Archive | December, 2015

Happy Holidays and Enjoy Your Break!

23 Dec

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I hope you all enjoy your Holidays and get to spend them with the ones you love! Have a great break!

1984 Vocabulary; Of Mice And Men

21 Dec

12th Grade: You will be assigned a set of 10 vocabulary words from 1984. Then create a PowerPoint Presentation of 10 slides. Each slide will contain one word with the definition,  a picture from the internet that helps illustrate the word’s meaning, and a sentence using the word and that ties in with the word and the picture (do not use the sample sentence).

1984 Vocab page 1
1984 Vocab page 2

Example Slide:

Intelligence (n) the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills

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Thanks to her intelligence, Ronnie earned an A+ on her report card.


 

9th Grade: We will continue reading Of Mice and Men.


 

Reminder, if you have not turned in your tribute piece, you must use an extension and have it in by tomorrow, Tuesday 12/22.

Student Examples of Tributes; Reading…

16 Dec

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Today we will read two student examples of tribute pieces:

Each one of these pieces makes great use of our skills, especially: extended metaphor, rule of 3s, anaphora, allusion… Notice how “One Sweet Day” refers to the song “One Sweet Day.”

9th Grade will continue reading Of Mice and Men

12th Grade will listen to Is Your Phone Eavesdropping On You

On My First Son

15 Dec

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Today we will continue our exploration of the Tribute piece. We will read “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson.

Skill: Iambic Pentameter

Skill: Iambic Pentameter- rhythmic writing, in which a line is composed of 5 iams. An iam is a combination of two syllables, 1 unstressed and 1 stressed.  Each line therefore has 10 syllables.

On My First Son

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy.
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
Oh, could I lose all father now! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon ‘scaped world’s and flesh’s rage,
And if no other misery, yet age!
Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say, “Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.”
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.

 

Tribute Pieces; Dear Basketball

14 Dec

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Today we will begin discussing our third writing piece, the Tribute piece. For this piece you will pay tribute, show respect, appreciation, etc. to someone or something important to you in your life. You may choose to write in normal prose or poetry forms.

Here is a few examples :Dear Basketball Kobe Bryant , Dear Basketball MICHAEL JORDAN  we will read these and compare and contrast them.

Skills:

Skill- Allusion:

a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.

Examples:

“Don’t act like a Romeo in front of her.”
– “Romeo” is a reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo, a passionate lover of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet”.
The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes.
– This is an allusion to one of Greek Mythology’s origin myth, “Pandora’s box”.
“This place is like a Garden of Eden.”
–This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.
“Hey! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?”
– “Newton”, means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton.  (from literarydevices.net)

Skill- Epistolary:

-a piece of writing written as a letter. Both Michael Jordan’s and Kobe Bryant’s pieces are in epistolary form.

Reading Assignment 2 is Due; Reading

11 Dec

Today reading assignment 2 is due. You will be giving your 30 News Reports as well.

9th Grade will continue reading Of Mice and Men

12th Grade will begin listening to this podcast: Is Your Phone Eavesdropping On You
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Working on Reading Assignment

10 Dec

Today we will be in the computer lab/library to work on our reading assignment which is due Friday.

Period 1 D114
Period 4 Library
Period 5 A206
Period 8 A206

 

Continue Reading; Discuss Reading Assignment 2

9 Dec

Today we will take a look at example papers, similar to the one you must write for Friday. You can view these examples here. We looked at the second example on pages 4-5 .

Reading Assignment 2: Due Friday

Author’s Central Idea and Literary Device 
Using FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech, write 2-3 paragraphs in which you:
-Identify one central idea in the speech
-Discuss one literary device (skill) used to develop this central idea.
Be Sure to:
-Discuss only one central idea and only one literary device
-Explain how the literary device helps develop the central idea
-Give specific evidence (quotes) from the text to support your answer.
The 30 Second News Report:
Find an article, online or print, and give the class a 30 second summary. Your article can be about anything you want. Pick something that interests you (politics, fashion, technology, music, art…). You do not need to print or hand anything in. However, I recommend you write down your notes in your notebook. You will give your news report on Friday, in class.
Be sure to include:
-The title of the article and the publication
-A brief summary and explanation of the article

 

Continued Reading of 1984 and Of Mice and Men

Reading Assignment 2; Continue Reading Books

8 Dec

Today we will continue reading Of Mice and Men (9th) and excerpts from 1984 (12th).

If you need to make up your reading assignment 1, get that work in today. You will also have an opportunity to give a 30 second news report if you did not do so already.

Reading Assignment 2: Due Friday

Author’s Central Idea and Literary Device 
Using FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech, write 2-3 paragraphs in which you:
-Identify one central idea in the speech
-Discuss one literary device (skill) used to develop this central idea.
Be Sure to:
-Discuss only one central idea and only one literary device
-Explain how the literary device helps develop the central idea
-Give specific evidence (quotes) from the text to support your answer.
The 30 Second News Report:
Find an article, online or print, and give the class a 30 second summary. Your article can be about anything you want. Pick something that interests you (politics, fashion, technology, music, art…). You do not need to print or hand anything in. However, I recommend you write down your notes in your notebook. You will give your news report on Friday, in class.
Be sure to include:
-The title of the article and the publication
-A brief summary and explanation of the article

 

FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

7 Dec

Today marks 74 years since the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor by Japan. In the wake of the tragedy, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave one of history’s most famous speeches. We can learn some powerful skills and techniques from this speech.

Listen to the full speech here and read along with it here: FDR Pearl Harbor.  Take note of what FDR is trying to accomplish with the speech and places where there is an applause.

Skill: Anaphora

Anaphora- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

FDR uses anaphora to emphasize the scale of the attacks by the Japanese on December 7th.  He is also using it to emphasize his point that December 7th was an extremely important day (“which will live in infamy”).

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

An anaphora makes the listeners/readers predict what you are about to say.  It has a subconscious effect of creating harmony with them, because they know what to expect.  Listeners/readers that feel harmonious with you are more likely to believe you and be convinced by you.

More examples here and here.

Skill Rule of 3s

Skill – Rule of Threes- When giving examples, 3 is a nice round number of examples to give. It has a finality and satisfaction to it. It is not too many and it is not too few, it is just right. Here are some famous examples:

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
“Blood, sweat and tears”
“Location, location, location”

More info on the Rule of Threes: Here, Here, and Here #SeeWhatIDidThere?!