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Language Arts Update – November 11-15

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Grammar –Students will be testing over their unit on nouns.  8th grade will have their unit test on Wednesday, November 13th , 7th grade will have their unit test on Thursday, November 14th, and 6th grade will have their test on Monday, November 25th.    


Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 2 of their third book on Friday, November 15th.  Other deadlines are as follows:  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 will start on their second group reading – 6th grade will read, Flipped, 7th grade will read, Lord of the Flies, and 8th grade will begin a unit on the Holocaust by reading, Night.  Students will be assigned various projects throughout the reading and I will announce them as soon as they are assigned.


Group Reading – Scholastic – Students are testing over their last Scholastic magazine.  The tests include verb-tense consistency, possessive nouns, sentence fragments, apostrophes, run-on sentences, and easily confused words “then” and “than”.  They have started reading articles in their new issues and will continue with reading comprehension quizzes, understanding pronouns and antecedents, choosing the tense of indefinite pronouns, using commas correctly, quoting and paraphrasing, and removing extraneous information from a text.    


Writing – Students are working with their writing partners to identify required criteria in their imaginary narratives.  Students will focus on fully developing characters, maintaining consistency in their point-of-view, developing a detailed setting, selecting a clear conflict and carrying it throughout the story, organizing the story in a logical sequence, and creating an interesting plot. 


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 5 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. 


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