Posted by: aoifelove | March 5, 2017

Teachers’ Professional Growth Day: Friday!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

I cannot believe that we are already into March!  Time flies when we’re having fun! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Seventh Graders continued to read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  They are learning the importance of one’s name, and how it can affect one’s life.  They are truly enjoying this farcical and very humorous play.

In preparation for writing their “Children’s Chapter Books,” we focused on the Exposition, and the need to grab the attention of the reader with a detailed, exciting, and interesting introduction to their Children’s Chapter Books.  I read five expositions to children’s books, to demonstrate different ways of approaching an Exposition.  One of the introductions grabbed them so much, they begged me to finish reading the book, so I obliged.  In addition to this, my Seventh Graders explored “Proverbs,” which will be an ongoing study, once a week, until we finish the packet.  Proverbs are fun!  We also returned to Literary Terms, in preparation for their next test, on Thursday, March 9.

Friday: Joel York, on Skype: Joel addressed the elements of writing a good Exposition and Rising Action, and the idea of using “foreshadowing.”  Great job, Joel! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Seventh Graders will continue to read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  They will also work on their “Children’s Chapter Books.”  This week in class, we will focus on the “Rising Action,” and how to write practical, believable, and intelligent events that will lead to an intense “Climax” for the main characters and the reader.  In addition to this, we will revisit “Proverbs.” They will have a Literary Terms Test on Thursday, March 9.

Last week in Drama Class, on Tuesday, we watched a video of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to inspire my students with their parts.  On Thursday, we rehearsed Scenes 2 and 3.  This week, on Tuesday, in Drama Class, my students will watch another and better video of the play.  On Thursday, we will rehearse Scenes 4, 5, and maybe, Scene 6, if time permits.  At the moment, the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is scheduled for June 14, in the afternoon.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Thursday, March 9.
  • Work on the plot of your Children’s Chapter Book.
  • Rewrites of your “Screenplays” are due on Thursday, March 9.
  • Complete Joel’s homework, please.

Reminders:

  • Friday, March 10, is Teachers’ Professional Growth Day.  Therefore, there will be no school for our students.  Enjoy the three-day weekend! 🙂
  • 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 thanks!

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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