Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed some time with family and friends! I’m excited to hear about the class’s adventures and get back to a little more of a daily schedule. It turns out the my little Byrd family is really good at living the vacation life! =)
One Quick Announcement –
Please remember to turn in PE logs ASAP. The semester ends on Thursday, January 9th – If you are not taking PE for an elective, the log is due this week! Students who don’t turn in a log will receive a Fail for PE on their report card. However, if your child is taking PE for their elective, they do not need to turn in a log.
7th ELA – This week in reading, we are continuing on with our class book, Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War. We will work on getting back in the groove of answering questions connected to the text with evidence and analysis. The 7th grade class will also complete an unassisted argumentative essay this week. They will first read an excerpt from a play about a boy who is afraid of the sea. Students will take notes as they read., then write an argumentative essay on whether or not the main character overcomes his fear over the course of the play.
8th ELA – With the new year comes a new form of writing. This quarter the class will eventually write their own narratives where they will develop an essay about real experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. This first week we are reviewing what goes into making a narrative with discussing the three types and parts of narratives, point of view, as well as rules for paragraphs. The class will also continue working on our class book, Two Miserable Presidents. They are doing so well with reflecting back on key characters, places, and events with their R.E.A.D strategy responses.
Projects – This week we will begin studying the Civil War in projects! The class will start by reflecting back on what we learned before winter break about the causes of the Civil War. We will check in on how the Union and the Confederacy differed, and who had a definite advantage going into the Civil War. The class will also analyze primary source quotes about why people fought in the Civil War, then evaluate reasons for fighting and write their own opinion. I’m looking forward to this unit and the project as a whole!