23 Days Until Christmas!!!


Good Morning Huskies, here’s the agenda for Tuesday, December 2, 2014:

  • DLR Week #16 – Participles – 8.W.6.1.B
  • Free Reading – New Exit Ticket – Due Friday, December 12, 2014 for grade (8.RL.1)
  • KIDBLOG: Choose one of the prompts or quotes from chapter 1&2 (8.W.1)
  • HONORS – Introduce PLOT DIAGRAM – The Outsiders – Study Guide; Fill out EXPOSITION & INCITING INCIDENT (8.RL.2.1)
  • DIALOGUE – Complete Rumpelstiltskin” Close Reading together & complete the chart with the story dialogue (Study Guide) (8.RL.2.3)
  • The Outsiders Chapters 3 & 4 – MATCHING CAUSE & EFFECT (Study Guide) (8.RL.3.1)
  • Continue The Outsiders (8.RL.1) Assign The Outsiders Chapter Questions or use for Class Discussion

Links for Participle Practice:



Quote of the Day:

” I dwell in possibility.” -Emily Dickinson


  • Be sure to set up an enrollment appointment with Mrs. Schriber if you haven’t already.
  • Mrs. Kassenbrock is running low on tissues for her classroom, and anyone who would be willing to bring any in would be great!
  • Winter Formal is January, 23.
  • Check kidblog list (located in front and in the the back of the classroom) to make sure all work is completed and published.
  • Christmas is 23 days away!

Book Summary: 

The Great Gatsby

In the summer of 1922, a young Minnesota man by the name of Nick Carraway moves into New York to learn about the bond business. He rents a neighboring house in the West Egg District on Long Island next to the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Gatsby lives in a gigantic Gothic mansion, in which he throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.

Nick is different then any of the people around the area, he’s an educated Yale graduate with connections around in East Egg, the home to many upper class. One day, Nick drives out to East Egg for dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, who was a classmate of Nick’s at Yale. Daisy and Tom introduce Nick to the young, beautiful Jordan Baker, whom Nick starts a romantic relationship with. Jordan lets Nick in on information about Tom and Daisy’s marriage: Tom has a secret affair with the married Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes. Soon after learning of this revelation  Nick travels with both, Tom and Myrtle, to an apartment in which the affair takes place for a party later that evening. As the night draws in Myrtle begins taunting Tom about Daisy, Tom not too pleased with this breaks  her nose.

As the summer rolls on Nick finally gets an invitation to one of Gatsby’s famous parties. Nick bumps into Jordan at the party where they both come face to face and meet the surprisingly young Jay Gatsby. After talking Gatsby requests to speak to Jordan alone where he reveals he knew Daisy back in Louisville, 1917. He reveals that him and Daisy used to be in love with each other, and that his wild lifestyle and parties are just simply to impress Daisy. Nick later learns about his mysterious neighbor through Jordan, and Gatsby asks him to invite Daisy for tea at Nick’s house without revealing Gatsby’s presence. After the odd reunion, Daisy and Gatsby rekindle their romance for one another.

After a short time, Tom grows very suspicious of Gatsby when a passionate glance to Daisy, noticed by Tom reveals the two’s love for each other. Despite his affair with Myrtle, Tom is outraged at the fact Daisy was unfaithful to him and forces the group into New York City where he confronts Gatsby at The Plaza Hotel. There Tom announces to Daisy that Gatsby is a criminal and his wealth comes from illegal activities. Daisy realizes that her faith is to Tom, and Tom purposely sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt him.

When Nick, Jordan, and Tom drive through the valley of ashes, however, they discover that Gatsby’s car has killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. They go back to Long Island, where Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car when it hit Myrtle, but that Gatsby is going to take the blame. The next day, Tom tells Myrtle’s husband, George, that Gatsby was the driver of the car. George, who has leaped to the conclusion that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover, finds Gatsby in the pool at his mansion and shoots him dead. He then shoots himself.

Nick stages a small funeral for Gatsby and ends his relationship with Jordan Baker. Afterwards, he moves back to the Midwest to escape a disgust feeling he feels for the people in Gatsby’s life. He realizes that Gatsby’s dream of Daisy was corrupted by money and lies, and that the American dream has disintegrated down, and is now nothing more than mere wealth.

Have a great day and go Huskies!!! -Chloe Cooper


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