English Updates

English Updates

Students in grade 5 will be traveling with Milo, who has received a mysterious and intriguing package, banishing all his feelings of boredom.  We will travel with him beyond the Tollbooth and enter the Kingdom of Wisdom.  Students have been provided a study guide, reading schedule and book. We will supplement The Phantom Tollbooth unit with vocabulary from the book, as well as continue with our Greek/ Latin root study.  Finally, we will be focusing in the next two weeks on writing powerful paragraphs. 

Students in grades 6/7 are on adventure with 13-year old Brian, whose single engine plane goes down in the Canadian forest, leaving him with nothing but a tattered windbreaker and hatchet to survive.  Students have been provided a study guide, reading schedule, and electronic book.  We will study vocabulary from the book, as well as our Greek/ Latin root study.  Finally, we will be focusing on developing strong topic sentences, supporting details, and clincher sentences and doing preliminary planning for our Hatchet portfolio projects using correct MLA citation format.

Students in grades 8/9 are exploring a dystopian society and its ramifications on individual expression through a reading of The GiverStudents have been given a study guide, reading schedule, and electronic book.  We will begin research presentations the week of March 19th.  Incorporating vocabulary from the book as well as our Greek/ Latin root study, we will will expand our knowledge of language.  Finally, we will be focusing effective writing of the five paragraph essay, using correct MLA citation format. 

Students in grades 10/11 are roaring through the 20’s and the era of “reckless consumption” through our reading of The Great Gatsby.  Students have been provided a study guide, reading schedule and electronic book. We will supplement with vocabulary from the book as well as continue with our Greek/ Latin root study. Students will be researching innovations of the early 20th century and will be focusing on developing concise theses and supporting paragraphs in MLA format research writing.