Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I have moved my website from a blog to a Google site: please visit the site below from now on:

Click here for new website!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mastery Club (extra credit) And Letter to Self Extra Credit

For those of you deciding to do the Letter to Self JOURNAL OF AWESOMENESS (hopefully you said that in an all powerful voice- because that's the way I was saying it as I was typing!) go to this page to see lots of downloadable worksheets to fill out and add to your project, as well as hints and additional ideas on things to add for each section.

Remember this project is only as good as you make it out to be. You definitely want to put in even the minimal amount of effort and at least complete the packet. Trust me! As everyone else is getting back this amazing project as a senior and you are standing alone in a corner because you didn't a) do it at all OR b) turn it in, you will be regretting it big time. Don't be that guy! Make this project amazing and you will appreciate it in years to come.

Click here to go to the page with Letter to Self Extras! (you know in case you didn't click in the above area!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SOUNDCLOUD Scary Music From Class

Here is the music we have been using in the classroom as we write our scary stories:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Calendar Move

I have moved to a live calendar feed of Google calendar, please check out the calendar tab/page to see the most updated activities and homework happening on!

  Click here to go to the calendar page!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Readers Response Journal

For those of you needing a bigger copy of the journal prompts here you go:

You can download and print this for yourself by hitting the download button on the crocodoc. Let me know if you need anything else!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How to Advance Through a Playlist on

As we move into a more self-paced unit, some of you independent readers are going to want to move ahead in the videos. I am putting all of the videos in a playlist on for the novel Night. Think of the tutorials as the daily lesson in class that we have "flipped" and moved home for homework. The tutorials are then put into a playlist, or a unit of study. You can move through the unit of study at your own pace! See the diagram below to see how you do it! You just click in the top right hand corner of the playlist to move to the next concept/lesson! Good luck as you start this journey on your own (well some of you!) I am excited to see how you do with this unit!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I have created a new private class instagram for students and parents a like. Ever wonder what your students do in class every day, all day! Drop on by our class instagram for a daily class peek! I am so excited to start this new adventure in social networking and sharing with you. Find me on instagram at:


(it is a private account so I have to recognize you and accept you to view the photos to protect the privacy of the students). If I might not recognize you right off please shoot me an e-mail with your instagram info and who you are or belong to so I can regulate the traffic!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dirk's Story

Started a new proficiency today, attempt #1 for historical fiction on: inference, textual support, theme, and author's purpose.

Dirk's story and it's corresponding proficiency will be due at the end of the period on Friday 3-1-13!

Homework this week:
Tuesday: Responding to Literature in a Paragraph
Wednesday: Semicolons and Colons

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Unit, Historical Fiction

We are starting another reading/literature unit; this time on historical fiction. We will be looking at literature from the Holocaust. We will be reading and analyzing short stories, poems, and the novel Night by Ellie Wiesel.

Students have really enjoyed this unit in the past, as it is something they have not previously learned about. I have found that these readings are some of the more difficult- higher level text complexity- they will read all year yet the engagement and comprehension remains high. I am excited to start this unit with you!

Click Here for the link to the page all about this unit (part one- short stories)

Click Here for the link to the page all about this unit (part two- novel)

Click Here for the link to the page with calendars for more day by day information.