Preparing for Take-Off or Just Testing…

ITBS Test Prep in 6th by: Nava K.

     This week in 6th grade, we were preparing for standardized testing. In class Mrs. Teitelbaum taught us Usage of words. Usage of words is the spelling of words and using the right words. She also taught us about correct punctuation and correct capitalization. This way we will understand what each section of the test is asking us.

The Center of Attention in 7th by: Aiden K.

This week was standardized testing preparation; Mrs. Teitelbaum had us doing all types of review and learning. For example, did you know that there are two different letters that you write (nowadays, people type, not write anything) to people? One is called a “friendly letter”, a friendly letter is when you write (type) a letter to a friend that is friendly that you start off with a comma after the greeting like this :  

Dear Mrs. Teitelbaum,

I would rather be sleeping tha doing this…….etc.

As opposed to a “formal” letter that you would write for business that has a colon after the person’s name, like this:

Dear Mrs. Jones:

In class we also read more of The Night of The Burning. (Spoiler Alert) We read a part where Devorah (the main character) made a friend after about two years of not having any (besides her orphanage friends). After going through the tragedy of losing everyone she ever knew except her sister, Devorah was then separated from her sister at an orphanage. If I were in her shoes (they would probably be too tiny),  I think I would’ve made a friend a lot sooner because honestly, I am an extrovert that loves to be the center of attention. Whether its for good or bad things, I love to be noticed and the center of attention.

8th Grade’s Incredible Week by: Noam B.

 This week we are practicing for the ITBS test that we will be taking next week. One tip we have learned this week includes the process of elimination which is a method where you have to eliminate some answers and find the best of those answers. We have also reviewed punctuation, word usage, and capitalization.

In class, we are all divided up into three reading groups. The first group is reading Copper Sun , the second group is reading Berlin Boxing Club, and the third group is reading Sophia’s War. Each book is a type of historical fiction. Everyday we read about 20- 30 pages in class and what is not finished in class is homework. We also annotate information as we read. I am in the Copper Sun group. Copper Sun is a book about slavery, and I think it’s a very interesting book so far. Each group has a different set of vocabulary words to learn.

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Chag Sameach!






Semi-colons and Colons by: Maya L.

On Monday we started the week off by reading more of our book, The Giver. We read about doing your volunteer hours at the House of the Old and that it is normal to bathe someone who is elderly. When we read this it made me feel uncomfortable.

 On Tuesday we reviewed semi-colons and colons.We did that by having a review “quiz” that wasn’t graded. I corrected what was wrong on the quiz and took it home to study. Then on Wednesday, we took the test and I feel that I might get a good grade.

The 7th Grade is Ready to State Their Argument by: Moe J.

This week in Seventh Grade Language Arts, we began learning about how to properly write an argumentative paper. We learned about the different components needed in an argumentative paper. First we have the opener. In the opener we need the thesis to explain what is going to be argued, and we need the hook to attract the reader’s attention. After that, we need are three or more reasons to explain why we are correct, and our conclusion to restate our reasons and our thesis. Once we finish learning how to write an argumentative paper we will write one ourselves.

In our book The Night of the Burning, we learn that the main character Devorah and her sister Nechama are going to be split up in an orphanage. In class, we had an argumentative debate on if orphanages should be allowed to split up families if they find a home for one of them but not the other. We also chose what topic we would be doing for our argumentative paper and started doing research to prove our point. This week we also celebrated Purim. Happy Purim.

Just Read a Book by: Allie B.

The more that you read the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you’ll go! -Dr. Seuss

In 8th grade, we had a choice of three books to read. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow, and Sophia’s War by Avi. Copper Sun is set in Africa in 1738. Amari was captured from her village and sold to a bidder. Berlin Boxing Club is about Max Schmeling, a Jewish teen, coming of age in Nazi Germany between 1934 and 1939. With these struggles, he also pursues his passion of boxing. Sophia’s War is based on the Revolutionary War. With these books, we will be answering questions and completing multiple writing assignments, along with learning new vocabulary words.


