6th, 7th & 8th Grade Reading
Literature Selections for the week of November 12 - November 19
Grade 6: Water by Helen Keller
Grade 7: Seventh Grade by Gary Soto
Grade 8: Selected texts from ReadWorks.
Literature Selections for the week of November 5 - November 9:
Grade 6: Aaron's Gift by Myron Levoy
Grade 7: A selection from In Search of Our Mothers's Gardens by Alice Walker
Grade 8: Harriet Tubman Guide to Freedom by Ann Petry
October 29 - November 2
Grade 6: Hard As Nails by Russell Baker
Grade 7: A Day's Wait by Ernest Hemingway
Grade 8: The Secret by Arthur C. Clarke
We will be creating a Google Slide on Three Wishes using the above selections.
October 16 - October 26:
All classes grades 6 -8 will be reading an adaption of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We will be studying characters and a plot summary to prepare for the Shakespeare Festival being held at SHS on October 26, 2018.
Attached is the Study Guide
Literature Selections for Week of October 1 - October 5:
Grade 6: The King of Mazy May by Jack London
Grade 7: Victor Edmundo Villasenor from Ancestors Jim and Terry Willard and Jane Wilson
Grade 8: Grandma Lin by Amy Ling, Old Man by Ricardo Sanchez and The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson by Leo Tolstoy
Literature selections for Week of September 24 - September 28
Grade 6: Jeremiah's Song by Walter Dean Myers. Our focus will be on narration and Point of View. See PowerPoint attached. You will have a test on Friday, September 28. A study guide and notes will be provided.
A reminder that I will be "spot checking" your copy books. They will be graded for neatness and completeness as a classwork grade. Please take notes during the lesson as these notes are important for building background knowledge and understanding important literary elements that will help you understand what we are reading each week as well as your other content area reading. Most of you have been doing a terrific job with this and this will help your overall average in Reading!
Grade 7: My Furthest-Back Person (The Inspiration for Roots) by Alex Hailey
Grade 8: E-mail from Bill Gates by John Seabrook
Literature selections for Week of September 17 - September 21
Grade 6: Song of Myself by Walt Whitman I'm Nobody by Emily Dickinson
Grade 7: Dust of Snow by Robert Frost, My Picture Gallery by Walt Whitman and Saying Yes by Diana Chang
Grade 8: All but Blind by Walter de la Mare The Choice by Dorothy Parker
Literature selections for Week of September 10 - September 14
Grade 6, Stray by Cynthia Rylant (test on 9/14, notes and study guide will be provided)
Grade 7, "Two Kinds" from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (test on 9/14, notes and study guide will be provided)
Grade 8, excerpt from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (test on 9/14, notes and study guide will be provided)
Welcome Back! It was a busy and productive first week discussing the required reading from summer 2018!
Students have a Literature textbook which should be covered in a book sock. They have one copy book which will be used for class notes in both Reading and English Language Arts.
Reading Assignments for this week in class:
Grade 6 - The Sound of Summer Running by Ray Bradbury
Grade 7 - The Cat Who Thought She Was A Dog and the Dog Who Thought She Was A Cat by Isaac Singer
Grade 8 - Charles by Shirley Jackson
Attached is the Venn Diagram we'll be using to compare and contrast characters in grade 6.
Listening and Speaking:
The ELA standards place tremendous emphasis on effective oral communication as a central element of Language Arts instruction. We will be doing oral presentations throughout the year individually and in small groups. Attached is the Oral Presentation Rubric that we've been discussing in class and will continue to use throughout the year.