National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo! Because of our stringent schedule, I cannot have the entire class participate in NaNoWriMo, but I would like to offer extra credit to students who participate. Sometimes we simply need a bit of motivation to help our writing come to life. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here andContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”

Dead Word Tombstone Assignment

Dead Word Tombstone Assignment Directions: In order to improve our vocabulary skills and minimize repetitiveness, we are going to eradicate our elementary terms. Create a tombstone for a dead word according to the list below. No words may be reused. Check with your teacher for availability. At the top of your tombstone, write the deceasedContinue reading “Dead Word Tombstone Assignment”

Collaborative Blog Assignment

Throughout the school year, pairs of students will be tasked with recording all pertinent information from Ms. Ellis’ class for their assigned week. The blog is due every Saturday at 8pm. Email your blog to Ms. Ellis at msdrellis@gmail.com. Create your blog in a word document. I will copy and paste your information into ourContinue reading “Collaborative Blog Assignment”

Coming to America Introduction: Group Activity

Directions: Imagine your group is the first to travel to North America.You are planning on living in North America permanently. (Think 17th century. The pilgrims came over to the New World September of 1620.) Materials:  (all sheets will be submitted) Planning Sheet Lined Paper Printer Paper (from Ms. Ellis) Jobs for Group Members: Scribe #1 (JotContinue reading “Coming to America Introduction: Group Activity”

Bellringer #1: Witness Protection Writing Exercise

Directions: (to be completed in your class journal) Put a character in a situation entirely new to the character, e.g., college, a new school, a new job, a new city or country. Let the character improvise a new identity, as most of us do when we’ve moved into a new world. This exercise should not be aboutContinue reading “Bellringer #1: Witness Protection Writing Exercise”