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Middle School Language Arts

In early May we wrapped up the multigenre project that we had been working on since late March.  There were such a wide range of topics, from scientists, athletes, politicians, and even some semi-famous family members.  These projects are fun and creative.  Look for them at curriculum celebration! In May we turned our attention to […]

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Middle School Language Arts

In the month of March, we finished up reading Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion, and turned our attention to nonfiction.  Middle school students are completing the “big project” of the year, a multigenre biography project.  Students self selected a biography or autobiography to read, and they are constructing a project with multiple different pieces of […]

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Middle School Language Arts

In February, we began our study of Science Fiction, reading Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion.  We have talked about issues of science, ethics, the future, and what sets the genre of sci-fi apart from realistic fiction and fantasy.  Additionally, students have been writing around or in the genre of science fiction, focusing their monthly writing […]

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Middle School Language Arts

In the month of January we continued with the writing workshop, some students choosing to pursue short fiction writing.  We wrapped up reading our books about Cambodia before winter break, and wrote literary analysis in the form of letter essays about these books. In February, we’ve started reading Nancy Farmer’s book, The House of the Scorpion.  Throughout […]

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Middle School Language Arts- December 2017

In the middle school, we’ve just wrapped up our second annual whole middle school participation in the National  Novel Writing Month.  As a middle school, we wrote more than a million words in one month!  Students had word goals ranging from 10,000-50,000 words, and many students who set goals over 25,000 words and beat their […]

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Middle School Language Arts

Last week, we wrapped our informational essay writing and turned our attention to fiction.  Students worked hard to create characters, conflicts, and plot structure, and on November 1st, we dove into the National Novel Writing Month.  NaNoWriMo is a fun, world wide writing experience that challenges writers to compose a novel in 30 days!  Check […]

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Middle School Language Arts, October 2017

We’re getting back into the swing of things in the middle school reading and writing workshop.  We are finishing up our first published piece, a personal narrative.  Students wrote a small moment narrative, and worked hard at developing the “so what” of the story.  They filled their writing with thoughts and feelings, and descriptive details.  […]

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Middle School Language Arts- June 2017

After we wrapped up our big multigenre project, we’ve spent the last few weeks of the school year reading and studying Greek Mythology.  We read D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths.  In the last two weeks, we’ve been looking at the ways that Hollywood has changed the stories from classic Mythology for film.  We’ve watched the 1981 […]

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Middle School Language Arts- March 2017

In the month of March, middle school students participated in book groups.  Each group chose a realistic fiction book with a character that has a disability.  They discussed (online in Google Groups and in person during class) the ways their characters worked through their challenges and successes as the plot progressed.  Additionally, during class, we […]

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Middle School Language Arts- March 2017

In the month of February, we continued working on informational and persuasive writing, focusing on finding and citing trustworthy sources to back up our claims.  We also started making use of a new web based tool called Citelighter, which helps students compile and properly cite internet research.  Parents, remember the days of using the MLA […]

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