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Posted: September 16, 2011

  Menu: Friday, September 16, 2011 1. Read: 15 mins 2. The Help (Minny): What techniques does the author use to reveal voice? 3. Share something you are reading that shows a lot of voice in the writing. 4. Mentor Text with mini lesson: My Father's Voice 5. Quick write: Someone's voice you know well (Mentor Text) Homework: 1.) Read!!!!!!! 2.) Read over Notebook journal and start zeroing in on something you will develop into a personal narrative.  
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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.    
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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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