Thursday, October 28, 2010
Oct 28th, 2010 by admin

7/8 Blend

Research paper is due Tuesday, Nov.2.

7th Grade

The students’ journal writes today showed impressive mastery of understanding an author’s  – – in the case, Rod Sterling ‘s- –  unstated messages in “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”

New vocabulary words were recorded on index cards. The exercise for these words is called “use and abuse.” First, write a sentence using the word correctly – – be sure the sentence is loaded with context clues.  Next, write a sentence that uses the word incorrectly – – abuse it!  Be sure the vocabulary word is replacing a word that sounds somewhat similar to it.  My sample abuse sentence for exasperation is this: Don’t drink that milk; its exasperation date is June 2008. Of course, exasperation should be expiration.

The use and abuse sentences are due Wednesday, Nov. 3. This quiz is this date too.

Tomorrow, bring your AUTHOR’S PALETTE and book to class.

8th Grade

Did you read the Edgar Allan Poe biography play I assigned?  I hope you learned a lot about Poe – – this background info will make his short stories and poems more accessible.

Your vocabulary exercises are due tomorrow – – plus the quiz on this list of words.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Oct 27th, 2010 by admin

7/8 Blend

Researching, organizing, drafting, editing,  and revising of research papers continues.  Two students have completed and are writing in a genre of choice.

7th Grade

Two favorite vocabulary synonym poems were submitted today before the vocabulary quiz. We finished reading “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” and viewed the Twilight Zone episode.

Continue working on the Author’s Palette book project.  Let me know if you have questions.  It is due on Nov. 2.

8th Grade

In a read-around format, each student shared a Poe translation in a particular vernacular.

Next, we followed the text to a Garrison Keillor recording of “The Raven.” We ended class by viewing a Simpson episode of “The Raven.”

By Friday, October 29, you need to have read the play “Lov’d Alone” and completed the Q & A worksheet.

Vocabulary exercises are due on Friday – – the quiz is that day too.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Oct 26th, 2010 by admin

7/8 Blend

Tuesday, Nov. 2 is the due date for the research papers.  One student has completed all stages of the writing process, one is revising for his final draft, the rest of the students are somewhere between organizing data and drafting.  If you have not started drafting, you’re falling behind, and it would probably be a good idea to do work on this assignment outside the classroom, too.

7th Grade

Period 6 took the vocabulary quiz, finished reading “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” and watched the Twilight Zone episode.

Periods 3 and 4 will take the vocabulary quiz tomorrow (Wednesday), finish reading the teleplay “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, ” and watch the Twilight Zone episode.

8th Grade

Today we identified the literary elements in “The Tell-Tale Heart” ; we learned about vernacular, and practiced using it.

In class you began crafting lines from “The Tell-Tale Heart” in different vernaculars.  This must be completed for homework.  This assignment is called “Poe Translations.” You must write 3 if you’re working solo; you must compose 5 if you’re working with a partner.  Here’s an example from the past dubbed “Mr. Cummings Style”:

Original: If you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.

Mr. Cummings: Shut up you little yayhoos! If you think I’m crazy as you guys,then shut up in your brain too! After I killed him, I put my hormones in my pocket and just dealt with it . Let me tell you about . . .

This is due tomorrow Wednesday, October 27.

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