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"My Mother" - create your own poem

1) Read the poem "My Mother" by Ann Taylor (see paper handout from May 4th/5th)
2) Note the patterns within this poem (rhyme scheme, rhythm, stanza length)
3) Create your own poem entitled "My Mother" (see rubric attached to the handout of the original poem by Ann Taylor)

Describe three events (or more) in which your mother helped you in some way.  
Each stanza will represent one of these events.  
Each stanza must have 4 lines of text, with the last line always repeating "My mother."
The poem must follow the same rhyme scheme as the original (AAAB, CCCB, DDDB...)
It should be neatly typed, spell-checked, and attractively placed on the page.  Consider borders and/or images that would support the picture of your mom that you are trying to create.
Be sure to SIGN the poem, showing it was uniquely written by YOU (do not plagiarize someone else's work or use poem generators, it will result in a grade of zero)

🌸🌻🌼Consider printing a second copy of this or sending a digital copy to your mom for Mother's Day this Sunday.  It is sure to warm her heart.  It is a gift she will treasure for years to come!🌷🌻🌹




The original intent was to print each of these poems so they could be shared/presented in class.  Students who are attending in-person should still bring a printed version of their work to school.  Those who are home on quarantine or for other medical reasons may submit their work on the attached Google Doc.


If you were absent the day this assignment was handed out (May 4th or 5th), you have a file folder with your name on it in the "pick up" crate by the front door.  Please ask someone to pick up the contents of the folder for you.  Please leave the empty file folder behind so future assignments can be added if you are home on quarantine or medical leave.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, May 7 3:58 AM

Past Assignments

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Part 2 Review Choice Assignment in Google Classroom

Part 2 Review Choice Assignment

Prepare for a Quiz on part 2 Monday/Tuesday by choosing one of the following:

Create a title for each chapter and include a small image that relates to the chapter and title (using google Doc below or complete on paper)

Create a picture for the most important event of each chapter in part 2 and include a caption for each one (using the Google Slides attached below or complete on paper)

write a 3-5 sentence summary for each chapter (using the attached Google doc for chapter summaries or complete on paper)


Delete any attached files you don't use.  If you choose to complete your choice activity on paper, you MUST include a clear photograph of each page completed and attach it to this assignment.
**The assignment is due Monday/Tuesday BEFORE you take the quiz on part 2.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, April 24 9:13 PM

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Stars - Part 2 Quiz in Google Classroom

Stars - Part 2 Quiz

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, April 28 8:05 AM

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BONUS POINTS question -Stars in Google Classroom

BONUS POINTS question -Stars

Ch. 12 focuses on Omar's interview with the UN.  What did Omar share with the UN worker from his memories in Somalia?  Include at least three important details to support your claim.  Use complete sentences.


*****Reminder, ALL other assignments for the week must be completed ON TIME or you will not receive bonus points for this assignment.*****
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, April 24 9:13 PM

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MyOn Reading April 19-23 in Google Classroom

MyOn Reading April 19-23

Between Monday, April 19th and Friday, April 23rd spend 35 minutes or more reading a book selection or two from "My ZPD" using MyOn.   You will need to sign into Star Renaissance first.  
Select Library--> Recommendations --> My ZPD 


Only time read during this date range will count unless you have worked out an arrangement with me.  You have 5 days to complete this reading.  Please don't wait until the last minute when you are getting ready for tests and quizzes in other classes. Remember to complete all quizzes and reviews assigned.  


Writing Reviews:
I have noticed a few people giving very general reviews such as,  "It was good.  I liked it."  Reviews should be specific.  For example, "I really enjoyed this fast-paced adventure that left me wanting to see what happens next.  My favorite character was Jed because I found him inspiring.  He thinks about others before himself, even in times of personal danger.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes survival stories and lots of action."


Quizzes:
Read questions carefully.  Don't rush.  Don't skip questions.  Answer each one as best you can.  I believe in you!
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Tuesday, April 20 11:36 AM

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Bell Ringer #3 - Stars in Google Classroom

Bell Ringer #3 - Stars

1) Discuss TWO ways Omar (from When Stars are Scattered) and Mahmoud (from Refugee) are similar in their experience as refugees.


