Amazing Annotating & Analogies

6th Grade Review

This week we have been really busy. We first started our book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. It is about a boy named Stephen whose brother, Jeffery, gets a disease. We have been taking words from the book that are not usually used everyday, and with them, we have created a vocabulary list. So far we have about sixteen words. We also have been doing writing projects based on the book. For example, Stephen writes about a time when his brother was being annoying in his Journal, so we wrote about a time when our sibling(s) were being annoying in our Composition books.

In the book we looked out for similes and metaphors. We also looked out for Stephen’s character traits. Some of us said that Stephen was selfish while others said that Stephen was a great brother. We also made predictions about the book. Mrs. Teitelbaum has been leaving us on cliffhangers a lot so we have been making many predictions.

We also have been learning about analogies. Analogies are when two words are either antonyms, synonyms, or have the same purpose. An example of an analogy is: hot:cold  as yes:no. Analogies are read like, hot is to cold as yes is to no. On our vocabulary test today, there were a lot of analogies. This has been such a great week! by: Eliana M

7th Grade Review

This week the 7th graders have been working tirelessly on their Science Fair research papers.  After finding credible sources and creating the proper citations for those sources, the students learned the proper technique for taking notes on their sources.  Once the notecards were all completed, the students created their “Works Cited” pages.  Next week the students will be writing their actual research papers using the notecards.

8th Grade-2 Weeks in Review

This week in Language Arts our class learned something new. We learned about annotating. Annotating is where, when you’re reading a book, you write your thoughts and predictions in the margins and circle and square important information. In annotating, you examine the front and back first. Then you check what you’re reading for pictures. Afterwards, you check for bolded or italicized text. Finally, you look at how the text is set up before you start reading. After you’ve read the article, you should reread the annotations, reread the conclusion and beginning, and try to find patterns.We also wrote a reflection after we finished annotating the article about hacking.

We shared our new vocabulary words last Friday, which included eight new root words. by: Ayden

This week in 8th grade we learned about annotating. You can annotate when you read a short story, dialogue, article, or a book. Annotating is when you read a book you add your own opinions, what will happen next, definitions, explanations and more.  We also read the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and we annotated it and wrote a detailed essay comparing and contrasting the characters. We also took a vocabulary test using last week’s list of root words.

Lastly, we are continuing our class read out loud Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan.  The book is a comedy about what it is like to be a new parent. by: Elad

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