7th Grade World Cultures
7th Grade English Language Arts
Seventh grade students have been hard at work creating possible leads for their narratives! Crafting leads from various narrative perspectives provides students with an opportunity to craft round characters and present characters to readers in a way that realistic and inviting. In addition to crafting their own characters and becoming more familiar with different points of view in their own writing, students have been using mentor texts to evaluate, appreciate, and gain a better understanding and appreciation for short story writing. Text have included, student stories, personal novels, and teacher examples. As students move forward into this week, they will evaluate the different narrative perspectives they used to craft the lead to their story and then choose one to extend and serve as the exposition. Once students have chosen their exposition, we will move forward with our study of character development, crafting climaxes, and developing dynamic and round characters. The process of crafting stories is a process that at times can be quite complex because it requires students to think about multiple elements as they write. We are so proud to see the students acknowledging the interdependence, or mutual dependency, between
dialogue and internal dialogue!
8th Grade English Language Arts
8th grade students researched a topic in South Carolina History that they were interested in learning more about. Then, based on what they read, students crafted a narrative poem to illustrate their observations and create context. Poems were to include a central issue, characters, and a setting.
After creating their poems, students were asked to take a second look at the topic and explore the impact that their topic had on the South. Students are currently crafting an expository piece to explain their findings. The goal of this unit is to help students gain a more balanced understanding of different historical events by looking at the topic from both an empathetic and objective standpoint. Looking at topics through an empathetic and objective lens allows students to better understand the political, social, cultural, economic, and literary movements that follow events in history.
Math Mrs. Cooler
Students have been busy these past few weeks after returning from the hurricane and their hard work has been paying off. As many of you saw during Portfolio Night, students in all math levels completed some really great project.
For 8th Grade Geometry, pairs of students worked on creating a town map including many of the geometric foundational shapes, angles, and concepts. The end products were very creative and quite colorfully put together. These students are now in the midst of their study of parallel, perpendicular and transversal lines and the angle relationships formed by these lines.
For Algebra students in both 7th and 8th grade, a choice board project spanning Chapters 1 and 2 was worked since the first few weeks of school and culminated Nov. 9th and 10th. Many creative games and scavenger hunts were created as well as some great equation calendars to solve. Students will be wrapping up Ch. 2 before Thanksgiving Break with their chapter test.
For 7th Grade Pre-Algebra, students got to "start their holiday planning" with a project where they calculated percents of discount and then added in the percent of sales tax. If they were to win the lottery, they would already know what they were getting everyone and how much they would need : ) We have been working hard learning about all the different ways percents can be used and hope to put this skill to actual use with a possible field trip in the next few weeks before Winter Break.
Math Mrs. Kolb
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