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Ms. Amber Parker

Amber Parker has been teaching in Houston ISD since 1999. She holds an undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a Masters Degree from University of Houston-Downtown. She grew up in Galveston, Texas where she attended public school and played flute in the Marching Tornado Band. Ms. Parker has a dog named Iko and a cat named Mary-cat. 

When Ms. Parker is not teaching or reading, she is probably drawing, knitting, wasting time on the internet, or binge watching a silly show on Netflix. 

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  • 8A English April 27-May 1 Directions

    Posted by Amber Parker on 4/27/2020 10:00:00 AM

    8A April 27-May 1 Directions

    I have organized the lessons in order of importance. They are listed below, along with some announcements and reminders. 


    Literature Based Research Project


    This week, you will be completing five Flocabulary skills building lessons that will help prepare you for your research as well as meeting with Ms. Parker to discuss your research question.


    The Flocabulary lessons are assigned in the Classwork Section. Each of the lessons is worth 5 points for a total of 25 points. Each of the lessons requires you to watch the video, complete the read and respond, and then take the quiz. 


    You will also be meeting with Ms. Parker in TEAMS to discuss your idea and research question. It is important that you sign up for a time slot so that Ms. Parker can make sure she has reviews your proposal. This is MANDATORY. If you cannot access TEAMS, send an e-mail to for an alternative. This meeting is worth 5 points. 


    The total possible points for this week is 30 points.


    Ms. Parker’s Office Hours - TEAMS Meeting

    I want to take this week to meet with each student to make sure that you are on the right track before you start doing the research for your project next week. This is MANDATORY.

    Research project meetings from 1-2:15 Monday - Thursday. Open discussion/questions answered 2:30-2:45. Reminder: It is MANDATORY that you sign up to meet with Ms. Parker to discuss your Research question. 


    On Friday, I will host a Grammar Kahoot with questions from the Khan Academy assignments from 1:30-2ish on TEAMS. 

    Link to the sign-up sheet for TEAMS meetings:

    Independent Reading 

    Continue to read each day or every other day. If you left your book at school, find another book. If you have books at home, find one that interests you. Or find a book online, there are lots of resources, including Mackinvia, the Houston public library, etc. If you need help finding a book, start at the Pin Oak library webpage: If you still need help, let me know. If you have a yard and a lawn chair or hammock, go outside and read. 

    Answer the Google Classroom question about what you’re reading. Ask a classmate about what they’re reading based on their response.


    Grammar- Khan Academy- Continue with the Grammar Assignments - This will help you with your writing and in high school!

    Use what you’ve learned for the TEAMS Kahoot on Friday!


    Keep a Journal

    A few suggestions for this week (feel free to also just write about what you feel like writing about):

    1) What would be a creative way to share kindness this week while maintaining social distance? Write about it and do it if you can.

    2) Write an e-mail or hand-written letter to a parent or teacher or grandparent or aunt/uncle about how you’re doing in this situation. Send it or e-mail it to them if you feel comfortable doing that.

    3) Go outside and write.

    4) Play a game or work on a project with a sibling. Write about that.

    5) Is there something new or different you’ve done this week? Write about it. 

    6) How’s virtual learning going? What is going on in your home? How are you feeling? Write about it.

    If you would like to share your entry with me, feel free to e-mail it to me at .

    School E-mail

    Remember to check your school e-mail at least once per day. If a teacher sends you an e-mail, please respond to them. I have sent many of you e-mails with no response. This was posted last week, but there are still students who are not checking school e-mail. It is very important that you do this because your teachers are sending you e-mails. Please refer to the tutorial on how to check your e-mail attached below. If you are still having trouble, see me during TEAMS or send me an e-mail. 

    Also, please check Google Classroom for comments and posts occasionally during the week. There are times when I need to post information to all 8A students and this is the best way for me to do that.

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  • Virtual School- Week of 4/20-24/2020

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/20/2020

    Student Directions 4/20-24/2020

    *This is your overview of the week. All assignment materials are posted in Google Classroom. 

    *Week of 4/20-24/2020 Overview Video


    This week your BIG MUST DO tasks will focus on planning a “Literature or Text Based Research Project.” With that project, you will take SOMETHING that you have read this year, and form a question that you are interested in researching. The end product will be a presentation in which you “virtually” teach us about your topic.

