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Posted: April 21, 2015

We have started our Multigenre Reading and Writing unit.  Students have chosen books and have started reading.  We are keeping a file on daily activities that will help lead up to the project. All sheets attached to date.

Posted: March 18, 2015

Final copy of The Outsiders essay is now due Friday.  Example of conclusion  The Outsiders reminds us that there is not just one definition for a hero and that even though life might not always be fair, that does not stop people from caring for their friends and family.  Even though the Socs appear to have a better life with their nice cars, popularity and good reputation, they will never have the love and respect that the greasers show towards one another. That is worth so much more.  The real heroes are not the fake friends or the nice cars; the real heroes are the people who you know you can count on and the people who care about you and the greasers are lucky enough to have this.   Johnny, Dally and Ponyboy are definitely proof of this, they just had to come out of "hiding" to prove it.   

Posted: March 15, 2015

Planning, intro, and three body paragraphs are due for tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2015 Final copy is due Wednesday, March 18th

Posted: March 11, 2015

We have started the literary essay for The Outsiders.  Studehnts should have their grahic organizer filled in with planning, as well as their introductory paragraph.We will be working on the body paragraphs and incorporating quotes tomorrow. Progress to date will be checked on Friday. Essay will be due next Wednesday, March 18, 2015. See attached for example of introductory paragraph
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Posted: February 27, 2015

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Posted: February 24, 2015

Reminder of questio to be answered for Wednesday (100-150 words).  See last post. We have finished the book and will watch the movie. Your The Outsiders duatangs/units will be collected on Friday.  They need to have quickwrites, sheets, character tracking and any other things covered.

Posted: February 23, 2015

Today we did a self assessment of the close reading of "Nothing Gold Can Stay".  We read chapter 10. Please answer one of the following questions for Wednesday.  The answer should be from 100-150 words.  Use examples from the story to back up your answer.How is the rumble ironic?Remember that irony is the contrast between what happens and what was expected (or what would seem appropriate).  How does the rumble change Ponyboy’s perspective on fighting?

Posted: February 22, 2015

Chapter nine to be read by Monday, February 23, 2015 Quickwrite for Friday, February 20:     "That was what he wanted.  For somebody to tell him 'No.'  To have ??somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give him something solid to ??stand on.  That's what we all want, really."Do you agree that young people really want to have someone set rules and limits for them?These guiding questions may help:Do you like knowing what you can and can't do?Would you prefer to set your own limits, or to have no limits at all?At what age do you think kids should be allowed to make their own rules?This was a 10-15 minute quickwrite.

Posted: February 22, 2015

The following girls are asked to return to tryouts on Tuesday, February 24th from 3:30-5:30 pm.  If you cannot make it, please see me or Mrs. Cabel.  Thank you to everyone who tried out.   Julia BentJolie AllainBreanna McLeanMarissa HallihanAianya AugustineKassidy HamiltonEmily DicksonCarlee MitchellDarrah ChambersLeigha DuretteJessie MahoneyBritney SomersHayley SomersLaura DickinsonHaylie SimmonsKaylee Wilmot JoeJessie MacDonnellErinn ChambersGabby Dube                Hannah HierlihyMegan CoullLexie MitchellBella WardRachael CarrollAndrea BellKelsea EnglishHaley DoakSam JoeLindsey Gallant  

Posted: February 19, 2015

We worked on a close reading of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost.  See attached.  We will do a self assessment of task committment, thought process and comprehsnion tomorrow Finish reading Chapter eight for tomorrow.

Posted: February 16, 2015

Quickwrite for Thursday, February 11, 2015Johnny's Defense:If you were a lawyer defending Johnny, what would you use as your main defense?  Take on the voice of his lawyer and give an opening statement at the trial. Read Chapter 6 Questions for Chapters 4-6 due Tuesday, February 17, 2015Critical Questions Chapters 4-6Answer in complete sentences.1.  Why is it Johnny, the most "law-abiding" member of the gang, who ends up committing      a murder? 2.   Why does Johnny start to become less timid and more in charge after the murder? 3.   Why does Ponyboy relax after he and Johnny have a cry and fall asleep? Why is he sure        he and Johnny "could take whatever was coming now"? 4.    Although Johnny and Ponyboy are similar in many ways, why does Johnny worship       Dally, while Ponyboy likes him least of all the gang members? 5.  Why can Ponyboy talk about nature and poetry to Johnny, but not to most of the      others? (78)6.   Why do Johnny and Ponyboy rush into the burning church to save the children?      Why aren’t they scared? 7.  Why does Johnny look like he is having "the time of his life" as they risk their lives      to save the children? 8.  Why is Ponyboy finally able to realize that Darry loves him?    

Posted: February 10, 2015

Quickwrites for Monday and Tuesday.February 9, 2015:  Chapter 4 Pre-reading Activity - Word ScrambleThe following words are taken from chapter four.  Based on these words, make a prediction about what you ?think will happen in the chapter.  Write your prediction down in your writers notebook.electric chair, red haze, crouced, church, gun, train, Mustang, tremblng February 10, 2015:  There is an old English proverb that says, "The eyes are the window of the soul."Explain what this expression means to you. Read to the end of chapter 5 for Wednesday.
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Posted: February 6, 2015

Quickwrite for February 6, 2015Quick Write:  "Things are rough all over."In chapter 2, Ponyboy and Cherry's discussion 
reveals that, despite different methods of coping, 
Socs and greasers must deal with difficulties.  What are the difficulties that you deal with in your life?Do you agree with Cherry?  Explain We worked on 6 word memoirs for the characters in The Outsiders.I don't believe my own lies. PonyboyLost family; gained a new one.  Darry Too many nightmares, scared to sleep.  JohnnyScars inside and outside never fade JohnnyBorn hoodlum; never stood a chance.  Dally Critical questions for chapters 1-3 due Monday.  Use full sentecnes and put on looseleaf to hand in.

Posted: February 4, 2015

Quickwrite for February 4, 2015"We deserve a lot of the trouble we have..."  This is written by Ponyboy.  Write what comes to mind in terms of the characters in the book, or to your life or real life in general. Finish reading Chapter 2 for homework.

Posted: February 2, 2015

We finished chaptr one today of The Outsiders. We also began tracking characters in our binders.  Each character has his/her own page, and we will be tracking direct and indirect characterizaton. See attached
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