The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weekly Blog: Tuesday, December 13

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Please share your thoughts on the Christmas Holiday? Do you enjoy Christmas? Why/Why not?
What does Christmas mean to you? Is it about presents or family?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekly Blog: Tuesday, November 29

Goal Setting:

What is one goal you have for yourself this year? Is it to graduate school? Find a job? Save money?
Whatever it may be, share your voice and explain why you set that goal!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The First Amendment

In this space, please share something you learned/discovered today. Whether it be an example of a First Amendment violation, a freedom you find most important or just something you found interesting. Please make sure to write an explanation for your post.

As always, Share Your Voice!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, November 10

Bullying is a major issue that is affecting people all over the world. This is something that has to stop.

50 Cent is Sharing His Voice about stopping the bullying with his novel, Playground.
He admits that he has not always been "role model material" for his fans, but his son has inspired him to change.
50 Cent Article
1. What do you think about 50 Cent writing a novel for kids about bullying?
2. Do you think 50 Cent is "role model material"?
3. Has 50 Cent learned from his mistakes? Do you think his lyrics will reflect the message in his novel?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, November 8th

Good Morning Students! Now that OGT's are over, it is time to get back into the weekly readings!

This is a crazy story right here...Click on the link below

Giant asteroid to pass close to Earth Tuesday

1. What do you think about this story?

2. What if NASA were wrong? Do you think our country would be prepared for such an impact?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, October 20th

Good Morning Students.

Please read the following article. It occurred in Zanesville, Ohio and has become national news.

Answer the following questions:
1. Do you agree with what happened to the animals? Why or why not?
2. Do you think there should be stricter regulations for owning exotic animals?

Share Your Voice--Make sure you answer both questions and explain your opinion.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, October 18th

Good Morning Students!

The OGT's are next week! The more you practice, the better off you will be.

We will continue the weekly readings after the OGT's.

I will be passing out practice OGTs today and for the rest of the week. Come see me if you would like one!

Lets pass those OGTs!! You can do it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, October 11th

Good Morning Students!

As the OGT's are approaching, I want to make sure you are all prepared! We have passed out a literary terms practice sheet that will really help you identify terms on the Reading OGT.

Please let me know if you need one or would like additional practice. You can reply on here or just come to my desk!

Practice will help you! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, October 6th

Steve Jobs praised as Apple's visionary, creative genius
By Brandon Griggs, CNN

The death of Steve Jobs is a tremendous loss for our country and our technological advances. 
Steve Jobs was one of the first to recognize the appeal of the mouse for the computer.

Jobs also led the creation of the Mac computer. 
Jobs established Pixar, which produced the Toy Story series and other hit movies you may know.
As CEO of Apple, Jobs introduced the ipod, ipad and iphone, which changed the way we knew technology. 

Share Your Voice:
What does the death of Steve Jobs mean for our future?
What has he done for the technology of our country?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, October 4th

Check out the Columbus Dispatch and find an article that interests you or what you find to be important.

What is the article about?

What are the main issues?

Why is this important?

Please write a paragraph or two explaining your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, September 27th

Good Morning Everyone!

Today we will be practicing and preparing for the Reading OGT. This is the weekly reading for today. Please take your time on this and take it seriously!

Why Practice? Practice WILL help you for the OGT. Do yourself a favor and prepare for the test!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, September 22

Death penalty statistics: More than 3,200 inmates await execution

From CNN:
(CNN) -- The high-profile execution of Troy Davis in Georgia has brought the death penalty back into the spotlight. Here are some facts on the current state of the death penalty, the clemency process and statistics in Georgia.

What are your thoughts on the death penalty? Do you think it serves justice? Share your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, September 20th

Further Reflecting on September 11th: "I Was 11 on 9/11"

Just a little over a week ago, America grieved over the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. That was a day that Americans will never forget. Do you remember where you were on 9/11?

  • How old were you on 9/11? Did you know what was really going on?

  • Share your thoughts on how you felt on 9/11. Do you feel differently about it today? Explain.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, September 15th

Man Sues White Castle Claiming Seats Do Not Accommodate Larger Customers

Do you think White Castle is at fault here? Should they completely remodel the restaurant because of one man?

Or do you think the man is in the wrong for suing White Castle?

Share Your Voice-I want to know your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, September 13th

Good Morning Students

The weekly reading today is OGT Prep dealing with context clues. The more you practice, the better off you will be! After completing the practice test, please tell me what you know about context clues.

After completing the practice test, what do you think a context clue is?

How can looking at the words around an unknown word help you better understand a sentence/passage?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, September 8th

Hey Everyone. For today's reading assignment, you will be practicing for the Reading OGT. It is always helpful to practice to get better prepared. I encourage you to write on the blog about something you have difficulty in with the OGT and would like extra help on. You can mark you post as anonymous so your name will not be posted.

If you have passed the OGT already, find an article/issue you have read recently and let me know your thoughts.

Let me know if you have questions.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Weekly Reading: Thursday, September 1st

Depending on what article you chose to read, please answer the questions below. And as always, remember to Share Your Voice!

1. CNN Article: Mentally ill sisters
The family states, "All that we have in this place is be bound is better than to be killed." Do you agree with how the family confined the sisters? Or do you find them to be completely in the wrong?

2. Columbus Dispatch Article: Abortion vote in 2012?
This has been an ongoing debate for decades, but what do you think about the recent proposal of outlawing abortion?

3. Struck By Lightning: A teen's life changed in a flash!
Do you feel that your life would change if you experienced what Justin has? Would you start to view things differently? If so, what? Share your thoughts. 

*Make sure you include which article you read in your post! Thanks :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekly Reading: Tuesday, August 30

What did you find interesting/alarming from today's reading? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

What do you think about Lady Gaga, and other artist's music being barred in China? 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Writing Prompt

What is your favorite thing about Fall? Please write more than one word. Be descriptive!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Break


Summer is almost here, which I am sure you are all excited about. Please do not forget that you can still work on assignments over the Summer and ask any questions. I will be able to communicate with you through messaging on LMS.

Have fun and be safe! See you next school year!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

OGT Week

Remember to talk to your teachers for the OGT's! Stay focused and keep working hard!