Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Please take time and review the links that I have added to my page. There are great resources for parents and students.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Students need to finish their thesis statement

Students in first core need to finish their introductory paragraph

When we come back from break, we will begin writing our essays. We will spend a couple of days in the computer lab typing our papers.

Have your child share their "I am Thankful Poem."

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Thursday 11-19-2009
Students have been doing research on their topic/festival for two days. They should have their graphic organizer filled out in detail. The back of the paper should have a very detailed description of their festival. If students, are missing any information they need to finish this at home. They must write down exactly where they received this information. (Bibliography)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Research/Writing Prompt

We will be in the library for a week learning about research. At the end, students will actually begin their first research project. They will be researching a country and two festivals from two different cultures that they are interested in. After the research, they will write an essay (pulled from the 7th grade writing test). We will be preparing them for the writing test and helping them with their writing/grammar skills.
Mrs. Holub's Plans for the week in the library
Monday - What is plagiarism?
· Stephanie Meyer article
· Tutorial
· Zeus
· Rewrite article on the Azalea Festival

Tuesday - Bibliography
· Bibliography – book, encyclopedia, web page
· Paper – Computer (Word)
· If time – Atlas – what country do you want your festival to be in?

Wednesday – On-line Sources
· Destiny
· Teach Advance Google Search
· NC Wise Owl
· Pick a festival – find the name of the festival/place and begin taking notes – cite sources

Thursday – Printed Sources
Students will take notes on their country/festival – cite sources
· Atlas
· World Almanac
· Encyclopedia
· Other resources

Friday – Finish research on festival
Students will work on taking notes for their research.

Writing Prompt for the Following Week
Almost all world cultures throughout history have had festivals. These festivals may have been used to celebrate significant events in life, to pay tribute to the Earth or ancestors, to ask for good fortune, or to keep cultural traditions alive.
Your school is interested in holding an International Festival Day to celebrate the diversity of different cultures in the world. Your principal has asked students to submit ideas for different festivals from around the world that could be recreated for the schools’ International Festival Day.
Your Task:
Conduct research on festivals in the countries you are to study this school year. (South America, Central America, Russia or Europe). Then, compose a letter to your principal suggesting two festivals from two different cultures that you believe would be valuable to include in the International Festival Day. In your letter include the following:
· The cultures that the festivals are associated with and the origins of the festivals.
· The purpose of the festivals.
· The time of year of the festivals and the length of the festivals.
· The main event or events of the festivals.
· A justification as to why you believe the two festivals you chose would be valuable to include in the International Festival Day.


No Homework

Finish "Dragon, Dragon" pg 190-200

No Homework

We will be working in the library next week on a research project.

Students need to pick a country that they would like to research. (from Europe, Russia, Central America or South America) They should have brought their Social Studies book home. They will be choosing two festivals next week from that country that they would like to see at an International Festival Day. This is from a writing prompt that we will start the week after the research. Check above for more information on Research/Writing Assignments.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Read pgs 174-177 and do Connecting to Literature. Read the short story "The Tail" and answer questions (1-8).

No homework. Some students were out and need to finish "one pager." This is based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." They are required to have two quotes from the story, a visual representation and a personal response/summary.

Students need to finish classwork. They need to Read "Becky and The Wheels-and-Brakes Boys" and answer the questions.