Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Turn in Progress Reports
Fill out Book Challenge
Get Permission Slip Signed

No Reading Log this WEEK but students should still read!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Next Week.....Mysteries

Read a Sherlock Holmes Mystery:

The Case of the Speckled Band Article

Making Inferences Sheet

Critical Thinking Questions

Literary Elements



I am extending the book report due date to Monday, March 23rd.  Students should have finished a Mystery or Science Fiction novel and then completed a project.

Project Options

Extra, Extra- Newspaper Article
Travel Brochure
Detective on the Case
Character Cards
New Ending

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This Week

We are learning about denotations and connotations.  Please watch these videos to help.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Progress Reports, Make Up Work and a Project

Students received a progress report today and we personally stapled all make-up work to them.  It is due by Monday.  We are at the end of the nine weeks.  All articles are on this web page. 

Students also have a book report due by March 20th. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

This Week

We are working on argumentative writing.  Students are learning how to support their claims with reasons and evidence.  We will be creating avatars and videos.   

Students read this article about cellphones to create avatars on www.voki.com

We will be looking at www.goanimate.com  this week!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

This Week

Students have a new reading log that will be graded on Mondays.  Please make sure that students are reading every night and filling out their reading log.  Parents must sign these at the end of the week.

We go to the library every Wednesday to check out books.  I really work with students on finding novels that I think that they will like.  This nine weeks students have specific genres to focus on... (Science Fiction, Mystery and Free Choice) They will need a novel in my classroom everyday. 

Students chose a Book Report to complete with the novels that they are currently reading.  The Book Report is due March 20th.  We are focusing on Science Fiction and Mystery.  Please make sure your child is completing the report on a novel they are reading now and that it fits the genre requirement. 

Ask your child about argumentative writing! We are looking at persuasive writing, arguments, claims, reasoning, and supporting arguments.

Your Phone Can Ruin Your Life

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This Week

We put together a time line on important events that took place during the civil rights movement.

We are now reading Sojourner Truth's famous speech "Ain't I a Woman."

Homework:  Students should complete 4 out of the 8 vocabulary words.

Sojourner Truth Information


Monday, February 9, 2015

This Week!

We will be starting a story about Barbara Johns tomorrow.
Please have students bring in Progress reports.

Article if you want to read ahead!

Making Connections


Analyze Poetry


Don't forget to get your reading logs signed and fill out what pages you have read each night!!!

Notebook Check Tomorrow for a Quiz Grade

pg95- Joey Paulk Read Think and Explain
pg96 Joey Paulk Test
97-98 Vocabulary and What is Strength
99-Test on Greensboro boys
100 Questions
102 Bellringer
103-104 Making Connections & Analyzing Poetry

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This Week!

Students took their Reading Benchmark yesterday.  The rest of the week we will be going over "The Greensboro Boys."  (see previous post)

Students also received their progress reports today.  Please sign and return.  If they have any missing assignments, please have them staple it to their progress report.

EXTRA CREDIT- Study Island


Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Week

Students are presenting projects this week and we are then reading "This Face of War."

However, some students are not done and need to finish working on these by tomorrow.  Thanks!

Friday, January 16, 2015

This Weekend.... PROJECT

Some students have not finished their project (see previous post).  Please have them work on it over the weekend.  

Suggestions if you do not have Powerpoint or a computer:

-Hand write information that you find on your subject using the guidelines provided or save it on your notes on your cellphone.
-save pictures on your cellphone
-or write down the website that you find pictures that you like.

-Use a cellphone or tablet
-Go to the public library
-Go to a friend's house or neighbor's

Once you have collected your information then you can use the first few minutes of class typing it into your Powerpoint.

You can also save your information to a flash drive.....however, many students who do this come to school with an empty flash drive. .... So double check and try it on another computer.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Extra Credit or practice for testing:  Go to www.studyisland.com   and click on Core 4 to practice reading skills.


Student can work on their project.  Make sure to cite your sources!!!

New Project

How do acts of courage contribute to one's personal survival or the survival of others?

We are starting a new project this week and students are required to choose a courageous character and create a presentation to share with the class.
What does courageous mean?

Who are they? name and background
What makes them courageous?
What obstacles do he/she overcome and how?
Who/what did they rely on to get them through?
What can we learn from them?
Where are they today? How has their outlook on life changed?
Must have 6-10 slides-PowerPoint or Prezi
Each slide must have a graphic (picture)

Links to look at


List of some of the courageous characters.....however, some of these are NOT courageous!! You have to read about them: