Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Moving Forward

Kipling Elementary School is a Chicago Public School educating students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

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Novel folder due by Wednesday

Rough Draft of letter due by Wednesday

Students will receive their first novel packet and a description of the unit on Wednesday along with time to begin reading in their newly assigned reading groups.

Friday-vocabulary quiz

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We are so excited to begin our first novel as a class! Our first Novel is a literary classic that has been a hit with all my classes, “The Outsiders”. Students will receive a novel folder to keep track of their vocabulary charts, ch questions, written responses, and weekly assignments.

This week, students will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday over their first set of words and will be expected to have ch 1 read.

8th Grade Lit Circles (New Novel Unit)

The 8th Grade will starting their first lit circle based NOVEL UNIT.

The novels will include the following…

Julie of The Wolves

Speak

The Book Thief

The Absolutely Te Diary of a Part Time Indian

This week we will begin working with some pre-reading activities and students will receive their novel folders. (Please make sure to speak with you child about which book they have been assigned).

Our only two graded assignments this week will be a vocab quiz on Friday (your child will come home with a vocab list so please help them study) and a summary of ch 1.

122/120 Homework

Students will be quizzed over the following words on Friday. I want students to have an understanding of these words before we begin reading our next short story. Students are expected to finish their flashcards for homework if they did not finish them in class.

Homework that is due on Oct 11th: Each vocabulary word should be re-written on a separate sheet of paper with a synonym AND an antonym. I am also asking that students use each word in a sentence. The sense/endings of each word can be changed to fit the sentence if needed.

  1. acute

  2. vexed

  3. sagacity

  4. refrained

  5. wary

  6. suavity

  7. audacity

  8. vehemently

  9. gesticulations

  10. derision

  11. profound

  12. stealthily

  13. distinct

  14. waned

  15. fatigue

8th Grade Project (Due Friday)

Summary-20 pts

Characters and Setting

Begin your summary by stating the main characters and setting of the chapter in one to two sentences. The main characters are who the story is about. They do most of the acting, feeling and talking in the chapter. Include information about both the protagonist, the positive main character, and antagonist, the person who opposes the main character, if the chapter includes both of these characters. If the chapter contains supporting characters, such as friends and family members, only include them if they influence the chapter's outcome. The setting of the chapter is when and where the story takes place. The setting can be as specific as Manhattan in June 1965 or as broad as a rural village in the Middle Ages.

Supporting Details

The supporting details are the feelings and actions that support the main idea. They include the ways that the main character attempts to resolve the conflict. The supporting details answer the questions of why and how. Consider the motivation of the protagonist and antagonist and how they are feeling or reacting to the chapter's events. Include broad details or concepts, but be selective and focus on the most significant ones. Write the details as the author presented them chronologically. Two or three more sentences are sufficient.

Revise for Clarity

Review your summary and revise it as needed. All the essential elements -- characters, setting, theme and significant details -- should be clearly and logically presented without distracting nonessentials or opinions. The summary should be in your own words, not the author's. If you use an especially colorful sentence from the chapter, attribute it to the author to avoid plagiarism. Verify that your summary includes the title and author of the book as well as the chapter reference.

 

Theme-10 pts

You will be asked to identify what you believe the theme of your chosen chs is.  Once you have stated your theme MAKE SURE to identify details in the text that support your answer WITH in-text citations.

Main Theme

The main idea is the main theme in the chapter. To determine what it is, consider what the main character spends most of the time doing or thinking about. Often the character is attempting to solve a conflict. The conflict is sometimes internal. For example, the character might be struggling to contain his anger or dangerous impulses. Other times the conflict is external -- the character against his environment or another character. The character could be stuck in a storm or trying to win someone's affection. The main idea can also include a message or a moral. In two or three sentences, state the main action, the conflict and the moral, if it is obvious.

 

 

 

 

Figurative language 10 pts

Identify TWO examples of figurative language in each of your chapters and EXPLAIN how you know it is figurative language.

Personification-Giving something, nonhuman or an object, human characteristics

Hyperbole-An exaggeration so dramatic that no one would believe its true

Metaphor-A statement that is a comparison of two things that are not alike.

Alliteration-When a set of words uses the same sound or letters repeatedly

Simile-A comparison of two things that are not alike, uses "like" or "as"

Onomatopoeia-Sound words

 

 

Poster-10pts

Your poster should contain ALL of the components listed above. 

Your poster should be organized in a way that is easy to see and understand.

Your poster should be colorful and neat.

 

 

Presentation-20pts

EACH group member needs to have an opportunity to speak for an EQUAL amount of time.

Each presenter needs to speak loudly, clearly, and make eye contact with the class.

Flashcards are allowed if needed.

