Thank you also to Mrs. Catalano and Mrs. Merritt for planning the field trip to the Detroit Zoo with the eighth graders and our first-grade buddies. Weather was perfect, and everyone had a great time!
Now, here's what we worked on this week, and what to expect for next week.
Religion: The eighth graders continue to grow in their understanding of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This week, we looked at possible scenarios in their lives that might arise regarding difficult choices and how to utilize the gifts in our responses to each. Looking ahead, we'll spend another week on the gifts before moving on to Chapter 16 of the Chosen program. On Monday, my homeroom will also take the AOD Religion Test.
Homework: None, unless not finished with the SCENARIOS page.
Literature 7: In Lit this week, we continued reading T.H. White's Sword in the Stone, and as we read, we've begun to compare the characters of Merlin and Sir Ector from the lens of the mentor archetype. What qualities does each possess, what is each teaching Wart and Kay, how do the boys respond to each, etc. In developing this comparison, we'll eventually create a compare-contrast essay on the two characters regarding which is more in connection to the common mentor archetype.
Homework: Keep reading on your own. Book Talks need to be completed by the end of the first quarter.
English 7: This week was divided into grammar and writing/analyzing writers' moves. The seventh graders completed their first unit on nouns and took the test on Thursday. We also continued in breaking down individual scenes in writing, analyzing a short work from Sherman Alexie in which we made note of his use of scenes and the various elements of scene that he utilizes to tell his story. In the week ahead, we'll shift focus from analyzing scenes to writing out our own in preparation for the adventure game project we're currently working on. As well, we'll look at expository essays and the elements of writing them.
Homework: Vocabulary Unit 4 WB (Test Friday); Expository Essay on adventure project due Friday as well
English 8: Eighth graders also reviewed for a Noun test of their own, though theirs will be on Monday. Additionally, we introduced the America and Me: My Michigan Hero Essay Contest, and the class has begun reading through previous winners, looking for commonalities and at structure, word choice, style, grammar choices, etc. We'll start brainstorming and planning out our own essays next week.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!