Mrs. Farrell's Newsletter

Vista PEAK Exploratory: 8th Grade Literacy

Where we've been...

Last semester we tackled a lot of exciting material. We read, we wrote, we practiced, and revised. Students started the year with a look at investigative journalism and created their own pieces of inquiry. We moved into a whole class novel study and read The Outsiders. Our class was lucky enough to have an opera singer from Opera Colorado stop by and discuss character development and archetypical character traits. Our end product was a literary essay that asked students to synthesize what they know about the Freytag diagram, or how a plot is developed, character development, and author's craft. They had to tie all of these elements together to support their ideas on theme. It was a success! We have much to celebrate as we move into semester two.

Where we're going...

We are beginning this semester with a close look at argument writing. Our focus will be how to appropriately and effectively argue a point. We will discuss many different viewpoints on all of the topics we tackle. Our end product will be an argument piece that either facilitates a debate or a speech. The final semester will be a second novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. During this unit we will focus on symbolism and revisit archetypes. We will be visited by the Colorado Ballet for an in-depth look at how symbolism is found in all art forms.