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8th Grade 2013 - 2014

Section One: Literacy

Students are working on a variety of things this year.  To start off, we've been working on Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes as our Vocabulary lessons, along with some Parts of Speech and Grammar activities.  These are done on an individual basis and students are allowed to work at their own pace.

We're also currently working on a Mystery Unit and we'll be reading the novel "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin.

Check out this really cool site about the book!

"A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will.  And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger --and a possible murder-- to inherit his vast fortune, one thing's for sure: Sam Westing may be dead...but that won't stop him from playing one last game!"

The Sunset Monitor - Class Newspaper

In class we will be working on creating a Newspaper about the events in "The Westing Game" as our final project.

Here are some helpful links:


  • Suspects: A character believed to have possibly committed a crime
  • Detective: A character trying to solve the mystery
  • Witnesses: Characters who saw the crime being committed
  • A problem that needs to be solved
  • An event that cannot be explained
  • A secret
  • Something that is lost or missing
  • A crime that has been committed
  • Clues are hints that help the reader and the detective solve the mystery.  They can be things people say or do, or objects that are found that provide important information.
  • These are distractions or false clues that may lead the reader or the detective to solve a mystery.