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.

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   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:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome Back!!

The end of the nine weeks is approaching!! Students have less than nine days to turn in any missing work.

This week we will be learning about another courageous character, Malala Yousafzai.

 Malala Article

Students received a progress report from me so that you can see what they are missing and need to turn in.  You may sign this report and return. Thank you!!

Point of View

Students have tone and mood practice sheets to finish. They are to complete 1-5.  They had time in class to start on this.
Tone and Mood Sheet

Monday, December 15, 2014

This Week!!

We finished reviewing "Sydney Survived the Boston Marathon Bombing."  They will have a test on this story tomorrow.

Wednesday Night
Students must have 4 maps for the story "The Grinch" completed tonight

Map 1:  Bubble Map on reasons why someone does not celebrate Christmas
Map 2:  Plot Map
Map 3: Comparison Map Interview someone documenting how they celebrate the holidays.  Compare and Contrast
Map 4:  The Whos: List 3 character traits that proves that the Whos are courageous characters.  With each trait you must support with evidence from the story (and movie)

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Week

This week we have focused on "a survivor of the Boston bombing."

Students had to complete a vocabulary practice sheet for homework and we have been working on reading strategies before, during and after the story.  We will finish discussing this story on Monday and then students will have a test on Tuesday.

Please have students reread the article and discuss it with you.

Sydney Survived the Boston Bombing Article

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Vocabulary Sheet

"Lexi Youngberg Invincible"
Finish Reading Activity 1-10
Finish Vocabulary Sheet

Study for Test on Lexi Monday

Lexi Youngberg Invincible

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Vocabulary Sheet for "Shark Attack Survivor"

Study for Test tomorrow.
Finish classwork on story.
Get movie form signed!!