Monthly Archives: December 2012

Writing Workshop and the GWA

The Georgia Writing Assessment is January 23rd this year. That gives us just over two weeks after you return from the holidays to hone our ideas and writing style! We will hold a two-week writing workshop, focusing on sentence structure, ideas, and adding pizzaz to writing!

It’s going to be good.

Final Exam Schedule

2012 Winter Exam SchedPrioritize and study! You should be studying no less than 1/2 hour per night. Try the different study strategies we’re practicing in class.

Final Exam Review

My school computer is functional again!!  It’s amazing how much easier this makes keeping up with posts, etc.!  Here’s my sneaky (not so sneaky) plan for helping you review this year.  I’m assigning a different study strategy and “homework” piece each night to try to help you space out your studying during the week before the final exam.  Each assignment will take between 10 and 40-minutes and should help you prepare for a different section of the language arts exam.  Here’s what we’ve done so far.





 Verbals (Infinitives, Gerunds, Participles and their functions)

 Complete practice problems– This works in math, too. 


 Skill: Summarizing

 Complete a summary of what you read.  This works in social studies and science, too.  If you can summarize key points, you can be pretty sure you understand a concept.


 Skill: Comparing texts and points-of-view and answering essay questions

 Predict what essay questions the teacher might include on the exam and answer them!  Even if the essay question doesn’t appear on the test, odds are the concepts will be addressed in a multiple-choice or short answer question!

 Stay tuned for tomorrow and Friday’s skill-building homework assignments! 


Remember:  Please make sure your composition notebook is in the classroom when you leave for break.  I will be scoring those over the holiday.




Ok, fine, I’ll watch an episode of Pretty Little Liars

Hey All,

It has been a while since my last blog update! I’ve been a bit more consistent with Edmodo, so check posts there, too.

The latest big project was our video book review project (instructions, etc. on Edmodo). As we’re wrapping up watching these, I’d like to announce the top two most-reviewed books for this year!

First, Divergent and other book in the series by Veronica Roth.

Second, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard and other books in the series.

So, congratulations to us for reading, but ladies and gents, it’s time to kick it up a notch! Starting at the end of January/beginning of February, we’re going to read substantial books that might be considered classics! Get ready. This kind of deep reading will really help prepare you for high school, it will have an impact on your writing, and it will challenge you to think deeply. We’re also refocusing on vocabulary, so dig out those cards!

What’s up before the holidays? We’re wrapping up our “non-fiction” text, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer (Parents, this is a good read for any age, but the author actually adapted it from a novel called Manhunt he wrote for adults. If you’re looking for an interesting historical read, read along with your student.

Finals are coming up in a few weeks, so brush up on those phrases. Schedule your help-session now, so you don’t have to be stressed the last few days before finals. A good habit is to study for 10-minutes per class per night–no matter if you think “you have homework” or not.

STUDY EXTRA: This guy knows what he’s talking about. Check out his video about how to improve study skills.