• Week of January 13th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 1/10/2020 6:00:00 PM

    This week we'll continue our explanatory unit by engaging in research with a number of different sources. You'll need your Chromebooks with you and fully charged to access the digital copies of these sources!


    On Friday, January 17th, you'll take GLR Quiz #11: Click here for GLR Unit #11 Flashcards


    Be safe and warm if we get snow this week! :)

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  • Winter Break

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 12/20/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Your EA Discussion scores are posted on LMS!


    If you were absent for the disucssion, please go to our Google Classroom page and read through the directions for the alternate assignment there. You'll use Flipgrid to record yourself talking about two discussion questions I posted and tell me one discussion question you would have asked if you'd been present for the in-class discussion.


    Have a wonderful, safe break and enjoy time off to recharge your batteries. I'll see you next year! :)


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  • Week of December 16th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 12/13/2019 4:00:00 PM

    This week you'll complete your embedded assessment for our Walk Two Moons unit: a Socratic seminar discussion with a small group of your peers. We'll prepare for that assessment on Monday and Tuesday, then run discussion circles on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday will also be our last library trip before break, so make sure you bring books and ID cards. You'll return your copies of Walk Two Moons on Friday since you'll need them for your discussions (after you take out all those sticky notes).


    On Thursday, you'll have your cumulative GLR quiz over units #6-10 (on just the root words). I'll also throw in a few root words from units #1-5, so make sure you study both Quizlet sets.


    Click here for units #6-10

    Click here for units #1-5

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  • Weeks of November 25th and December 2nd

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 11/26/2019 3:00:00 PM

    UPDATE 12/5: Due to internet connectivity issues at school and for Comcast/Xfinity customers in Everett, your GLR Quiz #10 is postponed to Thursday 12/12 to allow class time for online studying and review. What a rose! :)


    Your Unit #10 GLR quiz will be after Thanksgiving break on Friday, December 6th. Click here for the Unit #10 flashcards


    The week of Thanksgiving, we'll keep working on our plot/subplot maps for Walk Two Moons. Those are DUE on Google Classroom by the time you leave on Wednesday 11/27 for your break.

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  • Week of November 18th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 11/16/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Be ready to give your book talk on your choice book on Monday the 18th! Being ready means you're done with your slides and your outline (both are posted on Google Classroom).

    Your book talk needs to include a quote from your book (a couple of sentences from the text of the book) to hook your audience, a partial summary of characters, plot, conflicts, setting, and theme(s) without giving too many spoilers. You want the audience to want to read your book when you're finished talking! Practice speaking loudly enough and making eye contact with an audience this weekend. Try not to read your notes or your slides. You can use your outline when you're up there on Monday.


    On Friday 11/22 you'll have your 9th GLR quiz: Click here for the Unit 9 flashcards

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  • Week of November 11th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 11/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

    This week we will resume reading Walk Two Moons and continue our double entry journal on Google Classroom. If you did not finish the journaling on Friday the 8th, here is the prompt that goes below your first entry in the document on Classroom. You can put it in a second box in the table or just hit enter and write your second entry below your first writing:


    Use R.A.C.E. and respond to the question: How are two characters you choose from this novel characterized differently?

    • Write your evidence that supports your paragraph in the left column (a quote from the book with a page number)
    • Write your paragraph response to the question in the right column


    On Friday, November 15th you'll have your 8th GLR quiz: Click here for unit 8 flashcards


    Remember no school Monday because of Veteran's Day. Happy Veteran's Day, and thank you for your service to all our veterans and their families!

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  • Week of November 4th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 11/1/2019 3:30:00 PM

    This week we'll continue reading Walk Two Moons and flagging for topics on our bookmarks. Remember conferences are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 4th-6th, but our schedule will be half-days all week. This means you'll get out of school at 12:20 every day this week.


    Here's the conferences schedule:

    Monday 11/4: 1:15-4:00 PM

    Tuesday 11/5: 1:15-4:00 PM & 5:00-7:00 PM

    Wednesday 11/6: 1:15-4:00 PM & 5:00-7:00 PM



    On Friday 11/8 you'll have your 7th GLR quiz. Click here for the Unit #7 flashcards

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  • Week of October 28th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 10/25/2019 4:00:00 PM

    On Monday 10/28, your first Embedded Assessment (your short story or personal narrative) is DUE on Google Classroom about 30 minutes into class time. You will self-assess your work, and those who want to share their stories will have time to share with the class. I am giving you the weekend to finish this work so you can do your best job! Use the checklist and rubrics posted on Google Classroom to help make sure you have everything you need in your writing.


    On Tuesday, Mr. Wolff (your counselor), will be a guest in our classroom leading some lessons on harassment, intimidation, and bullying as well as teaching you how to access Naviance.


    Wednesday and Thursday we'll start our next unit: reading, analyzing, and discussing the novel Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Each of you will check out a copy of the novel from the library, and we'll start reading the book together in class.


    You'll have your 6th GLR quiz on Friday, November 1st. Click here for the unit #6 flashcards

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  • Week of October 20th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 10/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    This week our primary focus will be on our Embedded Assessment: writing a short story or personal narrative. This work will be done on Google Classroom, and you will receive feedback from myself as well as peer readers. 


    Your cumulative GLR quiz will be on Friday the 25th. This will only include the 15 root words from our first 5 GLR quizzes. Vocabulary words will not be tested. Click here for the Units 1-5 Quizlet flashcards

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  • Week of October 14th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM

    This week we'll be wrapping up our analysis of other people's narratives and short stories and begin our first Embedded Assessment. This is the category of assignment that is worth 70% of your total class grade. We'll look at the assignment sheet together, score some examples with the rubric, and begin brainstorming and rough drafting our own personal narratives or short stories.


    It's a short week since Friday is a teacher work day, so no school for students. This means your vocab quiz this week will be on Thursday instead of Friday. Click here for the unit 5 Quizlet


    Remember that after we complete 5 units of vocabulary and root words, you'll have a cumulative quiz on the root words only. That quiz is coming up on Friday 10/25.

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