Lesson Plans Sept 24-28

Monday: Students will begin thinking about some of the big themes from “Freak the Mighty”. They will also begin Vocabulary study for the novel.

Tuesday: Begin Research on bullying and Knights of the round table to create background knowledge for the novel.

Wednesday: Students will complete research and play a vocabulary game.

Thursday: We will begin reading “Freak the Mighty”

Friday: Students will begin a character analysis of the two main characters from “Freak the Mighty”.


Monday: Students will begin research on the Holocaust in order to create background knowledge for our upcoming novel study.

Tuesday: Students will continue Webquest research.

Wednesday: Students will begin researching groups and youth that resisted the Nazi movement during the Holocaust.

Thursday: Continue research on Nazi resisters.

Friday: Continue research.

Lesson Plans Sept. 17-21

Monday: Students will be working on a Flocabulary assignment for Characterization.

Tuesday: Students will continue working on Characterization. They will watch a powerpoint and take notes on different examples of characterization.

Wednesday: Students will complete a Character trait escape room with a partner.

Thursday: Students will review for a test over Character Traits by playing Grudgeball.

Friday: Test over Character Traits.

Lesson Plans September 10-14

Monday: Students will review the RACE strategy for answering questions. Using that strategy, students will practice answering questions completely.**Anyone that failed the plot structure quiz on Friday can retake it today.

Tuesday: We will reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. Students will read about lives, and then they will learn about what happened to them on that fateful day. Some survived, some did not.

Wednesday: Students will learn new vocabulary for “The Mission” from Scholastic Magazine then read the story.

Thursday: Students will continue working on activities from “The Mission”. They will be looking at the plot and setting, making inferences on character traits and also making connections to it and an expository text.

Friday: Students will take notes on character traits.


Same as regular classes.

Lesson Plans September 3-7

Monday: Labor Day

Tuesday: Complete Plot Escape Room. TED Talk Tuesday

Wednesday: Plot/Setting Stations

Thursday: Finish Plot/Setting Stations

Friday: Plot Quiz


Monday: Labor Day

Tuesday: Complete Plot Escape Room. TED Talk Tuesday

Wednesday: Plot Quiz

Thursday: Vocabulary for “The Most Dangerous Game”

Friday: Students will read “The Most Dangerous Game” and answer questions.

Lesson Plans August 27-31

Monday: Introduction of the Book of Month assignment.

Tuesday: TED Talk Tuesday: We will watch a TED talk and analyze the meaning and how it can relate to us. We will also begin a universal screener to determine reading levels.

Wednesday: We will complete the universal screener.

Thursday:We will review the Plot Diagram and the different parts of plot. Students will rotate through different plot stations to practice the skill

Friday: Finish up plot stations.

Lesson Plans August 20-24

Monday: Set up Notebooks, Read “Thank you Mr. Falker” and practice reader’s response

Tuesday: Universal Screener

Wednesday: Why do we read? Discuss reading strategies, stations to practice

Thursday: Continue Reading Strategy Stations

Friday: Book Tasting!

Advanced Reading:

Monday: Set up Notebooks, Read “Thank you Mr. Falker” and practice reader’s response, discuss “Outsiders” project

Tuesday: “Outsiders” test

Wednesday: Why do we read? Discuss reading strategies, stations to practice

Thursday: Universal Screener

Friday: Book Tasting!

Welcome to 7th Grade Reading!

It’s been a fun summer, but I am so excited to get this year kicked off! We are going to be doing a lot of reading this year and working on thinking deeper. This is my 2nd year teaching at White Oak and my 7th year teaching in all.  I was a 13 year Roughneck and walked these very halls as a middle school student. After experiencing other districts, I can honestly  say that WO is the best school around.

My goal is to create an environment that fosters communication, collaboration and critical thinking. I hope students enjoy coming to my class, but it’s not going to be easy! I believe ALL students can learn if they put forth the effort. I want to push everyone to their next level (whatever level that may be for each student).

I look forward to a great year and working with all these Roughnecks!

Summer Assignments for Advanced Reading for 2018-19

Welcome to Advanced Reading! Each week, on Thursday, an assignment over “The Outsiders” will be posted. Most of the time it will be a discussion question or a short assignment. It will be due the following Wednesday.

I completely understand that a lot of people will be out of town throughout the summer, so if you miss an assignment here and there, it’s ok. Just try and catch up. Again, it will mostly be just discussion questions so as long as you are reading the book, you should be fine and the assignment not difficult.

This first week it is an assignment to help you get acquainted  with the time period.

If you haven’t joined my Google Classroom yet, I have sent an email link for you to join and here is the class code: tqbxzp2

If you don’t participate and complete these assignments, you won’t be able to be in advanced reading in the fall.

Hope you have a great summer and I’m looking forward to your thoughts on “The Outsiders”!