• How To Be An Online Learner

    Classes start Monday morning.  Reading Transformations will be from 9:00-9:15 and Third Period ELA will be from 9:15-9:30.  Please visit my Canva page documents for more information.

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  • Percy Jackson

    The Ordindary World:






    Call to Adventure:








    Refusal of the Call:








    The Mentor:








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    The Ordeals/Trials:








    The Road Home:








    Restoring Order to the Ordinary World:









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  • The Lion King

    The Ordindary World:






    Call to Adventure:








    Refusal of the Call:








    The Mentor:








    The Enemies:









    The Ordeals/Trials:








    The Road Home:








    Restoring Order to the Ordinary World:









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  • Hero's Journey Graphic Organizer

    The Lion King – The hero’s journey breakdown.

     Gordon Napier

     November 4, 2013

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    Ordinary world

    Simba is the son of Mufasa, the King of the jungle. All the animals serve under Mufasa’s just rule.

    Call to Adventure

    Simba is born to be King but Mufasa’s brother, Scar, plots to kill them both and take the throne for himself

    Refusal of the call

    Scar easily tricks Simba into going to the Elephant grave yard because Simba has no comprehension that Scar would try and kill him. He’s completely unaware of the call which is why he doesn’t take action against it.

    Belly of the whale

    Simba enters the Elephant grave yard and is nearly killed.

    Supernatural Aid

    Simba’s mentor is his father Mufasa. He leads by example and teaches Simba how to be a good King by being just one. Later Rafiki the baboon also serves as guide to encourage Simba to take action.

    Death of the mentor

    Mufasa is killed in a stampede of wildebeest.

    Crossing the First Threshold

    Simba runs away believing he killed his father.

    The Road of the trials

    Simba meets up with Timon and Pumba  and learns their carefree lifestyle. But meanwhile back on the Pride lands, Scar’s rule has destroyed it.

    Meeting with the Goddess

    Nala returns to his life, these childhood friends have grown up and become lovers. She begs him to return home because of what has happened to their homeland since Scar took the throne.

    Woman as Temptress

    Hakuna Matata – No worries, why be King, which carries with it the burden of responsibility when you can just relax and have fun.

    Atonement with the Father

    Simba understands the concept of the circle of life and there’s more to being King than getting your way all the time. He learns that he has an obligation to the greater good of serving your community.


    Rafiki shows Simba that Mufasa is alive and shows him his reflection in the pond. Mufasa speaks to him and tells him he must reclaim the throne.

    Ultimate Boon

    Simba has the courage to return to his homeland and take up the thrown which is rightfully his.

    The Magic flight

    Returning to fight Scar

    The crossing of the return Threshold

    When Sarabi compares Scar to Mufasa he strikes her. Simba steps forward to defend her.  Simba accepts responsibility for his father’s death in front of his pride even though it was an accident.

    Rescue from without

    Closest thing to a rescue from without is the rain falling to put the fire out that threatens them.

    Master of two worlds

    He has defeated Scar, shed the guilt which didn’t belong to him and will rule the Pride lands as King.

    Freedom to live

    Life has returned to Pride rock, he is King and Nala his Queen. The circle of life continues with their cub.




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  • Welcome Letter

    Ms. Nettell’s ELA Syllabus

     Welcome back!


    Ms. Nettell:  This is my 18th year teaching and my 9th year at Harris Road.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities and Middle Grades English certification.  Feel free to contact me by email at meri.nettell@cabarrus.k12.nc.us or by school phone at 704-782-2002.  I look forward to working with your child.


    Classroom Expectations: 

    1.       When you enter my classroom, you go to your seat and get out your materials (agenda, homework, and supplies needed for the day).

    2.      Fill out your agenda with any homework, reminders, or important information.  This will be listed on the white board.

    3.      Be prepared to begin class.


    Materials:  Please have your materials every day.  You will need a 3-ringed binder, loose leaf paper, pens, pencils, and agenda.


    Grading:  I use a ten point grading scale.  Projects and assignments that require over one week to complete will count two to four times.  Homework and classwork count one time.


    Homework:  Students should read 30 minutes every night.  Other assignments will be listed on a daily basis.


    Remind Account:  Remind is a one-way text messaging system that I use to send out reminders about my class, you can visit remind.com to learn more about this site.  Both students and parents are encouraged to sign up for an account.

    3rd period ELA:  text @mnett to 81010

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  • Mobymax.com

    Students should read independently and/or with the help of an adult every night.  Students can access the mobymax.com website to complete reading skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary practice at mobymax.com


    The school code is nc941.
    Each student knows their individual username and password. 
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  • Summarization Strategy

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