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Posted: February 14, 2013

Read to the end of chapter 5   Quick write today:  If you were Johnny's lawyer, what would use as a defense for him killing Bob?

Posted: February 13, 2013

Have finished reading to the end of chapeter 4 of The Outsiders.   Things due: 1.  Collage on '60's (2 weeks ago) 2.  6 Word Memoir (last week) 3.  Motif assignment (see attached) 4.  Critical Questions Ch. 1-3 (Due Feb. 13) see attached   Things we continue to work on nightly: 1.  Reading 2.  Characterizations chart (see attached)

Posted: February 10, 2013

On Friday, we discussed chapter 1 & 2 with "One question/one comment".  We also looked at 6 Word Memoirs and created one through the eyes of one of the characters in The Outsiders.   Ex:  Ponyboy's 6 word memoir:  I don't believe my own lies.         Darry's 6 word memoir:  Lost a family; gained new one.         Johnny's 6 word memoir:  Scared to walk alone; half dead.   Homework:  Create a six word memoir from the perspective of one of the charcters.

Posted: February 7, 2013

Quick write:  Do you think Ponyboy is being fair when he talks about his brother Darry? We compared slang from the era of The Outsiders with slang used today.  Finish Chapter 2 and make sure the characterization chart is filled in for the physical characteristics.

Posted: February 1, 2013

We have started the new semester with The Outsiders novel study.  To get students familiar with the time ad setting of the novel, we are doing an assignment about the different aspects of the 50's and 60's.  We are creating a visual time capsule about the hair styles, fashion, politics, family life, cars, music and careers of the era.  See attched for the assignment.   Due:  Wednesday, February 5, 2013
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Posted: December 11, 2012

Today we looked at figurative language and some examples.    Homework:  Do a close reading of the song "Sound of Silence", finding as many figures of speech as possible.

Posted: December 6, 2012

Wordberry reflection sheet due tomorrow.

Posted: December 3, 2012

Homework:  5 paragraphh essay is due   Please bring in old magazines tomorrow that can be cut up.  This is for a poetry activity.    

Posted: November 29, 2012

Homework:  5 paragraph essay on Electronic devices due tomorrow.  (Monday for period 1)

Posted: November 26, 2012

Today we did a mini lesson on conclusions for the 5 paragraph essay.  We looked at effective closing statements or thoughts by studying and discussing examples.   Homework for tomorrow:  Introduction and 3 body paragraphs to be completed.   Good copy of 5 paragraph essay is due for Friday, November 30, 2012
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Posted: November 21, 2012

Today we worked on the body paragraphs for the persuasive essay. We read and discussed some mentor text paragraphs and started drafting the body paragraphs for the Electronic Devices piece.   1st body paragrpah due tomorrow.

Posted: November 20, 2012

Today we worked on how to do an introductory paragraph for the persuasive essay. We read and discussed some mentor text leads and started drafting the introductory paragraph for the Electronic Devices piece.   Don't forget: 1.  Hook 2.  Position statement 3.  Road map of argument ideas.   Introductory paragraph due tomorrow.

Posted: November 18, 2012

We have been working on our first persuasive writing piece this year.  In response to the mentor text, "Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)", students are asked to consider the following question: Do you feel that the amount of time you spend using electronic devices is an effective way to spend your time.  Why or why not? The students will be responding to this question in a five paragraph essay.  We are currently in the prewriting stage of the writing process.  Students used t-charts to assess both sides of the issue and are now using a position/support web to map out their essays.
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Posted: November 14, 2012

Do the 5 questions for "Turn off the Phone"   Remembrance Day assignment due Friday.

Posted: November 14, 2012

Do the 5 questions for "Turn off the Phone"   Remembrance Day assignment due Friday.