Thursday, February 28, 2013


Fill in your GOALS FEEDBACK sheet - Get a parent signature.

Study link 9.2

Be prepared for tomorrow's book club. You should be clear on exactly what you want to discuss

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Symbolism paragraph

Final draft due tomorrow. bring a PRINTED copy - with a unique title for tomorrow.

Present your work in paragraphs. - Do not write on your work the idea that you symbolized

Study link 9.1

Be prepared for Friday's book club discussions

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Your symbolism paragraph needs to be completed by Thursday. You will need a draft ready for Wed. Use the google doc. DO NOT go inside other people's boxes. I am watching you!

This paragraph will be an official graded pieces of writing. Final draft will be due Thursday. There is no other H/W, so make this piece something special!


                                                                          Fantasy Unit

Monday, February 25, 2013


Very impressive work today on visualizing from  our read aloud and then using visualization to craft your writing. No additional writing H/W tonight.

Study link 8.12 The Unit 8 test is tomorrow. Make sure you review all your study link errors this evening so that  you are prepared for tomorrow.

Work on your BOOK CLUB novel. Your conversation will be recorded on Wednesday.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Teaching Listening Skills

Week at a Glance

Can you be an ACTIVE listener and Handle your distractions going forward? - Remember the message in Friday's lesson?

Congratulations on your Poetry Reflection Videos

Student of the Week: Daniel

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Some great work today on your description of settings.

Book mark this site so you can use it often

Study link 8.11
Finish your description of your  character (make sure you include character traits - see the website link above for ideas) and indirect reference to fantasy elements.

Book Clubs - We made a start on these today. Going forward your conversations will be recorded for assessment and some placed on the blog for others. You will be assessed as a group and also individually. What will your group sound like?

Other groups did not finish in time. What will you do to ensure this doesn't happen in the future?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nuanced Characters


Study link 8.10

First draft of your character description must be written tonight. Make sure that you are not just stating opinions;  make sure you are using evidence to support those opinions. Think about symbolic objects, unique settings, conflicts (both external and internal) to include indirectly in your description. Draft is due for Friday. You may type it on google docs, but I will need to see a hard copy version as well!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Poetry Deadline

Well done on finishing your poetry today. A few of you have some finishing touches that we will be able to fix tomorrow morning. Watch this video as a taste of what is to come for our poetry party.


  • Study link 8.9
  • Make sure you are collected about ten facts about the protagonist in your fantasy story. We will need those facts for tomorrow's class.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Elevator Pitch

Study link 8.8

Record your elevator pitch for your fantasy story. Keep it simple and basic and make sure some fantasy elements are included in your story. Make sure your protagonist and antagonist are named. Be sure that your first idea clearly explains the purpose for your story e.g. the princess had to rescue the prince.

Somebody had to ...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Searching for Inspiration

Want to be inspired? Take 20mins of your life to learn a lesson that will stay with you for the rest of  your life. - Thank you to Lydia for finding this excellent story for us all.  1 TQ
Full movie is's worth watching!

Week at a Glance

To recieve an invite to Thursday's poetry celebration - your video needs to be finished by the end of the day on Tuesday. You will have a little time to work on this on Monday.  Use google docs. to upload any digital material you  create at home so that you have access at school.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Share your thoughts on the 'big idea' related to today's presentation on Hana's Suitcase

Math 8.6

Digital Project - You will have to show me tomorrow what you have done tomorrow your digital essay. Most of your images and slides should be created by then!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hana's Suitcase

This was one student's reflection adter learning about the novel I shared today


Make sure you have 3-5 quality questions to ask the giest speaker tomorrow about Hana's Suitcase

Study link 8.4 and 8.5

Work on your digital poetry video - You should work towards collecting all the images and individual movie clips that you need for your video. The poetry party has been put back until next week. You will need to have all your  media ready for Friday. Friday's class, you will work on recording your narrative.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Week at a Glance

Link to your Extended Metaphor Videos - These are also in your google docs. You will use these in your digital reflection.

How do you make a difference?

How will you make your poetry journey digital reflection unique?

Student of the Week: SAM

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tomorrow - You will  begin to 'digitalize' your personal poetry journey applying all the skills you learned in computing class today. If you have any any of your poems at home and NOT on your school computer, you need to make sure you email them to yourself so that you will have access to them in school tomorrow.

You may wear RED tomorrow! -

Study link 8.1

Extended Metaphor poems must be presented tomorrow. See rubric below

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nouns Test

Your nouns assessment is tomorrow. Make sure you have studied the online exercises and played some of the games.

Math Study link 8.2

Extended Metaphor  poems need to be delivered tomorrow to the class Friday. You must perform them with P.E.X. - I am pushing out the due date so you have time to practice delivering your poem with strong body language

Scholastic Order is due Friday is you wish to place an order

Monday, February 4, 2013


You are who you are when nobody is watching!

Online recording software >>

The reality is AND always will be - SOMEBODY IS ALWAYS WATCHING!

This week you need to plan you evening well and prioritize:

Noun Collage - Due Wed
Noun online practice needs to be done before Thursday's assessment
Your extended metaphor poem needs to be finished for Thursday

No Math today

Friday, February 1, 2013

Math Test for Unit 7 is Monday - Are you ready?

Next Week - Week at a Glance

Student of the Week Kayzad

Use these links and videos to review your knowledge of nouns. Test is next Thur.  Do a little each night.

NOUNS Test Review

Click on this link below to see a study guide of what you need to review for your Noun's test on Thursday. (ignore the date on the sheet)

Use these exercises to practice for the  'Nouns' Test. Make sure  you watch the second video. Hint Hint.. Do you know the 7 rules for making nouns plural?
You need to know each rule 'Perfectly'
e.g. NOT y changes  to  ies... BUT consonant Y change to IES 

You do not need to do all of them, but you should tackle at least one from each category. (especially possessive nouns)  Bring any questions that you might have to class if  you get answers incorrect and don't know why. Ignore any dead links.

Practice On Possessive Nouns  (great exercise !)


Plurals Common and proper

Identifying Nouns

possessive nouns (just click boxes marked 'play')
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