Grade 8 Writing

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Persuasive Essay Summative

I am happy with my work overall I could have tried to get an EE by adding more information. Inside the essay I did not cite my sources correctly so I should work on that too.

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Literary Techniques Assignment


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Everything Has Its Cost Summaries

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Summative Essay: Literary Devices in The Outsiders

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Overall, I think I did well on this assessment. I had a good hook and introduction, I organised my information well, and I used transitions effectively. However, my conclusion could have been stronger, I had a few spelling errors, and I forgot to add citations.


May 20, 2016 – Modern Macbeth in Texting

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Double Entry Journal May 31

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Macbeth Witches Compare/Contrast BrainFrame

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我最好的朋友 Essay

我 最 好 的 朋 友

我最好的朋友叫Anushka。虽然两月前她住在香港,但是她最近搬家了,所以现在她住在美国旧金山。她住在香港的时候,我们每个周末见面。即使她搬家了,我每天还是跟她用Snapchat Whatsapp聊天。

我八年前认识了她。我忘了哪个日期, 那是很久以前了。我的姐姐也是她的朋友。姐姐介绍了我们认识。她住在香港的时候,我们不是最好的朋友因为我上香港国际学校,可是她上了SIS。但是事实上,我们一直是很好的朋友。所以她坐汽车去了香港国际机场坐飞机去旧金山的时候,我们俩很不开心,我们都哭了。

因为我们是很好的朋友,所以我知道她的爱好,她喜欢什么课和她的性格。 她也知道我的爱好,我的性格和我对什么课感兴趣。我们一般都一一样。她一点儿内向,可是我很内向。 我们都很喜欢笑,我们每时每刻笑。别人说话的时候,我不说很多话。她比我说的多。我们都喜欢运动。除了打篮球以外,我还喜欢跑步。 她喜欢打篮球和打网球。 以前我跟她一起打网球,可是现在我不喜欢打网球。 她喜欢看书。有的书我喜欢看,有的书我不喜欢看。我对数学课感兴趣,可是Anushka不喜欢数学,她很喜欢英语课。我们都很喜欢听音乐。我们不喜欢唱歌,我也不喜欢跳舞,可是她很喜欢跳舞。她跳舞跳得非常好。放学回家后,我们俩喜欢一边听音乐一边做功课。我们也喜欢看电视。周末的时候,我常常跟她一起看Modern Family。不但看电视,在周末我们还有了很多留宿。我们也吃饭吃得很慢。我们也喜欢假期。一年多以前,在中国新年, 我的家人和她的家人去了越南。我们每天去海滩。今年的复活节,我的家人和她的家人要去澳大利亚。我去跳伞。她很怕。

我看起来跟她不一样。她又高又一点儿瘦。我有点矮和很瘦的。她比我高多了。 我们都有黑黑的头发,可是她的头发很长。

我们都是印度人。 我们的父母和我们所有的亲戚也是印度人。可是我是南边的印度人,她是北边的。我们都住在美国和香港。我先住在美国,再住在香港。她住过美国,迪拜,印度和香港。可是我们在美国不认识,事实上我们是在香港认识的。她一去美国我就希望她回来香港,或者我们再次见面, 所以在二月的时候,我和我的家人会去旧金山看她。我知道通过生活,我们会是最好的朋友。Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 8.43.16 am

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Grade 8 Reading

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For the “My First Conk” reading assesment I was happy on how I added an opinion, a quote and a “so what” for each question. I am happy with my work overall, but I feel I could have explained my So What more. I think I really improved from my last reading formative.

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Reading Summative Assessment

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I am proud of my work overall but to get an EE, I could have gone into more detail and written more.


Reading Formative November 26

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Reading Summative Semester 1 2015

Overall, I am happy with my work because I got an ME, but I could have added more detail to try for an EE.

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February 18, 2016

8 Traits of Conversation

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April 21, 2016

Everything Has Its Cost

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I think I did well on this project. My video was just the right amount of time and I think I connected the two books and the real life event together well. However, I could have spoken more clearly, and I didn’t include my opinion in the last paragraph.



