Looking for a historical fiction book?

Hi 7th graders,

It’s almost the 3rd trimester and you know what that means…time to read historical fiction!

Next trimester’s Book Talk genre is historical fiction. According to ReadWriteThink.org (and many other sources), historical fiction is written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event. Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past. So, if you want to read a book set during the Civil Rights Movement (mid-1950s to late 1960s), it needs to have been written sometime after 1985.

History is long, so there are multitude of magnificent books in this genre. It might be difficult to pick just one!

Check out the links below for tons of suggestions:

We are picking third trimester presentation dates this Friday, February 22, 2019.

Learning from Mistakes and Appreciating Others

Dear 7th graders,

Making a bad choice does not define who we are as individuals; it is our actions afterwards that demonstrate our true character. By the same token, acknowledging the goodness we see in others encourages us to share our own gifts.

In order to grow as a person, you need to acknowledge the mistakes you have made and appreciate the good things you have in your life. This apology / thank you letter is an opportunity to reflect on your choices, grow in your moral development, and build the courage to act for the common good.

If you were sitting at the lunch table closest to the stage during the spaghetti lunch on Tuesday, December 10, please review the assignment sheet for the Formal Apology letter. Your double-spaced rough draft is due Thursday, December 12, 2019.

If you were sitting at any other table at lunch on Tuesday, December 10, please review the assignment sheet for the Formal Thank You letter. Your double-spaced rough draft is due Thursday, December 12, 2019.

The final hand written draft of your letter is due Friday, December 13, 2019. It is worth 10 points in Language Arts.

Please contact Ms. Rzegocki with any questions.


Ms. Rzegocki and Mr. Tice

“The Highwayman”

Hi 7th graders,

To prepare for our discussion tomorrow, please watch the animated version of “The Highwayman” below. When you have finished, answer the three questions beneath the video in your Literature/LA notebook. As usual, you need to write in complete sentences.

Make sure to include examples from the story that support your opinions and inferences!

L.O. I can analyze the impact of using animation to tell the story of “The Highwayman”

S.L.E. Think critically and solve problems

Questions for tomorrow’s discussion

  1. How do the illustrations add to the meaning or mood (feeling) of the poem?
  2. Why do you think the artist chose this style of art (flowing, dreamy, less defined) rather than more precise images?
  3. Is there anything you would have changed about this vision of the poem? What would you do differently and why?

Remember to answer in complete sentences and include specific examples from the animation that support your ideas.


Text to Film Comparison for “The Lottery”

Hi 8th graders,

We’re continuing to practice literary analysis (having an opinion, backing it up with evidence, and explaining exactly how your evidence supports your opinion) – hooray! Your 2-3 paragraph comparisons are due on Friday, 11/1, for Thomas and Monday, 11/4, for Mansfield. You can review the film here:

Make sure to use evidence from the text and the film to support your response to the prompt!