Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week of 9/26

I will be reading and grading the Watsons Essays all week. It takes a while for me to do a thorough and fair job of evaluating them. Please be patient. This week we focus on grammar, specifically nouns. On Friday is a unit test on this topic. I will give you a study guide in class on Monday.

MEMBEAN test on Monday
NOUN UNIT test on Friday

You will receive the next class novel, The Giver, on Friday. If you are reading Out of my Mind, keep it, and read it as you have time.


Day 1: Membean assessment, rules for plurals (bring your grammar/writing notebook), receive study guide
Day 2: Functions of a noun, predicate nominatives, diagramming review
Day 3: Review for noun test
Day 4: Noun Unit Test, receive The Giver

HEY ALL YOU BOOK LOVERS! Ms. Garrison is hosting a book club during lunch this week! Flyers are hanging throughout the building for more information.

Your portfolio (Weebly site) and your About Me page are due at the end of the week. If you have questions, ASK!


- 45 minutes of Membean 3X15 by Sunday evening
- use your study guide to make sure you understand the noun unit grammar concepts
- rewrite your descriptive paragraph from Journal entry #3, due Friday as an assignment on Google Classroom

Friday, September 16, 2016

Back in the ATL

Wow! I don't know about you, but I had a fantastic time even in the rain! I had a fantastic time despite the mosquitoes! I had a fantastic time...period. You were such an open-minded, easy-going group of students to share my time with. THANK YOU!!! To those of you who encouraged me on the ropes course, thank YOU! I can't wait to do that again! Special thanks to my incredible co-kayaker Seth. We are ready for the Olympics! Thank you to the recipients of my Good-night Fairy-ing, and thank you to the group who shared my love of Kubo.

What a phenomenal trip. So now, let's take the time to process what we did and how it impacted us. You will have a longer journal entry due Friday. You will have a good amount of class time to finish your essay and work on your journal entry. If you have not yet finished Watsons, get a move on. We will discuss the ending in class. Get some good rest, eat healthy food, and I will see you Monday!

Day 1: Explanation of this week's journal entry. Remaining time is working time for the essay. If you are finished, I hope to be able to review your essay and offer feedback in class.
Day 2: Understanding what happens to the characters at the end of Watsons. Working time for the essay/journal entry.
Day 3: Place the MLA format page in your G&W notebook. For those blocks who did not get to all parts of the noun work, we will complete it. Any remaining time should be used to work on your writing assignments.
Day 4: Independent working time. If essay and journal entry are completed, Tweet as a Watsons character. Instructions are on the "Watsons Tweet" tab on the top of the blog. If you still have time, read Out of My Mind. (Note: Our new novel will be distributed 9/30)

- Membean is once again 15 minutes 3 times before Sunday (or 45 minutes by Sunday in small chunks)
- Work on your journal entry #3, due Friday.
- If you are "behind" on your Watsons essay, work on it at home as well as in class.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week of 9/6

For those of you traveling over the long weekend, I hope you have a wonderful trip! Enjoy Monday's holiday.

This week we continue with body paragraphs using your t-chart/annotations, we continue building the grammar/writing notebook with categories of nouns and understanding the functions of a noun (parts of a sentence). On Friday, you will have a visit from our phenomenal media center staff who will help you set up your digital portfolio. You will learn all about it on Friday.


Monday: No school
Day 2: Membean Assessment, annotation check (bring your Watsons book!), essay body paragraphs
Day 3: Grammar - noun categories, functions, difference between parts of speech --> parts of a sentence
Day 4: Digital Portfolios


Continue with Membean 45 minutes by Sunday evening.
Journal Entry #2 on Google Classroom (Submit from Google Classroom. Please do not "share" with me via your Google Docs.)
Make sure you have everything you need for our upcoming trip to Charleston! It is a FABULOUS trip!