#BlackoutPoetry

I wanted to share these amazing pieces my students created. I’d like to put these together and publish their work. We could choose a charity, or give it to a student or school organization. If parents would like to leave their two cents, I’m all ears. I think Lulu.com would allow us to publish them,…

Movies, Writing, Voice, and Symbolism

It’s coming close to the end of the semester and Winter Break is starting soon. I will not be assigning any homework over the break – that just seems cruel – but for those students that put off doing their work, it’s an excellent time to catch-up. Eighth grade English is finishing the novel, Lord…

You Get a Project! And You Get a Project!

Students are working on one of three projects: Living the Good Life – Students explore what it means to live the good life. They’ll read a few short stories and conduct research using a couple nonfiction articles to explore what others have to say about the issue. Students will create two podcasts discussing their research…

Blog Review Expose

You’ve been working on your blog for months! If you’ve stayed on track, you’ve written nearly 50 blog posts! Generally, blog posts are given credit for being done with little to no review being done on the content of those posts. The reason for that is because everyone’s blog is different, has a different tone,…

Memoir of a Student #IAmMalala @Malala @MalalaFund

We’ve completed Exploring Poetry and yesterday we got started on our next project, Memoir of a Student. Take a few moments to review the Project Overview and the Final Products with your child. We’ve done this together in class, but it’s helpful if parents see the road ahead too. In this project, students will learn…

It’s Crunch Time! #HalfWay #ThereisAlwaysRoomforImprovement

Checkpoint 6 is being completed today and students have one more week to complete their Final Products. Please take a moment to review Exploring Poetry with your child, check to see if they’ve complete Checkpoint 4 – Author’s Statement Outline, Checkpoint 5 Author’s Statement Draft, and today’s Checkpoint 6 Oral Presentation Peer Review. Next week,…

Stories and Storyboards Update #ELA

At this time, Feedback will not be given on Checkpoints 1-4. These were due weeks ago. Any further work needs to be done on Checkpoint Explanation Outline and the Checkpoint Explanation Draft. Students can begin submitting their work for scoring on Wednesday after class. All students will be required to submit their Final Products for…

Gmailing it Up!

Hey kids, check to see if your Gmail account has been activated. Once it is, you’ll be able to get notifications from Summit,  WordPress, Twitter, whatever you ‘re signed up to or connected to your school’s Google account. You can even email me questions or just to say what’s up!

Script Comparisons

Taking the information from the script and turning into a visual representation of the story isn’t a simple cut and paste activity. There’s a lot left over for interpretation sometimes. Maybe it’s all the director, maybe the producer is running the creative vision, maybe it’s a collaboration with multiple heads coming together to shot-by-shot figure…

TO: The Powerful

Not everyone stands in the spotlight. Not everyone makes an impact on the entire world. But your presence, your existence, means something. Just because you’re not a “poster child” doesn’t make you any less important. You matter. Your actions matter. You may not realize it now, but what you do makes a difference. Your actions,…