oldyellerWe’ve completed the reading of the novel, Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson. This story takes place in the mid-west during the late 1800’s. It’s a classic story of a boy and his dog. Travis, the main character, must take on much responsibility while his dad is away. He learns about the joys and sorrows of life. Students participated in class discussions and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as we learned about responsibility ad companionship.

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ENGLISH: During this month, students read several articles about the controversial issue of school uniforms. Then, students brainstormed the pros and cons of this issue. Next, they wrote a rough draft essay using a step-by-step packet. Students implemented quotations from the articles to support their stance on the issue. Finally, after I read over their rough drafts, they wrote a final, persuasive, 5-paragraph essay with three reasons supporting their thesis. This exercise was very beneficial to students and help them to realize the importance of uniforms.
Mrs. Foster

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johnny-tremainWe’ve been reading the novel Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. This story takes place during the the beginnings of the American Revolution. The main character, Johnny, is humbled early on in the story by a career-ending injury to his hand. As he learns more about why the Bostonians are rebelling, he decides to help in their fight. Students learned a lot about history and pereverence as we read this book together.

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cooking_with_chef_dominick_tv_show_chopping_hg_clr1ENGLISH: During this month, students read several articles about the controversial issue of TV’s influence: positive or negative. Then, students brainstormed the pros and cons of this issue. Next, they wrote a rough draft essay using a step-by-step packet. Students implemented quotations from the articles to support their stance on the issue. Finally, after I read over their rough drafts, they wrote a final, persuasive, 5-paragraph essay with three reasons supporting their thesis. We found that there are pro’s and con’s to watching TV. We realized that we needed to be careful what we watch and that reading can be a lot more fun than watching TV!
Mrs. Foster

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READING: We’ve been reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the novel by Mildred D. Taylor. The story depicts life for African Americans in the South in the 1930’s (pre-civil rights). Students have read aloud in class, and they have read some at home on their own. In addition, students have participated in good class discussion of the events and issues brought up in the novel.
Mrs. Foster

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ENGLISH: During this month, students read several articles about the controversial issue of pro athletes making too much money. Then, students brainstormed the pros and cons of this issue. Next, they wrote a rough draft essay using a step-by-step packet. Students implemented quotations from the articles to support their stance on the issue. Finally, after I read over their rough drafts, they wrote a final, persuasive, 5-paragraph essay with three reasons supporting their thesis.
Mrs. Foster

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Consumer math finished out the year by looking back at ratios and percents. Students also worked on a study guide, which helped prepare them for their Finals.
Mrs. Racoma

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Students finished their work on Linear Systems by learning to multiply the system by a number, which then allowed them to eliminate a variable and solve. Students also worked on a study guide, which helped prepare them for their Finals.
Mrs. Racoma

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Students finished working on negative and positive integers this month. They also completed a workbook packet that gave them a review of what they accomplished in 7th grade math. Students also worked on a study guide, which helped prepare them for their Finals.
Mrs. Racoma

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Students reviewed work that they have had this entire year. They completed a workbook packet that gave them a review of what they accomplished in 6th grade math. Students also worked on a study guide, which helped prepare them for their Finals.
Mrs. Racoma

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