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What’s New in Language Arts? 3/23

6th Grade: 

This past week, students began their “Greek Times” newspaper spread assignment. Throughout the week, they completed readings, prewriting activities, and drafting for their first article, inspired by ancient Greek lore. As we move into next week, students will complete revision activities for their first article. They will also start planning and drafting for the second article they write based off of a different Greek myth they choose. Overall, I’ve seen some exceptionally creative and impressive work and I look forward to continue to see what they create.

 

Upcoming Due Dates:

3/23–article 1 rough draft due by end of day

3/24–article 1 revision activity/revised article due by end of day

3/25–article 2 planning sheet due (in Emergency Closure Plans document)

3/26–day one of two to draft; nothing due

3/27–day two of two to draft; article 2 rough draft due

 

 

7th Grade: 

Please note: Before the emergency closure, students had been working on a mock trial project. They completed all the preparatory materials, but they still need to deliver their arguments. I am currently looking into educational technologies like Zoom as a means of facilitating our mock trial, should the closure extend beyond the next week. Thanks so much for your patience and support!

This past week, seventh grade began their “Revolutionary Times” newspaper project. They read, researched, planned, and drafted for their first article on a Revolutionary War topic of their choice. Overall, I am incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of the articles I have seen! Next week, we will revise our first news-style article and then begin analyzing, planning, and writing editorials. I have/will be posting video lessons to assist students as they begin working on this new genre of writing. I also periodically pop into their drafts as they are working, providing feedback and encouragement when necessary.

I’m also looking into additional eplatforms for interacting with students and providing new content!

Upcoming Due Dates: 

3/23–article 1 revision activity/revised article due by end of day

3/24–read sample editorial and respond to questions (in Emergency Closure Plans document)

3/25–editorial 2 planning sheet due

3/26–day one of two to draft; nothing due

3/27–day two of two to draft; article 2 rough draft due

 

8th Grade: 

Please note–prior to the school closure, students had begun a partner project on persuasive writing. While we have put that project on pause for the time being, I am looking exploring options to facilitate partner work electronically should the school closure extend beyond next week. Thanks so much for your patience and support!

This past week, eighth grade began their “Cold War Times” newspaper spread project. The project entails creating a news-style article, an editorial, and an advertisement, inspired by the events and trends specific to the Cold War period.  At this time, students have already, read, researched, completed prewriting, and finished first a draft of their news article. As we move into next week, students will revise their news article as well as read and respond to sample editorials.

I have/will be posting video lessons to assist students as they begin working on this new genre of writing. I also periodically pop into their drafts as they are working, providing feedback and encouragement when necessary.

I’m also looking into additional eplatforms for interacting with students and providing new content!

 

Upcoming Due Dates:

3/23–article 1 revision activity/revised article due by end of day

3/24–read sample editorial and respond to questions (in Emergency Closure Plans document)

3/25–editorial 2 planning sheet due

3/26–day one of two to draft; nothing due

3/27–day two of two to draft; article 2 rough draft due