September 16

First Chapter Friday (ELA 7-8)

You’re going to pick a new novel today and just read the beginning. You may not continue or finish that novel, but you’ll read the beginnings of many novels and get a sense of what you like and don’t like in stories.

As you read, you can consider:

  • The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the story told
  • What you find interesting or not interesting.
  • Whether you would continue reading that book if you could and if you’d recommend it to others.

You’ll create a video review of your First Chapter Friday to share your thoughts.

Some novels you can pick from to start include:

Less mature novels first — > to more mature novels at the end

Additional Books & Links: December 2022

  • Wolfish:
  • Moongarden: sci-fi book of a young girl in training on the Moon, after Earth’s plants turned toxic. She is training for the role her parents also play in their society, to be Number Whisperers, but she’s afraid she’s not skilled or capable. (58 pgs preview)
  • Illuminations: a young girl’s family are talented painters of magical illuminations, but in trying to help she releases a magical creature that wants to destroy her family.
  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking: a young girl’s magic works only through bread dough, making gingerbread men come to life, but finds a body on her bakery floor (4 chapters preview)
  • Spy School – Book 1: young boy tries to stay safe from cyber-enemies
  • Amari and the Night Brothers (Book 1): young girl is a supernatural investigator
  • Amari and the Great Game (Book 2) young girl is a supernatural investigator
  • Refugee: follows the story of 3 characters fleeing persecution – a boy trying to flee Nazis, a cuban girl fleeing, etc.
  • When Stars are Scattered: graphic novel of a young Somolia boy and his brother growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya
  • Squire: graphic novel of a young girl who wants to become a Knight, so when war breaks out among her people, it’s her opportunity to earn citizenship by training in a competitive program. (35 pgs preview)
  • Elatsoe: a young girl lives in a version of America where there is magic, monsters, and ghosts of animals she can revive. (43 pages preview)
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus: seventh grade girl helps look after her younger siblings while her mom works (26 pgs preview)
  • Wishtree: an old tree is the main character here who listens to the stories of the townspeople nearby and has animal friends it speaks with
  • Big Nate Series (Book 1): boy protagonist surviving 6th grade
  • Alone: 12 yr old girl plans a secret sleepover w best friends but wakes up to an abandoned town and no internet, power, etc. (43 pgs preview)
  • Ground Zero: fiction story of 9 yr old boy who went to work with his dad at the World Trade Center on the day 9-11 happened (29 pgs preview)
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street: 5 siblings have to figure out how to save their home after their landlord doesn’t renew their lease

Physical Book Copies you could try: on the table (Ms Waldner’s library)

  • The Maze Runner (dystopian/sci-fi)
  • Scythe (dystopian/sci-fi)
  • The Hobbit
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (sci-fi)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Giver (dystopian/sci-fi)
  • The Hobbit



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September 6

ELA 7/8 Identity Self-Portraits

Writers can express ideas about their identity through poetry, like we’ve read. They can also do it visually, as we will try today.

For today’s activity, you will need:

  • your markers and/or pencil crayons
  • While you do the work, Ms Waldner will take your photo and Cartoon it for this activity.

In groups of 4-5, look at the four self-portraits at the following link and follow these steps:

  1. In general, discuss the things you notice in each self-portrait example.
  2. Create a list with examples of their identity they included through visuals.
    1. Example: musical notes or keys of a piano may represent their musical interest or talent
    2. Example: A Canadian flag likely represents their nationality.
  3. Write your list examples out on Post-its
  4. and see if you can create Categories to group them under.
  5. If you get stuck, you can check this List of Identity Categories

    Individually, then…

  6. Using the Categories of Identity, write/develop your own list of examples that represent you. Try to develop examples in each category.
    1. Example: Maybe you include a wheat sheaf to represent a farming background.
  7. I will give you a printed cartoon of your photo.
  8. On the LEFT, colour it as normal.
  9. On the RIGHT, draw and colour in your identity examples from your list.

If Done, scroll to the bottom for Step 3. 

After you’ve coloured in your image, then you have TWO OPTIONS for what to do with the blank perimeter on the page.

  1. Draw lines from the center out and create/draw words that you feel represent how you feel or what you think people think of you. (see image)
  2. Create horizontal or vertical lines and create/draw words that you feel represent how you feel or what you think people think of you. (see image)



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