Religion: Mrs. Allison and Mrs. Kesteloot spoke with the classes this week, further discussing the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and how we can use/strengthen them in our daily lives. It's good to continue this every so often as a reminder to students of the gifts they possess and will build upon come Confirmation.
Next Week: We'll conclude Ch. 17 of Chosen, emphasizing the importance of our call in life--what it means to be called and how we know.
Literature 7: In reading T.H. White's Sword in the Stone, we're analyzing the continuous narrative of chs. 14-16 as a break from the overall narrative and comparing and contrasting this to the previous break from chs. 9-12. As well, we're working through passage studies for multiple chapters, discussing writers' uses of figurative language, characterization and other literary elements in structuring and developing story.
Next week, we'll continue with chapter 16 and will conclude the comparison of the two "breaks" or hunts. Additionally, we'll move into chs. 17-20, which return the narrative to Wart's education and eventual kingship, and will continue deconstructing passages within the chapters and looking at the uses of figurative language and other literary elements.
Homework: Keep reading books at home, second quarter book talks
English 7: During this week, we discussed introductory paragraphs and thesis statements as they relate to informational writing, namely, compare and contrast essays. We deconstructed example introductory paragraphs and started writing out a compare/contrast essay regarding the archetypal mentor characters from Sword in the Stone. We also started ch. 5 in the grammar textbook, which focuses on participles and participial phrases.
Next week, we'll work on section 5.2 in grammar on positioning participial phrases in sentences. We'll also continue together with the compare/contrast essay, reviewing multiple examples to understand purpose, writing techniques and styles, introductions and now body paragraphs so to better develop our essays on Merlin and Sir Ector. And, eventually, our own essays on Wart and Kay or other characters, chapters, scenes, etc. from the novel.
Homework: Vocabulary Unit 9 due Friday, Dec. 13
English 8: Getting into the holiday spirit, we've begun annotating O. Henry's Gift of the Magi and Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace, looking closely at the characters in each story. Discussions have included descriptions, reactions, dialogue, movements, types of characters, etc. Next week, the class will start a character analysis essay of one of the characters.
We're also continuing with ch. 4 in grammar on verbs and will move from active and passive voice into simple, progressive and perfect tenses.
Homework: Finish annotating Gift of the Magi.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!