4th Nine Weeks Blog

K.B. Every Fallen Star

A.B. Sucker Punch

T.B. On the Track of Bigfoot

J.B.  Score! The Greatest Athletes of All Time

B.C. Hole in my Life

A.C. Night


J.C. A Child Called It

M.E. Games Alcoholics Play

J.E. Lincoln


M.G. Bones Never Lie

R.G. A Child Called It

J.G. Heaven is for Real

D.H. Ghost Soldiers

J.H. The Salem Witch Trials

R.H. Score! The Greatest Athletes of All Time

B.I. Score! The Greatest Athletes of all Time


E.M. A Gift of Love

M.M. Unwind

V.M. City Behind a Fence

N.N. Mother Teresa


C.P. 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet

D.P. A Child Called It

M.R. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

K.S. Heaven is For Real

M.V. Diary of Anne Frank

D.V. Secret Silent Screams

C.W. Heaven is for Real



3rd Nine Week Blogs

K.B. Tears of a Tiger

W.A.B. D-Day The Invasion of Normandy, 1944

A.B.Brothers in Arms

T.B. URL did not work

J.B. A Long Walk to Water

B.C. Ready Player One

A.C. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

C.C. https://clarknovelblog.blogspot.com/

J.C. Maximum Ride

M.E. Blog

J.E. Shattered

A.E. Into Thin Air

J.F. The Absolutely True Story of Part Time Indian

O.G. Trapped

M.G. gibsonnovelblog.blogspot.com

R.G. The Running Dream

J.G. Search For Safety

D.H. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

J.H. Red Queen

R.H. Money Hungry

B.I. Soldier’s Heart

T.L. A’int I a Woman

A.M. The House on Hackman’s Hill

E.M. Jackie Robinson

M.M. A Matter of Trust

V.M. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

N.N. The Book Thief

Z.N. Blood is Thicker

T.O. s856466english.blogspot.com

C.P. The 39 Clues – Into the Gauntlet

D.P. s761955.blogspot.com

M.R. Coyotes

K.S. The Fault in Our Stars

M.V. Speak

D.V. Secret, Silent Screams

C.W. Somewhere in the Darkness

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2nd Nine Weeks Blogs

C.A. Jackie Robinson

Ka.Bl. The Fault in Our Stars

K.Bu. Stop Smoking Book for Teens

D.C. Carver- A Life in Poems

N.C. Lucky

A.D. Speak

J.E. Gulliver’s Travels

A.E. Soldier’s Heart

C.F. Trapped

J.F. A Child Called It

D.H. Trapped

B.I. Stealing Home

E.I. Becoming a Doctor

J.G. Secret, Silent Screams

R.H. Stealing Home

J.H. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

M.M. Blood is Thicker

A.M. Trapped

S.M. Breaking Night

V.M. Trapped

Z.N. Classic Tales of Terror

N.P. Mein Kampf

A.P. Angels and Demons

C.P. Close to Shore

E.R. East Tn in WW2

M.R. Soul Surfer

S.R. Trapped

B.S. The Book Thief

K.S. Soul Surfer

J.S. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

S.T. Shattered

D.V. The Maze Runner

B.We. Stealing Home

B.Wi. Stealing Home

J.W. The League

C.W. Locked

C.Z. Into Thin Air

Blog Directions

How to write a blog:

I can create a blog entry for my book project.

  • Sign in on your computer
  • Go to blogger (google)
  • Sign-in
  • Decide if you are writing from a character’s point of view OR if you are reacting to the book.
  • Start typing a rough draft.
  • Character’s point of view: Tell about what happened to the character during the introduction or rising action part of your book.
  • Reflection on your book: Compare what you are reading to your own life. What lesson can you derive (pull) from the text or from life, after reading this part of the book.
  • Non-fiction: Discuss what you are learning and why you find it interesting. Connect it to your life. Explain your thinking.
  • Create a works cited section for your entry. Try bibme or citation machine or another MLA citation maker.


How to reply to a classmate’s blog:

I can respond to a classmates blog.

  • Sign in on your computer
  • Go to https://stansburypowellhigh.wordpress.com/
  • Check to make sure your blog is on the Blog Role Call post.
  • If not, email Mrs. Stansbury your blog url.
  • Sign into gmail or outlook email.
  • Email Laurie.Stansbury@knoxschools.org
  • Now, select a blog- tip pick a blog with initials similar to yours (first or last) or a cool title.
  • Read the blog and pick a post to comment about.
  • To comment, you must first be signed into google.
  • Click on the words “comments” or “No Comments”
  • This will open up the comment field.
  • Now, respond in 100 words or more.
  • Tell them what you like about the post and ask any questions you might have.
  • Challenge their position or approach about the book.
  • Ask about details they may have left out or left unanswered.

How to get feedback from teacher before deadline:

If you’d like me to receive feedback, copy your text into a google doc, share the document with me, and write a brief email requesting feedback. I will leave comments and suggestions.



Blog Role Call 1st nine weeks

You are required to comment on two classmates blogs. If you have any questions, please email me: laurie.stansbury@knoxschools.org


C.A. 39 Clues – Book 1 – Maze of Bones

K.B. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

D.C. Uglies

N.C. The Fault in Our Stars

J.E. Trapped

C.F. The Sign of the Beaver

J.F. Love Letters

M.F. Baca Poetry

J.G. Stealing Home

O.G. Trapped

D.H. The Ghost of Dibble Hollow

J.H. Hariett Tubman

R.H. The Call of the Wild

E.I. As I Wait

B.I. Farmer Boy

N.P. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

A.M. Of Mice and Men

M.M. Soul Surfer

S.M.: Day 21 Blog 

V.M. Murder on Graymercy Park

A.P.: On Becoming a Doctor Blog

C.P. The Lightning Thief 

M.R. The Notebook

E.R. Lord of the Sith (Star Wars)   

S.R. Brian’s Winter

K.S. 13 Reasons Why

S.T. Farmer Boy

G.V. Wait Until Dark

D.V. Trapped

B.We The Tiger Rising

C.W. The Watsons Go to Birmingham

J.W. Trapped

C.Z. Messenger (Book 3 The Giver Series)

I’ve added comments to any blogs that had posts. Two of you have finished this part of the project- well done! Keep up the hard work.

