Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday/Monday, February 27, March 2

Announcements:

  • Counselors came in on A-Day (last Thursday) and B-Day (last Friday) to hand out registration materials.
    • Have you signed up for your classes for next year?

Pick up your composition book, and have your novel ready to read when the bell rings.

1.  Individual Reading Time
        Have you signed up for your February/March Book of the Month?

If you haven't picked up your January/February Book Assignment, pick it up from the bottom wire basket for your class.
If you haven't handed it in, hand it in to the top wire basket for your class.




2. Analogy:
In your composition book, right after the last analogy, Label it  Analogy and write and complete these (fill in the blanks).  Make sure your analogy really works.

tele: telescope ::  vis : ____________

port : transport :: scope:___________













3. Word Parts:
(Special Note for those who were wondering:  I checked and "visit" is from a Latin word part for "to see.")
Add these to your Composition Book under Word Parts (page 33).

micro = small

scope = examine

What other words can you think of that include the word parts "micro" or "scope"?








4. CSI:

Heads-Up: You will be asked to create a compound-complex sentence

at the end of class about what we read from The Outsiders.

5. Read from 
The Outsiders  

B5.  page 110 "I had a nightmare. . . "    (iTunes page 110 nightmare, minute  0) page 119 [iTunes, Outsiders, page 110, minute 15:16]

B6. page 108  (to iTunes Chapter 6, minute 40:07 )  page 119  [iTunes, Outsiders, page 110, minute 15:16]

B7. page 104 Page break   (iTunes Chapter 6, 32:00) to page 116, top, "I'm sick of all this. . . . "[iTunes, Outsiders, page 110, minute 10:30]



Seven to ten minutes before the end of class, stop The Outsiders.
Each student will receive a copy of  Step-by-Step for Creating a Compound-Complex Sentence.
Write a compound-complex sentence that tells about what you read in The Outsiders today.

Leave the Step-by-Step directions on your desk.  

Hand in your sentence to the top wire basket.


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Monday, March 2: 

A1.  page 100, beginning of chapter 7  (iTunes Chapter 6, -- minute 24:42)
to page 114 halfway -- [iTunes, Page 110, 7:42]

page 105  -- Should the book end here?  After all, Ponyboy is home safely and has made peace with his brother Darry.  




Step-by-Step for Creating a Compound-Complex Sentence

Step-by-Step for Creating a Compound-Complex Sentence about The Outsiders

Pick three things the characters did.
Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church.
Dallas slapped out the fire on Ponyboy's back.
Dallas ran into the church to rescue Johnny.

Write a simple sentence for each action.
Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church.
Dallas slapped out the fire on Ponyboy's back.
Dallas ran into the church to rescue Johnny.

Add a subordinating conjunction (AAAWWEUBBIS or WHITE BUS) to the first simple sentence.
After Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church . . .  (This is just a sentence fragment now – a dependent clause.)

Join it to the second simple sentence with a comma.
After Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church,  Dallas slapped out the fire on Ponyboy's back.

Add the third simple sentence using a comma and a coordinating (FAN BOYS) conjunction.
After Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church,  Dallas slapped out the fire on Ponyboy's back, and Dallas ran into the church to rescue Johnny. 

DO NOT FORGET END PUNCTUATION ON YOUR SENTENCE

NOTE: You could also write it this way –
Dallas slapped out the fire on Ponyboy's back after Ponyboy escaped from the collapsing church, and Dallas ran into the church to rescue Johnny.


Conjunctions


Puzzle -- 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wednesday/Thursday, February 25/26, 2015

Announcements:  Counselors will be coming in on A-Day/Thursday to hand out registration materials for Eighth Grade.

New Seating Today!


1.  Individual Reading Time
        Have you signed up for your February/March Book of the Month?

If you haven't picked up your January/February Book Assignment, pick it up from the bottom wire basket for your class.
If you haven't handed it in, hand it in to the top wire basket for your class.


2. Analogy
Example --
worrying :  fixing whatever you're worried about  ::  chewing bubble gum : solving an algebra equation



Finish this one -- a duck: water :: I : _________
-- based on - Baz Luhrmann from  Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)










3. Word Parts -- Prefixes, Suffixes, and Word Roots


Add these to your Composition Book under Word Parts 
(page 33).

tele = far

vis or vid  = see


"John Baird coined the word TELEVISION by uniting the Greek word tele (“distant” or “far”) with the Latin word vision (“to see”). Had the word been all Greek or all Latin, we might be complaining that there’s nothing to watch on the teleopsis or the proculvision." from Brian P. Cleary



What other words can you think of that include the word parts "tele-" or "vid" or "vis"?




