Apr 20 2018

8th Grade English: And Then There Were None Quiz 4

ATTWN Quiz 4


Apr 12 2018

7th Grade English: Goodnight, Mr. Tom Quiz 5

GMT Quiz 5


Apr 12 2018

8th Grade English: And Then There Were None Quiz 3

ATTWN Quiz 3


Mar 21 2018

7th Grade English: Goodnight, Mr. Tom Quiz 4

GMT Quiz 4


Mar 21 2018

8th Grade English: And Then There Were None Quiz 2

ATTWN Quiz 2


Mar 12 2018

8th Grade English: And Then There Were None Quiz 1

ATTWN Quiz 1

A reminder to students and parents that all quizzes must be taken in Mr. Simmons’s class. If a student misses a quiz day, they can make it up before school, after school or during Knights in the Round (Advisory) time.

 


Mar 7 2018

7th Grade English: Goodnight, Mr. Tom Quiz 3

GMT Quiz 3


Mar 2 2018

8th Grade English: And Then There Were None

We are beginning our reading of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This is a murder mystery novel set in pre-WWII England. The fun part of this project is that the students get to become detectives. As we read in the book in class, they will be taking notes on the characters and events of the story to figure out “who done it?”. The students are graded in three parts for this project. First is reading participation. As we did with Kon Tiki, the students are to read a page each, in turn, so that all participate and earn points toward this grade. I do understand the timidness of some students, but I feel they need to be encouraged to overcome fears and anxieties. Most do well in this area and I am willing to work with those who do not. Second are the notes. Students’ notes on the characters and their periodic hypotheses on “who done it?” will be graded at the end of the project. Third are the comprehension quizzes. These are done in the same manner as other quizzes in my class, via PowerPoint and in class. All retakes must be done in class. Students MAY NOT work on quizzes at home. The quizzes for this book will also include vocabulary.

This is a fun read and provides students the opportunity to develop and use problem-solving deduction as well as logical inquiry. The books delves into the psychology of human nature and presents some interesting points on morality, crime and punishment. It is one that my students enjoy every year.

And Then There Were None Character Notes

ATTWN cover 2


Feb 21 2018

7th Grade English: Goodnight, Mr. Tom Quiz 2

GMT Quiz 2


Feb 9 2018

7th Grade English: Goodnight, Mr. Tom

I apologize for the delay in posting this. We started reading our 2nd Semester book this week. It’s Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Michele Magorian. This is a historical fiction novel set in England at the onset of World War Two. It tells the story of two people, Thomas Oakley, a longtime widower who’s never quite overcome the tragic loss of his wife and infant son; and William Beech, a young boy from London with a dark secret of his own, who is evacuated and sent to live with Tom. Together they must learn to cope and even triumph over tragedy and woeful circumstances at a time when the world around them is in Chaos.

We’ve read the first three chapters already and are taking the first quiz. As with Stargirl back in the fall, our quizzes have ten vocabulary words form the reading and ten comprehension questions. Students must make up any quizzes they are absent for, and they can retake any quiz as many times as needed to get the score they want. The questions and vocab. for quiz one are below.

 

GMT Quiz 1