2) Explain how Omar and Mahmoud are different from each other in at least THREE ways (besides who is in their family and where they are located).
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, April 28 8:05 AM

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When Stars are Scattered - Part 1 Quiz in Google Classroom

When Stars are Scattered - Part 1 Quiz

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Tuesday, April 20 11:36 AM

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Bellringer #2: Stars ch. 3-6 in Google Classroom

Bellringer #2: Stars ch. 3-6

Answer the following questions related to your reading:


1)  In ch. 6, Omar and Jeri have a conversation related to Hassan and special needs.  What was Jeri's suggestion to Omar for Hassan? Why did Jeri feel compelled to discuss this with Omar?


2)  What is Maryan and Nimo's plan?  Do you think their plan will work?  Why or why not?
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, April 17 10:48 PM

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Bellringer #1: Stars ch. 1-2
Omar stated,

Bellringer #1: Stars ch. 1-2 Omar stated, "I want to go to school so badly it hurts. But I'm scared." Why is Omar conflicted about whether he should go to school or not? Why does he have a great desire to go? What is he scared of if he decides to go? Use details from your reading to support your thinking.

You have 10 minutes to answer this question.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, April 17 10:47 PM

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MyOn Assignment in Google Classroom

MyOn Assignment

1) Sign in to Star Renaissance
2) Select the MyOn tile instead of Freckle.   If it asks you to select your interests, please do so and save it.
3) Click "library", then select "recommended"
4) Look at the section titled "Books in your ZPD"
5) Select a book and click "read"


I will be able to see your reading progress throughout the quarter.  Whenever MyOn is assigned, you should continue where you left off with your selected book.  When you finish the book, you will complete a quiz.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, April 9 6:52 PM

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7th Grade Folk Literature Review  in Google Classroom

7th Grade Folk Literature Review

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, April 9 6:52 PM

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Refugee Whole Novel test in Google Classroom

Refugee Whole Novel test

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, March 12 11:35 PM

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Read ch. 37-39 in Refugee in Google Classroom

Read ch. 37-39 in Refugee

After reading each chapter, write a quick summary and prediction on sticky notes. Complete chapter questions.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, February 19 7:44 PM

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Bellringer #5 - Flashback in Google Classroom

Bellringer #5 - Flashback

In ch. 28, analyze Aaron Landau's flashback starting at the bottom of p. 167 and continuing throughout p. 168. What does it reveal (be specific)? How is this flashback useful in the chapter? Why should it be included? Support your thinking with evidence from the text.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, February 10 10:12 AM

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BONUS QUESTION: ch. 22 (optional) in Google Classroom

BONUS QUESTION: ch. 22 (optional)

Based on ch. 22, What might be dangerous about Josef's actions towards his father? What could be the consequences of these actions? Support your thinking with textual evidence (no evidence, no points).

THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED PAST THE DUE DATE
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, January 29 3:28 PM

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Bellringer #4 in Google Classroom

Bellringer #4

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, February 3 2:52 PM

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Bellringer #3 Refugee Vocab. 1-12 in Google Classroom

Bellringer #3 Refugee Vocab. 1-12

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, January 20 6:56 AM

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🔶 Thur. - Jan. 14th in Google Classroom

🔶 Thur. - Jan. 14th

🟣VOCABULARY - (hysterically. p.57, roiling p. 65, Infidel p. 66
Reread the sentence containing each vocabulary word. Determine which part of speech the word is from (noun, adverb, adjective, verb). Record the part of speech and the corresponding
definition in the vocab packet. Add known synonyms. Copy the sentence from the book it into the definition box under the written definition.
🔴 READ p. 56-73 (ch. 10-12)
🟢 SUMMARY - Using sticky notes, record a 3-5 sentence summary of each chapter.
🔵 PREDICTION - Using a sticky note, record a prediction at then end of each chapter.
Predictions should be written as, "I predict ______ because ____".
*Use details from the story plus your background knowledge to support your prediction.
🟡 COMPREHENSION - Answer questions 1-8 for chapters 10-12 (p. 56-73) in the student packet
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 14 6:34 PM

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🌈Ch. 7-9 bonus Q’s (up to 3 bonus points) in Google Classroom

🌈Ch. 7-9 bonus Q’s (up to 3 bonus points)

🟨 Answer the following questions about ch. 7 - 9 (AFTER reading and completing the packet questions assignment):

