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Mrs. Politsch - Classroom Spotlight

October is here, and we have closed in on the end of the first quarter already!  The junior high and high school resource ELA classes have been hard at work, studying an practicing various skills in Reading and Language Arts.


Junior High Independent Reading classes first studied reading strategies to start off the school year.  Currently, they are involved in a unit regarding central idea.  Students have been reading passages, working with main idea bonds, and using text evidence to determine the central idea and supporting details in a reading passage.  To finish out the unit, students will be writing passages which include a central idea and supporting details.


Junior High Resource Language Arts classes have been studying parts of speech.  After diving into nouns and verbs, students are now working on writing complete sentences.  Next, students will distinguish between complete sentences, run-on sentences, and fragments.  Writing a "perfect paragraph" is the next topic to be introduced, and it will accompany skills learned in Independent Reading class.


The high school Independent Reading class also began the school year reviewing reading strategies and annotating text.  The class is currently reading the novel The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  Students will be involved in individual and class activities throughout the unit.


Finally, the high school Resource English class has been honing their reading and writing skill using a unit on Independent Living.  Students have read literature on this topic and have created a presentation on various laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Employment and Education are topics that will be discussed in the future.


It's been a busy fall!  I look forward to seeing growth in each of our junior high and high school students as the year progresses.


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