Story Blog

April 17, 2008 by · 58 Comments · Uncategorized

Your comment is due 4/28.  This exercise is to help you prepare for the NJASK.  Write your comment in Microsoft Word first, then paste it as a comment.

Please respond to the prompt below.  Don’t forget to include an attention-grabbing opening sentence, dialogue and a problem (given to you in the prompt) and resolution. 

A 7th grade student had a big test the following day.  The championship basketball game was after school, and Grandma’s 75th birthday party was at 6pm that evening.  How was he ever going to study?  Write a story about this 7th grader, and how he deals with his problem.

Persuasive Blog

April 17, 2008 by · 55 Comments · Uncategorized

Your comment is due Mon.  4/28.  This exercise is to help you prepare for the NJASK.  Please write a persuasive paragraph showing your position on this topic:

Should cell phones be allowed in school? 

Don’t forget:  State your position, then give 3 reasons and at least 2 details per reason.  Use this online planner to help you if you wish:

Jesse’s Journey ~ Our thoughts

March 28, 2008 by · 16 Comments · Uncategorized

Your comments are welcome & optional.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in response to the assembly of Jesse’s Journey.  And remember…YOU MATTER to me.  :)

Please remember not to include any personal information (first names only).

Great Race Project Ideas

March 25, 2008 by · 40 Comments · Uncategorized

YOUR COMMENT IS DUE WED, April 2.  See below for details…. 

Students, please post your group’s project idea on this blog.  Example:  “Create a photo essay about the participants in the Great Race of 1908.” 

Remember, in order to leave a comment, click on “comments” below this post.  When it asks for your name, include the first names of each of your group members and your Period #.

Don’t forget…do not include your last names or any personal information. 

The Great Race of 2008 An auto race from New York City to Paris, France! The purpose of the race is twofold: 1.) To celebrate the centennial of the greatest auto race in history, The Great Race of 1908, which holds world records to this day, and 2.) to add momentum to the auto industry’s campaign to push renewable fuels. Entrants are encouraged to display any new automotive technologies that could be showcased in the Great Race.With the assistance of many experts from our The Great Race Project Advisory Board students can design and participate in projects and create authentic products focusing on everything from automobiles to architecture, cultural studies, media studies, literature, science fiction projects, filmmaking, multiculturalism and globalization, philosophy, law and ethics, music, art, dance, to a variety of “green” or environmental projects and service learning. For more information, see the following websites: 

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech ~ End of Book

November 27, 2007 by · 96 Comments · Uncategorized

We will finish the book on Friday 11/30.  Please make sure your comment is at least 50 words long.  Your comment is due Mon. 12/3.

Share your thoughts about one of the following events that occurred at the end of the book:

1. Phoebe’s mom ~ found!

2. Gram & Gramps ~ the end of the journey

3. Sal’s mom ~ the story

4. Sal & Ben ~ the romance

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech ~ Messages

October 16, 2007 by · 131 Comments · Uncategorized

In Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Phoebe’s family is receiving anonymous notes on their doorstep.  Each note contains a thought-provoking message.  What thoughts did these messages provoke for youChoose one message and share your thoughts about it: What does the message mean to you?  Include examples from your own life or from the lives of Creech’s characters to explain your thinking.  Messages  (choose one):

  1. Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.
  2. Everyone has their own agenda.
  3. In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?

Please remember to make your comment at least 50 words long.  Your comment is due Monday, Oct 22nd. 

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech ~ Characters

October 2, 2007 by · 103 Comments · Uncategorized

Choose one character in Walk Two Moons to share your thoughts about.  Perhaps you made a connection with him or her, or you made an inference about what that character is thinking or feeling.  Choose from the following characters: Sal, Phoebe, Gram, Gramps, Phoebe’s mom (Mrs. Winterbottom), Phoebe’s dad (Mr. Winterbottom), Sal’s mom, Sal’s dad, Margaret Cadaver, or blind Mrs. Partridge. 

Be sure to make your response at least 50 words long.  Include your first name, last initial, and period #.  Your comment is due Mon. 10/8.

“My Furthest Back Person” by Alex Haley

September 25, 2007 by · 102 Comments · Uncategorized

“My Furthest Back Person” by Alex Haley…. After years of intense research, Haley traces his family tree to the Kinte clan in what is today called The Gambia in Africa.  Please respond to this question: “What is the value of learning about the past?”  (You may include details from Haley’s story and any examples from your own life or others you know.) Remember to write your first name, last initial, and Period #.  Please make your response 50 words or more.  Please do not include any personal information (last name, address, etc.).  Your response is due by Monday 10/1.

“MK” by Jean Fritz

September 10, 2007 by · 107 Comments · Reading

In her memoir ”MK,” Jean Fritz describes some of her experiences growing up as a missionary kid in China.  Read this statement that relates to Fritz’s memoir and respond with your own thoughts: “Where a person comes from is always an important part of who that person is.” Do you agree?  Give one or more examples from your own experience or observations to support your response.  Don’t forget…write your Period # after your name, and make your comment 50 words or more.  :)   Your reply is due Monday 9/17.

Thoughts on Reading

August 16, 2007 by · 124 Comments · Reading

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly,and with diligence and attention.” ~ Francis Bacon

Tell us your thoughts about reading. Does the word “read” give you a good feeling or a negative one? Why? What kind of things do you like to read?