Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


1. Self-Starter:

A. Students who did not receive at least a 38/45 on each part of the Paragraph Post-Test wrote another paragraph to make up points.
B.  Students who did not need to do the make-up work wrote Santa letters for extra credit.  The other students also had a chance to do a Santa letter today or by class time  Thursday.  These letters are helping to raise money for charity.

A. Paragraphs --
This is your make-up assignment:  Write a paragraph contrasting our society with that shown in The Giver. 
  • a topic sentence
  • at least three major ways that they are different (supporting details in the body of the paragraph), telling about their community and ours within each major detail,
  • and a conclusion.  
  • Use transitions to show relationships between sentences and to show the place of the ideas in the paragraph.
Highlight your topic sentence with green, underline transitions, and highlight your conclusion with red.
This is a sample of a complete and contrasting paragraph:  (This is on a different topic, but shows a complete paragraph, with all needed parts and highlighted and underlined as directed.)

Hot chocolate and orange soda provide two very different drinking experiences for several reasons.   First, the hot chocolate is just that -- hot, while soda is best served cold.  Next, the hot chocolate smoothly glides through your mouth.  On the other hand, the soda bubbles and fizzes against your lips and in your mouth.  Color is another difference.  My favorite hot chocolate is a rich deep brown topped with clouds of white whipped cream.  Orange soda, in contrast, is a vibrant orange color.  Also, a generously sized mug holds the chocolate with whipped cream, but the soda is best from an ice cold and crystal clear glass bottle, just opened.  In conclusion, though hot chocolate and orange soda are different in temperature, texture, color, and in how they are served, either can quench your desire for a delicious drink.

Transitions:  This is a list of transitions that are useful for paragraphs that contrast.

Transitions show relationships and help your sentences to fit together.
Some of the transitions you could use in a paragraph that contrasts: conversely, instead, on one hand, on the other hand, on the contrary, rather, yet, but, however, still, nevertheless, in contrast, first, second, third, first of all, to begin with, in the first place, at the same time, in conclusion, with this in mind, after all, all in all, all things considered, briefly, in brief,  on the whole, in short, in summary, in the final analysis, on balance, to sum up, to summarize, finally

3. Reading The Giver
A1 read from 95 to 107
A2 read  81 to 94
A3 read 72 to 94
A4 read 77 to 100

Spelling  The Prefix "fore-"
Thursday: A1 Basketball Games -- Come to class.  Bring your dollar if you wish to go to the game.
We will take roll, and you will wait to be called down over the intercom.
A2, A3, and A4 will not be going to basketball games during class.

Reminder:  Study your spelling for January 5.
Take or finish your Book of the Month Assessment if needed. Times available to take or finish the Book-of-the-Month test are Tuesday and Wednesday during CaveTime in the Computer Writing lab 211, and after school on Tuesday and Wednesday in the same lab.