Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015


How Do You Spell It? Answers (Figurative Language)

  1. 7
  2. simile
  3. 6
  4. personification
  5. 15
  6. onomatopoeia
  7. 8
  8. simile,  (in any order)
  9. metaphor,  (in any order)
  10. hyperbole (in any order)
  11. u
  12. O and I
  13. onomatopoeia
  14. personification
  15. onomatopoeia
  16. o e i a
  17. alliteration and personification or hyperbole and simile
  18. alliteration and personification or hyperbole and simile
  19. moo
  20. person


These descriptions are from Gary Soto’s A Summer Life, from the story “The Taps.” Soto’s writing provides examples of using description and imagery in a short story.
“A passenger train the color of spoons rushed by.”
“The asphalt was a soft, blackish river on which cars traveled, windows down, the passengers soaked in sweat.”
“A man the color of a sparrow walked near the tracks.”

Imagery includes figurative language that helps to create an image in the reader's mind.

Sonnet XXX
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 - 1950

 Imagery is the literary term used for language and description that appeals to our five senses. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015


Hyperbole and Yo Mama!

So FAT. . . . 

Yo mama's so fat, I had to take a train and two buses just to get on her good side.

Yo mama's so fat, people jog around her for exercise.

Yo mama's so fat, when she wears high heels, she strikes oil.

Yo mama's so fat, her blood type is Ragu.

Yo mama's so fat, her picture fell off the wall.

Yo mama's so fat, her college graduation picture was an aerial shot.

Yo mama's so fat, she goes to a restaurant, looks at the menu, and says "Okay."

Yo mama's so fat, she even orders "Thank you, come again."

Yo mama's so fat, when she brought her dress to the cleaners they said, "Sorry, we don't do curtains."

Yo mama's so fat, when she turns around, people throw her a welcome back party.

Yo mama's so fat, when she sits around the house, she sits AROUND the house.

Yo mama's so fat, she can't even jump to a conclusion.

Yo mama's so fat, when she talks to herself, it's a long-distance call.

Yo mama's so fat, if she weighed five more pounds, she could get group insurance.

Yo mama's so fat, the post office gave her 2 zip codes.

Yo mama's so fat, she was floating in the ocean and Spain claimed her as a new world.

Yo mama's so fat, she went to the movies and sat next to everyone.

Yo mama's so fat, her shadow weighs 2 pounds.

Yo mama's so fat, she jumped up in the air and got stuck.

Yo mama's so fat, she puts on her lipstick with a paint-roller.

Yo mama's so fat, she went to get a tan and the sun burned out.

Yo mama's so fat, she wears a VCR for a beeper.

Yo mama's so fat, she's on both sides of the family.

Yo mama's so fat, when she goes on a picnic in the mountains, bears hide their food.

Yo mama's so fat, I swerved to avoid her in the road and ran out of gas.

Yo mama's so fat, she has to take a bath at Sea World.

Yo mama's so fat, when she backs up, she beep.

Yo mama's so fat, they had to grease a door frame and hold a Twinkie on the other side to get her through.

Yo mama's so fat, she's taller lying down than standing up.

Yo mama's so fat, when she steps on a scale, it says, "One at a time, please."

Yo mama's so fat, when she steps on a scale, it says, "To be continued...."

Yo mama's so fat, when she steps on a scale, it says, "Please step out of the car."

Yo mama's so fat, when she wears a red dress, kids yell "Kool-Aid!"

Yo mama's so fat, when she wears a yellow raincoat, people call her "Taxi!"

Yo mama's so fat, when she went to the beach, Greenpeace tried to drag her back into the ocean.

Yo mama's so fat, when she walks across the room, she's gotta make two trips.

Yo mama's so fat, when she goes to the beach, no one else gets a tan.

Yo mama's so fat, they had to change "one size fits all" to "one size fits most."

Yo mama's so fat, you have to take three steps to see all of her.

Yo mama's so fat, when she fell down the stairs, I didn't laugh but the stairs cracked up.

Yo mama's so fat, her cereal bowl came with a lifeguard.

Yo mama's so fat, when she gets in an elevator it HAS to go down.

Yo mama's so fat, she needs a sock for each toe.

Yo mama's so fat, she eats Wheat Thicks.

Yo mama's so fat, she gets her toenails painted at an auto body shop.

Yo mama's so fat, she was born on August 6, 7, and 8.

Yo mama's so fat, she doesn't have a forehead; she has a fivehead.

Yo mama's so fat, when she walked by the TV, I missed three episodes.

Yo mama's so fat, she left the house wearing high heels and came home wearing flip-flops.

Yo mama's so fat, she put on a sheet for Halloween and went as Antarctica.

Yo mama's so fat, when she was lost they had to use all four sides of the milk carton for her picture.

Yo mama's so fat, she has to use a boomerang to put on her belt.

