Reflections on the First Week

2016/2017 is already bigger than any year I have had.  More students are part of the Awesomeness than previous years, and I cannot wait to see all that they will accomplish together.  We have already jumped into “Indelible Moments” and will be writing those down for future generations.  I have to confess that I am Read More…

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Benchmarks and Corn Dogs

Since Thursday of last week, we have been taking benchmark tests in the Awesomeness.  7th graders have to take three STAAR tests for English: a written composition test, a revising and editing test, as well as a reading test.  We like to have a benchmark test for each STAAR test administered, so we need a whole Read More…

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Grade Reports

Each student received a grade report today showing what assignments are missing or failing. Students should double check that they do not have any missing assignments in their binders. The only failing grades that they can correct are Knowsys related (Pre AP only). Corrections can be made by writing the sentences with the correct word Read More…

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Hero’s Journey

Today students will develop their own stories following the “Hero’s Journey” plot structure.  Here is the link to the online tool they will use: The Hero’s Journey

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What to Expect This Six Weeks

The 3rd six weeks begins Monday, November 9.  Here is what will be happening in The Awesomeness. Expository, Expository, Expository We will be studying expository writing this six weeks, which is the type of essay students will be expected to write for the upcoming STAAR test.  We have already started studying this complicated writing style. Read More…

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Corrections

This week marks the third week of the six weeks and some students have some work to do. I graded everything that was given to me on Friday, October 16.  That was the day everything was due.  If your student has a zero, they have until Wednesday to get it to me. I gave all Read More…

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Writer’s Toolbox & Homework

Last week, I introduced the “writer’s toolbox” that includes Ba-Da-Bing!  Writers use Ba-Da-Bing to add details to a sentence. Ba – What are your feet doing? What kind of action is in the sentence? Da – What did you see? Did you see anything or make any observations? Bing – What did you think? What thoughts did Read More…

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Academic Vocabulary – 1st Six Weeks

The Academic Vocabulary Test will be this Thursday, October 1.  The words are below: Meter – the basic rhythmic structure in verse, composed of stressed and unstressed syllables Rhyme scheme – the pattern of rhyming lines (e.g. ABAB, ABBA) Note: The pattern starts over with each new stanza Personification – figurative language in which non-human Read More…

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