- Today marks the end of the second quarter. Grades will be updated on PowerSchool this weekend.
- Leadership Council is hosting a Jeans Day on Thursday, Jan. 23, for $1.00
- No School on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Religion: No class this week due to the second round of STAR Renaissance Testing. For next week, we'll pick up on segment 2 on Lectio Divina, focusing on the powerful impact of this practice of reading scripture and meditation.
Literature 7: During class this week, we worked on our compare/contrast papers from Sword in the Stone, as well as reviewed in-text citations and incorporating them into our writing and peer edited our rough drafts.
For next week, students will get back their rough drafts to begin work on the final drafts of their essays. As well, we will begin discussions for our next novel, S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework: Final Draft of compare/contrast essay due Friday.
English 7: This week, we worked on using possessives with gerunds, reviewing the difference between gerunds and present participles, and further understanding the function of gerunds and participles in a sentence so to know when to use possessives. We also took the Vocabulary Cumulative Review 1-9 and Unit 10 tests.
For next week, we'll continue working through verbals, moving on from participles and gerunds into infinitives. Each day next week, we'll discuss a different function of infinitives--objects, subjects and subject complements, appositives, adjectives and adverbs--as well as splitting infinitives.
Homework: Grammar 5.5 in WB due Tuesday;
Vocabulary Unit 11 WB and Test due Friday;
Grammar 5.6 to 5.11 due Tuesday, Jan. 28.
English 8: In class this week, we studied modal auxiliary verbs, looking at the nine most common verbs and how each functions in expressing the attitude or opinion of the speaker. As well, we discussed the various verb combinations when using modals. For writing, we introduced the "I Believe" statement and "WE ARE ST. PAUL" essay assignments and completed an impromptu essay. We also continued with informational writing and analyzed a letter from a school principal for tone, word use, figurative language and rhetorical appeal. The latter included a mini-lesson on ethos, pathos and logos.
For next week, we will conclude our unit on verbs with a lesson on subject-verb agreements and begin reviewing for the verb test, which will be Thursday, Jan. 30. Additionally, we will analyze the use of data in informing an audience and how to incorporate it in a way to help readers understand a topic.
Homework: Finish "Letter from a School Principal" responses for Tuesday;
Rough Draft of "I Believe" statements due Tuesday;
Rough Draft of "WE ARE ST. PAUL" essays due Thursday;
Grammar 5.10-5.11 due Thursday
Grammar Ch. 5 Review due Monday, Jan. 27
Thank you, and have a great weekend!