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

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 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

Grades 6-8: Guest Speaker on Monday!

We have an incredible guest speaker, Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality, “coming” to speak to our Middle School cohort on MondayMarch 1st. In this session, he will discuss social media awareness, internet safety, and mental health.


Grades 6 – 8: 11:45 – 1:00 – Google Meet

Parents: Parent Registration Link

Even before COVID-19, we’ve been living in a world where social media plays a large role in the way we communicate – for our children too! With lockdowns, school closures, and the need to physically distance, many of us have increased the amount of time we spend online, as a family, and as individuals. With this has also come concerns around the amount of screen time for our children, and how to best support them as they navigate an increasingly online world. Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality, is a national social media awareness expert, and he will be holding a parent information evening on Monday, March 1st at 7:30 pm to address parental fears and minimize stress around screen time, discuss perceptions around technology addiction, and answer all your questions.

Grade 8: Passion Project Presentation

The Grade 8 students will be working on sharing their current progress for their Passion Project. It is not the expectation that their project will be finished. This presentation will provide students with an opportunity to share a snapshot of their progress. In English, we will spend time focusing on improving our presentation skills. Students will be provided with periods to work on this presentation in class. However, students will need to practice at home as well.

Presentations will begin on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021.

The Passion Project (@BeThePassion) | Twitter

Click the link below to view the Presentation Skills Slideshow:

Presentation Skills Slideshow

Click the link below to view the Passion Project Template:

Passion Project Template

Click the link below to view the presentation rubric:

Passion Project Presentation Rubric

Tip: Video recording your practice sessions and grading yourself using this rubric is a fantastic way to prepare!

Grade 8: The Wave Novel Study

Today we began reading Todd Strasser’s novel, The Wave. This cross-curricular novel study directly connects to our Holocaust Unit in Jewish Studies. The novel will be read both in class and at home throughout the duration of our novel study. Additionally, there will be various corresponding assignments to complete.

Click the link below to access our slideshow for the novel study:

The Wave Slideshow

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

Audiobook: The Wave Audiobook

Grades 7-8: Extra Grammar Review Activities

Good morning! Many students have asked for different online resources to help prepare for their upcoming grammar and editing assessment. Here are a few tools that can be beneficial. Remember that the most beneficial way to study for this assessment are to review the notes, make cue cards, and complete the review packet. 

Parts of Speech Kahoot

Parts of Speech Kahoot 2

English Club Quiz

Parts of Speech Games

Parts of Speech Quiz

Paragraph Surgery Game

Paragraph Correction

Comma Practice

Extra Comma Practice


For Grade 8 only:

Comma, Colons, Semicolon Practice

Semicolon and Colon Practice

Quotation Practice

Extra Quotation Practice

Grade 8: Grammar/Editing Assessment (Thursday 2/11)

We are happy to be back in school today! During distance learning, we started preparing for the grammar portion of our exam. Although we will no longer be taking an English exam in February, we will still be completing a grammar/editing assessment. This assessment will be completed on Thursday, February 11th, 2021. It has been suggested that students should be reviewing rules and creating notecards each night in order to prepare for this assessment.

This assessment will focus on the following concepts:

  • Sentence/fragments
  • Nouns (common vs. proper)
  • Pronouns
  • Antecedents
  • Adjectives (comparative vs. superlative)
  • Adverbs
  • Verbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Prepositions
  • Quotations
    • Block quotations
  • Commas
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • Paragraph editing

Our notes on these various subjects can be found in this presentation:

Grammar/Editing Assessment Review

Focus your attention on slides 13-39. We will also be completing additional online No Red Ink grammar practice exercises throughout the week.

Comparative and Superlative Practice