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June 07
***Week of June 8th-12th Grade 8 ELA***

Good evening, 

This will be the last week for online learning. Your last official day of school is June 12th. I want to thank everyone for their perseverance over the last couple of months. It hasn't been easy and you should all be proud of yourselves! I know I am proud of you! It has been a pleasure teaching each and every one of you. I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation. I wish you all the best next year as you move on to your respective high schools. 

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Blanchard

Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of the activities listed-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Reflect on your time at home from March 13th, 2020 until today. What are some positive things have happened? What did you like the most? What did you like the least? What is something you have learned? Do you think you have changed from then until now?

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can email me your completed journal if you would like to share.

Writing

Write a letter to yourself in order to reflect on your time in middle school. Talk about all that you started Grade 6. How have you grown? Include in your letter some of the interesting/important things about you: your best friend, favourite things etc. In the second part of your letter discuss what you are most looking forward to as you move on to high school. Then discuss some things that may be making you a little nervous etc.  Revisit this letter at the end of high school.

 

As always, you can email me your letter if you would like to share it with me. I would love to read it!

Reading

Here is the link to the reading comprehension for this week: Grade 8 Reading Comprehension June 8th-12th.pdfGrade 8 Reading Comprehension June 8th-12th.pdf

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.



June 07
***Week of June 8th-12th Grade 6 ELA***

​Good evening, 

This will be the last week for online learning. Your last official day of school is June 12th. I want to thank everyone for their perseverance over the last couple of months. It hasn't been easy and you should all be proud of yourselves! I know I am proud of you! It has been a pleasure teaching each and every one of you. I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation. 

Here is a link to a summer reading bingo. If you sent me suggestions, they are located somewhere on the card. Enjoy!

Summer Reading Bingo.pdfSummer Reading Bingo.pdf

All the best, 

Mrs. Blanchard 

Weekly Activities

Journal Writing

Topic: Describe a perfect summer day and detail how you would spend it. Give reasons why this would be the perfect day.

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can email me your completed journal if you would like to share.

Reading

Here is the link to the reading comprehension for this week: Grade 6 Reading Comprehension June 8th-12th.pdfGrade 6 Reading Comprehension June 8th-12th.pdf

Writing

Write a letter to yourself in order to reflect on this year. Talk about all that you encountered in your first year of middle school. Include in your letter some of the interesting/important things about you: your best friend, favourite things, as well as some things that have happened to you this year. Save this letter and revisit it at the end of Grade 8 to see how you have changed.

 

As always, you can email me your letter if you would like to share it with me. I would love to read it!

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.

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May 31
***Week of June 1st-5th grade 8 ELA***

Good evening,  

It is hard to believe we are already in the first week of June! I hope you are all continuing to do well, getting outside for lots of fresh air, and keeping busy.  Your activities for this week can be found below. Any questions, just ask! Have a great week!​
Mrs. Blanchard


Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of these activities-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Write about a person who is very important or influential in your life. Tell why this person is special. Be sure to include several reasons for this person’s importance to you.

Remember to pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Reading

Here is the link to the reading comprehension for this week: Reading Comprehension June 1st-5th Grade 8 ELA.pdfReading Comprehension June 1st-5th Grade 8 ELA.pdf

Writing

Respond to the following picture prompt: 


Picture Prompt 3.PNG

If you would like to share your quote and explanation with me, please send it to me in an email.

Are you Smarter than an 8th Grader?

Create your own “Are you Smarter than an 8th Grader?” challenge with 8 questions that you think all Grade 8 students would be able to answer correctly (think Grade 8 curriculum, pop culture, social media, teen community events, Tik Tok dances, etc.) Now, challenge someone NOT in your age range to correctly answer your questions – and educating them on any answers they got wrong!

Reading

30 minutes of reading/day. Try answering one of the reading choice board questions from the boards I posted on April 13th.

 

May 31
***Week of June 1st-5th Grade 6 ELA***

Good evening, 


It is hard to believe we are already in the first week of June! I hope you are all continuing to do well, getting outside for lots of fresh air, and keeping busy. Here are your activities for this week. Any questions, just ask! Have a great week! 
Mrs. Blanchard

Answer Keys #1

Answer Key #2


Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of the activities listed-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Describe your favorite season of the year. What do you see, hear, feel, taste, or smell during that season? Why is it your favorite season?

 

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can email me your completed journal if you would like to share.

Word Work

Make a list of verbs (action or doing words like “ran”) you find in your own writing. Think of more exciting verbs you could use for each verb you find. For example: instead of “ran” you could use “raced, dashed, sped etc.”

Reading Bingo

Send me 3 ideas that you would like to appear on a summer reading bingo card. I will compile these and send them out next week! This way you will have a summer reading card created by you and your classmates. Please email me your entries by Thursday June 4th J.

 

Here are a few examples: read a book your parents read as kids, read aloud to a younger sibling or relative,  find a book with “summer” in the title and read it, etc.

