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Quarterly Class Update

  • Welcome Back to school!!!!  I'm so glad you are in my class this year.  I have a lot planned for all the students and I can't wait to get going!  The over-arching theme for 8th grade is Resilience.

     

    8th Grade English/Language Arts:

    Students will begin a year of reading each day by reading a Civil War short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" and a variety of poems about the Civil War.  Following this, students will read Richard Peck's The River Between Us before moving onto the autobiographical narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  Meanwhile, students will pursue their own choices via their independent reading assignment and will read a novel of choice, a Civil War novel and a piece of writing that has a message of resilience.  Students will also begin a yearlong study of literary devices.

     

    8th Grade GT Challenges:

    In GT Challenges, students will collectively read Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir to learn from one of America's great authors how to develop great writing ideas from their writer's notebook.  Students will present writer's notebook activities to their classmates based on what they learn from this interesting cross between a writer's how-to book and a memoir of Stephen King's life.  Students will also take their Fall MAPS tests the second week of school.  Upon completion of the Stephen King project, students will work for the remainder of the quarter on an in-depth, fully researched cause and effect essay.

     

     

    7th Grade GT Challenges: 

    In GT Challenges, students will collectively explore the fundamentals of essay writing and construct what a good essay should include and determine expectations for essay writing throughout the magnet.  Students will present writer's notebook activities to their classmates based on what they learn and discover through this collaborative process while getting to know their classmates.  Students will also take their Fall MAPS tests the second week of school.  Upon completion of the essay fundamentals project, students will work for the remainder of the quarter on an in-depth, fully researched compare and contrast essay.

     

    Please follow me on Twitter @HoyEnglish to get updates on what transpires in N-7!  You can also follow Swope MS @Swope_MS for schoolwide information.

     

    Please contact me any time you have any questions, concerns or ideas regarding what your child is learning in N-7.

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