Mr. Shilhanek’s Quest Academy LA/SS Update

Welcome to Middle School (6th graders), seventh graders, eighth graders, and new students.
It has been a fantastic first week and a half. New students and sixth graders are acclimating themselves to the Quest Academy Middle School. Through the first week and a half, each grade has become comfortable with class procedures.

The focus early has been in language arts, but the eighth grade began its study of The Constitution.

Eighth Graders have studied early influences on the creation of the Constitution, including the Magna Carta, The English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, and others. The eighth graders are currently studying the strengths and weaknesses of what can be called our first Constitution with any form of centralized government, the Articles of Confederation. Upon completion, students will become delegates and prepare for our yearly Constitutional Convention that will convene in early October. The eighth graders started the year by composing Korean SIJO poems, an idea I took from Jason Reynolds’ novel, Miles Morales. They did a great job. Make sure you read them. Eighth graders also worked on Daily Grammar Practice and started Word Within a Word in vocabulary.

Seventh Graders have worked on Daily Grammar Practice, taken their first vocabulary test, and have been working on their Wayyyy Beyyyyyond Description essays, which include:
100 Adjectives that describe who they are
A one or two-paragraph essay that describes an event and/or a person who has helped them become who they are.
Draw a visual by spelling out the 100 adjectives to create a visual representation of their person and/or event.
These will be turned in by tomorrow. Once turned in, we will start to discuss Ancient Civilizations.

Sixth Graders have worked on Daily Grammar Practice, taken their first vocabulary test, and have been working on their Wayyyy Beyyyyyond Description essays, which include:
100 Adjectives that describe who they are
A one or two-paragraph essay that describes an event and/or a person who has helped them become who they are.
Draw a visual by spelling out the 100 adjectives to create a visual representation of their person and/or event.
These will be turned in by the end of the week. We will also start to discuss Reconstruction in a post-Civil War era.

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