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# WEEKLY BULLETIN: GRADE 8 LEARNING SUPPORT

## NOVEMBER 14, 2011

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MANILA

## This Week in Grade 8

ENGLISH Last week students worked on their poetry analysis and its connection to the theme of Transformation. Researching, outlining, and writing came to a conclusion this week for most of the English classes. The next challenge is the ERB testing this week. ERB is a standardized writing test that will help teachers to get a clear picture of where students are with their writing abilities. SOCIAL STUDIES The current focus is on historical revolutions, specically the American Revolution, Russian Revolution, French Revolution and the Iranian Revolution of 1979, learning about them and
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: New Book Fair - Nov. 21-24 Filipiniana - Nov. 25

analyzing them for the four stages of a revolution. From there, students will work with a group to put together a presentation on the stages of their particular revolution (one of the four). Skills, such as notetaking, interactive reading, and presentation skills, will be focused on.

triangles, parallel lines with transversals. Class has been very active with students taking notes, discussing in groups how to nd measurements and learning vocabulary terms.

LS students have a form titled Quadrilateral Properties (a small sheet) that they will be able to use as a resource (instead SCIENCE of memorizing) during the geometry assessment later The students are focusing in the month. This sheet on different types of will only be a reference for energy, conducting experiments on the concept them during the test. of work (using the formula Work=Force x Distance), and writing lab reports (guided). MATH Students have been exploring the concept of different angles and nding the angle measurements for

UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS & DUE DATES: Science: quiz on Energy November 22 or 23 Math: Geometry Assessment November 23 or 24 ERB Testing: Week of Nov. 14

## Strategy Instruction Class

Skill & Strategy Areas of Focus: The Writing Process: - Using editing checklists (COPS, SCOPE) - Vocabulary development - Brainstorming - using Study Skills: - understanding new vocabulary through context clues

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