Brownell Middle School

260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

ENGLISH 7/8  Mrs. Duffield
    Voicemail: 432-5342

  
WEEK OF MARCH 20-24
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SPRING BREAK  April 3-7 
 
ACHIEVEMENT TESTING SEASON
APRIL through MAY
 
INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS...
                 "212 DEGREES-IT'S TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT" 
          Spend time exploring TED TALKS videos 
Download APP or www.ted.com
 
GREAT READS FOR PARENTS... 
THE GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP by Tony Wagner
CREATING INNOVATORS by Tony Wagner 
WHY SCHOOL? by Will Richardson
MINDSET by Dr. Carol Dweck
OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell
 

     A GLIMPSE AT THE GRADE 7/8 ELA CURRICULUM ...

 
TAKE A LICKIN' AND KEEP ON TICKIN'! 

DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS 
 
GRADE 7/8 WRITING FOCUS:  writing every day for a variety of purposes & audiences, multi-paragraph persuasive/argumentative essays, on-demand writing, editing & revising, grammar, poetry, conducting research & citing credible sources
 
ORAL BOOK REVIEWS-Students MUST read a minimum of 20 minutes or 10 pages daily.   Eight oral book reviews are conducted over the course of the year; approximately one report per month.  Students should select books that are both challenging and interesting.  Mrs. Duffield and fellow classmates are fine resources for book recommendations. 
 
GRADE 7/8 TEXTS THE ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE- first  or second course 2009 edition (HOLT)   TEXTBOOK SELECTIONS AVAILABLE ON-LINE: 

http://www.nexuslearning.net/books/Holt-EOL2/default.htm

 

 

 
GRADE 7 LITERATURE FOCUS:  THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE (Avi),  THE LEMMING CONDITION (Arkin), ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (Taylor), THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES (Evslin), selections from World Mythology, and an introduction to the works of Edgar Allan Poe,  informational/technical text and short stories.
  
 
GRADE 8 LITERATURE FOCUS: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (unabridged or drama version in text),  NIGHT (Weisel), THE GIVER (Lowry), THE CHILDREN'S STORY (Clavell), FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON (Keyes), THE PIGMAN (Sachar), CHAINS (Anderson), AN INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE- " A Midsummer Night's Dream", informational/technical text, short stories, and selections on the human condition.
 
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