During the month of October, English Language Arts classes celebrated #MGBooktober, which was started four years ago by a few middle school librarians across Canada and the United States and celebrates middle grade (#MG), middle school, books. 

  • North View ELA department promoted a love of reading by:
    • Sharing a new middle school book every day on the Daily Announcements 
    • Giving away prizes for kids who finished a book the last three weeks of October
    • Holding a contest for students to match up staff and their favorite books and win prize
  • Black Garnet Books, a new Black Woman-owned bookstore in Minneapolis featuring adult and young adult contemporary literature by Black and racially diverse authors, donated gift cards for some of our student winners. Please check out their information: Black Garnet Books.

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North View’s ELA department also has an Instagram account, where parents and students can find diverse and engaging books for middle school students. Please follow us at North_View_Reads.

More ways to learn about and find fabulous books . . .

  • Mrs. Sirovy writes a blog about the books she reads because she reads night and day and wants you to kow about these wonderful books. Find her blog at Reading the Middle
  • Also, check out the wonderful books and resources available, like homework help, at Hennepin County Library. If you don’t have a library card, it’s free to get one. The closest libraries to North View are Brooklyn Park Library (near North Hennepin Community College) and Brookdale Library (in the government center building in Brooklyn Center). 

6th Grade

In 6th grade English, we have been learning about Habits of Mind in which students are focusing on self-awareness and how students show up in their learning, whether at school or at home, during these challenging times. Check out one of the video lessons and student responses here: Habits of Mind.

7th Grade 

Seventh graders have been working on acrostic poems, a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Check out the slide show of student examples here: Acrostic Poems.

8th Grade

In 8th grade English, we have been reading – lots, and lots, and lots! Independent reading is the best way for students to improve their reading skills and also foster a lifelong love of reading. 

Some of the books that have been popular so far this year:

  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Refugee, Prisoner B-3087, and Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
  • Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Also, we have been writing Rambling Autobiographies for the past two weeks. Here is some of our work: Ramblling Autobiographies

Coming up, we will be researching women suffragists, specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, who fought for the right to vote in the United States. After our research is complete, we will be following the Rambling Autobiography format and writing Rambling Biographies. Some of the women we will be studying are: Mary-Ann Shadd Cary, Zitkala-Sa, Mary Church Terrell, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, and Jovita Idar.