Category Archives: Period One

Literary Terms Quiz

Remember, we have a lit terms quiz tomorrow.  If you need a copy of one or more of the completed notes sheets, you will find them under the “Literature” section of your period folder in Dropbox.  Good Luck!

Wanted: A Friend

Write a quick classified advertisement for a friend.  What are the most important qualities you look for in a friend?  Consider including specifics about the job description, talents/qualities, requirements, benefits, and/or challenges.


For tomorrow, please compose a paragraph in which you address the following questions:

Define “other”.

How do you consider the concept of “others”?

Who are the “others” in our society?

Be ready to discuss your response together tomorrow.  See you then!

iPad Pilot

I’ll miss seeing you guys today, but I am so excited that you’re getting your iPads!  I’ve got a few things planned for using them this week, so be sure to send me that email at, and put your period number in the subject line, so that I may invite you to Dropbox.  This way we can share files digitally on the iPads.  Have a great time, and I will see you on Wednesday.

Our Classroom Rules!

First things first.  I plan on organizing our classroom handouts and resources in Dropbox.  So, I will need you to send me an email message at with your class period number in the subject line.  This will allow me to invite you through your email to our Dropbox class folder.

Next, since this blog is where you’ll pick up homework assignments that were posted on the board in class (and maybe even some that were not!), you need to make a habit of checking the blog daily to be prepared for tomorrow.  Speaking of tomorrow…Please complete the  “Our Classroom Rules!” sheet tonight so that we can set up some classroom guidelines together and maybe even enjoy a little music while we’re at it.

I hope you had a great first day in eighth grade!  I know I did!

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Welcome to eighth grade English Language Arts in Room 19.  I am so excited to meet all of you and get started with our reading, writing, and expressing together this year.  We need to work really hard, but I promise to try to make it as fun and interesting as possible.  One of my favorite famous person quotes is: 

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.”

This is how I feel about you.  Do you know who wrote it?  What is your favorite quote?