Monday, February 27, 2017

Whether You Want it or Not


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Example of Why Langauge Arts is the Best Class

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Pick a Strategy

The strategies in the picture below all help with understanding what you read. Reading Workshop students, your assignment is to pick one strategy, research it, create a Google slide show, and present it to the class.

The slide show needs to explain about the strategy, tell how it helps with comprehension, and how to use it. Demonstrating the strategy should be part of the presentation.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Have a Good Day!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Mistakes are OK

Mistakes are just proof that you are trying.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Excited by the Opportunity

Opportunity not obligation!

If you knew you could do anything, anything, anything at all, how would you act? Would you be different? Then why not be that way now? Describe yourself as that person that can do anything. Tell about it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Even Animals Like Puns

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Are You Good Enough?

A lot of people told this guy he wasn't good enough.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Want to Succeed?

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If You Were in This Video . . .

Your assignment--write about this video. The rest is up to you.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Is Your Meaning Clear?

Make sure your writing says what you mean.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be Responsible

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sometimes Word Choice is Everything

Monday, January 23, 2017

Go For It!


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Do You Know?

The good news is that no one on has to know everything. All we need to know is to know when we don't know and know, ask questions, and know how to find out when we don't.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Take a Break

For just a minute, let your mind go on a short vacation to this abandoned bridge in Germany.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

MAP Testing

GREAT NEWS! Nearly 75% of the sixth grade language arts students have already shown a year's growth in their reading ability. When students are doing this well, it really opens the door for an outstanding year. I am extremely excited about the potential for their continued growth as readers and writers.

‌Three times each school year students take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Test in reading, math, and science. The first test is within the first two weeks of the school.  They then test again near the middle of the year and at the end of the school year. The last two test measure the amount of growth students make during the school year.

‌Taking all of the tests that are required is no fun. Students don't like them. Teachers don't like them. At least though, we can celebrate when we see excellent growth. A lot of this is due to the hard work of the students in the hallway.

‌For each subject that students meet their growth target, they earned a reward. Students get a movie party for one test, movie and pizza for two, and movie, pizza, and an hour of extra recess if they reach all their targets for reading, math, and science. This is our way of rewarding them for their hard work.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Comparison to the Main Character Letter

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For this project you will be writing a Dear Mr. McGuire letter. The topic of the letter is "How would the book be different if I was the main character?" The letter should have an opening paragraph that states basic information like the title and the main character's name. It also should connect with the reader.
For the second paragraph, start with the main character and build from there. Tell about the main character in the book you are reading. Describe him/her. What makes him like he is? How does he act? Think? Respond? Feel?
The next paragraph should be a compare/contrast between you and the main character. You might tell how you are alike or how you are different. You need at least one example to make your point clear.
One of the main keys to doing well on this project comes next. This paragraph needs to describe in detail how the book would be different if you were the main character. Specific details of differences will strengthen your letter.
Please use details to support your writing. For example, if you state that the main character is brave, you should have a detailed scene from the book that proves your claim.
Whatever you do, DO NOT RETELL THE STORY! This assignment is to write a letter to me about how the main character compares to you and how the book would be different if you were the main character. If you summarize or retell the book, you are not following the directions! The best essays will be written by a writer than gets inside the book and the character.