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Week Twenty-Five : February 24-27

February 23, 2020 by Shayna Byrd

Parent Conferences – 

I wanted to give everyone a heads up on parent conferences that will take place next Friday. This time around they will be student led, which means you don’t need to worry about signing up for conference times. Just show up and be sure to bring your kiddo in. They will share their accomplishments and goals with you at that time. Of course I will be here as well for any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.  I will be here Friday, February 28th from 7:30-2:00. If you can’t make it during that day, please let me know and we will set us something different. 

7th Grade ELA- We are already nearly half way through The Outsiders and things are moving quickly. The conversations this group has about the elements of the story continue to fascinate me.  I am impressed at how well the kids feed off each other’s ideas and thoughts and are willing to share their own so willingly. The Paideia Seminar is going to be so fun to listen to! 

8th Grade ELA – Three more chapters in To Kill a Mockingbird will be read this week. The discussion topics this book has brought to the front line have led to very complex and involved conversations. I love how well this group talks to each other while using habits of discussion and specific points in the novel to support their thoughts. 

Projects – This week in projects we are continuing on with our Gilded Age studies touching base on urbanization, mass culture, and the Jim Crow south. With urbanization, the class will learn about people who moved to the cities during the late 19th century, their motives for coming, the impact of growing urban areas on the economy and society, as well as socio-political groups that were created to help the urban poor.  We will also check in with the American pop culture phenomena like Coca-Cola, amusement parks, major league baseball, and the motion picture changed the country forever. On THURSDAY, we will be taking this unit’s vocabulary test. Please remind your kiddo to study their words, which are always available in their Google Classroom and Quizlet.