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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


Thu, Feb 12/15 8:00 pm

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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Posted: January 29, 2015

Outlines for the semester were given today and we started the introduction to The Outsiders. 

Posted: January 6, 2015


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The Outsiders
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