Happy New Year. We got off to a busy start last week in Humanities, kicking off our new unit, Power and Exploitation. The early part of this semester is all about research skills – the kids have already completed their first informational writing assignment. Our class will be in the library this week learning how to use new research tools as well as continuing to practice non-fiction reading skills like skimming and scanning, evaluating texts for relevance, and note-taking. All of this work will help ensure that your child is prepared for the Population Project paper that will begin the second week of February.
We also started exploitation book clubs this week to support the unit. The second semester of 8th grades is a time when you will see your children with a little bigger academic load. Because of the nature of the research we will do, you can support by asking your child to explain what they are working on. This can help them to process some of the complex texts and concepts they will be reading about. I am looking forward to an exciting semester.
Please let me know if you have and questions,