AACI Competition

Parents and Students,

I am happy to announce that AISJ is entering into the AACI competition once again!  Every year we have students from our school win prizes for their work.

The AACI is an American/Canadian association in Israel, and they host this competition for writing and artwork, awarding prizes for the top work.

We have seen excellent work from our students in English this year and want to submit it so that they can be recognized and proudly display their work!

Please submit to Ms. Barlow or Mr. Gonzalez a poem or story that you would like to enter into the competition.  The maximum length is 2 sides of A4 paper.  Submission is not required, but it is encouraged!  We need submission by this coming Monday, March 17.  We will accept them by email (barlowa@aisj.co.il) or hard-copy.

You can see the flyer here: AACI flyer and for more details, speak with Ms. Sullum, who is the event organizer for the school.

We hope to receive submissions from all of our students!!

Ms. Barlow and Mr. Gonzalez



G9: The Kite Runner Essay

As mentioned at Parent/Teacher conferences, Grade 9 is beginning an essay which will be worth a significant amount of their grade.  We had a good start on it yesterday, and soon students should be contacting me to approve their thesis.

Here you can find the assignment: Commentary on The Kite Runner

And here you can find the outline:  Essay Outline

Good luck and be sure to come to me once in awhile to make sure that you’re on the right track!

G6: Poetry Introduction!

Grade 6 handed in their essays on Holes, thereby completing the unit, and we have now moved on to Poetry!

We began yesterday by discussing the differences between prose and poetry (ask your student, he/she should be able to tell you the difference!) and today we had fun with similes.  Most of the unit will be spent creating a poetry anthology that focuses on the senses and at the end each student will have a beautiful book of poems to keep!  Here is an overview of the unit that was distributed to students today: Poetry Overview

This unit will keep us going until about Christmas break.  In addition, students are working on their “Indie Novels”, or independent reading. The assignment and deadline can be found here: Bookmark

Also, a reminder to students that they have a “grammar quiz” on Monday, so remember to review your grammar packets this weekend!

While I’m away… (grades 6 and 9)

This is for my classes, grades 6 and 9, to reference while I’m away at the IB conference.

– Ms. Barlow


Grade 6

Good job on your vocabulary test today!  Try using the words in your speech and writing from now on.

While I’m away you should continue reading your book.  I saw some people with information books today, but it must be fiction.  You must finish your book by Monday, November 4 (that’s in two weeks).  If you finish before then that’s fine, and if you want you can choose another book to read.

Also, tomorrow in class I’m going to teach you how to write an outline for an essay and the outline will be due on Monday, October 28.  Since I won’t be here you can see Ms. Malika for help; she is very useful, take advantage and ask her to look at your outline before you turn it in!

And on Friday and Monday in class we’re going to do something fun…. :)


Grade 9

You were given your homework on themes in The Kite Runner today.  A few extra copies are in the plastic tray next to my computer in case you lose it.  Remember that you can work with your partner, but nobody else.  Also, do not use the internet– use your brains and the book!

To help your notes on theme, here is the powerpoint used in class today: theme-lesson

Enjoy the movie on Thursday!  I prefer the book; I’m curious to see which one you like better.

G9: Vocabulary Test


Grade 9 will have a vocabulary test on Wednesday, October 16.  There are 30 words and they are all from the book The Kite Runner.  Students will have their practice sentences returned to them next lesson.

In order to succeed on the vocabulary test students must know the definition, the spelling, and how to use the word in a sentence.

Until then, study and practice!  Try to incorporate the words into your everyday speech!