School Year 2013-14

Hello! I hope you are all enjoying the last days of your summer holiday. I cannot wait to hear about the fabulous adventures, near and far, that you’ve taken. I cannot wait to tell you all about the school that I visited and that received the supplies that you all donated.

For the first day, make sure you have something to write with and to write on. 

Everyone’s Personal Supplies List:
* (5 Green) 3-pronged folders with pockets — please get the poly or plastic, not the paper
* Flash drive (to save your electronic work)
* Planner (to stay organized)
* (2) Composition Notebooks (for your grammar/stems/literary material)

We are going to put the folders together in class. If you can’t find all green folders, then just make sure you get 5 of the same color. Also, bring DUCT TAPE, plain or decorative. ūüôā

Grade 7, Section 1:
* Blue/black pens
* Large 11×17 construction paper (Manila color)
* Small Post-its

Grade 7, Section 2:
* Red pens
* Large 9×12 construction paper (Colored)
* Medium Post-its

Grade 8:
* Glue 
* Kleenex
* Index Cards (3×5)

Summer Reading Links 2013

Book trailer for all of the Lone Star 2013 titles:

OverDrive:¬† ¬†¬†Many of the reading selections can be checked out as e-books¬†through¬†FISD’s OverDrive site!


Click on the “Explore” pull-down, and review available titles under “PreAP/AP Summer Reading List Titles”and “Classic eBooks.”



EOY Mindmap and Reflection

As you reflect on what you have on your end of year mindmap, you will need to compose a reflection writing piece. Think about your year in GT ILA ¬†and/or in middle school. What have you learned about yourself as a student and/or as a person? Think about your learning, knowledge, and growth. Your reflection should be insightful and have depth of information. It should not be a listing of stuff (i.e., “I read this and this and this. I studied this and this and this.”)¬†Think about the process of close reading. What do you want the reader to understand about you and your year? As always, the rules of grammar apply and be sure to follow the MLA formatting guidelines.

 ** I look forward to hearing your Talks tomorrow and to reading your reflections. **


Your name

GT ILA Grade 6 – Pd. #

Mrs. Caskey

30 May 2013


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Remembering E.L. Konigsburg (1930‚Äď2013)

“On Friday, April 19, E.L. Konigsburg passed away at 83, just one year older than Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the eccentric a narrator of her Newbery Medal winning novel¬†From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Bail E. Frankweiler.”

Read more:


“Konigsburg was only one of five authors to have won the Newbery Medal ‚ÄĒ the most prestigious award in children‚Äôs literature ‚ÄĒ twice. She was the only one to win it the same year, 1968, when she also won the Newbery honor; ¬†with her¬†Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley¬†and Me, Elizabeth¬†bested by her¬†From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.”

Read more:


“Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was trained as a chemist, but she found her true calling as a literary alchemist, mixing humor, mystery and pragmatism to create such classic children’s novels as From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler¬†and The View from Saturday.”

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The Art of Editing

“Evidence Lost:¬†We’re Not Likely to See Editing Like Proust’s in the Future”

One page from the notebooks of Marcel Proust shows the extreme work that went into writing his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time
Bibliotheque nationale de France (click to expand)
“This image comes from the notebooks of Marcel Proust, one page among the thousands that would eventually become¬†In Search of Lost Time. Though there are a few sections in his manuscripts that seem to have come out more or less as the author had hoped (see¬†here¬†for example), many, many more display whole passages discarded or rewritten like you see one the pages above.

At first, the aggressive self-editing gives you pause: Man, Proust was hard on himself! We are not used to seeing the trail of the hard work that goes into making a beautiful book or essay; computers, like word processors before them, have hidden the the physical evidence of this process. In some places you can still catch glimpses of it — the history tab of a Wikipedia page — but mostly, if this trail exists at all it exists in a private file, the track changes of a Microsoft Word document or the revisions history of a Google Doc.

Efforts like Etherpad, which¬†promised to allow real-time collaboration while recording every keystroke of change to a document, show something else too: In our age of networked writing, a tool that records editing history exists for collaboration. This is true of all of the examples I just gave — Wikipedia, Google Docs, Word’s track changes, and Etherpad. Can you imagine tracking the changes of your own edits, just for yourself? Who would do that? If any of these records make it to the future for scholars to examine, they will be the records of our collaborations. The work of an individual’s self-edits will have been scrubbed.

Proust may have been writing¬†In Search of Lost Time, but in the act of doing so he was creating an object that preserved, in a sense, the time he had lost (“lost”) while writing the books.”