These first few weeks of school have flown by as we have dived into the novel The Giver. Students are working on completing the Flip Chart and Short Answer Essay questions connected with the novel while learning the writing strategy called R.A.C.E.. This acronymn stands for the following: R - restate the questions; A - answer the question in your own words; C - cite effective textual evidence to support your answer; and E - elaborate on or explain your answer. This is a strategy we will use throughout the year as the basic format for body paragraphs within an essay.
We still have another week or two to complete The Giver. After this time, our focus will be on argumentative writing. On October 4-6, all eighth grade students will be completing a demand writing in preparation for the FSA Writing Test in the spring.
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It is my privilege to have your son or daughter in my classroom this year, and I will do my very best to help them be successful!
Beverly Matos 8th Grade Language Arts The Villages Charter Middle School