Please note that our classes this week will be alternated on Monday/Wednesday (5,4,3,7,6,2,1) and Tuesday/Thursday (7,6,3,5,4,2,1). NO testing on Friday.

Thank you HOMEROOM, for being prepared each morning for testing.


AC Classes:

As we continue to compare text to text and character to character and explore theme (what makes a perfect society), we will read several short stories, view the video texts, and write a paper evaluating theme.

Also, continue to fill ABC word bank. We will work on the rough drafts of our ABC's of Animalism in class this week.


3rd, 4th, 6th Periods


We will compare text to text and test our theory that a writer's life informs the way that he/she writes fiction.  Finish Willie Wonka movie. Analyze the events in Dahl's life that inspired the movie. Finish the last 4 chapters of Boy. We will do the Chocolate Taste Test and study the form of a business letter so that we can write a letter to the editor of a "Food" magazine.





AC Classes:

Now that we have finished reading Animal Farm, you will write an "epilogue" titled Chapter XI. Please make DIRECT reference to the book, create a plausible theory about the farm "three years later," and explain the government and leadership that now exists on the farm.


Next writing assignment: ABC's of Animalism poem.


3rd, 4th, 6th periods:

Please turn in your study questions for Boy as we finish the chapters. So far, you should have turned in questions for Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-6, and Chapters 7-9. Questions for Chapters 10-12 are due Friday.


Paragraphs about the "mean" adults in Boy are due Wednesday, September 16.











This week we will 

1. Read Chapters 5-7 in Animal Farm.

2. Write persuasive speeches in our journal. Use the models of Old Major and Squealer.

4. Share

5. Analyze our anthem.

6. Write part of an anthem for Animal Farm in Chapter 7.

7. Share. 


In 3rd, 4th, and 6th peiords, we will

1. Read Boy Chapters 1-6

2. Make connections and discuss.

3. Respond with a writing activity.




AC Language Arts,

I inadvertently left off the Animal Farm link on this web site. (Thanks to a very concerned student who brought this to my attention via email) It is there now. You may hand in your study questions tomorrow, August 25. They will not be considered late.

3rd, 4th, 6th Periods,

We will read "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto. We will plot the events of the story on a PLOT PYRAMID. Henry Rodriguez tries to make a good impression on a girl. Does he succeed?  









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Quiz Bowl Members,

We will have our first "official" meeting on Thursday, August 27.


Book Thieves (Helen Ruffin), 

Please remember to write your questions for each book you read. We need these for practice. You can bring them to our next meeting on Wednesday, August 26.


AC Classes have started Animal Farm. Please do not read past Chapter 2. These chapters require a lot of discussion as we lay the foundation for our study of Orwell's novel and accompanying writing activities.

3rd, 4th, 6th Period Classes have finished "The War of the Wall." We are now ready to do a plot

"pyramid" to show me what you have learned about plot structure.


We will begin brainstorming for our Time Line project/paper next week in 3rd, 4th, 6th periods.













Have a safe and relaxing summer, students.


Reading Classes:

This is a reminder to turn in reading logs, and all questions/vocabulary pertaining to When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Movie/Crossword puzzle on Wednesday, May 20.


Language Arts 5th Period:

This is a reminder that poetry booklets are DUE!

Thursday, May 21, we will play word games.


AC Language Arts:

This is a reminder to turn in your activity comparing examples of post-apocalyptic literature and analyzing theme.  6th period will go outside on Wednesday, May 20.




  Language Arts--Fifth Period--For the next two weeks, we will be working on our Poetry Booklets. Please refer to the poetry book project instructions that I gave you in class. ALL pieces to be bound MUST be turned in by Friday, May 15th. 

READING--Guest speaker May 6, 2015. Please have questions and posters finished by end of class May 5, 2015.

AC Language Arts--Finish film. Attorneys will work on closing statements. Closing statements will be presented on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.




Reading--We will continue with our study of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  BIG QUESTION: Why is the allusion to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan ironic? 

