WEEK 15 (NOV. 13 – NOV. 17)


Students began work on Embedded Assessment #1 for Unit 2. This will be a multi-paragraph essay that compares and contrasts the dystopian society in our novel study “Catching Fire” with our modern-day society. We will do one more text study in our Springboard book on Tuesday. Wednesday we will brainstorm/outline in preparation for the essay writing. Thursday and Friday has been designated for writing the rough draft for the essay. Students will type their final drafts in class when they return from break.


Students are reviewing the concepts of Main Idea vs Theme and R.A.C.E. strategy.

Also, we are reading Chapter’s 3-4 in the class novel Heat, by Mike Lupica.

*Thursday – Progress Reports will be sent home
*Nov. 20 – Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Break

WEEK 14 (Nov. 6 – NOV. 10)


This week we are working on a mini practice essay using information from the selection “Harrison Bergeron”. Students will complete the min-essay for homework and have them ready to turn in on Wednesday. They can access the selection using Springboard online. I will provide the link below. We are also continuing our reading of the novel “Catching Fire” and Daily Oral Language. I encourage all to work hard on all assignments as we are quickly approaching the mid-point of the 2nd 9 weeks. Progress reports will go home next week.

Tuesday – Student Holiday (enjoy, but work on mini-essay)
Wednesday – Mini-Essay is due
Thursday – Daily Oral Language Quiz; Catching Fire Quiz #3
Thursday – MULTICULTURAL NIGHT 2017-17lifj4 (6:30 in the Cafeteria)
Friday – Fresh Air Friday

Link for Springboard –

password: Harris1#

*Once you log in go to Unit 2, Activity 2.3. You will find the “Harrison Bergeron” selection there.


We are done with CodeTalker! The students are very excited to be done with our first novel of the semester. Our next novel to be read is Heat by Mike Lupica.


Week 13 (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3)


This week we are continuing our focus on Utopia and Dystopia. Our novel, “Catching Fire” is also continuing to be a great read for the students. All of this is building up to our first embedded assessment for Unit 2 – a compare and contrast essay using information from our novel and current society. We are also reading the short story “Harrison Bergeron” to further investigate the concepts of Utopia and Dystopia.


Thursday – Daily Oral Language Quiz
Thursday – Catching Fire Quiz #2


We are wrapping the Code Talker Novel!

Students took their Mid-Unit Common Assessment


Reading Logs are due each Friday!

Week 12 (Oct. 23- Oct. 27)


Unit 2: The Challenge of Utopia

Students have started reading the novel ‘Catching Fire’.

Also, students now have access to our Springboard textbook online.

All students have registered, have user names and have our class password.  Assignments will be available for online access. Unfortunately, not all students have computer technology at home, so most assignments will be given in class. We are excited to have this technology as a resource!

Thursday: (Assessments) Daily Oral Language Quiz and ‘Catching Fire’ Quiz #1
Thursay: Talent Show at 6:30pm in the Theater
Friday: Fresh Air Friday


This week students took the Reading Inventory for the 2nd time.

Red Ribbon Week is Oct 25th – Oct 31st:
Wed. – Team Up Against Drugs (favorite team shirt and school attire bottoms)
Thurs. – Crazy Socks
Fri. – Wear Red to Say No to Drugs (red top and school attire bottoms)
Mon. – Too Smart to Use Drugs (favorite college shirt and school attire bottoms)
Tues. – Drugs Are Scary ($2 dress down, costumes)


Have a great week!


Week 11 (Oct. 16- Oct. 20) Conference Week


  •  Conference Week – Early Release all Week
  •  This week, students are finishing up their Definition of a Hero Essays and typing the final drafts using the class laptop computers.


Student are continuing to read Code Talker- Chapters 21-23, and reviewing how to analyze text.


Week 10 (Oct. 9- Oct. 13)



This week we will  be drafting and completing Embedded Assessment #2: Definition of a Hero Essay.  Students should be finished with the essays at the end of the week.



Code Talker- Chapters 16-18


Important Events

Curriculum Night – Tuesday, October 10th @ 6:00 PM

PSAT Testing – Wednesday, October 11th

Early Release Day – Thursday, October 12th

Conference Week – Next Week!

Week 8 (Sept. 18- Sept. 22 )


This week we will continue the Heroes Unit by looking at the Strategies of Definition (example, function, and negation) which will be part of the Definition Essay. For this week we will read and analyze literary texts that highlight examples of heroes. By week’s end, students will begin working on their Definition of a Hero graphic organizer. Also, we are back on track with our Daily Oral Language study.



This week we will be reading Code Talker through chapter 15. Students will have a comprehensive test on all chapters this week. Also,  the concepts of Plot and Theme will be reviewed and practiced.

Week 7 (Sept. 11- Sept.15 )

This week started off a little different. Thankfully, all of our students made it back safely after Tropical Storm Irma.


Students presented their Embedded Assessment #1/ Narratives using the Heroes Journey Archetype.


Students learned about the concepts of conflict and inferences and continued to read Code Talker.

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