PROGRESS REPORTS went home today.  I am not so happy with some of the grades.  Grades tend to fall off in the last nine weeks, but most of the poor grades are due to lack of effort and missing or incomplete work.  The good and bad news is that we have 4 1/2 weeks of school left.  Students need to keep working!

All classes are currently working on an essay about what superhero powers they would like to possess.  They have two handouts on this and will be getting the rubric tomorrow.  A rough draft of the three body paragraphs are due tomorrow.  The finished rough draft is due Friday, and we will type Friday and Monday. This is a major grade of 100 points and can help to make or break a student’s grade.  If they are paying attention and following the rubric, they should do well.

Roots 2 quiz is tomorrow!  Students have had quite a bit of practice with these words.  They are:  photo, phono/aud, port, chrono, therm, scient, morph, poly, cent, bene


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.