Summer Learning

Posted by Nancy Lessel on June 16, 2017 in Class News |

For 8th graders going to 9th grade:

Incoming Freshmen Summer Reading Letter


 For 7th graders going to 8th grade:

Summer Learning      AND    SummerLearningReadingRequirement












Have a safe, enjoyable summer! Ms. Lessel


The Final Weeks

Posted by Nancy Lessel on June 5, 2017 in Class News |

Hard to believe that your final weeks are already here. While there is much excitement , it is important to remember that there is much to be done. Now is not the time to shut down but  one for you to continue doing your best.

This week’s homework is to work on your letter to your future-self.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, 6/6  The Outsiders Final Test, Exit Tickets and CM6 Literary Letter Due

CM6 Reflection Letter

Monday, 6/12 Letter to Your Senior-Self Due, Honors Program

Friday, 6/16 1/2 Day- Last Day of School!

We wish you success as you move forward!

Be sure you complete your summer reading for the high school and for yourself!


Week of May 30th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 30, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will find out how the author concludes The Outsiders.

If you are absent the plan is to read Chapter 9 on Tuesday( What part of the plot is this chapter?), Chapter 10 on Wednesday ( What mood has the author created? What words create that mood?, and Chapter 11-12( How effective is the ending) on Thursday. Friday will be a wrap up about stereotypes.


Homework: Read and Read Theory

Important Dates:

Friday, June 2nd – Book Talks- Library Books Due

Tuesday, June 6th- Final Test The Outsiders

Exit Ticket and Reflection Letter Due

Monday, June 12thLetter to Self Due with Self-

Addressed Stamped Envelope* Directions coming next week


Work for May 24th and 25th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 25, 2017 in Class News |

I f you were out be sure your read Chapter 7-8 ( page 100-130) of The Outsiders and respond to the questions attached below.


Chapter 7 Questions

Chapter 8 Questions

Outsider Text


5/23 Today In Class

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 23, 2017 in Class News |

If you missed class today please be sure to read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders p. 85-99 and complete the questions below.


Chapt 6 Questions


Week of May 22

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 22, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will be reading Chapter 5- 8 of The Outsiders. In these chapters we will be analyzing and discussing actions having consequences, how events can change attitudes, and is there a way out ( solution to the crisis). If you are absent be sure to complete the reading at home. A link is provided to the full text on this blog.



Read– your good-fit book. You should be at least 1/2 way through the book.


Visual Representation of ” Nothing Gold Can Stay” Due by Tuesday, May 30th.



Read Theory- This is a bonus week mean points you earn by Monday, May 29th will count for extra credit.


No School May 26th- May 29th Please be sure to return to school prepared to learn and with supplies to do so. This means paper, pencils or pens, and your book to read. Fidget spinners and no supplies aren’t helping you be successful.



The Outsiders Complete Text

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 19, 2017 in Class News |

If you were absent or behind on your reading please use the following link to catch up your reading.


Outsider Text


Week of May 15

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 15, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will be looking at how the author uses conflicts and symbolism in Chapter 3-5 in The Outsiders. On Friday we will look at the culture of the 1960’s in order to prepare for our upcoming dress like a Soc or Grease Day (Friday, June 2nd). Be creative in using what you have to create your look.

Homework: Read and Read Theory

Tuesday, May 16th: Quiz Chapter 1-3


Week of May 1st

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 2, 2017 in Class News |

This week wraps up the 5th card marking. We will be wrapping up our ” Difference- Maker” unit by writing a claim whether Mrs. Gruwell is a difference maker and explaining why (CER )and writing a reflection on our biggest accomplishment in reading this year. The rest of the week ( Tuesday-Friday) will conclude with our final NWEA Reading and Language Test. Remember you are looking for at least 1 year’s growth or to be reading at or above a 227 and language is at or above a 217. Continue to show them we are a School of Champions.

Note: Next week we will begin reading The Outsiders by SE Hinton. If you would like to pick up your own copy please do so otherwise we have a classroom set to use.


Homework: All Due Monday, May 8th

Book Selfie: Your face must show so you can be recognized and the book too.


Read Theory

Yes, you still need to continue to grow and develop!




Week of April 24th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on April 25, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will be examining the film ” Freedom Writer’s” to gather evidence to support a claim of whether or not Mrs. G is a difference maker. The film is based on the teacher and classmates of “Anna” from the reading we did in class ” I Escaped a Violent Gang” Be sure you have your permission slip turned in, to watch the movie in class. Otherwise there is an alternate reading about the topic to write your response from.

Movie Permission


Homework: Read, Read Theory ( push yourself to earn points and increase your grade level. The NWEA test is the NEXT WEEK

Important Dates:

April 24-27 Math M-Step ( during Math Class)

Apri 25 Quiz Memoir ” I Escaped a Violent Gang”

April 28th- Exit Tickets Due

May 1st  CM 5 Reflection Letters Written In Class and Due


May 5th-  End of 5th Card Marking


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