Monday, December 11

  • Grammar Time – We reviewed compound sentences and practiced combining sentences in 3 different ways.
  • Informational Unit – We learned how to write a main idea sentence – topic and author’s opinion – and identified the main idea in an article about teens helping to warm the hearts of senior citizens.

Homework:  Start reading an INFORMATIONAL BOOK  for our upcoming book report.  Any topic is fine! 


Tuesday, December 5

  • Grammar Time:  We learned about the parts of a sentence (subject/predicate) and practiced writing sentences in 3 descriptive ways.
  • We learned more about our informational/Knowledge is Power unit and read about teen activists who used information to make a difference in their world.

Homework:  If you were absent, please get the notes for Types of Sentences from Google classroom and copy into your One Note (title it Types of Sentences under Conventions).  English benchmark Thursday. No studying required.




8 Amazing Kids Who Have Changed the World

Monday, December 4

  • We started Grammar Time by reviewing the eight parts of speech (copy the notes bellow into your One Note under Conventions).
  • We wrapped up our narrative unit.
  • We launched into our informational unit by comparing “Arctic Wolf” to “The Wounded Wolf.”

Homework: Keep reading!  The reading log is due January 23rd (7 books and 5 informational articles required).  If you were absent, gather the notes for parts of speech (see above)!

Wednesday, November 29

  • We participated in a figurative language review Kahoot.
  • We gave feedback on another peer narrative.
  • We started our Narrative Promo slide to share a snippet of our story with the class starting tomorrow.

Homework:  Look at your rubric and continue revising and editing your narrative. Have a friend, a parent, or an older sibling give you some suggestions! The final narrative is due on is now due Friday!  Extra time to revise and edit!  Do your best! This is worth 50 points!

 Tuesday, November 28

  • We worked on creating titles and adding in more figurative language to our narratives.
  • We looked at the grading rubric and gave feedback to a peer.

Homework:  Look at your rubric and continue revising and editing your narrative. Have a friend, a parent, or an older sibling give you some suggestions! The final narrative is due on Thursday.


  • We took the Narrative Test (reading comprehension and figurative language).
  • We looked at “re-envisioning” our story and had time to revise our rising action/climax.

Homework:  Make sure you have a 1 1/2 pages of your personal narrative complete.  Remember, this is not a summary.  It is a detailed narration filled with senses, figurative language, action, and emotion.

Writing your Rising Action and your Climax:

1. Add transitions (suddenly, when I turned..), especially near the climax. (Look at your transition sheet)2. Add short sentences for dramatic spots.3. Add important dialogue or internal thoughts to add more emotion.

4. Add sensory details and figurative language, especially similes and metaphors. When finished, your narrative should have at least one example of EACH type of figurative language.


Monday, November 13

  • We learned important dialogue rules (saved to our OneNote).
  • We revised our plot mountains and did a “flashdraft” of our narrative essay.

Homework:  If you were absent, please don’t forget to turn in your fiction book report.  Finish your plot diagram for your own personal/realistic story.  Fiction quiz this Thursday, November 16th!  (Review all items related to story elements, including figurative language).

dialogue-rules 2017

Sample Narrative – The Catfish

Wednesday, November 8

Today we read a sample narrative “The Catfish” to view a model for our own upcoming narrative essay.  We practiced mapping the plot to see how the conflict was built. We will plot our own stories tomorrow!

Homework:  The book report is due tomorrow!  A paragraph response to ONE prompt (all listed in Google class) with a creative element to add in some art to our class!

Tuesday, November 7

Socratic Seminar on conflict, reflection on process in Google Classroom, and brainstorming for our narrative essay (one protagonist, one conflict…only a 2 page short story).

Homework:  The book report response (one paragraph with a creative element) is due this Thursday!  Please remember you are answering one of the prompts listed on Google Class and then adding a creative piece:  an image, watermark, a scene from the setting, a plot diagram, or a 3D representation.  Thank you for reading this.  Tell me the secret password at the door for a treat:  Chewbacca.

Monday, November 6

Today we had time to revise our book report and exchange our writing with a partner for feedback.  We brainstormed for a Socratic Seminar (what is the best trait to have in the midst of conflict) and planted ideas for our narrative essay (a two-page story based on realistic events).

Homework:  The book report response (one paragraph with a creative element) is due this Thursday! Please remember you are answering one of the prompts listed on Google Class and then adding a creative piece:  an image, watermark, a scene from the setting, a plot diagram, or a 3D representation.



Today students had inclass time to write their prompt for their book reports and we reviewed figurative language.

