Class Update

Both classes spent the week building background knowledge for the books we will start reading next week. I was so impressed with 8th graders' analysis of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech as we studied the Civil Rights Movement, the time period in which Harper Lee wrote our novel. The seventh graders had all kinds of great info about the 60s from their people that they interviewed. If you'd like to read along with The Outsiders or To Kill a Mockingbird, let me know. I have extra copies I can send home. Thanks! 

Kansas Writing Contest

The Kansas Book Contest has a writing contest available, if your student is interested. 1st place is $250, and 2nd place is $125. Interested students can see me for forms!

Quarter 3 Novels

Heads up that 7th and 8th grade students are bringing $7 to get their copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Outsiders for the quarter. We are all using the same version, but if you have a copy of the book your child needs at home and you're OK with them writing in it, that's OK too! Please talk to me if money is an issue.  Students will be allowed to write in their books and keep them after we finish the unit, which will take us into March. If you would like to read along, I have extra used copies you can borrow. Parents who have done this often say it creates great discussion with their son or daughter!
We're excited to get started with both novels. We also will be doing some SCOPE magazine and state assessment test prep too. We will be doing some pre-reading activities and looking at the different time periods that the books are set in. 7th graders will be looking at the 1960s, and 8th graders will be looking at the 1930s. Both are wonderful books. In years past, students…

Quarter 2 readers

Congrats to the readers for quarter two! These students read 50, 100, or 200 pages overnight. Impressive! Students whose names are the largest read the most. 
50-page readers
100-page readers
200-page readers

Scholastic Order

I will be placing an order next Wednesday! As we head into quarter three, it's a good time for students to decide which new books they want to read. Thanks for your generosity in the past. Scholastic has sent lots of books for my classroom library because of it!
To Shop Online: One-Time Class Activation Code: L7ZJ6 Due by 1/10
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With Scholastic Reading Club: - Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library - You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child - You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks
Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me. I'm excited to get our class reading!
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2018 Book Challenge

I challenged any students who wanted to participate in the genre challenge. Feel free to read along! If they complete this some time in 2018, my desk is their desk for the day. It's a great way to help them step outside of the genres where they feel the most comfortable. 

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