This class is designed for 7th and 8th grade students to enjoy reading and writing while continuing to re-enforce both reading and writing skills.
The class is divided into three parts: Novel reading and study, Scholastic magazine reading (Story works, math and science), and a weekly writing project.
Novels of different genres are chosen to read three days a week. Also involved is discussion, as well as worksheets from the novel. Grading is done from quizzes as well as a final test and participation throughout reading and completion of worksheets. Books on CD “read” the novel to the class. When the final test is taken, the class watches the movie of the novel and we complete it with a compare & contrast thinking map.
Scholastic magazines give the students a chance to catch up on what is going on in the world. Kid-friendly news, math and stories (sometimes a play) gives them a chance to take turns reading information without assessment. This often leads to great student-led discussions.
Writing: The students keep a daily journal. They are to write for 10 minutes. I provide a topic but they don’t have to use it as long as they write about something. I do not force them to share and many struggle with that but a few are eager to share their thoughts. Once a week we work on some topic in writing. Some of the topics include: Bio Poem, Haikus, Collective story topics, Acrostic of name, History of My Name, Hand Mapping, List poem, What I am Thankful for writing and a couplet to name a few.
Grading is done on participation and quizzes from the novels. The yearly goal is six novels and a published anthology with all students submitting one piece of work.