Religion: This week, we started discussing prayer--what it is, how we pray, what happens during prayer, etc. We looked at Ch. 18, Segment 1 of the Chosen book, as well as watched a video from a youth group advisor about the power of prayer and the importance of continuing to pray, even if our prayers aren't answered right away.
For next week, we'll continue working through the Chosen program segments 2 and 3 on how to pray and what happens when we pray. My homeroom also has testing on Monday morning.
Literature 7: In our final lesson before closing Sword in the Stone for good, we began planning and writing out our compare and contrast essays. For the assignment, the students are asked to complete one of four topics, and with each, to focus in on one or two ideas to compare and elaborate on those ideas using evidence from the novel.
Next week, we will continue working through the paper, using mini-lessons on in-text citations and constructing body paragraphs and conclusions to help guide the process.
Homework: Compare/Contrast paper rough draft due Wednesday, Jan. 15
NOTE: Any 7th graders who haven't signed up for a book talk need to do so this upcoming week prior to the quarter ending.
English 7: In addition to working on the Sword in the Stone essay, we're also studying gerunds as objects and appositives. For next week, we'll move into using possessives with gerunds and understanding the various possessive nouns or adjectives that precede gerunds in sentences. We also have the cumulative review units 1-9 vocabulary test on Monday.
Homework: Vocabulary Cumulative Review 1-9 Test on Monday, Jan. 13; Grammar 5.5 due Thursday, Jan. 16
English 8: This week's focus was on the concept of verb moods and how mood impacts the tone of a sentence. We discussed indicative, imperative, interrogative, subjunctive and conditional moods, working through the workbook and using music to practice the concepts.
For next week, we'll spend a little more time on the subjunctive/conditional moods before moving into the use of modal auxiliaries to express permission, possibility, ability, obligations, etc. We will also begin our "WE ARE ST. PAUL" papers and return to analyzing more informational writing.
Homework: Grammar WB sections 4.8 and 4.9 due Thursday, Jan. 16
Thank you, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!