7A Homeroom - Middle School Language Arts

M.A., Educational Theatre/Drama in Education, New York University, New York, NY

B.S. in Education, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Majors: English,  Speech Education
Minors: French,  Art Education

Graduate of the Defense Language Institute of Monterey California (Russian)

Virginia Postgraduate Professional Teaching License with endorsements in the following areas:  English, Theatre Arts PreK-12

Advanced Catechist Certification, Diocese of Arlington

CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

10 years of experience as a teacher of secondary education (MS/HS)


“EVERY GREAT LITERATURE has always been allegorical–allegorical of some view of the whole universe.  The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, The Odyssey because all life is a journey, The Book of Job because all life is a riddle.

G. K. Chesterton 

 

Have a Great Summer!

 

“Mans desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived.

William Blake

Summer Reading for those entering grade 6* in the Fall 2021:

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Some of these books are available at the local library; others may be found by visiting your parish library.  All books are available from Amazon or other book sellers.

All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.

  1. Take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
  2. You will have a quiz on each of these books the first week of school.
  3. Be prepared to discuss each book in class!
  4. ALA students must write a 5 paragraph report on ONE of the two books. (You must follow the directions.  Please see the details below.)
  5. All students will  complete a writing assignment on one or both books during class time.

All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.

What should you do now?

★ Read!

★ Read!!

★ Read!!!😉🎉

★ 🌟ALL students must take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?🌟

These notes must be turned in on the first week of class for a grade!😊

🌻THINK🌻:

  1. Who = Characters: Know their names, descriptions, personalities, motivations, and actions.
  2. What = Problem & Plot: What is the problem (or conflict)? What happens? What are the results of each character’s decision or action?
  3. When/Where = Setting: When and where does the story take place? Do events happen in multiple locations? Note anything that is important to the characters or plot.
  4. Why/How/in what way = Details:  Look at the Characters, Plot, and Setting, and note the details.

 

*ALA Students:
🌟ALA Students should choose ONE of the two books and type a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first Tuesday after school begins.

This is a graded assignment. Reports must be DOUBLE SPACED The report may be typed or handwritten, but if typed, must be in Times New Roman 12pt. font with one-inch margins. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences and include the following:

Paragraph 1:

Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the locations(s) and time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:

Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits.

Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:

What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:

What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have you read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book and your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:

What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not? Remember to use DETAILS to support your opinion!🌻

🌟ALA Summer Report Rubric🌟

  • Format/Mechanics (2pt./paragraph) – Double-spaced, heading, 1” margins, spelling, grammar usage
  • Length/Directions (2pt./paragraph) – Paragraphs are 5-7 sentences, include details and/or examples from the novels
  • Content (4 pt./paragraph) – Each paragraph clearly and concisely answers the questions

🌻 Please know that each of my students and their parents are in my daily prayers!  Let us continue to trust in God’s loving plan.

 

Summer Reading for those entering grade 7* in the Fall 2021:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

If All the Swords in England by Barbara Williard

 

Some of these books are available at the local library; others may be found by visiting your parish library.  All books are available from Amazon or other book sellers.

All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.

  1. Take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
  2. You will have a quiz on each of these books the first week of school.
  3. Be prepared to discuss each book in class!
  4. ALA students must write a 5 paragraph report on ONE of the two books. (You must follow the directions.  Please see the details below.)
  5. All students will  complete a writing assignment on one or both books during class time.

All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.

What should you do now?

★ Read!

★ Read!!

★ Read!!!😉🎉

★ 🌟ALL students must take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?🌟

These notes must be turned in on the first week of class for a grade!😊

🌻THINK🌻:

  1. Who = Characters: Know their names, descriptions, personalities, motivations, and actions.
  2. What = Problem & Plot: What is the problem (or conflict)? What happens? What are the results of each character’s decision or action?
  3. When/Where = Setting: When and where does the story take place? Do events happen in multiple locations? Note anything that is important to the characters or plot.
  4. Why/How/in what way = Details:  Look at the Characters, Plot, and Setting, and note the details.

 

*ALA Students:
🌟ALA Students should choose ONE of the two books and type a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first Tuesday after school begins.

This is a graded assignment. Reports must be DOUBLE SPACED The report may be typed or handwritten, but if typed, must be in Times New Roman 12pt. font with one-inch margins. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences and include the following:

Paragraph 1:

Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the locations(s) and time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:

Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits.

Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:

What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:

What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have you read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book and your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:

What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not? Remember to use DETAILS to support your opinion!🌻

🌟ALA Summer Report Rubric🌟

  • Format/Mechanics (2pt./paragraph) – Double-spaced, heading, 1” margins, spelling, grammar usage
  • Length/Directions (2pt./paragraph) – Paragraphs are 5-7 sentences, include details and/or examples from the novels
  • Content (4 pt./paragraph) – Each paragraph clearly and concisely answers the questions

🌻 Please know that each of my students and their parents are in my daily prayers!  Let us continue to trust in God’s loving plan.

Summer Reading for those entering grade 8* in the Fall 2021:

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Saint Pius the X: The Farm Boy Who Became Pope by Walter Diethelm, O.S.B.

Some of these books are available at the local library; others may be found by visiting your parish library.  All books are available from Amazon or other book sellers.

  1. All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.
    1. Take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
    2. You will have a quiz on each of these books the first week of school.
    3. Be prepared to discuss each book in class!
    4. ALA students must write a 5 paragraph report on ONE of the two books. (You must follow the directions.  Please see the details below.)
    5. All students will  complete a writing assignment on one or both books during class time.

    All middle school students (including ALA*) are required to read BOTH books on the summer reading list.

    What should you do now?

    ★ Read!

    ★ Read!!

    ★ Read!!!😉🎉

    ★ 🌟ALL students must take notes on the following: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?🌟

    These notes must be turned in on the first week of class for a grade!😊

    🌻THINK🌻:

    1. Who = Characters: Know their names, descriptions, personalities, motivations, and actions.
    2. What = Problem & Plot: What is the problem (or conflict)? What happens? What are the results of each character’s decision or action?
    3. When/Where = Setting: When and where does the story take place? Do events happen in multiple locations? Note anything that is important to the characters or plot.
    4. Why/How/in what way = Details:  Look at the Characters, Plot, and Setting, and note the details.

     

    *ALA Students:
    🌟ALA Students should choose ONE of the two books and type a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first Tuesday after school begins.

    This is a graded assignment. Reports must be DOUBLE SPACED The report may be typed or handwritten, but if typed, must be in Times New Roman 12pt. font with one-inch margins. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences and include the following:

    Paragraph 1:

    Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the locations(s) and time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

    Paragraph 2:

    Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits.

    Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

    Paragraph 3:

    What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

    Paragraph 4:

    What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have you read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book and your personal experiences to back up your statements.

    Paragraph 5:

    What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not? Remember to use DETAILS to support your opinion!🌻

    🌟ALA Summer Report Rubric🌟

    • Format/Mechanics (2pt./paragraph) – Double-spaced, heading, 1” margins, spelling, grammar usage
    • Length/Directions (2pt./paragraph) – Paragraphs are 5-7 sentences, include details and/or examples from the novels
    • Content (4 pt./paragraph) – Each paragraph clearly and concisely answers the questions

    🌻 Please know that each of my students and their parents are in my daily prayers!  Let us continue to trust in God’s loving plan.

🌟🎉EXTRA CREDIT🎉🌟

for ALL STAR 🌟 students!!!

 🌟(That means YOU!😊)🌟

  • 🌻Jump start your school year!
  • 🌻Start the year with a HIGH GRADE!!!!

How?

Here are TWO (2) options.  You may complete and submit EITHER or BOTH!🎉

  • Option One:  🌟You may purchase the Summer Skills Review Workbook for the grade you have just completed and complete the assignments including all of the writing assignments.
  • (Plan to use the answer key that comes with the book to correct your work each week.  All corrections must be in a bright color that is clearly different than the color you used to complete the work.)
  •  Please turn in your workbook the first week of school!🌟

Note:  You may earn partial credit as long as you have completed 50% or more of the workbook.

 

  • Option Two: 🌟Any student may complete the ALA book report for one of the summer reading books at his/her grade level.🌟 Turn in your report the first week of school.
  • Option Two (ALA): 🌟 ALA Students may complete a book report for BOTH of the summer reading books for his/her grade level.   Students must clearly label the  extra credit report before turning in both reports the first week of class.

 

Extra Credit for Rising 6th Graders
Extra Credit for Rising 7th Graders
Extra Credit for Rising 8th Graders