Ms. Powers - 6-8 ELA

Welcome back to another week!

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Upcoming Important Dates:

Feb 17: No School! Presidents’ Day

Feb 26: Noon Dismissal

Feb 28: No School!



6 ELA This week we will continue our new module, Module 3: Narrating the Unknown! We will continue to read our novel "Blood on the River" by Elisa Carbone. We will Examine plot and character development, analyze characterization, we will work with shifts in pronoun number and begin tracking social and environmental factors that threaten the settlers. There will be no assessments this week!


Monday: No School!
Tuesday: Read Ch. 7-8 and create an observe/infer/wonder chart for each chapter. Fluency Day 3.
Wednesday: Read Ch. 9-10 with charts. Fluency Day 4.
Thursday: Ch. 11-13 with charts and record one new and one ongoing social and/or environmental factor. Handout 5B Fluency Homework Day 1.
Friday: Ch. 14-16 with charts and continue tracking at least two new and/or ongoing factors. Fluency Day 2.


7 ELA This week we will continue Module 3: Language and Power. We will continue preparing for our next novel by exploring poetry from Sarah Kay, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou. We will be working to interpret and analyze the poetry and continue our experimentation with claims. We will conduct research and continue to build our vocabulary. There will be a New-Read Assessment on Thursday.


Monday: No School!
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: Practice reading aloud the poem you selected until you can do so fluently and expressively. Respond to the following: What can you infer about the speaker in your poem? What is the tone, and how do you know? Summarize the poem in 3-6 sentences.
Friday: On a scale of 1-10, rate your performance. What went well, and how could it be improved?

8 ELA This week we will continue Module 3: What is Love? We will continue our reading of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." We will look for character details, analyze relationships, while discussing figurative language elements and descriptive language. We will also continue our work with Evidence-Based Claims. We will have a Focusing Question Task on Friday.


Monday: No School.
Tuesday: Reread Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 21-129 and explain in your own words why Lysander thinks he should be able to marry Hermia.
Wednesday: Reread Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 130-182 and identify the example of figurative language that best demonstrates your current understanding of love.
Thursday: Reread Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 183-257 and write a one sentence summary of the plan that Helena has devised. Handout 4B, Fluency Homework Day 1. Prepare for Focusing Question Task 1.
Friday: Read Act 1, Scene 2 as well as Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 1-61. Make notes about what you notice and wonder. Fluency Homework Day 2.

7 Religion This week we will have our Session 14 Quiz. We will begin Session 15 and discuss the beginning ideas of the Lent season on the liturgical calendar.


Monday: No School.
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None.
Thursday: None
Friday: None

Ms. Powers


Hi! My name is Christina Powers and I am the 6th - 8th grade ELA teacher for St. Thomas Aquinas! I received my Bachelor's Degree from Temple University right here in Philadelphia! Before moving to the suburbs of Philly back in 2012, I lived in Lancaster, PA for about 7 years. I spent the first 17 years of my life in New Jersey and still have family in the Toms River and Scotch Plains areas. Much of my family is also down in North Carolina. I am excited for a wonderful and blessed year!