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Gearing up for Purim!

Perfect Punctuation by: Maddie M.

This week in Language Arts, sixth grade continued to learn about colons and semicolons. A colon introduces something, while a semicolon connects something. You use a colon to: introduce a list, introduce a quote, and introduce another sentence or explanation. A semicolon is used to connect something, such as the following: connect independent clauses, connect independent clauses with a transition, and connect items that have commas.

We also learned some new vocabulary from the book we’re currently reading, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is about a utopian society, but compared to our community it is really dystopian. This week there was also something called flash forward. Each grade moved up a grade to see what it was like in the grade above. Sixth grade had Language Arts. We played Jeopardy, Language Arts edition.

7th Grade Getting Ready to  Write Persuasively by: Ava J.

This week we had not as much class as usual. This Monday was President’s Day, so we had no school. We started our week on Tuesday. During our Special Rotation class, we read the book The Night of the Burning. The Night of the Burning is an extremely good book. It is a book that takes place right after WWI. It is based off a true story of two girls named Devorah and Nechama. In class we will soon start working on persuasive writing. Our class made a huge list of things that could make schools safer. Then on Wednesday, we chose two things from our list. Then, we broke into two groups. After, we made a list of Pros and Cons for the things we chose.

In Language Arts we are learning about verb tense. We started working with our table partner(s) on a verb tense worksheet. On Thursday, our schedule got complicated. An African Music “band” called Crocodile River Music came to our school to teach us how to do African drums. So middle school was scheduled to see the group at the time of our second Language Arts class, so we only had one class on Thursday. During our one class we finished up the verb tense worksheet. Then Friday, we took a test/quiz on verb tenses.

The Verb Always Agrees by: Isa Z.

As the new quarter began, we finished up To Kill a Mockingbird and started to get into our next class book. This time, we get to pick which book we want to read. The three we chose from were: Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper, Sophia’s War by Avi, and The Berlin Boxing Club by Rob Sharenow. We all chose the book we wanted to read and got into groups to make a presentation. Mrs. Teitelbaum gave us some key things to research about and put into our presentation. After we were done, each group presented their presentation. Each book occurred at a different time. Copper Sun was around the early 1700’s and features a story about African American slaves. Sophia’s War was around the late 1700’s and features a story about an American spy during the Revolutionary War. The Berlin Boxing Club was around the 1930’s and 1940’s and features a story about a teen with Jewish ancestry during the Nazi Germany time period. Today, we’ll be starting our books.

Our class is also continuing to learn about subject and verb agreement and applying the rules to sentences. For example, a verb must agree in numbers with its subject. “The dog chases the cat” is a correct sentence because both the subject (dog) and the verb (chases) are singular and therefore agree in numbers. Another example is that a prepositional phrase will never contain the subject of a sentence. In the sentence “The group of dogs are playing outside”, the subject can’t be in of dogs so the subject is group. Are is not the correct verb, therefore making the sentence incorrect. The correct version is “The group of dogs is playing outside.”

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It’s Almost Purim! Have you bought your Shalach Manot basket?

6th Grade Update by: Jacob M.

In language arts this week, we have just started The Giver.  The book is about a boy who lives in a community and he has to go to a ceremony. The ceremony is when the twelve year olds find out what job they are getting. Then, they have to start training for their job. The community has many strange rules.

On Wednesday, George’s mom came in and showed us some trailers for some new books for the library.  We had twizzlers and popcorn for snacks. We are learning about semi-colons and colons in grammar. Here are some examples: I’d like to come; unfortunately, I have baseball practice tonight. The semicolon comes after come because it has two independent clauses and a transition word. The builders job is to make things; the plumbers job is to fix things. We put the semicolon after things because we have two independent clauses.

Super Seventh Grade by: Daisy H.