1) JOSEF ch. 7 - What do we learn about Josef's father in his chapter?
2) ISABEL ch. 8 - Explain the "wet foot, dry foot" policy decribed in this chapter (what does it mean?)
3) MAHMOUD ch. 9 - What big event happens in this chapter? What is Dad's plan for the family?
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 14 6:34 PM

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🌈Tuesday - Jan. 12th in Google Classroom

🌈Tuesday - Jan. 12th

🟡 Check answers to comprehension questions for ch. 4-6
🟣VOCABULARY: check ch 4-6 words
🔴 READ p. 34-55 (ch. 7-9)
🟢 SUMMARY - Using sticky notes, record a 3-5 sentence summary of each chapter.
🔵 PREDICTION - Using a sticky note, record a prediction at then end of each chapter.
Predictions should be written as, "I predict ______ because ____".
*Use details from the story plus your background knowledge to support your prediction.
🟠 ANALYSIS - Complete the "Constructed Response - Mood" worksheet (together in class)
🟡 COMPREHENSION - Answer questions 1-8 for chapters 7-9 (p. 34-55) in the student packet
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, January 13 8:59 AM

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🔶 Bell ringer question #2 in Google Classroom

🔶 Bell ringer question #2

1)How are the stories of Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud similar?

2) What might the author be trying to show the reader through these similarities?

Support your thinking with at least 3 pieces of text evidence.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 14 6:34 PM

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💠Friday - Jan. 8, 2021 in Google Classroom

💠Friday - Jan. 8, 2021

💚Complete the assigned Quick Quiz paper (fill in the missing words for each paragraph using the word bank provided). (Complete Jan. 8 in homeroom class)

🧡USING PENCIL, Complete the "constructed reponse - setting" CHART for Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud's storylines in the student packet. (complete Jan. 8)
*NOTE: the "Times and Location" box and the " What is taking place in these locations" box each have THREE answers,
one for each storyline. For the "Importance of the Setting" box, what does each country/leader have in common?
How are the situations similar?

💜 VOCABULARY - (inferior - p. 23, turmoil - p. 28, lurched - p. 32, gaunt - p. 36, instigate - p. 43, sheepish - p. 54)
Reread the sentence containing each vocabulary word. Determine which part of speech the word is from (noun, adverb, adjective, verb). Record the part of speech and the corresponding
definition in the vocab packet. Add known synonyms. Copy the sentence from the book it into the definition box under the written definition.

🖤Any pages, predictions, or summaries from the week that weren’t finished should be caught up before Monday.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, January 9 6:38 AM

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🔔Thur - Jan. 7th in Google Classroom

🔔Thur - Jan. 7th


🟥READ p. 18 - 33 (ch. 4 - 6) from the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz (complete Jan. 7)

🟨COMPREHENSION - Answer questions 1-8 for chapters 1-3 (p. 1-17) in the student packet in class. (complete Jan. 7)

🟨COMPREHENSION - Answer questions 1-8 for chapters 4-6 (p. 18-33) in the student packet (homework)
For #1, the goal is to write a summary with a character/group/entity in mind.
Follow this template: "______wanted ___, but _______, so _______." You are stating what the character/group wants, the
obstacle in their way, and a decision that was made to solve it or avoid it.

EXAMPLE FOR CH. 4:
JOSEF WANTED to be treated like a free person, BUT his Jewish armband cause people to treat him differently, SO he
hid the arm band when he went to buy a newspaper and candy.

🟩SUMMARIZE - Using a sticky note, record a short summary of each chapter. (Complete Jan. 7)

🟦PREDICT - Using a sticky note, record a prediction at then end of each chapter. (Complete Jan. 7)
Predictions should be written as, "I predict ______ because ____".
*Use details from the story plus your background knowledge to support your prediction.

🟪VOCABULARY - Reread the sentence containing each vocabulary word: (completed Jan. 7)
dismissive (p. 4), intently (p. 11), and indignation (p. 17)
In your vocab packet, record how the word is being used in that sentence (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.). What is
the meaning of the word based on the context provided? What would be a few synonymns for this word? What about
antonymns (opposites)? Record the sentence from the book containing this vocabulary word. Write a new sentence
that uses this word in a similar way. Confirm your thinking with a dictionary. *NOTE: words often have more than one
meaning. It is important to confirm this word's meaning in a dictionary based on how it is being used in the sentence.



Any items not completed in class become homework.

