Friday, March 26, 2010

March 30/31, 2010

March 30/31, 2010
Bring your science fiction or fantasy book-of-the-month club book to class.

Practicing using apostrophes to show possession. 

Subject-Verb Agreement -- Individual quiz on subject-verb agreement (verbs agree with a singular or plural subject) to see if understand it yet.
Link: This site includes rules and quizzes. If you are assigned to complete the practice quizzes (or if you received less than 18/20 on the in-class quiz on March 30/31), this is the site to go to.  

Also, see examples of singular and plural at our PB wiki.

More Love That Dog and writing based on it.

Love That Dog assignments in your composition book:
Write a poem imitating "The Red Wheelbarrow."
Write a poem imitating "Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright."
Write a stanza imitating "Stopping By Woods":  "Whose woods these are, I think I know. . . "
List sounds you would hear in a place you know well. (Based on "Street Music.") 
Collect words and phrases you could use to describe a pet or another animal when it is sitting, running, sleeping, or performing some other action.
Write a poem imitating "Love That Boy."

See  Poems to Imitate, to be INSPIRED BY

Some classes have read the poem "A Slice of Life" and written in response to it.

A Slice of Life

What's as confusing as last week's science lab?
Can be as sweet as sugar?
Then, sharp as a knife?
Comes quickly
But with no instructions on how to handle it?
Can take you up to the stars
Or throw you sprawling against a rock?
Just when you think you've got it figured out,
It takes an unexpected turn.
Those who have lived it
Either warn you about the dangers it brings,
Or tell you to live it to the fullest,
Perhaps you know what I am talking about.
Don't let it pass by without making a mark
Or saving a memory, because
It will only come once, and soon the opportunities,
The moments, the dreams
Will all just be a slice of your past
The piece of life that we call

Katherine T.

1.  Write quickly for 2-3 minutes about all that this poem brings to mind for you.
 2. Borrow one line from the poem and write again, this time focusing on that line, using it as the basis as a passage that will perhaps be poetic. 
3. Write about what adolescence has been like for you so far.



the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.
the process or state of growing to maturity.
a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.