Verbs, Commas, Games, Oh MY!

7th Grade by: Yosef B.

In language arts we are going to start a new book called  The Outsiders. The book takes place in the sixties. We learned what news was going in the sixties, what music people liked, what clothes they wore, what movies were popular, and we learned about popular actors to understand more about the book we will read.

In grammar, we are finishing up commas in class and we have a test on Friday. We learned where to add commas. The first comma we learned about is an opener. An opener has a clause that can’t stand alone in the beginning; it has a comma then there is an independent clause. Here is an example:

Grumpy and tired, Steve got out of bed.

A closer is the next primary use of commas and is used when an independent clause is at the beginning of a sentence and has comma followed by a clause that can’t stand alone. Here is an example:

John made dinner, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs..

A series is the next primary use of commas and is when there is a list of actions separated by commas. Here is an example:

Yosef got out of bed, brushed his teeth, ate breakfast, and went to school.

The next primary use of commas that we learned about is the interrupter. An interrupter has part of a sentence a comma, with something describing or something you can take out, then another comma followed by the end of a clause. Here is an example:

Kane, an amazing driver, drove from Florida to New York.

The last primary comma use is a compound sentence with  FANBOYS  or a coordinating conjunction. For FANBOYS you have to have an independent clause then either for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so followed by a comma and another independent clause. Here is an example:

Yosef got to the fair at 10:00, but he had to leave at 1:00.

8th Grade News by: Austin G.

The Book Thief and the Board Game Projects are Finished!

During these past few weeks in 8th Grade Language Arts, we finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. We also finished the grammar board game project which we had been working on for most of this quarter. We read part 8, part 9, part 10, and the epilogue of The Book Thief. We split into a silent reading group and a group that read aloud, but for the epilogue, we read together. All of 8th Grade enjoyed reading this book.

We worked on our projects and finished making the board for our board games. Many of us were also waiting for the game pieces for our board games to print out on the 3D printer so we could color them. We tested out each other’s games by playing them and giving them constructive criticism. Then, we all fixed the problems they we were having with our board game. This week, we all wrote a reflection essay about our project. This was an eventful week for 8th grade!

Recent News by Ben D. 

This week in Language Arts, we are preparing to start To Kill a Mockingbird. We have started working on the vocabulary words for Chapter One and Chapter Two by learning the definitions and writing our own context sentences on them. There hasn’t been much going on since our week was only four days long because of parent-teacher conference day. However, we have been reviewing the proper usage of commas this week. In a sentence, a comma indicates a pause, and it can be used to set off an opener, closer, interruptor, get used in a series, and connect independent clauses with a conjunction.

We have also been learning about a new upcoming contest that we could enter in if we wanted to. The goal of the contest is about finding technology-based solutions to problems in the way we are learning in Jewish studies.

From Verb Phrases to Movie Days in 6th Grade by Talia Z.

This week in 6th grade  we did a quiz on the different types of verbs that we have been studying for a while. An example is an action verb: 

For example, “Sally ran furiously down the mountain.” Another example is a helping verb, which helps the verb phrase. Example: “She will run down the mountain.”

Later in the week, we watched Tuck Everlasting, the movie, because we finished reading the book. The thing is, instead of just watching the movie, we had to write all the differences between the book and the movie. Believe me, there were a lot of them!

Some of them included:

Book: Winnie Foster is 11 year old girl. Movie: Winnie Foster is a 17 year old girl.         Book: The book is very short, even though there are thirty something  chapters. Every chapter is very short, only two pages or so. Movie: The movie is more than a hour and a half long.

We also looked up background information about WWI, pogroms, Isaac Ochberg and South African Jewish communities during this time period because we will be starting our next novel study on The Night of the Burning next week.  We will be working on this in our new “Tanach Out of the Box” class called Jewish Literature and in our Language Arts class, as well.

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