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Literature Circles
We have started another round of Literature Circles in all English classes. Students are reading a variety of interesting novels (see list below). Please ask your children about their books and get them talking about these interesting characters and stories.
Grade 8 novels - The Hunger Games, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Giver
Grade 7A novels - Popchuck's Ghost, Never Say Die, Reporting Live
Grade 7IA novels - Popchuck's Ghost, The Breadwinner, Run
Grade 7IB novels - Popchuck's Ghost, The Breadwinner, Run, Schooled
Each week, we will have a group discussion and students will complete activities. Please see file below "Stomp Novel Study" for the list of assigned activities.
English Marks Summary
Parents, please ask your child to see their recent marks summary. Please sign and return it to school. All students should have this sheet in their English binder.
Poetry
Grade 7 and 8 students are currently writing a variety of poems. There are so many talented and creative young writers in these classes. I can't wait to read the rest of the poems they come up with smiley
Presentations Delayed
Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, our speeches and oral presentations have been delayed. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. I know how difficult public speaking can be and how hard it can be to cope when there are changes to the plan. Students who have not yet presented will do so next week. Thanks for understanding.
Speech Schedule
Presentation Schedule for Speeches / Powerpoints

8IA
Fri. Feb. 3 - Gabe, Jakob, Vanessa, Logan, Elijah, Tristan, Adam M
Mon. Feb. 6 - Lillie, Cheyanne, Caroline, Grace, Mathew
Wed. Feb. 8 - Teagan, Ashley, Dannika, Courtney, Jasmine, Cole, Parker
Thurs. Feb. 9 - Nick G, Jhonus, Noah, Adam S, Kasidi, Ana, Kinsley
Fri. Feb. 10 - Reed, Nick L.
7A
Mon. Feb. 6 - Nick, Gavin, Shawn, Wade, Nathan, Kobe, Elizabeth
Wed. Feb. 8 - Hailey S, Andrew, Sarah
Thurs. Feb. 9 - Robyn, Connor, Emi, Hailey H, Amber
Fri. Feb. 10 - Brayden, Morgyn, Liah, Gillian, Marissa
7IA
Mon. Feb. 6 - Raya, Jayde, Hailey, Evan, Fiona
Wed. Feb. 8 - Gaby, Manveer, Blake, Jason, Cameron, Jacob
Thurs. Feb. 9 - Erin, Emily, Maria, Mia, Roeg
Fri. Feb. 10 - Hayden, Leah, Courtney, Alex
7IB
Mon. Feb. 6 - Kai, Anya, Emma, Lauren, Justin
Wed. Feb. 8 - Gabe, Catherine, Xanthe, Makaila, Sara
Thurs. Feb. 9 - Russell, Cheyenne, Cassie, Brody, Brian
Fri. Feb. 10 - Jaden, Niko, Thomas, Jordan
Speeches / Oral Presentations
This week, classes are starting to work on writing and preparing speeches (outlines are attached below). Students will also be given the option to create a Powerpoint presentation if they prefer not to do a formal speech.
Students can choose their own topic, although it is subject to teacher approval and should be a topic that will appeal to their audience (gr.7/8s).
In class presentations will begin on Fri. Feb. 3. The top two speeches from each class will be chosen to participate in the school wide public speaking competition on Feb. 16.
I look forward to hearing all of the interesting information presented during the in class presentations.

Literature Circles
All English classes are currently finishing up their novels and literature circle activities. Students have shown their ability to analyze and connect to the characters in their novels, and we have had some very interesting group discussions.

Some novels that students have really enjoyed include:
Alexandria of Africa (Eric Walters)
The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Holes (Louis Sachar)
Freak the Mighty (Rodman Philbrick)
Speechless (Valerie Sherrard)
Run (Eric Walters)
Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Welcome!
Welcome to Mrs. Dyer's English page.
Throughout the year, I will post due dates, quizzes, assignments and updates here for parents and students. In the "File" section at the bottom of the page, I will add any handouts that students may need to access from home.
I'm looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at erin.dyer@cdsbeo.on.ca.
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