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April 8th Grade Language Arts Newsletter

Hello Parents!

April Showers bring May flowers and also the last six weeks of the 8th grade year! Soon these little darlings will be preparing for a fun-filled summer and getting geared-up for the jump into high school. As the spring semester continues, we have lots of learning still in store for these last months of school. Hopefully our Spring Fever won't get the best of us, and we can finish the year strong! Please read below to see what's coming up this month in Language Arts.

Ms. B.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, April 6: Pre-AP students need to have a copy of Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Saturday, April 11: 8th Grade Social Studies/Science Saturday School
  • Saturday, April 18: 8th Grade Social Studies/Science Saturday School
  • Monday, April 20: 8th Grade Math STAAR test
  • Tuesday, April 21: 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR test
  • Wednesday, April 22: 8th Grade Science STAAR test
  • Thursday, May 21: Pre-AP Outside Reading for Dandelion Wine Project Due


An ode to allergies...

As the months have passed so fleeting,

and the spring flowers are now in bloom,

the students all are sneezing,

leaving no tissue in our room!

So if it crosses your mind,

we'd love to ask of you,

to donate a box of any kind

of quality tissue.

Thank you!

Curriculum Highlights:

On-Level Classes will be reading the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. We will be focusing on plot development, the Hero's Journey and archetypes, characterization, setting, imagery, foreshadowing, making inferences, summarizing text, and building vocabulary.

Pre-AP Classes will be reading A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. We will be focusing on using context clues, building vocabulary, word play and intonation, characterization, dialogue and other elements of dramatic literature. Students will also read the novel Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury for their outside reading project. We will utilize some class time to work on this novel and essay as well.