Teacher's Name: Mrs. Lauren Berowski

Grade/Subject: Library/Media
/ Grade 8 Literature

Contact: lberowski@stjohnskenmore.com 

Happy October!

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8th Grade Literature Poetry Unit: 

We are currently in the middle of our poetry unit! Thus far, we have:

  • Learned about the meaning of poetry
  • Learned about and experimented with free verse poetry
  • Written bio poems about ourselves
  • Read, listened to, and analyzed "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon
  • Created our own "Where I'm From" poems based on the style of Lyon's poem
  • Read and analyzed "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
  • Read "Love That Dog," and answered many questions that require critical thinking skills
  • Reviewed literary devices
  • Learned how to write a dialectical journal, which helps us reflect on, evaluate, connect to, predict, and question the text

Coming up:

  • "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
  • "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
  • "The Cold Within" by James Patrick Kinney
  • Theme Essay
  • Edgar Allan Poe!

DOJO Links (Class Participation):

In order to view class participation points, please visit our Dojo pages!

Blue group: www.classdojo.com/PKQ2YPWNN

Red group: www.classdojo.com/P36CAXC4E

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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Library

We have had so much fun in library so far this year! We are currently in the process of digitizing the library using Libib, which is incredibly exciting! I will be sure to let you know when it is up and running!

In Pre-K, we have read:

  • Don't Touch This Book!
  • Where The Wild Things Are
  • Pete the Cat
  • Scaredy Cat Splat

I have to say, pre-k does a pretty great monster voice! They have been practicing just in time for Halloween!

In Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade, we have read:

  • The Day The Crayons Quit
  • The Day The Crayons Came Home
  • The Super Secret Science Project That Almost Ate The School
  • How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin?

Although we have been reading similar books in these grades thus far, we have done different activities, and had different discussions about the books! As the year goes on, we will have more of a variety!

In 3rd through 6th grade, we have:

  • Watched the video "Why We Read" with John Green, and learned that we read to tell our stories, connect with one another, and learn about people who lived before us!
  • Made a list of everything we want to learn in library this year on the SmartBoard
  • Created our own silly stories while practicing with time management, transition words, cohesion, and team work!

As the year goes on, instruction will be differentiated more based on grade level. This month, we did a lot of similar activities to lay a foundation!

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Love and Light,

Mrs. Berowski