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What We’re Learning in Language Arts: 10/11

Welcome back to our language arts page. This week I have some especially exciting news to share!

This Week in Ms. Dusek’s Language Arts

8th grade:
After learning about mood and tone, the eighth grade students completed their first digital composition–a multimedia narrative to accompany their “This I Believe” essay. Students have the opportunity to share their pieces on movie day next week to earn extra credit points and exhibit their work. We have also begun to cover the grammar concepts from unit 8 in students’ Writer’s Choice books, regarding sentence types and sentence structure. Making Meaningful Connections: Consider asking your child to share their “This I Believe” essay with you and talk about some of the pictures they incorporated into their multimedia project.

 

7th grade:
Seventh grade completed unit 8 from their Writer’s Choice books, regarding sentence types and sentence structure. To demonstrate their knowledge, they composed and performed grammar raps and completed an illustration activity where they depicted the four types of sentences–declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. Students will have a comprehensive quiz on these topics next week on Wednesday. Then, we will continue with the DAR historical fiction writing contest! Students will be writing three consecutive diary entries or letters from the point of view of a pilgrim who has arrived in New England on the Mayflower.  This week in class, students drew information from historical profiles to begin creating and outlining their own historically inspired fictional character. Making Meaningful Connections: Consider asking your child to share the character they are working on with you and explain the choices that they made.

6th grade:
Sixth grade completed unit 8 from their Writer’s Choice books, regarding sentence types and sentence structure. To demonstrate their knowledge, they composed and performed grammar raps and completed an illustration activity where they depicted the four types of sentences–declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. We have also practiced writing skills for consumer fair including writing a hypothesis and procedure and using evidence in writing. Next week, students will learn more about the research process using effective keywords, finding credible articles, and citing research. Making Meaningful Connections: Consider asking your child to share their consumer fair procedure with you. Ask them to explain how they chose their topic and how they plan to test or measure how well consumers like their product.