Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Congratulations to this year's 2012 Wax Museum Honorees!  These students are invited to compete again at Barnes and Noble for trophies and prizes this Friday on March 2nd.  Please come join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and vote again to determine the school wide winners!  All students at the event will receive extra credit in their English class. Just make sure students check in with their English teacher first.  Also, Barnes and Noble will donate a percentage of money from the purchases made with SST book fair vouchers to our school.  Simply use our code #10684116 when checking out at any San Antonio area Barnes and Noble or online from March 2nd-4th!  Last year our event was a huge success, raising over $450 dollars for our English classroom libraries.  Let's make this year's event even better!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

After School Work Day for Facebook Projects

The deadline for students Facebook projects is quickly approaching.  To ensure students receive all the support they need I will have another after school work day this Thursday, February 16th.  Students may drop their projects off in my room before DEAR Time and then come work on them from 3:20-4:10 on Thursday. 

Students who finish early may also turn in their projects any time before February 21st for extra credit. 

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month Extra Credit

Students may create an author study over one of the writers below.  The assignment should be on poster board and include the following: a brief biography of the writer which highlights major events in the author’s life.  Students will also need to create a timeline of the author’s life as well as the country and the world around them.  For example, if your author lived during the civil war, women’s suffrage, or the civil rights movement this should be included in the timeline, as major historical events frequently impact a writer’s work.  Students should also have at least three pictures of the author and events in their life.  This can be photos printed from online or copied from books, or student illustrations.  At least two sources should be used for the biography (Wikipedia is not a valid source).  All sources should be cited (this includes sources for photos).

Approved Authors (if you are interested in selecting an author not on this list you should get teacher approval):
Lucille Clifton
Maya Angelou
Octavia Butler
Langston Hughes
Lorraine Hansberry
Alice Walker
Sharon G. Flake
Christopher Paul Curtis
Jacqueline Woodson
Angela Johnson
Berry James
Alice Childress
Ruby Dee
Eloise Greenfield
Nikki Grimes
Rosa Guy
Virginia Hamilton
Joyce Hansen
Kristin Hunter
Belinda Hurmence
Lynn Joseph
Julius Lester
Sharon Bell Mathis
Patricia McKissac
Fedrick McKissac
Walter Dean Myers
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Anne Lane Petry
Ethel Footman Smothers
Eleanora E. Tate
Mildred D. Taylor
Joyce Carol Thomas
Mildred Pitts Walter
Brenda Wilkinson
Camille Yarbrough