4. CSI -- Oops --  Comma Splices
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRbkAT3-ooo




http://www.sherrilltree.com/Learning-Center/Splicing-Department-1922
http://scoutpioneering.com/tag/boy-scout-splice/

A comma splice is where two independent clauses have been spliced together with just a comma.  It will not hold! 




Comma Splice


How could we fix this collection of comma splices? (Write a compound-complex sentence.)
The Church was burning, They realized they could Save the Kids, They went to Get Them.






How about this one? 
There was a fire in the church, Ponyboy and Johnny saved the kids in the church, they were brought to the hospital.





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Some great examples from last time: 

After Ponyboy got out of the church, he heard a scream, and  the church fell right on Johnny.

Because Ponyboy was smoking, the church caught on fire, and some children got caught in the fire.

After all the kids got out, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally were in the newspaper, and they became heroes.




Extra credit opportunity:  I'm looking for an effective analogy for this --

 comma splice : complete sentence :: ___________ : ___________

If you can think of one, write it down, and hand it in for my consideration.

Brady K.  (invisible answer)   comma splice : complete sentence :: fair  : foul

Elexus F. comma splice : a complete sentence:: chalk: a whiteboard



Heads-Up: You will be asked to create a compound-complex sentence

at the end of class about what we read from The Outsiders.



page 105  -- Should the book end here?  After all, Ponyboy is home safely and has made peace with his brother Darry.  

5. Read from 
The Outsiders  
B5, P. From page 72 to page 88 to "Dally cussed under his breath. . . "(iTunes Chapter 6, 5:55)
to page 100, "Sodapop kept them in stitches." (iTunes Chapter 6, 25:20) to page 110 "I had a nightmare. . . "    (iTunes page 110 nightmare, minute  0)

B6, Page 41 "Cherry started walking . . . " to page -- setting to page 44 "Well, they've spotted us." to page 59, "He appeared. . . "  to page 79  "nothing real but. . . mist in the valley." to page 99 -
begin page 100, beginning of chapter 7 to page    108  (to iTunes Chapter 6, minute 40:07 ) 

B7, Page 40 "You're not so smart at ten." to page 51  halfway to page 60 "He half dragged me." to page 75 -- [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 22:21]
to page 93, page break    to page 104 Page break   (iTunes Chapter 6, 32:00))

A1. From page 62 at the page break to . . . . page 78  [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 27:14]
to page  92 "I couldn't laugh. . . "  (iTunes Chapter 6, -- minute 12:02) to page 100, beginning of chapter 7  (iTunes Chapter 6, -- minute 24:42)



In case it is needed:  Thumper's Advice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I71cY9Ysy5U

Writing Compound-Complex Sentences, and Pitfalls

Compound-Complex

After Ponyboy got out of the church, he heard a scream, and  the church fell right on Johnny.

Because Ponyboy was smoking, the church caught on fire, and some children got caught in the fire.

After all the kids got out, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dally were in the newspaper, and they became heroes.



Problems here:

The Church was burning, They realized the could Save the Kids, The went to Get Them.

There was a fire in the church, Ponyboy and Johnny saved the kids in the church, they were brought to the hospital.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Live with Hands Unfolded


  1. How old is Aidan? 
  2. To what did the dad compare looking at his new baby?
  3. Why does the dad take his son to protests?
  4. What is the dad's dream for his son?
  5. Where do they live?











  • Nine years old 
  • A blank canvas -- a painting  (You can't control the paint strokes.)
  • He wants Aidan to see what it looks like when people come together.  It's not just about people who look like you, but about everyone. 
  • My dream is for you to live out your dream.
    • To live with hands unfolded.
  • Jackson, Mississippi


Writing Contest: Writing an Editorial


If you are thirteen or will turn thirteen within the next couple of weeks, you could enter this persuasive writing contest: 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Monday/Tuesday, February 23/24, 2015


1. We will visit the Media Center to find books to read for the book-of-the-month assignment.
If you already have a book, bring it along to read.


February/March
Read a novel in your choice of a fictional genre: 
realistic, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, horror, 
historical, multicultural, classic, adventure, romance, humor
 (Did I leave any out?)

