Welcome to my site, students and parents!
Please be aware that this site is ongoing and being updated on a continual basis.
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
- spoken by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do,
for which we are accountable."
All students are encouraged to read on a nightly basis from Sept. until June in an Independently Chosen Novel. If we have time-consuming nightly assignments, consisting of either writing, reading, or vocabulary, then independent reading can take a back seat.
Reading at least 8-10 novels independently throughout the school year will increase students' comprehension skills, advance their vocabulary, and help students become more global thinkers; using any spare time to pick up a book and "get lost" in another world is highly recommended!
Parents, care to see what grades your child has achieved thus far? Ask to see his/her Marking Period Grade Sheet; this document should be located in the front of each English binder! Each time students get handed back an assignment, test, or quiz, they are asked to record their grade onto this sheet and self-reflect on their performance.
Students' self-reflections provide parents with valuable insight into their child's personal academic needs and sense of achievement.
Upcoming Tests and Assignments
- May 22 - June 10: We are moving right along with the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Nightly reading and occassional homework activities will need to be completed by students.Please see student agenda and below for reading and/or assignment due dates.
- Reading Chart: Read the following chapters on the eve of the indicated dates: cpt 5 on 5/22, cpt 6 on 5/23, cpt 7 on 5/28, BEGINNING of cpt 8 on 5/30, end of cpt 8 on 5/31, cpt 9 on 6/3, cpt 10 on 6/4, and cpt 11 on 6/5. Quizzes given the day after.
- If your child has lost his/her novel, or has left the novel at school, please click the link below to access the full length text on-line.
Useful Web-Site Links
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Full length text on line
Class Notes and Worksheets
Formal Paragraph Response - FPR -
Literary Terms I
Grade 7 - Literary Elements and Terms - II
Active Reading Strategies - How to be an effective, involved reader.
Active Reading Strategies - Rubric
Sentence Variety - Various sentence types to study and use in your writing