Brrrr….It’s Cold, but We are Working Hard!

Krakow Ghetto. Platzow. Trzebinia. Birkenau. Auschwitz by: Talia Z.

This week in L.A., the sixth grade continued reading the book titled Prisoner B-3087.     It is about a young boy who was only 10 when the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust snatched him up with the jaws of doom, starvation, and death. He then travels to 6 different concentration camps, and sees the separate horrors of each and every one of them in a very real and up-close-and-personal trip.                                         

In the 6th grade, we are now doing an essay on which camp we think has been the worst for him and giving him the most scarring experiences. It is very interesting, and admittedly difficult, for he has gone through so many experiences, so many different camps, and all of them are horrid on their own levels.

In addition, this week we started learning about commas and how to properly and improperly use them. For instance, the words “For Instance” is an opener. That means that you have to put a comma after them. Take this sentence: Jadain walked up to the house, an old, rickety, and strongly smelling brownstone, and rang the doorbell. This sentence is a mix. It has an interrupter, and a series in it.

7th Grade by: Danny B.
Next Tuesday we are doing a Tu’ Beshevat celebration. The Seventh grade will be singing a song. We were in debate about what to do but have decided on a parody to “Honey I’m Good” by Andy Grammar. We have also been working on props for our song. We finished the Outsiders before winter break. We took our test on the whole book’s vocabulary.
We are also working on our grammar. We have started a new unit on subject-verb agreement. There are several rules.
The first rule is: a verb must agree with its subject. For example: The boy eats/eat cereal every morning. There is only one boy and he is the subject so the verb must agree and be singular.
Rule number two: a subject and verb that are separated must agree. For example: His social status along with his income decline/declines each day. The subject is social status and and the verb is decline/declines. They are separated but the subject is singular. This means the verb is declines.
The next rule is: compound subjects ( joined by and) take plural verbs. A present tense verb does not end in s. For example: Joe and Steve are/is best friend. Joe and Steve are the subjects and they have the word “and” in them. This means they are compound subjects and have a plural verb so the answer is “are”.
In “either/ or” situations, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. For example: neither the owner nor the manager help/helps with the inventory. The answer is helps because manager is the nearest subject and it’s singular.
The last rule is: if the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun like the words “each or every”, then use a singular verb form. For example: each of the men bring/ brings shovels to the worksite. Each is an indefinite pronoun so the answer would be the singular verb. The singular verb is brings.
8th Grade by: Ben D.

This week in Language Arts, our class finished acting out the trial from To Kill a Mockingbird. We have also been learning about subject and verb agreement. Subject and verb agreement is the grammar rule that states that the correct verb form must be used depending on whether the subject is singular or plural. For example, in the sentence, “The girl eats all of her vegetables.” the word “eats” is used because that is what is used for a singular subject like “girl.” In the sentence, “The girls eat all of their vegetables,” the word “eat” is used because the noun “girls” is plural. In the case that a sentence is written incorrectly, it is usually obvious to tell.

The sentence, “He sleep in my bed.” is obviously incorrect because the noun is singular, while the verb is plural. However, in some cases, it is harder to tell. The sentence, “The group of people always hang out at the bar,” might seem correct, but it is not because the subject is group, not people, so the subject and verb do not agree. There is also the rule that states that if the subject of a sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun, use a singular verb form.

Some examples of singular indefinite pronouns include each, no one, every, everybody, everyone, somebody, nobody, either, neither, and more. A singular indefinite pronoun is a pronoun that acts as a singular subject and does not refer to anything specific. In the sentence, “Only one of the men is missing,”  one is a singular pronoun; it uses a singular verb. That is most of what we have learned in Language Arts this week.

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