Category Archives: Period Six

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!

Book Spine Poetry

So far, I am loving the book spine poems you’ve created. We will have time in the Media Center on Tuesday to photograph your poems.  Then the final product, with your analysis paragraph, will be due on Friday of this week.  If you need to double check the assignment sheet, you can find it in our period folder in Dropbox.  I’m looking forward to another great week with you!

Book Spine Poetry

Just a Sample

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?