March 19

March 19-23

Quote of the Week: “The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” -Walt Disney

I hope all my students have enjoyed their extra day off while their teachers are all busy preparing for the upcoming weeks!

We will spend much of our time this week reviewing and practicing revising and editing skills in preparation for the upcoming STAAR Writing Test which students will take on April 10.

March 5

March 5-9

Quote of the Week: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

MONDAY – revising & editing practice; sentence stalking

TUESDAY – elaboration using How & Why CAFE on essays from last week

WEDNESDAY – Smiley Face Tricks elaboration & voice techniques

THURSDAY – revising & editing practice

FRIDAY – final drafts typed in Google Doc and put in writing portfolios, then pasted in for feedback and further review

February 26

February 26-March 2

Quote of the Week: “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C. S. Lewis

MONDAY – word work to build vocabulary to increase comprehensions and improve the clarity of our writing; pre-AP also has article of the week


WEDNESDAY – library to check out books and read; EARLY RELEASE for students

THURSDAY – revising & editing practice

FRIDAY – all assignments due

February 5

February 5-9

Weekly Plans 

MONDAY: word work; using Greek & Latin Roots to build vocabulary, make writing more clear, and increase comprehension

TUESDAY: subject / verb agreement; action, linking, & helping verbs

WEDNESDAY: thesis practice with various prompts

THURSDAY: expository essay notes; brainstorm new prompt

FRIDAY: essay organization

IMPORTANT: We have benchmark testing next week! Tuesday – math, Wednesday – reading, and Thursday – writing. Please make every effort to be at school.

January 22

January 22-26

Our objectives for this week are to expand our vocabulary in order to increase comprehension and improve our writing and speech, and to work on our revising and editing skills.

I will also meet with students throughout the week in one-on-one writing conferences to discuss their expository essays from last week.


January 18

January 15-19

I hope everyone enjoyed their 5-day weekend courtesy of the weather!

The students are working on polishing up their essays from last week and getting feedback from

Pre-AP students will not have an article this week since we only have two days. (You’re welcome).

January 4


JAN. 4-12

I hope everyone  had a fun and restful break and avoided the nasty flu!

Returning to work on a Thursday is a first for me, but I think I like it! It is Friday eve, after all! 😉

Today, students are working on Greek & Latin Roots. They are working in groups to brainstorm as many words as they can come up with for plur, multi / poly, and mega, then sharing out and “stealing” any words they left out. It’s a fun way to keep them engaged and learning!

Tomorrow (Friday), students will be going to the library to learn how to put their novels and NaNoWriMo badges on their blogs.

Next week, students will be writing another expository essay!

December 14

Semester Exam Review Key

Hey, guys! I hope everyone is enjoying their day off!

I am about to put the key for the semester exam review in Google Classroom since we were unable to go over it in class due to the unexpected (but appreciated) school closing.

Stay well, everyone!

December 4

December 1-20

The students did such a great job with the NaNoWriMo project during the month of November! Almost ALL students met their word count goals!

During the month of December, we will work on editing those novels and publishing them to students’ blogs. We are also working on a student novel showcase – more details to come!