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Monthly Class Update

  • Essential Question: How Does Resilience Influence Success?

    3rdQuarter Essential Sub Question: How Does Imbalance Require Resilience?


    ELA:  For the 3rd quarter, students will enjoy a focused literature study of books related to World War I and World War II to complement their work in Social Studies.  Students will self-select three books from the Magnet World War Novel Study Library, one from World War I, one from World War II, and one from the Holocaust, to read and discuss with their classmates. All of the novel study options are published on the class website along with brief descriptions of the books’ storylines.   Students will engage in student-led discussions with others reading the same book.   Upon completing the readings, students will collaborate with their groups on a culminating project that will bring together the various themes, novel structures, and lessons of all the books. As always, I encourage you to read these books along with your child; please let me know if you’d like me to send an extra book home so that you can read the books with your child.  Students will also continue their Literary Device quest and vocabulary building activities. Topping off course requirements is the quarterly independent reading (I have encouraged students to proactively read over the Winter Break to start the quarter strong with some serious extra credit points!). Students will read a choice novel, a 20th/21stcentury War novel (can be either fiction or non-fiction), and a resilience piece. 


    GT Challenges:  After a successful and fun career based PBLU, students will return their focus to developing their writer’s notebooks and will create a writing piece based on something they have written in their writer’s notebook.  Students will also begin working on a ‘Passion Project’ to further develop their public speaking skills.  


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    8thgrade GT Magnet students will be going on a field trip on Monday, March 4th (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) to The University of Nevada, Reno and will participate in a ‘Prospective Student’ tour of the campus along with some other activities as part of our kick-off of the annual College Project PBLU.  We will need parent chaperones for this fun and interesting field trip.  Please contact Mrs. Hoy at jhoy@washoeschools.net if you are willing to help us on this day. 

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