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How to Celebrate Christmas in Spain by Ms. Caputo’s Class

We are learning about Christmas in Spain. We did some research about Christmas in Spain. In Spain they have a tradition called the Hoguerashogueras. This takes place on December 21st. This is an old tradition. In it people jump over small fires on the Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year. They believe this will prevent illness and sickness for the long winter ahead. The fire blesses them for the Winter.

c982re2At Christmas one of the best things they have is the beautiful markets. They are gorgeous. Selling flowers, fruits, candy and all kinds of gifts.

Spain is a catholic country so they are very religious. On Christmas Eve they ring the bells telling everyone to go to Church. This is the mass of Rooster.

75448673_ebcc9012a4The most beautiful of the Candlelit service is in the monastery of Montseratin the high mountains of Barcelona. They also do a Nativity scene that has the baby Jesus in it. The Spanish word for it is Nacimiento.In Barcelona they bring lit candles to the mass. The Spanish call this Mass La Misa Regallo.

Then comes Christmas dinner and it is never eaten until way after midnight, the people do not eat food all day, they fast until the midnight meal. christmas_around_the_world Click on the Christmas quilt to hear a Spanish Christmas carol

After the meal they sing Christmas carols. They sing until the early morning hours. Christmas Day is spent at Church and feasts.


ThanksGiving Writing Contest

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Announcing our Thanksgiving writing contest.

The Rules

  1. Entries may include, short stories about the first Thanksgiving, present day thanksgiving, or essays on what you are thankful for in your own life, and topic related poems.
  2. There will be 6 prizes given out for the best written pieces. First prize is $10 dollar gift certificate card from Toys-R-Us. There will be 5 runner up prizes consisting of $5 dollar gift certificates cards from Toys-R-Us.
  3. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction.
  4. Submit to Ms.Broderick no later than November 20th contest Entries will be blogged here by number and voted on
  5. Contest will be voted on by students, staff and teachers.
  6. Deadline is November 20th . Good luck!

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Teachers Click on the Picture to download NWREL 6+1 Trait Writing Scoring Guide to. Use as a guide with students to gauge when a piece is ready for Submission.

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Announcing our First Writing contest of the Year!

We are kicking off our writing contest off with a contest dedicated to our Presidential Election. We have been talking in our classes about the Presidential Election and what the president does exactly. We came up with a list of jobs the President has 1. Passing Laws, 2. Making a budget for how the country will spend their money, , 3. Making policy which are plans for the countries future, (E.G. the president come up with a plan for education, the environment, the countries defense , the presidents makes plans for every facet of our country. These plans are called his policy. 4. He also puts together a group of experts called a Cabinet to help him make policy and help him decide what to do. 5. He appoints judges on the Supreme court, 6. He works with other nation’s leaders, making decisions on how we will interact with other countries. 7. He makes speeches and keeps the nation informed on how things are going in our country, 8. He leads the armed forces.

This is just part of what a president does. It is as extremely big job. So here comes our writing assignment what qualities do you think a president needs to have in order to lead the nation. List at least 5 qualities or traits you think a person needs to be president. Things like honesty, loyalty, or being strong (tough), being forgiving, having patience, being brave, being kind, and perhaps empathy ( the quality of being able to understand other peoples pain as if it were your own). List five qualities that you think a president should have. Describe how these qualities would help a person leading our country. The entries should be no longer that 1 and 1/2 pages handwritten. All entries must be typed in here. Prizes will be gift certificates to ToysRUs . The Deadline is October 2nd

Click here to listen to this post. Writing contest

You can download a rubric of how entries will be judged here later in the week.


Halloween Story Winner- Zombies on A Train

By Malakhai Horne

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Thanksgiving Writing Contest!

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Announcing our Thanksgiving writing contest.

The Rules

  1. Entries may include, short stories about the first Thanksgiving, present day thanksgiving, or essays on what you are thankful for in your own life, and topic related poems.
  2. There will be 6 prizes given out for the best written pieces. First prize is a new book bag filled with school supplies and a $10 dollar gift certificate card from Toys-R-Us. There will be 5 runner up prizes consisting of $5 dollar gift certificates cards from Toys-R-Us.
  3. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction.
  4. Submit on paper to Ms.Broderick no later than November 14th contest Entries will be blogged anonymously on this blog ( by number)
  5. Contest will be voted on by students, staff and teachers.
  6. Deadline is November 14th (Friday). Good luck!

Literary Genre/Fiction/Nonfiction

I used the terms “genre” and fiction/nonfiction in posting writing Contest rules and it comes to my attention that, would could do a lesson on just what genre is. First lets look at fiction, the best way to define fiction is by defining non-fiction. Non-fiction are stories that are true, based in fact and things that happened. The writers are reporting the story, not making it up. Fiction then are stories that are in a sense “made up” though the stories may be based on things that actually happened.Now let’s look at some genres of fiction. Watch the film below. Then blog a definition of what a genre is and give examples of an Auto Biography, a fairytale and an epic poem. These are of course not the only kind of genres of fiction, what “genre” will your Thanksgiving story fit into? untitled-3.jpeg