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April 27, 2016

 Students in my seventh grade class are reading Sandra Cisneros' compilation of vignettes entitled House on Mango Street. It's been one of my favorite books ever since my former teacher introduced it to me in the sixth grade. So far, the students seem to enjoy "meeting...

April 25, 2016

Recently we started our unit on the American gothic period, specifically the work of the late great Edgar Allan Poe. Before delving into his work, we conducted research, read biographical articles, and watched a documentary on his life. Taking our newly found knowledge...

April 14, 2016

 

 Here are some ways in which I have encouraged my students to challenge their writing skills outside of the classroom.

 

I often check our local news for opportunities to get the kids involved, whether its novel writing, poetry writing or essay writing. I share the...

March 15, 2016

Last quarter, after reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, students enjoyed a kite running competition in the school yard. Intrigued by this important tradition in Afghanistan, we attempted it. The students enjoyed it, even though, not all the kites were able to f...

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...

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