on Monday, November 4, 2013

Two Chances

You have the opportunity to earn extra credit.  This is a rare chance so take advantage.  Since you have the week off you have plenty of time to complete each task.

Task One

Reading:  You are to complete any one of the choices below using your independent book for the week.  Choose something that appeals to you and your interests :)

Option One:

The Graphic Novel Version
Everything from the Bible to “Twilight” to “The Art of War” is being turned into a graphic novel. How would the book you’re currently reading be transformed by this genre? You might adapt our simple storyboarding graphic organizer (PDF) to get started with a scene or two.
Option Two:
Bring the Beat
Create (and record, and add liner notes explaining) a soundtrack for a book you’re reading, or invent a rap about it, as these Stanford students did about the biology of how the body converts food into energy.
Option Three: 
Current events

Select FIVE current news or feature stories from television or news magazines that you think  your character would be interested in. Then explain how your character would respond to each of the stories and the opinions your character would have about what was happening in the story.

Task Two 

Blog: Choose your own topic!

You must choose a topic from wonderopolis.org  and give a blog post expanding on what you have learned.

The format will be the same as all other blogs, however you do not have to include a "top ten list."

Good Luck and I look forward to reading all the blog posts this week!

Violent Video Games... What is your Stance?

on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Violent Video Games

Take a look at both sides of the arguments for violent video games and what they cause people to do daily.  Do they really cause people to act out in violent ways or are they simply entertainment?  Read the articles and view the videos to make your decision...

Taken from procon.org


Article One: PBS Article on video game myths "debunked"

Article Two: Pro's and Con's chart ("Do violent video games contribute to youth violence?")

Article Three: Background of "Violent Video Games" 

Article Four: Pro's and Con's from experts


Choose your side and defend it! Feel free to comment below on your view with support for your side.

What are the teachniques?

on Thursday, October 17, 2013


We have been discussing television and print ads as part of our non-fiction unit.  Take a look below at the four television ads and explain which techniques are being used in each.  (Give your answer on the padlet below the videos)

Advertisement One

Non-Fiction Part Two

on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Digging up the Past

The first emperor of China held many secrets.  In class we read two non-fiction pieces to peak our interest.  Below you will find videos and articles to further your knowledge on this subject.  Explore the videos and articles to gather the background knowledge needed for your next blog post!

Informational Videos

Informational Articles

1. National Geographic article

2. Time For Kids article

3. History.com mini article

4. LiveScience article

Weekend Fun In English!

on Friday, October 4, 2013

Word Game Fun

This weekend will be filled with nice weather, fun, AND LEARNING!

If you are up for the challenge I dare you to click the link below and complete each level of the game.

You may even finish the game with a little extra knowledge!



Super Croc!

on Tuesday, October 1, 2013


As we begin studying non-fiction we will be reading information articles and more!  Today we begin with Super Croc!

Below are the videos and articles we have started with as we begin our journey into non-fiction!


Comparing Super Croc to Humans

Super Croc facts

Super Croc Facts Question sheet

Super Croc article

Super Croc Article 2


Easy Super Croc Article

Friday Video Reaction

on Friday, September 27, 2013

Post your thoughts about THEME on the wall below the video (Read the question on the Wall)