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November 18-21

November 17, 2019 by Amy O'Flaherty

Families, our annual student council pajama drive is underway! Please, if you’re able, send in a pair of new pajamas to donate to a child in our community. We need all sizes (infant to large sizes for older teens). We will collect pajamas until December 6th. Thanks so much for all of your support!

There are many students who are not turning in weekly reading logs. This is resulting in students earning zeroes for weekly homework, which consistently negatively impacts grades. Please keep up to date on Infinite Campus and let me know if you have any questions.

This week in class:

7th Grade Language Arts–Students will finish their projects on The Girl Who Drank the Moon. They’ve worked hard on these, and they are learning how to think deeply about plot elements and other parts of narrative fiction. In writing they will keep working on their argumentative essays. These are moving slowly, but students are working hard on formatting and organizing papers according to their thesis statements.

8th Grade Language Arts–We will finish The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this week. Students are working to recognize the author’s use of duality in this novella, as well as make connections between the characters. The language Robert Louis Stevenson uses in this novella is difficult at first, and students have done such a great job figuring out author’s intention here. In writing students will finish rough drafts (at least) of argumentative essays. We will practice in text citations in order to prepare for high school, where it will be mandatory.

Projects–Endangered species projects are due this week. Students have work in groups of 3 to develop a plan of conservation for a chosen endangered species. They will present their plans on Thursday, and our class (Congress) will vote to approve one to move forward!

Homework: Fill out weekly reading logs after 20 minutes of reading.