Friday, September 30, 2011
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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
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
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.