Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Temporary Absence

As many have you may already know, I am going to be absent from school for the next few weeks. I apologize for not being able to tell you this in person, but I was surprised at how quickly my wrists deteriorated. (Membean word) I do not know exactly how long it will be out, but I'm hoping I will be back sooner than later. I have my first surgery on one of my wrists on Monday.

As I always argue the importance of having a plan B, I was preparing for this event and hope that I will still be able to grade your work using some oral new feedback systems that I have been piloting. Next week you will receive an email from me that asks you to copy and paste your final realistic fiction story into the document I share with you. I will also be sending you a document for you to use for your work in your next reading response. More to follow on this later in the week. Please make sure you have added your name and email address to these forms.

C/D Class
E/F Class
G/H Class

 On the surface, being away from school seems pretty cool, but after one day at this, it is very boring. Therefore, I am really looking forward to reading your wonderful final realistic fiction stories!!! We have selected an excellent substitute teacher for you guys, and you will still have a pretty rigorous and engaging program. Passion project are coming soon. I will be really excited to know what you guys come up with! You will start your dystopian fiction book clubs on April 17th after you finish your next reading response. Regularly, I will be provided with a detailed update on how you are all doing. Of course, I know that each of you will continue to strive for absolute excellence and use this opportunity to show how far you have come as independent workers and passionate learners.

And to my Homebase. I sincerely hope that we win some of those dodgeball games!! I know you can be champions!

Take care - and finish strong!

Ending Techniques

Sentence Clause: Retake TEST

  • Endings scene - MUST be finished FRI ( i know this scene is out of order. Remember, if you know where you're going, it is easier to get there!)
  • Membean test Thur
  • Remember BIG due dates next week.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Sentence Fluency RETAKE - You may retake this test tomorrow in RLA class time. However, you must bring proof that you have done some new studying/practice before I allow you to retake this test. This is the only day that you will be allowed to retake.

Root of the Week - GRAD

POV or Voice or Perspective - Note Taking Sheet

Go to Brainpop:

Four scenes written by  end of class Wed.
This is a mentor example of a finished piece - Notice that it isn't too long, but the writer made a lot of purposeful moves. Mentor Text

Due date for finished RF paper = next THUR 16th. Three more writing classes left on this.

Next RR due Fri 17th - This reading response grade will replace your previous reading response grade.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Starting Scenes

Fill in the data for this form
C/D Class
E/F Class
G/H Class

Absolute  Phrases  They are used to elaborate on


  • You should have '4' of your RF scenes written by end of class WED
  • 45mins of Membean

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Crossover

This is the first book that you will need to read for 8th Grade. This author will visit SAS in the second week of school next year. Who wants to read this book NOW... I have 30copies!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Membean - March Totals

Root of the Week - GRAD

See the data for March Membean minutes. The expectation to meet  expectations is 120 minutes. If your name is not on the list, you did not meet expectations. Some people are showing dubious minutes. That means you have the system open, but you will not actually clicking on anything as you are in other tabs.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Mentor Text - A RF Scene hinting at a social issue

What are all the different craft moves that this writer has made?
Did you spot my relative clause in the question above?

Short Scene:

The water drips from the faucet and makes it’s way down the drain. One drop, two drop, three. I watch them disappear along the journey, but I’m not really paying any attention. I like the sink in the upstairs bathroom. I can sit on the scale and wait for the water to cover up shame. I listen to the water drops. Count them until I forget about my weight and the reason I despise myself. 104. Three digits. But when I see them scrawled across the rolls of fat that cover my body, they become something else altogether.

In front of me sits an empty gum wrapper covered with words that I had scribbled in bold letters, as if to make them seem more real. Big, fat, thick skin, pathetic, thunder thighs, unwanted. And in the middle of it all, a stick figure girl with a big stomach and round legs. A self portrait. I remembering drawing it in my room, my hand with no control over my pen, hopeless. When I looked down to see the layers of fat covering my stomach, I knew that every word I had written was accurate. 

104. Such a shameful weight. It wasn’t heavy, but it wasn’t anywhere near to thin either. And that’s all I wanted: thin. I wanted people to notice me when I walked down the hallways in school. I wanted to be the 5’8, size 0 runway model that I ever so admired, but would still fight to be as thin as a 5’3 girl can be. And, sure, the weight had started to shed off when I set myself on a strict no-more-than-500-calories-per-day diet, but there’s always that voice in the back of my mind telling me that I could do more.

It’s not a simple feeling that can describe what happens when you look in the mirror and realize that you’re fat. It kind of creeps up on you and doesn’t have much presence until you look down at the scale below your feet. I can still clearly remember the time I uncovered the ugly truth. I saw the layers of fat clinging onto my stomach. I saw the way the arm jiggles whenever I move. I saw the three digit number; 104. And I knew I had to change. I wanted to have the flat stomach and arms that don’t jiggle. I wanted to have Jennifer Lawrence's perfect figure. I wanted to be thin.

It’s easy to hide it. I’ve learnt that throughout the past few years. You act like you’ve eaten it, tuck it away in a napkin, and then toss in the trash when no one is looking. It’s so simple that I often find myself wondering why more people wouldn't do it. It didn’t seem like a problem. When was building self-esteem made a problem?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Breaking Grammar Rules

Once you know the rules, BREAK THEM!

No 'Official H/W'

Coming Next week - Symbolism and RF
Membean TEST
RR - Due in two weeks

Watch our for Membean March Monthly Stats... where will you place?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Craft Moves

Do this exercise

You need to finish two scenes by tomorrow's class.
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