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September 4, 2013
We are about to begin reading our first novel for the year, The Lightning Thief.  You are not required to purchase the novel, but if you have a copy of it you are encouraged to bring it with you to class. I will also send home a permission form for students who wish to bring in an electronic copy of the novel. We will take approx. 3-4 weeks reading and analyzing this novel using author's craft, poetry, and characterization. 

November 4, 2013
We are currently writing our first essay.  We are writing an argument essay.  The topic will be about the student's favorite super hero.  This will be a fun assignment to write about, the kids seem excited.

November 18, 2013
We have all identified our favorite superhero and now we are on to reading and acting out Shakespeare's
The Tempest.  The students will read the Tempest and also bring in props to help them to better understand the play.

January 6, 2014
Welcome back!!!  This week we will finish our short stories and test on Thursday, Jan. 9th.  On Friday we will begin our research unit.

February 27, 2014
The class is now reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  So far the students appear to like reading the novel.  With this novel we will explore the many literary elements in an attempt to understand the author's purpose.