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Grammar and To Kill a Mockingbird! by: Abigail F.

This week in 8th-grade language arts, we reviewed some of our topics from last year. We have been reviewing colon and semicolon rules. We talk about when we use colons, when we use semicolons, and when it is okay to just put a period.

Ex. (colon in a quote)

The principal made the following announcement over the school intercom: “Free ice cream for everyone!”

Ex. (semicolon and colon in a list)

The following people were coming to work on the house: “Amanda, the plumber; Joey, the designer; and Rex, the painter.

Ex. (colon/period separating two independent clauses/summary)

Julius was very annoyed. All he wanted was his voice to be heard

Julius was very annoyed: all he wanted was his voice to be heard.

Both of the above examples are correct!

We also continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird this week. In the book, Christmas just occurred. Right before Christmas, there was a house fire on their street. While Scout and Jem were standing in front of the Radley’s house watching the flames, Boo Radley snuck up and put a blanket around Scout’s shoulders. Now, we finally know that he is alive and, most likely, being contained in that house without his permission.

On Wednesday we had a vocab quiz and we are continuing to expand our vocabularies while reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

                                                      7th Grade is on a Role by: Aleeya S.
This week seventh grade has continued reading The Outsiders. We are on chapter ten. The Outsiders is about a group of Greasers and Socs. In chapter eight Johnny got severely hurt and is in the hospital. It is a really good book. 
A colon is used to:
1. Introduce a list


  1. Introduce a quotation:
  2. Introduce a new sentence or summary:
    Ben was wondering why Emily would not eat: it was because she ate before dinner.

A semicolon is used to:

  1. Join two independent clauses:

On Friday Zach cleans the dishes; on Saturday he did the laundry.

  1. Separate items in a series with commas:

On Thursday when Jake woke up first, he went to the bathroom; second, he showered; third, he brushed his teeth; fourth, he got dressed; fifth, he ate breakfast; and sixth, he left for school.

  1. Join two independent clauses with a transition

On Tuesday we had a quiz on chapters seven and eight vocabulary words from The Outsiders. On Wednesday we read chapter eight of The Outsiders and answered comprehension questions that go along with it. On Thursday we read chapter nine.

6th Grade News by: Jacob G.

This week in language arts class with Mrs. T we learned about compound sentences, independent clauses, simple sentences, run on sentences, and the seven coordinating conjunctions. An independent clause is a clause containing a subject, verb, and a complete thought. An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence. A compound sentence contains two or more independent clauses. A simple sentence is  a sentence consisting of only one clause, with a single subject and predicate. A run on occurs when two sentences are improperly connected together. The seven coordinating conjunctions are for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.

This week in Jewish literature class with Mrs. T, we did a couple of things. First, we read more of our class novel The Night of The Burning. Also every week in Jewish literature class we have a test on vocabulary words from our book. We learn words that our in our book to help us understand the book while learning new vocabulary. This is what we did this week in Mrs. T’s room.

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