Novels Three

11/13: We have a homework assignment due Wednesday. The scholars have to write a short article about something happening here at school, a poem, or a short story as if they were contributing it to a class version of a newspaper. This corresponds to Chapter 10 of Little Women in which our main characters create a secret society and produce a newspaper for it.

11/1: Our second vocabulary test is on Friday of this week. The scholars will have a little bit of time to study in class, but should also take the opportunity to study at home.

10/24: Our vocabulary words this week are 62 through 70. The vocabulary test will be a week from Friday on November 3rd and cover words 41 through 70.

The scholars have also earned their first good behavior party of the year. The party will be on Friday October 27th.

10/16: Term One is almost over. Any late or make-up work needs to be turned in by Wednesday (10/18).

10/3: We finished Chapter Three today. The scholars received a comprehension assignment that we worked on in class. It is due on Friday.

9/18: Today was our first assignment for Little Women. Most of the scholars finished in class. Those who did not, took it home for homework.

We have had a great first few weeks of Novels. I am excited to be starting off the year with one of my favorite books, ​Little Women​.

What We're Reading:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is a coming-of-age novel that seems to closely mirror the author's life. It follows the story of Jo (short for Josephine) March, her three sisters, and their neighbor Laurie. As we read this novel, we will be looking closely at the time period during which Alcott wrote Little Women and the major themes she expressed.

83. indolent- (adj.) lazy, inactive, slothful

84. voraciously- (adj.) exceedingly eager

85. earnest- (adj.) eager, passionate, fervent, serious

86. rapture- (noun) joy, delight, bliss, exhilaration

87. personage- (noun) an important person

88. inexorable- (adj.) impossible to prevent

89. portentous- (adj.) ominous, serious

90. ignominious- (adj.) humiliating

91. pensive- (adj.) a deep thinker, thoughtful with a hint of sadness, reflective

92. intricate- (adj.) complicated, involved, complex

93. treacherous- (adj.) dangerous

94. disheveled- (adj.) unorderly