• 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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  • Week of October 7th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 10/6/2019 10:00:00 AM

    This week we'll be finishing up reading and analyzing examples of short stories by reading "Eleven", "The Treasure of Lemon Brown", and "Thank You, Ma'am". Next week we'll be looking closely at the requirements of our first embedded assessment: your original short story or personal narrative.


    On Friday the 11th, you'll have your fourth GLR quiz. Click here for the GLR #4 flash cards

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  • Week of September 30th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 9/27/2019 3:00:00 PM

    This week we'll wrap up narratives by looking closely at figurative language and how it can add detail and characterization to a piece of writing. We'll also start getting into plot elements of short stories with identifying plot in published works and using those elements in our own writing.


    On Friday you'll have your 3rd GLR quiz. Click here for GLR #3 flashcards


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  • Week of September 23rd

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 9/20/2019 3:00:00 PM

    This week we'll continue with our narrative unit and go to the library on Tuesday to check out choice books. We'll take a STAR test on Monday to guide our book check out on Tuesday, wrap up the narrative "My Superpowers" from Friday, and continue with narratives by reading an excerpt from Flipped on Wednesday.

    Springboard readings and classwork:

    "My Superpowers" (1.4) and the incident, response, reflection table on pg. 18 (#4 under "Working from the text")

    "Flipped" (1.5) and the characterization chart on pg. 24 (#6 under "Working from the text")


    Click here for unit 2 flashcards

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  • Week of September 9th

    Posted by Elizabeth Van Winkle on 9/12/2019 3:00:00 PM

    This week we're diving into growth mindset with our first Article of the Week writing and starting our first Springboard unit: narratives. Your AoW writing will be done in class on Thursday with revisions and final turn-in on Friday. Remember, you receive credit for your writing when I can see the revisions you've made to your work, so use the writing process and feedback to improve.


    On Friday we'll start our first unit in our Springboard textbook by reading the narrative, "The Circuit" by Francisco Jimenez. 


    Your first vocabulary quiz (over Greek and Latin root words and the vocab words on your blue sheet) will be Friday, September 20th. Click here for vocab word flashcards

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