Today students presented impromptu reviews of their independent novel studies to give their peers an idea of what is available.
Today we also watched part of a documentary about Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire. Students had a follow-along sheet to focus their attention toward some key ideas. If anyone needs to re-watch sections to complete their sheet, they can use the link above (first 55 minutes).
Have a nice long weekend, everybody!
Students had time in Language Arts to read and/or complete their tracking sheets for their independent novel study.
In Social Studies, students worked on their Japan study guides.
Homework: keeping up to date on novel study, complete Japan study guide (except for Meiji vs. Edo chart).
Today students were given time to work on their novel study. I collected the first three check-in sheets and I'll hand them back tomorrow. Students will have some time tomorrow to continue. Check-in #4 is Thursday.
We continued learning about why and how Japan ended their policy of isolation. We are finishing up this section and will have a short test on Monday.
Congratulations to our grade 8's who premiered the plays that they wrote/produced/directed... It was an absolute blast and I'm thrilled to have seen them. It was a lot of fun for me seeing everyone displaying their own sense of character and story in their individual tasks (prop-making, puppet design, writing/editing...).
For those who missed it, the plays were:
A Legal Murder by 8A
Standing Toward The Sun by 8B
Students put the finishing touches on puppets, props, backgrounds, and scripts for our puppet play. We'll practice tomorrow and then present to the other grade 8 class on Monday.
Students have their 2nd novel study tracking sheet and were given time to work on their novel today. I'll be collecting the first three check-ins on Monday.
Today we examined run-on sentences and three ways to fix them:
We prepared for our Bunraku play which we will present on Monday. 8A is going to present to 8B and 8B will present to 8A.
If you haven't received a second novel study tracking sheet, pick one up from me. The first three check-ins are due on Monday. I'll be collecting your work and reviewing it. Remember to stay up-to-date with deadlines by using the calendar on this site (link in the upper right hand corner).
This morning, the 8B's painted the base coat for our puppet heads.
8A's reviewed some of the common errors found in their recent essays. The two most prevalent errors were run-on sentences and inconsistent tense. We'll be working on these aspects of writing in the days to come.
Both classes reviewed the Social Studies test from yesterday.
Many students did not have their reading/tracking sheet complete for today, so we had time in class to complete that. I reminded students to check the calendar for all the check-in dates in the next few weeks.
We wrote our Chapter 4 Social Studies test on Edo Japan.
Everyone should have a novel selected for their novel study. Based on the reading you did in class today and any reading you do at home this evening, you should determine if the books is a good fit for you. A good fit means that you are interested in reading your book and is provides a little challenge (some new vocabulary, some complex sentences). If you are getting stuck regularly, the book is likely too difficult. If you are not not getting stuck at all, just smooth sailing, it may be too easy for you.
We'll have our Social Studies test on Monday.
The calendar is updated with Novel Study Check-in Dates.
It was wonderful to see everyone after the break. It sounds like people had lots of fun: some vacations, some time with friends & family, video games, Netflix...
Today we had our narrators read our Bunraku script aloud. Students gave feedback and our script supervisors got to work tweaking. Our musical group got together and practiced the background music for the play. Most students were designing puppet bodies by trial and error.
We'll put another week's worth of effort into these plays and then present them to the grade 7's.
Our Social Studies test has been rescheduled to Monday, April 9th.
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