Language 8

September 7-10This week we focused on getting to know each other and team-building activities.

Students who were away: Please write Miss Guetter an email following the same format as in the A Letter to My Teacher slide deck.
September 13 -17This week we began our unit in personal narratives.

Students who were away: read through the slide deck and fill in the graphic organizer with three topic ideas. Complete a plot diagram for one of those topics. Then, write a simple rough draft of that story (a personal story from your own life!). It should be at least three paragraphs long.
September 20 – 24This week we continued our unit in personal narratives. We focused on descriptive writing (adding details and using our five senses to help SHOW instead of TELL).

Students who were away: please write a second personal narrative – this should be a different story than the first one you told. I am looking to see that you try to use descriptive language in your writing.
September 27 – October 1We spent some time this week learning to write dialogue, based on these rules.

Students who were away: please complete this worksheet, making sure to use the rules for writing dialogue as described.
October 4 – 7This week we are writing our third draft of a personal narrative. On Thursday, we will spend some time choosing one of our drafts to edit, revise, and publish.

Students who were away: please write a third rough draft of a personal narrative. Then, take some time to choose your favourite narrative. Type it up, revising (making it better) as you do so.

Your final copy is due on Wednesday, October 13. It will be assessed using this rubric.
October 12 – 15On Monday, we talked about how media impacts us in our daily lives.

Students who were away: please read through slides 1-7 of this slide deck and fill in the handout and journal entry provided.
October 18 – 22This week we are continuing to look at advertising and social media.

Students who were away: please try to work your way through through the activities in this slide deck and fill in the accompanying handout.
October 25 – 29This week students created a consumer’s profile (based on their own likes, interests, career aspirations, recent searches, etc.) and an advertisement targeted towards them.

Students who were away: please create a consumer’s profile based on you (or someone you know). Based on that information, create an advertisement that would likely show up on that user’s social media. Be creative in how you present you ad – it could be a commercial, something designed on paper with markers, or a digital ad using photoshop, or something else!

Students who were away on FRIDAY: read this article and complete the attached questions.
November 1 – 5Students who were away (Monday): Finish the tasks from our social media handout.

Students who were away (Tuesday): watch this video while completing the attached graphic organizer and assignment.

November 4 – 10
At home, you will continue to explore consumer awareness. I have sent you home with three different assignments; you must choose two to complete. Also complete the Extend Your Learning by choosing one of the tasks suggested. This will be due Monday, November 15.

1) Expensive Shoes – watch the video here
2) Product Returns – watch the video here
3) Clothing Waste – watch the video here

Please also read for an hour total over the next week or so – this could be two half-hour blocks, three 20-minute blocks, etc…
November 15 – 19 We wrapped up our unit on social media this week by creating and sharing PSAs related to consumer awareness.

Students who were away: Connect with you partner(s) and figure out a time next week to film your project at school.
November 22 – 26We’re working on some informational writing this week – specifically, “how-to” or “procedural” writing. We spent a good chunk of time making jam sandwiches, similar to this.

Students who were away:
1) Read through this sample and:
– Underline/Highlight topic sentences of each paragraph
– Circle key transition words and phrases
2) Plan out your own “how-to” paper using this graphic organizer (aiming for 8-10 steps) and type out a first draft. We will be looking at and revising our drafts next week.