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We have begun our time together with reading the novel Phoenix Rising written by Karen Hesse. This novel is rich with vivid vocabulary words and figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.). The story is engaging for students as the main characters are children of a similar age. Purpose Students will understand the parts of a […]
The first unit I’m covering in the 8th grade English course is a collection of entries written based on the letters in the words “Middle School.” This unit is a modified version of one I found on a terrific website where students wrote one entry for each letter of the entire alphabet. Taking the timeframe into […]
While I spent the fall on maternity leave with my new baby girl and busy toddler, I fell into a nice daily routine. Meals, activities, playdates, snacks, naps, books and favorite shows were all part of our world. Evenings spent processing photos and publishing blog posts of our latest news were commonplace. Slowly, that schedule […]
I know I haven’t posted in a long time, not to say that there haven’t been several blog-worthy happenings or topics to choose from. Let’s just say I’ve been rather preoccupied with keeping pace with planning, teaching, grading, assessing, adjusting, planning, teaching, re-teaching, assessing… Today it was a simple statement, alive with the random quality […]
If anyone is still reading this, I must first utter most sincere words of apology for not being a diligent reporter. I know I’ve mentioned before that the site is extremely slow, and then with the busy-ness of the holidays, posting was promptly placed on the back burner. Thrown in a week’s worth of snow […]
I fear I haven’t a clue when my last entry was. And to be honest, I would check, but once again the site has been so slow that I don’t dare multi-task (write and read simultaneously) on the off chance that it would bog the system down even further. In any case, I thought it […]