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Language Arts Update – September 30 – October 4

Grammar – 7th and 8th grade students will start looking at all of the different types of nouns, how to determine the type they are, and how to punctuate them correctly in writing.   6th grade be discussing compound subjects and predicates as well as simple and compound sentences.

Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 2 of their second reading on Thursday, October 3rd.  The dates for other goals are as follows:  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 test over the first Scope magazine on Tuesday, October 1st.  Students will continue reading their second magazine.

Writing – Students will begin writing imaginary narratives.  Students are currently creating their major character, and will create a character sketch.  Students will also begin creating a problem/solution scenario to include in their story, and will learn how to create tone and mood in their writing.  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.

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 Joseph Cullen.  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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