What Is Your Ideal Bookshelf?


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Hi Students!

I can’t believe your sixth-grade year is coming to an end! Since the core of the sixth-grade English curriculum is literature and writing, I thought it would be a fitting prompt to end the year with a post related to that. Pretend that you have an empty bookshelf in your room. What top five books would you have on it?

At least two of the books should be from this year. When you write your paragraph, list your titles and briefly explain why each one deserves a place of honor on your shelf. Then tell us which book is your favorite (so far) of all and why.

Have a wonderful, fun summer break. I’ll continue to post interesting images and videos throughout the summer for our readers (as many international students attend school), if you would like to continue the conversation.

I enjoyed going through the sixth-grade journey with you! Please stop and say hello next year!

Mrs. Cobb



What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?

Smoked turkey, hot pastrami or thScreen Shot 2015-04-21 at 8.33.36 AMe classic P.B. & J.? Spicy mayo, a drizzle of olive oil or pickled peppers? Sharp Cheddar, pepper jack or Gruyere? Toasted rye, sliced focaccia or a sesame-seed bun?

There are an infinite number of ways to make a sandwich. What’s your favorite?

In “Build a Better Sandwich,” Jeff Gordinier writes:

It is one of life’s nagging mysteries: Why is a sandwich you order at a restaurant so invariably and intensely better than a sandwich you make at home?

Is there some immense secret realm of sandwich-master knowledge that mere mortals have no access to? Why do you find yourself in the kitchen, pressed for time, bereft of inspiration, staring slack-jawed into the refrigerator and succumbing to yet another bland slapped-together calorie blast of cold turkey and mealy tomatoes on supermarket white? With every bite, you taste only regret.

To remedy that, we fanned out across New York City, where plenty of chefs (and butchers and bakers) are applying their deep-tissue understanding of flavor, texture and technique to the task of converting every sandwich into a midday marvel.

Fair warning: Making a better sandwich means avoiding the shortcuts. “People see a sandwich as so casual, so last minute,” said Gil Calderon, the chef and general manager of Meat Hook Sandwich and a man who gets swept up in very serious discussions of “textural play” and “temperature contrast.” “The best sandwiches are the ones that have a little more time devoted to them.”

— What’s your favorite sandwich? What are the ingredients? Is there any extra care required to get the sandwich just right? Is the sandwich something you make at home, or do you order it from a particular restaurant? (You may choose to write on a hamburger, if you want.)

— Do you have a simple go-to sandwich — something you put together quickly when you’re in a rush or have a craving?

One-two paragraphs. Must have creative lead sentence and concluding sentence. Reminder: Add those descriptive adjectives and adverbs!

(Courtesy of the NY Times Learning Network)

Boys – Okay For Now – Tell the Story in the Plate

Hi Boys!

Choose one of John James Audubon’s plates and tell the story in that plate in the style of Gary Schmidt. There is also a photo I found from the University of Pittsburgh that shows how large the plates actually are in an official “page turning ceremony.” The largest plate is of the Crested caracara. The plate with the white and black birds is the Black guillemot. And the last one is of the Bank Swallow or violet-green swallow. Be sure a lead sentence clearly explains which plate you are describing. Begin creatively.

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Girls – Kiki Strike – Which Girl Are You? And…Adding Yourself to the Story

Hi Girls!

If Kiki came and recruited you to join the Irregulars, it must be because you have something very special to offer the group. What is that? What is your unique trait or ability? Please don’t make something up! Think! You are all special and unique in your own ways.

Should you finish early, then you can do this:

Please open the Puffin browser (if you are on your iPad) to launch the following website. It does use Flash as it is an interactive experience. Have fun as you revisit each girl using their tab at the top. Then take the Irregular’s quiz to see which girl you are. Who are you?

Kiki Strike Website