Welcome  to my virtual classroom! 

Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, I will have a virtual classroom students.  The virtual classroom will be available through my classroom and all teaching will be done through this site.  We will continue our learning of reading objectives and as always if you have any questions, please let me know at switzedn@pwcs.edu 

Over the school year, we have reviewed all of our writing objectives, and we have taken our Writing SOL on March 11th and 12th.

***NEW*** Updated Monthly Calendar for Objectives taught During 2019-2020 School Year Located in the Files and Documents Section

New Assignments for the Week of May 18th  through May 22nd in the Calendar section for this week!  Also, I will have a PowerPoint for this week's lesson in Files and Documents. 

Please look in the calendar section to find new assignments for this week.  Remember, the review work is only to keep up with your skills and review work is not graded. 
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Objectives taught the week of May 11th through the 15th

8.5a Analyze how authors’ development of characters, conflict, point of view, voice, and tone convey meaning.

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Objectives that we have already taught this year: 

8.7 
c) Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
d) Organize writing structure to fit form or topic. 
e) Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, maintaining an organized structure and formal style. 
f) Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that advocates a position. 

8.8 
a) Use and punctuate correctly varied sentence structures to include conjunctions and transition words. 
b) Correctly use pronouns in prepositional phrases with compound objects. 
c) Use a variety of sentence structures to infuse sentence variety in writing.
d) Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs.
e) Use comparative and superlative degrees in adverbs and adjectives.
 f) Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations.
g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words. 

Objectives that will be taught virtually through instruction: 

8.4 
a) Identify and analyze the construction and impact of an author’s use of figurative language. 
b) Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meaning and differentiate among multiple meanings of words and phrases.
c) Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning(s) of unfamiliar words and technical vocabulary. 

8.5
a) Analyze how authors’ development of characters, conflict, point of view, voice, and tone convey meaning.
b) Identify cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.
c) Explain the development of the theme(s).
d) Explain the use of symbols and figurative language.
e) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using references to the text for support. 

8.6 
b) Apply knowledge of text features and organizational patterns to analyze selections. 
c) Skim materials to develop an overview or locate information.
d) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support. 
e) Analyze the author’s qualifications, viewpoint, word choice, and impact. 
f) Analyze details for relevance and accuracy. 
g) Differentiate between fact and opinion. 
h) Identify the main idea. 
i) Summarize the text identifying supporting details. 
j) Identify cause and effect relationships.  

Contacts:

It is important that students and parents are able to come to me with questions and problems and I am always available to contact with any concerns with your child or your child’s work.    switzedn@pwcs.edu