We had a very fun week in language arts! Seventh grade has two classes with Mrs.T- Jewish Literature and Language Arts. This week we have a been focusing on our book The Night of Burning by Linda Press Wulf and shifts in verb tense. Night of the Burning is about the aftermath of World War I in the perspective of a 12 year old, Devorah. The book switches from 1921 to 1915. Devorah and her sister Nechama are two of the 200 orphans Isaac Ochberg took to South Africa after the war. The book tells their story in a thrilling, exciting and enjoyable way. Along with the book, we have vocabulary words that we work on. We have also been working on shifts in verb tense in grammar.

There are four rules for shifts in verb tense: 1. Simple tense consistency-when writing about two events which occur at the same time, use the same tense, 2. Avoiding unnecessary shifts-avoid unnecessary shifts in tenses at either the sentence or paragraph level. Stay consistent unless you have a good reason for shifting tenses, 3. “If + PRESENT TENSE, then FUTURE TENSE-sometimes you are writing about a conditional event. IN OTHER WORDS, IF such and such happens, THEN this will happen. When a conditional event occurs in the present, then the result will occur in the present, 4. IF + PAST TENSE, then “would…”-sometimes you are writing about a hypothetical event. In other words, IF such and such happened, THEN this would have occured. When discussing a hypothetical event that might have occurred in the past, you must use “would” to describe the possible result.

We also did some bellwork; it is just like a little bit of everything-grammar, spelling, figurative language etc. We took a quiz on the vocabulary words of chapter one and two of Night of the Burning. Also on Tuesday, Mrs.Setzer came to our classroom to show us some book trailers for awesome new books in the library.

Wednesday- On Wednesday, Mrs.Burkhart came in to do a fun food lab with us. In science class we are learning the different plate boundaries, so Mrs.Burkhart helped us understand it better. We are learning about divergent, convergent and transform boundaries so, we used graham crackers to help us!

We had a fun-filled week in Mrs.Teitelbaum’s class! Stay tuned ‘till next week!

8th Grade Update by: Julia D.

In the beginning of this week in 8th Grade Language Arts, we shared our To Kill A Mockingbird  projects. We each had to do two projects: a writing project and a creative project. For my writing project, I wrote an essay about the blind spots of characters from the book. For my creative project, I made a board game that showed the timeline of the story. We chose one of our projects to share to the class.

On Wednesday, we had a special guest come to the class. Mrs. Setzer came and told us about some new books at the school library. We watched book trailers for five books that she told us about. On Thursday, we chose a book we wanted to read in class for the next nine weeks. The options were: Sophia’s War, Copper Sun, and The Berlin Boxing Club. These are all Historical Fiction novels, so we began to research the time period of the book we chose to read. Overall, this was a busy, exciting week in 8th Grade Language Arts!

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Fun February Fiction

Commas and Colons Collide for 6th Grade by: George S.

This week we in language Arts we are stating a new unit: Colons and Semi-colons! Our class, 6th grade, just finished commas, so now we’re onto another unit.  Colons are used as a stop, and then they introduce something. Semicolons are used as a stop, and then they connect independent clauses. For example: “ Cory told us to stay here while he gathers the following items: a blanket, a Harambe stuffed animal, and a lantern.” That is how you use a colon to introduce a list. You can use a semicolon to separate items in a series. For example: “Last summer my friend went to Atlanta, Georgia; New York, New York; and Richmond, Virginia.” This method allows you to not get confused with all of the commas.

We also are preparing to read the book The Giver by Lois Lowry. We have gotten a list of vocabulary words for the first chapter of the book. We worked on finding the part of speech, definition, and writing our own context sentences.  We also got to do something different with our words this time: word art. Word art is when you take the word and make the meaning of the word into a picture. It’s less confusing then it sounds. After all that you add the meaning and synonyms to it and then you get to decorate it! My word art picture is below.

7th Grade by: Eva G.

This week was filled with fun! To start off the week, Anna, Ava, Moe, and Ariel all went to Regional Science Fair! They all did amazing. On Tuesday,, we started our new book called Night of the Burning. We also were taught about how a picture including the word can actually help us to remember the word and what it means. We also started our new vocabulary unit on tenses. On Thursday, we read our book Night of the Burning.

