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.)
A reminder that speeches will be conducted during both English and Jewish Studies periods. Everyone must be prepared to present their speech on Wednesday, May 18th, regardless of their place in the order.
Today we will continue to review and practice how to properly format an MLA works cited page. As we have previously discussed, source citations and works cited pages are essential in order to avoid plagiarism.
Students will review the notes in the Google Doc below to ensure that their bibliography contains all of the necessary information:
Students will have the opportunity to get their creative writing juices flowing. We will spend a few periods working on a creative writing activity. For the next few periods, we will not be worrying about a minimum number of words/paragraphs. Simply sit back, relax, and have some fun while writing. This activity will lead us into our next unit which will focus on refining our paragraph writing skills.
Should be at least three paragraphs long
Use the P.E.E. Method
Each paragraph needs a topic sentence (point)
Explanation of that evidence
Edit your response (ensuring that proper nouns are capitalized)
Read your response aloud and listen for errors/confusing sentences
Today the Grade 6 students were able to play the games that they created for their Exhilarating Reading Adventure Project. Students had a great time explaining their games and going head to head against their peers. If you want to learn more about their projects, check out their individual posts on their blogfolios.
As we continue to prepare for our Elements of a Novel Quiz, students can reference this post in order to review various concepts and activities. Last week we learned about various literary devices. Students are encouraged to make flashcards and review these concepts every night this week. The notes slideshow below contains all of the relevant content that will be assessed on the quiz.
As we continue to work on our Exhilarating Reading Adventure Project, our class is focusing on diving deeper into various literary elements that appear in novels. Last week we discussed characterization (direct & indirect), mood, and theme.
Today we are going to continue to explore theme identification. We will complete the first example together as a class. Then students will have time to complete the last two examples independently.
Objective: Learning from a distance is great, but reading is exhilarating! The goal of this project is to foster and nurture a passion for reading. You will read a book you’ve never read before, and then create an artifact that connects to that book to show what you’ve learned and understood from the book you read.
Students will be required to spend at least 30 minutes a day reading.
January 6th (Thursday)
Project is assigned
Your book must be read by Friday, February 4th, 2022
You are expected to be working on your artifact as you read your book
Taking notes in the planner document will be essential while reading
January 12th (Wednesday)
Share title of the novel with Mr. Washerstein
Get your book approved by Mr. Wash
Simply send him a chat on Google Hangouts
You will meet with Mr. Washerstein to share your reading progress and artifact planning.
You should be finished reading your book for this check-in.
You will meet with Mr. Washerstein to discuss your artifact and receive feedback and suggestions.
Final Project Due
Your artifact and reflection will be posted to your student blog
As you read your book, you will:
Create personal and real-world connections
Analyze the following literary components:
Simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole
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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: