March 6, 2016

This year my ninth graders were tasked with building their own literature blogs. They were divided into small groups of no more than five students each, and allowed to choose their titles as well as styles. Throughout the school year, they updated their blogs with book...

February 25, 2016

In our World Literature course, we have read several stories that deal with hardship and various types of conflict in the world. One of those stories is Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Students analyzed characters, made connections, researched modern day refugee issues...

February 18, 2016

Eighth graders learned that simple objects can be invaluable due to the memories they are associated with. We held class discussions about thing we find important, surveyed the class, and read poems about family quilts. The poems illustrated the significance of family...

February 12, 2016

In seventh grade, we read Retrieving Reformation by O. Henry. This is a tale that teaches students to understand that even if we make mistakes or do something wrong- we can still change our behavior to do the right thing. It teaches them to see the lesson we should lea...

February 9, 2016

While reading Kite Runner, some students have chosen to write poetry inspired by events in the novel.


January 29, 2016

A major part of seventh grade Reading Workshop we focus on, is building vocabulary. Students learned about prefixes, and suffixes.We researched Latin and how our modern English words derived from this ancient language. In addition to research activities, and class disc...

January 19, 2016


Eighth graders read an anecdote by Sandra Cisneros, entitled Gil's Furniture Store.



December 18, 2015

As we continue to read Scarlet Letter, we analyze characters and their relationships with each other. We also discuss the author's purpose and search for specific quotes that highlight the mood,and  tone or help us make inferences about characters' personality traits.


December 7, 2015

The eighth graders created talk shows, where they interviewed each other as they stepped into the shoes of the characters they created in their novels. It was a lot of fun, they were so creative!


November 30, 2015

I'm very proud of my students for completing their first novels!! We entered the National Novel Writing Month challenge in November 2015. We prepped by learning how to develop strong dialogue, characters, settings, and plot twists. The seventh and eighth graders combin...

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