April 29, 2016

The Outsiders BrainFrame

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I think I did well on this assignment. For each event, I added many details, and I ordered the events in the correct order. Overall, I achieved a meeting expectations, so I am pleased with my work.


Reading Assessment (Read Theory)

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Reading Formative (Read Theory)

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NewsEla Summative

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Shakespeare 400 Day

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Word Wall

The Scorch Trials by James Dasher

Blissful – Total happiness

Void – Not containing anything

Anguish – Extreme suffering

Engulfed – To cover someone or something

Tremulous – Feeling a lack of courage

Avail – To be helpful to someone or something

Jangle – To make a harsh ringing sound

Quaver – To make a sound with your voice in an unsteady way due to nervousness

Illuminate – Brightened with light

Callous – Not showing any concern for suffering of others

Conciliatory – To make someone less angry

Fleeting – Lasting for a short time

Torrential – Coming in a big, fast stream

Monumental – To be very significant

Belligerence – An aggressive attitude

Blaring – To make a loud and unpleasant sound

Ferocity – A fierce quality

Swath – A long, wide strip of land

Starkly – To have a cold and empty appearance

Listless – Lacking energy or spirit

Implement – An object used to do work

Meticulously – A very accurate and careful way of doing something

Subsequent – To have something happen after something else

Opaque – Something that is not transparent and doesn’t let light through

Indecipherable – Impossible to read or understand

Retrospect – A review on past events

Convulsed – To affect someone or something suddenly and violently

Permeated – To pass through something

Coalescing – To come together to form one group or mass

Siphon – A bent tube used to move liquid from one container to another

Detonated – To have caused something to explode

Amoebas – A living that has only one cell

Riveted – A kind of bolt or pin used to hold pieces of metal together

Torrents – A large amount of something released suddenly

Deluge – A large amount of things that come at the same time

Blasphemy – Disrespect shown to God or to something holy

Cavalier – A soldier riding a horse

Cinch – Something that is easy to do

Mirth – Happiness and laughter

Dilapidated – In very bad condition

Pragmatic – Dealing with problems that have a specific answer instead of theorizing

Flipped by Wendell Van Draanen

Dissertation – A long piece of writing that is done to get an advanced degree at an university

Rivaled – A person or thing that tries to be more successful than another

Birch – A type of tree that has bark that can be pulled off easily

Scourge – Someone or something that causes much trouble or pain

Channelled – to direct toward

Aesthetic – pertaining to a sense of beautiful

Foliage – the leaves of a plant

Throttle – a lever, pedal or handle

Miffed – put into an irritable mood

Unsolicited – given without being asked for

Derailleur – a gear-shifting mechanism on a bicycle that shifts the drive chain from one sprocket wheel to the other.

Encroach – to advance beyond proper, established or usual limits

Deteriorating – to make or become worse

Callused – Hardened or thickened part of the skin

Ornery – ugly or unpleasant in disposition or temper

Neoprene – an oil-resistant synthetic rubber

Fluctuations – continual change from one point or condition to another

Chromosome- any of several threadlike bodies, consisting of chromatin, that carry the genes in a linear order

Iridescent – displaying a play of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow

Beacon – a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire especially one in an elevated position

Tranquil – free from commotion or tumult; quiet; calm

Convoluted – twisted; coiled; complicated 

Imminent – likely to occur at any moment; impending

Glutting – to feel or fill to excess; to choke up; to flood

Pungent – sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell

Tremors – involuntary shaking of the body or limbs as from disease, fear or weakness or excitement; vibrations

Rendition – an interpretation; a translation, the act of rendering

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Bedouin – Nomadic Arabs who live in the desert

Strenuous – A vigorous, or energetic action

Acquit – To be relieved from a charge of crime, or to be declared not guilty

Cleaving – To remain faithful

Summing – To be adding two or more quantities

Lax – Not strict or severe, very lenient

Dividends – A sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors

Gait – Walking, Stepping or running

Jetty – A landing pier

Togged – A coat

Impromptu – Having done something without previous preparation

Purported – Claimed

Verisimilitude – Probability or truth

Credentials – Gives authority in written form

Epistolary – relating to the action of writing letters

Dissentient – An opposition to an official idea

Brusquely – To do or say something offhand

Rheumatic – Relating to rheumatism

Vehement – Showing a strong feeling

Tabulate – To arrange information in a tabular form

Meagre – Lacking quantity or quality

Chastisement – To reprimand severely

Solicitude – Caring for someone else

Brazen – bold without shame

Acquiesced – To agree with something without protest

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

Custodian – A person with the responsibility to care for someone or something

Scalding – Extremely hot

Porcelain – White ceramic china

Regurgitated – Vomited food

Ammonia – A colorless gas

Remorse – To regret something

Quota – A limited amount of people or things

Futile – Pointless actions

Submerged – The cause of something to be under water

Morbid – Something abnormal

Deteriorated – Something becoming progressively worse

Vibrant – Full of life

Etched – Engraved

Periodically – A magazine or newspaper published regularly on a schedule

Elated – To make someone very happy

Primus – A brand of portable cooking stove

Devoid – Entirely lacking

Cisterns – A tank to store water

Admonitory – Giving a warning

Furtively – To pretend not to notice

Festooned – A chain of flowers

Perjury – Lying on purpose

Air Head by Meg Cabot

Ergo – Therefore

Verbatim – The exact same words used before

Libelous – Containing libel

Platonic – Associated with the ideas of the Greek Philosopher Plato

Gyrating – To move rapidly in a circle

Promenade – A paved public walk

Balefully – Threatening or menacing

Copiously – Abundant in quantity

Owlish – Like an owl

Parched – To become dry through intensive heat

Weaning – Accustom to food other than milk

Socialites – A person famous and very social

Curlicue – The design of an object

Careened – To move swiftly in an uncontrolled way

Sublime – Of great beauty

Bouffant – A style of hair that stands out from the head in a round shape

Jovially – Joyful and friendly

Unduly – To an unwarranted degree

Derisively – Expressing ridicule

Ferocity – The quality of being ferocious

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Acrid – strong and sharp, as a taste

amitya state of friendship and cordiality

antagonisticcharacterized by antipathy

aptitude – inherent ability

blurt – utter impulsively

candor – the quality of being honest and straightforward

dauntless – invulnerable to fear or intimidation

demeanor – the way a person behaves toward other people

divergent – tending to move apart in different directions

duress – compulsory force or threat

erudite – having or showing profound knowledge

exodus – a journey by a group to escape from a hostile environment

Faction – A dissenting clique

Hurtle – Move with or as if with a rushing sound

Jostle – Make one’s way by pushing

Pang – A sudden sharp feeling

Placid – Free from disturbance by heavy waves

Precariously – In a manner affording no ease or reassurance 

Reprimand – An act or expression of criticism

Resonate – Sound with resonance

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Deviant – Departing from the norm

Biometric – Pertaining to biometry

Preliminary – Preceding and leading up to the main part

Injunction – A command; order

Dissident – A person who differs in sentiment or opinion

Illicit – Not legally permitted or authorized

Nullify – To deprive (something) of value or effectiveness

Filial – Of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter

Perpetual – Lasting an indefinitely long time

Code Name Komiko by Naomi Paul

Boisterous – Noisy or energetic

Asymmetry – Lack of equality/symmetry

Marquee – Chiefly/mainly

Revulsion – A sense of disgust/loathing

Berate – To scold or criticize

Assimilate – To understand fully

Morbidly – Abnormal interest in unpleasant subjects

Excise – A tax levied on certain goods produced or sold within a country

Gesticulations – A dramatic gesture

Lull – Calm or send to sleep

Placidly – Calm and peaceful

Necessitates – Make something necessary

Reprisal – an act of retaliation

Interminable – endless or apparently endless

Diatribe – a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something

Impeccably – in accordance with the highest standards; faultless

Buoyed – an anchored float serving as a navigation mark, to show reefs or other hazards

