Ms. McCarthy

Media Center Elementary and Middle School

Dear Parents and Students,

Library classes resumed this week so be watching for those books coming home! See the library tab for information on Miss McCarthy’s K-5 “No Overdue Books” challenge and competition.

6th Grade Lit./Comp. students began reading Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery this week. I’m so excited to be able to share my favorite novel with my students and have some fun things planned for it. I know it’s not quite as exciting as The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe but, in the words of Anne Shirley, “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

7th and 8th Grade Research Comp. continues the research process for their upcoming papers. This week all the classes talked about relating their main ideas directly to the thesis statement of their paper. Additionally, the 7th graders are working on logically forming arguments for their persuasive essays and the 8th graders are learning about using in-text citations to support their ideas in their papers.

For additional information and homework assignments, please see the individual class tabs.

Miss McCarthy

“What I want to get out of my course is some knowledge of the best way of living life and doing the most and best with it. I want to learn to understand and help other people and myself.” ~Anne Shirley, Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Mongomery

K-5 Students have library class once each week for 30 min. Attached below is our schedule.

Library Schedule

Throughout the next two weeks, students will be hearing about the “No Overdue Library Books” challenge. Every couple of weeks, I will run a report through the library database to find out which students have overdue library books (i.e. have kept them for more than two weeks – students know this as “in the red”). In addition to sending home notices, there will be a bulletin board with each homeroom and the number of overdue library books. The homeroom with the LEAST number of overdue books at the end of the trimester will get to have an outdoor library class (read aloud outside followed by a bonus recess). Homerooms with ZERO overdue books will receive an additional reward on top of their outdoor class.

Assignments:

Students began reading ch. 1-4 of Anne of Green Gables this week. Anyone who will be absent on Monday 10/16 and Monday 10/17 should also have ch. 5 & 6 read by the time they return from MEA.

Note taking reminders: Make sure you are always taking notes so you are ready for our random notebook checks 🙂

  • New characters
  • Plot shifts/ setting changes
  • Unfamiliar terms

All students should be prepared for a short comprehension quiz (10 questions, multiple choice) for ch. 1-4 on Monday 10/16

Lit. & Comp. Schedule

Research Projects

  • 7th Grade – Students are continuing to work on their persuasive essays. Assignment #3 should be completed by the first class after students return from ELC (Oct. 31 or Nov. 1). See link below for assignment details and formatting for your google doc.
  • 8th Grade – Students are are continuing to work on the academic research papers. Assignment #3 should be completed by the first class after MEA (Oct. 26 or 27). See link below for assignment details and formatting for your google doc.

Research Project Assignments

Research Composition Schedule

E-mail: mmccarthy@epiphanymn.org

Phone: 763.754.1750 ext. 357

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