December 12, 2011
Trimester Two: Here Already!
Like the holiday season, trimester two is already upon us.
I know I might be biased, but I can’t help saying how truly proud I am of my students this past trimester. There has been a lot expected in the realm of language arts, and all my students have worked hard to reach the new standard of writing that has been set. Ten to fifteen pages of narrative story and memoir writing - complete with dialogue - brought on several scared looks in early October. But by the end of November, I had students who had difficulty finding a place to leave off their budding novels. It has been a revealing experience for both me and my students, and I think we’ve learned that we all have a writer inside of us with a story to tell.
Now that students are comfortable in using descriptive detail and incorporating meaningful dialogue, this trimester is all about analysis and research. In language arts, we will begin to look at books as more than just words on a page. We will be discovering characters and plots in new ways, looking at how they parallel real people and events. Learning how to unlock the secret meaning behind the author’s words has been one of the most exciting lessons I learned as a student, and I am excited to share this with all my students.
Through research, we will bring deeper understanding to the events that made a difference in the course of our nation’s history. We will tackle the Revolutionary War (5/6) and the First World War (7/8) by collaborative group research as well as individual independent interest projects. It is my goal for the trimester to use this focus on research as an opportunity to integrate technology in the classroom through the use of Ipads and Ipods, as well as through laptops. I am excited to see these two very volatile time periods come to life in the classroom. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Holly Jolly Hat Day!
In case you didn’t hear, we’re having a holly jolly hat day this Wednesday, December 14th. In an effort to raise money for the local food pantry, students will be allowed to wear a hat all day for the price of one dollar. All proceeds will benefit the food pantry that we have also been collecting food for these past few weeks. One dollar equals ten dollars worth of food at the food pantry, making this an economical, and fun opportunity to help others this holiday season.