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Week Nineteen – January 13-16

January 12, 2020 by Shayna Byrd

We’ve made it! We’re officially halfway through the school year! This week begins semester two and the third quarter. We’ll send home report cards on Thursday afternoon along with their MAPS family report. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please remember that next Monday, January 20th is Martin Luther King Jr day and therefore we will not have school.

7th & 8th Reading – This week we’re moving on with Steve Sheinkin’s Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War. The kids have been doing an excellent job with this book and totally using it’s stories to connect to the ideas, individuals and events that they are learning about in their social studies project block. I am impressed with the questions and overall concerns that they have with the state our country was during the Civil War time period.

7th Writing – This week we are brainstorming ideas for our first narrative essay. Eventually they will each write about their favorite mistake that will take their readers through an event that has personally occurred and have learned a lesson from.

8th Writing – 8th graders are also working on narrative essays this week. These guys are a little further along and should be finishing up this week. They are working on one single emotional experience (5-10 minutes of time), using logical ordering of events with a beginning, middle, and end. Their story will be written in first person point of view, with personal dialogue, lively verbs, sensory and descriptive language.

Social Studies – This week we’ll continue on with the Civil War background knowledge. The main points of focus will consist of the different perspectives of the war, the Emancipation proclamation, Gettysburg and Lincoln’s assassination. The final project is pretty cool, eventually teams of two will work to create a huge topographical map of the US depicting the Civil War time period.