NaNoWriMo is Nearing

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it takes place each year in November.  This was started in 1999 in the USA as a way for professional and amateur writers to come together from all over the world.

What do you do?

NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write an entire novel in the month of November.  Adults have a 50,000 word goal and student participants, like you, get to set their own targets.  Ms. Johnson has proposed 7,000; 10,000; and 13,000 words as attainable goals for high school students at AIS-Vietnam.

When does it happen?

NaNoWriMo is the month of NOVEMBER. So, you start writing on November 1, 2016, and you must finish and submit your text to the official “Word Counter” before midnight November 30th to have your work verified.

What can I win?

The most important thing to most of you will be the extra credit in your English classes.  Please see Ms. Johnson for details about this.

You can also win great prizes from the NaNoWriMo people.  You can check them out here:

How do I join?

First, join Ms. J’s NaNoWriMo classroom here:

and use this code to join: PQERNRMM

Then what?

Declare your goal and create your user profile.  Check back to find inspiration and fun activities all month long.

Extra Credit Anyone?

Literary PUN-kins

English Bonus Activity–Up to 20 Points

To add a little levity to English classes this Halloween, we will be creating and decorating some literary pumpkins in the semblance of our favorite literary characters.


  1. Let me know who your favorite literary character is by, well, as soon as you can (so we don’t have duplicates).
  2. Create your pumpkin character using anything you want—Sky’s the limit!
  3. Provide a “setting” or a habitat for your character to exist within.  This doesn’t need to be huge, but some sort of setting to help your character make sense is needed.
  4. Include a placard to accompany your pumpkin which will be on display in the school. Include the following information and should be 250-300 words in total:
    1. Character’s name
    2. Book title and author’s name
    3. Descriptive quotation(s) about your character
    4. A brief explanation of why this is your favorite character
    5. Reasons (at least two) why other students would enjoy this book
    6. Your name

Turn your PUN-kin in before school on October 31.  Details of where will be provided closer to the date.

Here are some images of ones that have been done in the past to get your ideas flowing.






Heartbreaking or Heartwarming?

There is some buzz about a letter that was written by a little, 6-year-old boy to President Obama following one of the many recent attacks on Syrians.

Here is the image that motivated the letter:

Below you can see President Obama’s remarks that remind me that hatred is not something that is born into us– it is something that we learn over time.

Short Week

Hello everyone,

It seems that everyone is excited about the short week!  I will be working off-site this week, learning some more about the IB in Cambodia.  Please be nice to the subs, as I know you will be.

I would like to remind you to keep up on your reading journal…  Here is a little song to make it stick in your head.

Also– Thanks to Jooy for my AWESOME 81 SONG kpop play list.  I can’t wait to check it all out.

What a Great Week

Hey there my people,

I just wanted to say how great everyone’s introduction presentations were this week.  I know some of you were nervous about speaking in class, but I was happy with the effort that each of you showed to do a good job and to give me some interesting information about who you are.

Also– I need to give a extra special shout out to Ann in my G/7 Block class for being the most skilled assistant.  You were really in good form and made the process run extra smoothly.  Here is a video of people doing things like a boss– just like you did today!