Welcome to Language & Literature- Year 3!
    Teacher: Mrs. Hoffman
    Dear eighth grade students:
       Let me start by listing a few awesome things about being in eighth grade: free seating at lunch, the class trip to Washington, D.C., and the status of being the undisputed rulers of the school!  Plus, high school is only one short year away!
       I am happy to welcome you to year 3 of the MYP program, and specifically to my Language & Literature class. The 2018-2019 school year will be my eighth year of teaching the I.B. curriculum at Mount Mourne. I have a B.A. degree in English and a Master's degree in Middle School Language Arts Education. I am also a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator's Network, which means I help other schools and teachers to implement the I.B. programme.  
       Also, I have the experience of being an I.B. parent. My daughter, Sydney, is finishing the Diploma Programme at South (grade 12) this year. My son, Stephen, is a senior at Pine Lake. 
        I hope you like reading awesome books. Here's the plan for this year. We will start with the dystopian novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand which celebrates the importance of the individual. Next, we'll read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This SciFi novel written in the 1950's contains eerily accurate predictions about how technology would change our culture.  We'll also read Night, a memoir by Elie Wiesel, that provides a lasting record of the crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust. We'll also dabble in poetry, filmmaking, and read a lot more short stories and articles. So, stay tuned!
       As we look forward to your eighth-grade year, I commit to doing my best to design meaningful lessons, and to giving you the challenges and feedback you need to grow as a reader, writer, and communicator. I believe that people learn best by doing, so you can expect to be very hands-on in my class. You can also expect to do group work frequently, present often and use a lot of technology. I promise to provide you with the tools you need to become a stronger writer, to comprehend difficult texts on a deep level, to be a strong team member and to be a confident public speaker.
       I look forward to a successful and fun year!
                                                            Mrs. Hoffman


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