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Language Arts Update – January 20 – 24

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Grammar –Students are completing a study of verb tenses.  Students have an understanding of past, present, and future tense verbs:  past and present participles:  past and present progressive; and past, present and future progressive tenses.  Students will be testing over verb tenses – 7th grade will test on Thursday, January 23rd, 6th and 8th grades will test on Tuesday, January 28th.    


Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 3 of their third book on Friday, January 24th .  Other deadlines are as follows:  Reading Goal 4 due on Friday, January 31st , End of Book Form – Option 1 or 2 – Intro. Book Form for Book 4 due on Friday, February 7th .


Group Reading – novel –Students are continuing 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 are completing comprehension tests, group discussions, identifying various forms of figurative language, and understanding themes found in each.


Group Reading – Scholastic – Students are reading a new Scholastic magazine.  This magazine will cover when and how to use colons correctly, using parentheses correctly, pronouns and antecedents and making them agree in tense, subject and verb agreement, and the easily confused words who and whom.  Students will also read several articles and complete reading comprehension quizzes over each.    


Writing – Students have been writing business and friendly letters and are now working on descriptive writing.  Each grade will be creating menus and will be presenting before their class.  Students will also have the opportunity to create one of the items from their menu to share with classmates.  Sixth and Eighth grade will present on Thursday, January 24th – food items may be brought in on Friday, January 25th.  Seventh grade will present on Wednesday, January 29th – food items may be brought in on Friday, January 31st


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 beginning Unit 7 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  Brian Raybourne.  Idiom dictionaries are available in my room if students need ideas.


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


Mrs. Roberts




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