Students have filled in progress forms for English. All assignments and marks from the past couple of months have been recorded on this form. Parents are asked to please sign this form and return it to school. Thanks!
We have started another round of literature circles, and I am looking forward to some interesting class discussions. Please see the calendar for due dates and enjoy the books!
Students are currently writing and preparing speeches that will be presented in class during the first week of February. Students were also given the choice of creating a Powerpoint presentation for the class instead of a formal speech.
If parents could work with students at home to help practice and refine their speeches, this would be helpful. Students tend to get nervous and when they are more familiar with the material, the nerves tend to subside a bit.
There are a wide variety of interesting topics being covered, and I am looking forward to being informed and entertained by the students!
Students have been busy reading novels and completing literature circle activities and discussions. We've had some great group discussions. Overall, students have really enjoyed their novels.
Some novels that have been very well received (and could make good Christmas gifts) are:
The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis
Run - Eric Walters
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie - Jordan Sonnenblick
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne
Maus - Art Spiegelman
Students are honouring Remembrance Day by writing poems and exploring news articles from Canada Remembers Times.
Poetry Contest entry forms are being made available to students who wish to enter their poem in the Legion Literary Contest. Please encourage your children to participate.
Students have filled out a progress form with their current English marks. Parents are to sign this form and return it to school this week.
Both grade 7 and 8 students are currently working on a CASI reading assessment. All work will be completed in class. This assessment is a great resource for measuring students' level of reading comprehension.
Throughout the year, I will be posting assignment due dates and other important information on this webpage in order to help keep parents and students informed.
We have gotten off to a good start, and I'm looking forward to a great year!