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Monday, September 16, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,


I hope everyone's week is off to an excellent start.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - 4th, 6th, and 7th period took the test today that was originally scheduled for last Friday.  Students will begin analysis of the text "Assassination of the President" which is a series of articles printed in the Evening Star in 1865
Tuesday - Students will write an objective summary of each section of "Assassination of the President"
Wednesday - Analysis of "The Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth" 
Thursday
 - Comparative Analysis of "Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth" and "O Captain!  My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Friday - Begin analysis and paraphrasing of "The Gettysburg Address"

Homework this week:
NoRedInk - Phrases and Clauses.  This was assigned last Friday and will be due this Thursday by 7:05 am.  Either Mrs. Williams or I will be in the library at 6:45 am this Tuesday and Wednesday to help students that might be struggling. 
Independent Reading - Students should read a minimum of 10 pages each day in their independent reading book.
Other Possible Assignments - It is possible that if students do not finish the objective summaries of "The Assassination of the President" in class that they will need to complete this at home Tuesday evening. 

Please email me if you have any questions.  williams_leigh@hcde.org

Leigh Williams
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Sunday, September 8, 2019


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope each of you had a relaxing weekend.

Here is our agenda for the week:
Monday - Students will write a theme analysis of the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" by Walter Dean Myers
Tuesday - Analysis of "O Captain!  My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Wednesday and Thursday - Analysis of "Assassination of the President" by the Evening Star.
Friday - Quarter 1, Assessment 2 - Study guide and study materials will be posted to Google Classroom by Tuesday evening. 

Homework this week:
NoRedInk - Adjectives.  This was assigned last Thursday and will be due this Thursday by 7:05 am.  I will be in the library at 6:45 am this Tuesday and Wednesday to help students that might be struggling. 
Root Word - Mater/Pater.  Students will receive this assignment on Monday, and it will be due on Wednesday.
Independent Reading - Students should read a minimum of 10 pages each day in their independent reading book.

Please email me if you have any questions.  williams_leigh@hcde.org

Leigh Williams
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dear Parents,

Sorry for the delay in getting this communication to you.  

This week in Language Arts students will:

  •  Make inferences while reading "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"
  • Learn to uncover various themes found throughout literature
  • Write theme statements which can be supported by textual evidence
  • Craft a well developed paragraph in which students determine the theme of the short story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and support the theme with evidence and explanation.

The students' NoRedInk assignment is due Thursday.  Please note that this was assigned on August 30th.  They were given about 10 minutes in class yesterday to work on the assignment and to ask me questions.  Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be in the library at 6:45 to address any other concerns.  I understand that NoRedInk can be frustrating to students, but I promise they will get the hang of it.  

Please ensure that your child is reading every night. 

Enjoy your week.

Leigh Williams

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Dear Parents and Students

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Please remember that Open House for 7th and 8th grade will be this Monday.  Parents will report to the gym for a general assembly and then be released to rotate through each classroom on the Green Team.  Students that have a parent attend open house (general assembly and classroom rotations) may dress down on Tuesday.

Homework for the week:
***Students should read a minimum of 10 pages per day in their independent reading books.
***Common Lit text analysis of a nonfiction text "Conformity".  Assigned Monday and due Wednesday
***NoRedInk.  This is grammar practice.  Assigned Thursday (sometimes Friday) and due the following Thursday.  This gives students a week to complete the assignment.  It typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour; however, when students try to rush through, it can take much longer.  They can leave and return to assignment without losing their data. I will explain NoRedInk to students this week.

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:

  • Characterization - How authors develop characters
  • Test on Tuesday.  See information on calendar
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the short story "The  R-Word"
  • Making logical inferences when reading
  • Determining theme

Have an awesome week.

Leigh Williams
williams_leigh@hcde.org 

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

The year is off to a great start.  It has been a pleasure getting to know your children.  Please be aware that Open House will be on August 26th.  Dr. Gatlin will communicate times with parent's in the near future.

Just to let you know, I use three ways to communicate with parents and students:  this webpage, Google Classroom, and Remind.  If you have not signed up for Remind, I would suggest you do so.  Simply text @loftis8g to the number 81010.  Please note that this is a one way communication and the number that appears on your phone is not my cell phone number.  I am also only allowed 140 characters when typing a Remind, so you will sometimes see many abbreviations.  :-) 

I would encourage you to look at the calendar on my class website for a list of assignments. Also, independent reading is a very important part of your child's learning.  Students are required to read ten pages per day.  They will have an in-class assignment every two to three weeks regarding their independent reading book.  

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:
  • Study words that contain the Latin root mal (bad) 
  • Analysis of the poem "If"
  • Utilize the PEEL method to successfully craft paragraphs
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the dystopian society in The Giver
  • Making logical inferences when reading
Have a wonderful weekend and an awesome week next week.

Leigh Williams
williams_leigh@hcde.org 

 

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