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Monday, January 31, 2011
Jan 31st, 2011 by admin

7th Grade

Synonymous Phrases were explored today to reinforce the importance of varied word choice in writing.

New reading logs were distributed; they are due Friday, February 4.

An easy worksheet on Homonyms is due tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1. A refresher course on homonyms is needed every once in a while to assists students as they edit and revise.

8th Grade

Many students shared humorous and cute eccentricity writes.  Those who did not must submit one tomorrow.

The OAKS reading test is scheduled to begin tomorrow, so get a good night’s sleep and eat a wholesome breakfast.

Two assignments are due on Friday, February 4: reading log and 2 vocabulary exercises.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jan 30th, 2011 by admin

8th Grade

In class we read David Sedaris’s  mini-memoir “I’ll Eat What He’s Wearing,” in which David descriptively and humorously details his father’s eccentric ways penny pinching with food.  You were given a graphic organizer for brainstorming your friends’ and family’s idiosyncrasies.  Select one, compose a one-page narrative describing your subject’s quirks and providing two or three scenes that show the eccentric habits in action.

You may organize your piece any way you like; however, if you’re struggling to get started, I suggest you emulate Sedaris’s sequence: open with a scene (called anecdote), follow with straight forward description of the behavior, add another scene or two, and conclude coming full circle back to the opening scene.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jan 19th, 2011 by admin

7th Grade

Today was a mini-lesson on hyphenated modifiers, followed by a peer editing and feedback session on ATTWN essays.

Tomorrow, January, 20, final drafts are due at the beginning of class.  Please type them in a size 12 font and use 1.5 line spacing.  The drafts I read spotlighted clever, smart, and original writer’s voice.  Keep up the your efforts in going beyond just getting it done.

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