December Classroom Update
8th Grade English
End of the Nine Weeks
With only a few short weeks remaining in this semester, time is flying by! In English, we are wrapping up our work in Unit 2, related to the art of persuasion and the media. Please remember that students still have the opportunity to submit ANY work they are missing from this nine weeks up until the week of final exams. Those missing assignment(s) would be graded as a "50" in Skyward and would be marked as "missing". Additionally, students may reassess any low scoring assignment(s). Progress reports will be sent out again next week.
Lastly, we will soon start reviewing for semester exams, which in English will be a STAAR-style benchmark. We have been preparing for this all year, but students will also get a review for this exam in the near future. Please be talking to your student about setting up a study-plan for their exams so that they are well-prepared when it comes time to take the test, as these are worth approximately 14% of their overall semester grade. The administration will be sending out the final exam schedule soon.
Unit 4: Voices and Challenges (Important Information)
Next semester, we will start our next unit: Voices and Challenges. During this unit, students will explore some challenging times in our history, diverse perspectives on those events, and how the heroes/heroines of the age endured them. Here is an excerpt from the overview of this unit:
"The world has dark pages in its history, and at times the challenge of righting such immeasurable wrongs is impossible. A study of narratives about the Holocaust, whether nonfiction accounts or fictionalized accounts based on true events, will reveal the worst in human behavior. And yet, as Anne Frank, the most famous young victim of the Holocaust, wrote in her diary, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” In this unit, you will apply the lessons of the Holocaust and take action about a challenging issue in your school, in your community, or perhaps in the world."
To prepare for this unit, I wanted to relay some important information.
1. Students will be reading a Holocaust-related novel of their choice in small groups and participating in literature circles, like they did this semester with they Dystopian novels. They will be selecting these novels this week, and they will be responsible for purchasing or renting a copy of the novel they choose by January 2nd. The list of these books are on the syllabus, which students received at the start of the year, and a digital copy is also posted on my website.
2. All 8th graders will have the opportunity to go on a field trip to tour the Holocaust Museum on Thursday, January 19th. Students will receive a field trip permission slip this week that must be completed, signed, and returned with $8 (covering buses and the museum ticket) by December 16th in order to be eligible to attend this trip. Students will also participate in several activities that day once they return to campus to enhance their understanding of this topic. I am including this link to the museum website if you are interesting in learning more about our upcoming tour: http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/about/contact