Happy Exam Week!! I’m sure parents and students alike will be happiest when this week is over. Trust me, I’m right there with you. The stress of exams and grades can be a bit overwhelming at times. Please try to remind your students that their English midterm is really just their chance to show me where they are. They’ve all grown a lot this semester and we have a long way to go before the end of the year. This is just one step in that process, and I will take the information they give me from the midterm (what are their writing strengths? weaknesses? what are their reading needs?) and use those to shape our second semester.
Students already wrote the three essays. We will examine those in depth the first week of the new semester when I’ve crawled out from underneath the pile of them!! This week we will focus on review for the multiple choice portion of the exam on Monday and Tuesday. The MC portion consists of 5-6 short passages the students have never seen before. They will read the passages and answer 5-10 MC questions about each. We’ve done lots of work with MC this fall and hopefully our practice on Monday and Tuesday will help them feel confident and ready for the exam.
In non-exam related news, many of your students wrote blog book reviews last week as their independent novel projects. They’re great, and I’m planning to post more in the coming days on the Student Book Reviews page of this website. Check them out; the kids made some great recommendations.
I hope this week is not too stressful in your homes! Next time you hear from me, we will starting fresh in semester two. Last thing: NHS is collecting toilet paper this week for a local food pantry. If you have a chance to grab an extra package, please send it in with your student. They should take it to their first hour teacher for collection.
Mrs. Hattie Maguire