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.
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We have finished reading the novel, Egghead. Students will have the opportunity to use the next few class periods to channel their creativity and complete a final task. Students may work individually or with a partner for this task. Upon my return on Monday, we will set a due date for this task together.
Option 1: Create an Egghead Mixtape
Option 2: Continue the story
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Are you searching for a new book for Hanukkah? You are in luck! The Scholastic Book Fair at OJCS begins on Monday, November 22nd, 2021. Each class will have the opportunity to visit the book fair two times next week.
Grade 6A will visit the book fair on Monday (11/22) and Friday (11/26).
Grade 6B will visit the book fair on Tuesday (11/23) and Friday (11/26).
Grade 7 will visit the book fair on Wednesday (11/24) and Friday (11/26).
Grade 8 will visit the book fair on Monday (11/22) and Thursday (11/25).
As we continue our novel study of Egghead by Caroline Pignat, this week we are focusing on writing from a character’s perspective. Students are being tasked with choosing an event from the novel and creating a postcard. Each postcard will contain an illustration (either digital or hand-drawn) and a writing sample from a character’s perspective. This assignment asks students to “walk in the shoes of another” as they attempt to create a higher-level connection with the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
Today we will continue to review and practice how to properly format MLA in-text citations. As we have previously discussed, citations are essential in order to avoid plagiarism and provide authors with credit for their ideas and information.
Yesterday we reviewed a variety of editing strategies that students can use when revising their written work. Today we are going to spend some time in class editing paragraphs and implementing these strategies. My goal is for each student to identify which editing strategy works best for their learning style.
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Each week students will be responsible for answering assigned comprehension questions relating to the assigned chapters of Egghead. We will be focusing on ensuring that we “tag” each question and provide supporting details from the text. These questions will be answered both in class and at home, depending on the assigned reading. The homework board will be updated regularly to ensure that students are on track and organized throughout the novel study.
Today students were asked to complete a Bullying Awareness Survey. This anonymous survey provided students with a series of questions relating to their own personal experiences with bullying. We will analyze this data as a class in preparation for our first novel study. Tomorrow our class will discuss the results of this survey and create connections to our North Stars and Seven Habits.
Each student was given a copy of the novel Egghead by Caroline Pignat. Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to begin the novel in class. Throughout this novel study, students will be asked to read both in class and at home. There will be corresponding activities for each chapter throughout the novel.
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Students are asked to comment a prediction about the novel Egghead based solely off of the front cover of the book. Support your prediction by referencing specific details from the cover. (Think about the following question: Why could making predictions be an important reading skill?)
This week our class has been discussing and analyzing a variety of resources related to the importance of truth and reconciliation. Yesterday the students listened to survivor testimonies and reviewed the 94 Calls to Action that were created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As we discussed in class, we must remember and change rather than simply forgiving and forgetting. Today each student will reflect upon our lessons by creating a blog post that demonstrates their own learning.