Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday/Thursday, December 2/3, 2015

Book Recommendation
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion--his Uncle Jonathan's. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn't bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard--but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near--unless Lewis can stop the clock!

Other books by John Bellairs:

December Book of the Month
  • There are books sorted out in the classroom for Science Fiction and Fantasy. You may spend part of today's individual reading time looking for a book.
  • Sign up for your books by this Friday, December 4. 
  • The Book Discussion will be on Dec. 14/15. 
  • Focus: Setting --- How would the characters and story be different if the setting (time and/or place) were different?

See this packet for examples:
and see page 17 for a rubric.
You may do this in place of your book of the month. Hand them in by December 14/15.

November Book of the Month

  • If you had not finished reading your last book of the month before the discussion day, please let me know when you do finish it.

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    1. Individual Reading Time -- Your genre for this month is Science Fiction or Fantasy.

    2. Listening Practice:   

    Listening: AC Power to DC Power

    If you were able to answer the questions after listening to this, how did you do it? 

    3. Reading The Outsiders

    S.E. Hinton cared enough about the way kids were treating each other that she wrote a book.   

    See: How did S.E. Hinton begin writing The Outsiders?

    What do you care enough about to do or say something about? 

    You need a place in your composition book (under Reading Response) to collect evidence for whether or not Johnny should go to prison or the electric chair for killing Bob.
    (You should also have a chart for whether or not Ponyboy and Soda should be put into a different home -- rather than live with Darrell.)

    Create a chart for whether Johnny should and shouldn't go to prison.
    Create a chart for whether Ponyboy and Soda should be put into a different ho
    Take down page numbers and notes on what evidence is found on the page.

    Another issue in the book is whether Ponyboy is right when he says that Dally is so hardened that he could take anything, and that Dally couldn't love anybody.  What evidence is there in the book that Ponyboy is right or wrong about this? 

    A1 from chapter 6, minute 21:49, page 97. "There are some people here to see you. . . . " to
    Track "pg 110 nightmare,"  minute 13:48, page 117 "Things are rough all over."

    The Curtis Family --7 months or more before the story begins

    B5  from Chapter 6, 22:16, page 97 to page 116, (Track p. 110 minute 10:30)

    B6 from Chapter 6, minute 39:18, page 108 to page 126, (Track p. 110, minute 29:00)

    B7 from    page 100, the beginning of Chapter 7  (Track:chapter 6, minute 24:37) to  page 116,
    (Track p. 110, minute 29:00)

    Ponyboy mentions the idea of  chocolate-flavored cigarettes, but there is not such thing at that time.
    Later,  chocolate-flavored cigarettes were invented: 
    September 2009
    WASHINGTON — Federal health officials banned the sale of flavored cigarettes on Tuesday in the first major crackdown since the Food and Drug Administration was given the authority to regulate tobacco.

    The ban is intended to end the sale of tobacco products with chocolate, vanilla, clove and other flavorings that lure children and teenagers into smoking. The agency will study regulating menthol products and hinted that it might soon take action against the far larger market of flavored small cigars and cigarillos.

    [And now there are e-cigarettes with flavors.]

    3.  A Bit of Spelling Practice
    You will be tested on led/lead and threw/through on Dec. 4 (Friday) or Dec. 7 (Monday). 

    December 4/7     lead led posters.pptx
    She threw the ball.
    It went through the hoop.

    Mr. Major led the band.
    Please lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
    A pencil lead is made of graphite, not lead.

    Get it?

    Also, if you don't know them yet, practice how to use lie and lay.

    lie, lay, lain, lying

    lay, laid, laid, laying