Monday, November 28, 2011

Self Simile Homework

Please copy and complete one of the following similes:

I am as _____________ as a _____________________ because...


I am ____________________ like a ________________ because...

*Please be sure to write your name with your blog entry in order to obtain credit.

Learning More About Personification

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Preparing for the Listening Section of the ELA

Giving Thanks Editorial

On Monday, students will be thinking about what things they should be thankful for this year. Students will use these ideas to create an editorial that describes the things they are thankful for in both words and pictures.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holocaust Memorial Project Checklist

As students work through their projects, they should use the checklist below to aid them in completing it.


c Bibliography information for all websites used

c Paraphrased facts

c 5 direct quotes

c All the basic facts + details about your subject


c Bibliography included

c Uses headings and titles

c Neat and organized

c Explains why the person should be memorialized

c Five direct quotes in proper format


c On unlined, white paper

c In color, neat, and clear

c Offers more than one view of the memorial

c Has labels, details, and other information to help the viewer

Four Perfect Pebbles Final Project

Genocide Memorial Project

Due: November 16, 2011

As a class, we’ve been reading Four Perfect Pebbles, and discussing how and why we create memorials for people, groups of people, and events. The Holocaust is an event that has many memorials dedicated to it: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, numerous books, movies, and poems, as well as many more physical memorials in the form of monuments, statues, and buildings. We might even consider Four Perfect Pebbles to be a memorial to the Holocaust.

Your Task: You and a partner will research a current day or recent genocide and create a memorial for the people affected by that genocide. You will then turn your research into a brochure that will educate your class members about both the genocide and your chosen memorial.

The Products:

Memorial: You will turn in a drawing of a memorial created by you and your partner. The memorial must be a physical object ( such as a building, a statue, or a monument of some sort), and you should turn in a detailed drawing of that memorial. You must show at least one view of the memorial. It must be in color, on clean, white paper that is at least 8x11 inches.

Brochure: You will turn in a brochure that gives factual information about the genocide that you have researched as well as information about the memorial that you created. You must have both paraphrased facts from your research as well as properly punctuated direct quotations from your sources (at least 5). You should also include a properly formatted bibliography in your brochure. Don’t forget to include headings in your brochure to help readers find information easily.


8x11 inch white paper

Markers, pens, crayons, colored pencils

Research (from the computer)

Note paper for note taking


1. Choose a partner or choose to work independently.

2. Take notes on the genocide that you are researching. Be sure to copy BIBLIOGRAPHY INFORMATION!

3. Decide what person or group of people you will memorialize.

4. Create your memorial: draw your memorial on clean, white paper.

5. Create your brochure: fold white paper in thirds and then write neatly in pen or marker to fill in your research. Save the very back for the bibliography.

Turn in your project with your names on both pieces.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Important Reminders

Just a quick reminder that students only have a half day of school on Thursday, November 10th, and Tuesday, November 15th.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Just a reminder that parent teacher conferences will be held next week on:

Tuesday, November 8th - 4 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday, November 9th - 5 PM to 7 PM

Thursday, November 10th - 11 AM to 2 PM

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students that earned the distinction of Student of the Week for 10/31 to 11/4:

Period One - Matthew O.

Period Two - Arianna P.

Period Three - Hae Kue G.

Period Five - Philicia N.