Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 9, 2011

1.  Self-Starter:  Pick up Composition Book.
Pick up and tape in half-sheet about Capitalization/Proper Nouns -- on the next page in your Editing section.

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Capitalization #2   September 9, 2011      from  Susan Patron, The Higher Power of Lucky (2006)
Tape this into your composition book.  Then create a list of all the words in this passage that are capitalized. (26?) Underline the words in the passage. For each word, tell why it is capitalized.
Example:     1.  Lucky  – It is the name of a person and also begins a sentence.

        Lucky Trimble crouched in a wedge of shade behind the Dumpster.  Her ear near a hole in the paint-chipped wall of Hard Pan's Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center, she listened as Short Sammy told the story of how he hit rock bottom.  How he quit drinking and found his Higher Power.  Short Sammy's story, of all the rock-bottom stories Lucky had heard at twelve-step anonymous meetings -- alcoholics, gamblers, and overeaters -- was still her favorite.
     Sammy told of the day when he had drunk half a gallon of rum listening to Johnny Cash all morning in his parked '62 Cadillac, then fallen out of the car when he saw a rattlesnake on the passenger seat biting his dog, Roy.

Recognize a proper noun when you see one.  Nouns name people, places, and things. Every noun can further be classified as common or proper. A proper noun has two distinctive features: 1) it will name a specific [usually a one-of-a-kind] item, and 2) it will begin with a capital letter no matter where it occurs in a sentence. 

____________________________________ If you were absent, you could do this on another paper sized so you can tape it into your composition book.

2.  Spelling:
1) The Soc slammed on the brakes of the car.
2)  Dally decided to break up with his girlfriend.
3)  Socs jump Greasers a lot.
4)  Johnny was jumped, too. 

3.  In your composition book, in the middle section "Notes and Quickwrites,"  use the next full two page spread.  Label it "Events/Episodes in The Outsiders" (Episodes/Complications which contribute to the RISING ACTION)
For each significant event/episode write a sentence that uses these words:
"Because. . . . . . . .  [this is what happened:] . . . . . . . "
For example,
"Because Ponyboy was walking home alone after the movie,  the Socs were able to jump him."
"Because Ponyboy's brothers and friends came, the Socs stopped beating up Ponyboy and ran away."
Reading The Outsiders (and listening to the audio book)
A1 to top of page 33
A2 to halfway through page 25
A3 to halfway through page 27
A4 to


events, complications, incidents, episodes

from Dictionary.Com:  

episode:  2. an incident, scene, etc., within a narrative, usually fully developed and either integrated within the main story or digressing from it.

narrative:  noun  1. an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc.
2.  the narrative -- the part of a literary work that relates events.

More on Proper Nouns -- in case you still don't quite get it, or would just  like to practice.
    Proper nouns
Take a simple quiz on proper nouns:
A game/quiz on common nouns, proper nouns, not nouns -- basketball images:  Grammar Girl

This shows differences between capitalization in English and capitalization in español:

About Dumpsters:

Break and Brake