Archive | September, 2016

Work on Extended Metaphor Piece

21 Sep

Today I will continue with my one on one meetings about your first writing piece.

Extended Metaphor

You will have some time to work on writing your extended metaphor piece.

You may write in prose (paragraphs, regular writing) or in poetic form. Normal writing must be at least 250 words, poetry must be at least 12 lines.

Here are some example pieces from students:


From Mr. Orenzo’s class: student-examples-orenzo 

“I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel and Other Songs

During class we will listen to some songs that contain metaphors and extended metaphors. If you are stuck for ideas, pay attention to the lyrics!

“I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel is a great example of extended metaphor.


Extended Metaphor: George Gray and Untitled. Review First Writing Piece

20 Sep


Today you will work on an assignment on Google Classroom regarding the poem George Gray and an untitled story. Both are excellent examples of extended metaphors.

While you are working on that, I will call each student up, one by one, to discuss your first writing piece, “What’s in a Name.”

If you haven’t obtained a book for independent reading, do so immediately!

Discuss Reading; New Skill

19 Sep


Your Reading Log

Today we will discuss how to keep track of your reading.

Set up a Reading Log: Set aside two pages in the back of your notebook (front and back should be fine). At the top write “Reading Log.” Each time your read, put the date, the book, the number of pages you read, and some thoughts/notes on the reading.

When you write down your notes and thoughts, it does not have to be very long. A couple of sentences will do. This is to help you keep track of what you have read. Write about main events of your reading and your feelings, thoughts, and reactions to the reading.

This will count as part of your first reading assignment (due Fri 9/30). You are expected to read at least 100 pages by then.

Having Trouble Finding a Book?

Here’s a list of books that have been recommended by students in the past: student-recommended-books

New Skill: Extended Metaphor

Extended Metaphor– a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.

Quick Writes

Compare yourself to the following:

  • an animal
  • an object you’d find in the kitchen
  • a month
  • a natural weather occurrence
  • a food

Choose any of the things from above and write down as many characteristics about it as you can think of.

“What’s In a Name” Writing Piece Due; Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs; Library For Independent Reading Books

16 Sep


Today our first writing piece is due. Make sure you submit it to Google Classroom. Double check to see that it is marked as “Done” with the green check mark.

Organizing Ideas Into Paragraphs

Our first skill is Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs We will go over the organizing ideas into paragraphs assignment on Google Classroom. Double check your writing piece for paragraph organization!

Field Trip to the Library!

At the end of class, we will go to the library to get an independent reading book. Our first independent reading assignment is due on Friday, September 30th. You are expected to have read about 100 pages by then. Pace yourself! As you are reading, take brief notes in your notebook. You can write about what happened, how you are enjoying the book, anything interesting you learned, etc.  I will be asking you to show me those notes.

Enjoy the Weekend!!

Work on “What’s in a Name” Writing Piece

15 Sep


Today we will meet in room A206 to work on our whats-in-a-name-writing-piece .

Be sure to come prepared! Research your name, talk to your family about your name and its history.

The writing piece should be submitted via Google Classroom.

See you then!

Grading; Skill: Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs; First Writing Piece

14 Sep

Today we will go over the grading policy for the first quarter. Here is 1st-quarter-2016-rubric.
Then we will get our first skill, organizing ideas into paragraphs. You will complete an activity on Google Classroom.
When we are finished, you will have time to work on our “What’s In a Name Piece.”

Skill: Organizing Ideas Into Paragraphs

Organizing Ideas in Paragraphs– helps the reader comprehend your writing, a courtesy, like holding the door open for someone.

1 idea per paragraph

Paragraphs cause readers to pause and absorb what they just read.  Paragraphs can be used to control readers pace or to get the reader to focus on a single sentence or word.

Usually, there is a TOPIC SENTENCE, which tells you what the paragraph is about, and a CONCLUDING SENTENCE that wraps up the ideas of the paragraph.

When writing dialogue, a new paragraph should be created each time the speaker changes.

Read more from Purdue OWL.

Class notes on organizing-ideas-in-paragraphs

What’s in a Name Writing Piece Due Friday

Here is an explanation for the “What’s In A Name” writing piece. It should be turned in on Google Classroom, and is due Friday before class.

On Thursday, we will meet in the computer lab, room A206.

Finish Vocabulary; Your Name Writing Piece

13 Sep


Finish Vocabulary

Today we will finish going over vocabulary unit 1. Be sure to have all of the definitions and a sentence for each word, in your notebook. Here are the words:

12th Grade Vocabulary:  delineate, nefarious, vernacular, brawn, tout, disparity, hindrance, efface, glutton, hiatus

9th Grade Vocabulary: ostentatious, contentious, reprove, pessimism, cursory, profligate, miser, jocular, fracas, caricature

All About Your Name

Our first writing piece will the “What’s In a Name” Piece. Today you will have some time to explore the topic in your notebook.

For your entire life, you have been referred to by your name. It defines you and is an integral part of your identity.

For this assignment you will explore your feelings about your name and how it relates to who you are. Be sure to consider all parts of your name, first, middle, and last.

Here are some questions to explore:

Do you like your name? What is the story behind your name? Were you named after someone? What is the meaning of your name? What is your name’s historical and ethnic original? How did your parents decide to name you? Were they considering any other names? Does your name have any symbolic meaning? Is there any significance to your initials? Would you have named yourself something else?

Do some research about your name. Google it. Ask your parents and family members.