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Welcome to Junior High Religion & Literature

Teacher: Mrs. Joy Renner (jrenner@sbsenfield.org)

 


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Welcome back 7th Grade! I am excited for the school year to begin! This is my 11th year teaching at SBS and it will be nice to see old friends and make new ones. Each month I will post the chapters or topics we are working on and student service hour opportunities. It is more important to me as an educator to help my students master skills and understand content, then it is to rush to complete a text or chapter. Therefore, you may see topics carry over to the next month, or we may be able to finish some material faster than expected. My monthly outline is an estimate of what we will be able to cover each month.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, jrenner@sbsenfield.org. Look for a parent letter to come home on the first day of school, as well as classroom and homework expectations. The following week I will send home information about service hours and the Rosary Mass.

7th Grade Religion

  • Monthly Devotion: The Seven Sorrows of Mary
  • Religion whole school and classroom themes
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Chapter 1: Impact of Jesus
  • The Rosary: prayers and mysteries (prepare for Rosary Masses, October 4, School Mass and October 6th Family Mass)

Literature

  • Review reading strategies:  summarizing, questioning, predicting, connecting, visualizing, clarifying, evaluating, and determining importance
  • Introduce weekly literature journals and reading logs for pleasure reading books
  • “The Cat Who Thought She Was a Dog and the Dog Who Thought She was a Cat” by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Literary analysis:  1)The moral of a story  2) conflict

Welcome back 8th Grade! I am excited for the school year to begin! This is my 11th year teaching at SBS and it will be nice to see old friends and make new ones. Each month I will post the chapters or topics we are working on and student service hour opportunities. It is more important to me as an educator to help my students master skills and understand content, then it is to rush to complete a text or chapter. Therefore, you may see topics carry over to the next month, or we may be able to finish some material faster than expected. My monthly outline is an estimate of what we will be able to cover each month. Please feel free to email me with any questions, jrenner@sbsenfield.org. Look for a parent letter to come home on the first day of school, as well as classroom and homework expectations. The following week I will send home information about service hours. 8th Grade is responsible for the November School & Family Mass, look for information to come home in October. Participating in the Mass is a wonderful way to serve and praise God!

Religion

  • Monthly Devotion: The Seven Sorrows of Mary
  • Religion whole school and classroom themes
  • Liturgical Calendar
  • Chapter 1: Community of Disciples

Literature

  • Review reading strategies:  summarizing, questioning, predicting, connecting, visualizing, clarifying, evaluating, and determining importance
  • Introduce weekly literature journals and reading logs for pleasure reading books
  • “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury
  • Literary analysis:  1) historical setting  2) mood
7th Grade Literature:
The 7th grade summer reading project requires the students to read A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff. They will not need to bring the book to school so it is more than fine to borrow the book from the library, rather than buying it. When the student has finished reading the book, they should begin the summer reading project while the story is still fresh in their minds. Please read through the project rubric carefully before beginning. Below, you will also find a blank template. Simply download that template to fill in for the character of your choice. Don't forget to include citations for all quotes you include from the book! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at jrenner@sbsenfield.org. I will be checking my email periodically throughout the summer.
 
8th Grade Literature:
The 8th grade summer reading project requires the students to read A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. They will not need to bring the book to school so it is more than fine to borrow the book from the library, rather than buying it. When the student has finished reading the book, they should begin the summer reading project while the story is still fresh in their minds. Please read through the project rubric carefully before beginning. Don't forget to include citations for all quotes you include from the book!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at jrenner@sbsenfield.org. I will be checking my email periodically throughout the summer.
 
7th/8th Grade Religion: 
The Junior High students are required to do 12 service hours per year as a part of their Religion requirement, which is equivalent to four service hours per trimester. No service hours are required to be completed over the summer. However, if you would like to get ahead, you may complete some or all of your hours over the summer. If you choose to do so, please be sure to print out a copy of the service hour form, as you will need signatures from the leaders of the service projects. A detailed explanation of these service hours will be passed out during the first week of school, along with some suggestions for places to complete these service hours. However, if you are to get started this summer, please be aware that helping out family members does not count as service. Additionally, anything in which you are paid for is not service either. One easy way that many students complete some of their service hours is by becoming an altar server at their parish or by joining the school choir, which sings at Mass once a month during the school year. 
 Service_Hour_Reflection_Sheet.pdf
 

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