Posted by: aoifelove | October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

A BIG THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS on the WONDERFUL SUCCESS of this year’s FALL FESTIVAL to Anne Morasco, Susan Bachand, and the PAC Team!!!  The creativity of the Haunted House was AMAZING!  The costumes, pumpkins, scarecrows, and booths were all SUPERB! What an INCREDIBLE JOB!  THANK YOU also to Mr. Lehmunn for volunteering for the DUNK TANK!  You’re a GREAT SPORT! 🙂

THANK YOU to my Seventh Graders, for all your help in the Haunted House, on Friday.  You were both SCARY and FABULOUS!! 🙂

Last week in Literature, my Seventh Graders heard the introductory story that led to the plight of Helen of Troy. In addition to this, they took notes on the setting, themes, and symbolism in Beowulf.  Then, they watched a short video of Beowulf on their laptops, which brought the story to life for them.  They also worked on finishing their Beowulf outlines, and almost everyone in the class has finished.   Well done, Seventh Graders!  They worked on their paragraph-editing and grammar workbooks, too.  I have almost finished correcting their epic poems, based on Beowulf.  I am thrilled with my Seventh Graders’ poetry, so far.  Great Job, Seventh Graders!

The next writing assignment will be “Write a Screenplay.” I will distribute the guidelines for this project on Tuesday, November 1.  During the course of this project, they will learn the format of a script for a screenplay.  They will also learn about locations, camera angles, special effects, lighting, music, casting, wardrobe, transportation, props, storyboards, directors, cinematographers, producers etc.  This project will take approximately six weeks, and my students will work on it both in class and at home.

This week, my Seventh Graders will commence reading Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  They will be given a five-page Review Quiz on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, on Thursday, November 3.  Therefore, there will be no Wordly Wise homework due this week.  I will prepare them for the quiz, so, no stress!  We will also work on characterization in Beowulf.  If time permits, we will watch an animated version of “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

In my Drama class, my Seventh Graders will polish their skits for the monthly Assembly, on Friday November 4.  Then, they will commence readings and auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, on Tuesday, November 8.

Reminders:

  1. The Halloween Parade will take place on Monday at 11:00a.m.
  2. Please take great care of my precious Seventh Graders, if they go Trick-Or-Treating, on Monday night, as there are a lot of strange people in the world who come out on Halloween night.
  3. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 17 and 18.  I look forward to meeting with you then.

 The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Rewrites of the epic poems, with a colored illustration, are due on Thursday, November 3.
  • Prepare for the Review Quiz on Hamlet.  Please use your class notes.

No one can be free, unless he or she is independent.  ~ Maria Montessori.

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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