Welcome to Mr. Shore’s class!
This year, I will be teaching two classes: Interdisciplinary Language Arts (7th and 8th grade) and Creative Writing (7th grade).
The Interdisciplinary Language Arts class will be a second language arts class that will read, participate in engaging discussions about what was read, and provide extra support in the skills learned in language arts (for example, figurative language, conflict, characterization, etc.).
"Quote Wednesday" quotes
*"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't." (Mark Twain)
*"Mediocrity is excellent in the eyes of mediocre people, and we don't wan't to be mediocre." (Lou Campanelli)
*"Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react." (Charles Sindoll)
*"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
*"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward." (Abraham Lincoln)
*"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it's stupid." (Albert Einstein)
*"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." (Wayne Gretzky)
*"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." (Muhammad Ali)
*"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?" (Rober H. Schuller)
*"If watchin' is all you're gonna' do, then you're gonna' watch your life go by without ya'." (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
*"When you're good at something, you'll tell everybody. When you're great at something, they'll tell you." (Walter Payton)
CW: We are working on fact, opinion, relevancy and accuracy. There will be an assessment next Wednesday. This will lead into a journalism unit.
ILA: We are reading chapters 17-24 in "My Life as a Stuntboy." There will be an assessment on those chapters and the corresponding vocabulary next Wednesday.
ALL: Monday (4/24) will be a library day. It will most likely be our last library day of the year, so take advantage of it and check something out! (The library will be closed for use during the SOLs in May).
CW: We have been going over the proper uses of apostrophes. There will be an assessment on apostrophe usage and comma usage Thursday, 3/30.
ILA: We are reading chapters 9-16 in "My Life as a Stuntboy." There will be an assessment on chapters 9-16 as well as the vocabulary from the unit on Friday, 3/31. We have also started our book talks. Every student will present a summary of the book they are currently reading on their own, worth two grades (one for the summarization learning target, one for the presentation learning target).
CW: Capitalization PIP is Tuesday, 3/21. We will then be working on apostrophes. We will make apostrophe collages, so if you have any old newspapers or magazines, feel free to bring them to class (we'll be cutting them up). Also, there will be a No Red Ink assignment on apostrophes.
ILA: Capitalization PIP and the My Life as a Stuntboy Ch. 1-8 & vocabulary assessment are on Tuesday, 3/21. We will then continue with the book.
CW: Students are finishing their scripts and final drafts for their dialogue presentation/essay for Thursday. Students will perform their script with their partner and each will hand in a final copy that demonstrates proper dialogue rules (quotation marks, commas, new paragraphs, etc.).
ILA: Students are reading chapters 5-8 of "My Life as A Stuntboy" this week.
CW: Students are working in pairs to create a scene with dialogue. They have been given a scenario. Students will perform the scene together in front of the class. Then, each will rewrite their own scripts into a formal story form. Rubric and example are in the "Files and Documents" tab. Thursday there will be a quick capitalization and quotation assessment.
ILA: Thursday there will be a quick check assessment on the capitalization rules. Students will begin reading My Life as a Stuntboy this week.
CW: Students are writing a letter to a Parkside faculty member of their choice, telling them why they make such a difference. The rubric is in the "Files and Documents" tab. Once graded, students will then type up revised letters and deliver them to said teacher. There is a new No Red Ink assignment on comma usage, due Wednesday, 2/15.
ILA: Students learned about the different hook types to use in their introduction paragraphs. For their assessed assignment, students will write introduction paragraphs for all seven hook types that answer given prompts. The powerpoint on hooks and the assignment rubric are in the "Files and Documents" tab. There is a new No Red Ink assignment on adjectives and adverbs, and it is due Sunday, 2/12.
CW: Students will work on constructing a letter, with an intended audience in mind.
ILA: For a grade, students will complete a plot diagram of the class novel (Freak the Mighty for 7th, Crash for 8th). There is a reading assignment on the class blog: students should be reading for homework and at the end of the week fill in how many pages they read and write a short summary of what happened in the pages they read.
