Mrs. Jenny Cannon « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Greetings from your child’s Language Arts classroom.
As far as your child’s Language Arts experience last week we covered the rules and procedures and formal language in writing. Next week we will hit the ground running with a novel study on the book The Giver by Lois Lowry. Each student will receive a copy of the novel and they will be creating a layered flip book to use throughout the study. It is imperative that they keep up with this flip book as it will be a handy tool to use to study with. It will be up to them to print it and copy any missing assignments in the off chance they lose it.
After we finish the novel we will proceed to argumentative writing. This year your child will be taking a writing FSA test. They will be faced with either an argumentative task or an informative task. As we start argumentative writing we will work through a task together. I will model how to plan, outline, and construct an essay. At the end of the nine weeks they will be given one to do on their own. This will give me an opportunity to see what areas need more focus and which areas they have mastered. In the 8th grade standards students must not only provide a claim with reasons in their argumentative writing but they must also insert multiple counterclaims and give evidence from the text to prove how that counterclaim is invalid or not as strong as their claim to make their argument stronger. They are facing a big task in front of them as we tackle this writing but I know they can do it. I do ask that you be patient with the process as it takes time to master this type of writing.
I have been very impressed with this group and I can’t wait to spend the next 9 months teaching, learning, and growing with them. If you ever need anything please feel free to email me. Let the fun begin!
P.S. – Reminder Open House will be held Thursday, August 27th from 6-8. I hope to see you there.
Online lessons: https://learnzillion.com/
Pearson textbook: www.pearsonrealize.com
Essay Scorer: http://www.essayscorer.com/ph/fl/vcs
8th Grade ELA - Argumentative Writing Rubric
8th Grade ELA - Syllabus
Sunshine State Book List - 2015-2016
The Giver - Layered Flip Book
The Giver - Comprehension Questions- Text Evidence required