Secret Garden

I would like you to critique / discuss the STORY we saw on Thursday, The Secret Garden.  DO NOT critique the actors and actresses — we are going to discuss the STORY!

Choice #1  Who was the antagonist?  the protagonist?  Which of the characters did you relate to most?

Choice #2  What can you say about the setting?  Remember, this includes the time, place, mood — consider all.  Yes, you can talk about the use of costuming to set the time and the actual set to give you the feeling of England.  Did the lighting give you mood?

Choice #3  Can you tell me about conflict in the story?  What was the climax of the story?  What was the resolution?


Who’s Afraid of a Genre??

You have all read three books for the self select reading program.  You probably started with your favorite genre —

#1 List the three genres you have read this year.

NEXT write a paragraph about that genre that you are dreading to read.  Why don’t you like that genre?  Do you need a referral of a good author or title?  Is it just a genre you have never tried??

The New Nine Weeks!

The new nine weeks is here.

What can you share that will help out your peers?

CHOICE #1  What is something you would like to try and you know will improve your grade that you would recommend to your peers?

CHOICE #2  What is something you HAVE been doing that is a winner, it is sure to help other students?

CHOICE #3  What is a problem situation you have that you are looking for an idea of what in the world to do to improve the situation.


YOU NEED a full paragraph.  Not two sentences.  MINIMUM 35 words.

25 Years

During the celebration of our 25 Anniversary we are asking the question on Friday:

What will you be doing 25 years into the future.

CHOICE 1#:  Where will you be 25 years in the future.  A paragraph please!

CHOICE 2#:  If you are a theater student:  Write a paragraph on your experience going to Hamlet.  Write about the theater, write about taking a classic play and taking the setting years into the future, write about what you thought of the play’s message.

CHOICE 3#:  We read many Dystopian books — Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, The Giver, etc.  Write a paragraph about a major change in how we live that you think we will see in the future (like flying cars, chips under your skin instead of credit cards to scan for money, etc)

Summary Time

CHOICE #1:  Summarize one small part of the current book

CHOICE #2:  Summarize the entire book with a concise paragraph – what you might see on the back of the book

CHOICE #3:  For 7th grade:  Summarize your junkYard war experience.  Talk about working in a group, what you created, what type of instrument you created.

CHOICE #4: For 8th grade:  Summarize the first part of the book Kim through Leona.

Remember — WRITE!  Good paragraph required!


Regardless of 7th grade or 8th grade we are discussing THEME!!

CHOICE #1:  7th graders talk about the theme of Worst Band in the Universe.  Explain the theme and write a “but box” about the moment that defines it for you!

CHOICE #2:  8th graders talk about Seedfolks.  What is the theme of the book?  Pick a chapter/character and also tell me about a lesson or special message they are teaching you.

EVERYONE:  Are you enjoying your book? Why?  I’d love to know!

These are a few of my Favorite Things!

This week all the suggestions seemed to have a theme — and we are studying THEME in all the language arts classes.  Our theme is our favorite things:

CHOICE #1:  What is your favorite thing about the season Fall? Why?

CHOICE #2:  What is your favorite mythical creature?  Why?

CHOICE #3:  What is your favorite holiday?  Why?

Remember, a good paragraph — AT LEASE 3-5 sentences.