Some other notes to consider:
- Thank you as well to all who came out for parent-teacher conferences!
- I hope everyone enjoyed the unexpected and very early snow day on Tuesday.
- Those who still have ARA forms, please turn them in as soon as possible.
- Report Card envelopes should also be signed and returned.
Religion: After concluding the chapter on marriage, we've now moved into vocational discernment and Holy Orders. This chapter's focus is on understanding vocations better and what it means to be "called" to do/be something.
Homework: Ch. 16 challenge of the Week due Monday, Nov. 18.
Literature 7: We've started looking at Sword in the Stone in a more analytical lens this week, spending time on specific passages and using evidence from the text to support responses to various questions. We did a chapter together as a class, modeling thinking and responding, and now students will practice doing the same with the next few chapters.
Homework: Inform7 games, board games, or Choose Your Own Adventure games are due Friday, Nov. 22.
English 7: This week's focus was on comparative and superlative adjectives and on the cumulative review for vocabulary. We also conducted the classroom spelling bees, so congratulations to Lucy Kerr, Luca Marciano, Carmen Wilder, Marie Schueneman, Lauren Winiarski, Vincent Swikoski, Grace Campbell, Sarah Cook, Emma O'Donnell and Tashianna Doctor. The 10 of them will compete in the schoolwide spelling bee in mid-December.
Next week, we'll look at using few and little as adjectives, as well as adjective phrases and clauses. Additionally, students will have vocabulary unit 7 due on Friday and will begin discussions on the various types of expository writing, working from the paragraph level into a more developed, analytical essay.
Homework: Vocabulary unit 7 is due Friday, Nov. 22.
English 8: America & Me essays were submitted this week. Ms. Sluschewski and I are excited about this year's entries and look forward to what's to come. Additionally, we worked on transitive and intransitive verbs and used our knowledge of them to solve a whodunnit mystery, and we began discussing the importance, purpose and elements of informational writing. At first, we reviewed the various ways by which we receive information, and from there began discussing how each way presents its information. We're currently looking at a more personal means of information, an article that relates to music and its impact on our lives.
Next week we'll continue looking at the article from Allison Murphy, analyzing and discussing author's craft and the different moves made for presentation purposes and for audience. We'll also imitate Murphy's style and presentation to create our own songs that explain our lives. As well, we'll review other forms of informational writing--magazines, newspapers, videos--and will gt into troublesome verbs in grammar.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!