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Jennifer Burks 8th Grade ELA/Reading
My name is Jennifer Burks and I will be entering my eleventh year of teaching, my fifth year, at Bardstown Middle School.  I moved to Bardstown in 2013 and I have totally fallen in love with the city and this school.  I have taught freshman level English, English Honors and freshman level Social Studies, in addition to eighth grade reading and writing.  I am very passionate about building relationships with students, promoting leadership and citizenship among young adults and I create lessons that allow children to take ownership in their education. 
 
Each year at Bardstown has been unique and exciting and I have the same expectations for this year. I enjoy engaging students in various rigorous activities that push them to take ownership in their learning.  Much of what we do is student led, collaborative work that requires participation from your student!
 
I am due with my third child on July 31, so I am counting on being here for open house to meet all of you, but I will not be starting the school year.  Mrs. Sara Floyd will be teaching for me until I return from my maternity leave in September.  She is wonderful; she has covered a maternity leave for me before and during the spring of 2017, she spent a significant amount of time in my classroom as a collaborative teacher.  
 
In reading, we begin the year with units centered on real life stories; content in reading and writing will be very commonly related. This unit gives students an opportunity to learn about historical events and figures and allows them to voice their own beliefs about important issues, people and places.  This quarter, we will be reading Flowers for Algernon and various short stories and nonfiction pieces. 
 
In writing, we will begin with basic grammar--the eight parts of speech and our main point of focus will narrative writing and basic reading skills, such as annotation.  Throughout our narrative unit, students will read narrative essays, evaluate literary elements and they will engage in writing their own stories; these stories will be about actual events from their lives.  
Following the narrative unit, students will begin the largest portion of our content, argumentative writing.  Students will write numerous thesis statements and engage in thought provoking discussions on multiple issues. Students will work on several argumentative topics and will write multiple argumentative essays, including one on mandating vaccinations, the documentary Blackfish and some school related topics. 
 
Other units throughout the course of the year include:
Writing--Argumentative writing, informational writing, speeches, poetry, argumentative writing follow-up
 
Reading--We will read the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Night. We will also read several fictional short stories, poems, speeches, informational readings and engage in assessment practice.  
 
If you have any questions regarding the class, please feel free to contact me via email.
 
The absolute best way for you to stay in tune with the work we are doing in class is to access Google Classroom through your child's account.  I list all daily agendas, link, study materials, assignments, etc...and it will answer many questions that you may have about the work that is being done in class. 
 
Remind101--text the following codes to 81010 for class/club updates:
reading: @61be8           writing: @26f14             Student Y:  @studenty
jennifer.burks@bardstown.kyschools.us.
Student Y

 www.kyymca.org


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Schedule
1st period Writing    8:35-9:27
2nd period Writing   9:30-10:21
3rd period Reading Intervention 10:24-11:15
4th period Writing   11:21-12:39
5th period Writing   12:42-1:35
6th period Reading  1:38-2:31
7th period Planning 2:34-3:35 
Bardstown Middle School

410 N. 5th Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone 502-331-8803
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