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January 20, 2017

In our seventh grade class, we are reading Holes by Louis Sachar. So far the students are intrigued by the colorful characters and unusual setting. We have discussed the irony of Camp Green Lake which is neither green nor wet. It's also not the type of camp that any of...

January 20, 2017

In our eighth grade class we started reading the classic novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of the subjects we are covering while reading this novel is characterization. So, after discussing and listing what we have observed about each character through thei...

January 20, 2017

Happy New Year! It has been a while since I posted. It has been a very busy year for me, so I will post a couple extra entries in January to share what you missed. First up, my second go at the National Novel Writing Month Competition. Once again, it was a huge success...

November 18, 2016

In the seventh grade class, I love covering the story Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry. Students at that age usually connect with Mafatu and his struggle to overcome his fear of the ocean. I think it helps that we live on a Micronesian island as well (French Polynes...

November 18, 2016

Part of teaching involves bringing stories to life for the students. Helping them envision the settings, relate to the events and step into the characters' shoes are elements of teaching that truly make an impact on them. In each of my courses, I try to ensure they hav...

October 19, 2016

We completed a short unit based on comic books in our Writers' Workshop course earlier this month. The students held discussions based on their favorite comic books, super heroes and villains. We also debated the criteria for all great comic books. Some students declar...

September 15, 2016

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this school year, I am not only a part of the English department, but i'm now also a part of the Arts department. Students in my class are in grades 6-8, and have varying artistic and English language speaking abilities. Our second pr...

September 15, 2016

My seventh graders just finished reading The Last Dog by Katherine Paterson. This story tells the tale of a young boy who lives in a future dystopian society, where the air is so polluted that everyone lives in a colossal dome. They grow accustomed to artificial intell...

August 11, 2016

As a teacher, I get to celebrate the new year in January, and again in August when the new school year begins! It's a time to reflect on the past school years and set goals for the new year. It's a time to bond with your students through fun summer stories and learn th...

June 2, 2016

As part of the World Literature course, we studied poetry. Students were introduced to various types of poems, and poets from around the world. They also wrote their own poems! We have covered sonnets (both British and Italian), limericks,  odes, and ballads. Students...

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