April New in Grade 8
Spring has finally arrived! (…and aren’t we happy about that!)
Here are some important dates to remember:
April 7- First Friday Mass at 9:15- hosted by 8th grade/Stations of the Cross 1:30- hosted by grade 7
April 8-17- Spring Vacation
April 18- Confessions grade 8/ “Mary” Reflection paper due
April 21- Rosary led by grade 8
April 23- Grade 8 Pancake Breakfast fundraiser
In the classroom-
Students are reading the historical fiction novel Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. This Newbury Medal award winning book tells a story of a family torn apart by the Civil War. Another group is reading True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It is also an award winning book. This fictional story takes place aboard a ship in 1832. The main character, a 13 year-old-girl, keeps a journal of her thrilling adventures while on board. In class, we are focusing on the “Big Question”-Can all conflicts be resolved? In this unit we will be reading short stories, magazine articles, press releases, a television script, and even a cartoon and ballad. Students will have an opportunity to read for all different purposes and skills.
This month students will begin lessons on speaking and listening. This information will be helpful later when they participate in the annual Walter Deptula speaking and writing contest. All students have written an essay on a topic of their choice which will be entered in the contest. We will also continue to build essential vocabulary along with grammar skills. We have been using an app called Kahoot that enables us to review information in a game format. The students enjoy using them in class.
Family Life will be a big focus this month. We will finish the book and view 2 related videos. In addition, we will continue in our regular text.
We will be beginning a new unit entitled “Reason, Rebellion, and Reform”. This unit discusses Church history during the Renaissance period. As you can see, we are taking on some serious material this month! Toward the end of the month, we will begin getting ready for the May Crownings. This involves writing an essay and separate school-wide and church crowning ceremonies.
It is hard to believe that we have two months until graduation! The most enjoyable years always go too fast!