Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thursday/Friday, April 2/3, 2015

  • If you need to finish your District Writing Test or your Scholastic Reading Inventory Test, please go to lab 223 for Cavetime. 
      •  For the District Test, pick up a packet from Ms. Dorsey.  
      • For the SRI, carefully follow the directions on the poster in the lab to log-in. 

I can now access the information for you to log into Utah Compose -- in case you'd like to write the Duct Tape Essay for the Writing Lab Contest.
      • Contest Open from March 13 - April 24.
      • Entries cannot exceed 2500 words in length

Also, NomenGlobal is sponsoring a writing, photography, video contest with cash prizes.
If you are interested, go to

Today's Activities:
1. Individual Reading -- Your choice.

By the way, your next book assignment is again your choice of genres among novels.

2.   The test on word parts will be given today,  April 2/3.  

It will NOT be multiple choice. 

You will NOT be able to use your study guide or your notes.   

Know what each word part means. 

If you are absent, arrange to take the test.  See the word list at the end of this post.

3.  Poetry   
Learning about Poetry
a. Unscramble a Poem -- It is supposed to be funny. Save the punch line for last. 

b. Watch a Video and Take Notes in Your Composition Book: 

Watch and take notes:  (Also, if you are absent, do this.)

It may be hard to hear what she is saying at first, so here it is -- more or less.
So you need to analyze a poem you've never seen before.
She's going to give you a secret formula that will take you about five minutes to learn.
She says that there's one thing you have to do first though: 
That is to get over the daft (crazy) idea that poetry is somehow boring or scary.  
Lyrics are just poetry set to music.
So when your English teacher talks about metaphor or similes, don't just immediately assume that these terms are only used by some stuffy old English bloke. 
You may not realize it, but you actually already understand metaphor.

ART WARS -- The handout

Poems:  (If you are absent, fill out the ART WARS chart for Foul Shot and Base Stealer.)

This is the chart for you to print and fill out: 

The Hunter  

Foul Shot  -- with as class

The Base Stealer  -- by as pairs

We haven't looked at these yet:
Poem: The Light of a Candle

Poetry -- Fast Break

Teacher's Notes:
A1 -- working on analyzing "The Base Stealer" at the end of class -- still needs to hear and discuss it. They did watch the video of a real base stealer.

B5 --  Did not hear   "The Base Stealer"  Handed in ART WARS
B6 --  Need to finish Base Stealer
B7 --  Need to finish Base Stealer  listened and watched 

More About Poetry: (We haven't watched these yet.)

State Standards:

Language Standard 4: b.  Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).

Craft and Structure
Reading: Literature Standard 4 
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

figurative language  [Personification: for song ideas]
repetition (or sound)
verse, stanza

Reading: Literature Standard 5 
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning

form   --  Form, in poetry, can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of the lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition. - See more at:

What is the difference between form and structure? 
Form relates to the external shape of a text, determined by how it is presented on
paper, organized by stanzas/paragraphs, lines, syllables, rhyme, justification – best
thought of as a silhouette. It is a simpler thing to comment on because it is usually
[Ms. Dorsey adds:  Forms of poetry include haiku, sonnet, acrostic, free verse, limerick, etc.]
Structure is more interesting because it goes beyond the visible – it is a matter of
the internal development and relationship between parts: structure is about the
internal skeleton and organs – best thought of as an X ray or CT scan, displaying the
organic relationship between ideas, feelings and attitudes within a text. 
For example, the form of a sonnet is its 14 line length, its 8 line/6 line division and
its rhyme scheme. Within that form the structure may be 8 lines of description
leading to 6 lines of reflection, generalization, resolution; or the mood may go from 
neutral to sombre, or from sombre and resentful to acceptant.

Word Parts with example words 
  1. auto = self    as in automobile, autobiography
  2. bio =  life      as in biology, autobiography
  3. con, co, col, cor, com = together, with  (prefix)   as in conversation, cooperation, communicate
  4. dict =   speak     as in diction, dictate, predict 
  5. duc, duct = lead    as in conduct,  induct
  6. graph =  write        as in autograph, biography
  7. in, im = in, into (or) not  (prefix)     as in import,  ineligible 
  8. inter = between  (prefix)     as in interject 
  9. ject =    throw        as in interject,  reject
  10. meter = measure      thermometer, telemetry 
  11. micro =   small          microscope, microbiology
  12. -ology, -logy = study of (branch of knowledge, science of)  (suffix)  as in biology, geology, etc. 
  13. port =   carry    as in import, export, deport, portage, portable
  14. pre =   before  (prefix)       as in predict, prefix, prepare
  15. re =   again (prefix)      as in reject, redo
  16. scope =   examine     as in microscope, telescope
  17. tele =   far     as in telescope, teleport
  18. tract =   pull    as in tractor,  retract,  attract
  19. trans =   across     as in transport, transact 
  20. vis or vid =  see     as in video, vision, revision