Wednesday, August 30, 2006
After all of that craziness, I read some short memoirs - "Being Mean" and "7th Grade" by Gary Soto (not all classes got to hear all of the stories). We talked more about how a memoir doesn't necessarily have to be completely true - the details are made up, but are true to the memory and the sense of the story.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
We also did the prewrite, so everyone already has 20 points toward their total.
I had fun today and I hope you guys did too!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
daily activities up here since that is one purpose of this blog.
Because it was the first week, we didn't do a whole lot in class. Many things were passed out including, but not limited to:
- agenda books
- school activity calendars
- early release schedule
- classroom expectations
- class syllabus
Several things need to come back, signed...
- civility contract
- record card
- online discussion permission slip
We also made nameplates for your desks to aid me in learning all of your names. I read Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant. I also read "What's the worst that could happen?" by Bruce Coville from the book 13. We talked about your first writing assignment (due Monday) - a reading autobiography - and I handed out the scoring guide. That's about it. If I have forgotten anything, please comment and add to this list.
I think we are going to have a fabulous year together and I look forward to meeting all you parents on Thursday at the open house.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
So, now I want to ask you - What did you do this summer? What was something amazing that you saw or experienced? Did you go to a faraway land? Or witness something amazing in your own backyard? Tell me about it.