Brittany Fitzgerald

This year the Grade 8s and 9s will take English together. The English program for Grade 8 and 9 is designed to build upon skills and knowledge that students have acquired in the first year or two of junior high. Students will be working together during most lessons but will sometimes be separated by grade level to complete certain activities.


For the first week or so students in Grades 8 and 9 will be completing initial reading and writing assessments and will be reviewing some topics (paragraph writing, reading comprehension, etc.).

After this, we will be completing our first novel study. The book we will be reading is called "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. This is a very interesting book about a seemingly "perfect" society. A film adaptation has recently opened up in theatres. I think we will be having some very interesting discussions about the themes in this book. :)

 

Grade 7 English is designed to help students continue to build the knowledge and skills they began in Elementary Language Arts. This year we will be completing lots of different activities/units including: novel studies, short story unit, poetry, writing, research projects and independent reading.

To begin the year we will be completing initial assessments and reviewing some topics (paragraph writing, comprehension skills, etc.). After that, we will be starting our first novel study. The novel we will be reading is "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli. This is an excellent book and students in the past have really enjoyed it!

Wow! It's so hard to believe that Summer Vacation is coming to a close. I hope you all had a great back and are ready to get back to work. This is going to be a fantastic year!


This year I will be teaching the following course:

Grade 7 English

Grade 8/9 English

Grade 7 Science

Grade 7 Social Studies

Grade 8/9 Health


I am very excited to welcome the new grade 7s to Junior High and welcome back the Grade 8s and 9s! I know that this year will be full of lots of learning and fun! See you all on Tuesday!

Due Date: 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Students have begun a new novel study in English for "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins. Students are working on a friendly letter as one character to another character. These letters are due on Wednesday.

Due Date: 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Students in Grades 7-8 are working on a newspaper article assignment based on the novel study we are completing in class. The novel is called "The Crossroads" by Chris Grabenstein. Students are to choose an event that happened in the first 24 chapters and write a newspaper article based around the event. They must have an interesting title, a strong lead and their article must answer the 5 Ws and 1 H for news articles.


Good copies are due on Wednesday!

 

 

7-9 English

-Students in these grades have been working on Readers Theatre Projects since the beginning of 2nd Semester. For these projects students: wrote the ending of a script, completed a poster for their script, and will be performing their skits in front of the entire class.


7-9 Social Studies

-Currently the two Social Studies classes (7/8 and 9) are working together to complete a unit called "Choose Your Voice". This unit focuses on stereotypes, discrimination, racism and antisemitism in Canadian History.


7-8 Science

-Students are now working on a unit about Cells, Organs and Organ Systems.


7 Health

-Students are currently working on a unit about Sexual Health and Pregnancy. So far, they have learned about: puberty and the male reproductive system.

 

*If you have any concerns about your child's progress in these course please feel free to call me at the school: 295-3491.

Due Date: 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Students in Science 7-8 have begun a new unit on The Cell. They will be completing a quiz on Friday based on what we have covered so far. For the quiz students need to know/be able to explain:

-the definition of cells

-the 6 characteristics of living things

-cell theory

-the parts of the plant/animal cell and their purpose

-difference between permeable, impermeable and selectively permeable

-diffusion

-osmosis

Due Date: 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Students in Grade 9 have completed their reading of "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins. We are currently working on some review questions. Students will be writing a test based on the novel/review. The test will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The test will include: matching, short answer, long answer and image analysis questions. Students are encouraged to study for this test and clear up anything they may not understand by asking questions during class time.

Due Date: 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Students just finished reading "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins. They are required to write a reflection based on their reading. Students copied the reflection questions from the board today. Reflection is due tomorrow.

Due Date: 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Students are continuing their novel study of "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins. Today in class, we read Chapters 22-24. Students were given an assignment to complete based on this section of the novel. The assignment is made up 4 parts: vocabulary section, summary, connections and illustration. Students must have 3 sections completed for tomorrow's class. The assignment must be finished by the end of our English class tomorrow. Students are encouraged to complete as much of the assignment as they can but they MUST have 3 sections completed for tomorrow.

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