Announcements

2nd Quarter  

Parents, as we begin the second quarter, we are also beginning historical fiction book clubs. Integration of book clubs will be switching up our class format a little bit, so there are some things that you need to know. 

1. Rather than having a weekly vocabulary assignment, students will have a discussion role worksheet that they need to complete each week in preparation for book club discussions. Students will receive all of the worksheets that they need for the entire unit during the first week of book clubs. There is a schedule posted on the assignments page so that you can know which page your student needs to complete each week. These assignments MUST be completed ON TIME. Students will not receive any credit for turning them in late. After the discussion date has passed, there is no point of the student completing a worksheet to prepare for the discussion. 

2. Students will be expected to stay on pace with the reading schedule, even if they are absent. Students will be reading their book in class. I do not have enough copies of books for students to take them home. Students will have about 35 minutes to read in class each day. Students should be able to stay on pace if they are present and focused each day. If you know that your student is frequently absent or has trouble reading in the classroom, I would reccommend getting a copy of their book to keep at home. Most of the books can be found at McKay or the local library. All of the books are $10 or less on Amazon. Students will receive their book assignment on Wednesday, October 18th. The titles are:

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
  • Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

3. It is very important for students to be at school during this unit - especially on Fridays. Students will have discussions every Friday. If students are absent, then their group is missing out on a critical aspept of the discussion. For this reason, students will receive a 0 for their weekly discussion grade if they are absent without an excuse. 

Book clubs will be demanding a lot from your students, but they are capable of it. Book clubs allow students to apply literature skills that we have learned during the first quarter to a new genre of book. Students will think critically to complete their interactive folders. They will form opinions about important issues, conflicts, and themes and be able to discuss them with their peers. Students are responsbile for their learning during this unit. They will get as much out of it as they put in. This will be a rewarding and enriching quarter of learning, if students take ownership of their assignments. 

I am looking forward to a great quarter!

Mrs. Whiteheart