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6I - Mrs. McFail

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 2017 - 2018 

Our theme this year is: Courage! 
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, 
the Lord with be with you wherever you go.” 

In Religion class this year, our focus will be on the Good News and the beginning of our salvation story told in the Old Testament, looking at how God sent the patriarchs and prophets to help lead His people. Students in 6th grade will receive a bible this year that will travel with them as they navigate through the 6-8th grade here at St. Ferdinand. We will present these during a mass during the beginning of the school year. We will use these in class (along with our Religion book) to help us gain a better understanding of our faith history. 

Our current focus is on the prophets and Prophetic Books of the Bible.  We are learning about our faith history through our ancestors in faith.


In Literature, we will look deeper at the literary elements found in various genres, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, fantasy, and poetry. Students will be required to read at home and a reading logs will be handed out. 

Our current focus is on our novel “Ugly” by Robert Hodge.  Students are seeing a real story (similar to the recent Wonder movie/novel).  Students read on their own and get into groups to discuss questions. This helps foster a conversation about ideas and allows them to give their opinions with feedback.

In our English classes, we will focus on writing well-developed sentences, paragraphs and different types of writing assignments. Each grade will use the skills learned in class and apply it to their writing.  
Students in 8th grade just completed a book review using gerunds and participles.  7th-grade students used their Art Museum field trip to research and write using adjectives to help describe the Elements of Art.  The 6th
graders will be using what they are learning with verbs in an action/comic to help them apply their writing skills.

8th Grade