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Video of the Week
Mrs. Deighton's Book Reviews
Lyrics are Poetry
Geography Physical Patterns are Important
Art Worth Talking About - Grade 7
Art Worth Talking About - Grade 8
Priscilla and the Wimps
by Richard Peck
by Sandra Cisneros
The Gift of the Magi
by O Henry
The Last Leaf
by O Henry
by Guy de Maupassant
A Mason-Dixon Memory
by Clifton Davis
A Desk for My Daughter
by Gardner McFall
by Mary Cook
Pictures of You
by Guang-Shing Cheng
A few of the memoirs in:
Guys Write for Guys Read
by Jon Scieszka
(Various student memoirs)
Whole-class novel study.
We will begin this novel study during the week of September 21st. Most of our reading will be completed in class, however students who are absent from school will need to catch up on the reading during recess time if necessary.
I love being able to choose books that interest me, and I know that you do too. There will be time for self-selected reading (SSR) in class every day. You should always have your SSR book in class, and you should remember to bring it home for your 30 minutes of reading homework per night. We will be posting book reviews on the books we read for SSR in an SSR discussion group.
for more on what I've been reading this summer!
We will be writing
every day. It may only be a paragraph or two, but we will make writing a habit in our daily classes.
A memoir is a piece that focuses on a memorable personal experience of the author. In other words, it is an important true story from the author's life experience. Our first writing assignment will be
which involve pairing six words with an image to tell about an event in our lives or something about ourselves. Then we will go on to write full length memoirs. Check out my memoir on
Mrs. Deighton's Page
We will be using some of the skills that we learned during our unit on memoir to create free verse memoir poems. All students will be asked to enter their poems into two poetry contests. In the past few years, many of our Nationview Intermediate students have had their poetry published in the poetry anthologies that these contests assemble using the best poetry received. Prizes are also awarded by the contest organizers to students whose poetry is chosen to represent the top 10 or so in their age group. Students will be bringing additional information home for parents to review.
Sentence structures - We will practice using a variety of sentence structures.
Subordinate Conjuntions - AAAWWUBBIS anyone?
Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions: Purdue Owl
Commas after an introductory clause (more about subordinating conjunctions)
All About Commas: Purdue Owl
Prepositions and prepositional phrases
Prepositions: University of Ottawa
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is a dystopian novel that we will be reading together as a class.
Dystopias: Definition and Characteristics
A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics,
laws, customs, and conditions.
A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and
the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic,
technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated
worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or
Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
The natural world is banished and distrusted.
Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
Types of Dystopian Controls
Most dystopian works present a world in which oppressive societal control and the
illusion of a perfect society are maintained through one or more of the following
types of controls:
Corporate control: One or more large corporations control society through
products, advertising, and/or the media. Examples include
Bureaucratic control: Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through
a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government
officials. Examples in film include
Technological control: Society is controlled by technology—through
computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include
Philosophical/religious control: Society is controlled by philosophical or
religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic
The Dystopian Protagonist
often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.
questions the existing social and political systems.
believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he
or she lives.
helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world
through his or her perspective.
This term we will be reading lots and lots of NONFICTION and we'll be writing some NONFICTION too! In fact, I hope that we can create a magazine right here on this wiki.
As part of our research, we'll have to have a look at a variety of online magazines, so check out the links below.
Online Magazine Links:
****Odyssey: A Science Magazine****
The language of fiction . . . .
The Elements of Fiction
Literary Terms: Thinkquest
What's on YOUR reading list?
You Gotta Read: This Book Reviews by and for middle schoolers
Favourite Poem Project
How to Write an Op Ed piece: Duke University
Weird Al: Don't Download This Song (Satirical song)
Rooting Out Words: Funbrain
Writing - Mode: Persuasion
HOW TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ONLINE
Youth Radio: To Sag or Not to Sag?
Youtube: Interactive Spelling Bee
Vocabulary and Spelling
This is a photo from 'Brainypics'. Build you vocabulary with more
How to study for the tests:
Select 4 words on your word lists (students who are studying two prefixes should choose
two words for each prefix
Study correct spelling of the words you selected
Study the definitions of the words you selected
Prepare four sentences that show an understanding of the meaning of each word you selected
Make sure that your sentences are not the same as the ones given in the worksheets
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"