Friday, September 30, 2011

Current Reading Selections

Our class is reading two selections with very interesting protagonists. Our first selection is Gary Soto's short story, "Born Worker," with the main character, Jose, who has to make an important decision about both work and family. The second story is an excerpt from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In this excerpt, students will be introduced to Tom Sawyer and his very different idea of work ethic. After reading both selections, students will be writing a characterization essay comparing and contrasting Jose and Tom.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 9/26 to 9/30:

Period One - Jazmine C.
Period Two - Richie L.
Period Three - Sierra D.
Period Five - Philicia N.

Practice Our New Vocabulary

Monday, September 26, 2011

Study Your Vocabulary Words

Vocabulary Review for "Raymond's Run"

Review our new vocabulary from Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "Raymond's Run."

Reviewing the Plot Diagram

Watch the short video to review the five elements of plot.

Students of the Week for 9/19 to 9/23

Congratulations to the students that earned the distinction of Student of the Week for September 19th to September 23rd:

1st Period - Dannelle D.

2nd Period - Abshiro A.

3rd Period - Yousef K.

5th Period - Brandon O.

Reading "Raymond's Run"

Beginning last week, students have been reading Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "Raymond's Run." The story tells the story of Squeaky and her special brother, Raymond. Set in Harlem, the story teaches a valuable lesson about acceptance.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A New Student Teacher

Ms. Short's ELA class is lucky to host, Ms. Aspden, a student in the graduate program at Syracuse University. Ms. Aspden is originally from the Philadelphia area and has even taught in Hawaii. She will be working with the 8th grade ELA classes throughout the first and second marking periods.

Welcome back!!!

Ms. Short would like to welcome all of her students back to another exciting year of learning.