Hello Fabulous Six Graders!

When you are rereading “The Fun They Had,” consider how the setting played an important role in this short story by Isaac Asimov.

How does the setting in this story affect the the problems both characters face?

Here is the link:


Read the story carefully!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quote of the Day:

“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before”

Good Morning Scholars!

Take time to read the quote. What does this mean to you and how might you apply your understanding of this quote today?

We are taking a step back from tough text and play with poetry today. The few questions I’d like you to keep in mind are: Is this poetry or prose? Does the text fill the page from the left  margin to the right margin or do I see short paragraph also known as stanzas? What about the language of the poem, after my first read, did I notice lots of figurative, descriptive language? What about how it sounds when I read? Does it read as if someone is speaking or does it sound as if it has rhythm?

Think about it:

What text characteristics does it have?

Are there lots of facts or does it have lots of figurative language?

What does it sound like when I read it?

These are the questions we will use today to determine if something is prose or poetry.

Middle School Homework: Check the board and your mail.

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Friday, 2-13-15 Entrance Slips:

8th graders:

What did the author of “The Mysterious Major” mean when he wrote: “He compromised with evil, and helped defenseless people as much as he could…”?





7th graders:

What did Frederick Douglass mean when he wrote, “The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her (Frederick’s mistress’) hands?”




6th Graders:

What was chapter 8 mostly about?


All Middle School Homework

(2-13, 2-14, 2-15, 2-16):

for this weekend due Tuesday 2-17-16

You must read 10 pages on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Please write an SCS on Monday night summarizing your reading.

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7th and 8th Grade Homework Tonight!

1. What did Booker do to pay for his education at Hampton?

2. What important institution did Booker create in 1881  and how did if affect the lives of African Americans?

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8th Graders: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

We are working to answer text dependent questions where you must use the text to make inferences, determine the meaning of words as well as identify the main idea of the text.

We also need to consider what it meant to be a rescuer, what motivated people to put their lives and the lives of their families at great risk in order to save the lives of others.

What did it take to be an upstander when so many others chose to be bystanders?

7th and 8th Grade Homework for Tuesday, February 10th 2015:

Reread pages 4-9 and answer these questions:

1. What did the author mean by “It was the kind of work that broke a persons’s body and spirit…”

2. As children, Booker and his brother worked in the salt mine. Please explain why he and his brother had to work in a salt mine.


 7th Graders – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Our learning goal today is to continue carefully reading about Frederick Douglass. We need to identify the epiphany Frederick had about the power of reading. You must use evidence from the text to make inferences about how his experiences motivated Frederick.

6th Graders – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Our learning goal today is to determine the main idea of  chapter 6 by using text dependent questions to clarify our understanding.

6th grade homework for Tuesday, February 10th, 2015:

1. In chapter 7, Dr. Gutierrez discussed the affects of stroke with Ama. Write the exact lines from the text that the author wrote in regards to this discussion.

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Welcome all 6th Graders: Monday, February 9th, 2015

What will 6th graders do today?

Copy down your homework

Copy down your new schedule

Read chapter 6 in The Smell of Old Lady Perfume

Play a fun game!

6th graders: Here is today’s homework:

Read Chapter 7 and be prepared for a quiz on Wednesday.

Answer these questions after you have read chapter 7.

1. What had finally changed on the 7th day?

2. What had Apa whispered to Chela that Tuesday?

3.  What was Apa planning to do with Chela at the end of chapter 7

4. What had Apa refused to do?

7th and 8th Graders! Hello!

What will all of you do today?

Copy down homework

Copy down schedule

Finish today’s class assignment in Google Docs.

You must open Google Docs, copy and share today’s readings and begin to work on today’s assignments. You will be practicing reading, highlighting tough words and rereading the text to answer the questions.

All questions must be typed in red and you must answer the questions using complete sentences. Read closely and you will find all of the evidence and answers within the text!

Here is 7th and 8th grade homework for Monday, February 9th, 2015 due Tuesday:

Read Scholastic Scope Magazine (2-2015) pages 4-9.

Answer these questions:

1. Why did Booker chose to attend the Hampton Institute?

2. What line from the text on page six, tells us that Booker was once a slave?

3 .What is the main topic of page 6? What is this page mostly about?

4.  What is the name of the law that freed enslaved Americans?


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Dear Sixth Grade Scholars,

We will focus on the features of today’s text. This is important because it will give us, the audience, a jump start on comprehending a tough text.

Please go to this site and get ready to learn!



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