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Mrs.Carole Scannell Junior High Reading/Language - 7th

My name is Mrs. Carole Scannell and I am the 7th grade ELA teacher.  I have been a parishioner for more than twenty years, and been involved in a few church activities.  I have taught at a few different schools in the area, but look forward to my new adventure here at St. John Fisher.  My five children are all graduates of St. John Fisher which brings me great pride.

Week of February 24th

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

It is hard to believe, but February is almost over and so is our 2nd trimester!  Friday, February 28th is the end of trimester two, it is also the day that ourr Formal Book Analysis is exceptions!

This week in reading, we will finish up our short story "The Lottery" and move onto our last novel  which is "The Outsiders".  We will revisit the movie about the Lottery and compare the short story with the film adaptation.  We will also watch The Giving Tree and compare what that author was trying to get the reader to understand.  In starting "The Outsiders", we will go through the different characters we will meet and the setting.  In language, we are working with adverbs this week.  Adverbs go along with the action of the sentence and ask three questions; how, when, and where about the actions.  In vocabulary, we are starting Unit 8 this week.  We will have our introductory story and then begin all of the different exercises.  In writing, we are wrapping up the formal book analysis.  We created 31 note cards in class, now the students have to transfer that knowledge into paragraphs and put their paper together according to the rules given out. This is due on my desk this Friday, no exceptions!








Week of February 18th

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Can you believe that we are almost through with February??  Time is flying by so quickly!  In reading this week we will cover more activities with our short story The Lottery.  We will discuss the symbolism and the Jim Crow Laws that were in place during this time period.  In language we are on the comparative adjectives; do you add ER and EST, or do you have to put more and most in front of the adjective.  In writing, we are on the final leg of the book analysis.  We will start our final note cards this week with point of view, and title significance, theme and literary techniques.  We will finish all of this on Friday, 2/21.  This will give the students all next week to pull their projects together.  The Formal Book Analysis will be due on my desk Friday, February 28th.  NO EXCEPTIONS  This is also the end of the 2nd trimester.  Let's continue to work hard.

Week of February 10th

Posted on Feb 10, 2020

Welcome back after a very busy weekend!  This week in reading we have started our new short story called The Lottery.  It is a very unusual story with a very grim ending.  The author Shirley Jackson wanted to catch the readers by surprise, almost like Lois Lowry in The Giver.  This week we will work on finding text evidence and discuss irony and allegory.  In language, we are working on adjectives, the wonderful describing words.  In vocabulary we will finish up Unit 7 and test on Tuesday, 2/11.  In writing, we are still working on our note cards for our Formal Book Analysis.  Last week we covered the EXPOSITION which had our setting and characters.  We also did our note cards for the INCITING INCIDENT and began the RISING ACTION.  After we put all the information on the note cards, the students transfer that information into a paragraph.  Beginning today, we are on paragraph # 16.  Please check in with your child...time management is important so this doesn't become too overwhelming.  

Week of February 3rd

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

Welcome to February!!!  Time is flying by so quickly because we are so busy at school and at home.  This week in reading we will continue to work on our formal book analysis.  We are taking each of the characters, and coming up with bullet points regarding their personality, job title, and importance to the story.  The students then take the note cards home and turn the given information into a sound paragraph.  We will continue this with each aspect of the analysis.  I will then give the students a week to pull it all together and bound in a report pocket.  We will also start our next short story called The Lottery.  In language, we are on Pronouns...the six different types;demonstrative,reflexive,interrogative, personal,possessive, and indefinite.  We will practice how to use all of this in our purple book as well as our interactive notebooks.  In writing we are working on our formal book analysis.  We will also begin Unit 7 in our vocabulary book as well.