We have had a productive week in middle school. We completed a unit on semicolons. We learned the five main rules of usage for semicolons. We will review the rules on Tuesday and Wednesday, and each class will have a quiz on Thursday.
- Use a semicolon when you combine two sentences without a conjunction example: Lily was sick; she missed school.
- Use a semicolon between when combining two sentences with a conjunction IF THERE ARE ALREADY COMMAS USED example: Due to the storm, the streets were closed; so we had to make a detour.
- Use a semicolon when using a conjunctive adverb with the semi-colon preceding it and the comma following it example: The weather is wonderful; in fact, it’s the best weather we’ve had in days.
- Use a semicolon when separating phrases of equal rank and already contain commas example: Her family consists of three teenagers including Jordan, tenth grade; Sam, ninth grade; and Joe, eighth grade.
- Use a semicolon after quotation marks when following the rules listed above example: He was such a “klutz”; it made me crazy.
The sixth graders completed their first set of creative vocabulary activities. They all did a fabulous job. Maiah J completed six songs for her words. Here are a couple:
Temptations to the tune of “I have a little dreidel”:
I have so many temptations,
they make me want to do things
like eat the dogs food or drink the water
Oh temptations, temptation, temptations
there are so many
and when I get rid of them
then I will have none.
Emulate to the tune of “Shake it Off”
I want to be someone that is not me
that is who I want to be
I want to emulate this certain person
because they’re nice and cool and that is who I want to be
lala dada dee
Here are Jasmine’s acrostic poems:
Here are Orli’s vocabulary illustrations:
Seventh and eighth graders will be starting To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday. Vocabulary and reflective questions have been posted on both the seventh and eighth grade blog pages. Be sure to take a look at your assignments. You must have your own copy of the novel in class on Tuesday.
On another note, I just wanted to mention how impressed I am with the quality of the the book commercials. I have seen such a difference in your public speaking skills since the beginning of the year. Below are some helpful reminders to help you prepare:
- Choose a book that you love so it is easier to remember the plot and talk about it freely
- Write a script to help guide you and then practice it several times so that you don’t really need it
- Practice making eye contact with the audience and talking while using your hands
- Use the RUBRIC as a guide so that you don’t forget important parts
REMEMBER to read 15 minutes each night. You should have read a minimum of 13 books this year. We are at the half-way mark.