Archive for January, 2018

7th Grade Correction

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Home

You must read chapters 9 and 10 by Thursday, the 18th, not Wednesday. Your comprehension quiz will be on Thursday.

Don’t forget that you have a comprehension quiz tomorrow….

Wednesday, Jan. 17: You will be responsible for reading chapters 9 and 10 by Wednesday, when you will have another comprehension quiz.

After Wednesday, you will have until Monday to finish the book.  We will begin writing the essays on Wednesday, Jan 24.

7th Grade Reading Focus Homework

Posted: January 12, 2018 in Home

The following information should be clearly recorded in your class notebooks for this weekend’s reading:

Active reading focus: I expect to see this information clearly and neatly recorded in your notebooks.
1). List the most important event of each chapter.
2). Identify topics
3). Ask questions (minimum three per chapter). Use the question starter handout to create your questions.

7th Grade –Outsiders Homework

Posted: January 3, 2018 in Home



  1. Read chapter 1 (1-18).
  2. If we have a snow day tomorrow, read chapters 1 and 2 for Friday. (1-36)
  3. If we have a snow day on Friday, read until the end of chapter 4 for Monday. (1-67)

Active reading focus: I expect to see this information clearly and neatly recorded in your notebooks.

1). Analyze character

2). Identify topics

3). Ask questions (minimum three per chapter)

For those of you who’ve “lost” or “forgotten” your book:

The Outsiders Text

Essential Questions:

  • What is the filmmakers’ message? Is it clearly expressed? How?
  • In conveying their message, do the filmmakers take a side? Is there bias in this presentation?
  • What are some significant insights offered by the soldiers through their letters?


  • Examine bias in a video presentation.
  • Extract meaning from a documentary
  • Analyze how imagery, sound, and narration influence viewers’ perception of meaning in a documentary.

* Research the Vietnam War and bring in 5 interesting facts.

8th Grade Mid Year Reflection

Posted: January 2, 2018 in Home

Mid-Year Self-Reflection 8th Grade

Before you begin, please reread your first journal entry from the beginning of the year. Next, in your journal, answer each of the following questions thoughtfully. Be sure that you follow the length requirements. Take your time and be sure to reflect on your answers before writing. This is not an assignment to rush!

1). How have you performed in English class this year? Have you met your own academic expectations in this class?  (2 paragraph minimum)

2). What, in your opinion, has been your greatest struggle when it comes to English class this year?  How did you become aware of it? What can be done to help you overcome it? (2 paragraphs minimum)

3). Please discuss how one concept we learned so far is valuable to know in life. Be sure that you clearly state the concept. (1 paragraph minimum)

4). What have you learned about close reading and analyzing literature?  How might it help you later? (1 paragraph minimum)

5). Please set three new goals for yourself in English class for the remainder of the year.  Once you have listed them, please explain why you have chosen each goal and how you can achieve it.

*Remember: each goal should have an explanation and how you plan to achieve itDo not simply list three goals.