Archive | November, 2018

101 Things and Speak

19 Nov

Quick Write: Imagine you have been given one wish, what is your wish? Why?

Today you will have more time to work on the 101 Things I am Thankful For piece.

Next, we will read some of Speak.

Tomorrow we will meet in the Library to type the 101 Things I am Thankful For piece.

101 Things I am Thankful For and Speak

16 Nov

Quick Write: Do you enjoy the snow? Why?

Today you will have  little bit of time to work on the 101 Things I am Thankful For piece.

Next, we will read some of Speak.

101 Things I am Thankful For Piece

15 Nov

Quick Write: What is one THING you are thankful for?

101 Things I am Thankful For Piece

Today we will discuss our next writing piece: 101 Things I am Thankful For!

Here are the requirements:

  • Come up with a title besides “101 Things I am Thankful For.”
    For example: “101 Little Things in Life,” “101 Excuses to Wake Up Early,” “Why I Love Life.”
  • This assignment is about details. Don’t list things; write the details about the things you’re thankful for.
    For Example: Don’t write “My dog.” Instead, write “Getting licked on my face by my dog when I get home from school.” “When my dog runs to fetch the ball.”
  • Break your poem into 4 stanzas of 25 lines, and 1 stanza of just 1 line. The 1-line stanza should be something really important.
  • Do not number your lines!

Some examples 101 Little Things in Life That I Love and 101 Excuses to Get Up Early and 101-long-lived-memories

Wednesday Wisdom and Personification

14 Nov

Quick Write: Who is someone you are thankful for and why?

Text a person you are thankful for and let them know you are thankful for them! Things you could say:

“Thank you for:

  • helping me
  • listening to me
  • being there for me
  • putting up with me when I’m difficult
  • for accepting me for who I am
  • taking care of me”

or “Hello, today at school, I have to text one person I am thankful for. I picked you. Thank you!”

Wednesday Wisdom

The Health Benefit of Being Thankful


One of the strengths of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak is her use of personification. Here are the day’s notes on Personification.

Add Personification to Your Quick Writes

Go back through your notebook and pick a sentence from any five of your quick writes. Rewrite the sentence using the personification techniques from our notes.

Continue Reading Speak

Two Word Tuesday; Start Speak

13 Nov

Quick Write: Write about a highlight of your 3-day weekend.

Two Word Tuesday: we will go over these words from the 9th Grade vocabulary list: Caricature and Daunting.

Start Reading Speak

Today we will begin reading the novel Speak. Here is an online version.

Share School Strategies

8 Nov

Quick Write: What is something that you wish would happen but hasn’t yet?

Share School Strategies

Today your group will share your five strategies for success in school. Make sure get at least one piece of advice that you can apply to your life.

Notebooks Due! Reflect on Your Work Habits

7 Nov

Quick Write: Overall, how did you do the first quarter of your freshman year? What classes did you do well in? Why? What classes did you do poorly in? Why? What are some of your strategies for success? What can you change?

Wednesday Wisdom:

How you do one thing is how you do everything.


Today your notebooks are due, as well as any missing or revised work!


Group Work

Share with your groups your thoughts on how to succeed in school. What are some strategies you can employ to improve your work and manage your time? With your group, come up with five pieces of advice to succeed in high school.