Monday, November 28, 2016

Week of 11/28

I hope you enjoyed your time off! We are "project based" for the next few weeks. You will be working on your newspaper article, a project for the mystery/suspense novel, and finishing the adj/adv unit. The adj/adv unit test will be December 13/14 (your day 2).

UPDATE: Because of the interruption due to the weather, there will be no Membean assessment this week. (I can hear cheering.)Continue working on expanding your vocabulary, please.


Day 1: Double negatives, Countables/non-countables with degrees, by-lines
Day 2: Introduction to the Mystery Box project, punctuating dialogue
Day 3: Review adj/adv concepts, subject complements
Day 4: Receive study guide for adv/adj unit test, review

Membean 45 min due Sunday evening.

The newspaper article is instead of the journal entries for this week and next week. Work on your newspaper article on Google Classroom; first draft is due 12/9.

Read mystery novel, due Dec. 5.

Review the adj/adv concepts to identify where you might need clarification or practice.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week of 11/14

Thank you to all of you for an outstanding day of thoughtful reflection last Friday. There has never been a more important time for us to be aware of how we perceive others and how we speak to and about them. This week, we get back to grammar, prepare for interviews for the newspaper article, and celebrate the Fine Arts on Friday.

As you read your mystery/suspense novel, keep track of the major characters, the plot of the story, and any clues you identify along the way. You won't really know if you have found a clue until you get to the end of the book. Some may be those elusive red herrings!

Day 1: Adverbs

Day 2: Degrees of adverbs and adjectives, complete survey

Day 3: Membean Test, Interview skills, professionalism, inverted funnel structure, punctuating quotes

Day 4: Fine Arts Day (1/2 day celebrating the visual and performing arts)


Journal entry #8 is up on Google Classroom. It is due Friday by 5pm as usual.
45 minutes of Membean due Sunday evening.
Read your choice novel. You should be finished with it by December 5.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Election Week is here!

On Tuesday, eligible voters will choose the next leader of our country. In school, we will have a mock election as well. Monday during study hall we will gather in the gym to hear speeches about the candidates. This means that the Decibelles who had planned to take the Pronoun Test (re-take) will have to wait until Tuesday's Study Hall or come in before school. I will meet anyone who wishes to take it before school at 7:15 at the lobby doors.

This week we begin our unit of modifiers - adjectives and adverbs. Additionally, we begin our next genre in literature - mystery/suspense. You should begin reading the novel you have chosen. You do not need to annotate, but you should be looking for main characters, main plot points (I will explain this in class on Day 3), and clues the author provides.

On Friday we have special programming. This is a day you won't want to miss as we travel to the Alliance Theatre to see a special play written for middle school students.


Day 1: Pronoun Test re-take; those not taking the test will be helping with Twitter and preparing for Friday.

Day 2: New pages in our G/W notebook, and I will introduce a big project that will be completed partly in school, partly out of school.

Day 3: Membean Test, Literature Element - foreshadowing, plot points

Day 4: Alliance Theatre


New journal entry due Friday 5pm.
Membean Test on day 3. 45 minutes of Membean due Sunday at midnight.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FYI, by popular request.

By the way, to see older posts, look on the right side of the blog where you will find all the archives which Blogger (this platform) moves at the end of each month.

Here is the link to the answers for the SmartBoard pages: PRONOUN PRACTICE

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


You will not have The Giver Test as a graded assessment. I will explain in class.