There is SO MUCH information to share with you this week!!
This week is a 4 day week. I hope those of you who have chosen to attend the ski trip on Friday of this week have a safe, yet wonderful trip and make many memories!!! I will be thinking about you.
Salt to the Sea information: I am asking that all 8th grade students purchase a copy of the book Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys by February 16, 2021. It is available to order through Amazon, Bookies or Barnes and Noble. If you would like to order it through the school, please have your child bring $8.00 to school by Wednesday, February 10. We will not be annotating the books, so if you would prefer to obtain the book through Chicago Public Library, that is fine with me! Ordering information was sent home via e-mail. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
English: Students should have finished their Works Cited Pages as well as their Outlines for their research papers. So far, students have had the opportunity to earn 100 points on this project: Research=50 points, Outline=25 points, Works Cited Page=25 points. The final essay will be worth an additional 100 points. Rough drafts of the essay are due by 11:59PM on Thursday, February 11, 2021!! It is important, barring any unusual circumstances, that all students abide by this due date, as I plan to use the 4 day weekend to read and comment on the essays so that students can make corrections the following week!!
Reading: We will continue our unit on Immigration. We will be watching the documentary-New Immigrants Share Their Stories and reading the nonfiction passage-A Common Bond. We will also be doing a bit of background work to prepare to read the novel, Salt to the Sea. The novel is set in World War II, and it looks at the travels of 4 immigrants from 4 different countries as they make their way to the Wilhelm Gustloff to escape the horrors of both the Russians and the Germans.(This is a lesser known/talked about event from World War II)
We will also be taking the mid-year i-Ready test this week in both math and reading!!