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Eighth Grade Blog

Week 26: 3/20/17-3/24/17

Purim/Passover Sock Drive: Friday, March 10th – Friday, April 7th Our Senesh Sock Drive is the grassroots way to fulfill an unmet need of homeless men, women, and children. All sizes of new socks needed! The socks will be delivered to CAMBA’s Flagstone Family Center. Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of The Book Thief. Since many ninth grade teachers require students to annotate assigned literature, we practiced on this skill this week by close reading sections of the text. I continue to be amazed by the rich and thoughtful work that students have been doing with this challenging piece of literature,...
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Week 24: Monday, March 6th – Friday, March 10th

Hebrew Dear parents, HAPPY PURIM! This week we really started our pre-Israel trip preparations! We learned four new songs and practiced how to order various foods in Hebrew. I wish you a relaxed and happy weekend, Andreea Judaic Studies To prepare for Purim, 8th graders studied a wild and crazy story from Talmud Bavli Masechet Purim. They discussed the story and made it into short films! Hebrew Heritage: Dear Parents, This week we started a new unit on the topic of “Impotent characters” which shaped Israeli society in a variety of topics like politics and culture. This week we talked...
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Week 23: Monday, February 27th-Friday, March 3rd

It was great to welcome students back after February break! On Monday, we kicked off the month of Adar with Pajama Day. Check out this cute picture of the eighth grade class:  Read on to learn about what students did this week: Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of The Book Thief, with a focus on various types of symbolism that appears in literature. Specifically, students learned how symbolism can be portrayed through numerous modalities, including colors, seasons, weather, animals, and body parts. Later in the week, they applied this learning by finding and analyzing examples of symbolism in The Book Thief....
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Week 22: Monday, February 13th – Friday, February 17th

Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of The Book Thief, paying particularly attention to the many uses of figurative language employed by author Marcus Zusak. Students defined several styles of figurative language and identified them within the text. Later in the week, we discussed tone, and how figurative language can be used as a way to identify an author’s tone. Additionally, we briefly studied some of the historic backdrop of the novel. Rudy, a young German boy, cannot understand why his father disapproves of his admiration for black American athlete Jesse Owens. To gain context, we watched clips from the 1936 Berlin...
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Week 21: Monday, February 6th-Friday, February 10th

Hi everyone! Between the Read-A-Thon, a visit from the Jewish Museum teaching artist, STEAMfest, and of course, the snow day, it was an exciting week for 8th graders! Here’s an overview of what we did this week: Humanities: Literature: This week, we began our next novel, The Book Thief. We kicked off the week by acquiring some background knowledge on the Holocaust, which serves as the backdrop for this novel, by reading about the history of anti-Semitism, and studying a piece of propaganda that was used to teach young German children that Jews were a “dangerous race.” The Book Thief, which tells that...
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Week 20: Monday January 30th- Friday February 3rd

Hebrew: Dear parents, This week Kvutza Aleph started the second chapter in the unit. We read texts about dreamers and how society accepts them and we learned new vocabulary in the unit. Kvutza Beyt continued to discuss shapes and colors in our world. The students read texts about the symbolism of various colors and wrote a similar text. I wish everyone a relaxing weekend, Andreea Humanities: Literature: This week, we wrapped up our reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a creative project. Students were able to pick from a list of choices, and it’s been so much watching their ideas...
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Week 19: Monday, January 23rd-Friday, January 27th

Judaic Studies Over the past two weeks of play rehearsals, 8th graders have been preparing presentations for a siyyum/celebration of finishing our Talmud unit. Each 8th grader presented a section of the text, taught it to the group, and shared what was meaningful about the section to them personally. Next week we will switch back to Tanach/Bible, and will begin learning selections from the book of Joshua. Can you follow in someone’s footsteps and still be yourself? Should Joshua try to be Moshe 2.0? Stay tuned! Humanities: In the limited time we had this week, we finished our reading of A...
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Week 18: Tuesday, January 17th-Friday, January 20th

Humanities: In the midst of all of our rehearsals, we still found time to squeeze in some literature! This week, we read Act IV of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As the play draws to a close, the many confused love triangles are starting to straighten out, and as a way of connecting to the many love affairs, students participated in a creative writing assignment. In partners, they took on the role of a couple from the play, and wrote love letters to one another. The class has a blast reading their letters aloud! Next week, we will be taking a brief...
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Week 17: Monday, January 9th-Friday, January 13th

Humanities: This week, we continued our study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s been a lot of fun reading the play aloud in class, especially with so many talented actors! A big focus on our work this week was on irony; from Bottom’s comments about his friends making an “ass” out of him, while remaining unaware of his transformed head, to Lysander vowing to be ever-faithful to Hermia, moments before a Fairy’s charm shifts his love to Helena, there have been many funny moments to share together. On Friday, students connected to Hermia and Helena’s catfight by participating in their...
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Week 16 – January 3rd – 6th

Judaic Studies I am blown away by the 8th graders’ Talmud abilities and questions! Everyone worked hard this week, identifying the different elements of the sugiya/Talmudic discussion we’ve been learning. We’re half-way through the unit, and the 8th graders have already mastered many new concepts and vocabulary terms. Just before break, the 8th graders completed a Chanukah project: design a chanukiyah that reflects a value you care about. We learned the laws of what makes a chanukiyah kosher, and students worked together to make careful design choices that reflected their value. From Phyllis: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the 7th and 8th...
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