Welcome to my classroom!
Welcome to 8th grade! I am excited for another great year. I was raised in Newman and graduated from Shiloh High School after we consolidated my Junior year. After that, I received my bachelors from Western Illinois University where I met my husband Kurt. I have since then completed a masters at Eastern Illinois University. Together we live in rural Villa Grove and have a set of twins who are now 9 and are in fourth grade at Villa Grove. I love teaching and in my spare time you will find me with my family, reading, or trail riding.
In Literature, we start the year out with our Murder/ Mystery Unit covering the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie. Our first novel will be And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Our next phase will take us into Drama with the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank. This also begins our multicultural novel unit where the students will have a say in the book that they read. This usually involves projects and research. We will finish the year with our multicultural unit. As always, they are required to complete independent reading projects and/or voices requirements.
Composition will now become more writing as we move more and more into the common core. We will be focusing on writing components while still reviewing our grammar as well as covering several new concepts including the verbals: participles, gerunds, infinitives, and appositives. Another first will be the research paper. The students get to have a hand in choosing their topic since we will be working on them from October until the end of December. They will receive a grade in both Composition as well as History for this project. We will be writing almost daily and write both the narrative and argumentative essays this year.