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Book People Won't Stop Talking About

This is where it ends


The Boyfriend (R.L. Stein)

Escape from Camp 14

You're Welcome, Unierse


The Great Gatsby

Relic Masters Part 1 (Catherine Fisher)

The Twisted Ones


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ready Player One

Looking for Alaska


Witch and Wizard


Tangerine (Edward Bloor)

Among the Free (Margaret Peterson Haddix)

Sandpiper (Ellen Witlinger)

Holding up the Universe (Jennifer Niven)

Dead End in Norvelt

Everything, Everything

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Rick Riordan)

Go Ask Alice

Needful Things

Museum of Thieves

Darius and Twig

Reached (Ally Condie)

A Night Divided

Shine (Jeri Smith-Ready)

Still Life with Tornado


The Shining (Stephen King)

The Girl Who Came Home (Hazel Gaynor)

What Light

Can I Keep My Jersey (Paul Shirley)

The Silent Boy

Warriors, Vision of Shadows

The Silent Boy

The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)

A Simple Plan

Pet Semetary

All the Bright Places

The Fault in our Stars


English 8



February 15, 2018


Today we didn't really have class but we played some games in 5th and started TKAM movie in 7 and 8. Be sure that you have the differences between the movie and the book in your notebook. You should be able to come up with about 10 things. I'll stamp when we get back.


Have a great break!


February 14, 2018


Today we talked about birds and read Ch. 17 (parts of 18) in most classes. Homework is book plugs due tomorrow.


February 13, 2018

Here are the TDQs for 13-16 due tomorrow. Today we read chapter 16 of TKAM and talked about some of the people who are parading through town on their way to the trial. Stamp quiz tomorrow!


February 12, 2018

Today we read chapter 15 and looked at a map of downtown Maycomb. We also talked about pronouns and antecedents as well as some of the "what ifs" in TKAM had Scout not responded the way she had.



February 9, 2018


Today we read half of 15 and looked at the storyboards for the first half of TKAM and updated character map.


Here are the BWCSTA



February 8, 2018


Today we read chapter 14 and finished up the storyboards in the comp lab.





February 7, 2018


Today we went over the TDQs and read chapter 13. We also talked about Foil Characters, Heredity, and the Caste System. In a sentence, Atticus and Scout believe that people are basically people, but Aunt Alexandra believes that some families are how they are because of heredity; however her theories don't really hold up under scrutiny. 

February 6, 2018


Today we did our 8-12 TDQs in class and finished chapter 12 and looked at some QPECs. I also put up the book plug, which we'll have to do before the 6 week grading period, but that's a lot of time considering our daily reading.



February 5, 2018


Today we reviewed the annotations and also Friday's quiz. We read all of ch. 12 of TKAM (in most classes) QPECs due tomorrow for stamp.


February 2, 2018


Today we had our Part 1 TKAM quiz and planner/stamp check. I'll get the grades up for the planner/stamp check soon, but the quiz grades are in. 

Be sure to read/annotate over the weekend. It should take 15-30 minutes or so.


February 1, 2018

Today we reviewed for our test and finished up chapter 11 and did an all class QPEC discussion which was fun. QPECs for 11 due tomorrow and study for quiz (top five on Quizizz get an automatic A)


January 31, 2018


Today we finished up some no red ink and started chapter 11.


January 30, 2018

Today we had parents stop by and we did our first Student Led QPEC discussion from TKAM. Let's get some more QPECs for ch. 10 in our notebooks tomorrow for a stamp. There are some big questions out there, specifically, who did Atticus not make a big deal of his ability to shoot, and how on earth could you not hold a gun for 30 years yet shoot better than the town sheriff? 


January 29. 2018


Today we finished Ch. 9 of TKAM and talked about semi-colons. Be sure to finish the No Red Ink Module (sorry we didn't have time today; will try to get the chrome books out tomorrow) as well as the practice quiz on Quizizz. 

Most of you have some QPECs for tomorrow's discussion on Chapter 9. I'll stamp these tomorrow.


