Due: The first of every month.

Your book reports are to be written about a novel that you have been reading at home. In your report you must answer the following questions. Each question should be at least a paragraph in length:

1)Who are the main characters? How would you describe them?
2) What is the setting like? How does it affect the protagonist?
3) What is the main problem or conflict in the novel?
4) What is your favorite part of the novel? Least favorite part?
5) If you could change the story in any way, how would you change it?

The reports are due the first of every month and are to be presented to the class.
You know about the reviews in advance. I will not accept ANY excuses for missed deadlines!

Have fun reading and I look forward to your reports!

We now have our house assignments! Please check the board regularly to see how many points your house has!


harry_potter-logo_90894o.jpgWe will have various tasks and competitions between houses! Look here for all upcoming information!! Members are as follows:
Professor is the headmaster of GRYFFINDOR. His students are:

Professor is the headmaster of HUFFLEPUFF. His students are:

Professor is the headmistress of SLYTHERIN. Her students are:

Professor is the headmistress of RAVENCLAW . Her students are:

The Sorting Hat has spoken!

Writing a short story:

A great walkthrough of how to construct plot for a short story! This is the same website used in class to demonstrate plot and point of view:

In regards to your stories, the following criteria will be applied when I look at them for grading:

1. Character planning: This includes both your main character (hero) and his or her allies/ enemies. Remember to have detailed descriptions of each character. ex- "The main character's clothes are black" vs. "The main character's clothes are black like the darkest shadows. The frayed threads flow to the ground like a dark mist." (4 marks)

2.Setting development: A detailed description of the setting. Consider time period, location, weather (if applicable), dwellers of the area (who lives there), current circumstances of the world or area (is there total peace, war, poverty, equality, class system?) (4 marks)

3. Plot development: this will be a step-by-step development of the plot. I would like considerable detail (will be discussed in class) and events should be in chronological order. I will accept this section in point form. (4 marks)

4.Rough draft of the project. This will be a rough copy (will be handed in after a peer edit). I expect this project to be about 6-7 pages written or about 4 pages typed. It can be longer if necessary. (10 marks)

5. Final copy. I will be looking for corrections in grammar and punctuation from the previous copy.(25 marks: 5- Fluency (are the sentences easy to read? Is the length appropriate?), 5-Grammar/ Punctuation (proper word usage, use of commas/ periods/ parenthesis), 15- Quality ((3) length of story, (3) use of descriptions, (2) creative aspect, (2) Appropriate title, (2) theme or moral is evident, (3) proper use of point of view).


-Try to create images for the reader
-While creating the plot, conisider all the things you have previously made (i.e. Characters and setting)
-Don't be afraid to change things!!! Modify or completely change characters/setting/plot as needed! That's the point of planning.
-Sometimes it's hard to let go of a good idea, but sometimes it's necessary!
-Have fun and work hard! Use your imagination and creativity in this project!


One day the Wright family decided to take a vacation. The first
thing they had to decide was who would be left at home since there was
not enough room in the Wright family car for all of them. Mr. Wright
decided that Aunt Linda Wright would be the one left at home. Of
course this made Aunt Linda Wright so mad that she left the house
immediately yelling “It will be a right cold day before I return.”
The Wright family now bundled up the children, Tommy Wright,
Susan Wright, Timmy Wright, and Shelly Wright and got in the car and
left. Unfortunately, as they turned out of the driveway someone had
left a trash can in the street so they had to turn right around and stop the
car. They told Timmy Wright to get out of the car and move the trash
can so they could get going. Tommy took so long that they almost left
him in the street. Once the Wright family got on the road, Mother
Wright wondered if she had left the stove on. Father Wright told her
not to worry he had checked the stove and she had not left it on. As
they turned right at the corner, everyone started to think about other
things that they might have left undone.
No need to worry now, they were off on a right fine vacation.
When they arrived at the gas station, Father Wright put gas in the car
and then discovered that he had left his wallet at home. So Timmy
Wright ran home to get the money that was left behind. After Timmy
had left, Susan Wright started to feel sick. She left the car saying that
she had to throw up. This of course got Mother Wright’s attention and
she left the car in a hurry. Shelly Wright wanted to watch Susan get
sick so she left the car too. Father Wright was left with Tommy Wright
who was playing a game in the backseat.
With all of this going on Father Wright decided that this was not
the right time to take a vacation, so he gathered up all of the family and
left the gas station as quickly as he could. When he arrived home, he
turned left into the driveway and said “I wish the Wright family had
never left the house today!”