Are you Smarter than a 6th Grader?

Create your own “Are you Smarter than a 6th Grader?” challenge with 6 questions that you think all Grade 6 students would be able to answer correctly (think Grade 6 curriculum, pop culture, social media, teen community events, Tik Tok dances, etc.) Now, challenge someone NOT in your age range to correctly answer your questions – and educating them on any answers they got wrong!

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.


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May 24
***Week of May 25th-29th Grade 8 ELA***

​Good evening everyone. I hope you were all able to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine we had this weekend. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Blanchard

Tone Poetry Answer Key:

Tone Poetry Answer Key.jpgTone Poetry Answer Key.jpg

Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of these activities-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: When people ask for advice, they sometimes talk to more than one person. Explain, in detail, the reasons why seeking multiple opinions can help someone make a better choice. Use specific details and examples in your response.

Remember to pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Media Literacy/Bias

Watch the Ted Talk called “How to choose your news”. Before watching it, answer the following questions:

1)      What is bias? If you are unsure, look the definition up online. Do you think the media often portrays bias? Why is it important to read/view things in the media without having a bias?

2)      Do you think media reporting makes situations happening today worse? Why or why not?

3)      When watching/reading information, are you able to distinguish between what is fact and what is a person’s opinion?

 

 

Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Y-z6HmRgI&t=12s​

 

After watching, please respond to following questions:

 

4)      Do you think it is important to check various new sources in order to fact check what is being reported?

5)      Do you do this, or do you often take one news source and believe what they are saying to be true?

6)      What places do you go when you want more information on a news story that is being reported?

What do you consider to be reputable (trusting) sources of information

 

Reading: Fact and Opinion

This week, I want you to read an article and respond to the questions. It is dealing with fact and opinion.

 

Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension Fact and Opinion.pdfReading Comprehension Fact and Opinion.pdf

Writing

Write a list of the pros/cons of social media. When you are finished, discuss it with your family and see if their opinions are the same or different from yours.

Reading

30 minutes of reading/day. Try answering one of the reading choice board questions from the boards I posted on April 13th.

May 24
***Week of May 25th-29th Grade 6 ELA***
 

Good evening everyone. What a beautiful weekend we just had. I hope you were all able to get out and enjoy some of the sunshine. Let me know if you have any questions about this week. 

Take care, 
Mrs. Blanchard

Answer Keys for last week:



Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of the activities listed-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Describe a person who influenced your life in a positive way, someone who has made a difference in your life. Tell what this person did and how it made your life different.

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can email me your completed journal if you would like to share.

Personification

Personification is giving an animal or object human like characteristics. Example: The wind whistled. Watch the YouTube video on personification and complete the activity.

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqBZMR83wCg&t=1s


Personification Activity:Explain the Personification.pdfExplain the Personification.pdf

Hyperbole

A hyperbole is a type of figurative language that uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or put emphasis on something (this backpack weighs a ton!). Watch the YouTube video and complete the activity on hyperboles.

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuzWLDWm6Zs&t=119s

Hyperbole Activity: Add the Hyperbole.pdfAdd the Hyperbole.pdf

 

Challenge a family member to come up with as many different hyperboles as you can.

Online Game

Here is a link to an online game that reviews similes, metaphors, hyperboles, and personification:  https://www.roomrecess.com/mobile/CannonballCats/play.html

Writing

Revisit some of the writing you have done while at home, or create a new piece. Try using some similes, metaphors, hyperboles, and personification to make your writing more interest. If you are creating a new piece, the form of writing is your choice (poem, narrative story etc.). Read it to a family member and challenge them to pick out the figurative language you have used.

 

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.

 

May 17
***Week of May 18th-22nd Grade 8 ELA***

Good evening everyone, 

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. Finally, the weather is warming up! We spent the majority of the weekend outside. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Have a great week! I miss you all!

Mrs. Blanchard

Reading Comprehension Answer Key: May 11th-15th Answer Key Grade 8.pdfMay 11th-15th Answer Key Grade 8.pdf

Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of these activities-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Sometimes people recognize similarities between themselves and a character from a book or a movie. Write about a character from a book or a movie who you think is similar to you. What do you have in common with this character? Use specific details and examples in your response.

Remember to pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Review Tone

This week, I have provided you with several activities on “tone”. Tone is the way an author expresses their attitude in their writing. The tone of a piece can change quickly, or stay the same throughout the entire piece of writing. As a first step, please review the powerpoint below: Tone Powerpoint.pdfTone Powerpoint.pdf

 

 

When you are finished reviewing the powerpoint, complete the following activity on tone: Identifying Tone.pdfIdentifying Tone.pdf

Reading: Tone

I have attached an activity on poetry and discovering the tone in each poem.

Here is the link: Tone Poetry.pdfTone Poetry.pdf

Writing: Different Tones

I have attached a small writing activity on tone. I have also attached a word bank of a variety of different words you can use to convey certain tones.

