- This Saturday, Nov. 23, is the High School Placement Test for those planning on attending a Catholic high school. There's also testing on Saturday, Dec. 7.
- We have full days Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and no school Thursday, Friday and the following Monday, Dec. 2. The day off on Monday is due to staff professional development through the AOD.
- Tuesday, Nov. 26, is Grosse Pointe North's and South's 8th Grade Visitation Day from 8:30-10:30. Anyone attending either school should go and will return to St. Paul by 11, while those who aren't are expected to be at St. Paul for the day.
Religion: In beginning Ch. 17 of the Chosen program, we've discussed the uniqueness of religious life, of being a deacon, priest or bishop, and the "indelible mark" and responsibility associated with the vocation. Students used their prayer journals to reflect on any religious they know and the impact those religious have had on their lives and those around them.
Additionally, Fr. Craig came on Thursday to talk with the class about vocational discernment, Holy Orders, and the history of the church and some of the reasons why certain things in the current Church are set up/distinguished as they are.
For next week, we'll complete the final two segments of Ch. 17, which focus on more questions regarding the priesthood and how we can discern God's plan for our lives.
Homework: Handwriting, if not completed this week, up to the letter "S" for partial credit.
Literature 7: As we continue to delve into Sword in the Stone, our discussions are also getting deeper. We spent time this week writing and discussing the potential of a Merlin-like life and the burden of knowing the future without having the ability to change anything. We've also been drawing connections between chapters and characters and plots, all the while working through the various literary allusions that have surfaced during Chs. 8-10. Students also completed their Hero's Journey projects.
For next week, we'll continue reading from the novel (Chs. 11-13) and preparing for an essay on the upcoming chapters. Anyone who's absent can read from home to keep up. Click on the file located in the "Sword in the Stone--7th Grade" blog post.
Homework: Keep up with novel discussion questions, and for anyone who didn't submit the Hero's Journey project, turn in on Monday for partial credit.
English 7: We've completed the unit on Adjectives and will have the test on Wednesday. In preparation for the novel essay, we also began discussing the different types of informational essays, taking notes on their purpose, clues in understanding each type and examples of each.
Homework: Ch. 2 Review questions in the Grammar textbook, due Monday.
English 8: This week, we completed grammar unit 4.3 on troublesome verbs. We also spent time analyzing word choice and how it impacts tone and connotation in a news article on a vandalized historic site. We discussed the subtle ways in which the author, without directly saying it, used words to convey meaning and opinion and how, in general, this can be done effectively in informational writing. We'll continue reviewing the article next week, looking deeper into the message and its intended audience, and how we can use word choice effectively in our own writing to deliver a message without the commonly used, "I think that..." or "I believe" or any variation of those.
Homework: Anyone who hasn't completed grammar or his "5 Songs that Explain my Life" has until Monday to submit for partial credit.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!