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What’s New in Language Arts? 5/18

6th Grade

This previous week, students concluded their study of their unit 12 vocab words by completing vocab menu activities and the unit 12 test. They also completed a graphic organizer planning out their oral history article and began drafting. As we move into next week, sixth graders will finish drafting their oral histories, revise their drafts, and begin their study of unit 13 words.

*Students may still earn points for late work. However, I ask that any student submitting work after the deadline, email me to notify me of their submission, so that I know to check their work and update their grade.

 

Upcoming Due Dates:

5/18– unit 13 illustrated dictionary (10 words)

5/19–rough draft of oral history due; weekly Zoom

5/20–Wellness Wednesday!

5/21–begin revision activities

5/22–revised oral history due

7th Grade

We concluded this previous week with a unit 12 vocab test. Students also spent time drafting and revising their initial arguments for the upcoming virtual debates. I hope the students are as excited for the debates as I am. I have created a dedicated class blog so that next week, we can share our arguments and provide feedback to peers. To ensure the safety and privacy of all students, I am the only person with permission to post on the class blog page. As we begin next week, students will review their unit 13 words as well as respond to peers’ arguments for the virtual debate. We will have hold an optional Zoom for students who would like to discuss the debate topic in real-time, as well.

*Students may still earn points for late work. However, I ask that any student submitting work after the deadline, email me to notify me of their submission.

 

Upcoming Due Dates: 

5/18– begin unit 13 illustrated dictionary

5/19– complete unit 13 illustrated dictionary (all 20 words); weekly Zoom

5/20–Wellness Wednesday!

5/21– respond to one peer; OPTIONAL debate Zoom

5/22– respond to one peer


8th Grade

We concluded this previous week with our unit 12 vocab test. Students also completed their initial drafts of arguments for their virtual debate and responded to peers. To help simulate our online debate, students shared their thoughts on our class debate blog. If you’d like to read their arguments and reflections, click here!

As graduation quickly approaches, we will participate in a St. Cletus tradition–writing graduation speeches. I am incredibly honored to facilitate this writing project and even more excited to share that junior high teachers will vote to select the two speeches that best represent what it means to be a Cardinal. These speeches will be commemorated in the 2020 graduation pamphlet. Next week, we will listen to and analyze notable commencement speeches. Then, students will brainstorm and draft their own pieces.

*Students may still earn points for late work. However, I ask that any student submitting work after the deadline, email me to notify me of their submission.

 

Upcoming Due Dates:

5/18– introduce assignment; read student models and respond to questions

5/19–graduation speech brainstorm; weekly Zoom

5/20–Wellness Wednesday!

5/21–drafting for graduation speeches

5/22–graduation speeches due