Monday
May272013

It's That Time, Class of 2013!

Wrap up time! All history books were due last Friday. Turn in any missing texts ASAP to avoid missing out on Great America, your yearbook, and the grad party.

The TKAM Southern Picnic and movie screening is this Thursday and Friday in class.  Be sure to check the sign-up sheet so that you bring your item(s) on time!

THIS WEEK'S CALENDER FILE ALSO HAS NEXT WEEK'S CALENDAR, SO BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PREVIEW

Thursday
May092013

TKAM Southern Picnic 2013 Signups

Sign up for an item to bring in and share :)  I'll also update the list based on what people choose in class.

Thursday
May092013

TKAM Southern Picnic 2013 Signups

Sign up for an item to bring in and share :)  I'll also update the list based on what people choose in class.

Sunday
Apr212013

It's That Time!

What time?

It's two weeks until STAR testing...one day of ELA, one day of math, one day of 6-8th grade history, and one day of 8th grade science.

It's six weeks until Play Day, Great America, promotion...then high school.

It's also time for To Kill a Mockingbird and for the lead-up to the Civil War!

In particular, for TKAM, daily homework will fluctuate somewhat.  Because each class is different, and depending on the questions and needs of students, how far we read each day will vary.  So, be sure to check the board for specific due dates based on each day's reading.  In any case, the TKAM daily postcard (a quick communication from one character to another describing & illustrating what happened in that day's reading) will always be due on the next day of class.

And be on the lookout for our TKAM Southern Picnic signup sheet and Film Viewing Days!

Sunday
Mar242013

A short but serious update

I have important update Hello everybody. 
I want to let you know that I'm okay, but I sustained a pretty severe hand injury this weekend.
As result I, would just ask you to please be patient with me if I'm not able to post things or respond to emails as promptly as you might have hoped. 
I am hopeful that the doctors will be able to remove all of the stitches in about two weeks and that I will have full use of my hands sometime after that. Until then, I would ask for your patience and support as I recover from this injury.
Thank you,
Ms. Aviña
Tuesday
Mar192013

Heading West for Change!

In history, we're in the West and discussing slavery and reform movements. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming unit packet/enrichment and testing dates.

In literature, we're wrapping up Mexican folktales and revising poetry.  Soon, we'll be preparing for To Kill a Mockingbird!

 

Sunday
Feb242013

Poetry - Internment

Listen to Lawson Inada read his poem "Concentration Constellation" and view the text with background information.

Wednesday
Jan302013

Farewell to Manzanar

We're halfway though our latest book, Farewell to Manzanar.  The true story of one family's experiences during the Japanese internment of World War 2, it's a much different book than the others we read.  As non-fiction, there is a great deal of historical information.

We are fortunate to be able to have the Okunos, a couple in Saratoga, visiting us within the next few weeks to share their personal experiences in the Poston and Heart Mountain camps.  The Okunos have come to Redwood several times over the past years to talk with students.

Be sure to check out the FTM files in the sidebar if you need to download a copy of any of the class handouts.

Tuesday
Dec112012

Sameness Brochure & Character Sensory Figures

Look in "The Giver Files" in the sidebar for the Sameness Brochure template.  And if you'd like a CSF template to trace, those are in "Lit Stuff & LJ Resources".

Enjoy!

Tuesday
Dec042012

Foreign Affairs (ch.12) Comic Strips

Woohoo!

Below are links to the sites mentioned in class that will help with the Challenges of Foreign Affairs Dilemmas, as well as examples of what you can make in each.

Remember that you do not need to register or enter any personal info if you use either site, but you will need to if you want to save your comics in the online portfolio for Strip Generator.  You can save comics pretty easily on ToonDoo so that they can be edited later.  You can only save your comics made on Make Beliefs Comix by following the instructions on the site to save the strips to your computer.

MakeBeliefsComix.com

 

StripGenerator.com