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It's March!

English 7 Honors finished Tom Sawyer this week!  I think most of the kids enjoyed it, even though many found it challenging.  I really wanted my students to experience the humor of Twain and the joy of reading a classic!  This week English 7H  will be working on a performance task.  It will prepare the students for what they will see on the state test in May.   Students will read three non-fiction texts, answer a few questions about each text, and then write an informational essay synthesizing the information from all three texts.  I had the opportunity to administer the performance task to my first period a few weeks ago.  Last week I attended a day long training learning how they will be scored. I scored my first period students' essays and have decided to use the results as a learning opportunity.  After I give students their scores, we will go through the task a second time with my guidance.  They will rewrite their essays, and I am confident they will do MUCH better!  This is definitely a learning experience for all!

Both English CP and English 7H will be reading "A Children's Story," "Harrison Bergeron," "The Pedestrian," and The Giver.  You may enjoy reading them as well!  

My students are the BEST!
On another note, I have been enjoying the joys of spring at my house.  A hummingbird built a nest under our satellite dish!  I adore hummingbirds.  The nest looks big in the pictures, but it is actually about the size of a golf ball.  The two eggs are the size of Jelly Bellies.  I can't wait until the hatch!

Isn't it amazing that the nest is built on a WIRE?

I read that hummingbirds use spiderwebs to hold their nests together!

 We also have a dove nesting on our fence.  She also has two eggs in her nest!

Sweet Mama Dove!

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