Summary of Night of the Burning:It goes back and forth between 1915-1916 in the past and 1921 as the present. It is about two girls named Devorah and Nechama. They lost their parent from typhoid fever in 1916. Now they are in Pinsk, Poland. We have been introduced to Isaac Ochberg who has come from South Africa to save 200 children who have also lost their parents in the night of the burning.

Have a good weekend everyone.

The Mockingbird Movie by: Jack H.

In 8th grade Language Arts this past week, we learned about verbs agreeing in number with their subject. What this means is that in a sentence like The boys run across the field,  you would not say The boys runs across the field, because boys, the subject, is plural, so the verb must agree in number with it.

We also finished our To Kill a Mockingbird projects, which are viewable on our individual blogs. We were to do two projects, one of which was a longer writing project, and the other was a more creative project that gave us options other than just writing. Lastly, we  watched the To Kill a Mockingbird movie. It is a classic film of the book we recently finished that was released in 1962, just two years after the book was published.

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Frosty February

The Middle School was able to meet Stanlee Stahl, the Executive VP of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in NYC on Thursday.  Stahl taught the students how the Christians and Muslims risked their lives to save Jews from death camps during the Holocaust.

Enjoy all of the pictures from our mitzvah trip to the Nutritional Gardens last week for TuB’Shevat, our trip to The Coves for the annual TuB’Shevat sedar, and the 7th graders’ presentations.









Another Great Week in 6th Grade! by: Elliana T.

This week in language arts, my class worked on an essay.  This essay was about our book that we read together.  We read the book Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz.  The book was based on the Holocaust.  It was about a boy named Yanek who went through ten concentration camps and a ghetto.  Then we had to write about what we thought was the worst place for Yanek. You can check all of the sixth grade blogs to see our essays.

We also had a quiz this week.  The quiz was about commas.  We have been learning about commas for a while now and I’m sure we all did great!  We also had a speaker, Stanlee Stahl, come to talk to us about Righteous Gentiles.  Righteous Gentiles are non-Jewish rescuers that risked their lives to hide the Jews from the Nazis.  These people were a big part of the Holocaust and helped the Jews a lot.  Just another great week  for the sixth grade! (see picture at the top)

Successful 7th Grade by: Anna F.

It has been a busy week in 7th grade!  In the beginning of the week, we made presentations about World War I and the aftermath.  We did this to prepare to read The Night Of The Burning by Linda Press Wolf, which we started to read on Thursday.  To further prepare to read the book, we looked at the vocabulary for the first chapter.  Also, we made a tree to put on our class door, out of recycled materials, as part of a contest for Tu B’Shvat (the birthday of the trees).  Throughout the week, we additionally learned about subject- verb agreement which we had a quiz on Friday.  Here are the rules for subject- verb agreement.

The first rule is that the verb must agree with its subject.  For example: The doctor (sit/sits) in the chair.  Since there is only one doctor and he is the subject, the verb must agree and be singular, making the verb sits.

The second rule is that a subject and verb that are separated must agree.  For example: The girl (buy/ buys) a soda.  The subject is the girl and and the verb is buy/buys. They are separated but the subject is singular.  This means the verb is buys.

The third rule is that compound subjects joined by and take plural verbs.  A present tense verb does not end in s.  For example: Elizabeth and her sisters (are/is) at school.  Elizabeth and her sisters are the subjects and they have the word “and” in them.  This means they are compound subjects and have a plural verb, so the verb is are.                                                                                                            

In “either/ or” situations, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb.  For example: Neither Dr. Murphy or Dr. Melendez (want/wants) to do the surgery.  The answer is wants because Dr. Melendez is the nearest subject to the verb and it’s singular.

The final rule is if the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun like the words “each or every”, then use a singular verb form.  For example: Each of the girls (eat/eats) a popsicle.  Each is an indefinite pronoun, so the answer would be the singular verb.  The singular verb is eats.

