A Look into Our Classroom
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." -John Lennon
Closing out the 4th Six Weeks
Other Noteworthy Items
ELA Simulation scores have been shared with your student. We looked over our lowest scoring questions and discussed SAQs and the persuasive essay. Overall, my PreAP students did wonderfully and I am very proud of their hard work and effort. In March we will focus more on testing strategies and reaching the commended level but for now, they are in a good place and I have no concerns about the STAAR test March 31st.
Julius Caesar is in its final leg. We have worked very hard on rhetorical devices and persuasion with this unit and again, I am proud of the students' hard work and effort. Shakespeare is not easy and they have learned great skills (teamwork, patience, critical thinking) as they worked through decoding and analyzing his work.
It wasn't all work though! Students came into a crime scene one day and were charged with investigating who was responsible for Caesar's death. They looked through sources and learned about Caesar's mental health, listened to statements of witnesses, and served as judge and jury in the conviction!
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
During this book study, our primary focus will be on figurative devices. We will also pull in some expository articles and poetry to pair with the reading. Students will be using literary circles (one of my favorite things ever) to discuss the novel.