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8th Grade Language Arts Newsletter: November Edition

Hello Parents,

There are so many things to be grateful for, and November is an opportune time to reflect on the abundance of blessings that we all enjoy. My students, supportive parents, and amazing Westwood family are some of the things that are definitely on my list of things to be thankful for! Thank you for partnering with me this year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ms. B.

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Veterans Day-- November 11

A heart-felt thank you to all those who have served or are currently serving in the US military. We appreciate your service and sacrifice!

I'd love to create a display of pictures of veterans in our classroom. If you have a family member who is a veteran, please share a photo with us! You can send them to school with your student or email them to Ms. B.

Thank you!

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Fall Break--November 24-28

Curriculum Highlights:

For Unit 3, which will take us through the end of the semester, we will be focusing on analyzing fiction short stories. We will focus on plot, characterization, setting, point of view, conflict, tone, mood, and theme. We will also continue to review analyzing poetry, using close reading strategies and annotating to aid in understanding.

Outside Reading Assignments

On-Level Students will select a book to read for the 3rd six weeks and will complete an in-class timed writing over their chosen book.

Pre-AP students will choose between Our Town by Thornton Wilder or The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and will write a literary analysis essay focusing on theme.