Posted by: aoifelove | February 12, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

First, I must apologize to Smita Varma for misspelling her surname in my blog, last week.  I am so sorry, Smita! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued to read about Odysseus in Hades and the people from his life that he met while there.  They also read about the Sirens’ magical song, and how it seduces those who listen to it, bringing forth certain death.  In addition to this, my Eighth Graders worked on the outlines for their “Novellas,” and most of them finished them.  Last week’s focus for their novellas was the setting and characterization.

I am happy to report that the weekly spelling/vocabulary scores are in the A+/A range.  Thank you, Eighth Graders! However, more time needs to be given to the Wordly Wise homework, as many of my students are making careless mistakes, or are rushing their homework.

On Friday afternoon, we met with Joel York (author) on Skype, with respect to the next writing assignment. He addressed the following: the writer/reader contract:suspension of disbelief; sensory writing, dialogue, descriptive writing, similes, the three “What if’s,”and the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of writing a story.  It was a great session!  Next week, he will discuss point of view, tone, and mood in writing.

This coming week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue to read The Odyssey, and follow Odysseus on his many adventures as he journeys back to his family, in Ithaca.  In addition to this, they will continue to put their thoughts on paper for their “Novellas.”  This week in class, we will focus on the following conventions of writing: point of view, tone, and mood, in preparation for our session with author,  Joel York, on Friday.

This week, my Eighth Graders will commence a cross-curricular writing assignment in class.  They will write The Constitution in their own words.  This project will take approximately one month to complete.  However, it is a worthwhile endeavor, as it is imperative that our students should know what is or is not written in this very important document, especially, as it is in the news so much today.  My former students found it very interesting, and not as difficult as they had expected.

This week in Drama Class, I will block Scene 11 and Scene 12 of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Friday, February 17.
  • Work on the plot for your novella, please remember that the setting, interesting and different characters, great descriptions, and conflict are essential ingredients, in order to grab the attention of your readers.


  • Valentine’s Day celebrations, on February 14, will be held from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
  • Field Trip to Oceanview Mine, in Pala, on Thursday, February 16.  THANK YOU to our drivers.  Our students will need a sack lunch.
  • Presidents’ Day, on Monday, February 20, therefore, no school.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. ~ Thomas Carlyle

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  THANK YOU to all our PAC members for all the time and work that you have put into this special day.  You are FABULOUS!

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


Miss Susan 🙂