The Language Arts, which include not only English grammar but also Reading, Writing and the study of Literature, are of prime importance at St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick's School. These disciplines are studied both independently as well as in collaborative fashion within other disciplines such as Social Studies and Science and even Math. We regularly practice writing across the curriculum and being able to read for information is also extremely important across the curriculum.
 
 
 

We Are One Body...Eighth Grade Public Service Announcement Videos

As part of their Language Arts Class with Mrs. Bruno and their Technology Class with Mrs. Yakes, the eighth grade students recently created Public Service Announcement type videos. They did their best to express what our 2017-18 school theme means and showcased how we live the theme, We Are One Body. The students worked together in small cooperative groups on the scripting and taping, but then each student created their own take on the final video presentation. The students are pleased to show off their writing and speaking skills, their videotaping, editing and production skills, AND our wonderful school and the ways that "We Are One Body!" All of the videos are available for viewing on a special website. Click on this link to visit the website.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Biography Projects

The fourth and fifth grade book reports this month have been collaborative journeys between technology classes and English/Language Arts, and have even involved some creative fine arts! The students selected a biography book about someone who has made a difference in the world. All of the students read their books, did digital research in the computer lab, and took notes to facilitate their final projects. The fourth graders created professional looking PowerPoint presentations. On Halloween, the students came in character, and dressed as their famous person. They used their PowerPoint presentation to share all that they had learned about these important historical figures. The fifth graders followed a similar research phase but then composed a script and narrated their report into a video creation program in the computer lab. Their work has been gathered onto a website for sharing to a wider audience. You can access their presentations here: https://sites.google.com/stals-stpats.org/historicalfigures5th2017/home .

Both groups of students also created “Bottle Buddies” fashioned to represent their famous biography subjects. These creations are currently lining the hallway with a few clues so that passersby can try to discern whom each bottle buddy represents.

Fourth Grade Biography Portrayals

Fifth Grade Biography Presentation Work

Traditional Literature T-Shirt Book Reports

Mrs. Cunningham, our fourth and fifth grade language arts teacher, requires a book report each month from her students, but each one is unique and special. The latest one was "Traditional Literature T-Shirt Book Reports". The students had a great time creating these and they were very proud of the results!

Fourth Grade Poetry Portfolios

Our students continue to work with a wide variety of technology tools and platforms to produce work and to learn various presentation techniques that allow them to demonstrate what they know.
 
The fourth graders have been working hard on creating digital Poetry Portfolios. They began in Language Arts class with Mrs. Cunningham studying the different forms of Poetry and then they worked in Computer Lab with Mrs. Yakes to create a portfolio of their own original poetry. They used Microsoft PowerPoint to create the portfolio and then it was transformed into an online digital book with a program called FlipSnack. This allows the kids to share their work with a wider audience. Here is the link to the wikispace that contains all of the finished portfolios:
 

http://4thgradepoetryportfolios2017.wikispaces.com/home

Eighth Grade Scientist Reports

Digital research, learning how to properly cite sources, writing clearly and being able to deliver a cogent presentation are all part of Language Arts and, in this case, also part of Science class.  Each eighth grade student chose a renowned scientist and researched him or her in order to develop a presentation for the class.
Pictured here are students portraying Irene Joliot-Curie, Ian Donald, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Chien-Shiung Wu.