Your assessment will involve noticing setting, characters, plot, conflict, point of view, and theme. 


2. Analogy:

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3. Word Parts -- Prefixes, Suffixes, and Word Roots

What sort of transportation did Ponyboy and Johnny take to get to Windrixville?

trans = across
port = carry 
Add these to your Composition Book under Word Parts (page 33).


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4. CSI -- Simple-Compound-Complex Sentences  Review:

Which type of sentence is this?  Simple? Compound?  Complex?
We both needed a haircut and some decent clothes.

Which type of sentence is this?  Simple? Compound?  Complex?
Two-Bit cocked an eyebrow, but it only made him look more cool.

What are the differences between the way the dependent clauses are placed in these two sentences?
New:  What are the differences in punctuation?
Because I couldn’t think of anything bad enough to call them, I spit at them.
We couldn’t watch the sunset since the back of the church faced east.













Because I couldn’t think of anything bad enough to call them, I spit at them.
We couldn’t watch the sunset since the back of the church faced east.




 Compound-Complex Sentence
 2 IC (independent clauses) and
1 or more DC (dependent clauses)


The family is a married couple with one or more children.




Examples of Compound-Complex Sentences:
Because they didn't want to be recognized, Johnny cut and bleached Ponyboy's hair,
              dependent clause                                 independent clause
and Ponyboy cut Johnny's hair.
      independent clause


After Johnny killed the Soc, the boys realized that Dallas could help them,
             dependent clause                      independent clause
so they went to find him at Buck Merril's place.
          independent clause

Heads-Up: You will be asked to create a compound-complex sentence
at the end of class about what we read from The Outsiders.

5. Read from 
The Outsiders  
B5, P. From page 72 to page 88 to "Dally cussed under his breath. . . "(iTunes Chapter 6, 5:55)
to page 100, "Sodapop kept them in stitches." (iTunes Chapter 6, 25:20)

B6, Page 41 "Cherry started walking . . . " to page -- setting to page 44 "Well, they've spotted us." to page 59, "He appeared. . . "  to page 79  "nothing real but. . . mist in the valley." to page 99 -
begin page 100, beginning of chapter 7. (iTunes Chapter 6, minute 24:38 )

B7, Page 40 "You're not so smart at ten." to page 51  halfway to page 60 "He half dragged me." to page 75 -- [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 22:21]
to page 93, page break   (iTunes Chapter 6, 14:36)

A1. From page 62 at the page break to . . . . page 78  [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 27:14]
to page  92 "I couldn't laugh. . . "  (iTunes Chapter 6, -- minute 12:02)


And Create or add to an 

Outsiders Timeline in your composition book or on a piece of paper you can add to your composition book.

time
setting
events and characters
in your composition book





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015


Announcements and Reminders:

We will go to the media lab on Monday/Tuesday, 

so you may select a book for February/March if you haven't yet. 

 If you have, bring your book to read.

You can also read books on Overdrive through the sponsorship of our media center.
Go to http://alpine.lib.overdrive.com   
Select our school from the drop-down menu, 
then use your student number as a password.  

If you were absent: 

1. Study the analogies illustrations. What sort of relationship is shown by each one? 

2. Watch the video about three types of sentences:  simple, compound, and complex. 
     Pick up the quiz from the handouts box in our classroom or print a copy, and take the quiz.  Turn it in.

3.  See how far we got in The Outsiders and catch up during cave time or after school.  You could also read the book on Overdrive if it is available when you check.



Book Assessment 
  • If you did not yet hand in your book assessment, get it in as soon as possible.   Hand it in to the top wire basket.
  • If you have handed it in, pick it up from the bottom wire basket.  Revise or redo if needed. 
  • Some of the best (and earliest ones handed in) are on display on the bulletin board.  Look at those if you need help understanding how to do it. 
Here is the assignment paper in case you lost your:  
Students received the book genre assignment in December and the assignment paper on January 20/21.
Save your finished assignment.  

We will soon share in class.

A Few Recommended Sources
* Pioneer Online Library -- go to our school homepage, click on Resources,
Select Pioneer Online Library,  
Search your subjects on World Book or
Student Resources in Context
* history.com -- Search for your topic
* pbs.org -- Search for your topic
Do not use Wikipedia or ask and answer sites.  
Do not use sites that discuss only the fictional story from the book -- such as Scholastic, Goodreads, etc. 

