AR SurveyI am interested in gathering information about how the Accelerated Reader program affects students after they have finished using it. Please complete this short survey if you have used Accelerated Reader before in class.

AR Survey
Recycled Craft ProjectsHere is an article from with 40 crafts using recycled materials.
40 Recycled Craft Projects
MLA Formatting GuidelinesHere are some basic guidelines for formatting your paper using MLA style.

MLA Format Guidelines from CSUS
Literature Circles[Lit Circles]

Both 7th grade classes have recently been trained in "Literature Circles". Lit. Circles function sort of like a book group, but with more structure. A group of students are reading the same novel or story, and each of them has a job to do. These jobs are designed to cover the main points of comprehension in a novel. They are:
Summarizer- The Summarizer gives a short summary of the selection read for that meeting.
Discussion Director- The Discussion Director comes up with general questions meant to get the group talking about the novel.
Connector- The Connector shares connections they make between their own experience and what is happening in the novel.
Travel Tracer- The Travel Tracer shares how the setting changes throughout that section of the novel.
Predictor- The Predictor uses clues from the text to predict what might happen next (even at the end of the novel!).
Artful Artist- The Artful Artist shares their artistic impression of the novel.
Word Wizard- The Word Wizard points out difficult or unusual words in the selection.
Each meeting the group sits together and discusses the part of the novel they were to read for that day. Using their completed assignments, students strive for better understanding of the novel through discussion and sharing. Most middle school students really like to talk with each other, so I try to use that energy in a way that promotes learning. Ask your child about Literature Circles!
Adjective GamesHere are some links to games to help you learn to identify adjectives:
Pick-It: Adjectives
Grammar Blast
Spider Adjective Game
Read All About It! Game
Shape Poems for BuddiesBig buddies: go to this link:

Shape Poems

Read each direction with your buddy and help them out.
Googledocs Student LoginOnly for students who have turned in signed permission slips:

Student Googledocs
Dr. Seuss Activities on the WebDr. Seuss on Gamequarium
Spelling and Vocabulary for the Week of October 25thHere are the spelling and vocabulary words for this week:

8th Grade:
spec= to see, look


7th Grade:
mono= one


Information on the Jim Crow EraPBS- The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Madlibs for BuddiesHere is a fun site you can use to complete "madlibs" online! Try a bunch out, then you can print one to share.

Wacky Web Tales
Online Games for Reading BuddiesHere are some word games that are great for 2nd grade students!

The Reef of Lost Words and Cliffhanger

PBS Kids Letter and Word Games
Online Language Arts GamesHere are some online games that focus on words:

Text Twist

Word Roundup

Up and Down Words
Online Activity to Practice Predicting

TV 411
Learning StylesHere is a link to a questionnaire to help you learn more about your personal learning style.

VARK Questionnaire
8LA Link to Jim Crow Laws InformationAs an introduction to our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, please follow this link to read about Jim Crow Laws.
Citing SourcesHere is an excellent resource for creating a bibliography or works cited page. You choose the source you used, fill in as much information as possible, then click "save citation". Then you can copy and paste the citation into your paper.

O.P.E.N. Citation Maker
Online Research for CareersFor 8th grade Language Arts, we are writing research reports on careers. As 8th grade students look forward to high school, I find they begin thinking about what they want to do in the future. Here are some online resources to help you find out more about a job that is interesting to you:

Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career One Stop

O*Net Online

Please make sure you write down detailed information about where you found your information. The EXACT web address and name of the website are a very good start.

USHMM Archives: Inside the SS at AuschwitzFollow this link to view a photo album donated to the USHMM.
Link to Reader's TheaterDrama students:

Here is the link to possible scripts for reader's theater.
Traci Hall
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