Archive | December, 2019

Of Mice and Men p 51-61

19 Dec

Quick Write: How will you spend your break? What do you plan to do? What do you look forward to?

We will read pages 51-61 in Of Mice and Men.

Of Mice and Men -full text

Of Mice and Men Audiobook (up to 1:45:00)

Mid-Quarter Self Evaluation

18 Dec

Today we will be writing a Mid-Quarter Self-Evaluation.

Finishing Up Tribute Pieces

17 Dec

Today we will be back in Room A206 to work on our Tribute Pieces. The assignment is on Google Classroom.

Examples:

Skills That Might Work Well:

Grading:

Thoughtfulness, Effort, Detail (25%): How much thought went into your tribute? Are you using specific details to bring it to life? Are you showing the reader how important this person is to you? Is the piece long enough to adequately show your appreciation?

Organization (25%): Are your ideas organized or are your ideas scattered in whatever random way they came into your head? Did you break ideas up into paragraphs?

Skills (25%): Did you use a variety of skill in your writing to make it more interesting? Make sure you label the skills using the comments feature on Google Docs.

Grammar, Spelling, Clarity, Language Use (25%): Is your piece written well and easy to read? Do you use language that is appropriate for your audience (this might mean a more casual or formal tone, depending on who the piece is for)?

Tribute Piece

16 Dec

Today we will be in Room A206 to work on our Tribute Pieces. The assignment is on Google Classroom. Review recent posts on this page for example pieces and skills you can use in your piece.

Grading:

Thoughtfulness, Effort, Detail: How much thought went into your tribute? Are you using specific details to bring it to life? Are you showing the reader how important this person is to you? Is the piece long enough to adequately show your appreciation?

Organization: Are your ideas organized or are your ideas scattered in whatever random way they came into your head? Did you break ideas up into paragraphs?

Skills: Did you use a variety of skill in your writing to make it more interesting? Did you label the skills using the comments feature on Google Docs?

Grammar, Spelling, Clarity, Language Use: Is your piece written well and easy to read? Do you use language that is appropriate for your audience (this might mean a more casual or formal tone, depending on who the piece is for)?

Review Writing Techniques in “Dear Basketball”

13 Dec

Today we will review two tribute pieces. Michael Jordan’s “Dear Basketball” and Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball.” Both were written by the player’s when they retired.

Plan Your Tribute Piece

12 Dec

Today we will be working on the computers to plan our Tribute Pieces.

The assignment is on Google Classroom and is called Tribute Planning.

New Skillz! Tribute Piece! Kobe!

11 Dec

Quick Write: Write about an experience that was difficult at the time but you can now laugh about. Are there any times like that with the person you are writing about in your tribute piece?

Wednesday Wisdom:

They say we don’t remember what people said to us, but we remember how they made us feel. How does the person in your tribute piece make you feel? Do you remember any specific things they’ve said to you?

Skill- Personification:

Giving human or life-like qualities to things that are not human or living.  By giving human traits and actions to nonhuman things, we can bring them to life.

Why use it? Personification will add life and action to your writing.

Examples:

From Speak: “The school bus wheezes to my corner.”

From Lord of the Flies: “…the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence”

Ex: “The guitar sang a melody that danced across the room.”

What to Try:

Try using verbs (action words) a person might do to describe a characteristic of a nonhuman thing.

Try using descriptions that apply to people on nonhuman things.

Try placing emotions on nonhuman things.

Try giving nonhuman things human desires.

Try comparing parts of nonhuman things to parts of humans.

Here is a slide show of these notes.

Skill- Epistolary Writing:

-a piece of writing written as a letter or journal/diary entry.

Examples:

Dear Basketball MICHAEL JORDAN

Dear Basketball Kobe Bryant

Go Ask Alice

Skill: Bookending–

A technique for ending a writing piece, in which an idea that was brought up earlier in the piece is returned to.  Sometimes referred to as a frame story.

Examples from movies:

The Princess Bride– The story starts with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson.  The actual movie is the story, but every once in a while the “bookend” or “frame story” is reintroduced.  The movie ends with the grandfather and the boy finishing the book.

The Wizard of Oz– The story begins with a tornado in Kansas.  Dorothy is knocked unconscious and awakens in the land of Oz.  The story ends with Dorothy awakening from a dream back in Kansas.

Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant

We will read Kobe Bryant’s tribute to basketball, which he wrote when he retired.

Two Word Tuesday; Tribute; Allusion

10 Dec

Quick Write: Thinking back to the person you wrote about yesterday, what are some things that you want him/her to know that you don’t often tell them?

Two Word Tuesday

Corroborate and Assess from the 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Complete a Connection Chart for these two words and put it in your folder.

Tribute Piece

We will read a student example of a tribute piece called “One Sweet Day” The title and some of the lines have an allusion to the song “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz 2 Men.

New Skill: Allusion

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)

 

Imagine; Tribute Piece

9 Dec

Music Monday – A New Tradition

We have Fix Me Friday, Wednesday Wisdom, and Two Word Tuesday; today we add Music Monday (sorry Thursday)!

We will listen to a song, analyze its lyrics, consider how the mood of the music reflects/enhances/contrasts the meaning of the lyrics, observe literary techniques, challenges norms, etc.

“Imagine” by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today (ah ah ah)
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Tribute Piece

We will be writing a tribute piece about a special person in your life. These prompts will help get you started.

Quick Writes:

  • List 3 people that are important in your life.
  • Choose 1 of those people for the next prompts.
  • What makes your relationship with this person special?
  • What is different about this relationship from any other you have?
  • How did you meet?
  • How long have you known each other?
  • List some good memories.
  • List some bad memories.
  • What are some problems you two have?
  • List any inside jokes or things that only the other person would understand.

my superman kerry

OMAM Chapter 3; Fix Me Friday Subject Verb Agreement

6 Dec

Fix Me Friday – Write each sentence in your notebook using the correct verb

The child with no friends play/plays at the park.

Max and Susan plays/play at the park.

Max or Susan plays/play at the park.

What was/were Jane and Susan telling you?

Either Jack or the children is/are too loud.

Of Mice and Men Chapter 3

We will read Of Mice and Men chapter 3, up to page 51 and answer questions 26-33. Here are the questions. Be sure to answer the questions and provide a quote from the text for each answer.

Of Mice and Men -full text

Of Mice and Men Audiobook