After a few training sessions, and a bit of practice, I think I’m officially ready to present MY FIRST OFFICIAL BLOG POST OF 2015-2016. YAY!
8th Grade English is off to a strong start! It must have something to do with the amazing students at ISM!! While much of the first few weeks involve setting up expectations for the year, we still managed to start embracing the wonders of what English has to offer. Currently, students are focusing on key literary terms through the reading and analysis of various short stories. Over the past week, we have read the short stories Charles and Eleven. Within these stories, we focused specifically on plot, conflict, character analysis, voice and tone. Next week, we will begin reviewing and discussing the Metacognitive Reading Strategies.
We have begun to set up our writing notebooks in preparation for the start of Writer’s Workshop next week. Students will be writing about small moments in their life, which will be the base for their cumulative writing piece this quarter, a personal memoir.
Students have also gone over the outside reading expectations for the quarter. The current requirement is 20 pages a night, followed by a weekly journal entry reflecting on what they read that week.
Well I think that is all for now! I can’t believe we are finishing up our 3rd week of school already! I hope everyone enjoys their 3 day weekend and I looki forward to meeting everyone at Open House next Thursday!
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”