Happy New Year from Middle School Literature!
It's an exciting time of year! Eighth Grade is beginning to work on their Culminating Projects in earnest, including a research trip to the Wichita Public Library. They are also finishing their Novel study with The Giver.
Seventh Grade is finishing up their second survival novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and we are discussing the thematic similarities and differences between this novel and their most recent novel, Hatchet.
Grade Six is completing The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and is getting ready to begin another book by E.L. Konginsburg, A View from Saturday. These are fun novels that offer a chance for students to engage in character study as well as experience an authors use of humor and irony.
Overall, it has been a great academic year, and I look forward to what 2019 has in store. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.
As we move into October, we have begun our first novel units. The 8th Grade is reading The Outsiders, one of my personal favorites and incredible study in character with themes that still connect to students today. The 7th Grade is reading Hatchet, one of my all-time favorite books to both read and teach. The 6th Grade is reading Holes, which keeps getting better every time I read it.
This month students will be working on their first Book Report projects, and the Quarter 2 Book Report assignments will go home toward the end of the month, so be on the lookout.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever! I look forward to seeing you at conferences this month.