New Novels in November

 Incredible Independent Clauses in 6th Grade by: Maddie M.

This week in Language Arts, we learned about independent clauses and phrases. An independent clause can stand alone because it has a subject, verb and complete thought. A phrase can’t stand alone. For example, I went to the store and saw my friend. I went to the store is the independent clause and saw my friend is the phrase. We also learned about quotation marks. You use quotation marks if you write someone’s exact words. For example, John said, “I need a glass of water.” You use single quotation marks if you use a quote inside a quote. For example, “George Washington said, ‘I cannot tell a lie’,” Mrs. Teitelbaum said.

We also started a book called The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf. It is about a girl named Devorah and her sister Nachama who live in an orphanage in Poland in 1921. It also goes back to their happy life in 1915-1916. They live in a small village with their mother and father. In their orphanage in 1921 they are offered a chance to go to South Africa. Mr. Isaac Ochberg decided to bring 200 children to a safe place in South Africa. This is a great book and I am enjoying it a lot.

It’s All About the Semicolons, Colons, and The Outsiders in 7th Grade by: Courtney C.

  ​This​ ​week​ ​in​ ​language​ ​arts​ ​we​ ​started​ ​our​ ​first​ ​class​ ​novel​ ​called​ ​​The​ ​Outsiders​.​ ​​The​ ​Outsiders​ ​​is​ ​based​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sixties;​ ​it​ ​is​ ​about​ ​a​ ​boy​ ​named​ ​Ponyboy.​ ​Ponyboy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​”greaser”. Ponyboy​ ​is​ ​special​ ​because​ ​he​ ​is​ ​intelligent.​ ​7th​ ​grade​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​reading​ ​chapter​ ​two.

​ ​​ During​ ​the​ ​week​ ​we​ also ​worked​ ​on​ ​commas​ ​and​ ​finished​ ​the​ ​comma​ ​unit.​ ​Also,​ ​we​ ​started​ ​a​ ​new unit on​ ​semicolons and​ ​colons.  

 Rules​ ​for​ ​Semicolons

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​first​ ​rule​ ​for​ ​semicolons​ ​is​ ​you​ ​can​ ​use​ ​it​ ​to​ ​join​ ​two​ ​independent​ ​clauses.​ ​For​ ​example: Sarah​ ​ate​ ​dinner;​ ​the​ ​dinner​ ​tasted​ ​great!

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​second​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​connecting​ ​two​ ​independent​ ​clauses​ ​using​ ​a​ ​conjunctive​ ​adverb.​ ​For example:​ ​Sarah​ ​like​ ​science;​ ​however,​ ​Mike​ ​likes​ ​language​ ​arts.  

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​third​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​​to use​ ​a​ ​semicolon​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​items​ ​in​ ​a​ ​list with commas.​ ​For​ ​example: The student moved to many places including Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee.  

Rules​ ​for​ ​Colons

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​first​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​introducing​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​things​ ​and/or​ ​items.​ ​For​ ​example:​ ​The packing​ ​list​ ​included the following:​ ​a​ ​sleeping,​ ​a​ ​flashlight,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​pillow.  

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​second​ ​rule​ ​is to use in between two independent clauses when the second one is summarizing the first.

For example: I know why you didn’t do well on the test: you didn’t study.

       The third rule is using it before introducing a quotation. For example: The American people shouted: “We shall have freedom for every man on this planet.”

Into the Life of Eighth Grade by: Allie B.

This week in eighth grade we learned about the Great Depression to give us background before we read the book To Kill a Mockingbird. So far we have read chapter one of To Kill a Mockingbird, and we answered questions about the chapter. Throughout the week we have also learned vocabulary words from the book. For homework, we take the vocabulary words and write context sentences with them.  In class, we read our sentences aloud skipping the vocabulary word; afterwards, our peers attempt to fill in the blank with the correct word.

We also have reviewed how to use colons and semicolons. There are three rules for using a semicolon: to join two independent clauses, to join two independent clauses with a transition word, and to separate items in a series that already contain commas. Example: Bob writes the books; Steve publishes them. That sentence is an example of two independent clauses combined with a semicolon. There are three rules for using a semicolon: after a stop and then introduce something, after a stop to introduce a quotation, after a stop to introduce another sentence or a summary. That sentence is an example of a colon.

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