New Year and New Novels

6th Grade

We started a new class novel called Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenlick. It is the story of a boy named Steven who seems to have a normal life, but he has an annoying younger brother. We just started it, so we don’t know much more yet.

We learned about prepositions all week.  A preposition  is a word that combines with a noun or pronoun to show location, time or movement.

Example: They went to the park. (the prepositional phrase is to the park, but the preposition is to)

We are also going to be doing argument essays, so we have been researching the topic of competitive sports in class so we can have a friendly debate for practice.

7th Grade

This week in Language Arts, we worked on predicate nominatives. A predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. There would be sentences on the Smart-board and we would have to write down the predicate nominative(s) in our book.

Since seventh graders have three classes, we are reading three different novels: The Colossus Rises  by Peter Lerangis, A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and Rain Reign by Ann Martin.

Example: Baseball is an outdoor sport.

We also started talking about our next writing assignment. We are going to have to write a persuasive (argument based essay). We practiced by debating about whether or not competitive sports are good.  by: Jasmine

Recently our class started reading the book The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis.  It is part of a series called the Seven Wonders.  The main character is this kid named Jack McKinley.  At the beginning of the book he has this whole elaborate device to wake him up but then it kind of goes wrong.  He notices some things are kind of messed up.  He has this big cut on his forehead from a plastic dinosaur and on the back of his head there is an upside down white letter “v “in his hair.  He is also feeling very bad like he is going to pass out.  We will have to keep reading it to find out what happens next!  by: Evan

8th Grade

This week, 8th grade has been working on three grammar skills. We learned about participles, participle phrases, and infinitive phrases. A participle is when a verb is used as an adjective in a sentence. A participle phrase is found at the beginning of a sentence and consists of a participle and its modifier. Lastly, an infinitive phrase uses the word “to”, as an adjective, along with a verb.

An example of a participle is:
The child’s smiling face let us know that she was having a fun time.
An example of a participle phrase is:
The boy, having been scolded, seemed very angry.
An example of an infinitive phrase is:
The lecture caused the students’ heads to nod.
By: Jamie B
This week the 8th grade students started a read aloud. The book we are reading is called After by Francine Prose. Basically so far we have read how a school shooting affected this specific high school. The students of this high school lost certain privileges, and they had to go through metal detectors in order to even get inside the school. This book hooked the class immediately and we look forward to seeing what happens next. By: Rebecca
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