Posted by: aoifelove | October 9, 2016

A Great Field Trip!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Eighth Graders for the great performance that they gave at Thursday’s monthly Assembly.  Their theme was “Service,” and they covered the subject in a thorough and humorous manner.  Well done, Eighth Graders!  I am so proud of you!♥

On Friday, our Middle School trip to Disney’s California Adventure Park was a great success.  Our ECDS students learned many valuable lessons that are required to become a truly good leader.  They listened attentively and answered the questions in a mature and intelligent manner.  Their participation was superb!  They were great role-models for our school.  Well done, Students!  THANK YOU to all our parents who drove on the field trip and chaperoned our students around the park.  We are truly grateful to you for your time and energy.♥

This past week in literature, my Seventh Graders finished reading Beowulf.  They also continued to write their outlines of Beowulf.  They have finished the “Exposition” and “Rising Action” of the outlines, using their laptops.   In addition to this, they worked in their paragraph/editing workbooks.  The majority of the class scored very high on the Wordly Wise spelling/vocabulary test.  Well done, Seventh Graders!  However, many of my students are not naming the subjects in Section E of the Wordly Wise homework.  Please encourage your child to always name the subjects in Section E of the lessons.  Many thanks!

This week, my Seventh Graders will analyze Beowulf with respect to themes, plot, characterization, symbolism etc.  In addition to this,  they will start to read the epic poem, “The Lady of Shalott ” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, as we wait for our next book to arrive.  This poem ties in very nicely with our study of medieval times in Beowulf.  The next writing assignment will be “Write an Heroic Poem,” based on either of the characters: Beowulf, Grendel, or She, or they can write about all three characters, if they wish.  I gave my students an example of the standard of poetry that I am expecting from them, and I will read more examples to them this week.  I have already distributed the guidelines for this assignment, which is due on Thursday, October 20.   This week, my Seventh Graders will also continue to work on their outlines and will cover, at least, the “Climax.”  There will be no Wordly Wise homework, as there will be a Literary Terms Test instead.  Please encourage your child to study for it.  Thank you.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Thursday, October 13.
  • Rewrites of “Legends/Myths” are past due.  Please turn them in A.S.A.P.
  • Please work on your Heroic Poems.

Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead!

Sincerely,

Miss Susan

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