Grade 8: Update + Mini-Debate (Friday 6/14)

Reminder: Lord of the Flies Final Project is due Monday, June 3rd. Presentations for this project will also begin on Monday. 

The end of the school year is approaching rapidly. We spent the last week working on developing and refining thesis statements.  Now we are switching gears and focusing on preparing for our mini-debates.

Students will need to decide amongst their group members who will fulfill the following roles:

  1. Opening Statement-Gather the main arguments into an introductory statement. Do not give specific information; just provide the main argument with a rationale
  2. Presenter of the Argument-Present the main arguments for the team. Each presenter gives specific details that prove each rationale.
  3. Presenter of the Rebuttal- Answer the arguments of the other team. These presenters must take notes as the other team is presenting their arguments and respond to every argument, using specific information to disprove them.
  4. Closing Statement-Present the closing arguments for the team. Repeat the main idea with rationale and or counter-argument.

Important details to note:

  • Some teams only have three members (one team member will have to fill/prepare two roles)
  • Everyone will have the opportunity to prepare and ask questions to the opposing team during the “Crossfire Question” time allotment
  • Each person is required to do research and come up with at least 3 arguments (facts + expert opinions to support their claim)

 

Grade 8: Lord of the Flies Compare and Contrast (Due: Thursday 5/23)

Today we will finish watching the Lord of the Flies film in class. Students were asked to take notes and write down the differences between the film and the novel.

Assignment: Students are being asked to consider the following questions as they complete their compare and contrast assignments. You can create your comparison via a chart or in paragraph form.

Note: If you are unsure/can’t remember if a particular scene occurred in the book, please refer back to the text.

Questions to consider

  •  Were any of the characters altered?
    • Are they the most central characters or others?
    • On the whole, in what way have they changed?
  • Did the changes in characterization affect your response to the film as a whole?
  • Did the changes help clarify certain situations for you?
  • Do you think that the changes occurred because of the inevitable condensing of the novel necessary in making a film of ninety minutes?

Grade 6: Literature Circles Have Begun!

We are reading various Holocaust themed novels for our Grade 6 literature circles. We will be unpacking the experiences that are described in each novel and developing our own personal connections. Students are expected to be reading each night to ensure that they have completed their predetermined page numbers/chapters by Friday of each week. On Fridays, groups will be discussing their reading and participating in various reading strategy skill building activities.

Please see the Google Docs for each group below to access the link to the audiobook, weekly reading breakdown, along with access to the One-Pager Final Project.

Number the Stars Group Google Doc

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl Group Google Doc

The Sky is Falling Group Google Doc

 

Note: The One-Pager Final Project is due on Wednesday, June 12th. You will need to work on this project at home over the course of the next three weeks to ensure that you have adequate time to complete the assignment. 

One-Pager Final Project Instructions

Grade 7: Literature Circles Have Begun!

We are reading various mystery themed novels for our Grade 7 literature circles. Students are expected to be reading each night to ensure that they have completed their predetermined page numbers/chapters by Friday of each week. On Fridays, groups will be discussing their reading and participating in various reading strategy skill building activities.

Please see the Google Docs for each group below to access the link to the audiobook, weekly reading breakdown, along with access to the One-Pager Final Project.

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker Group Google Doc

The Westing Game Group Google Doc

And Then There Were None Group Google Doc

 

Note: The One-Pager Final Project is due on Wednesday, June 12th. You will need to work on this project at home over the course of the next three weeks to ensure that you have adequate time to complete the assignment. 

One-Pager Final Project Instructions

Grade 8: Lord of the Flies Final Project (Due: Monday, June 3rd)

Last week we finished our class novel study of Lord of the Flies. Attached below you will find the final project for Language Arts for the Grade 8 class. Students are being asked to choose ONE of the various project descriptions. Remember that the purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the text. Each project should also include an analytical component, along with an incorporation of direct quotations from the text, and explanation. Each student will present their project to their peers.

Presentations will begin Monday, June 3rd. Please feel free to reach out with questions, comments, and concerns.

Note: This assignment will be completed primarily at home. This assignment should be considered homework for the next three weeks. 

Public Speaking: The Results Are In!

Middle school students presented their speeches today at the Public Speaking Finals! Judges, parents, teachers, and peers were all thoroughly impressed. The judges had a very difficult decision to make. Thank you to all who participated in the finals. Each speech was delivered with a unique style and passion. I look forward to seeing what is in store for next year’s public speaking competition.

2019 Public Speaking Finals Results:

Gold- Jessica Ages

Silver- Talia Cherun

Bronze- Yamaya Newman

Public Speaking Finalists!

All of the speeches this year were incredible! Each and every student should be proud of their accomplishments. As a judge it was incredibly hard to choose who would be moving on to the finals.  Remember that these events are opportunities to grow and further your develop your learning skills.

This Friday we are eagerly anticipating the Grades 4-8 final public speaking event. Parents are invited and encouraged to come and listen to the speeches!
Here is the schedule:
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Grade 6, 7 & 8 speeches 
11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Grade 4 & 5 speeches
In no particular order…here are the finalists from the 2019 Public Speaking Competition:
Grade 6:
Jenny Peters
Jordana Wyczynski
Yamaya Newman
Grade 7:
Ben Leinwand
Jessica Ages
Talia Cherun
Grade 8:
Julia Kingstone
Oliver Kolatacz
Eliana Mitzmacher

Grades 6-8: Public Speaking Here We Come!

I hope everyone had a great Passover break! This week we will complete our in-class speech presentations. By this point you should be practicing your speech, creating flashcards, and preparing to dazzle your peers. Below you will find the link for the presentation order. Monday and Tuesday will be used to practice in-class with partners and add any final touches to your speech. I will not be re-reading any speeches in their entirety prior to the presentations. If you have a specific question, please feel free to email me. I look forward to seeing all of your hard work come alive in the classroom!

Link: Public Speaking Presentation Order