NaNoWriMo Success!

crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76.pngWow, wow, wow! We wrote about 170,000 words as a grade in the month of November.

Using the 63 responses to the NaNoWriMo Final Count Form, I determined these rankings:

5th place: Section 1 with 17,880 words

4th place: Section 6 with 29,552 words

3rd place: Section 5 with 35,015 words

2nd place: Section 7 with 36,421 words


Another set of stats…

Section 1: 9 students wrote over 1000 words!

Section 2: 12 students wrote over 1000 words!

Section 5: 11 students wrote over 1000 words!

Section 6: 11 students wrote over 1000 words!

Section 7: 14 students wrote over 1000 words!

Way to go! Everyone should be very proud of themselves. The vast majority of students said that they spent more time writing in November than they usually do, and that was ultimately our goal: to spend time writing.

Quite a few students said they intend to continue working on their writing projects, too! That’s super cool!

NaNoWriMo Final Word Count

You have until 11:59 pm tonight to write. Afterwards, submit this form! Please submit the form by 11:59 pm on Sunday 12/2. I will announce the winner based upon the entries received on Monday 12/3. If you did not submit this form, your word count will not be included. Thanks!

Why Secede?


We’re going to utilize our developing close reading and analysis skills on a series of documents about secession. Then, we will compose a 12-sentence paragraph with a clear, concise claim, three pieces of evidence, and reasoning for each piece of evidence.

You’ll find the work on GoogleClassroom.


Please complete this work on the last page of your Secession! Notes handout provided in class.

Secession! Gallery Walk Vocabulary

This is due for EVERYONE on Tuesday 11/27 — EVERYONE has class on Tuesday.

If you don’t have it done, you’ll email your parents and copy me to let them know you didn’t do your homework.

Obviously, if you’re in cast or crew for Seussical, you can use your homework pass!

Found Poem Thoughts…

Keep these thoughts in mind as you finalize your found poem:

  • Establish your own pattern to the poem. “Anything goes” doesn’t really work that well.
  • Have a central theme, message, or purpose to your poem. Narrow in on a specific idea, not “slavery” in general.
  • Poems do not have to rhyme!
  • Keep your lines about the same number of words/syllables – unless you’re following a specific pattern of long, short, long, short.
  • Keep your stanzas the same number of lines – unless you’re following a pattern (like 2 lines, then 3 lines, then 4 lines OR 2 lines, 4 lines, 2 lines, 4 lines, etc.)
  • CREATE IMAGERY – you’re choosing the most impactful, descriptive, powerful, creative words and phrases.
  • Just like with your own writing, try to avoid “to be” verbs – choose more interesting, active verbs.
  • Read and re-read the rubric; does your poetry meet the learning targets?
  • Create a visually-appealing poster.
  • Print and post on your locker AND submit via GoogleClassroom. Submit GoogleDocs or PDFs only – no other type of file!

If it means you’ll submit a superior product, you may hand in your work on Monday 11/26.

Truth and Douglass


Excerpt from: The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro ~ Frederick Douglass

What is Douglass saying? What are his key ideas and claims? What does Douglass mean when he uses these important terms and phrases? Why does he use these words and phrases? Why does Douglass’s speech still matter today? Click here to see the handout, but write on the hard copy provided in class.

You can answer these questions, take notes, offer insights and ideas in any way you would like on the handout. Every student will submit their own handout for assessment.

Use the search function on GoogleDocs and the dictionary app to help you.

Click here for resources on Truth and Douglass.