Dec 17 2014


Vocabulary Expansion In Five Easy Steps

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Dec 04 2014


A Brief Introduction to Dystopian Literature

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Here is what we took in for a bit today. We will continue our gradual saturation on this topic as we head toward our next novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand. She was brilliant and quite possibly the architect of much of the way the world is built today.

Watch this to get a heads up into the future.

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Dec 04 2014


Talk it up

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Here is the video I mentioned I found on my facebook feed this morning. I mentioned it to a couple of classes today. I invite you to comment on the message in this well spoken message.

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Dec 01 2014


Fiction Essay Test

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In one sense, for those of you who have not even begun to realize that you are to be held responsible for your learning, I rolled out a daunting essay test – THE Culminating Essay Test. On the other hand, for those who have taken each opportunity to focus, learn and grow, the test will be a walk in  the park – THE Culminating Essay Test.

It should take you this amount of time to (1) braninstorm, (2) plan and (3) rough draft an answer to each item as follows:

  1. Creating & Building Suspense – 30 minutes
  2. Personal World View – 30 minutes – 60 minutes
  3. Establishing Moods – 30 minutes – 90 minutes
  4. Justice & Fairness – 30 minutes – 120 minutes
  5. Literary Techniques – 45 minutes – 165 minutes = 2 hours 45 minutes TOTAL

You should be able to complete this test in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Here is the time breakdown devoted to your effort on this exam.

  • In class – 50 minutes/3 days = 150 minutes = 2 hours 30 minutes
  • At home – 20 minutes/3 days = 1 hour
  • TOTAL TIME ALLOWED – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Additionally, you can work on the test before 1st period begins and during dismissals.

You will be allowed 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete this test.

Here is the test . . . again – THE Culminating Essay Test.

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Nov 25 2014


For Wesley & Buttercup

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Nov 21 2014


Your Philosophy of Life

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What is important to you? Why is that important to you? What values do you hold dear? Why are those values held so dearly? Take a look at who you are and how you came to be that way. Are you being true to yourself?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull found out that inner truth is essential to happiness.

At this point, you have to come up with your own Philosophy of Life. Here is the page you need to refer to in order to get this done - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Scroll past the guided reading questions to    THIRD – Pull it all together  – My Philosophy of Life: ANSWER questions 1-6 on YOUR websites (POSTS) by Sunday before you go to sleep. I should be able to publish them all Sunday night.

You must insert media (your venn diagram or thinking map for #1) and type your answers to #s2-6 beneath the diagram.

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Nov 17 2014


Post your thoughts on this…

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Your post must include a personal connection to what is said here. Look inside; you need go no further.

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Nov 15 2014


Wanna play?

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Nov 14 2014


2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest

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Here are all the entry documents for this year’s 2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest.

Follow this link - http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1530224&backurl=/shelf/my .

Every student must enter. As with any writing contest, this must be taken through the entire creative process with your Writing Workshop classmates.

Entries are due to me by December 1st.

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Nov 12 2014


Alternative Article of the Week … Historical Lessons

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Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

http://www.jta.org/2014/11/07/news-opinion/world/op-ed-kristallnachts-lessons-for-today

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Nov 10 2014


Vocabulary List #4 – Vote, Share, Study, Test

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The class has chosen. Here’s the list. I prepared the first 3 terms. You have to get the others ready if you want your credit. Look closely at the terms I prepared. You will have to provide MLA style cited sentences (as I have provided) and MLA style Works Cited Page citations (as I have provided) to the books those terms/sentences appear in. Use easybib.com to get it right.

Period 1

  1. Impervious (Jaelah)
    1. (adj) - unable to be affected by
    2. “The stone he leaned against remained cold, impervious to his body warmth” (Donaldson, 305).
    3. Donaldson, Stephen R. The Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Book Two: Del Rey, n.d. 305. Print.
  2. Incapacity (Tyler)
    1. (n) - physical or mental inability to do something or to manage one’s affairs
    2. Hebrandished his ring, hoping she had no way of recognizing his incapacity” (Donaldson, 183).
    3. Donaldson, Stephen R. The Wounded Land: The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Book One: Del Rey, n.d. 183. Print.
  3. summoning (Andrea)
    1. (v) bring to the surface (a particular quality or reaction) from within oneself
    2. Summoning more strength than I had, Will pulled himself away” (Holbrook, 44).
    3. Holbrook, Jessa. While You’re Away. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 44. Print.
  4. Ambiguity (Deysi)
    1. (n) –
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Required - page 59 - Joan Bauer- Almost Home

Period 4

  1. glean (Mandy)
    1. (v)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Required - page 21 – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. endearing (Carson)
    1. (adj) –
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Citation Required – page 153 – The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Period 5

  1. morality (Quintyn)
    1. (n) –
    2. We need the sentence.
    3. MLA Style Citation – Smith, Patricia. “To Kill or Not To Kill.” Up Front 17 Nov. 2014: 10. Print.
  2. shrill (Nazir)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Citation Needed – page 215 – ??? – gordan korman

Period 6

  1. prosaic (Esperanza, Karen)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Needed – page 685 – the monkeys paw by W.W. Jacobs (The Language of Literature)
  2. vivid (Sarah)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Needed – page # – a walk to remember – by ???

Vocabulary List # 4 Vote, Share, Prepare, Study, Test

Read everything!

Which of the words would you like to be tested on?

Remember, if your word is selected to be one of the TEN terms on the test, then your group needs to do two things.

(1) SHARE all of the pertinent information with your group members so that THEY can share it with everyone.

- POSTER - One of your group members must create a poster for that word that includes: word, part of speech, and definition; two or three other forms of the word; the sentence from the text; graphic(s)/image(s) that convey the meaning of the word as used in the sentence. Your poster could include any personal clues as well.

AND

- POST - One of your group members must post a reply to this discussion. Your post must include word, part of speech, two or three other forms of the word, definition, sentence from the text, and source information.

PLEASE place a check next to TEN of the words below.

Be sure to click DONE when you are done. Thanks for being a part of this important classroom decision.

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Nov 10 2014


Good Bits of News . . .

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. . . in terms of education, that is.

Good Bit of News #1 – Your projects have been extended to THURSDAY.

What with Career Day, this Wednesday, I couldn’t expect 4th, 5th, and 6th periods to be ready Wednesday, and hold 1st period accountable that same day when I wouldn’t see them. So, I pushed the projects to THURSDAY, November 13th. We will start grading all your projects with your chosen rubrics THURSDAY, November 13th, 2014.

Good Bit of News #2 – Jonathan Livingston Seagull continues to fly along this week.

We will continue our reading of the fable novella this week. I expect to finish it.

Good Bit of News #3 – We will read Anthem next.

Good Bit of News #4 – You woke up again today.

Be grateful. Live in the moment. Do all the good you can do each moment of the day.

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Nov 07 2014


TODAY . . .

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Items in bold are due TODAY. The items must be turned in in the order they appear below. I will not shuffle through your work to figure it out. I will return it to you and mark them off as late for every day it is not in order. Happy Achieving!!

Here’s the page for the unit - Fiction Unit – Horror & Suspense.

  1. Project #1 – Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice – DUE November 12th
  2. Project #2 - Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice - DUE November 12th
  3. Project #3 - Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice - DUE November 12th
  4. The Tell-Tale Heart
    1. Questions #1-8 – RAD Format
    2. Questions #9 – Website POST-RAD Format
    3. MOOD Poster
    4. Characterization Chart – The Caretaker
  5. The Raven – We just read it.
  6. The Black Cat
    1. Questions #1-14 – RA of the RAD Format –no details required
  7. The Monkey’s Paw
    1. Active Reading Questions (ARQs) – RAD Format
    2. Questions #1-7 (RAD Format)
    3. Question #8 – Website POST – RAD Format
  8. The Third Wish – We just read it.
    1. IF you did the Persuasive Essay Project, then you should have done the After Reading Questions #1-11
  9. The Lady or the Tiger
    1. Active Reading Questions (ARQs) – RAD Format
    2. TONE Chart
    3. YOUR Ending for The Lady or the Tiger – Website POST
  10. The Hitchhiker
    1. Characterization Chart – Ronald Adams