ILA: Today was the last day to work on the novel essay in class. It is due at the beginning of class tomorrow (Tuesday). Tuesday we will begin a project based on the novel: students will have a choice of either making yearbook pages for the two main characters, or students will write a scene/chapter from the point of view of the other character. The rubric (with directions) is on the Useful Documents tab. Students do have homework! Students should be reading every night (we go to the library every other week, so they should have a book). At the end of the week they have to do the assignment on the blog; they have to tell me how many pages they read and do the assignment (either write a summary of what they read, find figurative language, describe the main character, or another assignment based on literary elements). If they cannot access the blog, they can still send the homework via email or write it and hand it in on paper. This week, students also have three assignments on No Red Ink. Assignments are due 1/23.
CW: Students will be working on a third picture prompt, with a Floyd Cooper illustration. They will present their story in front of the class this week for a grade. Wednesday students will go to the library to see Mr. Cooper present his work. We will then be going back over commas in order to PIP that previous assessment. There is also one new assignment on No Red Ink.
Happy New Year!
Creative Writing: Hook assignments were due Monday. Please make sure yours is turned in. Next Wednesday (1/11/17), we will attending illustrator Floyd Cooper's guest lecture at Parkside as he discusses how he makes his illustrations and their relationship to the books they appear in. To prepare, we will be working with and becoming familiar with some of his published images.
ILA: After finishing our respective class novels prior to break, students began writing an end-of-the-book essay. The essay has three learning targets attached to it, therefore it is worth three grades. Students will continue working on it Thursday and Friday in class. The essays are due Monday. The rubric is in the Useful Documents folder. Also, we will be doing our quarterly book talks once again. Students have until Friday to sign up for a date. The last day to possibly sign up for is 1/23. Students cannot sign up for a presentation on 1/17. Student should share their desired date with me via the class blog post, email, tweet (@MrPShore), or paper.
Creative Writing: The powerpoint on writing hooks and the rubric for the hooks assignment are uploaded on the "Useful Documents and Files" tab.
ILA: Students took a test on their recent chapters of the class novel as well as vocabulary from the novel. We are continuing on in the book.
Creative writing: Students took an assessment today on comma rules and capitalization rules.
Creative writing: We are reviewing the rules for using commas. There will be an assessment on the rules for comma usage and capitalization Wednesday, December 7. The powerpoint with the rules is in the files and documents page. There is also a homework assignment on No Red Ink.
Interdisciplinary language arts (7 & 8): We continuing to read the next few chapters of our class novel. There will be an assessment on the chapters and the given vocabulary the following week. Students should also be reading at home and doing their reading assignment on the class blog.
Documents for students to study at home for their assessments Friday have been uploaded to the "Files and Documents" tab of this page. Creative Writing has the writing process powerpoint. Interdis. LA 8 has a study guide for Crash chapters 16-22. Interdis. LA 7 has a complete study guide for the entire Freak the Mighty book (but we are currently working on chapters 11-13). I also uploaded directions on where to find the SLMS page and how to log in.
All students should be reading every night for homework. Interdisciplinary language arts students should be going to the class blog and responding to the reading assignment.
10/7/16: Class codes for No Red Ink:
10/4/16: Great news to share: our class blogs are finally active. Yesterday, all classes went to the computer lab to learn how to get there and interact with the page. To get there: 1) go to the Parkside website, 2) hover over the classes tab and click on "Log into Classes (SLMS)", 3) log in with the same user name and password you use to sign onto the computers in school.
Homework Policy: Homework assignments will consist of completing tasks on NoRedInk.com, working on long-term projects (when applicable), and completing unfinished classwork (when applicable).
In the interdisciplinary language arts class, students will also be required to check out a book from the library and read at home. They will provide weekly updates on their progress (with rewards for the class with the most pages read). Students will also be asked to give short “book talks” to share with the class upon completion.
About Me: I graduated from Emerson College (Boston, Mass.) in 2011 with a B.S. in Print & Multimedia Journalism. At Emerson, I captained the school’s Division 3 men’s lacrosse team and worked in the sports department at The Boston Globe.
This will be my 2nd year as a full-time teacher at Parkside Middle School. I also coach the boys’ soccer team and the girls’ JV basketball team.
Outside of my Parkside duties, I coach lacrosse at Freedom-South Riding High School in Loudoun County. I also still do freelance writing for Lacrosse Magazine, New England Lacrosse Journal, New England Soccer Journal, and New York Hockey Journal.
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