Well, we are really into the swing of things in 8th Grade English Language Arts! I am so impressed with your talented children. Not only are they incredibly respectful and attentive, but I have thrown several difficult exercises their way and they have been knocking them out of the park!
Last week, we began to set the tone for our first novel study: To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. This wonderful and important book is allowing us to tackle complex subject matters and themes such as inequality, racism, prejudice, exclusion, moral and physical courage, social ostracism and heroism to name a few. We dissected a very famous Langston Hughes poem, "I, Too, Sing America," as well as had a very deep discussion about the historic Scottsboro Boys and trial from 1931. We read a detailed article highlighting this event with the added bonus of relevant vocabulary words. Hughes’ poem and the Scottsboro Boys along with the vocabulary will be the subject of our quiz this upcoming Wednesday.
Through this material, we have relied heavily on our higher-level thinking and learning from one another to obtain a firm grasp on the material and make connections to our modern day lives. All of this hard work will pay off immensely as we will have a significant better understanding of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, as we build our background knowledge in hopes of being totally invested in the characters and events of the book. This week, the students will have a firm grasp as to what is going to be expected of them as we read and study the book. We will begin reading TKAM tomorrow in class. All of our accompanying projects and assignments will be posted to GoogleClassroom so the students won’t miss a beat.
Finally, please join us this Wednesday, August 29thfor Back-to-School-Night! I know for many of you some of our presentations may be a review, but we would really love to see you and meet you in order to build a strong partnership, planting the seeds in making this year your child’s best year yet!