Ms. Powers - 6-8 ELA

Welcome back to another wonderful week!

7th grade has their field trip to the Mann Center to see Hairspray: The Musical on Thursday. They should wear their regular full uniform.

Please check my website weekly to stay up to date on assignments, learning objectives, important dates, and other exciting bits of information.

No late or missing work will be accepted after May 31st since grades need to be finalized the following week.

Upcoming Important Dates:

May 23: Grade 7 Field Trip to Mann Center 9:30-1:00

May 27: School Closed for Memorial Day

May 29: Grade 8 trip to NYC

May 30: Mass

Jun 6: PK Graduation

Jun 7: Kinder Graduation

Jun 12: 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 13: Field Day

Jun 11-14: Noon Dismissals



6 ELA This week we are continuing our final module, Module 4: Courage in Crisis! We will be finishing our non-fiction book, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance," by Jennifer Armstrong and beginning our final novel, "I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World," by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick . We will be continuing our work with research, organizing and identifying main ideas/events in our stories, and examining comparisons. Our final project is due June 6th with no exceptions!


Monday: Continuing completing Handout 12A for each reliable source.
Tuesday: Read Ch. 1, Fluency HW Day 1
Wednesday: Read Ch.4-5 use Handout 15A for notes, Fluency Day 2.
Thursday: Ch. 6-8 with notes on 15A, Fluency Day 3.
Friday: Ch. 9-10 with notes on 15A, Fluency Day 4

7 ELA This week we will continue Module 4: Fever! We will be continuing our book "Fever 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson our non-fiction text, "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy. We will be examining different sources, analyzing our understanding of the texts, continue our work with Research and structure. We will have a New Read Assessment on Monday as well as Thursday.


Monday: Read Ch 18, Fluency Day 1
Tuesday: Read Ch. 20, Fluency HW Day 2
Wednesday: Read Ch. 21 Fluency HW Day 3
Thursday: Read Ch. 22-23, Fluency HW Day 4
Friday: Ch. 24-25, Fluency HW Day 5.

8 ELA This week we will continue Module 4: Teens as Change Agents! We will continue our non-fiction book, "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" by Phillip Hoose. We will be discussing the different responses to segregation, summarizing our key details and author's point of view. We will be continuing our work with verbals and the research process. We will have a Focusing Question Task on Wednesday. Final projects are due June 5th, with no exceptions.


Monday: Ch. 10, and Fluency HW Day 4
Tuesday: Review for Focusing Question Task
Wednesday: None
Thursday: Read paragraphs 1-9 in "Small Change," Fluency HW Day 1
Friday: Fluency Day 2

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!