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Monthly Class Update

  • Essential Question: How Does Resilience Influence Success?

    4thQuarter Essential Sub Question: How Does Perseverance Impact Resilience?


    ELA:  For the 4thquarter, students will enjoy reading and analyzing Rocket Boys.  This novel is a memoir of a NASA engineer who grew up in a mining town in West Virginia during the 1950s and tells the story of his journey of self-discovery and achieving impossible goals while forging his own path to adulthood. To begin this novel study, students will complete a group research project and presentation that will provide both historical and social context to guide them in understanding the novel. After completing the presentations on April 25th, students will engage in student-led Socratic discussions about this amazing book.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who has not read it—I consider this novel one of my top 10 books I’ve ever read—if you’d like to check out a copy, please let me know and I’ll make sure you get a copy to read along with your child.  Students will continue their on-going vocabulary-building and literary device activities.  Topping off course requirements is the quarterly independent reading expectations.  Students will read a choice novel, a memoir, and a resilience piece. For each reading, students are to complete one page in their reader’s notebook to creatively share what they read.



    GT Challenges:  Throughout the majority of this quarter, students will continue their work on the Swope GT Magnet iconic College Project.  Look forward to lots of excitement, nervousness, and conversations as your child begins to set some serious goals about what they want to accomplish in high school and beyond.  For the month of April, students are writing a researched analysis of their university including the university’s history and traditions, admissions requirements, financial commitments, student life, and academic reputation.  While ultimately writing the equivalent of five (5) pages of a traditional research paper, students will be using the Microsoft Sway program to include multi-media to enhance their writing argument.  Use the opportunity of this project to start having conversations with your child about your experiences with higher education and what you hope for your child. 


    Please put Monday, May 20that 6:00 p.m. on your family calendar—your child will be introducing themselves to their high school teachers, counselors, and administrators as they share their research and commit to their high school goals.  This evening event will also include Team Stanford’s (our 8thgrade cohort) awards presentations.  All of the festivities should be completed by 7:30 p.m.


    The Reno High School Honor English Entrance Exam will be offered here at Swope on Wednesday, April 17that 1:30.  Additional testing times are the following week on Tuesday, April 23rdand Thursday, April 25that Reno High School.  I highly recommend that all our Magnet students take this exam and enroll in Honors English next Fall.  Students will need to have a hard copy of their essay to turn in as they enter the exam.  Students have the information letter with all the specific details about this exam on Google Classroom or feel free to email me with any questions you might have.


    Please refer to our class website, https://www.washoeschools.net/jhoyfor more information.  Feel free to email me at any time with any questions you might have.  You may also follow me on Twitter @HoyEnglish.

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