Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great spring break. On days 1 and 2 (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll practice close reading. On days 3 and 4 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll set academic smart goals. Wednesday will be a short schedule due to the early release, so we’ll have to be focussed to get through the day!
Remember your independent reading goals from before the break? Hopefully you’ve all had a lot of good reading time; we’ll review those goals and set new ones on Monday and Tuesday of next week, so there’s still time to meet or exceed your target.
This Day 3 and 4 (Monday and Tuesday) we’ll get back to some close reading. Eighth graders will get a newspaper article related to the Population Project—my hope is that, in addition to being challenging and interesting, this will help you deepen your understanding of important ideas and issues in India. Seventh graders will get a choice of texts—you can choose a newspaper article or a slightly easier passage. And I have something special for my sixth graders!
On days 1 and 2 this week (Thursday and Friday), we’ll review how we are doing with our work in other classes, and we’ll set goals for the coming cycle. When you sign up to meet with me, make sure you know what you’ve been doing well as well as what you want to work on. We’ll also do a three minute reading exercise. I know a lot of eighth graders have been working hard on the POP project. If you’ve got some extra work to do, be sure to bring it and we’ll give you as much time and support as we can! It would be nice to get to Spring Break with a clean slate.
This week on Days 7 and 8 (Tuesday and Wednesday), we’ll be reviewing our reading goals and setting new ones. Eighth graders who are still working on POP might consider setting goals focussed around that; research includes a lot of reading, and I’ve been talking to teachers and know they are asking you to do a lot of reading!