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​November 23: We took a few minutes today to look at Alden Nowlan's poem, "An Exchange of Gifts​."  

November 16: We will begin a short story writing assignment this week.  Click here for instructions​.

November 9: Click here for Patrick Waddington's short story, "The Street That Got Mislaid​."  There are questions to answer at the end of the story.

October 31: Today we will begin by reading Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven​."  Then, we'll watch the Simpsons' version.

October 30: Today we are beginning a descriptive writing exercise​ that will be completed by end of class Wednesday (6I) or Thursday (6H).

October 25: Today is a half day, so we won't have much time.  We will begin Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."  Click here for the poem and worksheet​.  The idea of the worksheet is to fill in real words that fit (nouns where a noun is needed; verbs where an action is appropriate, etc.).

October 24: Students' fables due tomorrow.  Click here for the rubric we co-constructed.  Students should be able to check "Yes" in every box except,"Do my animals have proper names? They shouldn't have."  This one should be "No."

October 10: ​We will begin the week with an introduction to capitalization.  Each day this week, we'll work on a short capitalization exercise (proper nouns, titles, first word in a quotation, etc).  Then, click here for Shirley Jackson's short story, "Charles."  We will be looking at "Charles" to learn about what goes into developing characters in a short story​.

September 26: Today we are learning how to write a limerick​.

September 19: Click here for Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by Woods."

September 18: Click here for Robert Currie's poem, "My Poems​."  

September 15: Click here for a definition of "fable" (this should already be in your notebook). Read this example of a simple fable about a robin who forgot what was important. Click here for some examples of morals/lessons you could use when writing your fable.

September 14: Click here for Ken Nesbitt's poem, "Falling Asleep in Class​."