 

Writing Activity: Tone Writing.pdfTone Writing.pdf

Word Bank: Tone Words Bank.pdfTone Words Bank.pdf

 

Reading

30 minutes of reading/day. Try answering one of the reading choice board questions from the boards I posted on April 13th.

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May 17
***Week of May 18th-22nd Grade 6 ELA***

Good evening everyone, 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We spent the majority of the weekend outside. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a great week. I miss you all!

Mrs. Blanchard


Reading Comprehension Answer Key: Week 5 Reading Comprehension Answer Key Grade 6.pdfWeek 5 Reading Comprehension Answer Key Grade 6.pdf


Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of the activities listed-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Choose an event in your life that you remember very well. It might be an embarrassing moment, a sad or scary time for you, or an exciting, happy event. Write in detail about what happened and tell how you felt about the event at that time.

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Reading

This week, I have posted another poem.

Here is the link: Poem Week of May 18th-22nd.pdfPoem Week of May 18th-22nd.pdf

Similes/Metaphors Analysis

This week, I have added some activities to review similes and metaphors. These were discussed briefly in class from time to time. I have posted a video of a song that reviews each term. Similes are comparisons using “like” or “as”, while a metaphor compares without using either of these words.

 

You can review the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoSBVNUO2LU​

 

 

After you have reviewed the song, try working on this activity: Simile and Metaphor Analysis.pdfSimile and Metaphor Analysis.pdf

Simile/Metaphor

Here is another activity on Similes/Metaphors. You analyze several and then come up with a few of your own.


Simile and Metaphor Practice.pdfSimile and Metaphor Practice.pdf

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.

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May 10
***Week of May 11th-15th Grade 8 ELA***

I hope you are all doing well. It was great seeing some of you last week. Please see below for your weekly activities. As always, you can email me any work if you want to share. If there are any questions, please let me know.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Blanchard

Answer Key Reading Comprehension May 4th-8th.pdfAnswer Key Reading Comprehension May 4th-8th.pdf

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Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of these activities-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Would you describe yourself as someone who loves to read? Do you read for pure enjoyment, to learn something specific, or another reason? What is the best book you have ever read? Describe, using lots of detail, why you liked it so much? Did you connect with the book in some way?

Remember to pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Reading

Here is the link for this week’s reading comprehension: Week 5 Reading Comprehension Grade 8.pdfWeek 5 Reading Comprehension Grade 8.pdf

Writing: Book/Movie Review

Have you watched any good movies or read any good books lately? Alternatively, have you read any books or movies that you thought were less than stellar?  Using the template below, create a detailed review based on your movie or book of choice. Again, I encourage you to take this piece of work through the entire writing process (brainstorm, rough draft, revise, edit…) as good practice.

 

Movie Review Outline: Book or Movie Review Template.pdfBook or Movie Review Template.pdf

 

 

As always, if you want me to look at your work just send it to me in an email. 

Reading

30 minutes of reading/day. Try answering one of the reading choice board questions from the boards I posted on April 13th.

May 10
***Week of May 11th-15th Grade 6 ELA***

I hope you are all doing well. It was great seeing some of you last week. Please see below for your weekly activities. As always, you can email me any work if you want to share. I have really enjoyed reading the work some of you have submitted. If there are any questions, please let me know.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Blanchard

Here is the answer key for last week: Reading Comprehension Answer Key.pdfReading Comprehension Answer Key.pdf

Context Clues Answer Key: Context Clues Answer Key.PNGContext Clues Answer Key.PNG

 

Weekly Activities

*Remember, if you are not able to finish all of the activities listed-don’t stress. Just do the best you can.*

Journal Writing

Topic: Invent a new animal by combining the body parts of two or more different animals. Give your new creature a name, and write a paragraph detailing its appearance and three things it can do.

Make sure you explain your choice using lots of detail and pay attention to proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

As always, you can send me your completed journal via e-mail if you would like to share.

Visualization

Draw a picture that replicates the animal you have described in your journal entry. Make sure to pay close attention to the details you have describe when visualizing and drawing your new creature.

 

If you would like to share your picture with me, you can send it to me via e-mail.

Reading

This week, your reading comprehension is poetry. Read the poem a couple of times and visualize it in your mind. Complete the reading comprehension questions after you have read the poem 2 or 3 times. As always, I will post the answers to the reading next week.

 

Here is the link to the reading comprehension: Reading Comprehension Week 5 Grade 6.pdfReading Comprehension Week 5 Grade 6.pdf

Writing

Write a short story or poem about your new creature! I encourage you to take this piece through the entire writing process (brainstorming, rough draft, revise/edit, good copy).

 

If you would like to share your story with me, you can send it to me via e-mail.

Reading

Independent reading for 30 minutes/day. Again, try answering one of the questions from the choice boards I posted on April 12th.

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