WELCOME to Team Respect English/Language Arts! During this quarter we will be learning about each other, what makes a "TRUE LEADER", and starters in ELA to prep for high school.
Our first 2 or 3 assignments, due 8/22/2016 through 8/24/2016, are the "Letter to my Honorable Olympian", "Heart Map", and/or "Peaks & Valleys". Your student should do well at these assignments as they are all about them, their thoughts, their beliefs, and their own research! Please see the assignments for detailed inforamtion about all of these!
Unit 2 is all about CLOSE READING! We will begin by having a quiz every week over our literary vocabulary. A powerpoint has been downloaded to help you with your Interactive Student Notebook-Vocabulary Notebook Section! As we work through this unit, we will CLOSE read 12 excerpts from books available to all students for their literature circles, we will refresh our memory and be able to apply and analyze over 40 academic vocabulary terms. We will have quizzes on Wednesday, September 7th and Tuesday, September 13th. This Unit will culminate with a Post-Test that will be given Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
Our third Unit for this quarter is everyone's favorite Literature Circle Unit. Your student will have a choice of over 20 books they can read over a period of three weeks with at least two other classmates. They will have their choice of jobs, projects, lessons, and resposibilites. This unit will culminate in a "Book Talk" that has the ultimate goal of peaking a classmates' interest to the ultimate extent...making them check out and read the presenter's book! The group that has the most people ask to read their books wins a prize and a guaranteed A over their project/presentation!
I am very excited about this school year, and I hope your child's learning experience in our class is rich and worthwhile!
STAR READING tests will be a major part of making sure that your goals are being met and you are being challenged daily! These will occur on the last Friday of each month.
LET'S GET READY FOR A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR! Happy 2016-2017