One off?

If you missed the next level target score BY JUST ONE question, I will give you an extra-challenging bonus question tomorrow during recess ONLY.

If on your scantron, you earned a 38, 34, 29, or 24, you can come see me during recess only for one extra-challenging bonus question.

This offer expires at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow.

Upcoming Assessments

Hexagonal Thinking – W 5/23 (sections 1, 5, 7) and Th 5/24 (sections 2, 6)

  • To Kill a MockingbirdAmerican Born ChineseMarch Trilogy, the Civil Rights Movement, and Civil Rights for All (other movements inspired by African-American actions in the Civil Rights Era).
  • You may use: TKAM & Words of the Wiser collector, ABC & Words of the Wiser collector, March Trilogy & Words of the Wiser collector, notes from Taft’s classes on Civil Rights Movement, Civil Rights for All assignment from my class.
  • You will be placed in a pair or small group.
  • Every pair or group will be limited to 70 minutes; what you finish in 70 minutes is what will be assessed.
  • Click here for the group assignments.


Vocabulary Final Exam – W 5/30 (sections 1, 5, 7) and Th 5/31 (sections 2, 6)

Vocabulary Assessment on Lists #1-4 before Spring Break!


I was dismayed to see so many students struggle on our recent vocabulary assessment, so we are having another one before Spring Break. Students will take this assessment on either Wednesday 3/14 (E day) or Thursday 3/15 (F day), depending on when you have class.

The assessment will focus primarily on lists #3 and #4, but words from the first two lists will also appear!

Please note: As with the last vocabulary assessment, there will be NO opportunity for reassessment. Whatever learning target scores you earn on the assessment will be your final scores. You will NOT be able to reassess.

Also, please keep in mind — there will be a comprehensive vocabulary assessment at the end of the year with no opportunity for reassessment. I would hope that at this point, you have lists #1 and 2 mastered and are now working on mastering lists #3 and #4.

Really, at any time, you should only have to study the current list because you have already learned the past lists. If you are not studying vocabulary daily and integrating these words into your own speech and writing, you need to begin doing so immediately.

All vocabulary lists are available on the Vocabulary page.