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What’s New in Language Arts? 3/9

6th Grade: 

This past week, students learned and practiced effective strategies for beginning narratives. They also had time to start writing their twisted fairy tale drafts with their partners. This next week, students will complete their drafts.  As students write, they will also participate in a number of mini-lessons designed to help reinforce effective narrative writing skills like integrating sensory details and using transitions. Time permitting, we will also conduct our peer review next week.

 

Upcoming Due Dates:

3/11–Twisted fairy tale first drafts due

 

7th Grade: 

This past week, students began preparing for their Nuremberg mock trial simulation.  This unit focuses on students’ ability to articulate convincing arguments using supporting evidence to back up their claims. This topic was carefully chosen to compliment what students’ are learning across the curriculum and to help reinforce their understanding of The Diary of Anne Frank, which they are reading in literature. As we begin next week, students will work in their assigned teams to build their cases, using evidence from the evidence packet. We will also discuss and begin preparing counter arguments for the trial simulation.

Upcoming Due Dates: 

TBA

 

8th Grade: 

This past week, students brushed up on their persuasive writing skills by writing and performing sales pitches with partners. Next week, we will begin our next writing project–persuasive writing brochures. For this project, students will work with a partner to write content for and design brochures highlighting local high schools for the purpose of persuading readers to consider attending. To kick  off this unit, we will begin by analyzing the content and organization of example persuasive brochures. Students will also learn about effective persuasive writing strategies and begin prewriting/planning their content/design.

Upcoming Due Dates:

TBA