WHAT WE DID: 3/2

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Complete ERWC final draft
    • STAR360 Reading Assessment
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • STAR360 Reading Assessment

THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND, IS READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THEODOR GEISEL (AKA DR. SEUSS)!

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WHAT WE DID: 2/27

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS

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Jacqueline Woodson’s awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award — both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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If you would like to learn more about Jacqueline Woodson, go to her website: http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/all-about-me/my-biography/

WICKED

For those of you who didn’t know, there is another story connected to The Wizard of Oz called Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by Gregory Maguire, which was turned into a Tony award-winning Broadway musical called Wicked. The story centers Elphaba,  the misunderstood, smart, and fiery girl of emerald-green skin who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda, the beautiful, blonde, popular girl who grows up to become Glinda the Good Witch of the South.

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Could it be that SMS has the great, great grand-daughter of Elphaba??? Only time will tell…

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thanks, Angela, for being a good sport!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 9/25 – 10/1

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK has been held during the last week of September since 1982. Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

Exercise your First Amendment rights and read a banned book – maybe you already have! In that case, read another one!!

Just a handful of previously banned and challenged books:

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Harper Lee

HARRY POTTER – J.K. Rowling

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS – Dav Pilkey

THE HOLY BIBLE

THE GIVER – Lois Lowry

BLUBBER – Judy Blume

MY BROTHER, SAM, IS DEAD – James Lincoln Collier

JUNIE B. JONES – BARBARA PARK

FARENHEIT 451 – RAY BRADBURY

A WRINKLE IN TIME – Madeline L’Engle

GOOSEBUMPS – R.L. Stein

THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS – Katherine Paterson