Welcome to Week Two of Distance Learning, Eighth Graders!
Hope you are doing well and that you have adjusted to our new school.
This week your daily assignments will be posted in the morning for that day. I will not be posting the work on Monday for the week.
Each day you will have the following:
In addition, as you read, I would like you to continue to read with a pen in your hand to annotate:
When in doubt or unclear, re-read. This book is set in a very different environment and eco-system than what we are accustomed to so expect a re-read or two to really grasp the details and situation in which the characters are immersed.
Finally, at the end of each chapter, please make a prediction based upon what you have read and the events in the chapter.
Watt Key uses flashbacks often throughout the story; a “flashback is a scene within a scene that interrupts the sequence of events to relate events that occurred in the past.” Watt Key uses flashbacks to provide insight into the situation that Julie finds herself living with her mom in Atlanta but missing her family being together in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with her dad.
Watt Key also uses Foreshadowing, “the author’s use of clues to hint a what might happen later in the story. Writers use foreshadowing to build their readers’ expectations and to create suspense,” to engage us with the sense of “what is going to happen next.? How else could possibly happen?”
Please predict as you read along and record your prediction at the end of each chapter. “What next…” Based upon what you have read, what will happen next? What dilemma do our characters have to face? What difficult decisions will they encounter.
I look forward to discussing these questions and answering any you have at our next class meeting on Friday, April 3rd. Please check Edlio and Google Streaming for the times as they have changed from last week!
Finally, the scuba diving lessons attached to the assignment on Monday is there for you to watch and enjoy as you read. There is a great diagram of a scuba diver inside the first page or so, the lessons as well as pgs. 11-15, contain a lot of information about the equipment and its functions. Watch and learn and enjoy at your convenience.
ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES: the assignment due dates are very flexible and are offered to you, the student, as a means to stay on task, keep a good pace, and be organized in your reading and your work.
Hi 8th Graders,
How are you? You have been on my mind so much this week! I hope and pray that you are doing great and making the most of your Spring Break time!
My plans for you this week include a story/interview with Miep Gies. I felt it was a fitting conclusion to our unit on Anne Frank. We had such a good conversation regarding the human spirit that I felt this was a nice way to conclude and to allow you time for a personal response.
Commonlit.org is the website where you will find this article. This article has already been assigned through Google classroom. You should find it there. I hope you enjoy it.
Once you have signed in, if you haven't before, read the article a few times, review the vocab, and jot down note. When you are ready, perhaps at the end of the week, complete the quiz.
I would like you to use your Lit spiral notebook as a record of this time in virtual classroom much like Anne's journal was a means of recording her personal history as it was happening. These are unique times, and your writing, thoughts, even classwork may be a source of inspiration for you and your families after all of this is over. Please date each entry and every day you work on your lit, write drafts, or complete vocab.
When you do you lit work, and once we begin the novel, I hope that you can keep the lit spiral at hand. Don't have one? Grab any notebook or put some loose-leaf paper in your two-pocket folder and keep everything in one place. You adopt and use what is most comfortable for you.
There are a couple of short assignments listed with this article. They do have a one-week deadline. I posted that to help keep you focused and to help you plan your week: perhaps do one a day through the week or when you feel you are ready. If you need more time, there is no penalty for completing these small assignments after the due date. That date is just for me.
Commonlit.org is new to us, and we will have a few stories interspersed the next few weeks with our class, but after this week, we will begin reading together DEEP WATER. I am very excited about sharing this novel with you. There will be an opportunity for us to explore scuba diving, challenges of survival, and consequences.
If all goes well, I hope that we will be able to meet as a class on Friday, March 27th. Please check your Edlio or Google announcement page for updates and schedules. Those details are being worked out for all of us at Holy Family.
You are such a great class, and although I miss you all terribly, this adventure of distance learning and coping with the challenges of self-isolation present us with an opportunity to grow, adapt, and demonstrate great resilience! We are not alone; God is with us and we are here in this place together. Much work to be done and reading to be shared and fun!
Know that you and your families are in my constant thoughts and prayers!
God bless you and love, Mrs. Kober