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January 6-9, 2020

January 5, 2020 by Amy O'Flaherty

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a fun, relaxing holiday break. I had a wonderful time with family and friends, but I’m always looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Please remember to turn in PE logs ASAP. If you are not taking PE for an elective the log is due this week, as the semester ends on January 9th. Students who don’t turn in a log will receive a Fail for PE on their report card. If your child is taking PE they don’t need to turn in a log.

Parents, please remind your kiddos of the retake policy in my class (I remind them weekly, but tag teaming never hurts!). Basically, students may retake any quiz or test in any subject I teach, and may make corrections to, or rewrite ANY writing assignment. I will give them the highest score. This has to be done within 3 days of receiving the grade, and a retake has to be done during lunch, and must be initiated by the student. In other words, the kids have to email me and ask for a retake. I am in my room during lunch every day and am happy to work with their schedules. I have a few students taking advantage of this often, but there are many who could benefit. I know 8th graders enjoy off campus lunch, but any student who isn’t in good academic standing will lose that privilege.

This week in class:

7th Grade ELA–We will continue reading Two Miserable Presidents. Students will use the text to answer evidence based questions and provide answers using the READ strategy. We will look at current events from the past few weeks and read about them and develop constructed responses and opinions. In writing, students will complete an unassisted argumentative assignment. They will read a story, then develop an argumentative essay around a prompt.

8th Grade ELA–Continue with Two Miserable Presidents. We are starting the Civil War in projects, so I will read this with students to help supplement what they learn with Miss Rosario. Students will be asked to think critically about the events of the Civil War, as well as develop analyses about why the war was fought, and the impact that certain events had on the war (like the election of 1860). In writing we will begin looking at narrative writing techniques and start our first narrative of the year–a personal narrative!

Projects: We will start studying the Civil War this week. Students will recap the causes (learned before break) and specifics about the different sides (Union VS Confederacy). There is no vocabulary test with this unit, but students will be showing knowledge of causes, people, places, etc. through their 3D map project they will be completing!