Sunday, September 25, 2016
Last week students filled their journals with writing on topics like: "If a genie granted you three wishes, but you couldn't use them to make yourself rich, what would you do?" and "Write directions for how to do or make something."
Students also talked about the literary device "mood" and identified it in a play based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."
This week we will continue to talk mood and Poe. In addition, we'll continue our weekly independent reading and journal writing, editing practice and vocabulary.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Based on this lesson by a teacher in Canada, students will be writing a letter to their "future selves."
Ok, so it's not too far into the future (I'll be collecting these letters and returning them during the last week of school in June).
The letter should be handwritten on loose leaf paper in class and should include:
A). a greeting (Dear ____)
B). a body in which you tell:
1. How you feel about school starting
2. Goals you have for this school year (inside and outside of school)
3. Things you are currently into/interested in (favorite song, friends, etc.)
4. Things currently going on in your life
5. Things you predict will happen this year
6. What you plan to do to achieve this year's goals
C). a closing (sincerely, yours truly, etc.)
Here's an example written by a student last year:
Dear (name): September 11, 2015
If you’re reading this, then you made it to the end of 7th grade. Congratulations. This is from your old less cool, non-lacrosse playing self.
What’s up? I’m just writing this letter to let you know how I intend to be awesome in 7th grade.
I want to try to give my all in all of my classes. I want to get projects in on time. I want to stand up for others and myself. It would be great if I could learn French, so I’ll try to accomplish that. Part of middle school is trying new things also. I want to play lacrosse this spring. I want to score a few goals. In soccer, I want to win all of our games if possible. The Plattsburgh team is going to be hard to beat, so if you’re reading this and you beat them, give yourself a pat on the back.
One of my biggest goals in soccer is to bicycle kick it into the goal this season. I could probably do it. Another one of my goals is to make a shot at the goal from midfield, which would be pretty awesome.
If not, that’s fine. Now, what about band? Was Mr. Vanier a good teacher? He seems like it. Right now, in September, I plan to be awesome at the band concerts and in Jazz Band. I’m considering joining chorus, even though my singing voice compares to the sound of gravel being ground together. Maybe I could play the drums and sing at the same time. I could steal the whole show. On a different note, I hope to excel in gym this year. I know I could make the presidential fitness level.
Another thing I want to do is run a mile that’s under 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
That’s going to be hard, but I know I can do it.
One thing I definitely don’t want to do is stress about everything, like homework, and grades. Those have never been a problem for me and they won’t be this year either. If I just take the time to complete the homework and do my best, then I have no worries. So, I hope that you, in the future, didn’t stress.
On a more fun note, I plan on longboarding a lot this year. If you’re reading this now and you have the badges of honor from falling off the longboard, congratulations. Also, I want to ski a lot. One of my top goals is to ski at Whistler-Blackcomb this winter, in Canada. I want to get a pair of Line skis, which are pretty beast, so I can shred the gnar. Going to Jay Peak in Vermont would be sick also. Of course, I also have to go to Whiteface at least 11 times this winter.
So yeah, this is just your old me writing to you way back in the school year, telling you my plans just in case you wonder why you became so awesome.
See you soon!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Several times each week, students will write in their journals.
Here's the topic for Friday, 9/9: "What will you miss most about summer now that it's over?"
During the first quarter, students will be working on building up writing stamina and sharing their writing in small groups in class.
Effort counts and at the end of the marking period journals will be graded.