Evening of the Stars

One of the special traditions that we have at McClure is an event called Evening of the Stars.  Each staff/faculty member is asked to identify one student who is his or her “star” for the year.  Evening of the Stars will be held Monday, May 14th at 6:30 in the theater.  We will begin in the theater and then move to the lunchroom for a cookies-and-punch reception. 

2018 McClure Olympics Week

2018 McClure Olympics begin on Monday, May 14 with Opening Ceremonies.  Field Events are Tuesday, May 15 (7th grade), Wednesday, May 16 (6th grade) and Thursday, May 17 (8th grade).  Friday, May 18 will be the Closing Ceremonies. 

Volunteers will be asked to help monitor students, crowd control and assist the lead teacher.  Volunteers will not be responsible for running events.   

To make this week successful we need your help! Please consider volunteering by clicking the SignUpGenius link below and signing up for as many slots/days as you can!  


All volunteers will check-in at the volunteer table inside the front doors of McClure.


I Am Malala Project

Students, the following tentative schedule will help you keep up with deadlines and manage this project. You may work with a partner or independently. Below, you will find the choice board of project options (if the thumbnail image does not show, refresh the screen or click “Download” to download the document). Make sure to pick ONE option from each column (going up and down) and scroll down for the 2-page project rubric.

Project Workshops (PC Lab 3 – 4/23, 4/24, & 4/27)

Bring any materials you will need to work on  your project on these days. This includes your copy of I Am Malala.

Project Presentations (5/1 – 5/3)

You will be presenting your project on one of these days. Be prepared with your project and know how you are going to present it. You might consider using notecards or other memory aids, but avoid reading off of a script. Make eye contact, articulate, and use a volume that allows people farthest from you in the room to hear you well.

If you selected the third option from the first column, you will need to download and print out the following handout:

The Outsiders

This is a friendly reminder that Mrs. Watson’s students need to acquire a copy of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders for our upcoming novel study.  You will need to read a chapter a day and answer guided reading questions to help you keep up and prepare for quizzes/tests.


Indirect Characterization

While you read, I recommend you use a list or chart to keep up with characters and their qualities. Remember to analyze characters using STEAL:
S – how a character speaks; what he or she says can reveal a lot about his/her character
T – what a character thinks can give you a sense of his/her perspective/attitude/philosophy
E – how a character effects other characters can shed light on his/her qualities
A – how a character behaves – “actions speak louder than words”
L – how a character looks – visualize a character using the details the author gives you; authors sometimes use and manipulate stereotypes to make a point

What can you infer about characters based on the details from the text?

Compare/Contrast: Greasers vs. Socs

Keep track of the ways greasers and socs are similar and different by recording details (along with page numbers for reference) in a Venn diagram like the one shown below.


Texts such as The Outsiders deal with multiple themes. What messages about life or humanity seem to emerge at the beginning of the novel? Remember that theme is not a one-word answer. “Power” is not a theme, but it is a topic, or what I like to call a thematic element. However, if you can infer what the author has to say about power – for example, that unlimited power corrupts those who have it – you are on your way to formulating a theme. One way to think about theme is expressed in the following equation:

Topic + What the author has to say about the topic


“Be the Light” Project

Check out the calendar to the right for important dates that help you break down the project into manageable steps and stay organized. Click on dates to see details of each event. Be sure to add them to your McClure agenda, Google calendar, or download them as .ics files for your iCal-enabled calendar app.

The following handouts explain and guide you through the project. If you have questions, as always, send either me or Mrs. Watson an email with your name and your question(s).

Literature Circle Expectations

As we approach the break we have to work hard to meet and exceed expectations. Mrs. Watson reviewed the following expectations for literature circle work with a firm warning to be specific to your portion of the text and to be thorough in your work. Your effort will be reflected in your grade:


  • must thoroughly complete the accompanying chart
  • must look up five DIFFERENT facts about your chosen topic
  • the facts MUST reflect and relate to the specific pages you read for this literature circle session
  • the source of each piece of information MUST be clearly identified (e.g., if a website, record the name of the website)
  • must PROVE that you have read the passages

Literary Luminaries

  • must have THREE quotes
  • must provide page and paragraph #
  • must have quotation marks around the quote
  • comment section must thoroughly explain why you chose the quote
  • connect the quote to the specific pages you read for this literature circle session

Discussion Director

  • must have FIVE questions
  • questions cannot have one-word answers or answers that can be easily found in the text; they must generate discussion about the events that happened in the specific pages you read for this literature circle session
  • must have post-it note on the back of your sheet with all five answers


  • Must name specific characters, settings, events that took place in the specific pages you read for this literature circle session


  • connections must be meaningful and original (not already discussed in class)
  • must relate to the specific pages you read for this literature circle session

Mav Block Maker Space Challenge

On Thursdays in January, the MakerSpace will be open during  Mav Blocks for our fifth Maker Challenge of the school year! This month’s challenge is based on the Mystery Architecture Challenge from Science Olympiad. The great thing about these types of challenges is that they depend on the materials provided. Every Mystery Architecture challenge is completely different even if the goal is the same because the materials provided are different. Passes are limited to 16 per session. Tuesdays will still be ‘open exploration’ days in the MakerSpace. For more information, visit Mrs. Harpin’s blog.

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