Congratulations everyone, we’ve made it to the end of the first semester which means this school year is already halfway done! Q2 report cards will be going out next week for students in grades 7-12.
When second semester starts on Thursday I will be teaching grade 4/5 math, which means I get to be with them all afternoon! I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Unfortunately that means that I won’t be teaching ELA 9/10 anymore, as they will be spending second semester with Mrs. Moen.
I hope you are all enjoying your day off for semester turn-around!
We’ve completed reading the Outsiders with our ELA 9/10 class and are currently watching the movie. We have also begun looking at our final project for this unit, which consists of three parts: an essay, a creative project, and the chapter worksheets. I have attached the handout for your reference. The due date will be January 15th, so students are encouraged to work on this at home over the Christmas break, in addition to the class time that they will receive both before and after the break.
The Outsiders Final Project
Grade 9 & 10 students should be done reading and worksheets to the end of chapter 7 by Monday.
We’ve got a test on Monday, December 4th! It will cover concepts from the beginning of the year, focusing on indigenous stories and Norse mythology. The test will be open book. Students should prepare by going through their booklet and making sure all of their answers and frames are filled in. I also encourage students to answer the “What have you learned?” questions on page 55 of the booklet:
- Why do people tell stories and tales (their narratives – folk tales, legends, fables, proverbs)?
- How do these stories and tales help people understand the world?
- What lessons do we learn about people through these stories and tales?
- How are these stories and tales from around the world alike and different?
- Why is it important for each generation to hear and tell these tales?
- Why did these stories endure the test of time?
Test will be a combination of short and long answer questions. Good luck!
In ELA 9/10 we have been reading Norse mythology. Students have written essays about a Norse god or goddess, written persuasive paragraphs, and have read about Ragnarok – the end of the world. We will be wrapping up this unit soon, and students will have an exam covering our unit on Indigenous and Norse narratives.
Report cards also go out this week! Some students have not handed in all of their assignments, and this can affect their mark substantially. Students are encouraged to complete missing assignments ASAP.
In ELA right now we are writing Halloween stories – both for marks and as a part of a writing contest sponsored by the SCC.
Our topic is: Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense using onomatopoeia and alliteration. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.
All stories will be submitted to the SCC for judging. The top story from each grade will receive a prize!
Stories are due on Monday, October 23rd and must be typed and printed.
Grade 9 and 10s have an assignment due today. Students were to write a one (or more) paragraph expository response to Indigenous proverbs. Students were to choose one specific proverb and relate it to their own life.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Elementary students should have taken home information last week about assigned meeting times, while parents of students in grades 7-12 can call the office to schedule meetings for Parent-Teacher Interviews! Our first one is this Thursday, see you then!
On Wednesday, Sept 27 the SRC has planned a pajama day! So wear your comfiest pajamas to school that day! And we have ANOTHER Spirit day on Friday, with the theme being sporting outfits. There will be activities in the gym at noon for students as well! Friday is also our Terry Fox Walk in the afternoon, so students should be prepared to go for a walk outside.
In ELA 9/10 we are currently in the midst of our first unit focusing on Folktales. We’ve read a bunch of different folk and fairy tales, and have worked on analyzing the story components. On Tuesday, Sept 26 we have a 1-2 page essay due. In this essay students should compare and contrast two tricksters that we read about in class last week: Wisakedjak and the Raven.