Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 15/16, 2013 Tuesday/Wednesday

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- and of a new term and of a new semester.

Yes, Virginia, there is a new seating chart! (That is an "allusion.") 

1.  Pick up your composition book.  
2a.  iWrite:   January 15 or 16   Gun Control
Does our country need more gun control or not?

  • State a topic sentence.  This is also called a main idea sentence.
  • Your paragraph might begin either --

      The United States needs more gun control.
      The United States does not need more gun control. 

  • Support your topic sentence/main idea with two or three reasons.

2b. View and discuss these political cartoons: 

What message is each trying to send?  In other words, what is the main idea of each cartoon? 

Double Take 'Toons: Locked Or Loaded?

  •  Add to or revise what you have written about gun control. 
  • What types of evidence could you look for to support your main idea?            

2c.   Copy these Vocabulary Words into your Composition Book: 

  • Argument
  • Controversy/Controversial 
  • Main Idea
  • Evidence
  • Inference: reading between the lines 
  • Respect
  • Civility (noun)  = courtesy, politeness 

    Word Origin ; History


late 14c., "status of a citizen," from civil + -ityLater especially"good citizenship" (1530s). Also "state of being civilized" (1540s);"behavior proper to civilized persons" (1560s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper 
Cite This Source   -- found at dictionary.com, January 15, 2013

3. iClean and Organize  

Cleaning -- Thank You, A1!!!

Special instructions for organizing your composition books: 
  • Some of you will use the folders in the black crate by the file cabinets at the front of the room.  
  • The rest of you will file your composition books in the crate or drawer section for your new period.  Ms. Dorsey will give you your numbers.  See this post:  

    Composition Book/Computer Lab Numbers

    Change the number and period on the front of your composition book. 

4.  Finish listening to "Rikki-tikki-tavi" from A1:  "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"   minute 32   Page 13, column 2.
In case you are absent, here is the full text of the story: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mongoose/rtt.html  or find an illustrated text here

Fill out plot maps.  

Graphic Organizer for Plot (Outline Not Yet Filled In)

The Major Parts of a Plot:
Exposition (introduces characters and setting and the basic situation)
Rising Action (conflict and complications are shown)
Climax (This is the highest point -- the point of greatest tension.  At the point of climax, something important changes -- usually the conflict is resolved.)
Falling Action (Tells what happens after the climax.  This is a winding up
Resolution -- How did everything end up.  "And they all lived happily every after" is a resolution.  In "Rikki-
Tikki-Tavi"  the resolution tells us that from then on Rikki kept the garden free from snakes.  

New Core Question: How does the setting influence the characters and plot?  How would this be different if it were set in Utah, or in a a big city, or in another place?  


5.  "The Smallest Dragon Boy"  by Anne McCaffrey -- filling in a plot line  (33:31)   Page  47________ in your Elements of Literature textbook. 
If you are absent, you can read the story at  this link. 

Graphic Organizer for Plot (Outline Not Yet Filled In)

 A1  top of page 49  3:38,   page 49 bottom of first column, top of second column 5:46? 
A3  p. 50 "It puzzled Kevan how his father. . . . "  10:44
A4  p. 50 top of first column  -- 7:48
B7    15:47  page 53, column 1, Third paragraph 
B8   14:58 top of page 53, column 1.