CONTACT INFORMATION:

The best way to contact me is by email at:

watkinsj@issaquah.wednet.edu 

OR by calling me at 425 837-6991. I'm not available by phone during class, but will check messages each day after school.

Weekly Agenda and Upcoming Events
  • THIS WEEK IN Read 180:

    The focus will be on the literal and figurative meanings of idioms. 
    • 4 Jun 2019
  • May 28th: This Week In READ 180

    We will finish up work in our Real Books this week, and complete a review of skills covered in this unit. We will also be studying  idioms and their origins.
    • 28 May 2019
  • May 6th: This Week in Read 180

    SBAC testing continues this week with 7th graders taking the Math and English Language Arts assessments. In class we will be reading Scholastic magazine articles and practicing inference and citing text evidence. We will also review interpreting figu...
    • 7 May 2019
  • April 29th\: This Week in READ 180

    State testing begins this week with  8th graders taking Math and English Language Arts assessments. Last week we read articles about Alex Honnold's free-solo climb of El Capitan.  This  week we will finish watching Free Solo with a foc...
    • 2 May 2019
  • April 29th: This Week in READ 180

    State Testing begins this week for 8th graders taking Math and English Language Arts tests.
    • 2 May 2019
  • April 22nd: This Week in Read 180

    Our focus this week will be on reviewing test-taking strategies for ELA skills assessments.  Students will also take practice ELA listening tests in which they answer comprehension questions about an audio segment.  Students will also read ...
    • 24 Apr 2019
  • This Week in Read 180

    To begin the new trimester, students will record their progress in student app and independent reading, and will set new goals for the remainder of this school year. WE will begin a new unit in the ReaL Book and explore the content vocabulary.
    • 27 Mar 2019
  • THIS WEEK IN READ 180

    Students will be wrapping up their 2nd trimester work in the ReaL Book Units 2 and 5  this week.   Skills focus will be:     Using context clues and word parts (prefixes and suffixes) for determine meaning of unknown words &n...
    • 11 Mar 2019
  • January 7th THIS WEEK IN READ 180

     On Friday, the MMS librarian, Mr. Dahlin shared popular books in each genre with students and they updated their  "Possible Next Reads" list. Therefore, students are all set to have a book that interests them for their independent reading....
    • 7 Jan 2019
  • November 14th: This Week in READ 180

    All students  will receive a copy of  Banish Boring Words,  a user-friendly "thesaurus"  which should be a helpful resource to students for improving word choice in  writing.There is a note to be signed by parents (to encoura...
    • 14 Nov 2018
  • October 22nd This Week in Read 180

    6th Grade As we read articles about teen humanitarian, Kesz Valdez, students will practice  finding the key idea of a text, and citing text evidence to support a response to a comprehension question.  In regard to vocabulary development, st...
    • 29 Oct 2018
  • October 12th: This Week in READ 180

    Reading for deeper meaning is the focus as we are well into our ReaL Book workshops.  Students will practice  finding the key idea of a selection and using inference to answer comprehension questions. Students are also practicing using con...
    • 16 Oct 2018
  • MAYWOOD FUNDRAISER REMINDER

    LAST POPCORN AND COOKIE DOUGH SALES TURN IN IS NEXT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th. HELP SUPPORT MAYWOOD ACTIVITIES.  SEE GRAPHIC BELOW:
    • 9 Oct 2018
  • 10/1/18 This Week in READ 180

    Students are getting into the new workshops (units) in the Real Book, and learning the content vocabulary for each.  Students will learn and practice strategies for close reading of a nonfiction text in order to find specific details to support...
    • 3 Oct 2018
  • 9/24: This Week In READ 180

    We will begin all classroom rotations this week:  whole group instruction, small group instruction, student application instruction (software), and independent reading.  We have spent time learning the routines and expectations.  Each ...
    • 24 Sep 2018
  • WELCOME TO READ 180!!

    READ 180 offers students a worthwhile opportunity to become better readers. I am excited about the school year and about getting to know each of you. We will be exploring the world together through interesting books and articles. Reading improvement...
    • 31 Aug 2018