6th Grade Language Arts - Our focus will be on argumentative writing as we start the 3rd nine weeks. Students will learn the four main parts of an argumentative essay by breaking down example essays before writing their own. We will continue to work on our informative writing skills as well to make sure we are ready for the writing test in March. Both types of essays are similar in structure so the students should take what they know about informative/explanatory writing and apply it to argumentative writing. Attached below you can find the rubric provided by the state that will be used to assess informative writing and the rubric for argumentative writing.
8th Grade US History: Students will be learning about how the United States grew during the early 1800s. We will discuss this growth in terms of land, population, and the economy. We will see how sometimes growth can be a good thing and other times it can lead to problems. In the early 1800s those problems started to arise in the form of slavery, westward expansion, and trade. Andrew Jackson, our 7th President, will be the topic of much discussion as we look at some of the dramatic events of his Presidency.