Week 6 Homework/Make-Up Work

118: Students have been given the opportunity to complete/redo any assignments they are unhappy with. They also need to complete two IXL assignments by the end of the week (Theme B.1 and Author’s Purpose and Tone C.1)

120: Students have been given the opportunity to complete/redo any assignments they are unhappy with. They also need to complete two IXL assignments by the end of the week (Theme B.1 and Author’s Purpose and Tone C.1)

122: Students have been given the opportunity to complete/redo any assignments they are unhappy with. They also need to complete two IXL assignments by the end of the week (Theme B.1 and Author’s Purpose and Tone C.1)

123: Students have been given the opportunity to complete/redo any assignments they are unhappy with. They also need to complete two IXL assignments by the end of the week (Theme B.1 and Author’s Purpose and Tone C.1)

Homework Week 5

118: Students who received a C or lower on both their poetry packet or Parts of Speech Quiz need to study/redo missed questions by Friday.

120: Students who received a C or lower on both their poetry packet or Parts of Speech Quiz need to study/redo missed questions by Friday.

122: Students who received a C or lower on both their poetry packet or Parts of Speech Quiz need to study/redo missed questions by Friday. Students also have two IXL assignments and a NewsELA assignment due by Friday morning.

123: Students who received a C or lower on both their poetry packet or Parts of Speech Quiz need to study/redo missed questions by Friday. Students need to have chs 3 and 4 of The Pigman read with their ch questions completed.

Second Chance on grades (redo opportunity)

120 & 122: During small group, students will be allowed to make corrections to assignments and redo their latest quiz if they were unhappy with their previous scores.

118 & 123: During small group, students will be allowed to make corrections to assignments and redo their latest quiz if they were unhappy with their previous scores.

Students who need to redo their Parts of Speech quiz should study their guided notes in their ELA folders.

Week 3 Homework

Room 118

Adjective Practice half sheet: Due on Thursday.

Students who did not finish the Poetry webquest will be expected to complete it by tomorrow, sept 18t.

Room 120

Poetry Packet: Due on Friday

Room 122

Poetry Packet: Due on Friday

Remind Class Codes for ELA

This year, Kipling Teachers and Staff will be communicating with parents through the Remind App. Please use the class codes listed below to join. If your child is in homeroom 118 then please use the class code for 118 to connect with me over Remind. It will make communication much easier/faster for me if you use your child’s name instead of your own name. Thank you.

Ms. Steider ELA Class Codes

118 d49dg3

120 hkah7d4

122 4847d3

123 9c37d7

Book Purchase

Hello Parents/Guardians,

This year we will be reading the novel "Wonder" and because we would like each child to have their own copy to annotate/keep, we are asking that each student brings $5.00 to help cover the cost of the book. Each book retails for $10.00 so having half of the cost covered would help save money that can be spent on other books or classroom materials. You may purchase a copy of the book for your child, however, please have them bring it to class by Monday (September 16). Thank you in advance!

-Ms. Steider and Ms. Ali 

Welcome Back

We are delighted to welcome everyone back to the 2017-2018 school year. We are so pleased to have your students in our class. As they year progresses we hope to keep you updated with important information through the Kipling website. We look forward to a wonderful year!

Workbook Fees- The fee is $110.00 for 8th grade students. This includes workbooks, as well as cap and gown, diploma cover and signature book. This DOES NOT include luncheon. The workbook fee needs to be turned in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

REMIND- Remind is a great way for parents AND students to receive reminders from Ms. Steider and Ms. Ali. Students who wanted to join Remind have already been inputted during class. Parents who would like to join Remind can enter the codes below.

8th grade parents: text 81010 with 84k32a in the message box 

7th grade parents: text 81010 with 93aec7 in the message box 

 

Global Research Project

November 27-December 22

Parents,

For the last three weeks Ms. Ali and myself have been working with students on an intensive global research assignment. Students have been working to compose a research paper, as well as a Power Point presentation that will be a large portion of their quarter 2 grades. If you have been checking Parent Portal frequently you will notice that we have been updating grades accordingly so you can keep track of your students progress. We have stressed to the students multiple times in class as the weeks have gone by that this a large part of their grade. HOWEVER, it will all be done IN CLASS. We chose to do this assignment in class as we are aware of how much it weighs in on their grades. In that case, this gave students an opportunity to ask us a variety of questions or concerns at all times. Please be aware that if your child was not on track we did our absolute best to contact you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us before the quarter ends. We should have all assignments in regards to the research project up after winter break (students will be presenting until Friday). Thanks for your understanding.

 

Ms. Steider (astedier@cps.edu)

Ms. Ali (aali32@cps.edu) 

Homework 9/12-9/16

Monday (6-8th):

  • Study for vocabulary quiz (Wednesday)

Tuesday (6-8th): 

  • Vocabulary review, study for quiz

Wednesday (6-8th)

  • Close reading questions 

Thursday (6-8th)

  • unfinished work from class
  • study for vocab quiz Friday

Friday (6-8th)

  • Study guide for short story test Monday