Happy New Year!

Here are the updates for the podcast dates:




1-11                  7 minute podcast with voice over 

1-30                  10 minute podcast with music 

2-15                  15 minute podcast with interview and one other element 

3-1                     20 minute podcast with storytelling and two other elements 

3-22                   final project outline and script 

4-12                   final project – 30 minute podcast 

Please visit tinyurl.com/y9r46dww for further info,


There was a change in the due dates for the book report projects:

The December 20th is now due January 8th.

The January 8th project is now due January 14th.

Happy New Year!

Welcome back. 2019 is going to be a great year.

The book report that was due December 20th was pushed to January 8th.

The book report due on January 8th will now be due on the 14th.

We are evaluating the characterization elements used by authors. Students will be applying this to their in-class reading as well as their personal reading book.

Urgent Podcast Update

All content for podcasts will be posted on:


Students should post scripts as instructed in class by December 10th for script 2.

The new fully produced podcast due date is December 18th.

Parents should be able to also go to this site to listen to podcasts posted there.

The first week of December!

Everyone has been given until December 10th for book report project 8!

We will be taking the Reading Inventory on December 7th. The test will count as the unit 2 summative and the grade will be based on the amount of growth the student has shown from the 8/31 test.

We will be working on context clues for periods 4 – 7, and will begin a multigenre project the following week. It will be due before we leave on December 21st. Information will be forthcoming.

Reading Resource will also have until December 10th to turn in the completed podcast 2 and script. We have the equipment up and running and this podcast should involve the use of these new items.

I will be sending home a link so that parents can listen and share these podcasts with their loved ones.

The week of November 26th!

I hope everyone has a great holiday week. This week we are looking closer at text structure as it relates to plot. We will continue to read The Omnivore’s Dilemma and apply the strategies we are learning to that text as well as our pleasure reading book. The next book report is due on November 27th!


The podcasts are really coming together. We have submitted our first one and when we return from break we will be learning the specialized equipment that we have purchased. We are also scheduling a time when a professional podcaster can come in and speak to the class about using the equipment in the most professional manner.

For the week of November 5th!

We are in the middle of reading Omnivore’s Dilemma while focusing on skills this week that involve text structure. There will be a quiz on Friday over the bell ringers. Also, due this week is a book report on November 8th!


Resource class will has a script and podcast due by the 9th! We will be working in the media center on Wednesday with Ms. Hanson and now that we have most of our equipment we will begin learning editing techniques.


Have a great week everyone!

The week of October 15th!

We have worked on skimming to improve our reading speed. This week we will be identifying central idea and evaluating it’s impact on our understanding. We will begin reading Omnivore’s Dilemma the following week.


Podcast for the second week of October.

This  week we have a book report project due on October 11th.

We are changing gears on our podcast this week. We are reforming groups and are taking a more community approach to this project. Students will be researching community needs and will be utilizing their podcast as a method to organize and inform others concerning issues in their community.

Also, here is the link to sign up for conference week which begins October 12th.



The second week of October.

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the first quarter and that October is here. My grades are due to be posted on Friday so the end of the quarter crunch is on. I work hard to keep grades posted in a timely manner so hopefully there are few surprises for anyone.

This week we will be working on SKIMMING. We will develop the skill utilizing newspapers and news articles. We will also be starting our new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

On Tuesday we will be taking the end of unit test.






The first week of October.

When we return from the break, we will be close to the end of the quarter. This week back we will be completing the last 2 chapters of UNDER THE ROYAL PALMS, testing over the book, completing a small project, and taking the end of quarter exam. So we are going to be very busy.

The second week of October is conference week and I will be scheduling a time for you to come in and review your students progress. I look forward to working with each of you during this time.

Our third book report project is due on October 2nd.


Have a great week!