Poetry Friday

Fixer-Upper by Terry Webb Harshman   Some houses look scary, abandoned and bleak,         with windowpanes broken and shutters that creak,       with lawns unattended, and porches in shambles,       and overgrown gardens of thistles and brambles.         But don’t look upon them with fear Read More…

Blogging with the Class of 2022

We have spent the past two classes setting up our blogs and are on our way to becoming global authors!  Check out their blogs under “Class Blogs” on the right side of this site.  They are really proud of them.

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…

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

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…

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…

Paws to Claws

Last night was Meet the Teacher. We called it “Paws to Claws.” It’s a Kaufman thing. Many came out to pick up schedules and shake hands with teachers. Next to the first day of school, it’s my favorite day of the new year.

Salty Oats

Nothing broke my teacher heart more than when I realized the following: My students hate to read and write. That is a generalization, of course, because I have students who have learned to enjoy the written word. But by and large, most assignments are met with collective moaning and groaning. Today, I am amending the Read More…