This week we will view videos about Sudan and the Lost Boys and define terms associated with human migration. We will continue reading aloud from Running for My Life.


Language Arts 5th Period--Continue working on poetry booklets. Booklets are due for binding no later than 5/15/15.


AC Language Arts--Defense presents its case this week in the trial. Please be prepared.








Reading Classes--With the alternate test scheduling during from 4/15 to 4/22, I am not meeting 4th period everyday. We will be viewing Part 3 of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies during 3 class periods in 3rd and two class periods in 4th.


In conjunction with our myth, legends, and folk tales unit, which we began right before Spring Break, we will read a North Sudanese folk tale and then begin our "Lost Boys of Sudan" unit.

Read "Brothers in Hope" and watch the Sixty Minutes segments on "The Lost Boys of Sudan."


I will read aloud the book Running for My Life as well. 

Language Arts-5th Period

Your rough draft for you name paper was to have been finished on Friday, April 17. Some of you did not finish. We will type these essays in the computer lab on Thursday, April 23.

In the meanwhile, we will be working on poetry for our poetry and other personal writing booklets.

Booklets must be ready for binding by May 15.


AC Language Arts Classes: You will have Tuesday through Wednesday of next week, April 21 through April 29 for the trial. Please dress appropriately for your part.We will begin the movie after Olympics.


Reading Classes--March 30-31, we will finish comparing the video text of Roll of Thunder to the novel. Benchmark expectations and practice this week.

Language Arts Class-We will work on the rough draft of our name essay in class and for homework. Make sure that your rough draft is FINISHED BY THURSDAY. We will also discuss Benchmark expectations and practice this week.

AC Language Arts--We will finish trial prep on March 30 and spend rest of week on Benchmark expectations for the writing portion of the test and grammar reviews.



AC Language Arts-March 16-30 Trial Preparation.

Reading-We are almost finished with Roll of Thunder-Finish Chapter 12 this week.

Writing assignment on theme.

Language Arts-Finish web on "My Name." This week, we will read 4 literary pieces on the topic of names in preparation for our writing assignment on "My Name."


March 6-13


We will meet in the Media Center Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to complete our Skills Tutor review/practice. All assignments, quizzes, and post tests will count as grades. 


Language Arts

We will be review usage, mechanice, and writing skills this week in Skills Tutor. All assignments, quizzes, and post tests will count as grades.



AC Language Arts

We will be continuing our research (investigation and inquiry) and creating a power point about our island this week. We will write the survivor/society story. 




I hope everyone enjoyed the snow days!

March 2-6, 2015

Reading Classes-We are on Chapters 5 and 6 in Roll of Thunder. Vocabulary and point of view study this week.

Language Arts-Tuesday will be the last day to work on the rough draft for your "Chocolate" paper. WE will type our papers on  Thursday in the Computer Lab. Troublesome verbs this week.


AC Language Arts-We are finished reading LOTF. You should be able to identify a possible theme in the novel. We will begin our research on Wednesday in the Media Center.



February 23-27, 2015

Reading Students,

We are continuing with our reading of  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and connecting setting, character, and theme. We will also do vocabulary in context.


Language Arts Students,

Taste Test/Pre-Writing Strategy on Monday

Rough Draft of persuasive paper on Tues/Wed

Share/finish Boy on Friday


AC Language Arts

We will finish LOTF (Chapters 11-12) this week.

Research next week




February 18-20, 2015    

Dress warmly, students.

Reading Classes:

We have started Chapter 2 in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.The study questions on Chapters 1-3 are due at end of period on Thursday.

Friday is Reading Day. Bring a book to class.


Language Arts:

Verbs and Verbals study due in basket. We will work with tenses this week. 


AC Language Arts:

I am missing some Extended Definition of Fear assignments.

Chapter 7 & 8 Who Says It? are due.

Discussion questions on theme and symbol are due.

Continue with Chapters 9 & 10.

Verbs and Verbals.