Winter Holiday Assignment 2016 - All Classes
Winter Holiday Assignment - All Classes
Due Jan 3, 2017
November 14 Vocabulary
Homework due and test on Monday 21 November 2016
3. Three synonyms
4. An illustration (stick figures are fine, just be sure to show the meaning of the word or process.)
Reading Journal October - December 2016
These are student samples you should use to complete the journal entries for the first semester.
Instructions and mini-lessons completed in class.
This page will be updated throughout semester.
Day 1 ...more
News Debate: Phone Patrol_Homework October 4th-7th
- Read the article here and answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper.
- All questions with lines must be entirely filled in using complete sentences.
- Submit to Ms. Shillingburg by Friday October ...more
Welcome to English Language Arts 8 and AVID 7/8!
We will review the course syllabus in class during the first week of school, participate in icebreaker activities, dive into Reading and Writing ...more
Great Reading Lists: Middle and High School
Shout out and huzzahs to the Lopez Family for requesting an updated reading list!
Vlog Book Reviews in January
Early in December, we watched several teen book reviews on the 'net.
Your final semester project is to read a book and film a video book review.
Your original vlog will be played in class and ...more
Google Survey: Teen Reads
Go to the Google Form Here: http://goo.gl/forms/W0HY5w08eT and check the boxes for your TOP THREE favorite reading genres.
This is a homework assignment worth 20 points and is due by Friday 11/27/15 ...more
Many Rivers to Cross
Students who were absent during the week of October 26 - 30 will re-take the test on Episode 1 Tuesday 11/3 at lunch in room 310.
This is a powerful series that students can watch at home with their ...more
Literary Terms Test Wednesday 11/18
Please be sure to study the terms located on Quizlet and the classroom handout:
See me with questions!
Literary Terms Study Guide:
Study these terms for Wednesday’s Test ...more
Week of 11/2 PowerPoint: Freedom and Dreams
Please access this week's PowerPoint in the locker.
African American History is Important Every Month
This fascinating look at African American history narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is both engaging and significant all year long, because African American history is American history!
Episodes focus on different historical periods and include peripheral information important to the study of the United States - where we've come from, where we are, and where we are going.
Website may be accessed here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/video/
Welcome Back to School!
I hope you all enjoyed the summer! We are going to have a FANTABULOUS year - making friends and growing socially, emotionally, and academically. I'm so excited about all we will learn and do together as we explore reading, writing, speech, debate, and digital literacy!
Looking forward to forward to an UHmazing 2015-2016,
~ Ms. S ~
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2015
About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific ...more
Let's Care about the Earth Every Day!
Earth Day was April 22nd
- The History of Earth Day from The History Channel Online: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day
Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, ...more
March was Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 ...more
Diversity Makes for a Rich Tapestry
World History: The Renaissance
While Mr. Green - of "The Fault in our Stars" fame, has an interesting approach to the term "Renaissance," this Crash Course video does offer a thorough review of the period and precisely what we've ...more
Notes from "Ms. S"
A very special "Thank you" to all of those parents and guardians who participated in Denman's Parent/Teacher conference week in February. It was wonderful to meet each and every one of you!
"What are You Doing to Help Others?" -- The Legacy that Lives
On Monday January 19th we honored the great Civil Rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn More About this Great American Hero Here:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Essential Question was: "What are you doing to help others?" William Kamkwamba Answered
Common Core Home-Based Resource
This valuable tool from the SFUSD may help to inspire ideas for supporting students at home as we implement Common Core practices in the classroom.
I look forward to working with students for the rest of the year on critical reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or for brainstorming on how best to serve your child's potential.
The full document with all grade levels is available in my Locker.
Supporting Students in Middle School English Language Arts:
• Provide time and space for your student to read independently. This time should be free from distractions such as television.
• Ask your student what he or she learned from reading. Have him or her read the most interesting or useful sections aloud, and discuss how that knowledge can be used in real life.
• Assist your student in using references such as the Internet or a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words.
• Keep track of the time that your student spends reading every day. Note what kind of reading materials he or she likes (books, magazines, newspaper articles, the Internet, etc.). Then look for additional materials that would encourage your student to read more and/or subscribe to magazines or look for books or other materials about those topics that would motivate your student to read.
• It is also helpful when your student sees other people reading at home. You could share what you have read.
• Make time for conversation at home. Discuss current events, shared interests, and future aspirations for education and career.
• Visit museums, zoos, theaters, historical sites, aquariums, and other educational places to help increase your student’s exposure to new knowledge and vocabulary.
• Be sure your student has a library card. Students should select books they are interested in to develop a passion for reading. Many libraries have book clubs and family activities that make reading fun for the entire family.
• Use technology to help build your student’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers students can use to access those sites. Feel free to ask a librarian or teacher for suggestions.
ELA 8 Vocabulary
Please check this page weekly and see me with questions or for help