Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language

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Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent April 12th 2015

Families, We are well into our narrative fiction unit. This week we will explore figurative language, and compare different types of texts. Students did an excellent job last week on their theme songs. It was so wonderful to see all the hard work they put into them pay off. You would have been so proud of your student! Make sure you ask them to let you hear the theme song they wrote. Thank you for supporting your student in the work that they do in Language Arts class. As always, please feel free to contact me with an...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent February 22nd 2015

Families, This week, in Language Arts, we will continue to analyze nonfiction texts, and students will be working on informative writing pieces. Students are working extremely hard and, for the most part, are exceeding expectations. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. Ms. Smith 964-6763 daniellesmith@msdlt.k12.in.us ...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent January 25th 2015

Families, I was out last week due to a terrible case of bronchitis. I am happy to be back this week. Please rest assured knowing that your child has been working on relevant unit material with the substitute. This week, we will continue studying nonfiction, specifically analyzing content, structure, and relevance of work. Students will receive their second Greek and Latin root vocabulary list. Students will work with these roots in class and are expected to study them at home. Students will be tested on these roots on...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent December 14th 2014

Families, We are hard at work this week. We will be finishing our persuasive essays. Student's persuasive essays are due on Friday. We will be taking our Persuasive Unit post test on Tuesday. We will conduct a whole class review to prepare for the test Monday. Please make sure to review your child's grades with them. I will be accepting late work until Thursday. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns. Happy Holidays! Ms. Smith ...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent December 7th 2014

Parents/Guardians, This week we will begin research on our persuasive topics. Students will also be taking state readiness tests. Please ask your student about their persuasive writing project. They should be working on it in class and at home for the next two weeks. I look forward to reading their finished products! As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or concerns. Ms. Smith ...

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Sent November 2nd 2014

Parents/Guardians, We are beginning our Persuasive Writing Unit. This unit will include intense grammar study. Please be sure to check with your child daily for homework. This unit will also be focused on writing. Students will be writing persuasive essays in class throughout the unit. Be sure to ask your child to see some of their wonderful writing. We will begin composing our major/final writing pieces in a couple of weeks. I will send home the grading rubric for that piece before we begin. I look forward to working...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent October 5th 2014

Parents/Guardians, It is hard to believe, but we have come to the end of the first term of the year. Your student has worked very hard. We will have a summative assessment on Friday. Please encourage your student to study. Report cards for term one come out on Friday. Looking ahead, I am excited about our persuasive writing unit, which will follow fall break. Traditionally, students enjoy this unit  as well. As always, please call or email me with any questions or concerns you may have. Ms. Smith ...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent September 28th 2014

Families, This week, in Language Arts, we will be mastering text based responses. Students will sharpen their short answer skills. We will take a quiz over the characteristics of persuasive, informative, and narrative writing. Please ask your student if he or she has properly prepared. Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. Ms. Smith ...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent September 14th 2014

Families, This week, in Language Arts, we will continue studying various types of writing. Students will become familiar with plot structure, specifically exposition. Progress reports should have come to you via your child on Friday. We are well into the first term, and I am already seeing significant academic growth in students. I will begin sending homework with students regularly this week. Please be sure to ask your child if they have homework in Language Arts. Homework will almost never be given on Fridays. As al...

Smith, D. – 8th Grade XL Language Message

Sent September 7th 2014

Parents/Guardians, This week in Language Arts we will be working on mastering summary writing as well as continuing work on our current unit, "Writing For a Purpose". Specifically, students will be working on crafting their own persuasive essay thesis paragraphs. Friday the 6th marked the end of the midterm. Progress reports will be coming home on Friday the 12th. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Ms. Smith ...

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