The Great American Read

Have you ever read a book that changed you?  Made you see life in a new way or understand something deep inside you?  Books have the power to touch lives in a profound way.  Whether they are set in a fictional world, or one almost too like our own, we connect with characters (even if we can't stand them) and let the words on the page take us on a journey.  This summer, PBS and our nation's libraries have launched The Great American Read.  They've gathered a list of 100 titles that have affected many people, maybe even you.  Voting for the number one title is now underway.  There are titles on this list that I've taught to your children, titles that I loved growing up, titles that I have zero interest in, and even a few that I wish would be forgotten in some dusty, disused corner of a library.  The point is, we have a voice in promoting good books.  Literature shapes culture, and as Catholics, we want that culture to reflect virtue, sacrifice for good, and love in its truest forms.  Now's our chance to help shape the wider culture.  Look at the list, pick up a few titles from the library.  Start a book club with your children.  Talk about what you like, what you don't like, and why what we read matters as we work to become better people of God.  Here's the link... have fun!

http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

8th Grade Promotion

Summer To-do's

Hope your summer is going well!  Go swimming, make s'mores at a cookout, and spend some time getting to know your lawnmower.  Summer is a great break for all of us, but if you want to make sure that you're on track for next school year, (sorry, it's going to happen!) then there are a few things you can do to help yourself.  First, read.  Go to the library, check out a book-try a new series or even a non-fiction-and sit down and read it.  I read for half an hour just sitting in a lawn chair on my driveway... anywhere that works for you is an opportunity to read.  Reading does great things for the brain.  It makes you think, imagine, and sometimes even inspires you.  It also helps to make you a better writer... just sayin'!  Second, watch the national news or read a newspaper or magazine once a week.  You'll get a feel for current events that may effect you directly or even indirectly.  Maybe one of those headlines would be a good culminating topic?  A good online source for those current events topics is newsela.com.  We've looked at this site in class and it's very good.  You can even print out articles to save for later. Another site that you might visit is procon.org.  This site has articles on both sides of controversial issues.  This is more of an idea place rather than a source because you'll have to track down the actual articles they use to get more information.  But hey, it's a start! One more that I've learned about in a class I took last summer is called HowStuffWorks. Using the search bar, you can ask your question about your topic idea and articles and sometimes videos pop up. Its pretty cool.  A third thing you can do this summer is start working on your 8th grade scrapbook.  The details are in a folder to the right.  Even if you're just in seventh grade, it's really not too early to start pulling out or printing the pictures and looking for half-price deals on scrapbooks and paper supplies.  Another thing you can do for a few minutes each week is work on Moby Max.  It's still up over the summer.  Maybe fact practice or sentence editing is a struggle for you... so do yourself a favor and work on some of those weaker skill areas over the summer so maybe they won't be so hard in three months.  Finally, one of the best things you can do for yourself this summer is to go to Mass and adoration.  Attend Totus Tuus in your parish, or go to the camp. Keep your faith a priority in your life... make an effort and you'll be blessed.  Ok, so that's your homework over the summer.  Whether you choose to do it is totally up to you, but I hope you do a little.  I'll see you around!  God bless... Mrs. Peloquin

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book Orders

Once a month I will send home Scholastic book club forms. Fifth and sixth grades typically receive an Arrow, Click, or seasonal order form; Seventh and Eighth graders receive an Arrow, Tab, Click, and/or seasonal order form.  Parents/students will have a week to submit their order (if they choose to do so) by either returning the paper order form with a CHECK filled out to Scholastic, not cash; or you may access Scholastic book clubs through the link on this website to place on line orders and pay with a credit card.
Please be reminded that books are a great gift for both incentives and birthdays, but only you are the best judge of which books are appropriate for independent reading.  You can now order books from multiple catalogs on line.  Just go to scholastic.com and enter my classroom code: GV28G.  It will walk you through the rest!

 https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/LogonForm

 

 

Middle School - Mrs. Peloquin


Mrs. Jenny Peloquin
Middle School
jpeloquin@sjost.com

 

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