Monday, May 2, 2016

Wednesday/Thursday, May 4/5, 2016

Poe-try and Star Wars -- A Great Combination!

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Announcements and Reminders:

If you have handed in your March Book Project, and have not picked it up from the bottom wire basket, please do that now. 
  • Put away kendamas and other toys BEFORE you come into the classroom.
  • Your book sign-ups were due on April 28/29. 
  • Your book projects are due by May 12/13. See the "Required Reading" tab above.   
  • SAGE Testing will be on May 12, 13, 16, 17: reading (poetry and prose), listening, conventions (grammar, capitalization, punctuation)          
  • Figuratively Speaking Poster
    By May 18/19 – for English class
    Bring a photo of yourself DOING SOMETHING.
    In class you will create a poster about that photo including
    (Change your assignment to ONE each of the following:)
    -1 simile
    -1 metaphor
    -1 hyperbole
    -1 personification
    -1 onomotopia
    -1 allusion
    extra for alliteration (at least three repetitions of the sound)   
Friday, May 20 is the last day to hand in late work, revised work, and extra credit.
If you have an F, see me.

      Targets for Today:

      I  can compare a fictional account with a nonfiction account of a time, place, or character.
      Reading: Literature Standard 9 
      Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.

      I can read, understand, and enjoy poetry and prose through recognizing SOLILOQUY AND SONNET.
      Reading: Literature Standard 5 
      Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning

      form   --  Form, in poetry, can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of the lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition. - See more at:

      Today’s  Agenda:

      1.  Independent Reading:  You will receive your points for reading 
      an historical fiction book.  Be in your seat reading by the time the bell rings.

      2. Poetry  -- More on poetry

      Review and New:  Poetry terms, parts, and types.

      • View PowerPoint.
      • Take Notes
      • Create/Complete some examples.


      from Little Daddy Longlegs
      Little Daddy Longlegs played in the sun,
      Climbing up the front steps just for fun.
      from Turtle Trouble
      Tell me if you think you know
      How to make a turtle go.
      from Nature's Shows
      Nature puts on little shows
      Every time it rains or snows.
                 -- Charles Ghigna.

      These come at the ends of sonnets:

      "So, till the judgement that yourself arise,
      You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes."

      "You still shall live, such virtue hath my pen,
      Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men."

      -- Shakespeare

      And this poet, Alexander Pope,  is famous for these sayings:

      "A little learning is a dangerous thing;
      Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring."

      "Good nature and good sense must ever join;/To err is human, to forgive, divine."
      -- Alexander Pope 

      A1     still needs irony.  
      B5    needs to finish couplets and soliloquys, look at sonnets
      B6    Need to write soliloquys.
      B7:  Watched two soliloquys. Still need to watch Hamlet.


      B or Not a B  with Patrick Stewart

      and just for fun -- NOT a soliloquy:


      Sonnets:   14 lines -- 10 syllables per line -- standard rhyme scheme -- Shakespearean sonnet ends with a couplet.

      Two Dogs Sonnet

      What would you do if you saw this on a test?  What are you seeing here?
      What is the theme of this poem? 

      A Sample Soliloquy
           It was like a 7,786,424 degrees outside.
      Everyone turned into a sea animal and was in some kind of water, either a bathtub, a shower, or a swimming pool. It was so hot everyone was melting like butter.  But I wasn't. I was locked away in an ice cream shop, surrounded by freezers and delicious cold substances.

      Poetry, Part 2

      In case we get to IRONY:    Irony vs. Coincidence


      B5 needs to look at the poem in two languages. They need more irony.
      B6 also needs to look at the poem in two languages. They still need to do irony.
      B7 took notes through metaphor.

      If You Were Absent:
      See above.

      Here is the PowerPoint:  7th grade Poetry PP.pptx

      B5 needs to look at the poem in two languages. They need more irony.
      B6 also needs to look at the poem in two languages. They still need to do irony.
      B7 took notes through metaphor.