10/6/17- I left comments for everyone. If you make changes based on my comment and recommendations, please reply to my comment and let me know you’ve made changes. Otherwise, I know to reread and regrade the post.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Kit’s Blog #1 Arriving in Connecticut

My name is Katherine Tyler, but I prefer Kit. I am nervous about my arrival to Connecticut. MY Aunt has no idea I am coming. I couldn’t wait to send a letter; I didn’t have several months to wait for permission. Once Grandfather died, the creditors pounced. I had no choice but to escape the island. I miss Grandfather terribly, but I had to flea. One of the creditors was trying to pressure me into marriage. He offered to pay off grandfather’s debts, and in exchange I would have to marry him. Marrying that old ugly man was unthinkable, so here I am standing on a ship waiting for the row boat to be lowered.

The shoreline looks bleak. Even the waters look dark and unfriendly. This is nothing like the clear blue waters off the island. I hope I haven’t made a mistake. Surely, my Aunt and her family will allow me to live with them. I dearly need a warm welcome.

Nat, the ship hand, has offered to walk me to my Aunt’s door.  Little does he know, they aren’t expecting me. His father owns the ship. I lied to his father, when I boarded in Barbados. They both think I’m expected.

I was told that typically a ship arriving is of such importance that nearly all the town shows up. All I can see are a few men, maybe ten. Surely, this town has more men than ten. Where are the women and children? I know they have women and children because Goodwife Cruff and her daughter, Prudence, are on board. They boarded a few ports up the river here in Connecticut. I’ve never seen two women look so plain. The poor girl only has a doll to play with. The doll is made of wood and has some scrap clothes made into a dress.

When I was a girl, I had beautiful dolls. Grandfather also encouraged me to read. I’ve read plays by William Shakespeare. I am too young to have seen Shakespeare act, but my grandfather’s older friend swears he saw Henry V performed at The Rose many years ago. I also enjoyed swimming as a girl. The river looks quite cold. I sure wish I could go for a swim, but I need to look presentable for my Aunt.

They are nearly ready to ship off now. This sixteen-year-old lady is ready to embark on her new life. Here I come Connecticut, bleak shore and all, this girl is going to be happy again.

Works Cited

King, Catherine. “Decoding the Newbery: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth

George Speare |.” The Book Smugglers, 13 Aug. 2015, Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Bridgewater, NJ, Distributed by

Paw Prints/Baker & Taylor, 2011.





Blog #2 The Witch of Blackbird Pond Reflection

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is one of my favorite books. As the story unfolds, I have some definitive opinions and reactions to the book. I was able to make personal connections and relate the story to other experiences.

Kit is trying to escape an unwanted marriage and gives up everything she has including her safety net to avoid a life she has no desire to pursue. The first time I read this story, I didn’t fully understand what that might mean. Now as an adult, I realize the significance of that decision. In 2006, I moved to the KY/TN area, a three day drive away from my family in Arizona. I was moving to a new life, a new marriage, and a new career as a teacher. This was a scary time in my life, even though I loved my husband very much. I still had a safety net. I could have easily moved back to Arizona at any time. Kit had to get on a ship that took her on a journey lasting several weeks. If her Aunt did not welcome her into her home, Kit would have been penniless and homeless. During that time frame, she would have found it difficult to find employment and lodging.

When we meet the character Prudence, I was struck by the plain nature of the child’s appearance, behavior, and even her toy. It reminded me of listening to my grandmother discuss growing up as a child during the Great Depression. My grandmother did not have toys. She lived on a farm in Minnesota. She shared with me that her toys were rocks, sticks, and mud. Along with her many siblings, they would pretend in the farm fields and had little else to call their own. For meals, there were occasions where all she had to eat was bread with bacon grease spread across the top. They didn’t even have the money for butter. Eventually, my grandmother was sent to live with an aunt in Wisconsin. There wasn’t enough food to feed everyone. My grandmother earned her keep at her aunt’s home cleaning as a live-in maid. Prudence at least had a toy, and while her meals were most likely simple in taste and quantity, she had enough to eat. When I first read the book, I felt tremendous pity for Prudence. Today, I see Prudence as an example of what can happen to a child’s spirit if they aren’t encouraged and taught they are valued. Prudence’s mother underestimated her, claiming she was stupid. Therefore, she would not allow Prudence to attend school. She did not feel compassion for Prudence when her toy doll fell overboard. She did not show love to her daughter. Later in the novel, the father learns the mother was wrong, and the child was quite intelligent. From that moment forward, I inferred that Prudence would be supported in school by her father, and she would be loved by both parents, although the mother would struggle to show it. Because she learned to read and she had a father who could not read, he was very pleased and proud that his daughter could now read. He showed his daughter how proud he was and pleased with her as a young lady. So, how does this relate to my grandmother? My grandmother may have had no toys, but I know my grandmother was loved and cherished. Therefore, I learned a valuable lesson from this book: poverty of spirit is worse than poverty.

Work Cited

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Boston, MA, Houghton,