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Posted: September 14, 2011

Menu: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1. Read: 10 mins 2. Quick write: Helen Keller excerpt from The Story of My Life : Write down how Helen Keller uses the "show don't tell" in her memory of meeting her teacher. What words or images stand out in your mind. (10 mins) 3. Work with a partner and share your 2 paragraphs that were completed for homework. Allow your partner to offer suggestions where "showing" and not "telling" will go a long way in creating a better piece of writing.   Homework: 1.) "I Am From" due Friday 2.) Read!!!!!!!  3.) Draft paragraphs of snapshot moment with revisions done.  (I am checking)  

Posted: September 14, 2011

Menu: Wednesday September 14, 2011 1. Read: 15 mins 2. Quick write: 5 mins "Class Assignment" 3. Share Extension activity from "Assignment:Poetry" 4. Figurative Language Review (Sound of Silence) 5.) Begin putting lines from lyrics under "Themes" (chart paper) 6. Homework: 1.) Underline and identify the figurative language in the song lyrics you have collected. 2.) Read!!!!!!! 3.)  Underline and identify the figurative language in "Sound of Silence"  
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Posted: September 13, 2011

Worked on class writng piece:   Many people are angered because the 9/11 firefighters and police officers did not receive a formal invitation to the 9|11 "Ten year Memorial Service". Think about this and write about your opinion on this decision.   1.) Dissected the prompt 2.) Created a word bank

Posted: September 13, 2011

Menu: 1. Read (10 mins) 2. Book Talk (Amanda Peterson) 3 mins 3. Quick Write: "I Remember" (6 mins) 4. Snapshot: Create a list of things that happened right before the picture was taken, while the picture was taken and right after the picture was taken. (10 mins) 5.) Snapshot Writing: Mentor Texts: "Violet" and "Thoughts Prior to the Subway's Arrival" 6.) Homework: Write 2 paragraphs creating a "snapshot moment" involving the photograph brought in. 7.)  "I Am From.." writing assignment due Friday

Posted: September 13, 2011

Menu: Tuesday September 13, 2011 1. Read: 15 mins 2. Quick write: 5 mins "The White Flakes" 3. Intro to poetry unit with the poem "Assignment: Poetry" (2o mins) 4. Extension activity from "Assignment:Poetry"    Homework:  Continue collecting lines from songs; Read; Extension Activity    "Assignment: Poetry" Extension Follow the advice offered in the last verse of the poem. Write another verse that illustrates the point that poetry is everywhere. You may choose to imitate the style of the poem if you wish.    

Posted: September 13, 2011

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Posted: September 13, 2011

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Posted: September 12, 2011

"I am from" assignment (Due Friday) Homework: 1.) Bring in a photo of you that tells a deeper story or experience than what is the obvious. 2.) Read!!!!!!!   See Writing strategies 4 week outline attached.
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Posted: September 12, 2011

1.) Start collecting lines from some of your favourite songs. Keep a running record of these lines in your notebook. We will be creating something as a class with these. 2.) Read!!!!!!! 3.) Finish Quick write: "Songs in my heart" for homework if not completed.

Posted: September 12, 2011

Valuable Reasons to Write: 1.     Writing is hard, but “hard” is rewarding. 2.    Writing helps you sort things out. 3.    Writing helps to persuade others 4.    Writing helps to fight oppression. 5.    Writing makes you a better reader. 6.    Writing makes you smarter. 7.    Writing helps you get into and through post secondary education. 8.    Writing prepares for you for the world of work.                        Valuable Reasons to Read: 1.    Reading is hard, but “hard” is necessary.  Hard is rewarding. 2.    Reading builds a mature vocabulary. 3.    Reading makes you a better writer. 4.    Reading makes you smarter. 5.    Reading prepares you for the world of work. 6.    Reading well is financially rewarding. 7.    Reading opens the door to post secondary and beyond. 8.    Reading arms you against oppression.  

Posted: September 9, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher   This book is about a high school girl who commits suicide.   Before her death, she creates 13 audiotapes and sends them to a list of 13 people who she believes helped contribute to the reasons she wanted to kill herself.  It began with a rumour gone bad.......   Link to website:  http://www.thirteenreasonswhy.com/book.php

Posted: September 9, 2011

Please bring in a Notebook Journal by Monday.  If you cannot get a hard cover one, purchase a smaller 3 ringed notebook.   Remember that students should be reading a minimum of two (2) hours a week.  Get started this weekend.  :)  

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