20 Sep English Updates
In English in week 1, students wrote a piece about the solar eclipse. 5th, 6th, and 7th graders were given a choice of the type of writing. 8th, 9th, and 10th graders wrote a newspaper article. The writing assignment was broken into stages: all grades spent a day planning and discussing sources of information, a day writing, a day on peer review, and a day on their final copy. The purpose of the assignment was for them to practice the steps of the writing process and allow for assessment of their writing skills.
In week 2, students read a short story. They all worked on active reading strategies, then on character analysis. In groups, they focused on questions that indirectly addressed particular objectives for their grade level.
5th graders read “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, and worked on comparing and contrasting two or more characters, using specific details from the text. 6th and 7th graders read “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury. 6th graders worked on analyzing conflicts that motivate characters and analyzing relationships between characters. 7th graders were asked to identify character traits, dialogue, or actions that shape characters, compare and contrast points of view of various characters, and identify conflicting viewpoints in a text. 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. 8th and 9th graders worked to analyze conflicts that motivate characters and to analyze relationships between characters, using textual evidence in support. 10th and 11th graders identified elements of setting in the text and analyzed how historical context informs a piece of fictional writing.