All informational essays should now have been turned in. If you have not yet done this, please take care of it quickly. You are losing FIVE points each day on a summative assessment paper for each day it is late. Don’t forget to create a cover and to turn in your notes also.

Your homework for tonight is to complete your Word Wall picture and to read for at least 20 minutes from a text of your choice.


Remember that the informational paper is due on Tuesday when we return to school. You will turn in a cover, your notes, and your completed paper which should be at least five paragraphs in length. The final copy should be typed or written neatly in blue or black ink. Do not plagiarize!

Have a great weekend. Be sure to read for pleasure for at least 20 minutes every single day.

Readers are leaders!

Mr. Smith 🙂


Continue to work on your informational paper on places or animals. Remember that the completed paper of at least five paragraphs is due to be turned in next Tuesday, January 16th. Don’t forget to design a cover and bring all your notes to turn in along with the completed essay.

Tomorrow, students will have some time to work on the assignment in class. They will also have time to work on the word wall posters for the unit three vocabulary terms that they started working on today.


As we were not at school yesterday, the informational essay that students were researching in the learning commons will not now be due until next Tuesday, the 16th. Please continue your research for homework for the next two nights and bring everything to school on Thursday for peer editing and time to work on the final copy or the cover. Remember you are writing an essay of at least five paragraphs about an animal or place that you chose.

Tomorrow we will complete our work on Springboard 2:16, a textual analysis of an excerpt from “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck. We will also begin to unpack the standards and requirements in Springboard Unit 3.

remember to read independently for pleasure for at least 20 minutes tonight and every night.

Mr. Smith 🙂


Welcome back after the holidays. I hope everyone is ready to work hard and do your best at all times.

Please ensure that you have all supplies that you need for school as we begin a new semester. Pens, pencils, paper, and a notebook or binder are the minimum requirements. If you do not have these supplies, please ask your parents to acquire them for you.

Today in class the students have been taking notes in the learning commons for an informational paper which will be due next Friday, the 12th. They are researching a place or animal of their choice. We will be in the learning commons working on this on Monday also, but then the assignment will have to be completed at home.

Students will create a cover for the paper and turn in their notes along with the completed paper which should be at least FIVE paragraphs in length. This will consist of an introduction, a conclusion, and at least THREE body paragraphs in between. The body paragraphs should each be about a different topic related to the main subject of the paper.

Over the weekend, students may continue to research and take notes on their chosen topic. Also, don’t forget that it is a class expectation that every student should read a text of their choice outside school every day for at least 20 minutes.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Smith 🙂


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my students and your families a very happy holiday season and a successful and prosperous new year. This is a good time to reflect on what is truly important in our lives and to enjoy some special time with those we value most.

I also hope you will all take some time to read for pleasure along with all the other things that will be keeping you busy for the next couple of weeks.

When you return in January, please be sure to have plenty of school supplies in your possession. Your parents won’t know that you are running out of paper, pens, pencils, markers, or anything and everything else that you might need for school UNLESS YOU TELL THEM!!

Have a holly, jolly Christmas!  🙂

Mr. Smith



Today in class we took the final mini Touchstones quiz for the second quarter. We have now completed all assignments that will be included in the final second quarter grade. If you have ANY Language Arts work that you want me to look at before I finalize your grades for the quarter, it MUST be turned in by Wednesday at the very latest.



All work should now have been turned in to me. If you still have either the  writing explorations or the WALK TWO MOONS embedded assessment essay to turn in, they MUST be turned in on Monday or the consequences for your final quarter grade could be as ugly as some of the Christmas sweaters that I’ve seen at school today. You have been warned!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Smith 🙂


Please ensure that all Embedded Assessment essays on WALK TWO MOONS and all Writing Explorations (#10 and 11) are turned in by tomorrow. All of these assignments are summative assessment grades and will therefore bring your final grade for the quarter down DRAMATICALLY if you do not to turn them in.

Let’s all take care of business!

Mr. Smith


The WALK TWO MOONS  Springboard embedded assessment essay is now past due. Remember you are now losing five points each day that it is late. Most people have turned the essay in, but if you haven’t, please turn it in tomorrow. The consequences of procrastination could be too awful to contemplate!

Also, we are working on Writing Exploration #11 at the moment. This will also be due by Friday, along with Writing Exploration #10. Together, these are also being graded as a summative assessment. It is really important that you turn in all this written work this week. Your grade, your parents, and your teacher will all be very happy if you do!

Read every day! 🙂

Mr. Smith