Donna Underwood

7th Grade English & Pre-AP English




6th Grade (Select ONE of the following books to read over the summer.)
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Unfriended by Rachel Vail
Pinch Hit by Tim Green
Reformed by Justin Weinberger
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

7th Grade (Select ONE of the following books to read over the summer.)
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Tell Me by Joan Bauer
Worthy by Donna Cooner
We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes

8th Grade (Select ONE of the following books to read over the summer.)
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Same But Different by Holly Robinson Peete
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen
Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald


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Here are a few things I would like you to know about the work done in my room. Most of what we do is done in the classroom. Bell work is done every day, and I walk around and check it as they do it.  We will do writing in the 1 inch binder they keep in the room. When the students have a formal paper to turn in, it will need to be typed. We will be reading several novels, news articles, poems, and short stories this year. It is a good idea to purchase the novels we will be reading due to absences or poor comprehension, so no one gets behind. 

Home work will be counted for accuracy and the questions must be marked up how I have shown them.

Thank you for all your help in ensuring your child's success.

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I graduated from The University of Memphis in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.


I have taught 8th grade for seventeen years and 7th for two years before that in Desoto County. I am now back in 7th grade again this year! This is my 20th year!!!

I have an 24 year old son that graduated from Desoto Central High School. He is attending Northwest this year. 

Teaching is my passion. I love being in the classroom helping my kids become the best they can be.