Mrs. Fussichen's Classroom News

Crane-Fussichen 1/30/2017   01/30/2017
We are well into the Folklore Unit and have finished reading and annotating Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. We are now reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, which is a novel-length fable. Students are writing their own open-ended questions about the book and discussing the book in Socratic Seminar using the questions that they created. In addition to reading folklore, we have started writing fables in writing workshop. Students are required to write a fable with animal characters, in this unit, that face a conflict and learn a life lesson. The fable is a narrative in which students are required by Common Core to use standard English grammar. In order to meet the 8th grade standard, students must use a semi-colon, dash and an ellipsis in their writing. 
Crane - Fussichen Update   11/21/2016
We have wrapped up our Human Rights unit, and we have been taking some practice Terra Nova tests this past week. We will continue practicing until November 29 when students will take the actual high school placement test. Students are still required to read an independent novel each week for 210 minutes including holiday break weeks. On most Fridays, students are required to write about what they've read in an IR blog post. In December, we will begin our Folklore Unit and continue working on the Common Core Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Standards. 
Crane - Fussichen Update   09/21/2016
Students are now reading and annotating their assigned human rights book for specific elements such as theme, character development, conflict, connections, questions, figurative language, personal reactions and more. They will meet with their book buddies daily to write inferential questions about their reading and discuss the reading with each other. Reading the human rights books will lead up to a research project and essay that students will complete to culminate the unit. Students took a parts of speech pre-test this week, and depending on the results of the test, they will review parts of speech or move on to a new topic if they have mastered parts of speech. In addition, we will conference with students on their NWEA scores and set academic goals for the remainder of the school year. 
Human Rights Unit   09/21/2016
Students are now reading and annotating their assigned human rights book for specific elements such as theme, character development, conflict, connections, questions, figurative language, personal reactions and more. They will meet with their book buddies daily to write inferential questions about their reading and discuss the reading with each other. Reading the human rights books will lead up to a research project and essay that students will complete to culminate the unit. Students took a parts of speech pre-test this week, and depending on the results of the test, they will review parts of speech or move on to a new topic if they have mastered parts of speech. In addition, we will conference with students on their NWEA scores and set academic goals for the remainder of the school year. 

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