Writing Focus (posted by Cori Teeple; 01/03/17)
6th, 7th, and 8th Grades
Writing studies have centered on well-developed paragraphs, fictional narrative essays, and constructed responses (short answers). Focus will shift to compare and contrast, argumentative, and other objective, technical writing activities. While fictional narratives developed students' ability to plan, draft, edit, revise, and publish fiction with original characters and plots, the new focus will shift from a personal and creative narrator to an objective, impersonal narrator. Students will use word choice, tone, sentence fluency, and other methods to demonstrate their ability to objectively examine, analyze, and report their findings. Additional studies will include essay structure and a continued emphasis on work choice and sentence fluency.

Grammar Focus (posted by Cori Teeple; 01/03/17)
6th, 7th, 8th Grades
All classes have studied completed sentences, sentence structures, identifying the subject(s) and predicate(s) in a sentence, identify independent vs. dependent clauses, and capitalization rules. Capitalization rules will be reviewed, tested, and applied to writing for the remainder of the school year. The focus will shift to punctuation and agreement beginning in January.

Reading Focus (posted by Cori Teeple; 01/03/17)
6th Grade
Students read mythology and selection from Homer's epic The Odyssey. Studies include author background, historical context, analyzing text for theme and main idea, using the STEAL method to analyze characters, making predictions, and exploring the hero's journey.
7th Grade
Students read Call of the Wild, a fictional story about a dog during the Gold Rush frenzy at the end of the 19th Century. Studies include author background, historical context, analyzing text for theme, predicting vocabulary using context clues, determining characterization (using STEAL and other methods), making predictions, reading comprehension, and exploring the idea of civilization vs. the wild.
8th Grade
Students read Animal Farm, an allegorical metaphor for the Russian Revolution. Studies include an introduction to the author, historical context, allegorical fable, predicting vocabulary using context clues, making predictions, identifying rhetoric, analyzing text for tone vs. mood, propaganda types and uses, theme, characterization, types of and uses for irony.

Introduce Yourself! (posted by Cori Teeple; 08/24/16)
Students will complete an Introduce Yourself PointPoint project to begin the year. A template is posted under downloads, so be sure to download and save that to your Office 365 files before you start to work. In addition, you can find the instructions you received in hard copy also posted under downloads. Remember that the instructions include the all-important rubric for this project, which you will need to use to guide and grade your work. Then, you will submit the rubric to me, graded and in hard copy, on the due date (Wednesday 31 August 2016).
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