This has been an exciting week in ELA on 8 Blue! Students worked on defining their interests and passions and they created their own personal blogs! Here is why students are blogging this year:
Students are blogging about things they are interested in. Some of the topics are dance, book reviews, music, sports analysis, and more. I believe that teaching students to write for different purposes and audiences is an important skill. This unit also is teaching students about creating a positive digital footprint and gives them practice writing in the "real world."
The students are so enthusiastic about this assignment! I am so excited to see these amazing blogs as the year goes on. Ask your son or daughter to see their blogs! They should have the basic template set up, and the first post should be in progress. Their first two posts are due on Friday, so they should have a decent start!
You can see the blogs by going to the ELA course materials page in Schoology. There is a link to the blogs at the bottom of that page. Happy reading!
Things are off to a great start in ELA! The first two weeks, students have been completing getting to know you activities and we've been working on building a community of learners during class. Attached is the course overview for ELA. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
Shakespeare Unit information
We are starting our final unit of the year, the Shakespeare unit! During this unit, students will be reading and performing A Midsummer Night's Dream. We kicked off the unit with a birthday party for Shakespeare! During the birthday party, students participated in activities to gain background knowledge about Shakespeare, The Globe Theater, and the play. The essential questions of the unit are:
I've attached the unit overview, and a link to a really great version of the text that has modern English translations. If your son or daughter is struggling during the unit, please encourage them to check in with me during project block or after school.
Thursday, April 4
The 8 Blue TEam