January 26, 2018


Some of you guys were gone today, but we read basically half of chapter 9 of TKAM. We got to when Atticus says, "Sister, I do the best I can with them!" We also looked at our stocks and we also looked at some maps. Some maps were great. I'll put them all up on a powerpoint soon but I want to wait until Monday. Here are the BWCSTA for the day and last week. I'll try to get them listed properly. 

Homework is 4-5 QPECS two lines each for Ch. 9 (just the first half, sorry I don't know the page number exactly). Quality is better than quality so if you're not getting two stamps (or one stamp) do five. 



January 25, 2018

We looked at this and we worked mostly on our maps using the pdf of TKAM. 


January 24, 2018


Today we read chapter 8 and looked at some cool maps. The maps are due for a stamp on Friday and we worked in groups on TDQs. Do a total of six and the bold ones are mandatory. Use the book or PDF. Here are the questions


January 23, 2018

Today we read Chapters 6 and 7 and reviewed names on Quizlet. We also started our Annotated Maps project. The instructions are on the handout and it's due on Thursday. You can work on it tonight but also finish the online practice quiz. We'll do TDQs tomorrow.


January 22, 2018

Today we reviewed Run-On Sentences and we projected our QPECs from TKAM Ch. 5 and also took an online quiz. Be sure to take that quiz ASAP as it's going in the gradebook. If you did poorly, study and take it again before the end of the week. We also read to the middle of chapter 6.

January 19, 2018


Today we actually had independent reading. Please make sure you have a book on Monday. We also did a quick mini-grammar lesson on active/passive voice. You should have changed the words "The Passive Voice Should Never Be Used" To "Use the Active Voice," or "Writers should use the active voice."

We also read TKAM ch. 5 and QPECS (4) are due Monday. Have a great weekend. We also updated character maps adding Bob Ewell, Miss Maudie Atkinson and Miss Stephanie Crawford.

January 18


No slides presentation today because I was out but TDQs are due tomorrow if you didn't finish them. You don't need page numbers though or direct quotes. Sorry if there was confusion with the sub.

If you don't do them, you can always get them done over the weekend for a late stamp and I"ll make that stamp 80 percent rather than 70 percent.



January 17, 2018

Today we finished typing our essays and looked at some last minute pointers for the essays. Please check these out before submitting.


January 16, 2018
Today we talked about body paragraphs and looked at a sample essay. We started typing up our essays. I stamped the outlines which should have been done by today and we finished chapter 3 of TKAM. Tomorrow is the last day to type.


January 12, 2018


Today we started outlining our essays and we will finish this process on Tuesday and Wednesday. We also talked about introductions and what makes a good introductions. The Slides show has most of the notes, but the actual sample doc is here.


We also started Ch. 3 of TKAM and watched a short video of Barack Obama's final speech where he implored America to be more like Atticus Finch. Check it out.


January 11, 2018


Today we finished the questions from the Shamu Showdown and started the outline part of the essay. Once this is done, people can start typing their essay. They will be due by the end of class on Wednesday and all of the docs are online (see below). 


We also read Ch. 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird. The PDF is on the left if you didn't get to read it.



Kahoot to study for tomorrow.


January 10, 2018


Today we looked at two articles and annotated them. These annotations ("Orcas Do Not Belong in Captivity" and "SeaWorld appreciates whales, promotes Wildlife Conservation" are due tomorrow. Also due tomorrow are 5 QPECs from chapter 1 of TKAM. The graphic organizer is available to look at if you like and I've put the entire group of documents online if you lose one.


January 9, 2018

Today we started our argument essay. We annotated a Scholastic News article and watched and took notes on two videos. Tomorrow we'll annotate two more articles and start outlining on Thursday. I'll get all the necessary links up so you can keep track of everything. 

We also started To Kill a Mockingbird. We'll move through that book pretty quickly but we read up to the middle of chapter 1 today when Boo is locked up by his dad.


January 8, 2018


Today we reviewed the rules and talked about the historical context of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. We learned that TKAM is basically the only book she ever wrote (although she wrote Go Set a Watchman in 2015, shortly before her death). We also learned that this story was takes place during the depression, but was written during the Civil Rights Movement. We also talked about stocks and how the crash of the stock market led to a Depression. Our homework is to pick a stock and find its value (use Google Classroom). 



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