Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 23/24, Thursday/Friday

1. iRead    
  • Bring a book to read, or quickly pick a book from the clear plastic boxes on the counter. 
  • You will read for about 15 minutes.  
  • You will receive your reading log for English class and fill it out for today.  
  • Make sure you write both first and last name at the top.
2.   iLearn  -- Visit the Media Center
  • We will come back to the classroom afterward, so leave your stuff here.
  • Walk, not run, to the media center.
  • Go quietly, so we do not disturb other classes.
  • Place your backpack on the shelves provided.
  • Quickly find a seat.  
  • Be prepared to listen attentively to Mrs. Jones and/or Mrs. Bird. 

Media Center   3-2-1
3 books at a time
for 2 weeks
                                                      1 dime for each day your book is late

You learned in the media center about the staff, when you can go to the media center, how to find and check-out books and how to return them.  You learned where to find fictional books, biographies and autobiographies, and nonfiction books.  

3.  Your teachers will introduce the book assignments for this year.
  • Basic 8 Assignment 
    • on Edmodo -- Required 
    • You can also download it from here: Basic 8 Reading Assignment 1.doc
    • First one due September 18
    •  Read your book and do the writing as directed on the handout.
    • Turn it in on Edmoto.
    • Who's in charge? Ms. Dorsey, Ms. Bills 
  • 40 Book Challenge 
    • highly recommended
    • Who's in charge? Ms. Dorsey, Ms. Bills 
    •  40 Book Challenge
  • Battle of the Books 
  • Finding Books 
    • at home
    • at the public library
    • in the classroom
    • through book orders
    • in the media center    
By the end of class, you have received handouts for all three assignments covered above, as well as a letter about ordering books through Scholastic book orders. 


4. iWrite    -- Write this in your composition book, or, if you don't have it yet, on a handout provided.
      Prompt:  Good Morning   8/24/2012
Describe your morning routine. Describe your ideal morning routine. 

5. iWriteRight   
What do you notice about this passage? 
       (There are no wrong answers.  Just tell what you notice.  You are not looking for mistakes.  You are looking at an example of  published good writing from a book written for kids around your age.)

     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.

  -- Susan Patron, The Higher Power of Lucky (2006)

Capitalization: Why Capitalize?

A3 did not do iWriteRight.
All classes will later go through the meaning of the genres for the book assignments.


Maybe. . . .    In case we have extra time before going to the media center, we will listen to some more of The Outsiders. (page 6+)  (We did not have time to do this.  We will at a later date.)

You will create a chart in your composition book for some of the main characters, and fill it in as the narrator describes each.

Characters in The Outsiders
Character’s Name
Description (age, looks, personality, etc.)
Darry/Darrel Curtis

SodaPop Curtis

Two-Bit Mathews

Steve Randle

Dallas/Dally Winston

Johnny Cade

Narrator/Ponyboy Curtis