Thank you to all who've submitted their Citrus forms. All who have and who plan to sell received a packet this afternoon with more details. If anyone hasn't returned the form yet, regardless of your participation in the sale, please do so. The due date was today, but Mr. Ancypa will still accept the forms through this week.
Along the same line, class shirt order forms went out last week. We've received quite a few already, but this is a reminder that they're due Friday, October 13. Please get those in soon as well.
In regard to class updates, here are quick few...
Religion: We reviewed chapter 2 information today and have an open-book test tomorrow. We've also begun discussions in Decision Point, a textbook/curriculum designed for Confirmation education. For the time being, we'll complete two lessons each Thursday. As more preparations (letters and reports and such) need to happen for Confirmation, Decision Point and other Confirmation-related material will take up the majority of each week. More on that at a later date.
English 7: Within the context of one generation's influence on another, we've been working through the rough drafts of our nonfiction narratives. I'm currently conferencing with each student to discuss his rough draft and into developing a better understanding of their writing mechanics and their writing process. We also have a vocabulary test this Friday on the cumulative review section for units 1-3. They've had two weeks to prepare for the test and to complete the workbook.
English 8: We're nearing the end of our poetry unit and building up to the short story unit, which will be the focus until Christmas vacation. The class has discussed a multitude of elements in poetry as means of better understanding our own writing styles and skills, whether it be the emotional and sensory appeal of imagery to understanding tone and its impact on a text to sentence and punctuation manipulation, word connotations and precision of language. They've done remarkable work in their six-word memoirs and have recently completed two quatrain poems, with another poem of their choosing to come.
History: Chapter 15 of the textbook covers the Civil War, and we've just finished discussions on the advantages and disadvantages of each side, the strategic plans for each as well as the public opinion leading up to the first battle at Bull Run. They received information on a project today related to the chapter. Due dates and everything are on the sheet and were discussed in class today.
I hope everyone is having a great week and that all is well.
About the Teacher
Mr. Hakim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (English major, Film Studies minors) from Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (English and Speech), also from Wayne State. He started teaching in 2013-14 and taught for two years at St. Paul Catholic School prior to coming to SJA.