Mr. Altenburger

11/13 Homework


  1. Annotate and Gist chapters 14 & 15. Use a sheet of loose-leaf paper, and either make an inference or gist of each page.
  2. On Thursday, your final draft for the Personal Narrative is due.


8th Grade:


  1. Read 156-186
  2. Add +2 details to your Ha is a Dynamic Character chart
  3. Next Monday, 11/20, your Post Secrets are due

11/08 Homework

7th Grade:

Answer, based on what you now know about good reading and writing practices (that good readers listen and hear what they read), what is something you might want to change in your personal narrative draft?

7th and 8th Homework 10/30

Choose any piece of writing you have done this year. Make sure it is at least one page. If it is not, extend it to be one page. You can also create a free-write of your choice. Be prepared to write down what is one writing technique you use that makes your writing successful. You will share this at the writing celebration tomorrow.


8th Grade: Read to page 134. Add to your “Dynamic Character” anchor chart in your binders.… Continue reading

10/27 Prepare for Writing Celebration

To all Mr. Altenburger’s ELA classes:

I hope you all have a great weekend. For the upcoming writing celebration, I want you to choose one piece of writing that we have done in class (this could be a short response, a journal, a do now writing prompt) and extend it to one page. Be ready to discuss what you did that makes that piece of writing successful. Be able to show someone in your writing, what… Continue reading


8th Grade


Journal (6-8 sentences):
Write about a time where you had to give up something meaningful. How did it effect you?

ELA Reminders!

7th & 8th Grade:

  1. Study for the quiz tomorrow.
  2. Reading Logs are due. Make sure weekly entries have been filled out, and you have at least one signature per week from your parent/guardian.


How to Analyze a text to make an inference:

__1. Look at the question or topic I am gathering information for.

__2. Find a quote or answer that fits. Write it down.

__3. What new idea(s) comes from my knowledge? Write it, this is your inference.… Continue reading

10/18 Homework – ELA

Reread Excerpt 1 about the “Loss of Culturally Vital Cattle” and think about this question:

The Dinka tribe is affected by culture, time, and place.

write one quote and one inference about that quote showing how the Dinka are affected.

10/16 Homework

Reminder: All Reading Logs are due Friday 10/20.

8th Grade: Finish the “Quickwrite” on workbook page 38. Research a refugee for Friday’s assignment.

7th Grade: Complete the inference/analysis question on workbook page 34 (33 for those of you with the different version).

7th Grade: Complete the “Gathering Evidence” graphic organizer on pages 28-29 of the workbook. Use the article you received in class today as a handout.


8th Grade: Make sure you have your object poems in class tomorrow. Complete page 29 in your workbook as it relates to “Doc-Lap at Last” on page 13.


If there are questions about the articles from either class, write them down on a post-it note and use the Parking Lot. I’m looking forward… Continue reading

10/05 7th & 8th Grade Home Practice

Reminder to both grades. Continue to record multiple weekly entries on your reading logs. Have a parent/guardian sign at least once a week.


7th Grade: Journal entry (6-8 sentences)

Write a letter to a character from your independent reading novel. What would you

Say to them based on a problem they are going through? OR, how could they help YOU

with a problem you are experiencing?



8th Grade:

Complete the two questions you were assigned on… Continue reading