October 28, 2013 — Uncategorized
It is that time of year…the leaves are falling and there is a crispness in the air. Football games are being played. The holidays are quickly coming upon us.
A few reminders about what is happening in here…room 32.
We have been writing writing writing. If it seems that we have written many essays..you are right! We have. I am seeing tremendous growth from the students. We have moved from being able to write a sentence…to a paragraph…to a complete, well-written essay. If you haven’t seen Write to Learn…look at it. It is a great writing tool.
We have also read “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Yes…seventh graders have conquered Poe! I am so proud of them. We are going to look at textual evidence next with the news accounts of “The Bell Witch.” Is it a true story or a myth?
Students were to read a mystery book in the month of October. We are going to have our mystery book talk on Monday, November 4th. Students need to come to class prepared to present their book to the class. They can make a dvd case, a book jacket, a poster, or a Prezi or powerpoint. The sky is the limit! I am looking forward to hear about all of the books they read.
Keep smiling and keep reading.
October 8, 2013 — Uncategorized
October. Magic is in the air. The leaves are falling and the air is turning crisp….
Here’s our October happenings:
Spirit Week and “Homecoming” Game against Challenger October 14th. Yes, I will be there!
In class we are reading mysteries…beginning with “The Tell Tale Heart” and then working in non-fiction with Alabama Ghosts by my favorite storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.
The Maple Hill cemetery stroll is October 13th from 2:00-4:30. This is a fabulous event where you can hear first hand the stories of Huntsville’s “residents” of Maple Hill Cemetery. It is one of my favorite events and I hope all who can do attend. (extra credit will be given…so GO!)
AR: READ READ READ. Check your progress in AR and see how close you are to meeting your goal this nine weeks. Every student has a different goal based on 15 minutes of independent reading a day…we can do it!
Mystery Book: Read a mystery book this month and be prepared to present a “book talk” on November 4th.
Lots of goings on in class!!!!
September 30, 2013 — Uncategorized
October is my favorite month…it is my birthday, the leaves begin to fall, and then there is Halloween.
It is also MYSTERY MONTH!
What is your favorite mystery? Scary story? I know we all love them!
September 17, 2013 — Uncategorized
Sometimes I wonder if we are speaking literally, figuratively, or metaphorically…
When I say I am back to square one, am I really going back to square one….or starting over?
When do we take things literally? When should we connect the dots and figure them out on our own?
Ahhhh…the world of metaphors, similes, and idioms….
Without them, where would our language be?
This week we are focusing on figurative language!
Have a happy week!
September 12, 2013 — Uncategorized
Tonight is Open House! I am so excited to meet everyone.
If you miss it here is what you need to know:
I am available before school or after school. Call me or email me anytime with questions.
Our main focus this year: READING WRITING LISTENING THINKING!
Bring prepared…be focused…have supplies…an open mind ready to learn.
My class syllabus is on my blog, edmodo, and on my school website.
Assignments are posted on Edmodo. Check it daily. If you need your parent code, email me and I will get it to you!
August 28, 2013 — Uncategorized
I am really proud of my students so far this year…they have been working so hard.
So far…this year (and only the 8th day of school) we have learned all of the different types of point of view and characterization.
I know it can be confusing, so here is a short and simple explanation
First person: I, me, we, us
Second person: YOU
Third person: They, he, she
Direct: The author directly states things about the character.
Indirect: The author reveals the character through what the character says, thinks, does, or what others say.
I hope this helps!
Other ramblings…please bring in your copy of Wonder and be prepared for class every day. I am awarding DOJO points to those who are prepared and on task…those who aren’t…lose their DOJO!
Happy Wednesday all. If you need me, find me in room 32.
August 23, 2013 — Uncategorized
I think the first week has gone extremely well….
I love my students. You all have been fabulous…eager…and ready to learn. This week we discussed point of view in depth…I know now that ALL of my students can distinguish the three major types of point of view…First person, second person, and third person. It was a challenge! I am so proud of all of you.
Next week we begin our thorough discussion of Wonder. Bring in your copy…and be ready to explore the life of Auggie and his friends.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday with bells on!
August 16, 2013 — Uncategorized
It is a new school year and I am really excited about the new beginnings that are upon us…
My theme for the year is BE KIND.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain
See you all soon!
April 10, 2013 — Uncategorized
Today reminded me of Robert Lowell’s famous poem “To a Mouse”…
“The best laid plans of mice and men..
Oft go awry.”
Today was one of those days.
An unfortunate day.
My computer was knocked off my desk by a student…the hard drive is now broken. Normally this would be just another bump in the teaching day…but as my luck had it, I had written a great lesson and presentation yesterday…and was ready to go. Excited to show the students.
But…as life has it, the best laid plans often go awry.
I borrowed a computer from the library and went on with the lesson…no it isn’t as exciting…and all of the work/data I had on the computer was lost…but then again, it is just a computer. Isn’t poetry interesting that way…we read it and we learn from it, and then we can apply those lessons to ourselves.
Okay students..I am back blogging.
Let’s continue on being poets who don’t know it.
October 25, 2012 — Uncategorized
The challenge is on! Who wants to be a SuperReader Super Hero???
Here is the challenge: READ enough Accelerated Reading Books to earn 15 AR points by December 14th.
200 point test grade.
And….a Super Hero Super Party in the library December 20th and December 21st. We will watch The Avengers and chow on some popcorn.
Do you want to accept the challenge??
Of course you do!