Each middle school class is working on a novel study. The sixth graders have started The Night of the Burning by: Linda Press Wulf. This is a heartfelt tale of a young girl’s journey to a safe haven. The students have already learned some historical facts about World War I and some interesting new vocabulary words. Wulf alternates between flashbacks (during the Great War) to the present (post WWI) throughout the entire book.
The seventh graders are currently reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who, divided by their dissimilar socioeconomic status, hold on to what they can amid the turbulent social changes of the 1960’s. The Outsiders is a theme in itself. Looking at life as an outsider and feeling as though one is being treated as an outsider is a matter of one’s point of view.
The eighth graders are in the midst of two novels including Where the Red Fern Grows and Out of My Mind. Out of My Mind tells about an eleven year old girl suffering from cerebral palsy. It is an inspiring book for all. Where the Red Fern Grows is one of my all-time favorite books about a young boy and his two hunting coon hounds.
Each of these novels are rich in vocabulary words, figurative language, strong character traits, and much more. The students will be completing vocabulary assignments, writing reflections, and comprehension checks each week for their novels. We will finish each of these novels before winter break. The students also alternate each week completing individual book commercials. They have all made great progress with each public speaking experience.
Our new grammar unit is capitalization. This week we reviewed past skills and introduced a few new ones. We will work on capitalization rules until Thanksgiving break.