Ms. WB's Language Arts Class
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Videos for Fall Diagnostic Writing Assessment

Click on the appropriate video for your grade level below:

Grade 7: The Clones of Dolly

Grade 8: Renewable Energy Sources

 

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Genius Hour Student Survey

Genius Hour is an approach to learning where students are guided by their own interests and curiosity. During Genius Hour you are encouraged to explore your own interests and develop your creativity. Please fill out the survey below to let us know what subjects you would be interested in possibly studying during Genius Hour.

Please click the link to take the: Genius Hour Student Survey

 

6th Grade: The Prince & the Pauper (play)

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Have you ever wished that you could switch places with someone else?  The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain is the story of a poor boy and a wealthy prince who switch places.

Read the digital version of the play here: The Prince & the Pauper

Watch a short film version here: Wishbone: The Prince & the Pauper

7th Grade: A Christmas Carol (play) — Victorian England Guided Research WebQuest

We will be reading the play A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!  Please visit the following websites in order to learn more about the play and the setting of A Christmas Carol.   Read and view the materials at each site and answer the questions on the handout provided.

  1. The Origins of A Christmas Carol
  2. Street Life in London in the 19th Century
  3. Victorian Houses and Where Victorians Lived
  4. Inside Victorian Houses
  5. Poverty and Families in the Victorian Era
  6. A Christmas Carol Film Trailer (1938)
  7. Charles Dickens – An Animated Biography
  8. Can You Survive Victorian London?  Play this Game and Find Out!

Here’s a link to a digital copy of the play from our textbook: A Christmas Carol

Leave a comment below about one important or interesting thing you learned from reading and viewing these materials.

 

 

In Search of Pompeii (6th Grade – Informational Text)

In Search of Pompeii is an informational article about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on the city of Pompeii, Italy.  While reading this article, pay attention to the key details in the text and see if you can determine the main idea.

You can read the article online here: In Search of Pompeii

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7th Grade Story Study: Thank You, Ma’am

In our next reader’s workshop, we will be looking at the different types of conflict and studying the conflicts in a story.  Here is a link to the story that we will be studying in class:    Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Here is an audio version of the story:   Thank You, Ma’am audio version

Also, here is a short film adaptation of the story:    Thank You, Ma’am short film

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6th Grade Story Study: The School Play

In our next reader’s workshop, we will be looking at the different types of conflict and studying the conflicts in a story.  Here is a link to the story that we will be studying in class:       The School Play by Gary Soto

Here is a link to a presentation that provides some background knowledge about the story:      Background for The School Play

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