Mrs. Bousquet – 8th Grade

Office Hours: 

Gr. 7E English – Wednesday 7:45am – 8:10am

                                   Gr. 7S English – Friday 7:45am – 8:10am

                                       Gr. 8 Thursday 7:45am-8:10am

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                                                  March Web Message—Gr. 8


     March is the month of St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the promise of spring.  We could all use a bit of “fun and frivolity,” as a local weatherman often says.  At the same time, this is a good opportunity to be focused on our school work before spring distracts us with its warmth and new growth.

     In religion class, we are continuing with our study of Lent and will soon concentrate on Holy Week and Easter.  Also, we have begun working on this year’s version of “The Living Stations.”  Usually, the junior high students combine their various talents to present two, very moving services for the school and parish communities.  Unfortunately, we have to modify our presentation this year, and it will be available on our web site in its new format. 

     Currently, we are finishing up our reading of Jack London’s “To Build a Fire.”  This story gives us a good opportunity to discuss “conflicts” and how an accomplished author weaves them into a story to enhance the work.  Afterwards, we will move on to the historical novel Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes.  This is a great coming-of-age story that takes place during the run-up to the Revolutionary War.  What makes this even more interesting to the students is that it is set locally, in Boston and the nearby area. 

     English class is now concentrating on our research project.  This is when we work on the skills necessary to produce a quality research paper: note-taking, outlines, organization,title pages, and bibliographies.  This year we will be researching famous Black Americans.

     This month’s vocabulary study will encompass Chapters 10 and 11.  Here are some of the words that the students should be including into their speech and writing.

Accord     curt     engross     entail     impending     rue     transition     upbraid     veritable     vitality     barter     devise     dexterous     ferret     habituate     personable     scoff     trepidation     vex     whimsical

     Enjoy what we hope will be the last of winter.  Stay safe.  God bless.

                                                                                                                Mrs. Bousquet