Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18 - March 22


On Monday, students will be participating in a St. Patrick's Day themed ELA QR code treasure hunt.  Students will read a passage, go to various places throughout the building, and answer questions about the passage.  The winner gets a "pot of gold."

The final Study Island topic is due on Wednesday.  Any unfinished Study Islands will be input as a score of zero on Friday.  Students will have until March 27th to improve upon previous Study Island scores as long as they attempted the topic prior to March 22nd.  A score of zero cannot be improved upon.

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cereal Commercials

March 11 - March 15


Cereal commercials are due today (Monday) for periods 4/5 and 7/8.  Commercials for period 1/2 are due on Wednesday.  I will be posting some of the commercials on my blog throughout the week.  
Below are some pictures of students working on their cereal projects in class last week.

The Nobel Speech text dependent analysis essay is due on Friday.  We will work on the essay during class throughout the week.

The Nobel Speech selection test is on Friday.  Students received a study guide last week.  We are going to spend the week preparing for the test.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Parent Homework


I have some homework the parents/guardians this week.  As you may be aware of, ELA PSSA testing is April 15, 16, and 17 this year.  These days can be long and/or unpleasant for students.  I like to do things the week of testing to make the experience a little more positive for them and ease their stress/anxiety.

One of the things that I like to do is give them notes of encouragement from their parents/guardians on the first morning of testing.  You would be surprised how much it means to students to get a positive message from a parent or guardian.  If you follow the link and fill out the google form, I will print your message, attach a treat, and deliver it to your student on the morning of testing to brighten his/her day.  

Link to Google form:

If you are not comfortable with Google forms, you can simply email your message to me at or you can fill out the attached form and send it back to school with your student.

Below you can see some examples from last year.

Thank you,
Mrs. Fowler

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

March 4 - March 8


This week students will read/annotate Al Gore's Nobel Speech.  Students will focus on comprehension, analysis, craft and structure, vocabulary, and conventions.  Throughout this selection, students will be asked to evaluate an argument.  Evaluation is not the same as comprehension.  Students are going to critique the argument and look at the persuasive techniques used such as appeals to authority, emotion, and reason.  Students will use this information to make a judgement about how well the author does persuading the reader.  Students are required to write an essay presenting their findings.

Evaluating an Argument Essay

The selection test is tentatively scheduled for Friday.

Click on the link for a copy of the Study Island due date calendar.  Students will complete one topic per day.  Each assignment consists of 10 questions.  Students will be given ample class time to complete the assignment each day.  The assignments on the calendar are the final Study Island assignments for the year.
Study Island Assignment Calendar

Students will also be creating their own brand of cereal and a commercial using persuasive techniques to go with it.  Click on the link for more details.
Cereal Commercial

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Monday, February 25, 2019

February 25 - March 1


Students will take the Silent Spring selection test on Tuesday.  

Following the selection test, students will move into the next round of benchmark testing.  Over half the students in my classes scored advanced last time around!  I was very impressed!  I hope to see growth since the last time we benchmarked in December.  

After we wrap up benchmarking, students will read a Nobel Speech by Al Gore.  Students will learn how to evaluate arguments and how to make their own arguments more persuasive.  

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler