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posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:06 AM by Unknown user
  • All students must have a copy of The Outsider by S.E. Hinton. This was due today, 9/18.
  •  GOOGLE CLASSROOM Assignment due: 
    • Friday September 22nd no later than 6:00 PM:
      • In 3-5 sentences please compare and contrast Dally and Darry. What motivates each of these characters? Explain 
  • Sadlier Unit 1 pg. 17-21 due Monday 9/25
  • Weebly Entry #1 due Wednesday 9/27 (under the Independent Novel 17-18 Section)
  • Sadlier Unit 1 Vocabulary & Spelling test Friday 9/25
Hello 8th Grade Families,

Today, we started class by reviewing the first 5 words in the Sadlier Vocabulary Unit 1 series. We moved onto the next 5 words and checked our understanding on yesterday's words. 

Afterwards, we read more from The Outsiders. We started off by discussing the term catalyst. A catalyst, in literature, is a character that motives or moves the plot along. There were some prediction as to who the catalyst will be. Some thought Johnny, others thought Dally, Darry, or Soda Pop. We will see soon. 

We also talked about the use of language. In the novel Ponyboy says,  " 'Incidentally, we don't mind being called greaser by another greaser. It's kind of playful then.' " pg.28 We talked about why this is acceptable. There were some excellent answers to defend Ponyboy's reasoning such as: It was okay because the greasers knew what it meant, so the connotation wasn't negative where as a Soc is saying it as an insult. I then took it a step further, and we discussed that in all different cultures and ethnic backgrounds there are words that get thrown around that are "okay" if someone else in that "group" says them, but if an "outsider" says it then it's not okay. Unfortunately, our conversation got cut short by the clock, but we will continue it on Monday.  

Mrs. Baier