The Fifth of November, Wrestling, Reading, Grammar, Short Story Unit, and Travel. Read on!
The Fifth of November
I always enjoy this week because of the fifth of November. I share with my students that this is a holiday I recognize with my brother and sister, as well as a friend or two, every year.
I share the history of the the holiday starting with Guy Fawkes, a man involved in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in London. More recently, a graphic novel and movie V for Vendetta (a movie too cool for school) embellish the story a bit.
However, the reason I share this with my students and enjoy the holiday every year is that it inspires me to follow my words with actions and stand up against the evil acts that happen daily in our lives.
We do a lot of reading and writing in school, but if those words do not change us for the better, what is the point? Words are powerful because they are tied to action, and hopefully we can all then have the courage to act, doing what is right in difficult situations to make this world a little bit better of a place. This is what I think upon whenever I arrive to a new November the Fifth!
As the head wrestling coach, I like to encourage all students to join our wrestling team. If wrestling for the first time, my goal is to help them to become a better athlete and allow them to gradually build up confidence until they feel ready to compete. If they are involved in other winter opportunities but would still like to strengthen their athletic ability through wrestling, we do our best to work with our student-athletes so they can do it all. Please reach out if your child is interested!
This coming week we have open mats running in the wrestling room after school from 3:45pm-5pm. Encourage your child to stop by and “give it a shot.” Also, on Wednesday, we will be having a Marine Tactical Athlete Training in the Small Gym from 3:45pm-4:45pm for all winter student-athletes.
Last month’s reading grades were not what we would like to see. Therefore, anyone who scored a 2 or less will be completing their reading log in a paper format and will need to hand that in at the end of November for their grade.
It’s important that they track their reading progress on Goodreads (or now on the paper log) because we can’t have two days of silent reading time in school without any proof of its benefits. Please encourage your child/ren to read and keep tracking their progress!
The most common problems with their progress updates are (1) if they forget to complete one or more, or (2) fail to focus on one of our literary device terms. This should be an easy reading grade!
They completed the Subject-Verb Post-Assessment and Parts of Speech Pre-Assessment. We will be moving onto Parts of Speech Practice this coming week!
This is something they can also work on in their free time if they are getting behind! It’s online at noredink.com.
Short Story Unit:
This week, we wrapped up the Short Story Unit with a final exam on “The Dinner Party,” which nearly everyone did well on. All of the grades for this are in Skyward and fall under two standards. Reading (Theme) and Reading (Character Development).
Students should now have a fairly strong understanding of our 26 literary device terms, a short story plot line, the writing of a thematic statement, and composing a short story.
Next up, we move onto writing our personal narrative! Should be fun!
FHS Travel with Halter:
If your child is interested in traveling internationally to either Italy/Switzerland 2020, contact me quickly as there are only 7-8 months left until departure!
London/Paris/Barcelona 2021, please contact Mrs. McClyman at email@example.com for more information and sign up!
If you sign up for London/Paris/Barcelona 2021 by Thursday, November 14, you save $300!
Looking forward to 2022, I am currently putting together a trip for Ireland to London, so stay tuned!