Monday, February 29, 2016

TriTime: Writing Scenes

NF Writers use a wide variety of different text structures to communicate their ideas. Which of the ones below will you use?

Making a Poster? - Use these graphic design tips

How is your storyboard coming? Is it as good as this one?

Sunday, February 28, 2016


To my HB - I did my act of kindness this morning. Call it karma or just lucky, but this afternoon I went to a swimming complex. After being there for 20mins, I realized I had lost a very expensive pair of sunglasses in the lazy river. After searching for 30 minutes to no avail, my only hope was that somebody had turned them in to the lifeguards. Amazingly just before I left, one of the lifeguards approached me saying that my sunglasses had been handed in. Maybe this was just a bit of luck; however, I believe it was because I had spread a little happiness earlier in the day! "What goes around, comes around."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tritime: Summative Process

For HB...Dealing with the meanness

Day 9
What does your progress look like?

Summative Assessment Guidelines. This grade can NOT be changed!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thinking about turning research into scenes

Please complete this survey for a 7th graders TriTime research:

Samples pieces - Look at what  happens in documentaries or a real scene

H/W - Finish your scene for tomorrow. There will be a grade for this scene!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

TriTime Day 7

Optional - Writing workshop for passionate young writers!

Fill out this link if you want to go

Writing Competitions

Summative Grade: Expectations - Will you be ready for THUR or FRIDAY

H/W - Are you doing any H/W for your Tritime?

Monday, February 22, 2016

TriTime Day 8 Specialist Research

Use these slides as guidelines

You should be doing some H/W on your piece.

Time spent 'working out of school' could be a new category for your storyboard!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day 6 Storyboarding

What will you finished storyboard look like? 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

TriTime Day 3

To HB - Begin the RIPPLE - HB Fill in this form 

TriTime Resources:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TriTime: Research Day 2

Student Sample: How much of a MYSTERY is your question?
Why are some kids born natural athletes and does this athleticism lead to success on and off the field?

Collect research lists using the SAS library resource

It is your responsibility to maintain your Daily TriTime reflection from now on. When you do it and what you write in it is YOUR choice.   These notes will make up the BULK of your final presentation.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TriTime Preliminary Research

H/W - You must collect 15+ leads - witness list - (bullet points of places to look for information) for your Driving Question. These are the tips  from Steve Sheinkin from today.

How varied are your leads? 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tri time Check in -

ALL CLASSES You must read the feedback on the driving question and adapt yours by Tuesday. Grades are given for this! 

Strong examples so far this year
How might 7th grade students at SAS assist Singaporean Senior Citizens living in senior homes with Alzheimer’s.

How can young basketball players analyse the shot mechanics of the greatest basketball players of all time in order to increase their own shooting percentage?

What does authentic service look and sound like to middle school students at Singapore American School?

Driving questions 2016 Database
"If it feels like home work, change your topic." Mrs MCD

TRI Time - Driving Question
Still not sure what to do? Use this chart to brainstorm questions around your 'wonder'

ALL CLASSES - You will receive a summative grade for your driving question Tuesday and another one at the end of the unit. Make sure your work is submitted.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Driving Question Feedback

Important: Driving Questions Link

Everybody has been given formative feedback on your driving question. Everybody needs to go back and try and improve your first draft. Attempt to highlight the complex words and the focused words in your question. This will help you see how you can become more specific and focused. You need to have redrafted your driving question for Tuesday's class. Feel free to get support from your parents or friends.  See example below

You MUST spend quality time developing this Driving Question. It will make your time spent on this unit so much more productive and enjoyable. We will have the Steve Sheinkin in that class and you will NEED to be clear on the question you want to start researching. BE WARNED - your will be given a 'Responsibility' and 'Guiding Question' SUMMATIVE grade on Tuesday.

Lunch with the visiting author: Winners

Image result for stevesheinkin
All winners must see Mr Buxton before next Wednesday. Lunch will be scheduled in the library, mr Riley's room, Friday 19th of February at 1 PM. 
Ryan NguyenMr.Buxton
Michael WhiteMr. Buxton
Michelle ZimmermannMr. Buxton
Joshua FordMs. Olsen
Claire YoderKaren McDowell
Alexandria MulqueenRLA--Mrs.McDowell
Aryan KhattarKaren McDowell
Coby TanRussell Buxton
Noah LoiMr. Buxton
Maja ChristiansenRussel Buxton


We received 266 haikus across the middle school for a chance to win Kwame Alexander's new book,Booked.

Congratulations to Elijah Thomas from Ms. Strydhorst-Piers' class for his haiku which was drawn out of a hat.  It reads:

A big fallen tree
laying on a bed of trees
lonely in the woods.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tri Time: Day 2

Beginning of unit Questionnaire: Link here

TriTime Journal

H/W - All classes. Come with one or two strong ideas for your guiding question.
Do not forget to finish your parent interview tonight. (optional -but encouraged) Link

Another video below on possible TriTime examples.

Membean - Biweekly Times

Remember - Your test scores can ONLY  be as high as practice times. See Powerschool for more details.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tri Time: Session 1

 Passion Project Digital Notebook

Link: to questionnaire  
Parent Link (complete interview by Thursday 11th Feb)

Be a WINNER!!!! 
It's coming out in April, but Mr. Riley's got an advanced copy, and yes it's amazing!  Want it for your classroom library?  Write a haiku to  Mr. Riley.  He'll take all submissions (make sure the RLA teacher's name is on it), put them in a hat, draw a winner next and deliver the book to your room. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Author's Note

Grammar Recap: Compound/Complex Sentences

C/D Poetry File

E/F Poetry File

Poetry Author's Note


  • 10mins of Membean - Test tomorrow (Are your minutes 80+? for the last two weeks?)
  • READ

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Poet's Revise

Poetry Revision Strategies

Wonderopolis What do you wonder about?

H/W - Finish your Found poem - Due Wed. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Apology Poem

Lesson Recap

Today we learned a little more on visualizing and were introduced to the structural move of 'enjambment'

Homework... C/D and E/F - DUE TUE

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