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Nov 07 2014


Magnifying the Universe

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Ok. This is just too cool to not share with everyone. Scope and perspective all in one. For the visual learner and everyone else.
http://www.numbersleuth.org/universe/

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Nov 04 2014


Seagulls & Horror Projects

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Quick update. Check it.

  1. Vocabulary List #4 - Student-Driven Vocabulary - POSTPONED to begin NEXT WEEK
    1. Forming NOW!! Vote tonight. – NEXT MONDAY NIGHT
    2. Posters are due by NEXT Thursday.
    3. VISS Charts are due next Friday, 11/14.
    4. Artifacts are due next Friday, 11/14.
    5. TEST will be FOLLOWING FRIDAY, 11/21.
  2. Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach - To CONTINUE NEXT WEEK. Don’t lose your Part 1 & 2 (if we got that far in your period) Guided Viewing Answers/Reflections.
    1. We are reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Well, actually, I’m reading it to you and you are working on Guided /Listening Questions. The entire unit of study can be found at the link below. You will do 3 main things: Guided Listening Questions, My Philosophy of Life, and What I Believe About Life. Here is the page for your assistance - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
  3. Fiction Unit – Horror & Suspense - Fiction Unit – Horror & Suspense - OUR FOCUS THIS WEEK!!
    1. This has been going on for some time now – over a month. It all wraps up THIS THURSDAY! Everything is due FRIDAY when you walk in the door. Which is to say that you will be given some time in class Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Additionally, you are expected to take all the time you need at home (as you have so responsibly been doing for the past month, eh?). You will not be allowed to finalize projects on FRIDAY. Grading will be closed FRIDAY. There will be no late grades on these projects. You have had over a month to work on everything related to this unit. You can review the entire unit of study at this page - Fiction Unit – Horror & Suspense.
      1. Project #1 – Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice – DUE November 12th
      2. Project #2 - Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice - DUE November 12th
      3. Project #3 - Think-Tac-Toe Student Choice - DUE November 12th
      4. The Tell-Tale Heart
        1. Questions #1-8 – RAD Format
        2. Questions #9 – Website POST-RAD Format
        3. MOOD Poster
        4. Characterization Chart – The Caretaker
      5. The Raven – We just read it.
      6. The Black Cat
        1. Questions #1-14 – RA of the RAD Format –no details required
      7. The Monkey’s Paw
        1. Active Reading Questions (ARQs) – RAD Format
        2. Questions #1-7 (RAD Format)
        3. Question #8 – Website POST – RAD Format
      8. The Third Wish – We just read it.
        1. IF you did the Persuasive Essay Project, then you should have done the After Reading Questions #1-11
      9. The Lady or the Tiger
        1. Active Reading Questions (ARQs) – RAD Format
        2. TONE Chart
        3. YOUR Ending for The Lady or the Tiger – Website POST
      10. The Hitchhiker
        1. Characterization Chart – Ronald Adams

Coming Soonish

  • WEBSITE Assignment – The Reading Journal PAGE. It’s nothing new really. It’s just what you have been doing throughout the entire 1st quarter, only now it’s going to be on your websites. Get the details at this page - Reading Journal.
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand – A novel about being the individual you truly want to be. Get some of the details at this page - Anthem by Ayn Rand Resources.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – A novel about the power of love and creative thought, and what could happen if it is lost to us.  Get some of the details at this page - Fahrenheit 451 Resources.

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