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Posted: September 21, 2012

No homework unless assignments are not in yet.   Start thinking about a moment that you can write about for your snapshot moment.

Posted: September 19, 2012

Review of strategies for "slowing down time" and "voice in writing".  Used Mentor texts "Violet" and "Night"  and Donald Mills(handouts)   Studied mentor text "Tell Tale Heart" excerpt (Edgar Allan Poe) for conventional artistry and the ability to show "voice" in writing.  Looked at dashes, exclamation marks and italics.   Response to Donald Mills due Friday. 1/2 page -3/4 page letter responding to his blog "The Problem with Young People Today..." Use the strategies he uses to create voice in writing.  Write from perspective of a sterotypical teenager.    

Posted: September 18, 2012

Collected assignments that were due today.   Explored "voice" in writing by comparing 2 different versions of the same song- Close Your Eyes by James Taylor and 2nd version by Carly Simon, Ben and Sally Taylor   Looked at the blog:  The Problem with Young People Today... by Donald Mills to study "voice" in writing.    

Posted: September 17, 2012

Worked with mentor text from Night.  We looked at writing strategies to show the craft of slowing down time in writing.   Get to Know Me assignment due tomorrow.

Posted: September 12, 2012

First Quickwrite was done today:  I Am From.....   Homework: Read Assignment:  Get to Know Me (Due September 18, 2012)  See attached for outline  
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Posted: September 10, 2012

Finish Interest Surveys Library Orientation tomorrow Have Writer's Notebook ready for Wednesday   Read

Posted: August 30, 2012

Hello Grade Nines,   Welcome to MVHS.  You are now officially a Pulamoo!  Coming to a new school and meeting new people and teachers can be intimidating, but think of this as an adventure and journey. This year is a new beginning for you!  Remember to work hard towards your goals and enjoy the experience of your high school years.  This is the time to set the stage for your future.  Mistakes will be made along the way, but they are part of life.  The key is to learn from these mistakes and move forward.    Here's to a great year!  

Posted: May 29, 2012

Class essay outline and planning: See attached

Posted: May 23, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird test: Friday, May 25, 2012 Theme Notebooks were due May 22, 2012 Please get them in!

Posted: May 23, 2012

Romeo and Juliet literary essay due date: June 1, 2012 Romeo and Juliet Creative Extension due date: Jube 5, 2012 see attached

Posted: May 8, 2012

Romeo and Juiet: Do questions for Act V Scene 1 and 2

Posted: May 8, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird: Take on the role as a court reporter or a court sketch artist. Write a column for the paper about the trial or sketch 2 pictures of the court scene. Due Thursday May 10, 2012. Read chapter 27 for tomorrow "It says, I say, It means" due Thursday

Posted: May 1, 2012

Romeo and Juliet Write a letter to Romeo from Friar Laurence telling him of the plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet. Use modern language, but don't leave out any details. Due Monday May 7, 2012

Posted: May 1, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird Take on the role as a court reporter or a court sketch artist. Write a column for the paper about the trial or sketch 2 pictures of the court scene. Due Monday May 7, 2012

Posted: April 16, 2012

Finish questions for Act 1   Assignment Due Wednesday:  Rewrite the "love at first sight" scene between Romeo and Juliet in 2012 language and setting. Typed or in pen.