Hello again, Spartans!
These two weeks we have done some cross-curricular study with social studies and looked at stories of the Holocaust. In Week 24 students were in groups to research and present some of the broader aspects of the event while in Week 25 we zoomed in a bit and looked at writing narratives through the lens of individuals who experienced it. A lot of what I’m seeing with our developing writers is promising, especially as we approach the Milestone! I’m looking forward to seeing more of our students Level Up!
- Wednesday, Feb. 14- 8th Grade College Tour Field Trip & Renaissance Field Trip
- Thursday, Feb. 15- Dance Team Field Trip
- Friday, Feb. 16– Humanitarian Awards
Have a great week!
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
― Oscar Wilde
- Page 185: #1-4, 5, and “Writing to Sources” (3 paragraphs)
- Page 190: #1 and “Writing to Sources” (1 paragraph)
- Page 194: #1,2, and “Check Your Understanding”
Will be graded on Saturday! 🙂
How about those snow days?
Week 22 shaped up to be not much of anything, so a lot of what we were going to do there has bled into Week 23. We are reading excerpts from a number of pieces of Holocaust literature and using it to analyze theme, allegory, and poetry. There are some challenging topics within here and a lot of meaty historical issues to delve into as we look at one of our darkest moments in world history.
We will also have a pre-test for the linguistic concepts we will cover in Unit 3 on Friday along with our newly-instituted weekly narrative writing practice.
1/31/18 – Club Picture Day
2/2/18 – 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
Have a superb week!
“I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.”
― Abigail Reynolds
, Pemberley by the Sea
Welcome back, Spartans!
After a short break, we’re back and ready to finish up unit 2. Our final piece of work for this unit is an argumentative essay, however it’s one where students will be allowed to pick a topic of their choice. This is important because the passion that can come out in these arguments is a very real way of improving the writing within. It’s no grand statement to say that when you care about what you’re writing, you’re sure to do better!
Have a spectacular week!
“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa
Apologies for the lack of posts throughout the last few weeks. We have been so engrossed in The House of the Scorpion that it has slipped my mind to check in here with you. As of this posting, we have finished the book and are entering Embedded Assessment #1 for this unit, wherein students will examine the differences and similarities between the dystopian society of the novel and our own modern-day world. I have seen quite a few excellent ideas from you guys so far, so keep it up!
- Monday, Dec. 11th– Team Leader & SPED Meetings- Planning Periods
- Tuesday, Dec. 12th– PL Day (ELL Reading)
- Tuesday, Dec. 12th– 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra Concert- 6:30 pm in Theater
- Wednesday, Dec. 13th– Spartan 300 Reward
- Thursday, Dec. 14th– 6th Grade Orchestra Concert- 6:30 pm in Theater
- Friday, Dec. 15th– Drama Production- 7:00 pm in Theater
Have a wonderful week!
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
― Cassandra Clare
, Clockwork Angel
If you have not read these chapters in class, you will be expected to have read them by Monday. The links are below. Please note: You will be held accountable for the readings (HINT HINT)!
Chapter 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tSVIWeH3GE
Chapter 16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WecitNynfSk
Happy Halloween, Spartans!
This week we’re knee deep in Nancy Farmer’s incredible YA novel The House of the Scorpion. The story is getting more and more intense as our main character grows older and has to learn to deal with his circumstances. Matt is having to contend with his life as a clone and the interpersonal relationships between his friends and family and those who would do him harm.
Springboard Activities This Week
Student Holiday – Tuesday, November 7th
Multicultural Night – Thursday, November 9th
Have a stupendous week!
“Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”
― Elon Musk
Read HOTS Chapter 11 on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t9KQbdBoAA
Check the video description for the text. Read before Monday!
This week we’re getting into our class novel for Unit 2, Nancy Farmer’s excellent dystopian YA novel The House of the Scorpion. This book tells the story of a young boy who is the clone of a ruthless, tyrannical ruler. It ties in with our second unit, “The Challenge of Utopia” as we ask ourselves such essential question as “is a utopia possible” and “what can cause a dystopia to occur?” We’ll be comparing the world of our fiction to reality and doing a character study of the protagonist, Matt.
Springboard Activities This Week
Red Ribbon Week – Wednesday Oct 25th through Tuesday October 31st
Have a sensational week!
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Hopefully your Fall Break was a pleasant one! These two weeks are all about gearing up for and completing Embedded Assessment 2 (pg. 99 in the Springboard textbook).
In Week 9 students will be focusing on organization techniques, transitions, and the elements of an introduction all in the service of writing a better essay.
Week 10 is a jam packed one, focusing on drafting EA2 itself. Most of the week will be focused on that, so it is imperative that students do not miss classes. We will be drafting this essay entirely on the laptops, so there will also be some cursory education in Microsoft Word – it’s astounding how simple things in that elderly program can be so difficult to newbies! Luckily we’re all here to work through it together.
Additionally, I want to implore students and parents to come to Curriculum Night on October 10th. It will be a good time with prizes, snacks, and of course the ability to see what is actually going on within these hallowed halls.
Curriculum Night – Tuesday, October 10th @ 6:00 PM
PSAT Testing – Wednesday, October 11th
Early Release Day – Thursday, October 12th
Conference Week – Next Week!
Have a great week!
“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”
― Gerard Way