Posted: October 10, 2018
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 26, 2018
As we read like writers, we discover some important strategies for our own writing. I've put some of our discoveries on these charts.
Posted: September 25, 2018
We held a mock election on Monday to coincide with the provincial election and what do you know...our results were very similar to the adult results in our riding, with the People's Alliance clinching the victory.
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!
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!
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.
Posted: September 14, 2018
We are gearing up to create pitches as part of our Elections unit. The scenario: The provincial government has agreed to give Dr. Losier Middle School money to enhance the school yard. As a group, prepare a pitch to the school...