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How Do We Get People to Listen to What We Have to Say?
This is the question that the 6th, 7th and 8th graders will try to answer as they prepare speeches for this year's Modern Woodmen of America's speech contest. The topic for the contest is "What does it mean to be a hero?" Students will create and present a ...

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The 6th-8th grade students have spent the last few weeks studying the genre of mythology. Students have been seeking to discover how the culture and belief system of the Ancient Greeks have impacted our current culture today. Did you know that our idea of d...

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New Year, New Goals!
I can't believe we are already into 2017! Time is just flying by! Now that we have returned from a long break hopefully everyone is feeling refreshed, revived, and ready to take-on a new year! In our middle level ELA class we have discussed the meaning of N...

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A Dickensonian Christmas
As we head into the holiday season the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will spend the next couple of weeks studying Charles Dickens and his story, A Christmas Carol . A major focus of this study will be on the Victorian Era and how it impacted Cha...

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Book Study
The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be spending the next couple of weeks working in small book study groups. Ms. Pothier will be leading a group of students reading the book, Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Mr. Walsh will be leading a group of students reading...

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What Do Skilled Readers Do?
This question could be answered in many ways. Skilled readers use a variety of strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words, increase their comprehension, and overall connect with their reading. Skilled readers also understand which stance they need...

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The Writing Process
Every writer approaches writing in their own unique way. They determine their topic and audience. Each writer thinks about the message they want to send, and their purpose for each piece of writing. They also think about the words they use and how what they...

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Genres: Who knew there were so many?!
The middle level students have been studying the many literary genres that exist! Understanding these genres helps each student know which types of books they like/dislike. This will help them choose books as well as provide ways to challenge themselves as ...

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Off To A Great Start!
The school year is well underway and the students seem to have adjusted nicely! In our middle level ELA class we have been focusing on team-building, creating expectations for how we can work successfully in our collaborative environment, and launching our ...

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School Speech Contest
On April 14th twelve students from fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth
grade participated in our school speech contest. These twelve students
prepared speeches on the topic "Hunger in America". They participated in
a classroom contest and placed in the top ...
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