My student says, "Mrs.G, when we finish an essay or project and we see all the work we did in one packet, it's crazy. I mean we do a lot of work." I'm not sure she was complimenting me, but I was pretty PROUD! And I know she was too!!
My classes have read three novels( one Shakespeare), written three complex essays, read 20+ stories and 25 expository articles and completed eight major projects. (This is off the top of my head) We have annotated and answered in writing till our pens are out of ink and there is no paper left. It is true my students have done a lot of great work! Pretty cool!