Benevolent – well meaning and kindly

Piqued – a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride

Vigilant – keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties

Emblazoned – conspicuously inscribe or display a design on

Convened – come or bring together for a meeting or activity; assemble

Inconspicuous – not clearly visible or attracting attention

Pursuers – a person or thing that pursues another

Mired – a stretch of swampy or boggy ground

Tantamount – equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as

Squalid – extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect

Rife – (especially of something undesirable) of common occurrence

Transients – lasting only for a short time

Futile – incapable of producing any useful result

Excursion – a short journey or trip

Unrelenting – not yielding in strength, severity, or determination

Hemming and hawing – being indecisive

Opulent – ostentatiously costly and luxurious

Derisively – expressing contempt or ridicule

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

incredulous – not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

insouciant – marked by unconcern

ottoman – a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person

malice – feeling a need to see others suffer

dismal – causing dejection

Litany – a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation
mundane – found in the ordinary course of events

resent – feel bitter or indignant about

negligence – failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person

revulsion – intense aversion
indignant – angered at something unjust or wrong

exasperated – greatly annoyed; out of patience
remorse – a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
folly – the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
hubris – overbearing pride or presumption

fastidious- giving careful attention to detail

abashed – feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
obliterated – reduced to nothingness
ruminative – deeply or seriously thoughtful
vacant – without an occupant or incumbent

precipice – a very steep cliff

convulsive – affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

descent – a movement downward
hostile – characterised by enmity or ill will
ascent – a movement upward

The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller

Gallantly – Brave; heroic

Astir – in a state of excited movement

Feeble – lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness

Deputize – temporarily act or speak on behalf of someone else

Splayed – thrust or spread

Reeled – a cylinder on which film, wire, thread, or other flexible materials can be wound

Succumb – fail to resist pressure, temptation, or some other negative force

Ministrations – the provision of assistance or care

Bombarded – attacked

Probing – a blunt-ended surgical instrument used for exploring a wound or part of the body

Amiss – not quite right

Composure – the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself

Congestion – the state of being congested

Misgivings – a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something

Invalid – a person made weak or disabled by illness or injury

Apt – appropriate or suitable in the circumstances

Trifling – unimportant or trivial

Idly – with no particular purpose, reason, or foundation

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Ferreting: to drive out or chase as though using a ferret, The part of a circle representing the apparent course of a heavenly body

Acrid: extremely or sharply stinging or bitter

Facility: moving, acting with ease

Premium: a reward or recompense for a particular act

Impacted: Pressed firmly together, in particular

Revulsion: A sense of disgust.

Trauma: A deeply distressing or disturbing experience

Dumbfounded: Greatly astonish or amaze

Dismissive: Feeling or showing that something is unworthy of consideration

Ordained: Make (someone) a priest or minister; confer holy orders on

Chiding: Scold or rebuke

Brazen: Bold and without shame.

Exodus: A mass departure of people, esp. emigrants.

Nihilistic: An extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence

Maniacal: wildly disordered

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Siege – Assault; attack

Teeming – Full of things; swarming

Interminable – Unending

Bleary – Blurred from sleep or fatigue; unclear

Lecherous – Suggestive; lustful

Ravings – Wild, delirious, or frenzied talking

Monopolize – To have complete possession of; to dominate

Prying – Looking at closely or curiously

Articulate – Distinct, fluent, meaningful, and clear in the power of speech

Affidavit – A written statement or declaration made under oath

Premonitions – Advance warnings of the future

Inferior – lower in station, rank, degree, or grade

Delectable – delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable

Foreboding – a prediction; portent

Quarreling – an angry dispute or altercation

Excruciating – extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing

Hostile – not friendly; warm, or generous; not hospitable

Cloddy – something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul

Impregnable – strong enough to resist or withstand attack; not to be taken by force, unconquerable

Posterity – succeeding or future generations collectively

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Lanky – tall and thin and having long slender limbs

Stern – Severe and unremitting in making demands

Glare – look at with a fixed gaze

Sneer – smile contemptuously

Defiantly – In a rebellious manner

Obstinate – marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

Incident – a single distinct event

Sabotage – a deliberate act of destruction or disruption

Impassive – having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

Suitable – worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse

Jubilee – a special anniversary or the celebration of it

Intricate – having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate

Ration – restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity

Haughty – having or showing arrogant superiority to

Unruly – noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

Glower – look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval

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Quizlet #6

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Macbeth Quizlet 3

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