November 17

NaNoWriMo Continues!

First of all, I apologize for not putting lessons on this week.  All students have been working diligently on our novels, and I have to say, many of them are so creative!  I am so proud!  Students received a checklist from me in Google Classroom at the beginning of the week which shows them what has to be done by the end of each week between now and December 13.  This checklist is organized by levels, and as they complete each level, they earn not only the grades for what they have completed, but also new privileges they can enjoy in class.  Click here for a copy of that checklist!

Also, today in 8th grade only, every core class is allowing our students to work on their novels as well as the assignments in their novel workbooks.  We are having what’s called a “Write-in,” and I am so thankful to all of the teachers in other disciplines who are being so supportive!  By November 30, our students must reach their word-count goals in order to receive goodies from the NaNoWriMo organization, and some of our students have already reached their goals.

Some students who struggle with writing need to also take time at home.  I know that no one wants to work over a holiday, but they may need to in order to reach their goals and finish the required work.

This has been an exciting project, and a few teachers have even gotten involved in the fun by writing their own novels!  Make sure to ask your child about their novels and check out the great work they have done.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 29

Lesson Plans for October 30-November 3

8th Grade and PreAP English


BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–finish sentence stalking


  • Career Cruising online program


BELL WORK: Word Study List 3 Check


  • NaNoWriMo Launch: students will watch video and receive workbook
  • students will join the NaNoWriMo classes online
  • discuss word count goal pp. 52-55
  • discuss silencing your inner editor (critic)


  • Author Skype with Alexander London at 10:00 in the cafeteria
  • Early Release Day for professional development at 12:00


BELL WORK: Verb tense mentor sentences–imitate sentences


  • go over survival tips p. 46
  • go over tracking chart in front of the workbook


BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–imitating sentences


  • complete writer’s eye brainstorming activity





October 29

NaNoWriMo Begins!

Students and Parents,

November is National Novel Writing Month, so in order to participate, beginning November 1, every student in White Oak Middle School will be writing his/her own novel in thirty days.  Last week, students were given a letter to take home that explains the program, and on that letter, we asked for all students to bring a 1 inch 3-ring binder.  We will be handing out a workbook, and students will need a binder in which to keep their materials.  While this project will be fun and creative, it will also support and fulfill several standards for Reading and English:

(6)  Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

(8)  Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author’s sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. 

(14)  Writing/Writing Process. Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. 

(15)  Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. 

(20)  Writing/Conventions of Language/Handwriting. Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions.

(21)  Oral and Written Conventions/Spelling. Students spell correctly. Students are expected to spell correctly, including using various resources to determine and check correct spellings.

Students will choose their own topics and set their own word count goals for their novels, and if they reach their goals by November 30 at 11:59 pm, they will be awarded some freebies from the NaNoWriMo Youth Writers Program.  As a culminating product, students will publish their novels and facilitate an author’s chair event in December (more details later).

We are so excited to be involved in this program!  Feel free to follow your child through the entire process!

A copy of the letter we sent home is linked below:

NaNoWriMo Letter

You can also visit the following link for more information:

NaNoWriMo Parent Map

How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers

How NaNoWriMo Works for Families

Keep calm and write on!