Howdy, everybody. Pretty much everyone's persuasive essay should be done by now. Students were instructed to email them to me over the next couple of days after making any tweaks suggested during the peer editing phase. I will begin grading them. Any student who wishes to improve his or her grade may do so after sitting down with me and discussing the essay.
We've just about come to the end of Animal Farm. There will be a test on the second half of the novel around Thursday. The second vocabulary quiz from the novel will occur Tuesday.
I will be grading journals/notebooks this coming week, as well. I expect to see all 10 chapters of Animal Farm annotated in their journals. This is a big part of the grade.
The next novel is The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers. You may remember we were to read it last semester, but that it was bumped for A Christmas Carol. Now it's back. If you can buy a copy for your child, that's great. We do have some copies at the school. Before we begin the novel, I will teach a mini-unit on "How To" writing. We will be using a chapter from How To Win Friends & Influence People as our anchor text. I will provide copies of the chapter.
Thanks for checking in! - Joe Nettles
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