Yo mama's so fat, she was hit by a bus and said," Who threw the Twinkie?"  -- Owen N. 

Yo mama's so fat, when she's going someplace her belly button arrives fifteen minutes before she does. --Matthew C. 

So OLD! 

Yo mama's so old, her birth certificate expired.

Yo mama's so old, I told her to act her age and she died.

Yo mama's so old, her social security number is 23.

Yo mama's so old, when she was in school there was no history class.

Yo mama's so old, Moses is in her high school yearbook.

Yo mama's so old, she knew Burger King while he was still a prince.

Yo mama's so old, she remembers when the Dead Sea was only sick.

Yo mama's so old, she used to babysit Yoda.

Yo mama's so old, when she was a child, rainbows were black and white.

Yo mama's so old, she went to an antique store and they wouldn't let her leave.

Yo mama's so old, she forgot her purse on Noah's ark.


An example from http://www.literarydevices.com/foreshadowing/
FRODO: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill [Gollum] when he had the chance.
GANDALF: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that die deserve life, and some that live deserve death. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play, for good or ill, before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
(The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Gandalf is a wise figure in the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, and has some prophetic powers. Frodo laments that the monstrous creature of Gollum is still alive to torment and obstruct him. However, Gandalf foreshadows an important role that Gollum will play. When Frodo finally brings the One Ring to Mount Doom, but finds himself unable to destroy it, as it has gained power over him. Only the struggle with Gollum leads to the destruction of the ring, an event that Frodo cannot foresee.

A few examples: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Key for Figurative Language in Popular Culture

KEY 1. metaphor 2. simile 3. hyperbole 4. simile 5. alliteration 6. simile 7. metaphor 8. simile 9. simile 10. simile 11. metaphor OR alliteration 12. simile 13. metaphor OR alliteration 14. metaphor OR alliteration 15. metaphor 16. personification 17. metaphor 18. simile OR alliteration 19. personification 20. hyperbole 21. simile 22. simile 23. metaphor 24. personification 25. metaphor 26. hyperbole 27. metaphor 28. personification 29. hyperbole 30. hyperbole 31. metaphor OR alliteration 32. metaphor OR alliteration 33. hyperbole 34. personification 35. simile 36. simile 37. simile 38. simile

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Key for Sorting Hats

Genres:   a type or category of stories
Science fiction






 Topics:  the subject or what it's about.  This could be one word or just a few words.  Sometimes the title is also the topic.






Eating Spaghetti Without Getting Messy

Themes:  the message about life or human nature expressed in the story
Don’t give up on your dreams.

Friendship is important.

Be careful who you trust.

Listen to good advice and don’t assume you know everything.

Love is worth fighting for.

Respect other people’s property.

Summaries:    a shorter version of the story, told in the same order as the story and (if objective) without added comments by the teller

A little girl breaks into the three bears’ cottage, eats their food, breaks their things, and sleeps in their beds.

A young boy discovers he’s a wizard, goes to wizarding school, and learns to perform magic.

A young Native American girl is kidnapped by an enemy tribe, sold as a wife to a French trapper, and later ends up as a guide for Lewis and Clark.

Mrs. Frizzle challenged the kids to learn more about the human body, so they shrank themselves and the bus, and then spent the day exploring Arnold’s insides.

The caterpillar was very, very hungry, and he wandered around eating many various things.

A boy is travelling to see his father, when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes. The boy must spend  months learning to survive in the wilderness.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Lot of Information about A Lot

Extra credit opportunity:  Email to Ms. Dorsey a photo of someone allotting something.  

Definition for allot:
give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task.
"equal time was allotted to each"

My Favorite ALOT -- But Not a Correct Spelling!

Have you seen too many alots?

Do you have a lot  of confusion right now? 

Just remember that we do not spell a lot this way: alot.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flag Day

Happy Flag Day!

Today we celebrate our flag, our country, 

and the men and women who have protected them.

Here are some videos about our flag to watch:
Robin Williams as the U.S. Flag:

Red Skeleton about the Pledge of Allegiance

For more information, see


You might want to try entering this contest next year:

Here are some recommended children's books for flag day:

To read something patriotic, you could pick a nonfiction historical book or an historical fiction book about the beginnings of our country or about other parts of our country's history.
I recommend these:

  1. My Brother Sam is Dead:  Revolutionary War
  2. Johnny Tremain
  3. Woods Runner 

One of my favorite nonfiction books is a first hand account of the experiences of a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  That soldier was Joseph Plumb Martin, and  I purchased the book at Valley Forge when visiting there with family.
You can read about him and the war he experienced -- and watch videos here:

Saturday, June 13, 2015

How to Use Our Media Center

What do you do with the books after you're done with them?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzbDdgWiaS0   One swear word near the end.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Olympic Rings

     The Olympic symbol consists of five interlocking rings. The rings represent the five areas—Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America—from which athletes come to compete in the games. The rings are colored black, blue, green, red, and yellow. At least one of those colors is found in the flag of every country sending athletes to compete in the Olympic games. 


