Jan 4 2018

B.A. Simmons Art Contest

Here is the entry form for the art contest connected with my book The Hellhound Consortium. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Art Contest Entry Form 2018


Dec 18 2017

8th Grade English: Personal Choice Fiction Project

Our current project involves much reading. Students have chosen a fiction book that meets the requirements set forth (see attached assignment sheet) and are reading these books with the goal of creating a visual presentation on it. Presentations should be between 3.5 and 5 minutes each. The attached assignment sheet gives details, but in essence, I want students to show that they understand plot and storytelling, how characters drive the story forward and be able to explain how fiction affects them. These presentations are due and will begin in class on Friday, January 5th.

Personal Choice Book Project 2

 


Nov 20 2017

7th Grade English

I need to inform all students and parents that I’m instituting new rules in all of my classes for all written assignments. Generally speaking, I’ve been lax about certain grammar or spelling mistakes, as I understand that many students are still learning the basics. However, I’ve been noticing a rise in the number of assignments turned in, both typed and hand-written featuring uncapitalized “I’s” when used as a pronoun. For example, “i’m so excited i get …”.

I feel that this is just laziness. This is one of the first lessons learned in elementary school. They should have the habit of capitalizing this word well established in their brains by now. Therefore, my new rule will be to give a zero to any assignment turned in with uncapitalized “I’s”. It will be returned to the student to fix and they can then resubmit it for further grading.

I hope this will incentivize students to form a habit that should have already been made.

Thank you.


Nov 20 2017

8th Grade English: Grammar

Just a quick update. We’re finishing up our workshop on grammar. Afterwards we’ll be starting a reading project. I’ll post more on that after the Thanksgiving break. Right now, I need to inform all students and parents that I’m instituting new rules in all of my classes for all written assignments. Generally speaking, I’ve been lax about certain grammar or spelling mistakes, as I understand that many students are still learning the basics. However, I’ve been noticing a rise in the number of assignments turned in, both typed and hand-written featuring uncapitalized “I’s” when used as a pronoun. For example, “i’m so excited i get …”.

I feel that this is just laziness. This is one of the first lessons learned in elementary school. They should have the habit of capitalizing this word well established in their brains by now. Therefore, my new rule will be to give a zero to any assignment turned in with uncapitalized “I’s”. It will be returned to the student to fix and they can then resubmit it for further grading. This includes 8th graders’ writing prompt responses. I’m already doing this if the student submits their prompts without any punctuation. I hope this will incentivize students to give this matter more attention and form a habit that should have already been in place.

Thank you.


Nov 7 2017

8th Grade English: Grammar Workshop

We’re taking some time now to review our knowledge of English grammar and expound on what we know. I do try to make this as fun as possible but it does involve some note taking and requires participation from the students. We’ll have a few activities to help students understand grammar and practice its use. We’ll spend the next few weeks on this and continue to write our occasional prompts on Google Classroom.


Nov 2 2017

8th Grade English: Kon Tiki Quiz 4

Here are the questions for our final Kon Tiki quiz (covering chapters 7 and 8). We will be taking it tomorrow (11/3).

Kon Tiki Quiz 4


Nov 2 2017

7th grade English: Poetry Project

Our seventh graders are studying poetry. First we’re going over figurative language and the elements of poetry. Then we’ll read some examples of eight specific types of poems and study those. Then students will write their own poems. The assignment sheet for the poetry writing is attached here with the due dates for those parts. Students need to keep in mind my late work policy of – 10% per school day. Also, for the Peer Review assignment (Nov. 28th), they need to come to class prepared with a printed copy of their poems. If they are not present and haven’t made accommodations with me, or if they are not prepared for this activity, no points will be awarded.

 

7th Grade Poetry Project


Oct 25 2017

7th Grade English: Stargirl Essay

We are finishing our reading of Stargirl this week and I’ve assigned the students their essay. The instructions are on Google Classroom, which each of them has access to wherever they have an internet connection. These are due on Nov. 1st, and thus will be on 2nd quarter’s grade along with their final quiz.

Instructions: Write at least 500 words (using complete sentences and proper paragraphing) answering both of the following questions:
How have your experiences in performing Stargirlish Acts changed your perspective of life?
Other than Stargirl herself, which character in the novel are you most like and why do think so?

All essays must be submitted via Google Classroom. They cannot be emailed to me.

 


Oct 18 2017

8th Grade English: Kon Tiki Quiz 3

Sorry again for not getting it up sooner.

 

Kon Tiki Quiz 3 blog version


Oct 9 2017

7th Grade English: Stargirl Quiz 4

I promise to get quiz 3 score posted by tonight (10/9), but here’s quiz 4; ready for tomorrow.

 

Stargirl Quiz 4