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.


7th Grade Ghost Stories

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Home

Be sure to contact your writing partners tonight to brainstorm ideas about your stories. This is actually a homework assignment.

7th Grade Philosophical Friday Postponed

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Home

I have decided that Philosophical Friday will not take place for the 7th grade until after the break. Finishing your fiction writing takes precedent at this time.

For 7th grade Classes Today

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Home

Attached is the work you will complete today in class, as we begin writing our holiday ghost stories. Please download this document and save it to your school account.

7th grade holiday ghost story criteria

8th Grade Philosophical Friday

Posted: December 11, 2017 in Home

Here are some questions to help you wrap your mind around the concept of virtue. Use these questions to add to whatever your research has shown you so far.

Through the process of inquiry and philosophical discussion, your goal is to determine the nature of evil. Here are some questions to spur your thinking.

What is virtue?

How do we know if someone is truly virtuous?

What is untested virtue?

Do we lack virtue as individuals and a society? Who should exhibit virtue the most? Who most needs it?

Why is virtue important?

How many possible ideas about virtue exist? Are there different types of virtue?

What role do ethics and morals play in identifying virtue? Do you know the difference between ethics and morals?

Who determines what is and what is not virtuous?

How might a deliberate attempt to be virtuous benefit society?

Can an entire society or group be virtuous in a way unique to that society or group? Does the same idea apply to nations?

In the future, in which directions might virtue go? In other words, how might ideas about what virtue is change over time? Why?