Rikki-tikki-tavi letter

Today in class we completed the reading comprehension quiz on “Rikki-tikki-tavi” and I introduced an assignment to write a letter about the story from a different point-of-view. We also read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to explore point-of-view. We will work on the letter in class tomorrow. For homework tonight, please decide which character you would like to be for your letter. Also, be sure to bring your flash drive to class tomorrow.

If you haven’t already responded to the blogging survey, please do so.

Tuesday, September 29

Homework for tonight is to:

  • Reread “Rikki-tikki-tavi” in preparation for a reading comprehension quiz on it tomorrow
  • Rewrite your Quick Write about the role of one character in the story (unless you received 9 or 10/10)
  • choose another character, and make a bulleted list of the role that character played in the story

If you would like to also listen to the story recording again, please visit our Moodle course, then look look for the “Rikki-tikki-tavi” listing at the bottom.

“Rikki-tikki-tavi” Recording


Some students asked if they could listen again to the recording of “Rikki-tikki-tavi” we heard in class. I have been working to upload a copy of the files (one for Mac and one for PCs) to our Moodle site, where we are allowed to store copyrighted material for student use. Please visit our Moodle course, then look look for the “Rikki-tikki-tavi” listing at the bottom.

Picture source:

Rikki Tikki Is a Proud Mongoose. Weston Woods. 1997.
Discovery Education. 27 September 2009

Friday, September 25

Today in class students did a quick write about a character of their choice in “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” and we went over the plot charts. I also read a Richard Peck story aloud to every class.

Homework for this weekend is to read Accelerated Reader books and complete the blogging survey for those students who haven’t already done so.

On Tuesday, we will review “Rikki-tikki-tavi.” I have also asked all students who volunteered to participate as guest bloggers during our first week of class blogging next week to come in during lunch on Tuesday for a fun introduction. Please bring your lunch to my room to eat.

On Wednesday, we will have a reading comprehension quiz on “Rikki-tikki-tavi.”

A note about grades. I am still in the process of setting up assignments and percentages in Aeries gradebook, and the weight of different assignments is not yet set. I understood that my assignments were not yet visible to students and parents and was surprised to learn that they are. Please be aware that students’ grades may currently be highly skewed due to a very limited number of assignments in a given assignment type so far, and the weighting of different assignments may change. In addition, students’ grades will be lower if they are missing work, and it could take several days to record late work. Feel free to contact me with questions about grades, but I would also appreciate your patience as I work to set the gradebook up in a more final form. Thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Thursday, September 24

Today in class we continued reading Rikki-tikki-tavi.

Homework for tonight is to:

  • Complete the story and fill out the Plot chart I distributed in class.
  • Complete this blogging survey if your parents completed the technology letter and agreed to let you post to public sites. If they indicated on the form that they had questions, I will be getting in touch with them as soon as possible, and you do not need to complete the survey today.

Continuing Rikki-tikki-tavi

Today we visited the library. Most students have completed at least one quiz or are on target to finish reading a book and taking a quiz within the next few day. Please remember that the  first Accelerated Reader deadline is October 19, with 15 points due on that date. Check this link for more information. If you haven’t completed at least one quiz yet, be sure to do so this week or early next week.

Homework for tonight is to continue reading “Rikki-tikki-tavi” from where we left off in class up through the end of page 416. Also be sure to read the questions in the margins and be prepared to discuss those questions in class tomorrow.

Library Visit Wednesday

We will be going to the library Wednesday. All students should be ready to take their first AR quiz if they haven’t already done so, since I recommended that students select AR books that they can complete in no more than about two weeks. Also, be sure to have your ID to take quizzes and check out new books.

Monday, September 21

Today in class we read together and discussed the opening pages of “Rikki-tikki-tavi.” Homework tonight is to complete the Chapter Review exercises on page 255 of English Workshop. (Please note a change from the page I gave in class. It is not page 260.) Also, study for the capitalization quiz by reviewing the rules on pages 243, 245, 247, 249, 251, 252, and 253.

Students also should be completing their first AR book by Wednesday, when we will be going to the library. Be sure to have your AR book with you in class tomorrow, as you should everyday.


We have started studying Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” which I know all the students will love. In class, we listened to a slightly-adapted reading of the story with Michael York at the reader. Some of the students wanted to listen again on their own. I am working to figure out if I can upload the files for them.

There is no new homework this weekend, but we will be having a quiz on capitalization on Tuesday.  And, as always, please enjoy some good independent reading. I also need avatar files for students who haven’t already emailed them or given me copies from their flash drives and technology information letter signatures for a few students.

Capitalization, Tech, & Completing Avatars

Today in class we reviewed the English Workshop homework on capitalization. Homework tonight is to review the information in the capitalization chapter and complete the exercises on pages 250 and 252. We will have a capitalization quiz on Tuesday. Our Period 7 class attended the Magazine Drive Assembly, but we will catch up tomorrow.

We are beginning a short story unit, and introduced “Rikki-tikki-tavi” by Rudyard Kipling today. We will be listening to recording of the story first and then reading and studying it together. I know that everyone will really enjoy this story about a mongoose hero set in India.

Any students who have not returned the technology information letter need to bring in the signature form tomorrow.

I have also asked students to email me their avatars if they have not already done so. I would like to have all the avatars by Monday. For students who are having trouble creating or saving the avatars, I will be available during lunch tomorrow. Students having trouble emailing them can bring me their flash drives and I will transfer the avatars directly to my computer. Students creating avatars on PCs rather than Macs will have a little more challenge saving them. I have added some suggestions to the avatars information page. Please check at the bottom of that page for tips.