A symbol is something that represents a larger idea or concept. 

For a journal entry,  look at the symbols below. Choose one symbol, sketch it in your composition book, and write about it. What does it represent? Does it represent something different to different groups of people? Have you found any symbols in the books you're reading?

Definition of symbol from M-W.com: something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance; especially: a visible sign of something invisible.  For example, the lion is a symbol of courage.

Colors can be symbolic.
Have you ever heard of White Hat Hackers and Black Hat Hackers?

More Symbols -- The Giver


Thursday, June 11, 2015




More about Tone and Mood

Point of View

What is it?
The author's point-of-view concentrates on the vantage point of the speaker, or "teller", of the story or poem.

1st person: the speaker is a character in the story or poem and tells it from his/her perspective (uses "I")

3rd person limited: the speaker is not part of the story, but tells about the other characters. He or she limits information to what one character sees and feels.

3rd person omniscient: the speaker is not part of the story, but is able to "know" and describe what all characters are thinking.

A second person point of view is a story that is told from the perspective of "you." It is much less common than first and third. Do you remember children's books like the "Animorphs" series or the "Choose Your Own Adventure" tales? They went something like this: "You turn, and standing there before you is a wolf. You have to decide to approach it or run away."

Here's a handy key for you:

First person: I
Second person : You
Third Person: He, She, They

[adapted from definitions found at http://www.enotes.com/literary-terms/q-and-a/what-second-person-point-view-2208
and http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/2715.html ]

Examples of Point of View

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud: The author uses both third person and first person point of view. Nathaniel, the young magician, is told about in third person. Those chapters alternate with chapters that are told in first person, from the point of view of Bartimaeus, a powerful spirit (djinni). The latter are my favorite chapters, since Bartimaeus has such a fun sense of humor.

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander: "Eilonwy of the red-gold hair . . . was leaving Caer Dallben. Dallben himself had so ordered it; and though Taran's heart was suddenly and strangely heavy, he knew there was no gainsaying the old enchanter's words."
This is from a third-person point of view, but just from this selection we don't know enough to determine whether it is third person limited or third person omniscient. 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle: "It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the clouds scudded frantically across the sky. . . ."
"She wasn't usually afraid of weather. --It's not just the weather, she thought. -- It's the weather on top of everything else. On top of me. On top of Meg Murry doing everything wrong." 
That quote, as is the quote before it from The Castle of Lyr, is from the exposition of the book -- the beginning part that introduces the setting, characters, and basic situation. Both are third person, and again, just from reading this much, we don't yet know if it is third person limited or third person omniscient.

The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck: "If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it. You know August. The corn is earring. The tomatoes are ripening on the vine. The clover's in full bloom. There's a little less evening now, and that's a warning . You want to live every day twice over because you'll be back in the jailhouse of school before the end of the month. 
"Then our teacher, Miss Myrt Arbuckle, hauled off and died. It was like a miracle, though she must have been forty. You should have seen my kid brother's face. It looked like Lloyd was hearing the music of the spheres. Being ten that summer, he was even more willing to believe in miracles than I was." 
This one is first person. Though it uses the words "your" and "you," the story is not about you. The narrator is telling his own story -- a story he is in.

Examples of Point of View:

first person:  (I, me, my, mine, our, us, we)
When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind:  Paul Newman and ride home.

"Sure," I said tiredly, "we're young and innocent."

Two-Bit messed up his hair,  "Sorry kid," he said, "I forgot."

second person:   (you, your, yours) 
When you stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,  you had only two things on your mind:  Paul Newman and ride home.

"Sure," you said tiredly, "we're young and innocent."

Two-Bit messed up his hair,  "Sorry kid," he said, "I forgot."

third person:   (he, she,  his, hers, theirs, him, her, the main character's name)
When he stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, Ponyboy had only two things on his mind:  Paul Newman and ride home.

"Sure," Ponyboy [or he]  said tiredly, "we're young and innocent."

Two-Bit messed up his hair,  "Sorry kid," he said, "I forgot."

Utah State Core
Reading: Literature Standard 6 
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
[Use passages from the text as evidence.]
point of view


Poem: THESE are the days

Poem of the Day: 


Vocabulary helps

Indian Summer:  a time in autumn when the weather changed to feel like summer again
Sophistry:  a reason or argument that sounds correct but is actually false
Plausible:  having an appearance of truth or reason, believable 
Altered: changed 

THESE are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look. 

These are the days when skies resume
The old, old sophistries of June,        5
A blue and gold mistake. 
Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief, 

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,        10
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timed leaf!

Emily Dickinson LXXVIII.