Homework: Come with your rough draft of your paragraph for peer editing.  See Google classroom for prompts and example paragraphs.  


Tuesday, October 31

Today we learned about sensory details and figurative language and practiced our research skills with an online Halloween scavenger hunt.

Homework: Bring your fiction book (for your book report) to class.  Happy Halloween!  Be safe!



Homework: Read 20 minutes Finish Socratic Seminar prep sheet, wear pink tomorrow.

Pronoun-antecedent agreement

Quiz wounded wolf

Monday, October 23

Today we reviewed literary devices (foreshadowing and repetition) and located examples in the narrative “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros.  We then listened to the story being read and contrasted it to our experience reading the story ourselves.

Homework:  Turn in the “Wounded Wolf” flyer if you were absent. Please read.

Thursday, October 19

Today we learned about how setting affects plot and started our setting travel flyer on “The Wounded Wolf.”  This is a partner activity.

Homework:  Keep reading!

What to include:

    • Creative Title
    • Travel Company Name
    • Team member names
    • Title and author of book
    • At least one image
    • Quality CERT answers to the following 3 questions:
      • How does the setting create conflict in the story?


  • How is the setting helpful to the protagonist?
  • What is the significance or importance of the line, “This is the season of starvation?”


Homophone Practice

Homophone Car Rally

Homophone Express

Homophone Matching

Lexile Testing Link

Wednesday, October 18

Today we completed a creative setting project.  Working in teams, students used a google doc to write a poem describing the setting of an image.  A few teams presented their idea to the class.

Homework:  Read please.  Return any missing camp forms!

Tuesday, October 17

Today we took notes on setting and applied this knowledge to the narrative “The Circuit” (all notes were in our English OneNote).  We also read “The Wounded Wolf” in our orange literature books to prepare for our setting studies.

Monday, October 16

Today we took the Lexile Reading Inventory to learn more about our reading levels.  Students had the opportunity to write down titles of books at their level.  We then finished our commonalities poster to find similar themes, conflicts, and character traits across three different texts.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes!  Please see me for practice with writing on Thursdays.

Thursday, October 12

Today students wrote an on-demand prompt proving the theme in “The Lion and the Boar.”  We created an online notebook (OneNote) and practiced printing resources to this virtual binder.

Homework:  Keep reading 20 minutes each night.

Wednesday, October 11

Today we read “The Lion and the Boar” by Aesop and completed a brainstorming sheet (with peer support) to prepare for tomorrow’s on demand writing prompt.  (One complete body paragraph proving the theme).  We also reviewed transition words and students practiced choosing correct transitions in an online practice.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  Make sure you have a complete brainstorming sheet to prove the theme for “The Lion and the Boar.”



Transition rags to riches

October 10th

Today we read another narrative, “The Circuit” pg 66.  We then analyzed a few questions about the story and talked about the theme.  In groups, they worked to write a theme statement, and find evidence and write commentary to prove the theme.

Homework: Please turn camp forms in!

We are writing a prompt Thursday!



Rags to Riches Capitalization Game

Classzone Capitalization Quiz

Capitalization Jeopardy

October 2nd

We have a capitalization and character trait mini quiz this Wednesday.  Please review your notes from your binder.  We will also be reviewing in class.

Friday September 29

Today we continued work on posters identifying and proving character traits of characters from narratives we have read this year. Students also read “Aarons Gift” on pg 112 of their orange literature textbook.
Homework: Start your plot analysis diagram for “Greyling”.

Tuesday, September 26

Today we reviewed the five main conflicts and learned about the series of events in plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution).

Homework:  See me if you missed Friday’s essay review quiz.  Read 20 minutes.  If you did not already do so, read “Greyling” on page 291 of your orange literature book.

Genre Studies

Rags to Riches Genre Game

Vocabulary Practice

Context Clues Millionaire Game

Context Clues Millionaire Game II

Tuesday, September 19 

Today students printed their shades of me essays and had some time to work on a group inspirational quote based on the first weeks readings.

Homework: Read 20 minutes.

Monday, September 18


Thursday September 14th

Today we revised our shades of me essays one more time, had time to work independently, and read and annotated an informational article.

Homework: Make sure you turned in your pink forms for computer use!  Shades of me due on Tuesday! We will start typing in class tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 5

Today we brainstormed a symbol for our Shades of Me essay and started the brainstorming sheet.

Shades of Me Info Sheet

Homework:  Finish and extend your Shades of Me brainstorming sheet. The more info, the better!



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