English Language Arts (ELA) is more than reading and writing. ELA involves:

  • Communicating effectively in various places for many different audiences and reasons
  • Selecting appropriate forms, structures and technology for a variety of contexts
  • Understanding, appreciating and creating a broad range of texts (including multi-media, visual, oral, and print)

March/April 2018

Grade 6

The Grade 6 students are beginning to write our own short narrative fictions under the guiding question: What makes a good story? We are also exploring planned versus organic writing styles. We continue to read our class novel, The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau.

Grade 7

In our 7A ELA class, we have been working on writing expository pieces (informative essays).  We have used our paragraph writing skills to help with this. Students were able to choose their own topic to write about- something they are very knowledgeable about.  Our class has just finished up the good copies of their essays. We are starting to look at how to write a friendly letter. Students received a letter written to them by another student in a different grade 7 class and will be replying to it.  Students are also continuing to read their own personal novels during class time. 

In the 7T classes, we are continuing with our novel study, I Am David, incorporating various reading and writing activities.  Students have also exchanged friendly letters with other grade 7 students, in different classes.

In Grade 8 ELA, students have begun a novel study on the Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.  The first task is a pre-reading research assignment where students choose a topic to research (India, The Ganges River, City Life in India, Child Labour in India, Hinduism...etc), creating inquiry questions to guide their research. Afterwards, they will compose a slide presentation with their information to show the class.  

Grade 8

Students in 8A are currently reading the novel Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan. They are learning a strategy for reading comprehension called text annotation (sticky talk). They are sharing their thinking as they read and writing reflectively. We will continue to be working on the novel for the next few weeks as well as delving more deeply into social justice issues connected to the novel such as the rights of children, women and girls’ rights, cultural expectations, child marriage, and the impact of poverty. 

Grade 9

In Ms. Thomas and Mx. Mead's ELA 9 class, we have just completed short story writing, where students also designed their own book covers. Next, we will connect the topic of Immigration with exploration of storytelling and letter writing. In addition, we are about to begin a charming novel study of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, where students will examine issues of self-improvement, perseverance, and courage.

ELA for 9B is currently learning the process of analyzing poetry and engaging their creative brains by producing poetry using learned formatting and personal experiences. 

9TF is digging into poetry by examining structures, figurative language, and themes.  They have been compiling their own anthologies, using their understanding of imagery to connect to readers and craft presentations.  They have also been analyzing editorial journalism and will be deconstructing plays in the spring.

In 9TG, we have wrapped up our novel study unit, Touching Spirit Bear, and are moving into different writing activities, such as poetry, stories, essays, and business letters.

English

English Language Arts (ELA) is more than reading and writing. ELA involves:

  • Communicating effectively in various places for many different audiences and reasons
  • Selecting appropriate forms, structures and technology for a variety of contexts
  • Understanding, appreciating and creating a broad range of texts (including multi-media, visual, oral, and print)

March/April 2018

Grade 6

The Grade 6 students are beginning to write our own short narrative fictions under the guiding question: What makes a good story? We are also exploring planned versus organic writing styles. We continue to read our class novel, The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau.

Grade 7

In our 7A ELA class, we have been working on writing expository pieces (informative essays).  We have used our paragraph writing skills to help with this. Students were able to choose their own topic to write about- something they are very knowledgeable about.  Our class has just finished up the good copies of their essays. We are starting to look at how to write a friendly letter. Students received a letter written to them by another student in a different grade 7 class and will be replying to it.  Students are also continuing to read their own personal novels during class time. 

In the 7T classes, we are continuing with our novel study, I Am David, incorporating various reading and writing activities.  Students have also exchanged friendly letters with other grade 7 students, in different classes.

In Grade 8 ELA, students have begun a novel study on the Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.  The first task is a pre-reading research assignment where students choose a topic to research (India, The Ganges River, City Life in India, Child Labour in India, Hinduism...etc), creating inquiry questions to guide their research. Afterwards, they will compose a slide presentation with their information to show the class.  

Grade 8

Students in 8A are currently reading the novel Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan. They are learning a strategy for reading comprehension called text annotation (sticky talk). They are sharing their thinking as they read and writing reflectively. We will continue to be working on the novel for the next few weeks as well as delving more deeply into social justice issues connected to the novel such as the rights of children, women and girls’ rights, cultural expectations, child marriage, and the impact of poverty. 

Grade 9

In Ms. Thomas and Mx. Mead's ELA 9 class, we have just completed short story writing, where students also designed their own book covers. Next, we will connect the topic of Immigration with exploration of storytelling and letter writing. In addition, we are about to begin a charming novel study of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, where students will examine issues of self-improvement, perseverance, and courage.

ELA for 9B is currently learning the process of analyzing poetry and engaging their creative brains by producing poetry using learned formatting and personal experiences. 

9TF is digging into poetry by examining structures, figurative language, and themes.  They have been compiling their own anthologies, using their understanding of imagery to connect to readers and craft presentations.  They have also been analyzing editorial journalism and will be deconstructing plays in the spring.

In 9TG, we have wrapped up our novel study unit, Touching Spirit Bear, and are moving into different writing activities, such as poetry, stories, essays, and business letters.

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