Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 30th

Objective: Introduce literary theme: Conflict

Homework: 1 written page in writer's notebook

Monday, August 29th

Objective: Introduce literary theme: Conflict

Homework: None

"Out Here on my Own"

Welcome, students, to our first literature unit! During the course of the next few weeks, we will be reading literature and poetry that takes a look at facing challenges alone. The theme, as described by the textbook, is "Out Here on my own". Here is how the textbook describes this theme: 
  • Confronting a crisis alone can be a frightening experience for anyone; but danger may also bring out qualities such as courage, determination, and self-sacrifice--in a young girl, in a small boy, or even a fledgling mongoose.
On Monday, the 29th, we will begin reading the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling. Buckle up, students, we are in for an interesting exploration of what it means to go-it alone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday, August 26th

Objective: Introduce Writers Notebook

Homework: Write one (1) page in notebook

Thursday, August 25th

Objective: Writing Pre-test

Homework: None

Wednesday, August 24th

Objective: Writing Pre-test

Homework: None

Tuesday, August 23rd

Objective: Finish Book Talks

Homework: None

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday, August 22nd

Monday, August 22nd

Objective: Present

Homework: None

Friday, August 19th

Objective: Present

Homework: None

Thursday, August 18th

Objective: Finish written draft; practice presenting

Homework: Practice presentation on family member

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Objective: Finish written draft of book talk; practice presentation

Homework: Practice presentation on a family member


Please continue the hard work. I am very pleased with the work you have done so far. Great job!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Objective: Begin written draft of book talk

Homework: None

Monday, August 15, 2011

First Monday; Day Three

Objective: Introduce book talk; discuss set up

Homework: None!

Thanks for a great Monday, students. You all did a great job today!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day Two

Friday, August 12th

Objective: Introduce and go over class syllabus

Homework: Purchase Writer's notebook and bring to class Monday

Lets have a great day!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Day

Thank you seventh graders for a fabulous first day. As some of you were aware, and for those of you who are not, today was my first "first day" as the only teacher (I had one previous first day as a student teacher, but that is much different). Just to review, the procedure for coming to English class will be the exact same every day.
  1. Enter class quietly
  2. Sit down and immediately begin filling out planner
  3. Begin entry task
Most all of you came right into class, before the bell, and had no trouble following the directions posted on the board. Keep it up!

Thursday August 11th

Introduce policies and procedures

Have syllabus signed by parent/guardian. Also, give parent/guardian letter from Mr. O'Mera

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Inaugural Post

Welcome 7th graders,

We are about to embark on journey. During this journey, we are going to read, write, and have a great time doing it. Please get into the habit of checking this blog regularly. I will use it to post important information, discussion items, and any other breaking news that pertains to our class. Again, welcome to the blog, welcome to the Academy of Tucson, and welcome to English. May the journey begin.