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Ms. Tiffany Fiehn Thor
Willow Wood Jr. High - Room 214 
7th Grade English Language Arts & Reading
(281) 357-3030 x1235

Conference period: 7:33 - 8:21 (1st period)
Tutorials: Thursday morning @ 7:15, after school until 3:30, or by request. STUDENTS MUST REQUEST A PASS TO COME TO MY ROOM AT 7:15 THE DAY BEFORE THEY ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND TUTORIALS.


Hello there!
I graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in English. Prior to joining the Tomball ISD family, I taught both traditional and online courses at the UH Writing Center, worked with the Apollo 20 Program at Lee High School in Houston ISD, and tutored through Varsity Tutors. The parent-teacher relationship is extremely important to me regardless of the age(s) I'm teaching, so you can expect to hear from me regularly!

I myself have 2 children, both currently enrolled in the district. Since moving to Tomball in 2012 I've been continually impressed with the district from a parenting standpoint, and continue to be impressed as an educator. For me, there is no greater joy than being a part of a whole that fosters both academic and personal growth, as is the case with TISD.

My mission for the class is to not only help each student reach his/her potential, but also to equip all children with tools that will help them succeed long after they leave WWJH.
 

Classes

Recent Posts

Week of May 15-19

Monday:
Mr. Tucket packet completion
 
TuesdayMr. Tucket PACKET DUE
Begin Museum Project
 
Wednesday:
Museum Project
 
Thursday
Museum Project
 
Friday:
GALLERY WALK - Museum Projects due
 
 

Week of May 8-12

Monday:
STAAR (Math)
 
Tuesday
STAAR (Reading)
 
Wednesday:
Mr. Tucket - chapters 16 & 17; packet work
 
Thursday
Mr. Tucket - chapters 18 & 19; packet work
 
 Friday
Mr. Tucket - chapters 16 & 17; packet work
 
 

Week of May 1 - 5

Monday:
STAAR Vocabulary work  with partners
Focus: Inferencing
Inferencing worksheet
 
Tuesday
STAAR Vocabulary work  with partners
Focus: point-of-view
Point-of-view worksheet
 
Wednesday:
STAAR Vocabulary work  with partners
Focus: point-of-view continued (third person limited/omniscient)
Complete any worksheets not yet completed
 
Thursday
STAAR Vocabulary work  with partners
**Check for completion of STAAR worksheets
Focus: author's purpose and genre
 
Friday:
STAAR Vocabulary work  with partners
Focus: author's use of language
Review sample STAAR questions

Week of April 24 - 28

Monday:
 
Poem: "The Oregon Trail" - Analyze for poetic/literary devices
 
Tuesday
Mr. Tucket Chapters 14 & 15
 
Wednesday:
Group Activity: Chapter Summaries
 
Thursday
Class Discussion of Chapter Summaries
 
Friday:
Intervention
Reading Passage

Week of April 17 - 21

Monday:
Intervention
Jeopardy - Mr. Tucket review
 
Tuesday
Mr. Tucket Chapter 11 & 12
 
Wednesday:
Mr. Tucket Chapter 13 & 14
 
Thursday
Mr. Tucket Wanted Ad Poster (major grade)
 
Friday:
Mr. Tucket Wanted Ad Poster Due (major grade)
 

Mr. Tucket Test - Summaries and Terms

Chapter one - It's Tucket's birthday, he's on the Oregon Trail with his family and in awe of the Rocky Mountains, he receives a surprise cake and custom-made rifle, while shooting the rifle he's abducted by Pawnee Indians.
 
Chapter two - Tucket awakens in a Pawnee camp, we meet "mother" (not really his mother, doesn't treat him like a mother) who pulls him around by a noose, he is jumped by many boys, we meet Braid
 
Chapter three - We learn more about Braid, the Pawnees raid a wagon train which Francis believes was his family's, Francis loses hope that his family will look for him, Braid gives Francis his sister Rebecca's doll, the Pawnees move camp, we meet Mr. Jason Grimes
 
Chapter four - The Pawnees welcome Mr. Grimes and plan a celebration in his honor, Mr. Grimes helps Francis escape, Francis lies about being able to ride a horse for his escape
 
Chapter five - Francis is thrown from his horse and the horse runs off, Francis must complete his journey by himself, Francis collapses after traveling miles on foot
 
Terms/Literary Devices:
irony
personification
idiom
simile
metaphor
onomatopoeia
characterization (indirect and direct)
alliteration
hyperbole
 

Week of March 3 - 7

Monday:
Intervention
Oregon Trail - link found on Google Classroom
 
Tuesday
Mr. Tucket Chapter 7; Mr. Tucket packet
Focus: Text Evidence
 
Wednesday:
Mr. Tucket Chapter 8-9; Mr. Tucket packet
Focus: Character Relationships
 
Thursday
Mr. Tucket Chapter 10; Mr. Tucket packet
Focus: Point of View
 
Friday: NO SCHOOL
 

Week of March 27 - 31

Monday:
Final Review for STAAR Writing Test - Reading passage as a group
 
Tuesday
Writing STAAR
 
Wednesday:
Introduction: Mr. Tucket
 
Thursday
Begin reading Mr. Tucket: chapter 1
 
Friday:
Intervention
Reading Passage

Week of March 20-24

Monday: Holiday
 
Tuesday
STAAR Review: Anchor Chart Worksheet
Begin writing folders
 
Wednesday:
STAAR Review: flashcards
begin X Factor group exercise
 
Thursday
Complete X Factor group exercise
Review sample prompts
 
Friday:
Review sample essays and rubric for STAAR

Week of March 6 - 10

Monday: Library Day!
Intervention
Revise/edit partner game
(Intervention)
 
Tuesday
Revise/edit assessment
 
Wednesday:
Review benchmark and assessment - test corrections
 
Thursday
Revise/edit Jeopardy
 
Friday:
Revise/edit speed review

Week of February 27 - March 3

Monday:
 
Continue GENIUS Period project - Discuss slide show requirements (title page, Pros, Cons, New Plan (with research), Sources
 
Tuesday
GENIUS Period Project
 
Wednesday: - (Ms. Thor Out)
 
Grammar Work - Sentence Structure, Capitalization, Punctuation
 
Thursday
GENIUS Project Presentations
 
Friday:
 
Complete GENIUS Project Presentations
Reading
Intervention

Week of February 21 - 24

Monday:
NO SCHOOL
 
Tuesday
Grammar Warm-Up
Begin GENIUS Period Project

Wednesday:
Grammar Warm-Up
Continue GENIUS Period Project: Key Terms, Stakeholders, and Pros/Cons worksheet
 
ThursdayKey Terms, Stakeholders, and Pros/Cons worksheet DUE
Grammar Warm-Up
Begin GP Project Research

Friday:
Grammar Warm-Up
Continue GP Project Research