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Mrs. Kristen Kilcur
Please click the link below to access our summer reading for incoming 8th grade students. Email me with any questions or concerns! Happy Reading!!
REMINDER: ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND FILES ARE POSTED TO TEAMS NOW!!! Please reach out to me with any concerns.
Live classes Mondays and Wednesdays.
Office hours Tuesday 10:30, Thursday 9:30
- Click the link below to find library books! KEEP READING!!
Before I address our upcoming curriculum, I want to remind you that we will meet in TEAMS tomorrow!! Please look for in the invite on your calendar and be sure to click accept. Please review our digital learning schedule. ALL assignments will be posted and submitted through TEAMS ONLY. Please take time to get used to this app. Since we are not returning to school it is of the utmost importance that you understand how to use this app.
We will always have a warmup when we meet for a live class. This warmup will only be “live” for the duration of your class period. Each class I will provide direct instruction via live and videos. I will then allow questions through chat. If you have questions about the assignments beyond our 30-minute session it is imperative that you come to my office hours the next day.
This week we will begin our poetry unit. This will be a mini- unit that will take us through the end of April. The theme of this unit is “What is the best way to communicate?” Poets use a variety of forms, sound and language techniques to convey abstract ideas. We will look at different forms of poetry to better understand the essential question. Some of those forms include lyrical, haiku, and concrete. We will also explore the different techniques poets use to create imagery and convey a message. Some of those techniques include many of which you have learned in previous work such as: metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, rhyme, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, and repetition.
Reading poetry is not like reading fiction or nonfiction. Like fiction and nonfiction, it does require that you read it at least three times to understand it but it is important to pay attention to how the poem read’s aloud. The rhyming, the tone, and the repetition are often key elements in understanding a poem’s meaning.
Often poet’s create abstract descriptions to help us see an image. Those images are often open to interpretation. Poets have always wanted readers to debate what they see and feel in reading the work.
Throughout this unit, I will guide your understanding of these poems by using a close reading model that will better support your understanding.
For these first three poems, the focus will be on their form and be able to draw conclusion about how the speaker feels about the topic.
And remember I am here for you every step of the way! This is a sad, and difficult time for many. I am your teacher, and ALWAYS here to help you. Email me as much as you need to.
DIGITAL LEARNING BEGINS MONDAY APRIL 6th.
ATTACHED IS OUR REDWOOD DIGITAL SCHEDULE AND MY PROCEDURES.
PLEASE VISIT YOUR INDIVIDUAL CLASS PAGES FOR MY INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS AND ACCESS TO TEAMS
My name is Kristen Kilcur and I am so happy to be your child's 7th grade English language arts teacher. In our class, we work hard to be both model citizens and strong academic performers. In my fifteen years teaching, I have enjoyed working with a diversity of students. It is important to me that your child gain success this year in reading and writing as we work to become college and career ready.
In my personal life, I am a mom to three young children: Annie, Luke and Mary. We live in the Avon Grove School District. Working with families in our community is so important to me as both a mom and a teacher.
Please check the tabs here on my page to access links to our assignments. Please know you can always email me directly for any assignment related information Kkilcur@oxfordasd.org