We had a busy and productive first week of school. It was a pleasure meeting new students and seeing the returning students from last year! I'm pleased to be at Sacred Heart School this year and look forward to an excellent year teaching Reading and Language Arts.
We will begin our Spelling instruction this week with Unit One in the Spelling workbooks. Please cover the workbook in contact paper. We will be having our first Spelling test this week on Friday 9/7. I am aware that it is a short week but the first unit will be a review for most students and we will spend class time getting ready for the quiz.
Students in each of the grades 6 - 8 have a Voyager textbook which should be covered with a book sock. They also have a Voyager workbook for grammar exercises which should be covered in contact paper. We begin grammar instruction this week and homework assignments are posted on the calendar.
We will continue to read informational text on high interest topics and engage in productive academic conversations during class. Last week we discussed the attached text on How Organ Recipients Should be Chosen. Students chose sides and presented arguments to support their positions. We began writing rough drafts on these arguments and this week we'll do some whole class instruction on how to improve writing and make arguments more concise and compelling.
The article and student materials are attached below.