Can we talk about books?! Please have your children look around home to find any library or classroom library books and get them returned! Thank you very much!!
This week, we will finish reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. We have been having great discussion groups. The students also did a phenomenal job writing about changes they have observed in the characters Charlotte and Captain Jaggery.
We will have a unit test on the book on Friday or next Monday.
Wow!! It is so hard to believe the year is almost over!!
We are finished with part 1 of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Now that she has asked to be part of the crew, we will see what lies ahead in the rest of the novel! We will primarily focus on completing the novel and preparing for a unit test on Monday, June 11.
This week we will keep reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. As the conflict continues to intensify, we begin to see some characters change. We will focus on these character changes while the plot continues to unfold. We will have a quiz over the first half of the book (through chapter 12), and students will have a couple of focused writing assignments to complete.
Phew! FMS is done with standardized testing, with the exception of make-ups! This means we can get back to a normal schedule. This week in ELA finds us heading to the library for our last official visit. Please encourage your children to locate and return any books that have not been returned to the FMS library or to classroom libraries.
The rest of the week, we will continue on our journey reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. We wish those students heading to Washington D.C. a pleasant trip. It will surely be a trip full of memory making moments.
We are back to testing, this week! 8th grade students will be taking the ELA MAP test on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. We will be running alternative schedules on those two days. In ELA class, we head to the library on Monday. Please help your children with getting overdue books turned in. The remainder of this week finds us beginning a whole class novel, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. We will concentrate on acquiring the necessary background knowledge (this is a historical fiction story, taking place on the high seas in 1832), and then get into the start of the book!!
Hello! I think it is finally safe to say, "Happy Spring!" This week, we will be taking a break from the standardized testing, and will be running a normal schedule each day. Students are expected to hand in their final copies of their argument essay on Tuesday. As a celebration for finishing the assignment, we will be watching the movie,
The Great Debaters., which is based on a true story. There is a remarkable resemblance between our student's work and the character's work in researching, developing, and delivering their arguments. The movie also has historical relevance, as it is set in the 1930s in Texas and depicts the struggles for African-Americans to achieve equality.
Oh my!! Having a snow day "clouded" our thinking, and we apologize for the tardiness of this post! Tuesday, our students took the ELA portion of the M-Step. On Thursday, 8th grade will conclude M-Step testing by taking the Science test. The rest of the week, we are revising our argument essays, or on test days, we are taking a bit of a break from the routine to rest our heads from testing. Next week is a normal week! Woo-hoo! Final copies of the argument essay will be completed.
We hope Spring Break has allowed everyone the opportunity to rest up and feel renewed! This month finds us testing- a lot!! We will be following a specific school-wide testing schedule to get in all of our tests (M-Step and MAP). These alternated schedules run from 4/9 through 4/19 and 5/1 to 5/10.
During ELA this week, we will visit the library (Monday) and concentrate on reviewing some literary skills through narrative poetry.
We have put the argument essay on hold for a week or so. Sometime next week, we will begin to revise and edit the essays!
Wow! 4 days until Spring Break! We are working this week on finishing up our argument essay...rough draft, only! When we are back from break, we will will take the first day to brush up on some literary skills and get into our best test-taking mode. M-Step begins our first week back. We are running a creative schedule during testing, that should allow everyone the opportunity to be their most fresh and energetic selves in order to turn in their best performance. The second week back from break, we will work on revising and polishing our argument essays, before submitting our final copies.
It is library day!! To meet the 16 book challenge for 8th grade, students should be reading their 12th book.
This week will also find students digging further into the research to identify evidence that will back up their arguments. We will use this information to craft a thesis statement. Next, we will write our body paragraphs. We begin with the body paragraphs, so students will really understand their topic thoroughly before writing an introduction.