Welcome Back Students and Parents! Let’s Make It a Great 2019!

Welcome to the online presence of Mrs. Gastelum’s Language Arts Classes.  It’s going to be a great year with tons of new information to learn and many skills to develop and improve! Use this site to help you stay focused on your goals. Challenges are headed our way, but with dedication and effort, we’ll meet them head on!

Check the calendar for the class agenda and use the links provided to visit the school and the library websites.

If you are absent, it’s your responsibility to find out what you’ve missed.  Visiting this site will help you do just that.

Parents, if you haven’t already done so, please contact our office at 386-329-0588 to get your Skyward account so you can check the grade book as often as you would like.  This is a great way to stay on tops of things.  Students who have parents with Skyward access often do far better in their classes.  You are also encouraged to sigh up for text messages through remind.com.  Information is available on this site and provided by me on the first day of school.

Remember if you have any questions you can always email me at dgastelum@my.putnamschools.org.


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Biography of Edgar Allan Poe

poe-006Click here to view the biography of Edgar Allan Poe

Click here to visit an interactive Poe web page.

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Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

  • Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song about his father, who died of cancer on September 1, 1982. At his father’s funeral, Billie cried, ran home and locked himself in his room. When his mother got home and knocked on the door to Billie’s room, Billie simply said, “Wake me up when September ends,” hence the title.
  • The line “seven years has gone so fast” is a reference to how Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt’s band Sweet Children (which would morph into Green Day), was formed seven years after Armstrong’s father died.
  • “20 years has gone so fast” represents the time from his father’s death to when Billie Joe wrote the song.
  • This was originally slated for Green Day’s 2002 compilation album Shenanigans, but Billie Joe didn’t feel that he was in an emotional state to record it, so the song was held back and used on American Idiot>>
  • The video was directed by Samuel Bayer, who directed Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video. Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood starred in the video, which isn’t about Armstrong’s father, but more a reflection on the mood in American after the September 11 attacks. In an interview with MTV, Bayer said this video was “hands down the greatest thing I’ve ever done.” >>
  • According to VH1’s Pop-Up Video, all the explosions in the clip were real. One effects guy even had to dodge a rocket when it flew through the window where he was stationed.


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What is a Central Idea?

A central idea is a main point that the author is making (also called a main idea or a key idea). In other words, a central idea is what the article is mostly about. You can think of a central idea as a thesis statement: one sentence that states what the article is about. A text could have more than one central idea. A central idea can always be supported with details from the text. HINT: When you search for central ideas, be sure to pay special attention to titles, subheadings, and the first and last sentences of each section.




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What is an Objective Summary?

Objective means “not influenced by personal feelings or interpretation.” A summary is a short statement that gives the main points or ideas of something. So an objective summary is a short statement or paragraph that tells what something is about but does not include irrelevant details or your opinions. HINT: An objective summary should not be written in the first person (“I”) voice.

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Grammar Rock



Complete the Grammar Rock worksheet by answering the questions about each video. 

Be prepared to share and discuss your answers.

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How you learn!

Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

Know yourself to improve yourself  ~Auguste Comte

Use the papers given to you by Mrs. G and the links below to learn more about yourself. This assignment is worth 100 points.

Personal Learning Style Inventory

Multiple Intelligences

Brain Dominance


Assigned Thursday, August 16th- Due Friday 8/17

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