This week students will continue to write biographies as part of the Letters of Inspiration unit. Students will be given two more classes to work on the biographies. They should have the draft finished by Mon. Feb. 1st and the Flipgrid video recorded by Mon. Feb 8th. This will end the first half of the unit.
Next week we will begin a unit in celebration of African Heritage Month. Students will experience spoken word poems written by Shauntay Grant and write a few poems of their own.
Hello Grade 7 Parents and Guardians,
It has been a great start to the new year. I have graded and returned students’ Mythical Creature essays. The grades have been posted to Power School and returned via Google Classroom.
On Tuesday, students started a new unit titled, Letters of Inspiration. Students will learn about an inspirational Nova Scotian, write a short biography about that person, and write a letter of inspiration to that person.
Have a great day,
This will be the last English update until after the break. I wish all of you the best over the holiday season.
Most students have finished publishing their Mythical Creature essays. Those who haven’t, should have it turned in to Google Classroom by Friday, Dec. 18th. Over the next two classes, students will complete a small writing activity titled, “Moz the Monster.”
Talk to you in the new year,
Hello Grade 7 Families,
I hope all of you are well. Below is a breakdown of what is going on in English class over the next little while.
Mythical Creatures — Students have finished drafting their essays. We will now turn our attention to seeking and applying advice, revising, editing, and polishing. All students are asked to have their essays published by Friday, Dec. 18th.
Book Promotion — Wow! The Book Promotions were awesome. Grades will be handed back and posted to PowerSchool shortly.
All the best,
Hello Grade 7 Parents and Guardians,
Report cards are being finalized and will be sent home Friday, Nov. 27th. Below is a breakdown of what we will be doing in English class over the next little while.
Mythical Creatures — Students have drafted the three body paragraphs on their essay. Our focus of the next few classes will be writing the introduction and conclusion. Then we will work on seeking feedback, revising, editing and polishing.
Book Promotion — The book promotion is due on Dec. 1st. Students will have class one more class, Nov. 26th (small date change), to work on the project. All other work should be completed at home.
All the best,
It is hard to believe, but we are almost done the first term of the school year. I am enjoying my first year at Harold T Barrett. The kindness of students, staff, and parents has made me feel part of the HTB community.
Mythical Creatures — Students have conducted their research and have started to draft their Mythical Creature essays. We will take the essay through the writing process to make sure it is well written and ready to publish. There is no due date set for this activity. I’ll let you know when it is due when we are a little further along.
Book Promotion — The book promotion is due on Dec. 1st. Students will have class time on Nov. 13th, 18th, and 27th to work on the project. All other work should be completed at home.
Students did a superb job creating and presenting their artwork representations of “Tiam’s Promise.” I can honestly say, this is some of the best work I’ve ever seen.
We will now move into a writing unit titled, Mythical Creatures. Students will learn how to prepare for research, will conduct research, and will use the information they find to write an essay.
Students have also begun working on a Book Promotion based on their independent reading. The final product is due on Dec. 1st. Students will have time to work on this in class, but may need to work on some of it at home.
We have finished the "Answering Questions" unit. All grades have been posted to PowerSchool. We are now working on a unit in honour of Mi'kmaq History Month titled, Celebrating Mi'kmaq Heritage.
Friday, Oct. 9th — Observation Notes
Friday, Oct. 16th — Artwork
Friday, Oct. 23rd — Artwork Presentation
What a great start to the school year. We have been answering questions, writing prose and using reading strategies.
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My name is Hugh McMullen. This is my 19th year teaching English at the junior high level; although, it is my first at Harold T. Barrett. I am looking forward to joining the school community and doing my best to ensure each student has a meaningful educational experience.
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