What's Happening in Mr. May's Room?
November 3, 2016
The school year is moving right along. We have been very busy in the middle school the past few weeks. In grammar the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have been working on punctuation rules. At this point we have mainly been working on commas. We will be covering semicolons and colons next. In literature, the 7th grade class has been reading a variety of nonfiction articles to work on our close reading skills and annotation. The 8th grade finished multiple projects for the short story “Flowers for Algernon” and we just finished reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” and learning about Edgar Allan Poe. This is always an interesting study around Halloween! Both classes will be starting our first class novels in the upcoming weeks as well.
October 13, 2016
It’s really hard to believe we have made it to the end of the first 9 weeks already! It has been a great first quarter of the year, and I’m looking forward to the 2nd quarter! The 7th and 8th graders have completed the eight parts of speech in grammar, and we will now be covering punctuation rules. The 6th grade is just about finished with their work on the parts of speech and will be moving on to punctuation next as well. In literature the 7th grade has been working on theme, author’s purpose, and making inferences. We have used a variety of nonfiction articles and short stories to work on these literature elements. In the 8th grade, we just finished reading “Flowers for Algernon.” This is one of my favorite stories to read with the class. The students are completing a Multiple Intelligence Project over the story where they had to choose two different assignments to complete based on different learning styles. They look like they are going to turn out really well!
September 22, 2016
The school year has been going very quickly once again. We are already over half way through the first quarter. In all three grammar classes we have been continuing our work with the parts of speech. We have been focusing on verbs, adverbs, and prepositions the past few weeks. The 8th grade class took an Adverb/Preposition Walk around the school, and the 7th grade has been playing Adverb/Verb Charades to work on these parts of speech. In literature we have been working on plot structure and theme. The 7th grade just finished reading “All Summer in a Day,” a fictional story, and nonfiction article about living on Mars to work on theme and author’s purpose. The 8th grade just completed the Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” to work on plot structure. We are also getting ready to begin “Flowers for Algernon” in the 8th grade. This is one of my favorite stories to do with the students.
September 1, 2016
It’s great to be back at St. James for another exciting year. It is always nice to see the returning students as well as meet the new students each year. We have been quite busy these first few weeks of school. In grammar all three classes have been reviewing nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. The 7th and 8th grade literature classes have been working on the 6 Traits of Reading. We have discussed retelling/summarizing, main ideas, visualization, and asking questions so far. We have used the short stories “The Ransom of Red Chief,” “The Landlady,” “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” and an article about the 9/11 attacks to work on these skills. It’s been a wonderful start to the school year.