Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

1. Self-Starter: What Do You Notice?

Title: What Do You Notice?  -- You will tape a half-sheet handout  into your composition book under “Editing.” This is what is on the half-sheet:
What do you notice about these sentences?    Write about three things you notice about them.  What you notice could be about individual sentences or about all of them. Begin at least three sentences with  “I notice that. . . .” (Your “noticings” should be about the sentences themselves, not where they’re from or who wrote them.)
1.  Harold's eyes were glued to the floor.  He couldn't look.
2.  Harold is in the principal's office.  
  --Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Potty People (2006)
3.  Spelda tousled her son’s thick, black hair. 
        -- Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle, The Edge Chronicles: Beyond the Deep Woods (1999)
4.  Mac’s office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window.    
         -- Chris Rylander, The Fourth Stall

You could notice many different kinds of things, but here is something I hope you'll notice.  

Noticing Sentences and Apostrophes


2.  Spelling test on "il-" words
See illustrations for the words here:  Illustrations for il-

3.  New Words: Vocabulary/Spelling #8              Test on January 26

 Suffix to study:   -ful which means full of, characterized by (adjective)
  1. careful
  2. beautiful
  3. useful
  4. helpful
  5. frightful 


4.  Poem and discussion:

MERRY-GO-ROUND  by Langston Hughes 

Where is the Jim Crow section
On this merry-go-round,
Mister, cause I want to ride?
Down South where I come from
White and colored
Can't sit side by side.
Down South on the train
There's a Jim Crow car.
On the bus we're put in the back—
But there ain't no back
To a merry-go-round!
Where's the horse
For a kid that's black?

    5. Character:  How does an author reveal information about a character?

    Examples from the opening scene of the movie Tangled: 

    The narrator shows us what Mother Gothel does.   She hoards the flower.  She steals the baby.  

    The narrator tells us that the king and queen are beloved by their people. 

    We hear what Mother Gothel says and how she says it when she is explaining to Rapunzel why she can't go outside.


      Begin Words By Heart.
      A1 to top of page 3
      A2 to page 5, middle of page
      A3 did not read today

      We noticed ways that the author showed us what some of the characters are like.
      We also pointed out in A2 some conflict and a theme.

      Conflict:  Lena vs. Winslow  = man vs. man
      Theme: Those who are considered weak or foolish can sometimes overcome the strong and supposedly wise.

      See   Third Term Requirements.
      Words By Heart Student Notes 2012.docx

      Research and Essay for Historical Fiction:
      Book of the Month Essay for Historical Fiction.docx

      Historical Fiction Essay Research.docx

      Book of the Month Assessment Documents
      Taking Notes;
      Historical Fiction Assess Literary Elements. A(1).docx


      Poems for Words By Heart

      A Poem to Go with Words By Heart and the Topic of Identity