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Language Arts Update – February 3-7

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Grammar –Students will continue a unit on pronouns.  We will discuss personal pronouns, subject and object pronouns, pronouns and antecedents (and making them agree), possessive and indefinite pronouns, reflexive and intensive pronouns, and interrogative and demonstrative pronouns.  A comprehensive test will be given after completion of the unit -all test dates will be published, written in agendas, and posted on the testing calendar in the middle school hallway.    

Independent Reading    Students will turn in End of Book forms, Option 1 or 2, and Introductory Book Form on Friday, February 7th.  Other due dates are as follows:  Reading goal 1 – Thursday, February 13th; Reading goal 2 – Friday, February 21st; Reading goal 3 – Friday, February 28th; Reading goal 4 – Friday, March 7th; End of Book Form, Option 1 or 2, and Introductory Book form – Friday, March 14th.

Group Reading – novel –.  Eighth grade students have recently completed the novel, Night, and will be working in groups to review through comprehension questions, they will also be using the novel to discuss figurative language, denotation and connotation, analogies, and will test on Monday, February 10th .  Sixth grade students are nearing the completion of Flipped and will take a reading comprehension test on Wednesday, February 12th.  Seventh grade students are exploring symbolism in Lord of the Flies and will  continue working on their masks this week.  Students are using color symbolism to reflect the “mask” they present to the world and the “mask” they are at home.  Eighth graders will begin reading another book dealing with the Holocaust – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys soon. 

Group Reading – Scholastic – Students are continuing to complete December’s edition of  Scholastic’s Scope magazine.  This magazine will allow students to read various articles of narrative non-fiction, drama, argument essays and paired texts (informational text and folk tales).  Students will complete comprehension questions on articles read and will also cover how to maintain verb tense consistency, how to vary sentence structure, how to eliminate ramblers and run-ons, and how to distinguish between the easily confused words you’re/your and number/amount.

Writing :  Students will write formal and informal invitations.  They will also understand how to write a Thank You note to send after a job interview.

Journals – For the next few weeks, journals will be replaced with worksheets covering easily confused words.  Students will recognize the difference (and how to use them correctly) in the following:  there/their/they’re, lose/loose; loss/lost; to/too/two; and it’s/its.  Students will also be completing various reading comprehension exercises.

Vocabulary – Students will continue Unit 7 and 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  Emma Cassman.  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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