ms. Agnew

Suggested Books:

Rules / Cynthia Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic

Running Dream / Wendelin Van Draanen
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Crash / Jerry Spinelli
Seventh-grader John “Crash” Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather’s stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams
After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

Nothing but the Truth / Avi
A 9th grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national new story.

The Shakespeare Stealer / Gary Blackwood
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Tangerine / Edward Bloor
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares
During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.

Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
An orphan girl’s progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school culminates in a troubled career as a governess with the enigmatic Mr. Rochester.

Flight of Passage / Rinker Buck
In the Summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck – two teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey – bought a dilapidated Piper Cub airplane for $300, rebuilt it, and piloted it on a record breaking flight across America – navigating all the way to California without a radio, because they couldn’t afford one.

Adrift : Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea / Steven Callahan
Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. A riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out.

The Red Badge of Courage / Stephen Crane
During his service in the Civil War a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

Jurassic Park / by Michael Crichton

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong . . . .

The London Eye mystery / Siobhan Dowd
When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together–Ted with his brain that is “wired differently” and impatient Kat–to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

Sherlock Holmes / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of the greatest detective of all time!

Shattering Glass / Gail Giles
When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.

Scat / Carl Hiaasen
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Downriver / Will Hobbs
Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Far North / Will Hobbs
After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories.

Chronicles of Narnia / C.S. Lewis
1st book – The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe-Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

The Call of the Wild / Jack London
This masterpiece of American fiction recounts the gripping adventures of Buck, a courageous creature forced into the brutal life of sled-dog during the Alaskan gold rush. Forced to relinquish the safety of his familiar world, Buck survives and ultimately prevails in the harsh realities of the Far North through the discovery of his own primitive nature.

White Fang / Jack London
Born in the wilds of the freezing Yukon, the wolf-cub White Fang soon learns the harsh laws of nature, growing fiercer and more independent in his struggle to survive. Yet buried deep inside him are distant memories of affection and love – can he learn to trust man again?

My Dog Skip / Willie Morris
In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of listening. The two grew up together having the most wonderful adventures.

Hoops / Walter Dean Myers
A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.

The greatest : Muhammad Ali / Walter Dean Myers
Through the story of Ali’s childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics, and his battle against Parkinsons’ disease, readers will come to know the man behind the brash public persona — the man whose talent and legacy will stir and inspire a new generation of fans.

Nightjohn / Gary Paulsen
Twelve-year-old Sarny’s brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

Criss cross / by Lynne Rae Perkins
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love. Newbery Medal winner.

Choosing up Sides / John H. Ritter
In 1921 thirteen-year-old Luke finds himself torn between accepting his left-handedness or conforming to the belief of his preacher-father that such a condition is evil and must be overcome.

Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie / Jordan Sonnenblick
Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down.

Zen and the art of faking it / by Jordan Sonnenblick
When eighth-grader San Lee moves to a new town and a new school for the umpteenth time, he doesn’t try to make new friends or be a loner or play cool. Instead he sits back and devises a plan to be totally different. And just when he thinks everyone (including the cute girl he can’t stop thinking about) is on to him, everyone believes him . . . in a major Zen way.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
The classic story of a mischievous nineteenth-century boy in a Mississippi River town and his friends, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher, as they run away from home, witness a murder, and find a treasure in a cave.

The Book Thief / by Markus Zusak
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . On the NY Times bestseller list for almost five years!

The Bully (c2001 fiction) /Paul Langan
– In The Bully by Paul Langan, Darrell Mercer faces huge ordeals in his life; from his mom losing her job to there big move to California. Darrell deals with being the new student at Bluford High, and dealing with a new bully. The main characters in The Bully are; Tyray, the new bully, Darrell Mercer, the new kid from Detroit, and Amberlynn Bailey, the beautiful girl both Darrell and Tyray are crushing over. This book is very consuming and realistic.

8th Grade Summer Reading: Book Project Choices

Timeline: Create a timeline of the main events in the character’s life.
Criteria for Success:
• Sequence the events in the order that they occur in the story.
• In a couple of sentences, explain why each event is important.
• You must have a minimum of 8 events from different points in the story.

Cartoon: Draw a comic strip that shows the most important events in the story.
Criteria for Success:
• Draw a minimum of 4 events from different points in the story.
• Include accurate details from the text.
• Sequence the events in order.
• Use color.
• Use captions and speech balloons to show what is happening in each frame.

Poster: Draw a picture that represents the main idea(s) in the book.
Criteria for Success:
• Include the title and the author.
• Use color.
• On a separate sheet of paper, write a short (1/2 page) reflection that explains how
what you drew relates to the text and why you chose to draw what you did.

Journal: Imagine that you are the main character of the book. Choose a point at the
beginning, middle, and end of the book, then write a journal entry for each one that
explains what the character is thinking.
Criteria for Success:
• Organize your work by using paragraphs.
• Include three different journal entries, one for the beginning, middle, and end.
• Refer to specific events in the book.
• Show the character’s thinking about the events in the book.

Letter: In literature as in life, people have problems with relationships. Pretend you are
the main character and write a “Dear Abby” letter that describes your problem in detail.
Then pretend you are Abby and respond to the letter by advising the character as to what
he/ she should do to resolve the problem.
Criteria for Success:
• Write a letter from the main character’s point of view that describes the main
problem you have.
• Write a letter from the advice columnist’s point of view that describes a possible
solution to the problem that the character has.

Game: Create a game to accompany the book.
Criteria for Success:
• The game must have a clear goal. Think about what is the character’s main goal
in the book.
• The game must reflect the ideas & characters in the book.
• The game must actually work when you play it.

Poem/ Rap: Write a poem or rap about the story.
Criteria for Success:
• Include specific details about the characters and plot of the story.
• Express the character’s feelings about what is happening in the book.
• Turn in a written copy of the rap and perform it.

Rewriting the Story: Write an alternate ending to the story.
Criteria for Success:
• Try to imitate the style of the original story. For example, if the story is written in
first person, use first person to write your story. Attempt to remain as true as
possible to the character and context.
• Organize your story using paragraphs.


Please bring these items to school with you on the first day. Thank you!

notebooks for five subjects (your choice of a binder, large multi subject notebooks or single subject notebooks)
Two Folders
blue and black pens
a highlighter (any color is fine)
crayons, markers, colored pencils (purchase at least one of these items)
book socks for your hardcover books
a container of clorox wipes, a box of tissues, a pack of loose leaf paper, a pack of index cards (4×6) and a roll of paper towels (I will collect these and we will use them during the year.)