Shabbat Shalom!  Have a good weekend!





Martin 8th Grade Tribune

By Austin G.

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM! Today we are going to talk about what’s going on in the best class in the whole entire school. Now the top things I’m going to talk about is drum roll please …………………….we have finally finished To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book is told by a little girl named Scout and the whole story is about how her big brother, Jem, broke his arm. In the book you will also read how racist people were in the 1930s.

Now we are working on a project for To Kill A Mockingbird. We were given multiple choices for our projects and had to choose two of them. For example, create Scout’s scrapbook with all the important things that happened to her in the book. Also we can do a news article from the Maycomb Tribune or we can create a game board of the town of Maycomb.The project that I chose is Scout’s scrapbook and the news article. We are also going have a test on the words from To Kill A Mockingbird and a comprehension test.

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It’s Tu B’shevat!

5th Graders came and spent a period in Language Arts.  They enjoyed playing games created by the 8th graders.



6th Grade Update by: Evan W.

This week in 6th Grade Language Arts, we read the book Prisoner B-3087. The book was about a boy named Yanek who survived ten concentration camps and a Ghetto during the time of the Holocaust. We also finished our first draft of an essay about the book Prisoner B-3087. We wrote five paragraphs explaining what we thought was the worst place Yanek went to (the places were the concentration camps and the ghetto) and why . Three paragraphs were reasons and there was an opening and concluding paragraph.

We also used commas in our essay because we were learning about where commas go and why they go there. We were learning about using commas in a series, with a fanboy for a compound sentence, on both sides of an Interrupter, after an Opener, and before a Closer.

Let’s Learn Some Rules with Courtney in 7th Grade!!

This week in Mrs.Teitelbaum’s L.A. class we practiced for our school’s Tu B’shevat celebration. The 7th graders sang and performed on Tuesday a parody of “Honey I’m Good” by Andy Grammer. We also had an all class discussion vocabulary quiz on the The Outsiders vocabulary words.

In this week’s grammar lesson we proceeded to work on subject-verb agreement.
Rules for Subject-Verb Agreement

The first rule is that the verb must agree with its subject. For example: The girl eat/eats pasta for lunch. Since there is only one girl and she is the subject so it has to be singular and the verb must agree

The second rule is a subject and verb that separated must agree. For example: The dog chases/chase the cat. The verb is chases/ chase and the subject is the dog. The subject is singular and they’re separated. The verb is chases.

The third rule is compound subjects (joined by and) take plural verbs. What this means is that a present tense verb doesn’t end with a “s”. This makes the sentence have compound subjects and it would have a plural verb. For example: The book or the pen is/are in the drawer. The answer is “is” because it is not plural.

The final rule is if the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun like the words “each or every”, then use a singular verb form. For example: Either Ben or Zach is/are going to be there. The answer is “is”.

MAZEL TOV to Courtney on doing a fabulous job on her Bat Mitzvah!

To Kill a Mockingbird Update!

By: 8th grader, Samantha

Welcome to the 8th grade blog post! This week was full of reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We have finally finished it! We found out about a character that we have been wondering about since we started. I’m not going to spoil it any more, but you can buy the book here: TKMB

We’ve had questions to go with each chapter.  One question for chapter 28 being: How have Scout’s feelings about Boo Radley changed since the beginning of the novel? Questions like those have been asked and answered throughout this week.

In other news, each and every student has been studying every night for a vocabulary word test. All the words come from To Kill a Mockingbird. Some examples are: brevity which is a noun and it means shortness; acquit is an adjective and it means not guilty; and iota is a noun and it means a very small amount.  

Thanks for checking in again! 

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Brrrr….It’s Cold, but We are Working Hard!

Krakow Ghetto. Platzow. Trzebinia. Birkenau. Auschwitz by: Talia Z.

