Over the last number of classes, both grades 7 and 8 have been workin’ up a sweat and stretching their minds (and sentences) as we learn some important new grammar rules and terms. And what bootcamp experience would be complete without sweatbands??
In grade 7, students have engaged in friendly competition, reviewing coordinating conjunctions, dependent conjunctions, prepositions, interjections, subjective, objective and possessive pronouns, past, present and future perfect verbs, as well as examining illogical shifts in person and number. You can thank me later when they all use “me” and “I” correctly (fingers crossed).
In grade 8, the focus has been on independent and dependent clauses, which then led us into simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences, gerunds, infinitives, and participles, and various types of mood, such as indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional and subjunctive (say that 5 times fast).
I can’t wait to see all this grammar in action in our writing throughout the year!
We have two amazing upcoming events we want to share with you.
First, next Friday, September 24th, will be our first Dress Down Day! It also happens to be our anual Terry Fox Run. Therefore, all funds collected from the day will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. Please remember to bring in your donation.
The second event is called Clean the Capital! OJCS has partnered with JNF Ottawa for World Clean-Up Day. On Sunday, October 3rd from 1-3 PM OJCS families are encouraged to sign up to help clean our OJCS and JCC campus. Sign up is limited to 25 people so sign up quickly at this link. Let’s keep our space clean!
Today marked the launch of our brand new Reading Challenge for grades 7 and 8. To learn more about it, check out this page, which can also be found under Important Documents in our menu above.
Instead of getting a prescribed challenge from me, students were able to build their own grid, using categories and genres that interested them! I can’t wait for them to explore new topics and fall in love with reading even more!
Over the next few weeks, students will continue to learn more about this task, but for now, they all must choose their first book to read, and bring it to school for Friday, September 17th.
Shabbat Shalom 🙂
The Grade 7 English Exam will be a take-home assessment that will consist of four parts. This assessment will focus on:
- Grammar (Parts of Speech)
- Literary Devices
- Reading Comprehension
- Paragraph Writing
Students will work on this assessment individually. Next week students will be provided with the exam and the instructions will be reviewed. This exam will be due on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. Students will join the Google Meet and complete this exam in individual breakout rooms. Please note that this exam will be open book (students will have access to their notes during this assessment).
This link contains the exam outline/review activities: Grade 7 English Exam Outline/Review Activities
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
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)
|Speech planner/Graphic Organizer
- If students complete paragraphs early they can always move ahead and work on the next step in the process.
|Body Paragraph 1
|Body Paragraph 2
|Body Paragraph 3
|Self-assessment and reflection
|Public Speaking Finals Grades 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
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):
- 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