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Language Arts Update – Feb. 10th – 14th

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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.  This will be a two week study with a comprehensive test following – 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 Reading Goal 1 on Thursday, February 13th.  Other assignment dates are as follows:  Reading Goal 2 is due on Friday, February 21st,;Reading Goal 3 is due on Friday, February 28th,;Reading Goal 4 is due on Friday, March 7th; End of Book Form, Option 1 or 2, and Introductory Book Form is due on Thursday, March 13th.


Group Reading – novel –Students are continuing their second group reading.  Eighth grade students have recently completed the novel, Night, and will  be using the novel to discuss figurative language, denotation and connotation, analogies, and will test over comprehension on Tuesday, February 18th.  Sixth grade will be testing over Flipped on Wednesday, February 12th.  Seventh grade students are exploring symbolism in Lord of the Flies.  Eighth graders will begin reading another book dealing with the Holocaust – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys soon. 


Group Reading – Scholastic – Students are finishing their current Scholastic magazine this week.  This magazine allows 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 look at the elements of dramatic writing, and they will create their own One Act play using these elements.  They have recently completed writing Thank  you notes and Invitations.


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  Claire Wehby.  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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