DO NOT mark as "done" until ALL items are completed!
I should be able to request to see your work at any time (on or after the due date) for a grade. Don't lose it. 😉
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 7 9:28 PM

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🎀NOVEL INTRODUCTION: Tues - Jan 5th in Google Classroom

🎀NOVEL INTRODUCTION: Tues - Jan 5th

Today's Tasks:
🔴READING - Read p. 1-17 from the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz (completed Jan 5-6)
🟠ANALYSIS - Complete the character traits 3-column chart for Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud in the student packet (completed Jan. 5-6)
🟡COMPREHENSION - Answer questions 1-8 for chapters 1-3 (p. 1-17) in the student packet (completed Jan. 7)
🟢SUMMARY - Using sticky notes, record a 3-5 sentence summary of each chapter.(completed Jan. 5-6)
🔵PREDICTION - Using a sticky note, record a prediction at then end of each chapter. (Completed Jan. 5-6)
Predictions should be written as, "I predict ______ because ____".
*Use details from the story plus your background knowledge to support your prediction.

*Any items not completed in class become homework.

DO NOT mark as "done" until ALL items are completed!
I should be able to request to see your work at any time (on or after the due date) for a grade. Don't lose it. 😉

INFO FOR THE FUTURE:
We will continue to have one vocabulary word per chapter throughout the novel. You will follow a similar routine for each class period (unless otherwise noted). Expect 3 vocabulary words per class period.

There will be bell-ringer questions, vocabulary quizzes, and comprehension quizzes/activities along the way as we read. These are not large tests that require long amounts of studying, but rather short checkpoints to see how you are understanding things as we go. Some will be announced while others may not. Example types of questions may include the following:

Given TRUE/FALSE statements about the book, fix the false statements to make them true (by changing a few words).
Given a sentence with one word missing, select the most appropriate word (mutiple choice/word box).
Identify the setting of a particular chapter.
Describe a change occuring with a particular character based on your reading so far.
Describe the conflict is a particular character facing.
Idenitfy the TYPE of conflict (man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, man vs. society)
Describe how a character attempting to solve the conflict.
Identify obstacles to solving the conflict.
Given a phrase or sentence, identify the type of figurative language being used.
Given a sentence or two, explain the meaning of the figurative language being used.
Identify/provide examples of foreshadowing, imagery, flashbacks, that can be found in a particular chapter or passage.

These are just a few examples.


Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 7 4:11 AM

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🔔 Bellringer Question #1

Consider the following situation:

There is civil unrest in America.  You wake up to grocery stores and businesses that have been destroyed.  Your neighborhood is in shambles and there is fighting in the streets.  The police can't be trusted and medical help is not available.  This is happening all over America in all types of communities, rich and poor.  You and your family need to leave your country, right now, in order to stay safe.

Please answer the following questions:

1) Where would your family go? Why would you choose this place?
2) What would you take with you? Why are these things important?
3) What would you leave behind? Why are you not taking them with you? in Google Classroom

🔔 Bellringer Question #1 Consider the following situation: There is civil unrest in America. You wake up to grocery stores and businesses that have been destroyed. Your neighborhood is in shambles and there is fighting in the streets. The police can't be trusted and medical help is not available. This is happening all over America in all types of communities, rich and poor. You and your family need to leave your country, right now, in order to stay safe. Please answer the following questions: 1) Where would your family go? Why would you choose this place? 2) What would you take with you? Why are these things important? 3) What would you leave behind? Why are you not taking them with you?

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, January 7 9:28 PM

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🎀 Pre-reading: Beliefs about Refugees activity in Google Classroom

🎀 Pre-reading: Beliefs about Refugees activity

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, January 6 8:00 AM

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👍 Describe FOUR things Charles Dickens experienced or observed (based on the DVD we watched) that somehow ended up in his story,

👍 Describe FOUR things Charles Dickens experienced or observed (based on the DVD we watched) that somehow ended up in his story, "A Christmas Carol". Explain how they each became a part of the written story. Please number each one.

