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 January 2018 Newsletter

     Students in grades five through eight have recently started a new writing assignment in their Language Arts classes. The assignment is an informational/biographical essay, with grades five and six researching and writing about a high-achieving African-American. Grades seven and eight are writing about a U.S. president. All of the essays will require research and writing on their subject’s biographical information, significance and contribution to the United States/World, and admirable traits. The students started their researching last week, and the first, rough draft is due February 14, 2018.

     The American Revolution and the Ancient Phoenician culture have been the topics of study in our grades six through eight Social Studies classes. Eighth grade students compared views of Loyalists to those of Patriots, making posters with those opposing views. Six and seventh graders have researched and created drawings of Phoenician ships and markets. 

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Stebbins



December Newsletter

     Students in grades 5-8 have been working on a different style of a writing assignment called “R.A.F.T. Prompts”. Their website says “RAFT assignments are used to teach perspective, and make writing tasks more authentic”. There is choice as far as role, audience, format, and topic for each writer. This has proven to be an interesting style of setting up writing. We will continue to use this style more often in our classes. Feel free to check out their website for additional information.

http://writingfix.com/WAC/RAFT.htm

Let’s see what interesting writing pieces we can come up with!

Have a great holiday break.

Mrs. Stebbins


   Newsletter November 2017

     Students in grades 5-8 wrote heartfelt letters to our local veterans, in celebration of Veterans

Day .The letters that were presented to veterans at the Veterans Day breakfast in Colebrook were received with many smiles and thanks for our students. Praise for a job well done to the students in my classes.

     Ancient India has been the topic of study in social studies for grades 6 and 7. Grade eight has been studying events that led up to the American Revolution. They presented rap/songs telling of the events of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.

    November has been a busy month, lots to do, lots to learn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs.Stebbins    












 

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