This week in L.A., the sixth grade continued reading the book titled Prisoner B-3087.     It is about a young boy who was only 10 when the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust snatched him up with the jaws of doom, starvation, and death. He then travels to 6 different concentration camps, and sees the separate horrors of each and every one of them in a very real and up-close-and-personal trip.                                         

In the 6th grade, we are now doing an essay on which camp we think has been the worst for him and giving him the most scarring experiences. It is very interesting, and admittedly difficult, for he has gone through so many experiences, so many different camps, and all of them are horrid on their own levels.

In addition, this week we started learning about commas and how to properly and improperly use them. For instance, the words “For Instance” is an opener. That means that you have to put a comma after them. Take this sentence: Jadain walked up to the house, an old, rickety, and strongly smelling brownstone, and rang the doorbell. This sentence is a mix. It has an interrupter, and a series in it.

7th Grade by: Danny B.
Next Tuesday we are doing a Tu’ Beshevat celebration. The Seventh grade will be singing a song. We were in debate about what to do but have decided on a parody to “Honey I’m Good” by Andy Grammar. We have also been working on props for our song. We finished the Outsiders before winter break. We took our test on the whole book’s vocabulary.
We are also working on our grammar. We have started a new unit on subject-verb agreement. There are several rules.
The first rule is: a verb must agree with its subject. For example: The boy eats/eat cereal every morning. There is only one boy and he is the subject so the verb must agree and be singular.
Rule number two: a subject and verb that are separated must agree. For example: His social status along with his income decline/declines each day. The subject is social status and and the verb is decline/declines. They are separated but the subject is singular. This means the verb is declines.
The next rule is: compound subjects ( joined by and) take plural verbs. A present tense verb does not end in s. For example: Joe and Steve are/is best friend. Joe and Steve are the subjects and they have the word “and” in them. This means they are compound subjects and have a plural verb so the answer is “are”.
In “either/ or” situations, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. For example: neither the owner nor the manager help/helps with the inventory. The answer is helps because manager is the nearest subject and it’s singular.
The last rule is: if the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun like the words “each or every”, then use a singular verb form. For example: each of the men bring/ brings shovels to the worksite. Each is an indefinite pronoun so the answer would be the singular verb. The singular verb is brings.
8th Grade by: Ben D.

This week in Language Arts, our class finished acting out the trial from To Kill a Mockingbird. We have also been learning about subject and verb agreement. Subject and verb agreement is the grammar rule that states that the correct verb form must be used depending on whether the subject is singular or plural. For example, in the sentence, “The girl eats all of her vegetables.” the word “eats” is used because that is what is used for a singular subject like “girl.” In the sentence, “The girls eat all of their vegetables,” the word “eat” is used because the noun “girls” is plural. In the case that a sentence is written incorrectly, it is usually obvious to tell.

The sentence, “He sleep in my bed.” is obviously incorrect because the noun is singular, while the verb is plural. However, in some cases, it is harder to tell. The sentence, “The group of people always hang out at the bar,” might seem correct, but it is not because the subject is group, not people, so the subject and verb do not agree. There is also the rule that states that if the subject of a sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun, use a singular verb form.

Some examples of singular indefinite pronouns include each, no one, every, everybody, everyone, somebody, nobody, either, neither, and more. A singular indefinite pronoun is a pronoun that acts as a singular subject and does not refer to anything specific. In the sentence, “Only one of the men is missing,”  one is a singular pronoun; it uses a singular verb. That is most of what we have learned in Language Arts this week.

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New Novels, New Year, New Grammar

The Trial in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by: Julia D.

This week in 8th Grade Language Arts, we began reading the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We have been acting out the trial instead of just reading it normally. For each chapter, Mrs.Teitelbaum gives us a new part. This has been a very fun and interactive way to read the book, and the whole class has really been enjoying it.

Although reading To Kill a Mockingbird has been our main focus this week, we have also been starting most days with grammar worksheets. One of the worksheets we do has many different types of exercises on the page. For example, there might be a part where it asks you to find spelling mistakes in a sentence. The other worksheet consists of exercises for a lesson we have been learning about grammar. Overall, this has been an eventful week in 8th Grade Language Arts.

