Language Arts Update – March 31 – April 4
Grammar – Sixth grade will be learning about comparative and superlative adjectives. They are completing their unit on Adjectives and will test soon – dates will be announced. Seventh graders are learning to identify and use phrases, and various types of clauses (noun, adverbial and adjective). Eighth grade will look at various types of essay questions and how to answer them effectively.
Independent Reading – Students will turn in Reading Goal 2 on Friday, April 4th. Other due dates are as follows: Reading Goal 3 – Friday, April 11th, Reading Goal 4 – Wednesday, April 16th, End of book form/Option 1or 2 and Introductory Form on Friday, April 25th.
Group Reading – novel –Students are continuing their second group reading. Eighth grade students have started reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. They are continuing their study of the Holocaust. Sixth grade has started reading Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. Seventh grade students are exploring symbolism and allegory in Lord of the Flies.
Writing – Seventh and Eighth grade students have started research papers. They have chosen topics, formulated questions and statements from the topics, researched topics and they are beginning to organize their preliminary outlines. They will continue researching – adding note and source cards soon. Sixth graders are finishing up research on persuasive speeches and will be presenting their speeches in class soon! All grades will begin a poetry unit during the month of April.
Journals – In addition to writing journals, students are using journal time to review grammar concepts, complete short reading comprehension quizzes, and work on subject and verb agreement.
Vocabulary – Students will begin Unit 8 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 – Students are drawn each week to create a “literal idiom”. This week’s students are: Sarah Gautsch, John Cassman, Danielle Rosselli and Nicholas Crump. Idiom dictionaries are available in my room if students need ideas.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.