March is Reading Month kicked off this week, and the junior high all received passports to fill out upon completing the various reading tasks. Completed passports can be turned in for prizes. For those who ordered a reading month t-shirt, they may wear their shirts over school dress on Mondays. We also have a $1 jeans day on Thursday this week.
Religion: We completed Ch. 20 in the Chosen program this week and have started a mini-research report on someone who’s lived out the Beatitudes in his life. The class had time in class to research someone and connect him with one of the eight Beatitudes. They now are writing two paragraphs explaining the Beatitude and how the person exemplifies it. Reports are due Thursday.
For next week, we’ll move into Ch. 21 on building virtue and understanding the mission of being a Confirmed Catholic, discussing what it takes to accomplish this, the Cardinal and Theological Virtues and what it means to live a life of virtue.
Homework: Weekly Challenge for Ch. 20 due Monday; Beatitudes report due Thursday.
Literature 7: We’ve been working through the major theme of The Outsiders, discussing the differences in prejudice and stereotyping, the social effects of each and relating them to the characters in the novel. This is all leading to a literary analysis related to a character and his stereotype. We’re also through chapter 8 in the novel and discussion questions/vocabulary.
For next week, on Monday we’ll introduce the analysis paper and what it means to analyze as well as start the shoe stereotyping activity. During the week, we’ll also continue reading from the novel, chapters 10-12.
Homework: Chapters 8-10 discussion questions and vocabulary due Friday; Workbook shoe stereotyping activity due Thursday.
English 7: This week’s focus has been on grammar, sections 8.2 and 8.3 on adjective/adverb phrases and adjective clauses, as well as the difference between phrases and clauses. We had two writing activities related to both, one a descriptive writing exercise using adjective and adverb phrases and the other a Mad Lib story using adjective clauses and other parts of speech.
For next week, we’ll look at 8.5 on adverb clauses on Monday, and we’ll spend the rest of the week working on writing both the literary analysis paper and short stories. Vocabulary unit 14 will also be due this week.
Homework: Vocabulary Unit 14 WB and Test due Friday; Grammar WB section 8.5 due Thursday
English 8: In addition to its grammar project on prepositions, the class also started writing rough drafts for its Confirmation letter to Fr. Jim. They had time in class Tuesday and Friday to write and letters are due Monday.
For next week, we’ll work through the final drafts of the letters, as well as prepare for the grammar test on prepositions. The class will complete the chapter review on Monday and will have the test on Friday.
Homework: Confirmation letter rough drafts due Monday; Grammar Ch. 7 review due Wednesday; Grammar Ch. 7 test on Friday.
Thank you, and have a great weekend!