No Homework! Since we’ll be having benchmark tests this week, with reading on Monday and Tuesday, students will not be required to do any reading or writing outside of school for the class. We’ll simply push what were the assignments ahead one week. So…come to school fed and rested and do well on your tests. This might be a good time to find a new book for your fourth quarter book report. Our class will be visiting the book fair on Thursday, and students may find something good to read there.
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The deadline for turning in book reports is Friday, February 28th.
Periods 1,3,5,7 and 8
This week we’re beginning the book, Four Perfect Pebbles which coordinates with the social studies unit on World War II. Students will be given a reading schedule to glue into the front of their paperback books to help keep them on track. I should warn parents and students that the book is not the most engaging reading we’ll do this year, and in the past students have seen their grades fall for this unit. However, with the state’s new emphasis on non-fiction, I feel that this short unit is a beneficial and important one for students. For Monday night everyone should read the prologue and the first 22 pages, taking reader’s notes as they go. Later assignments will be forthcoming. We’ll be starting Banner in the Sky on or around March 10th.
Mon. Read from the prologue through page 22, taking notes.
Tues. Read from page 23 through page 36, taking notes.
Wed. Read from page 37 through page 59. Take notes on the pages of text, but not on the
Thurs. Read pages 60 through 73, taking notes. Finish book report to turn in Friday if you haven’t already done so.
I felt disappointed in the grades some of the students turned in on Friday after we checked the poetry quiz. Students who want to raise their grades may come to my class before school and take the test again. On Wednesdays they’ll have to meet me at C Hall West where I have morning duty. However, this new two-week unit on Four Perfect Pebbles will give everyone a chance to improve. We’ll be reading the book together in class for the most part and correlating the narrative with the social studies curriculum. Students should expect the occasional short quiz or evaluation just to be sure that everyone is keeping up. I have plenty of used copies of the book, so no one should need to go out and buy one. After Pebbles students will read Al Capone Does my Shirts.
As we read Four Perfect Pebbles in class, students may need to read a few pages at home if we don’t finish that day’s reading assignment in class. A reading schedule has been distributed so that students can see what their assignments will be.
Friday is the deadline for turning in book reports.