    Literature Based Research is taking topics that are covered in something that you have read, and forming a question that requires investigation and research to answer. 

    It is the connection between reading for pleasure (or assignment), and wondering about the wider world.

    Literature Based Research Project Overview Video

     The Project The steps in this project will take you through forming a research question, conducting research, writing your thesis, and creating an instructive product based on your findings. That means that you will be creating a presentation to TEACH others about your topic. Your final projects will be presented to your classmates through a “Virtual Gallery.”

    Project Steps

    *Where you see “Teacher Approval,” that is a point where you need to pause for me to check your work before you move on.

    Planning- Week of 4/20-24/2020

    1. Forming an Idea (Submit Google Doc)
    2. Forming a Research Question (Submit Google Doc) (Teacher Approval)

    Research- Beginning Week of 4/27-5/1/2020

    1. Use credible sources to conduct research 
    2. Maintain Bibliography of sources used (Teacher Approval)

    Building Your Project

    1. You will have choices how you will create a presentation which teaches others about your topic

    Final project due date is still TBD (to be determined). I should know that next week.

    Week of 4/20-24/2020 Tasks

    Must Dos- You have to do this. No excuses (unless your technology isn’t working, and then you need to contact me!)

    • *Forming an Idea Google Doc
    • *Forming a Research Question Google Doc

    (These two tasks will be one grade. Each will be worth 10 points, for a 20 point grade. I have to grade and approve this before you can move on.)

    • Complete High School Survey
    • Read a Book, the news, short story, poetry, website, SOMETHING! READ!

    Nice to Do

    • Keep a journal. Share your entries with me if you would like to.
    • Practice Grammar skills with Khan Academy

    Something Else


    • Support a Teacher- Let a teacher know that you appreciate them. Believe it or not, we teachers are getting a lot of pressure from a lot of directions. You may not see it, but it’s true. The people who are being awesome are you students. It makes our day when we get a text, e-mail, or message from you, with a funny meme, or just saying, “How are YOU doing today?” Think about the teachers who might need some support, and reach out to them. You can find teacher’s email addresses on the Pin Oak Website, or if you need another way to contact them, let me know… I’ll try to help!


    • Try something new- Never baked a cake? Find a recipe, and try it out! Never washed dishes? DO IT! Never sewn a button onto a shirt? Learn to sew a button! Learn to do something you don’t know how to do! Better yet, Take a picture, post it in the comments, and tell us how it went!
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  • Virtual School- Week of 4/13-18/2020

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/16/2020

    As with last week, I have divided the tasks into three sections:
    MUST DO- I expect these tasks to be done this week. These tasks will be graded. To view my instructional video, click here.

    1. Watch and answer questions over "The Danger of A Single Story";
    2. Create an Identity Bubble Statement (these will be a combined grade).

    NICE TO DO- This is something that I would like for you to try if you have time.

    1. Journaling;
    2. Khan Academy

    NEED SOMETHING ELSE- These are assignments that build on some of the reading options in the Must Dos, and that will provide you with more enrichment if you find yourself needing more challenge or creativity.

    1. Do Something Good

    I will also post a mid-week check-in, which I hope will be a fun way for students to interact with me, and with one another!

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  • Virtual School- Week of 4/6-9/2020

    Posted by Lucara Stewart on 4/6/2020

    Detailed assignment instructions are posted in Google Classroom. Please see information there.

    Watch Ms. Parker's Weekly Video

    This week, I have divided the tasks into three sections:
    MUST DO- I expect these tasks to be done this week. These tasks will be graded.

    • Informational Text Analysis
    • Khan Academy Grammar Practice (no more than 30 min. per week required)

    NICE TO DO- This is something that I would like for you to try if you have time.

    • Journaling

    NEED SOMETHING ELSE- These are assignments that build on some of the reading options in the Must Dos, and that will provide you with more enrichment if you find yourself needing more challenge or creativity.

    • Do Something Good
    • Kitchen Research

    I am also asking everyone to sign up for a time slot to meet with me this week. If you do not have access to Teams, there is a section at the end of the form attached to this post where you can state that. If that is the case, I know that I need to do a check in with you over the phone.
    There will be (8) spaces in each time slot.
    Be prepared to discuss what you have been reading lately: last week's short story, this week's article, or your independent reading.

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