Back from the West!


I had an amazing time at the ASCD conference this weekend in Houston, Texas and learned about a myriad of amazing items, apps, and resources to bring back into the classroom.  I took a few moments to preview a few of these items with the students today, and will reveal more as the year progresses.

Kudos to the students who got extra credit for participating in the Instagram challenge for extra credit!  I asked the students to send me on a scavenger hunt around Houston.  I obliged, took pictures of their requests, and posted them on Instagram using the hashtag #WillipediaINHouston. (I will be sure to update this post with a link to all of the images from that tag.)

The following students will be receiving extra credit for their participation:

  • Elasia
  • Dejoyrai
  • Shekinah
  • Erica
  • Geraldine
  • Anna
  • Farah
  • Celene
  • Hayleigh
  • A.J.
  • Maya
  • Penn
  • Ellie
  • Maria
  • Nicole
  • Taylor
  • Elizabeth
  • Chloe
  • Skyler
  • Kellen

My 5th Period came in first place in terms of participation, followed by 3rd, 4th, and finally 6th.  As promised, 5th period will be receiving a surprise of some sort for having the most participants (and because I did not post all of the pictures requested in time).

With today’s lesson, the students and I focused mainly upon revisiting plot diagrams and why certain events are of more impact than others in a story.  The students re-created plot diagrams for whichever story they read and had discuss why each event was of relevance in the story.

The students then had time to present their novel study projects.

Thereafter, the students and I discussed the stories in more detail and we discussed how these would be reflected in their test this Friday.


  • Prepare to present (if you did not today).
  • Review discussion questions in preparation for the test.
  • Review suggested multiple choice questions (found here).


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