6Literacy- Assessments, Reading and About Mes.

Sep - 19 2015

Last week students had good opportunity to focus on their own reading – books that they’ve chosen and that they know they will enjoy. Literacy classes where students are actively working are around 30 minutes, which is an ideal amount of time for independent reading. The two lessons they had this week allowed them to […]

6HUMC – Writing About A Realization.

Sep - 19 2015

Have you ever thought about what really matters to your child? Yesterday was probably the most meaningful lesson that I’ve taught in writing this year. There needs to be a really good reason for students to understand why they should write. Being able to communicate with clarity is an important standard to be reached in […]

7HUMC – Response Journal Grades

Sep - 19 2015

This week heralded the four month mark for students being in their 7th grade year. A whole month and to all of us here at school, it feels like a lot longer! students are well into their first unit of work, that takes a more serious look at identity:How do we see ourselves? How might […]

Beach Retreat!

Sep - 12 2015

Middle Schoolers were lucky enough to have the best weather for their Beach Bonding day. Last Thursday all middle schoolers wore their advisory t-shirts, and any other accessories that their groups had decided on to celebrate Beach Retreat day. This is a day where students see their work pay off, in the form of the […]

6 Literacy Classes’ Special Guest!

Sep - 12 2015

At the beginning of this month, 6 Literacy classes were fortunate to have a guest reader: Virginia’s mom, Ms. Young. Please visit the page called Guest Readers, on this blog to find out more about Ms. Young’s visit and also to see the thank you messages from students.

7HUMC – Where Community Overcomes Exclusion!

Sep - 12 2015

Last week, 7th graders enjoyed playing a game that was meant to create an atmosphere of intolerance, where some students excluded others, depending on the number of a card randomly selected. Although the instructions were clear, this group of students so like each other that by the end of the ten minutes all students knew […]

6HUMC – Becoming Storytellers

Sep - 12 2015

Storytelling is a skill, and last week after they had created story maps (see below), 6th graders chose a story and then worked to be able to tell their narrative in three parts – the beginning, the middle and the end. Good storytelling involves interesting characters, a problem, a climax where the problem is at […]

7HUMC: Defining Community and Enjoying Reading!

Sep - 06 2015

Last week, despite the short week, 7th graders covered the following: * Chunking ideas when they are reading a text closely for information and understanding * Debating ideas about community, using an author’s definition of this word * Completing a response about author’s craft, so that they are aware of these strategies for their own […]

6HUMC: Why an “On Demand” piece of Writing?

Sep - 06 2015

Last week students were given a forty five minute time limit to write a piece about a true moment in their lives. Their instructions included: * Write a beginning for your story * Use transition words to tell what happened in order. * Elaborate to help readers picture your story * Show what your story […]

6 Literacy: Unique Reading Tastes

Sep - 06 2015

Last week may have been a short short week, but 6 LitA and 6LitB took another step towards understanding who they are as readers. This time the focus was on gathering information from each group, and coming up with a charted list of class reading characteristics. Students returned to their personal pic collages and reading […]

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