Friday, April 15, 2011

Permission Form for Historical Fiction Lit Circles

We can't wait to jump into another round of literature circles. This time, our study will focus on historical fiction. Reading novels from specific historical periods provides an excellent opportunity to study setting, characterization, and plot development while broadening their understanding of social issues and historical events. We will also watch a film that enhances our reading and gives us the chance to meet the state standards in speaking, listening, and viewing. The film we would like to show is Life is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella), an Italian film that won three Academy awards--best actor, best foreign film, best music (for Nicola Piovani’s original dramatic score). To learn more about the books we are offering and the movie, read the permission form we sent home. Or click here to access a version that you can download and print. The forms are due next week Tuesday, 4/19 (B) and Wednesday, 4/20 (A).

Back to the Roots (More Word Roots)

As we ended the third quarter, we asked you to share what you wanted to learn before going on to high school. Most of the students in eighth grade at LaVilla requested more word roots. You've figured out that knowing the meaning of a root, prefix, or suffix can help you figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word. Plus, it's a lot of fun to figure out new words.

So, even though FCAT is over, this week we will continue our word study with twenty more roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We will have a roots quiz on April 27th and 28th.

If you were in class, use your four column notes to study for the quiz. The four column notes will also be collected as a small grade on that day. We will give one period to work on them. Do not copy them from a friend. You need to go through the process of filling it in yourself; it helps you get the roots into your long-term memory.

If you were absent on April 15th (B day students) or April 18th (A day students), click on the link (picture) below to view and print the notes. There are TWO pages.

Don't be alarmed by the last six spaces. That's where we left room to study some more literary techniques through poetry. (That was another big request before high school). Soon enough, you'll be writing your own poems.