Of Mice and Men and Grammar

20 Nov

For the next three days, you will be working on a packet for Of Mice and Men and Grammar. You may use the Of Mice and Men books or this online version of the text.

This assignment must be turned in at the end of the class on Friday. It will count as a test grade.

Library to Work on 101 Things I am Thankful For Piece

19 Nov

Today we will be in the Library (back middle section), using the laptops to work on our 101 Things I am Thankful For piece. The Assignment is on Google Classroom.

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

Thanksgiving Writing Piece; Of Mice and Men

18 Nov

Quick Write: What are three things you are thankful for? Pick one of the three and write down some aspects of that thing you like.   (Example: My Dog: when my dog catches the frisbee, the sound of her collar jingling as she runs across the room, seeing her play in the sand at the beach, etc.)

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

New Skill: Using Specific Details

Use Specific Examples:  Go beyond simply describing and discuss actual things that happened. Don’t just say that Henry is mean, tell us things that happened.

Example:  Henry pushed his brother down the stairs and stole his candy.  He then ripped up his brother’s comic books and yelled at the dog.

Of Mice and Men Chapter 1

We will continue reading Of Mice and Men chapter 1. Answer these questions in your notebook.

Fix Me Friday; Of Mice and Men

15 Nov

Fix Me Friday

Copy the paragraph into your notebook with any corrections:

John Steinbeck was a nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and the author of Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden. he was born on february 27, 1902, in Salinas California. Steinbeck dropped out of collage and worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer. Steinbeck wrote 33 books that explored the themes of fate, injustice, and the american dream.

Reading Of Mice and Men

We will continue reading chapter one of Of Mice and Men. Answer these questions on chapter one in your notebook.

Of Mice and Men

14 Nov

Quick Write: What do your friends mean to you? Do you have many friends? Do you have close friends? What does it mean to be a good friend?

Of Mice and Men

Today we will start reading Of Mice and Men.

Chapter One Vocabulary:

Junctures (n): connections
Debris (n): trash, broken pieces of something
Recumbent (adj): lying back, resting, leaning
Morosely (adv): in a sad or gloomy way
Lumber (v): to move clumsily or heavily
Brusquely (adv): angrily and abruptly
Pantomime (adv): dramatic gestures
Contemplate (v): to think deeply
Imperiously (adv): in a dominant or dictatorial way
Anguished (adj): anxiety and torment
Yammer (v): whimper

Wednesday Wisdom and Start Of Mice and Men

13 Nov

Listen to a short audio clip “Gratitude” by Sam Harris

Quick Write: What are your thoughts about the gratitude listening piece we heard? Do you agree/disagree? What is something you are thankful for?

Of Mice and Men Background

Before we begin Of Mice and Men, we will discuss the time period of the story, The Great Depression.  Here are the notes. 

Two Word Tuesday!

12 Nov

Quick Write: How did you spend your three day weekend?

Two Word Tuesday

Fracas and Lucid from the 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

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