Mrs. Lockwood's JYMS English 8 Blahg!

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March 16, 2012

Inference & Summarizing Practice Websites

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 8:57 am

Summarizing Practice:

Mr. Manko’s website with drawing conclusions and inference practice links (three links):

Practice Items for SOL Online Writing Field Test

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February 27, 2012

Use these online tools to help practice for the Writing SOL, March 6th and 7th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 9:00 am

Access these links with a partner and practice them at home too!

Editing and Revising Practice:

More Practice:

Released SOL Writing Test

Analogy Practice: 8.4a review

The following is a link to Mrs. Stout’s website – you can access all the practice sites for the Writing SOL (it will also help you for this nine weeks.)

February 20, 2012

What We Carry Program coming February 29th!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 8:05 pm

I am pleased to announce, after much planning, that the What We Carry Program will be coming to JYMS February 29.  I have been trying to coordinate this program for a while now.  Unfortunately in January, David Katz and Hanns Lowenbach, Holocaust survivors and speakers for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Holocaust Commission, passed away.

This program enables students to hear first hand accounts of the Holocaust through the recollections of survivors.  The “What We Carry” program is sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Holocaust Commission.  My students read various literature and viewed movie selections pertaining to World War II, events during the 50’s and 60’s and concluded the unit by studying issues during Black History Month.

An overview of the program can be viewed here: This is a memorable program that teaches interactive, living history in a way that will positively impact students’ lives, and will make an impression that continues with the lesson that we must “never forget.”  Pictures will be posted once the event has taken place.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for your child, and I am so excited that they will be able to participate in this.  If you have any questions, please email me at

February 13, 2012

Week of February 13-17

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 11:56 am

This week we will have the SCRIB/SCRIPT root quiz (Monday); the GRAPH/SCRIB/SCRIPT Test (Friday); take the released multiple choice writing test (Tuesday); take the Figurative Language SOLO quiz (Wednesday); and begin the expository writing (Thursday.)  There is a lot going on!  Make sure you are prepared to work – that means bring a pen/pencil, paper, notebook and AR book to class.

Have a good week!!

I Am Poem

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 11:52 am

This is the template for the I Am poem that was due today – I am posting it for those of you who didn’t have the assignment to turn in today.  Remember – it is a grade lower for each late day (if you turn it in tomorrow, it will be an 89.) Don’t forget to complete a rough draft (on the template) and a final – on construction paper.

Here is the link: I Am

January 31, 2012

3rd 9 weeks overview

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 8:15 am

This nine weeks we will discuss the following concepts:

*Analogies and figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole)
*Informational text
*Expository writing
*Editing of writing (including capitalization, grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence   structure and paragraphing)
*Word origins

You can practice the third nine weeks vocabulary by clicking on this link:

and can build language arts skills by clicking on this link:

January 24, 2012

Night by Elie Wiesel

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 12:31 pm




The Teachers’ Guide can be accessed here:

A glossary of terms can be found here:

Comprehensive page with links about Night:

Elie Wiesel and Oprah visit Auschwitz: still photos here:

video part 1:
video part 2:
video part 3:
video part 4:

January 12, 2012

Online practice links for midterm exam

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 9:11 am

To help you prepare for the nine weeks’ test (midterm) use the following link to practice verb tense consistency: 

Fling the teacher for verb tense consistency practice:

Use this link for word origin/derivation/inflection practice:

 Use the following site for comparative/superlative practice:!.swf

 context, structure, connotation review: more context, structure and connotation review can be found here:

more context practice:

December 9, 2011

Week of 12/12 to 12/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Lockwood @ 9:56 am

Blocks 1/2 are watching the video The Outsiders after reading the novel.  Remember to take the AR quiz on The Outsiders – it will count as a quiz grade.

Block 3 – We are on Chapter 10 of the Outsiders.  Your final persuasive essays are due Monday 12/12!  The essays are worth four daily grades (prewrite, rough draft, edit/revise and final) and one quiz grade (based on the persuasive essay rubric.)  Points will be deducted for late essays.  In addition, don’t forget that the first three paragraphs were due for a homework grade yesterday, the total rough draft was due for me to check today, then complete your edits in class Friday (today) and write the final copy over the weekend.

Block 6 and 7 – GREAT WEEK!!! Most of you worked your fingers to the bone, and today (12/9) we will enjoy watching The Outsiders movie.

12/12 week: We will be discussing word origins in more detail, and the etymology of words, as well as the connotations and denotations of words.

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