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Week of September 17, 2018

This week in Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5…

You will work through the steps in the writing process to complete your personal narrative.  On Monday, most of class time was spent typing your draft into Word in Office 365.

On Tuesday, you will move through six stations working on specific revisions to improve your writing.

Wednesday will be book club, so make sure you see me to check out a book if you need to finish your assigned pages.

On Thursday, you will finish revisions, make the revisions changes in the computer and begin editing and proofreading.

On Friday, you will wrap up editing, proofreading, and you will turn in your final draft along with all revisions you made throughout the process.

There should not be homework this week unless you are absent and can not get caught up during class time.

In Block 2 this week…

Your week will look just like what is listed above.  The difference will be in what strategies you use to revise your inner dialogue.


Week of September 10, 2018

This week in blocks 1, 3, 4, and 5… 

You will review the writing process by working through the entire process in one day (on Monday).  Then the you will begin drafting your personal narrative about an incident that changed their life in some way and from which you learned something.  We will prewrite and draft on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  Wednesday, as always, will be Book Club day.

If you have not finished your Book Club pages from last week, you will need to finish those tomorrow during homeroom or check out a book to finish tomorrow night. That is the only  possibility for homework this week. 

This week in block 2… 

Today you did one last inner dialogue practice.  We shared and discussed some of your inner dialogues.  I hope that helped you to understand what works and what doesn’t in an inner dialogue.  Wednesday, as always, will be Book Club day.  The rest of the week will be dedicated to drafting your own inner dialogue about an event in your life that changed you in some way.  We will continue to explore ways to develop voice in your writing. We will also work with different ways to incorporate figurative language in your writing.

If you have not finished your Book Club pages from last week, you will need to finish those tomorrow during homeroom or check out a book to finish tomorrow night. That is the only  possibility for homework this week. 


September 4, 2018

I missed you today!  I’m sorry I wasn’t at school, I am in the Cobb Teacher Leader Academy this year, and I am spending the day learning ways to be the best teacher I can be!

In class today, you completed a “Short Cycle Assessment” and then read “The Jacket” by Gary Soto.

Tomorrow is our book club day! Don’t forget to see me in homeroom in the morning to finish reading your assigned pages from last week if you haven’t finished them yet. 

There is no other homework tonight.

Week of August 27, 2018


This Wednesday, August 29 will be an Early Dismissal Day.  Students will be dismissed at 2:15.

This morning we had our Color Battle Fundraiser kickoff.  Your son/daughter has a flyer with an access code that can be used to share on social media or via text.

This week in BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, 5…

You are writing your first written assessment.  It will be a paragraph analyzing characters and point of view.  On Monday you received the rubric with which the paragraph will be scored and a graphic organizer if you chose to use one.  We will work on this assignment on Wednesday and Thursday in class. If it is not finished by the end of class on Thursday, you will need to finish it for homework Thursday night. 

Book Clubs will be on Tuesday this week instead of Wednesday.  If you didn’t finish your pages from last week, come see me in the morning to finish up during homeroom.

On Friday, we will have our second Media Center lesson with Mrs. Baker.

This week in BLOCK 2…

On Monday, you will read an excerpt from the novel Flipped and answer a few comprehension questions about the story.  Tuesday will be our Book Club day this week, and then Wednesday and Thursday you will have your first written assessment which will be written in the style of

Flipped (telling the story of one incident from two different characters’ points of view).  The focus for this assignments will be WORD CHOICE – choosing words with purpose and for their connotation and maintaining appropriate POINT OF VIEW.  This will be due on Friday, so if you are unable to finish in class on Thursday it will be homework on Thursday night. 

Friday we will have our second Media Center lesson with Mrs. Baker.

A sneak peek at the fun to be had if you compete in the fundraiser.

Week of August 20, 2018


This week in BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, 5… 

We are diving into narrative reading and writing. We will complete Activity 1.4 and 1.5 in the Springboard book and analyze the elements of the narrative stories. Wednesday is book club day.  You will continue the novel that you began last week and discuss the events of the novel with your “club”.

There will most likely be no homework this week.


This week in BLOCK 2…

Last Friday we finished up our research and exploration of mindsets.  This week we will use the Springboard book.  Activity 1.2 and 1.4 will be completed.  Through these Activities we will learn about sequence, narrative, conflict (internal and external), and how to format an “incident-response-reflection” style narrative.

There will most likely be no homework this week.


Week of August 13, 2018

OPEN HOUSE IS TONIGHT – I’m looking forward to meeting your parents!

This week in BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, & 5

We will finish up your “Summer Vacation Movie” assignment.  I will collect it on Tuesday.

Next we will being Unit 1 in the Springboard text.  We will learn all about Unit 1 “Stories of Change” and what our focus and goal for the first unit will be, which is narrative writing.

There will not likely be homework this week unless you need to finish the summer movie assignment on Tuesday night.


This week in BLOCK 2

We will continue to explore fixed versus growth mindsets and discuss the ways that they impact you in your life as a middle schooler. As we learn more about the two mindsets you will also practice annotating text and using your annotations to support your understandings and opinions of the mindsets.

There will not likely be any homework this week.  If that changes, the blog will be updated to refelct that.

Week of August 6, 2018

This week in Language Arts (Blocks 1, 3,4 ,5) …

You will complete a student survey and your parents will complete a parent survey.  You will receive your syllabus so the academic expectations for the year are clear.

Then you will turn your summer vacation into a movie! Well sort of…

The only homework this week will really be for your parents. Please ask them to complete the Family Survey on Monday night and sign your syllabus on Tuesday night. Everything else this week will be completed at school.

Lockers tomorrow…

Tomorrow is the big day.

We will assign lockers to the students and they will have a chance to practice opening them and start to settle in.

Different teachers have different opinions about this, so if another teacher has advised you differently, that’s fine. There is no “RULE” to follow.  I would NOT bring decorations yet.  You’ll have some time to practice opening the lockers tomorrow, but that comes more easily for some than others.  So I would wait to bring decorations until next week, maybe even not tll Tuesday or Wednesday.

If a teacher has asked you to have specific materials tomorrow, of course, bring them. Otherwise, you can wait to bring those til Monday.


For Language Arts, I’d love for you to have your composition book by Monday, but you won’t need anything sooner than that.


August 1-3, 2018

YOU MADE IT!! You survived your first day of middle school!  I’m sure dismissal today was a test of patience and hunger.  Hopefully the rain will give us a break tomorrow and everyone will get home earlier!

I loved meeting everyone today.

In class, you received a letter from, and your first assignment is to write me a letter in return. telling me all about yourself. Don’t forget the “one words”!

4th and 5th blocks really didn’t have any time to work on their letters in class, so their directions were to spend 15 minutes (no more than 20!) on their letter tonight, and you will have time to finish it at the start of class tomorrow.


Thursday and Friday of this week, we will review classroom procedures, expectations and such… there will be no homework for the rest of the week.