Reading

Want to read and respond to a good book?  Below are 3 books that are sure to please.  Come check one out from Mr. Miller and read it.  Then talk to Mr. Miller about a response project that you would like to create for the book.

Cosmic by Frank Cottell Boyce
Hoot by Carl Hiaansen
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Caution: It is the first of a series and you are likely to get hooked!)


Writing

Did you know that you can turn writing into Mr. Miller at any time during the school year? That’s right! If you have a piece that you would like feedback on, simply turn a copy of it into Mr. Miller’s mailbox in the office.  Be specific about what you would like feedback on. For example, you might leave a sticky note on the work that reads: Mr. Miller, I would like for you to give me feedback on figurative language.  This will give us a focal point with which to work.  Some focal point ideas would be:  paragraphing, metaphors, sentence structure, ideas, research (for non-fiction), plot, etc.

  • Nonfiction Writing Challenges
  • Fairy Tale 1 Writing Challenges
  • Fairy Tale 2 Writing Challenges
  • Descriptive Writing Challenges
  • Creative Writing Challenge
  • Write a story that tells a moral.  Below is a list of morals that you can choose from.  You might first have to figure out what the morals mean.
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    Look before you leap.
    Once bitten, twice shy.
    Honesty is the best policy.
    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
  • The Classics Challenge
  • Research the seven wonders of the ancient world.  Choose one of the seven wonders and construct a model of it.  Write a factual piece to accompany your model.  Don’t forget to label your model too.  Add a fictional story and use the ancient wonder as your setting.
  • The Fine Arts Challenge
  • Research famous pieces of art (that is, a piece of art that is on display somewhere).  Print it out.  Now, create a story board/graphic novel, using the work of art as one of the panels.  The work of art can be in the beginning, middle or end of the story.  Your story board/graphic novel should have at least 6 panels.

Poetry

  • Poetry Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
  • Choose any three of the poetry tasks in a row and write the poems for each. Turn your poems in to Mr. Miller. You can come get a prize from his treasure box!  For a greater challenge, try a black out!
  • Writing Poetry (Turn in your work to Mr. Miller)
  • Write a poem about Spring.
    Write a poem about the sunrise or sunset.
    Write a poem about your pet or any animal.