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Ms. Amuso

Week of September 24th-September 28th

 

Reminders:

1). September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We will be having a $2.00 “Gold/Yellow Attire” Dress Down Day on Tuesday, September 25th, to support children affected by cancer. 

2). Vision Screening will be taking place on Tuesday, September 25th, for Grades K-8.

 

Grade 5- (On Friday, the students and I revisited how to develop a summary and answer comprehension questions with details; we will continue to work on these skills.) This week, the students will finish reading “Leonardo’s Horse” and answer/review comprehension questions based on the ending of the biography. Next, as a post-reading activity, the students will be engaging in a creative project based on the story; with a partner, the students will be developing a newspaper that will include events from the story; they will be creating a newspaper title, providing two articles, and two advertisements that focus on the biography. The students will be brainstorming ideas, designing sketches for their article illustrations, and writing a rough draft of their articles and advertisements. They will also be editing and revising their work in class. The students will also be taking an exam on this biography on Thursday, September 27th. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 24th- 1). Answer the rest of the reading comprehension questions from the handout- “Leonardo’s Horse”.      2). Summarize what we read as well; review the summary that we composed together on Friday; remember to include only important details, and do not include your opinion. 

Tuesday, September 25th-  1). Complete a written reading log today. 2). Answer the “Reader Response Questions” on page 310.  Be sure to answer the “Open for Discussion”, questions #’s 1-4, and the “Look Back and Write”. When answering the questions, remember to restate them, and give details!

Wednesday, September 26th- 1). Study for your exam tomorrow on “Leonardo’s Horse”; review the comprehension questions, plot, and vocabulary from the story; there will be a reading comprehension passage on this exam as well. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from today. 

Thursday, September 27th- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from today. 2). Complete the reading comprehension worksheet: “Don’t Become Another Statistic!”; be sure to also complete the “Bonus”. Please write it on a separate piece of paper. 

Upcoming Review/Exam:

1). “Leonardo’s Horse” Exam-Thursday, September 27th- review the vocabulary words, plot, and comprehension questions from class.

 

Grade 6- This week, the students will be reviewing comprehension questions based on the ending of the historical fiction story:“Old Yeller”.  Next, as a post-reading activity, the students will be engaging in a creative project based on the story; with a partner, the students will be developing a photo album that focuses on events in the story. They will choose ten events in sequential order to illustrate.  Each illustration will be accompanied by a descriptive paragraph. They will be editing and revising their work in class. The students will be receiving books to create their photo album. They will also be taking an exam on “Old Yeller” on Thursday, September 27th. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 24th- 1). Answer the “Reader Response Questions” on page 36.  Be sure to answer the “Open for Discussion”, questions #’s 1-4, and the “Look Back and Write”. Please be mindful of your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; don’t forget that your answers must be detailed. 

Tuesday, September 25th-  1). Complete a written reading log today.

Wednesday, September 26th- 1). Study for your exam tomorrow on “Old Yeller”; review the comprehension questions, plot, and vocabulary from the story. 2). Be sure your reading log is completed from today. 

Thursday, September 27th- 1). Make sure your reading log is completed from today.  2). Complete the reading comprehension worksheet: “Saving Earth One Bag at a Time”; remember to use process of elimination. 

Upcoming Review/Exam:

1). “Old Yeller” Exam-Thursday, September 27th- review the vocabulary words, plot, and comprehension questions from class.

 

Grade 7- This week, the students will finish reading “Two Kinds” from The Joy Luck Club.  They will be answering comprehension questions as well. Next, the students will be introduced to autobiographical sketches. They will be taking on the role of either Jing-mei Woo or her mother; they must focus on a specific event from the story and write an autobiographical sketch from the character’s perspective. Next, as a post-reading activity, the students will be creating a “Movie DVD” based on the story.  They must creatively come up with a movie title, illustration, and suspenseful plot summary that is based off of the story.  The students will be given a rubric to follow throughout this project as well.

Religion- This week, the students will continue focusing on Chapter 1: “The Source of All Life”; they will be answering various comprehension questions that focus on how God gives us the gift of faith and how the Church gives witness to God’s presence. The students will also be reading about St. Paul, completing the chapter review, and developing Jeopardy questions. (We met with our buddies on Thursday and Friday, so certain material had to be moved to this week.)

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 24th- 1). Finish the comprehension questions from today; summarize the ending of “Two Kinds”.

Tuesday, September 25th-  1). Make sure the questions from pages 16-17 in Religion are completed; don’t forget to also complete both activities. 2). Finish your rough draft of your autobiographical sketch; type your final draft; make sure that you have the proper heading:

Name                                              Date

OLGCA                                           Grade 7/ELA

(Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.)

Wednesday, September 26th- 1). Tomorrow is your essay exam on “Two Kinds” from The Joy Luck Club; you will be allowed to use your vocabulary handout and a dictionary and/or thesaurus. 2). Make sure your reading log is completed by today.

Thursday, September 27th- 1). Complete the reading comprehension packet: “The Wright Brothers”; be sure to use process of elimination for the multiple choice questions, and use details to answer the short answer questions.  Don’t forget to be detailed with the creative article! 3). Discuss with your partner/group about who will be bringing in a DVD for your project; please have it in by tomorrow!

Upcoming Review/Exam:

1). “Two Kinds” Essay Exam-Thursday, September 27th- review the vocabulary words, plot, and comprehension questions from class.

2). Chapter 1: “The Source of All Life” -Religion Exam-Tuesday, October 2nd. 

 

Grade 8- This week, the students will finish reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.  Next, the students will be writing a diary entry from the perspective of one of the characters from the story; they must include details and add their own twist as well.  Then, the students will be engaging in a post-reading activity project. Based on the story, the students will be creating a “New Netflix Television Series”; they must come up with  a name for their series and one illustration that represents the entire series; they will also be developing ten episode titles accompanied by illustrations.  The students will be brainstorming and completing rough drafts in class. They will begin their final work towards the end of the week. The students will be taking an essay exam on “The Tell-Tale Heart” on Thursday, September 27th. 

Tentative Homework/Testing Schedule:

Monday, September 24th- 1). Finish reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” pages 45-46; make sure the second set of the comprehension questions are completed from today. 

Tuesday, September 25th-  1). Write a diary entry from the perspective of either the narrator, the old man, or one of the police officers; be creative, include details from the story; you may add a little twist to it; use at least three vocabulary words in your writing! Don’t forget your heading. 

Name                                                          Date

OLGCA                                                       Grade 8/ELA

(Read for 20 minutes; no written reading log is required.)

Wednesday, September 26th- 1).Tomorrow is your essay exam on “The Tell-Tale Heart”; you will be allowed to use your vocabulary handout and a dictionary and/or thesaurus. 2). Make sure your reading log is completed by today.

Thursday, September 27th- 1). Complete the reading comprehension worksheet: “Do You Have the Time?”; be sure to complete the activity about a sundial on a separate sheet of paper.  Also, use process of elimination to answer the multiple choice questions. 

Upcoming Review/Exam:

1). “The Tell-Tale Heart Essay Exam”-Thursday, September 27th- review the vocabulary words, plot, and comprehension questions from class.