# Dazzling December

6th Grade by: Maya L.

In Mrs.Teitelbaum’s class we are learning about independent clauses. An independent clause is when there is a part of a sentence that can stand alone. Here is an example: We know Jim can get the job done. That is an example of an independent clause. On our practice sheets we  take the sentence and circle the part that can’t stand alone and put the independent clause in brackets.

In class we are reading The Night Of The Burning.  It is a book that takes place in Poland and Africa during the time right after WWI. This girl Devorah and her sister Nechama are orphans. From this book we have had vocabulary words: one of the words was ‘Chided’  which means scolded.  After we do at least two vocabulary sheets we have a vocabulary test; I think this is a good way to learn vocabulary.

7th grade survives Thanksgiving break!

The 7th grade survived Thanksgiving break and came  back for another great week of Language arts. We read more of our great book The Outsiders. It’s about greasers and Socs. Everything is normal for greasers and Socs until one greaser killed a Soc attempting to kill his friend! We took a quiz on some of our novel vocabulary words. We also did colon and semi colon review. Here are some rules for that:
Semicolons have three uses.
1. They connect two independent clauses. Here’s an example: Dave writes the books; Joe publishes them.
2. The second rule says semicolons connect to independent clauses using a conjunctive adverb. Here’s an example: Joe has a lot of homework; however, Dave did his homework in advance so he has no work to do.
3. The last use of a semicolon is to connect items in a list with comas. Here’s an example: Joe has lived in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.
Colons also have three uses.
1. The first rule introduces a list. Here’s an example: He will need the following items for his sleepover: a tooth brush, toothpaste, a change of clothes, a book, and a phone.
2. The second rule is a colon goes in between two clauses when the second clause introduces an explanation. Here’s an example: I know why you are so moody: you didn’t go to sleep last night.
3. The last rule for colons is: a colon introduces a quote. Here’s an example: The students shouted: “No more homework.”

8th Grade by: Isa

In 8th grade this week, the class proceeds to work on the uses of semicolons and colons. We practice writing down their uses and where they belong in sentences. For example, in the sentence, “I’m not all that fond of the colors of tiger lilies; moreover, they don’t smell very good.” we used a semicolon, a transition word, and a comma afterward to connect two independent clauses.“There are three types of muscle in the body: cardiac, smooth, and skeletal.” is an example of a use of a colon which we use before listing or introducing something. (Also, don’t forget to add the commas between items.)

Our class also continues to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book takes place in the Depression-era and features two siblings, Scout and Jem Finch, and their father, Atticus Finch. Although the book does have to do with Atticus, who is a lawyer, representing a black man on a case, we have so far only read about the Radley house and its story. After we finished up the 5th and 6th chapter, we worked on filling out questions about said chapters.

Pictures from VIP day:

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