Summer Reading!

Below are some great resources to enjoy some reading this summer, and be ready to tackle 8th grade in the fall! I just read the prequel to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. If you are into action books, I highly recommend it!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - WikipediaThat Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton, Paperback | Barnes ...The Illustrated Man: Bradbury, Ray: 8601400321720: Books

Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury: 9781451673265: Books

If you enjoyed The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, you may enjoy her other books: Tex, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This Is Now.

And if you liked “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, then you will definitely want to read some of the many short stories by him in The Illustrated Man. You may also want pick up Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

Enjoy! 🙂 –Ms. Parrott

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Reformation Video Posted!

Hello, again! Video #18 is posted below, which focuses on the information that will be helpful for you with the Reformation material. As always, if you have any questions about completing the Timebook, or any other assignment, please email me at

DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 5: “The Veldt” Questions and Renaissance/Reformation Timebook


Renaissance Video Posted!

Hi, everyone! This is Video #17, which gives a very brief overview of the Renaissance. The video is designed to help with the menu options for the Renaissance Timebook.

Both the Renaissance and Reformation Timebook options are due Friday, June 5th. 

There will be a Reformation video on Wednesday, June 3rd.

ALL late work is due Monday, June 8th by 4 p.m. 



“The Veldt” Lesson Video!

Below is my video with questions to help guide you as you are reading “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. At the end of the video are also some reminders as we enter the last two weeks of school!


  • I am grading Persuasive Papers this week!
  • ALL late work, including Persuasive Papers, can be turned in through June 8th
  • Last two assignments for the school year (due June 5th):
    • “The Veldt” Questions
    • Renaissance and Reformation Timebook



Get to know our next author: Ray Bradbury!

Ray Bradbury wrote “The Veldt” in 1950. Before reading the story in the upcoming weeks, do the following:

  1. Watch the short YouTube video.
  2. Click and read through the Prezi presentation (there is also a short video in it!).

This will help give you a little information into Ray Bradbury’s message in the story, “The Veldt.”

“The Veldt” story and questions will be posted on Google Classroom on Monday, May 18th!

YouTube video:

Prezi presentation/video:

Video #13 is here!

Video #13 reviews the parts of the Persuasive Research and Essay assignment, and then focuses on the requirements of the rebuttal paragraph. If you are having any difficulty with finding sources or writing your paper, please contact me at!