Discuss Speak Questions and Continue Reading

11 Oct

Today we will go over our Speak questions (below) and continue reading.

-Describe how the students treat Melinda. Give 3 Examples.
-How does Melinda’s family communicate? Give examples from the text.
-Describe Melinda’s new hiding place at school. Give examples from the text.
-What did Melinda do that caused everyone at school to hate her? Give examples from the text.
-List any examples of sensory imagery that you notice.

Homework: Read to page 61.

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Return Anthem Piece; Speak; Thoreau

10 Oct

Announcement: Tomorrow Period 3 meets in A221 and Period 4 meets in C167. All other classes are in the normal classroom.


Today you will receive your Anthem Piece back.

9th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday:

Define Obscure and Miser. Write a sentence for each word in your notebook.

We will go over the Speak questions for the first marking period section of the book.

Read up to page 61.


12th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday:

Define Obliterate and querulous. Write a sentence for each word in your notebook.

Henry David Thoreau quotes

Read this list of Henry David Thoreau quotes. Henry David Thoreau Quotes. Pick two that speak to you on some level. Write them in your notebook and write a paragraph about how and why it speaks to you.

 

Reading, Discuss Steve Jobs’ Speech

6 Oct

9th Grade:

Symbol- An object that represents something else.

Make a list of the attributes of a tree. How can a tree be symbolic?

 

Read up to page 46 (end of first marking period) of Speak.

Answer the following questions in your notebook with specific examples from the text:

-Describe how the students treat Melinda. Give 3 Examples.
-How does Melinda’s family communicate? Give examples from the text.
-Describe Melinda’s new hiding place at school. Give examples from the text.
-What did Melinda do that caused everyone at school to hate her? Give examples from the text.
-List any examples of sensory imagery that you notice.

12th Grade:

New Skills:

Anecdote: A short story to help prove a point.

Ex: Steve Jobs speech uses 3 anecdotes to prove his point.

Often people will cite anecdotal evidence as proof.
-“Orange juice cures a cold. My grandma drinks orange juice as soon as she gets sick and her cold is gone in two days.”
-Lots of commercials use this form of persuasion. “I lost twenty pounds eating only Cheerios.”  Often you will notice a disclaimer to the effect of “results not typical,” because this is merely anecdotal evidence, it is not scientific proof.

Here’s a link for more info.

Rule of Threes: When making a point or giving an example, three is a solid number to give. Not too big, not too small, just right.

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech

Watch the speech and label Jobs’ anecdotes and use of the rule of threes on the transcript.

Transcript-of-Commencement-Speech-at-Stanford-given-by-Steve-Jobs

Discuss Reading

5 Oct

Today we will continue reading our books…

9th Grade: Discuss Art Class and “trees” in Speak

12th Grade: Discuss Chris’ refusal of a new car in “Into the Wild”

Create a STEAL Chart

4 Oct

9th Grade:

Please read Speak and create a STEAL Chart for the main character.


12th Grade:

Please read Into the Wild and create a STEAL Chart for the main character.

Speak; Into The Wild

3 Oct

Today we will begin reading our new books.


9th Grade: Speak

Quick Write:

What are some cliques or groups in our school? Which are you a part of?

Two Word Tuesday:

Virtue (n) – a morally good quality

Cursory (n) – quick, hasty, without much attention to detail

We will begin reading Speak.


12th Grade: Into the Wild

Quick Write:

What is your plan after high school? Next year? Five years? 15 Years?

Two Word Tuesday:

Glutton (n) – an excessively greedy person. One who takes more than is needed

Hiatus (n) – a pause or break

We will begin reading Into The Wild.

Characterization

2 Oct

steal

New Skill: Characterization

Characterization is how an author shows a character’s personality. This is done by the character’s actions and the things the character says, as well as the author’s description of those characters.

Examples:

Descriptions of that character (He is a kind and caring person)

The character’s actions (Tommy stole money from his mother, who is in extreme debt)

The character’s words (“I’d never leave you alone, even if it meant I’d be in trouble”)

Description is an example of Direct Characterization.  The narrator is Telling the reader what the character is like.

The character’s Actions and Words are examples of Indirect Characterization.  The narrator is Showing the reader what the character is like.

 

Here are the notes: STEAL Characterization