Fun Grammar Quiz!

Students and parents,

How good is your grammar?  Take this fun quiz and find out!

Grammar Quiz (updated link)

I’m proud to say that I scored 100%.  If any student gets 100% (without help from another person or outside source, and verified by a reliable witness) then I will buy you a candy of your choice.

Good luck!

Ms. Barlow


Integrating Quotations into an Essay

This post is for all grades– it is a power-point that explains how to integrate quotations into an essay.  Every good essay needs support for its arguments, and this shows you how to include your supporting quotes most effectively.  If you follow everything outlined in this power-point, you will have an excellent argument and paper!

Save this to your own files so that you can use it whenever you need to write a paper!


Grade 7 Non-fiction: Journalism

Hello parents and students,

We have started our first unit of the year and we are studying the non-fiction writing of journalism. Our goal for this unit is to learn the structure, style and characteristics of newspaper articles. To start this unit, we will first take a look at many example newspapers and articles to understand the purpose and language of journalism. We will also learn concepts such as inverted triangle, format/layout, headlines, captions, bias, and photojournalism. Students will also gain various skills such as writing for different audiences and purposes, writing to inform, and conducting research and interviews. For their final project, students will be placed in groups to create their very own newspapers containing their own written articles.

By the end of this unit, students will have recognized the importance and the art of telling stories, and the benefits of staying informed about the events happening all around them.

It is going to be a great few weeks and I hope you take the time to ask your student about the exciting things we are learning and doing with journalism.


Mr. Gonzalez