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Week Twenty-Three : February 18-21

February 18, 2020 by Shayna Byrd

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone enjoyed our extra day off to spend some time with your family, celebrating Presidents Day!

Reminder from the Front Office-
The front parking lot is NOT a drop off zone. Again, please do NOT drop students off in the front parking lot. -Thanks!

7th Grade ELA – We started our next novel last week, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. This is one of my all time favorite books and I have hyped it up quite a bit. I hope that they enjoy it as much as I think they will. Last week teams began character portraits and descriptions in small groups. In writing, the class will work on focusing on figurative language and some grammar exercises in No Red Ink.

8th Grade ELA – To Kill a Mockingbird has commenced! We’re moving quickly and already have a solid grasp of the characters and setting that make up this remarkable novel. The class has been doing well with their daily chapter summaries and notes that will come in handy when we begin researching for our Paideia Seminar at the end of the book. We have also been spending some time diving into a variety of comprehension checks where the students are asked to dig deeper and really analyze the texts, characters, and setting.

Projects – In social studies this week, we are continuing to move through topics of the Gilded Age. This week the class will get a bit more information about workers and labor unions and the problems that plagued them with the rise of industrialization. We will also spend a day studying the various immigrants that came to America in the late 19th and early 20th century, including where they came from, their motivations for coming, and where they entered. Then, on Thursday, we should be into the factors that led to the rise of the urban political machines and the efforts to expose this corruption and reform city politics.