Posted by: aoifelove | February 25, 2017

Mardi Gras!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Happy Mardi Gras, on February 28!

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued to read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which they are enjoying.  In preparation for writing their children’s chapter books, we focused on the characteristics of a protagonist versus the characteristics of an antagonist, and the need for a creative conflict in a good fictional story.  They also worked in their grammar workbooks.  In addition to this, we returned to Literature on DVD, and watched three chapters of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

I am very happy to report that the majority of my Seventh Graders scored in the “A+” range, on their spelling/vocabulary test.  Their weekly homework grades are in the A+/A/B+/B range.  Excellent, Seventh Graders!  Keep up the diligent work! 🙂

On Friday, we met with Joel York, on Skype. He addressed the importance of Tone and Mood, in writing a novella.  He shared many interesting and helpful details with respect to Tone and Mood in a fictional story.  Well done, Joel! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue to follow Jack and Algernon’s antics, as they try to persuade Gwendolen and Cecily to fall in love with them, in reading The Importance of Being Earnest.  In addition to this, they will focus on the plot structure of writing a book, and how to write an attention-grabbing Exposition, that will take the reader on an exciting quest through the Rising Action of their stories.

Last week in Drama Class, we blocked Scenes 13 (the last scene) of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This week, we will watch a video of the play, on Tuesday, in order to inspire my students to act their parts with passion.  Then, we will commence rehearsals from the beginning to the end of the play.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study the spelling/vocabulary of Lesson 12 in Wordly Wise.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 12 of Wordly Wise.
  • Work on the plot structure of your Children’s Chapter Book.
  • Complete Joel’s homework for Friday.


  • ECDS JOG-A-THON will take place on Friday, March 17.  This is a very worthwhile fundraiser.  For every $1,000 raised, a child will receive a lifesaving heart surgery in either Haiti or Kosovo.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Sponsor sheets need to be completed and turned in by Wednesday, March 15.  The Seventh Graders will run/jog between 2:00p.m. and 2:30p.m.  ECDS needs parent volunteers for this special event.  If you will be available, please sign up.  Many, many thanks!

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

~ Mother Theresa

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


Miss Susan 🙂