The Trial & More on To Kill a Mockingbird by: Abigail F.

This week in eighth-grade language arts we got to the point in To Kill a Mockingbird where Tom Robinson goes on trial for the alleged beating and rape of Mayella Violet Ewell (daughter of Bob Ewell). We have been reenacting the trial in class. Every person has a role and acts out their part. There is one narrator who reads the parts that aren’t spoken aloud.

On Monday, we read Heck Tate’s testimony. Tuesday was Bob Ewell’s turn, and on Wednesday, Mayella’s testimony was read. On Thursday, we got to Tom Robinson’s account of what happened.

Interestingly enough, Boo Radley’s story has completely disappeared from the book. The only reason I was reminded of it was because Scout said that Mayella seemed even more lonely than Boo Radley. This was because, when asked, Mayella seemed not to know exactly what a friend was and thought that the opposing counsel, Atticus, was mocking her.

Boo hasn’t seen the light of day for twenty-five years and Mayella does not have any friends. She is a nineteen-year-old girl who is raising her seven younger siblings and has been taking care of the house since her mother passed because her father disappears for days on end and comes back sick and drunk. According to Tom, it seems like Mayella was so desperate for human companionship outside of her family (and perhaps even an abusive father), that she forced Tom into an uncomfortable situation he couldn’t get out of. Tom (if he is telling the truth) was just trying to do the right thing by helping Mayella out with household chores because he pitied her  and that backfired. Boo, Mayella, and Tom are all victims in their own way.

Tu B’ Shverbs by: Yosef B.

In LA class we started a new unit. The unit is called subject-verb agreement. A verb must agree in number with its subject. This is a singular example, “He eats dinner.”

Here is a plural example, “The kids eat dinner.”

There are really tricky errors to notice. A subject and a verb that are separated must agree. The subject of a sentence can never be found in a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase is a phrase that starts with a preposition, and ends in a noun. The herd of cows sleeps in the barn. It’s singular because it’s only one herd.

Compound subjects (joined by and) take plural verbs. A present tense plural verb does not end in s. Steve’s kindness and strength make him a good leader. In either/or situations, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. Steve nor his friends eat salad.

If the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun use a singular verb form. Singular indefinite pronouns are, each, no one, every, everybody, everyone, someone, etc. Tu B’Shevat is soon, and our class is performing a Tu B’ Shevat parody at the Tu B’Shevat Performance, so we have also been preparing for that.

Happy New Year by: Masha B.

It was the first week back from winter break, so happy new year!!! 6th grade started reading a new book called Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz. It is about a boy named Jakob, even though everybody calls him Yanek, surviving through the Holocaust. The story takes place in Krakow, Poland. Then we started learning about commas, such as were they go and what they’re used for. An example is that when you write a city and state you put the comma after the city and before the state: Ex. Jacksonville, Florida. We also did some bell work.

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Outside of the Ordinary

The 6th graders finished their Jewish Literature novel The Night of the Burning.  The students all completed projects and have posted them on their blogs.  Be sure to check them out!

They also played the innovative language arts’ games created by the 8th graders.





7th Grade Update by: Ariel O.

This week, we finished reading The Outsiders. After finishing, we then began working on news articles on an important event that happened in the book. We spent the week preparing our newspaper articles which we glued onto a real newpaper. On Monday, we decided to name the newspaper “Tulsa Times”, and we worked for the rest of the day. We had no Language Arts on Tuesday and continued our articles on Wednesday. Thursday we also had no Language Arts because of the Science Fair. On Friday, we dressed up as either a Greaser or a Soc and shared our news articles. We also watched “The Outsiders” movie and ate lots of snacks.

The articles were all about major events in the book, so I did my article about the church burning in Windrixville. This event was one of the most important ones in the book because it led to Johnny’s death, which later led to an even greater series of events. Overall, The Outsiders was an excellent classic that I recommend to all readers.

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