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Language Arts Update – Sept. 23 – 27

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Grammar – 7th and 8th grade students will complete a review over Unit 1.  Students will take a review quiz over kinds of sentences, sentence fragments, simple and complete subjects and predicates, compound subjects and predicates, and simple and compound sentences.  6th grade will resume grammar on September 30th discussing compound subjects and predicates as well as simple and compound sentences.


Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 1 of their second reading on Friday, September 27th.  The dates for other goals are as follows:  Goal 2 – Thursday, October 3, Goal 3 – Thursday, October 17th, Goal 4 – Friday, October 25th, End of book form, Option 1 or 2 and Introductory Form for Book 3 – Friday, November 1st.  Students have also marked these days in their planners.


Group Reading – novel – All grades will continue to work on Understanding Characters – Literature Project I.  Students are using textual evidence to draw the character and will then provide proof of that evidence using page numbers and direct quotes from the book.  Students will also begin forming their own opinions about character traits, and will begin backing their opinions with textual evidence.  All classes will continue reading their chosen book  as a class and will complete reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, and other activities associated with the book, (6th grade – War Horse, 7th grade – After Ever After, and 8th grade – The Outsiders).


Group Reading – Scholastic – Students will focus on easily confused words then and than.  Students will read the article, “Malala the Powerful”, about a 15 year-old girl who stood up to a deadly terrorist group.  Using this article, students will understand tone and mood, quiz on reading comprehension, and discuss central ideas and supporting details.  Students will also work on verb-tense consistency, ramblers and run-ons, apostrophes, and sentence fragments as they correct errors in the article, “The Curse of the Hope Diamond”


Writing – Students will use rubrics to grade their own personal narratives before turning them into me to be graded.  All of the writings will be judged and the top three winners and five honorable mentions from each category of writing we do this year will be published in a book at the end of the year.  Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will be competing.  Students will begin creating an imaginative narrative.


Journals – Students will continue to write daily using prompts they are given in class.  I will share these (with student permission) every so often.


Vocabulary – Students are completing exercises to review Units 1-3 in Vocabulary. 


Idiom of the Week – One student per week is drawn to create a “literal idiom”.  This week’s student is Alison Gerstner.  Idiom dictionaries are available in my room if students need ideas.


Fact or Opinion – Students will be distinguishing between factual statements and opinion statements each day in class.  Students will keep a weekly list that will be entered into a drawing at the end of the week (assuming all answers are correct).


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Mrs. Roberts




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