• 8th Grade Semester 1 Study Guide


    8th Grade Study Guide-1st Semester  2017

    • Be able to label the plot diagram chart-correct spelling; extra credit
    • My Favorite Chaperone
      • The main conflict in this story is Maya’s need permission to go to a school dance
      • Maya gives an incorrect translation of what the principal says about Nurzhan’s fight because she wants to keep her father from becoming angry.
      • Nurzhan helps to resolve the story’s conflict by offering to be Maya’s chaperone.
      • Maya is upset because she thinks she is in trouble.
      • Maya’s mother gives her a bracelet to show that she understands that growing up in America is different.
      • Maya’s parents have stricter rules than her friends because they want her to do good in school.
    • The Tell-Tale Heart
      • The narrator says that his disease has sharpened his senses
      • You can evaluate the narrator’s state of mind as unreliable when he says he is sane, but then describes how cleverly he hid the body.
      • The author creates suspense by describing what the narrator did before the murder.
      • Marigolds
        • The people in her town are poor.
        • The children hate the flowers because they do not fit in to their cheerless lives.
        • After hearing her father yelling and crying, Lizabeth tore up the marigolds.
        • The marigold symbolized the chance for beauty amid an ugly situation.
        • The destruction of the flowers marks the end of Lizbeth’s childhood.

    Personification is when you take inanimate objects and make them lifelike.

    A sonnet is poem with a regular rhyme scheme.

    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
      • Tom has to whitewash a fence and does not want to.
      • The tone in telling this story is amused.
      • Tom tricks Ben into doing the work for him but telling him he likes whitewashing the fence
      • Point of view: omniscient third-person narrator
      • The Tell Tale Heart
        • The narrator’s disease has sharpened his senses.
        • He waits a week so he can see the old man’s eye
        • Suspense is created by describing what the narrator did before the murder.
        • The narrator’s state of mind is unreliable because he says he is sane but then describes how cleverly he hid the body.