Aspire testing begins as soon as we get back from spring break, so we are spending a good deal of time on practice this week.  Students have their weekly word quiz on Wednesday, 3/25.  This week will cover any ten affixes/roots from the three previous quizzes.  Bonus opportunity for last week’s root words.  (See list in last post.)  For each root word, write TWO words that contain the root (NOT words from the Flocabulary sheet) and define them BASED ON THE ROOT’S DEFINITION. This is just like you did on the quiz.  You must use the definition of the root within your definition; this means that you will most likely have to create the definition yourself.  Don’t just copy a definition from an online dictionary. This one is worth 10 points so you should definitely do it!

REPORT CARDS WENT HOME TODAY!  We are continuing to study poetry and figurative language.  Students have the weekly quiz next week on ROOTS.  The ten roots the students need to know are:  ped/pod, spec, graph, dict, auto, form, tempo, meter, mis/mit, fin .  There will also be five affixes from previous quizzes.  This quiz will be very much like the last two affix quizzes.

Affix 2 Quiz was moved to Friday,  February 28,  because of the scheduling and delays.  Exception: First period will take their quiz on Monday, March 2.

Affix quiz 1 has been moved to Thursday because of delayed schedule yesterday.  Students can make flash cards for bonus.  On the back, they should have the definition and an example.  Parents should sign a card stating that they called them out to the students. These are due before the test tomorrow.

This week, we are working on prefixes and suffixes.  For the next three to four weeks, we will replace the weekly Wednesday spelling quiz with an affix quiz (affixes are prefixes AND suffixes).  This week’s affixes are:  anti-, micro-, macro-, non/un, semi-, dis-, re-, fore-, -en, -or/er, -able/-ible, -ful, -less, -ive, -tion/-sion/ion

The first five will be matching.  The next five will be multiple choice based on a definition (e.g. – Which word means somewhat difficult?  a. semidifficult   b. antidifficult  c.  difficultless    d. redifficultion

The last five will be recognizing the correct use of the affix (e.g. – In which word is -or used the same as in the word inventor? a. trapdoor    b. actor     c. factor       d. anchor)

We will do some review games in class on Friday.  I’ll add a link to these on Friday.

Kahoot Quiz Links:

Use these to Study!




Students have a 5-point bonus opportunity.  If they are done with research and google slides, they may do this on the laptops in class on Wednesday.  If they don’t have time for this in class, they may do this at home, library, etc…. This is due on Monday, February 9.

Making a Word Cloud! For Bonus!

When you’re done with your presentation go to and follow these instructions:

1. Click on Create button

2. Click Load

3. In the box titled Enter Text type words related to your topic. The more you repeat a word, the bigger it will appear in your word cloud.

4. After you have entered your text, play around with the color and shape options!  The shape should relate to your nonfiction topic if at all possible.

5. When you’re done, click Save/Share. Then click Web. Enter your name, a title (the title should be the title of your nonfiction book), and then click Submit.

6. Copy the link URL (Complete) and put it into your Google doc drive, then move that to your English folder.


This week’s spelling quiz has been moved to Thursday so that we will have our entire class period on Wednesday to work on the laptops and finish up our Google Slides presentations.

As stated on the previous post, the students have a one page story due on Monday.

This is the assignment: Write Like Ray Bradbury

 Using “There Will Come Soft Rains” as a “mentor text,” you will write a story from the perspective of an inanimate object like the house in the short story. Your story can be set in the past, present, or future, but the setting must be clear. Your story will also have a beginning, middle, and end. You will immerse the reader by using similes, personification, and sensory images. Your story will be at least one page long, but can be longer. Spelling and grammar mistakes will not be counted, but capitalization and punctuation should be correct!

Use this checklist to make sure all of the required elements are present in your story:

oMy story has a setting, beginning, middle, and end.

oMy story includes 1 simile.

oMy story has 1 example of personification.

oMy story has 3 sensory images.

oMy story demonstrates correct capitalization and punctuation.

Next week, we’ll be working on our non-fiction book projects.  Students have received the instructions on this and have already been finding interesting facts in their book and working on summaries and MLA citations.   We will spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on computers researching a topic related to our nonfiction books and creating a Google Apps slide presentation.  Presentations will be Thursday and Friday.

We do still have our Wednesday spelling quiz.  Words were listed on the previous post.