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Welcome to Ms. Ciccarello’s Class Page!

– 6th Grade: Homeroom Teacher
– 7th Grade ELA 
– 8th Grade ELA  

E-mail: lciccarello@stathanasiusacademy.org

TO ALL PARENTS: Please click here to fill out the Parent Contact Form






Dear Parents of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, 

All students are to have a reading book with them everyday. Students are to read at least 1 novel by the end of every month. Students are to read 30 minutes minimum daily. Book report is due on the last school day of the month,  will be factored into their cumulative grade point average.

Please monitor your child’s reading and keep track of how long they are reading before signing off their reading log. Thank you for your cooperation! 

As parents and guardians, I hope you will be able to support your child’s progress and work with me to guarantee your child’s success.

If you have any questions about your child’s education or simply want to talk with me, I can be reached by contacting the school 1(718) 236-4791 or by email at lciccarello@stathanasiusacademy.org 

Please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to teaching your children this year and pushing them to reach their fullest potential.








TO ALL 6th, 7th & 8th GRADERS!

Please prepare for your next reading book for the month of June! 

This will be our last book report of the year!

Students may use my library or go to their nearest public library and check out a book based on their reading level.



Plot Analysis Review Notes


Plot (definition)

Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.

5 Elements of Plot:

  1. Exposition 

This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).

  1.   Rising Action 

This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.

  1. Climax 

This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.

  1. Falling Action 

All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.

  1. Resolution 

The story comes to a reasonable ending.

Keywords for Plot Analysis


Foreshadowing: The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story.

Inciting Force: The event or character that triggers the conflict.

Conflict: The essence of fiction. It creates plot. The conflicts we encounter can usually be identified as one of four kinds. (Man versus…Man, Nature, Society, or Self)

Suspense: That quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events. Suspense makes the reader ask “What will happen next?”. Suspense is greatest when it focuses attention on a sympathetic character. Thus, the most familiar kind of suspense involves a character hanging form the lee of a tall building, or tied to a railroad tracks as a train approaches.

Symbolism: Any object, person, place, or action that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than it does, such as a quality, an attitude, a belief, or a value. For instance, a rose is often a symbol love and beauty while a skull is often a symbol of death.


First Person
The narrator is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings and what he or she sees and is told by other characters. He can’t tell us thoughts of other characters.

Third-Person Objective
The narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but he can’t tell us the thoughts of the characters.

Third-Person Limited
The narrator is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of the characters.

The narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of more than one of the characters.


June Book Report


Part 1: Plot Diagram-You may use the template I provided or your may construct your own on oak tag. 


Part 2: 1 page Summary 

            What to include….School Heading! (Cover is not necessary)

  • Introduction: Title, Author, Genre, Point of View (First Person, Third-Person Objective, Third-Person Limited, or Omniscient).

  • Body Paragraphs Who, Where, When, What, Why How of the story.

    • Who is the story about? (Main Characters)

    • Where does the story take place? (Setting)

    • When does the story take place? (Setting)

    • What is the conflict in the story? (Problem)

    • Why did this story turn out this way? (Reasons why/ details from the story)

    • How did everything get resolved? (Resolution)

  • Conclusion: Would you recommend this book to someone why or why not? How many stars would you give this novel? What was your favorite part of the story and why?

Attach your essay to your plot diagram project!





  • May 23- Red Nose Day, Dress in Red!

  • May 24- Italian Festival- Grades 5-8 at 2:00

  • May 25- Field Day- Bring Yellow Gym Shirt and Blue Student Appreciation Day Shirts.

  • May 28- No School- Memorial Day!

  • May 29- Band Concert- 2:00. Home School Meeting – 7:00

  • May 30- 8th Grade State Science Performance Test

  • May 31- Senior Social at the Rex Manor- 7:00 PM June 1- FULL DAY

  • June 3- 8th Grade Mass and Awards Ceremony- 10:00

  • June 4- 4th and 8th Grade State Science Test

  • June 4-11- Bazaar

  • June 8- 1/2 Day- 12:00 Dismissal. First Friday Mass at 9:00

  • June 14- Museum of Natural History Trip- Grades 6 and 7

  • June 15- 8th Grade Graduation- 5:00

  • June 18-19- FULL DAYS

  • June 20-22- Early Dismissal

  • June 21- Report Cards Distributed at the end of the day to the students

  • June 22- Last Day of School- 10:30 Dismissal

Help us support our school and raise money for our children’s education!

  • If you are an Amazon customer sign onto www.Amazonsmile.com and add us to your Charity so that we can raise money for our school. Amazon will give us a 0.5% of the price you spend for our children.

  • Our 6th Grade class is recycling plastic bottles!
  • We are collecting BOX TOPS! 1 box top=10 cents
  • We also sell ice cream everyday during lunch to help raise money 



Every month students will receive a scholastic book magazine!

Book Order Form must be filled out in PEN, by a parent and placed in an envelope labeled with student NAME & GRADE


If parents would like to order online and would like to pay by debit or credit card please click on the link below and enter the. . .




MAY 18



MONDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 11-15

TUESDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 16-20 Study all vocabulary words

WEDNESDAY: Study all 20 words. Work on book report. 




MONDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 11-15

TUESDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 16-20 Work on your book report

WEDNESDAY: Study for tomorrow Quiz on Chapters 1-8. In your ELA notebook draw a T chart and compare the Greasers and Socs. (5 per column)





MONDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 11-15

TUESDAY: Unit 11 Flashcards 16-20. Review To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 27-31, quiz on Thursday. Work on your book report.

WEDNESDAY: Study for your Quiz tomorrow Chapters 27-31 To Kill a Mockingbird.

Study your summary notes Chapters 27-31




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