Grades 6-8: Public Speaking Update

Today we set the order for the upcoming public speaking presentations. Please remember that every student must be ready to present their speech on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. If you are not ready to present when it is your turn you will lose 10% of your mark. 

Middle School Public Speaking Order

Please remember to edit your speech, review the rubric, plan a few key gestures, and practice!

You can find all of the necessary public speaking information (including the rubric) within this presentation: Public Speaking Google Slideshow Presentation

Grade 6: Making Quality Blog Comments

Today we discussed the importance of making quality blog comments. The students spent time commenting on the memoirs of their peers. The Grade 6 students did a fantastic job composing their memoirs. It is great to see the students commenting words of encouragement and offering suggestions.

Click the link below to access the links to their blogfolios:

Grade 6 Student Blogfolios

Mrs. Thompson created a wonderful infographic about creating quality blog comments:

Grades 6-8: Public Speaking 2021

This post contains all of the essential information for public speaking

Welcome to this year’s public speaking contest for grades 6-8.  Expressing ideas aloud in a clear and effective way is an important life skill! Students will have the opportunity to plan, develop, and deliver a speech to showcase these skills. Students will be spending the upcoming weeks working towards preparing a 4-5 minute speech. Additionally, we will be spending time in class practicing various oral communication skills (eye contact, inflection, effective use of gestures, etc.)

Important Due Dates

Choose topic + fill out topic brainstorming sheet (email your teacher with your choice by the end of the day) 4/20
Speech planner/Graphic Organizer 4/30

    • If students complete paragraphs early they can always move ahead and work on the next step in the process.
Body Paragraph 1 5/11
Body Paragraph 2 5/14
Body Paragraph 3 5/19
Conclusion 5/21
Class Presentations 5/25-5/27
Self-assessment and reflection 6/3
Public Speaking Finals Grades 6-8 6/8

Click the links below to access important public speaking documents: 

Public Speaking Google Slideshow Presentation

      • This contains the public speaking writing process, tips, and requirements

2021 Public Speaking Due Dates Checklist

2021 Public Speaking Speech Planner Graphic Organizer

2021 Public Speaking Rubric

2021 Public Speaking Self-Reflection


Beneficial Resources:


Grades 6-8: Public Speaking Intro

Today we will discuss public speaking! We will review the different types of speeches (informative, entertaining, and persuasive). Students will receive more information about public speaking (due dates, check-in dates, etc.) at the beginning of next week.

Click the links below to access our first public speaking sources:

Intro to Public Speaking Slideshow

PS Topic Brainstorming Graphic Organizer

Task: Students will complete their Brainstorming Graphic Organizer by 4/20 

The students must brainstorm 2-5 topics and decide the purpose of their speech for each topic. 

Grade 6: Memoir Writing Task

We have spent the last two weeks analyzing various memoirs. Students are tasked with writing a memoir about an important event, personal interaction, image, place, or object in their life. A memoir is an account of a personal, emotional experience that attempts to allow the reader to feel what the writer felt in that moment. This memory must have affected you, your life, or your personality. Overall, this memory must have meaning in your life.

Focus Skills

  • The writing process: evidence of planning, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Sensory language/imagery: paint a picture in the reader’s mind, the use of descriptive adjectives
    • Make sure the reader can: 
      • Sympathize with you
      • Can understand how you feel and experience the emotions you felt at the time you’re describing.
  • The impact: the deeper meaning, message, or importance that this topic had for you
    • Incorporation of a theme

Click here to access the assignment instructions/rubric: Memoir Writing Assignment



  • Assigned: Monday (4/5) 
  • Check-In #1 Topic Selection: Wednesday (4/7) 
  • Check-In #2 Rough Draft: Wednesday (4/14)
  • Peer Review: Thursday (4/15)
  • Final Copy posted on the blog: Wednesday (4/21)


Grade 7: The Outsiders Culminating Activity (Due: Monday 5/3)

As we begin to wrap up our novel study, students will be asked to choose one of the following options to complete as a culminating activity.

Artifact Options (Choose ONE):

      • Essay
      • Letter of Recommendation
      • Facebook Profile
      • Film Comparison


  • Students will put thought, time, and effort into their project
  • Students will demonstrate creativity and attention to detail
  • Students will create relevant connections throughout the project
  • Students will read the assignment description/rubric to ensure all elements are included

Click this link to view the artifact descriptions, requirements, and rubric:

The Outsiders Culminating Activity Google Doc


  • Assigned: Monday, April 5th
  • Check-In #1- Monday, April 19th 
  • Check-In #2-Monday, April 26th
  • Due: Monday, May 3rd



Grade 7: The Outsiders Update

The students have been reading, analyzing, and discussing The Outsiders over the last month. As we prepare for the Pesach Break, many students have asked for an updated list of due dates.

Here are the due dates for the remaining reading comprehension questions:

Ch. 7 Questions- Wednesday (4/7)

Ch. 8 Questions- Tuesday (4/13)

Ch. 9 Questions- Friday (4/16)

Ch. 10 Questions- Wednesday (4/21)

Ch.11 Questions-Wednesday (4/21)

Ch. 12 Questions-Monday (4/26)


The character web assignment will be due on Friday (4/30).

Grade 8: The Wave (Reading Comprehension Questions)

Last week we began reading Todd Strasser’s novel, The Wave. The novel will be read both in class and at home throughout the duration of our novel study. As we read the novel, students will be responsible for tracking and analyzing character development. In addition, students will complete reading comprehension questions.

The digital version of the text can be accessed here: The Wave by Todd Strasser.pdf

The audio recordings of each chapter can be accessed here: The Wave Audiobook


The Wave: Strasser, Todd: 9780440993711: Books - Amazon.caThe Wave

Click the link below to access our corresponding novel study activities:

The Wave Novel Study

Grades 6-8: Responding to Comprehension Questions

Mr. Kom prepared a great presentation about how to properly answer comprehension questions. We discussed the importance of “tagging the question”, providing examples to support your thoughts, and editing your work prior to submitting a task.

Click the link below to access Mr. Kom’s presentation:

How to Answer a Questions Google Slideshow

Grade 7: The Outsiders Guided Reading Activities

As we often discuss at OJCS, one of our North Stars is “Begin with the end in mind”. Last week we began our novel study of The Outsiders. As we discussed, students will be responsible for completing comprehension questions along with a variety of other activities.

Today students will finish reading Ch. 2 independently. We will continue to discuss the chapters in class, but students will also have the opportunity to work on the corresponding tasks. Whenever the students are assigned comprehension questions to answer, there will a corresponding due date on the Grade 7 Homework Board.

The following documents will be important for our novel study:

    1. The Outsiders Reading Comprehension Questions

Each student should make a copy of this document and share it with Mr. Washerstein. This will be the document in which students answer all of their comprehension questions. As I mentioned before, the corresponding questions for each chapter will have a due date on the homework board.


2. Reading Response Activities: Illustrated Timeline and Character Webs

This document contains two essential activities for our novel study. Each of the described activities can be found in the Google Doc listed above. Please make a copy of this document and share it with Mr. Washerstein.

               A. Illustrated Timeline

            • Directions: Illustrate in chronological order four important events that take place in chapters 1-4. Please illustrate an important event from each of the first four chapters. 

              B.  Character Webs

            • Directions: Using the webs provided below, insert an adjective that can be used to describe the various characters. Support each adjective with a direct quote from the novel.
            • This needs to be completed by the end of the book. You should go back through the first two chapters and start to fill this diagram out. However, you need to continue to add to this document as you read