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Language Arts Update – November 4-8

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Grammar –6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be wrapping up their unit on nouns.  8th grade will have their unit test on Wednesday, November 13th and 7th grade will have their unit test on Thursday, November 14th.  A 6th grade test has not been scheduled yet.     


Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 1 of their third book on Friday, November 8th.  Other deadlines are as follows:  Reading Goal 2 due on Friday, November 15, Reading Goal 3 due on Friday, November 22, Reading Goal 4 due on Friday, December 6th, End of Book Form – Option 1 or 2 – Intro. Book Form for Book 4 due on Friday, December 13th.


Group Reading – novel – All grades will be completing their Literature projects and will begin presenting them and watching the movie (if applicable).  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 read a narrative nonfiction article, recognize and identify cause and effect, compare and contrast texts, and use a graphic organizer.  Students will also review pronoun/antecedent agreement, non-essential clauses and how to punctuate them correctly, paraphrasing, using quotations properly, and eliminating irrelevant information.  Students will read a variety of articles and complete reading comprehension quizzes over the content.    


Writing – Students will be completing a rough draft of their imaginary narrative.  They will be working with their partner to complete the writing.


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 Unit 4 will complete exercises where students will write definitions, complete sentences, identify synonyms and antonyms, select the correct word from various options, and use the vocabulary in context.  8th grade will have a test over Unit 4 on Thursday, November 7th, 7th grade will have a test over Unit 4 on Friday, November 8th and 6th grade will have a test over Unit 4 on Wednesday, November 6th.


Idiom of the Week – One student per week is drawn to create a “literal idiom”.  This week’s student is Julia Hutt.  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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