Language Arts October 5-6

CAM015786th Graders will resume reading the Loser and hopefully we will finish the book.  There are still 4 more questions to answer from the reading and a small essay that each was suppose to turn in last Friday.  In this essay, students are to put themselves in the shoes of the Zinkoff, remember a previous incident in which someone called them a name they didn’t like and how did the student respond to this name-calling. Monday and Tuesday, we’ll go over the essay to build up confidence in writing essays.  Also, I will spend 20min talking to each class about the issue of bullying in an advisory style. 6A will have the advisory lesson on Monday and 6B will have theirs on Tuesday.  There will be no test this week.

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ELA September 7-11

This week will be a short one with all sorts of activities and presentations for the students and by our students.

As you know, Friday September 11th will be a half day of school with activities centering on the Independence Holiday break. The activities of this day will be the following:

8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Desayuno Tipico (each homeroom teacher organizes a typical Honduran potluck lunch for the students.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cultural Presentations (teachers and students will come to the gym to enjoy a diverse set of Honduran presentations)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Honduran Traditional Games (Secondary students will host stations of traditional games for the Early Childhood and Elementary students. A map showing this distribution /rotation will be included in next Monday’s Memo)

*Please take note that:

  1. a) We are encouraging students to wear jeans and a Honduran or white t-shirt on this day (for those who are not involved in an Independence activity requiring them to wear a costume).
  2. b) Again, this is an early dismissal day.
  3. c) School will resume Wednesday, September 16th

6th graders were working on building writing organization along with vocabulary and parts of speech skills.  Since the week is short there will be no vocab skill building assignments or quiz but there will be a parts of speech quiz on Wednesday.  The 6th graders have their notes on the parts of speech so this not something new I will be presenting.  We will also continue with writing organization this week.  6th graders have a book assigned to read this quarter but right now I want to get some important literary elements out of the way before with begin reading the book together.  The homework for this week will be to study for the parts of speech quiz and writing organization paragraphs.

I am not opposed to any type of technology the student may in their possession (cell phone or tablets).  I prefer for them to have it since I only have one computer in my classroom.  So I want to incorporate as much technology in my lesson as possible and having students to pull out their phones or tablets to look up information or do some quick research benefits the lesson and the student.  I just want to make sure students use their devices for academic purposes and not for social media posting.  I have to find a healthy balance so all can take advantage of this technology in my class.

This week also, with all of the Independence Holiday activities mid-term grades will be made available.  I am not having mid-term type tests.  I want to give those students who have not turned in their assignments a chance to get them in to me so that I can grade it and give the parents the most up-to-date grade for their child.  Please check your students’ EnGrade account to see if any work is missing and contact me so this can get completed and graded.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me: pcortega@discoveryschool.edu.hn