Mrs. Cabel Notes

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Posted: October 30, 2018

This week, students are writing a piece of horror flash fiction (a very, very short story).  Most of this week is focused on the drafting process - students will have time in the computer lab on Friday to type up their pieces.

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Posted: October 24, 2018

8R has been embarking on a very significant unit for our community.  We are learning about the role that the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment played in the liberation of Europe during World War II.  The students are very interested in the topic.  We've learned a lot about DDay and over the next few days, will have a better understanding of the role that Miramichi soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands.  

Posted: October 24, 2018

This week we have been focusing on two major skills: close reading of a non-fiction article and identification/expression of main idea using evidence from the text to support.  We have been tackling this through the topic of energy drinks.  Students have read material on the topic and are completing a close reading and main idea graphic organizer on an article, which is due on Friday.

Posted: October 19, 2018

Students have been given class time the last two days to work on a creative extension for the flash fiction piece, "Sentry".  These creative extensions are due on Tuesday.  

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Posted: October 16, 2018

Finish the comprehension questions for "Charles" for Thursday.

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Posted: October 10, 2018

Students have received rubrics and descriptive feedback on their snapshot moments.  By tomorrow, all students should have received their writing pieces and rubrics to bring home to their parents.  We are now shifting gears to focus on reading strategies for the next few weeks.

Posted: October 3, 2018

Most of the students have finished typing their snapshot moments.  If you have not completed your final draft, be sure to do so at home or see Mrs.Cabel regarding a time to access a computer.  

Posted: September 27, 2018

Due Friday: Reading response assignment

Due Monday: Rough draft of snapshot moment

Posted: September 25, 2018

We are now in the process of drafting our snapshot moments.  Today we looked at how the author Elie Wiesel slows down time in his writing by using the countdown strategy.  We discovered that this strategy would work well in our own writing pieces.  

Homework for Friday: Students have been reading during SSR and hopefully at home.  On Monday, they were given a reading response assignment, which is to be completed for Friday.  It requires the answering of 5 questions in short paragraph-long responses (2-3 sentences).  This is to be completed on the book they've been reading during SSR.  If they've recently completed a book, they are welcome to do the assignment on that book.

Posted: September 21, 2018

ELA 8: Don't forget to complete your snapshot moment planning sheets for Monday.

Social Studies 8: Great job presenting the political party platforms today.  Big vote on Monday!

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Posted: September 19, 2018

ELA 8: Today we chose topics for our snapshot moments. Don't forget the "reading like a writer" assignment is due tomorrow.  Some helpful hints:  when commenting in the margins, you can include why you think the author chose that strategy, how that strategy adds to the piece, or why you think it's effective.

Social Studies 8: Today we presented our pitches for how we would like to spend money on the outdoor parts of our school.  We also began a new assignment, which has students working in groups to research the platform of a political party.  Students will be presenting this information during Friday's class.  On Monday we will hold our own school vote!

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Posted: September 18, 2018

The students have received an assignment to complete for Thursday.  We have been "reading like writers" for the past week in partners and groups and today we began an assessment of this task.  This assignment is individual and will be handed in for marks.  Students can look at the example gallery on this website or the examples on the walls of the classroom, to help them.

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Posted: September 12, 2018

Dont forget to put the finishing touches on your six word memoirs!

Posted: September 11, 2018

Ask your child about 21C- we have big plans!

Posted: September 11, 2018

Today we “read like writers”!  We looked at an example of a snapshot moment and investigated strategies that the writer used to create voice, slow time down, and include sensory details.  Hopefully we can include some of these strategies in our own writing.