Monday 26 January 2015

Language Grade 8: The Giver, Novel Study

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

After the winter break, the students have begun a new unit of study. We are reading the novel, "The Giver" which is utopian fictional novel. We began by discussing what a "utopian world" would be like in groups and presented to the class:

All strands of the curriculum will be covered and assessed, InshAllah:

Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Media Literacy.

Currently, students are working on a media literacy assignment where they have been given the task to create a poster, podcast, audio, or video of themselves. The assignments objective is to make connections with important topics in the novel and incorporating technology to do so. Assignment instructions, rubrics,  peer/personal assessment checklist have been provided. Insha Allah, we will be presenting them in class once they are completed. Also, an email link with a private YouTube invitation will be sent out so that you may view some of the videos.


Throughout this unit, students will be examining various reading, writing, and oral communication concepts as outlined in the curriculum expectations. We will be learning and practicing various reading and writing strategies ; making connections, predicting, examining figurative language, understanding important themes, plot summaries, character analysis and other key language subtopics. Through group discussions, literature circles, and peer work, students will have the opportunity to communicate their knowledge and understanding of such topics. All test/quizzes will be based on what we have learned in class through these discussions as well as any reading/writing comprehension tasks and, vocabulary and spelling assignments.

FINAL UNIT TASK: Students will be given a final project or essay at the end of the unit. The date and more information will be provided at the end of February, Insha Allah.

Please be sure to sign any assessments and return for my records.

Jazakullah khair.