Mr. Altenburger

Summer Reading Lists

Hello! As summer approaches I’d like you all to start considering one or more novels you would be willing to read during the vacation. I’ve collected several book lists with some of the most popular novels by genre. We will also use this list during class to preview and sample books at


African-American Young Adult Lit

ALA Best YA Books

Asian American Young Adult Literature

Award Winning YAL

Family and Religion

Graphic Novels for Teens

Poverty Books


Historical Fiction List

Spring Concert Notice

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7th Grade Vocabulary

Vocabulary words for this Wednesday:

  1. entail
  2. complementary
  3. gauge
  4. discern
  5. stimulation
  6. stark
  7. social cognition
  8. gratified
  9. synchrony

8th Grade Persuasive arguments and recipe handouts

Hello 8th Grade,

Some of you requested that I post the persuasive writing techniques handout to help you add a persuasive argument to your recipes. Here it is! I’m also uploading the planner that I made to help you get started with your recipes. Please turn in your planner when you present this Friday.


Recipe presentations due Friday, 5/25.

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5/03 ELA Homework


Use your notes from page 43. On your brain development anchor charts…

  1. Add 1 detail to other developmental information
  2. Create 1 “if… then…” statement on the back for “So What?”

8th Grade:

Read Chapter 3

Add relevant details to the first three sections of the graphic organizer on page 12.

Complete the “Revised Answer” at the bottom of the handout from class.


7th Grade 4/26

Hello Everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow, Friday, you will have a quiz about finding the main idea in informational texts. I will also add a couple of questions to check your understanding of this week’s neuroscience vocabulary.

Don’t forget to finish your homework from if you did not finish it as classwork.


I will see you all next Tuesday. Good luck tomorrow and have a great weekend!


Mr. A

7th Grade 4/24

Read “What You Should Know About Your Brain” on workbook pages 37-39. Take notes for key details from “Dopamine: Feeling Good Helps You Learn” on page 39 about how dopamine effects the brain. Then, on page 40 -> Complete the chart, recording at least two supporting ideas/details.


If anyone was absent or missed our earlier homework assignments, Last week, we read the article from workbook pages 11-14 and filled in the chart on page 9. This Monday… Continue reading

4/24 – 8th Grade

8th Grade:

This Friday, April 27th, the following assignments are due:

  1. Script and Performance of Reader’s Theater
  2. Final Argumentative Essay for To Kill a Mockingbird due (Turn in first draft and rubric)

Hello 7th and 8th grade. There will be a vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Here are the words that will be on the quiz. The quiz will also have one short response question regarding the novel’s end.

8th grade, the first draft of your essays are due on Monday. Remember to use

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3/27 Homework

7th Grade – Read Chapter 21 & complete workbook page 91



7th Grade

3/26 Analyze how Lyddie has changed. Include this information on your quote card:

1.How has Lyddie changed as a character over the course of the novel. List two ways.

2.Choose a quote that shows one of these changes. Copy the quote.


8th Grade

Complete writing celebration prompt for chapter 27


  1. Create a comic panel – What happens in chapter 27
  2. Create a text… Continue reading