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, December 16 11:23 AM

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👍A Christmas Carol (whole play) Quick Quiz in Google Classroom

👍A Christmas Carol (whole play) Quick Quiz

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, December 16 11:23 AM

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🎁FRIDAY WORK #1 Dec. 11th Connecting to the Theme in Google Classroom

🎁FRIDAY WORK #1 Dec. 11th Connecting to the Theme

Write you answers in the green boxes for each question. You may use your notes for this assignment.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, December 12 2:44 PM

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🎁 FRIDAY WORK #2 Dec. 11th  - FRECKLE Details & Evidence - At your level in Google Classroom

🎁 FRIDAY WORK #2 Dec. 11th - FRECKLE Details & Evidence - At your level

Complete this AFTER your 1st assignment today.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, December 12 2:44 PM

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✨Stage DIrections Assessment  in Google Classroom

✨Stage DIrections Assessment

Read the directions carefully. Type your aswers into the green boxes. We will complete, discuss, and correct this together in class. Be prepared to identify and analyze stage directions on the test! (Review this page for how to determine if a passage contains stage directions AND what information is being shared with the reader/actors in those directions).
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, December 10 9:13 AM

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✨Literary Terms for A Christmas Carol - Quick Check in Google Classroom

✨Literary Terms for A Christmas Carol - Quick Check

Choose the best answer for each question.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, December 12 2:44 PM

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✨Open Book Test - A Christmas Carol in Google Classroom

✨Open Book Test - A Christmas Carol

Using COMPLETE SENTENCES, wite your aswer to each question inn the gree boxes provided. Use text evidence (examples and quotes) whenever possible to support your claims.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Saturday, December 12 2:44 PM

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Act 2 Scene Summaries for

Act 2 Scene Summaries for "A Christmas Carol"

Record a summary of each scene in Act 2 RIGHT AFTER COMPLETING THE READING FOR THAT SCENE. Do not read the next scene without completing the summary of the one you just finished. Be careful to focus on only the events and dialogue displayed in the DRAMA version of this story. Do not focus on movies you have seen.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Friday, December 4 7:05 AM

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Vocabulary - Act 2 of

Vocabulary - Act 2 of "A Christmas Carol"

The first page is a reference page, provided as a review of the words discussed in class. Read the directions to each section BEFORE typing your answers. Type your answers into the green boxes.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Wednesday, December 2 4:05 AM

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CHANGES IN CHARACTER:    
Looking at THE TEXT for Act 1, what changes have occured in Scrooge so far?  Compare what you know about Scrooge at the beginning of the play with where things are at the end of ACT 1.  How has Scrooge Changed?  What caused this change?  Do you believe he will continue to change?  What makes you think so?  USE QUOTES FROM ACT 1 to support your thinking.  Limit your response to 2 paragraphs. in Google Classroom

CHANGES IN CHARACTER: Looking at THE TEXT for Act 1, what changes have occured in Scrooge so far? Compare what you know about Scrooge at the beginning of the play with where things are at the end of ACT 1. How has Scrooge Changed? What caused this change? Do you believe he will continue to change? What makes you think so? USE QUOTES FROM ACT 1 to support your thinking. Limit your response to 2 paragraphs.

After posting your response, comment on at least 2 other people's responses, offering feedback on what they did well and how they could better support their answers. (COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED)
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Sunday, November 29 10:05 PM

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7th Grade Memoir in Google Classroom

7th Grade Memoir

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, October 8 6:15 AM

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6th Grade Syllabus, Parent Email, and Textbook Covers - DUE Sept. 1 in Google Classroom

6th Grade Syllabus, Parent Email, and Textbook Covers - DUE Sept. 1

Students must cover their textbooks with BROWN heavy-duty paper, such as with a brown paper grocery bag or thick, brown butcher paper.  The student's name and class subject must be clearly labeled on BOTH the front and spine of the paper book cover.  Here is a link on how to do it: How to Cover a Textbook Video   The last page of the syllabus, parent email (described on the last page of the syllabus), and covered textbooks are all due by TUESDAY, Sept. 1st.
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Tuesday, September 1 4:21 AM

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Nearpod - Growth Mindset in Google Classroom

Nearpod - Growth Mindset

Please visit the Nearpod website and type in the class code for today's lesson (displayed on the board)
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Tuesday, September 1 7:19 PM

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Nearpod - Growth Mindset in Google Classroom

Nearpod - Growth Mindset

Please visit the Nearpod website and type in the class code for today's lesson (displayed on the board)
Created by Michelle Lajiness: Tuesday, September 1 7:19 PM

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What book did you enjoy the most this summer? Why? in Google Classroom

What book did you enjoy the most this summer? Why?

Created by Michelle Lajiness: Thursday, August 27 12:43 PM