How we’ve Transformed!

   The Transformation Unit has kicked off to a great start! The students have immersed themselves in getting to know their favorite poet by examining and breaking down the components of the poem that has captured their interest. Their use of Brain Frames have assisted them in deciding what quotes would best describe the theme of their poem. This would later reinforce their knowledge, when they start their poetic expository writing.

    And before the year (2016) ends, their Final Task is to fashion a poem of their own, based on the novel that they had previously chosen. It shall be displayed in class where students can view their classmates’ work. We call it the ‘Poetry Walk’. It showcases the artist’s visualization and description of their poem with the appropriate picture/s or maybe even a collage. How’s that to show off their creativity in English class!

Getting in the Writing Groove With a Little Introspection

With a review of our Metacognitive Reading Strategies, followed by the summative assessment at the end of last week, there has been a great deal of focus on the necessary skills the students need to enhance their reading comprehension.  The time has come to slightly shift our focus away from these skills and begin taking a deeper and more comprehensive look at our writing.  Using The Glass Castle as a mentor text, students have begun analyzing the foundation of their Small Moments writing assignment, which will be a stepping stone for their summative writing assessment: a personal memoir.  This structure includes action, description, introspection, and  dialogue.

Along with our writing, we’ve continued to review literary terms as well as discuss our outside reading books in our book clubs.  Never a dull moment in English 8!

Don’t fret, I promise to have Gradebook up and running by the end of the weekend!

“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” -Chuck Grassley