Mrs. I is hiring…

help wanted

Please click on the link below and print it out so you can fill it out and turn it in by tomorrow (Thursday). Read the application carefully because some of the boxes have changed. Remember to have fun and LIE to me!!

Classroom-Job-App  Jobs List

Moving to Google Classroom

I will be posting assignments to Google Classroom this year instead of this blog. Please contact me if you would like access to your student’s classroom page.

MG Book Project

publishingPlease download MG Book Checklist for your MG Book. It is due Friday.

Happy New Year! Assignment Cancelled!

Happy New Year everyone. With everything going on I am cancelling the commenting/paper assignment juxtaposing Anthem and Outsiders. Please finish both books over the break and be ready for a short assessment on Tuesday when we return. Have a wonderful break!


Fall Break Reading: A Tale of Two Cities

Please read Chapter 1–Five Year Later, Chapter 2–A Sight from Book The Second–The Golden Thread. You will be turning in your mind map (so far) of the book on Tuesday when I return, so be sure to add descriptions of plot, settings, and characters–especially the new ones–to your maps. Please feel free to use the site Sparknotes if you get lost in your reading. Here is a link: Link to SparkNotes

This is due: Tuesday, November 29th. 

If you did not pick up your copy of the book, here is a link to a free etext. Please contact me if you have questions on how to down load it. E Book: Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Smiley Face Tricks

Please click here for Smiley Face Tricks for writing…SMILEY Face Tricks.


Painting with words…

poetryPlease remember to have your 3 phrases ready for tomorrow’s poetry workshop.

Personification Writing: Hunger

bullyingPlease take a moment to re-read the brilliance of Dickens’s writing as he uses personification to describe hunger:

And now that the cloud settled on Saint Antoine, which a momentary gleam had driven from his sacred countenance, the darkness of it was heavy-cold, dirt, sickness, ignorance, and want, were the lords in waiting on the saintly presence-nobles of great power all of them; but, most especially the last. Samples of a people that had undergone a terrible grinding and regrinding in the mill, and certainly not in the fabulous mill which ground old people young, shivered at every corner, passed in and out at every doorway, looked from every window, fluttered in every vestige of a garment that the wind shook. The mill which had worked them down, was the mill that grinds young people old; the children had ancient faces and grave voices; and upon them, and upon the grown faces, and ploughed into every furrow of age and coming up afresh, was the sigh, Hunger. It was prevalent everywhere. Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung upon poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeated in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat. Hunger was the inscription on the baker’s shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread; at the sausage-shop, in every dead-dog preparation that was offered for sale. Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.

Notice how Dickens doesn’t just tell the reader about how hungry everyone is–he shows the reader through the use of personification. Now, think about bullying. Think of the effects of bullying, and the methods of bullying. What aspect of bullying could be personified? What kinds of powerful words can you use to convey your meaning?

For instance, “…the cruel words laughed, echoing through the years, defining her even now. ‘Auschwitz victim’ they taunted. She could feel fingers of shame tapping at her brain, ‘Is this how they truly see me?'”

Be ready with a paragraph of descriptive language–at least 5 sentences–with a focus on the tool of personification to grab your reader and convey your message about bullying.

Please post your paragraph here as a comment and also turn it in on Google Classroom.

This is due on Monday, October 17th

Peer Review Instructions for Reflections Prompt

peer reviewPlease search for, evaluate, and comment on the following in your reviews:

  1. Identify the conflict in the story. Is it interesting?
  2. Evaluate the characters in the story. Did the author “show” who they are or “tell” who they are?
  3. Evaluate the setting. Is it interesting?
  4. Determine the word count. Must be fewer than 2,000 words.
  5. Is there a “hook” at the beginning of the story that draws the reader in?
  6. Is there good vocabulary and descriptive language used in the story?
  7. Is the story unique?


Name our class pet…

butterflyOur class butterfly needs a name…

You may have noticed we have interesting classmates. Last week one of them emerged from the chrysalis transformed! Our second chrysalis will be hatching soon. What should we name our beautiful butterfly?

Please list your name suggestion and rationale below as a comment. The most popular name in each class will win 1,000 clan points and the best name overall will win 1,500 clan points.