Grade 6: Presentation Skills/Persuasive Techniques

Our next unit will revolve around analyzing persuasive techniques and improving our presentation skills. Last week we introduced the concepts of pathos, logos, and ethos.

We will spend time this week analyzing advertising techniques such as avant garde, weasel words, magic ingredients, patriotism, transfer, plain folks, snob appeal, bribery, and bandwagon.

Click the link below to access our presentation:

Presentation Skills

(Please note that this is a live document that will be updated regularly)

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Grade 6: Commenting on Blog Posts

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:

Middle School Student Blogfolios

Grade 6 Blogfolio Links

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

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Grade 7: Narrative Writing

Over the last number of weeks, the grade 7 students have been preparing to write their final narrative in Language Arts. The process has been a little different this time, as each element of the story arc has been really broken down and developed.

We started by creating story arcs for our narratives (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution). Then, we looked at various short stories as mentor texts to focus in on leads, point of view, setting, figurative language, transitions and endings. Students have even already written their leads and endings, so all that’s left to do is fill in the middle!

We will be spending the next week working on this in class, starting with the rough draft. Students will have 4 class periods (Dec 7, 8, 9 and 13) to finish up their rough draft. We will then spend 2 classes editing and peer-editing (Dec. 14 and 15), culminating with our publishing party on December 16!

These narratives can be anywhere between 2 – 5 pages long, and must include these elements, as outlined on the rubric:

  • A strong lead
  • A problem that builds though multiple examples
  • A clear climax
  • Multiple details that then lead to the resolution
  • A strong ending
  • Dialogue
  • Strong vocabulary
  • Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation

Here is a quick 2 page example of what the narratives can look like.

We will also be using this student checklist to ensure we’re included everything, and will use the list below to check our work before submitting.

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I can’t wait to read the final products!


Grade 6: The Grand Finale

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.

What time is it? Time to get CREATIVE! - Success Kid | Meme Generator

Option 1: Create an Egghead Mixtape

Option 2: Continue the story 

Click the link below to learn more about your final task options:

Egghead Final Task

Grade 6 – 8: The Book Fair Approaches! (11/22-11/26)

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. 

BOOK FAIR - Imgflip

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). 

Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to purchase books online via our digital book fair link

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Grade 6: Egghead Postcard (Due: Monday 11/21)

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.

Click the link below to access the assignment: 

Egghead Postcard Assignment

Click the link below to access the postcard template: 

Egghead Postcard Digital Template

Click the link below to access a student example: 

Egghead Postcard Student Example

Grade 8 – Ceremony of 12

If you’ve ever read The Giver by Lois Lowrey, the Ceremony of 12 should sound familiar to you. This is when the 11s become 12, and are given their assignments for their careers for the rest of their lives.

When the Grade 8 students came into class today, they were each given an envelope with their ‘assignment’ enclosed. One at a time, students read out their assignments, and as a class, we “thanked them for their childhood.” Some careers that were assigned include: Caretake or the Old, Pilot, Recreation Director, Doctor, Instructor of 9s, Landscape Worker, and Laborer. Our class is so special, that we even had one person assigned to the Committee of Elders, and one is the next Receiver of Memories.

However, just as in The Giver, not all students were pleased with their assignments, and so they all now have the opportunity to accept their career, or appeal to the Committee of Elders. We will be working on their speeches in class over the next few days, and will present on Tuesday, November 9th.

Students can find the rubric and expectations here, as well as some sentence starters in case they get stuck!

Grade 6: Editing Strategies

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.

Click the link below to access our Google Slides presentation:

Editing Strategies Presentation

Online editing practice:


Students were also provided with a copy of a COPS Editing Checklist to keep in their binders at school.

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