Friday, September 5, 2014

You're Awesome!

Accelerated Reader Appreciation  Happy Friday! I would like to take a moment today to celebrate each of you. I know the adjustment to middle school has not been an easy one for all of you, but I think for the most part you should be really proud of how far you've come and how awesome you've already proven yourselves to be. Simply: You're Awesome!  

You know who is especially awesome? The students who are already racking up reading points in Accelerated Reader! The readers features below are already making measurable progress towards their reading goals. Keep up the great work and keep reading!  

CELDT Test Overview  The annual testing window for the CELDT test has arrived. The CELDT is a test that many of you are familiar with. It is a very important test that determines your proficiency level in the English language and monitors your progress in learning in English from year to year. Many of you will be taking it again this year, so we will dedicate a few minutes of class time providing and overview of the purpose and format of the test. For those of you who are taking it, we want you to feel prepared and be successful! We all believe in you!  

Analyzing Characters in 'Dear Future'  Today we are going to continue the short story "Dear Future." Our focus will be on analyzing the character of James, as we track his changing attitudes about growing up from the beginning of the story to the end. We will also consider the question: What causes James's attitude to change? Once again, you can find a copy of the story "Dear Future" in your Language Arts folders (and a link to it here). The 'Analyzing Characters' assignment was placed in your folders and a link to it can be found here(This assignment will be due Friday of next week.)

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading Log(Remember that your reading log has been placed in your Language Arts folders. If for some reason you need to make a copy of the reading log, you can find a link to it here.) I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, September 8.