Miss Amber Beyer

Grade 7

Contact: abreyer@stjohnskenmore.com

NOVEMBER NEWS

Welcome students and families! I am looking forward to learning this school year with my 7th and 8th graders. We are going to have a great year filled with memories, a rigorous learning environment, and exceptional human beings that we call "students." Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach your children, but also to learn from them.  

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Textbooks

ELA 8: Voyages in English textbook (8th grade)- stays in the classroom

ELA 7: Voyages in English textbook (7th grade)- stays in the classroom

LIT 7: (for families to purchase) The Giver, by Lois Lowry, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Daily Specials: 

Students in homeroom 219 will follow the following schedule for daily specials:

Monday: Physical Education (don't forget to pack your gym clothes!)

Tuesday: M.A.C.: Music (1st semester); Art (2nd semester); Computer (3rd semester)

Wednesday: Physical Education 

Thursday: M.A.C.

Friday: M.A.C.

Curriculum Information:

ELA 8: Students are beginning a unit on the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. This play has many universal themes and characterization examples that will challenge students, but also entertain (seeing as though the play is a comedy!). Students will actually be watching an adaptation of the play during class, because Shakespearean language and dialect is extremely difficult for students to understand. They will have to look back at the text to answer reading response questions, but they will watch the play in order to comprehend the plots. There will be a project attached to this unit.      

ELA 7: Students have read and discussed the short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. We are now taking notes and discussing the themes, characters, and theories of the short story. There is a supernatural mood to the story that students are really enjoying! There will be a test on this short story on November 14th. 

LIT 7: Students have been reading and studying The Outsiders. They have already begun making connections between themselves and the characters. We will finish the novel in the next two weeks, and will have a Socratic Seminar on the novel, along with a project. After this novel, students will begin a short story unit, including the short stories "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. 

EXTRA INFO:

- Unfortunately I am NOT available for after school help during the months of October and part of November because I coach a varsity volleyball team in Alden, N.Y.. We begin playoffs and championships in November, so this is why our season is prolonged a bit longer than expected. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding grades or with updates on student work.