Next Book Assessment: 
February/March
Read a novel in your choice of a fictional genre: 
realistic, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, horror, 
historical, multicultural, classic, adventure, romance, humor
 (Did I leave any out?)

Your assessment will involve noticing setting, characters, plot, conflict, point of view, and theme. 


We will go to the media lab on Monday/Tuesday, February 23/24, 

so you may select a book for February/March if you haven't yet. 

 If you have, bring your book to read.

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Today:

1. Individual Reading

2.  Briefly looking again at ANALOGIES: 





CSI  Sentence types --  Simple, Compound, Complex  (Later we'll look at Compound-Complex!)

Types of Sentences (Compared with Families)


Quiz:  Simple, Cmpd, Cmplx Quiz.docx  (If you were absent, you should print this and take it after watching the brief video.)  For after you have filled it out, you may check your answers:  Sentence Types Quiz Answers.


3. Read from The Outsiders  
B5, P. From page 72 to page 88 to "Dally cussed under his breath. . . "(iTunes Chapter 6, 5:55)

B6, Page 41 "Cherry started walking . . . " to page -- setting to page 44 "Well, they've spotted us." to page 59, "He appeared. . . "  to page 79  "nothing real but. . . mist in the valley."

B7, Page 40 "You're not so smart at ten." to page 51  halfway to page 60 "He half dragged me." to page 75 -- [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 22:21]

A1. From page 62 at the page break to . . . . page 78  [Outsiders page 45, track 2 -- minute 27:14]

And Create or add to an 

Outsiders Timeline in your composition book or on a piece of paper you can add to your composition book.

time
setting
events and characters
in your composition book

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Counter Argument

The writer acknowledges an opposing viewpoint, then rebuts with clear reasons and relevant, credible evidence and reasoning.

Example in an argument for supporting student access to the Internet:  
Some people say that the internet is not helping us learn and not making us brilliant but I don’t believe that is the case. I’m only eleven years old and I have already learned things off the internet like how solar power works and how animals like dolphins survive so that is obviously a myth. Google and the internet gives us ready and free access to information on just about anything.

The whole essay: http://achievethecore.org/content/upload/ArgumentOpinion_K-12WS.pdf  page 87

From another essay supporting the idea of a screen-free week:
 Some people may say that playing a video game or watching a movie with your family helps to bond with family. That may be true, but you can get addicted and not want to do anything else. “Lily, a second grader, is allowed only an hour a day of unstructured time, which she often spends with her devices.” This shows that kids are playing on devices and not outside or with friends. 


From another essay supporting the idea of a screen-free week:
Now, some people say that we shouldn’t participate because technology makes you smarter, why stop doing something that’s helping yourself. In an imaging study by Dr. Small, he found that “Internet users showed greater brain activity than nonusers, suggesting they were growing their neural circuitry.” While they may be growing their neural circuitry, they were also changing a characteristic of the brain that was thought to be unchangeable, the ability to only process one stream of information at a time. This ability allows humans to think deeply, an important characteristic in todays society. By changing it, they were preventing themselves from having the ability to think deeply.



This essay by a high school student acknowledges and rebuts three opposing claims:

     I have heard it argued that children “rot” their brains with video game systems. In the previously mentioned article by Matt Richtel, he says, “At the University of Rochester, researchers found that players of some fast-paced video games can track the movement of a third more objects on a screen than nonplayers…games can improve reaction time and the ability to pick out details amid clutter.” It seems that the more people play fast-paced video games, the more efficient they become at finding important details. These games may not be so “brain rotting “ after all. They could even be argued as beneficial. 
     Some also argue that because of new technologies, people limit how much they associate together, even in the same area. Social media disproves this argument. Not only can people associate easily with friends, they can also chat with relatives. They can also show relatives photos, even if they are states away. People who use social media are more likely to know more diverse people, according to the article by Keith Hampton. People still associate with people just as much as before, if not more. They are merely doing it in a different manner than before social media was in use. 
     Cyber bullying has now become an issue. I would like to bring to attention that all bullying is a big issue. I do not think that technology has caused bullying. It has just allowed for a new way to bully someone. I  have never been cyber-bullied. I personally was bullied in a face-to-face manner. A bully will take any chance to bully a target. Social media has not caused bullying.