Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Answers to Spelling October 28/29

1) Do not ___accept____ anything less than the best.

2) Did you ____break____ the pencil that is under your desk?

3) I like almost all foods ___except____ limburger cheese.

4) When he pushed on the __brake___, the car didn't even slow down.

5) Let's take a ____break____ after we grade these tests.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” 
“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."

(Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768)” 
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
“Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure. And not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.” 

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” 

“We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.” 
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” 
“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow.” 
“Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.” 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Argument -- Mentor Texts

The grass can wait to be mowed, the pothole can go unfilled, the policy advice given another day but when you call 911 you Want, a competent, knowledgeable, Officer both willing and capable to assist you in your time of distress NOW, not the approximately 8 months from date of hire until you have a rookie officer on the street and another 28 months until you have a seasoned officer.

from a Facebook post about a proposal to cut down on policemen in Idaho Falls.

Begin School Activities


Falstaff and Austin - Notes

 In a moment of atypical solemnness the lovable drunkard Falstaff asks,  “What is honour? A word. What is in that word honour? What is that honour? Air.” So sets one of the heavier themes of Henry IV, Part One.

Sense and Sensibility 

On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provision for discourse. -- Chapter 6

Colonel Brandon, the friend of Sir John, seemed no more adapted by resemblance of manner to be his friend, than Lady Middleton was to be his wife, or Mrs. Jennings to be Lady Middleton's mother. He was silent and grave. His appearance however was not unpleasing, in spite of his being in the opinion of Marianne and Margaret an absolute old bachelor, for he was on the wrong side of five and thirty; but though his face was not handsome, his countenance was sensible, and his address was particularly gentlemanlike. -- chapter 7

Sir John was loud in his admiration at the end of every song, and as loud in his conversation with the others while every song lasted. Lady Middleton frequently called him to order, wondered how any one's attention could be diverted from music for a moment, and asked Marianne to sing a particular song which Marianne had just finished.

His pleasure in music, though it amounted not to that ecstatic delight which alone could sympathize with her own, was estimable when contrasted against the horrible insensibility of the others; and she was reasonable enough to allow that a man of five and thirty might well have outlived all acuteness of feeling and every exquisite power of enjoyment. She was perfectly disposed to make every allowance for the colonel's advanced state of life which humanity required.
 It would be an excellent match, for HE was rich, and SHE was handsome.

Lady Middleton was more agreeable than her mother only in being more silent.

Austen scholar Ros Ballaster argues that “while the great events and philosophical movements of history play themselves out around us, it is our own nature and actions, and the nature and actions of the people around us, that most influence our lives” (Ballaster).

Austen died at forty-two on July 18, 1817. During her life she jealously guarded her privacy, and after her death, her family destroyed or censored most of her letters. Her identity as an author was known to her family and a few close friends but she deliberately avoided the popularity that could have been hers. Critic Ronald Blythe argues that “literature, not the literary life, was always her intention” (http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/p/pride-and-prejudice/jane-austen-biography). Austen protected her identity as jealously as Bruce Wayne protects Batman. Austen is a rare literary superhero. The December following Austen’s death, her brother Henry reveled to the world her role as author. Almost thirty years later historian Thomas Macaulay stated that Austen as a writer has, “approached nearest to the manner of the great master, Shakespeare” (Ballaster).

Sir Walter Scott said of Austen, “That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with" (Janeite Deb, @Sir Walter Scott on Austen—March 14, 1826, Jane Austen in Vermont, (http://janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/sir-walter-scott-on-austen-march-14-1826/).

Humor Writing

humor writing:  22136intro/chap01

Learning from Failure (or from not earning quite the grade you wanted!)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015



“Responsibility I believe accrues through privilege. People like you and me have an unbelievable amount of privilege and therefore we have a huge amount of responsibility. We live in free societies where we are not afraid of the police; we have extraordinary wealth available to us by global standards. If you have those things, then you have the kind of responsibility that a person does not have if he or she is slaving seventy hours a week to put food on the table; a responsibility at the very least to inform yourself about power. Beyond that, it is a question of whether you believe in moral certainties or not.”

― Noam Chomsky

Don'ts for Writing

Parts of Speech

A word can be used as more than one part of speech.
For example --
Here, "sleeping" is an adjective.  It could be a verb.
Even the adjective could be interpreted in more than one way.




Picture Prompt- Fish


Literal or Figurative


Historical Fiction

The Captains Dog -- Not for a project

Fever 1793

When will this Cruel War Be Over 

Literary Elements in “Amigo Brothers”: Figurative Language

Literary Elements in “Amigo Brothers”

p. 249, column 2, paragraph 1   , , , bobbing and weaving like mercury
p. 250, column 1, paragraph 4   Felix’s admirers bet on his dynamite-packed fists.
p. 250, column 1, paragraph 7   . . . Tompkins Square was a beehive of activity.
p. 250, column 2, paragraph 6       the crowd exploded
p. 250, column 2, paragraph 7  . . . even as the roar was in its first birth. . . .
p. 251,  column 2, paragraph 2   His left hand was like a piston. . .
 p. 251,  column 2, paragraph 3    Antonio knew the dynamite that was stored in his amigo brother’s fist.
p. 252,  column 1, paragraph 5   . . . hit him with a piston-like left
p. 252,  column 1, paragraph 6    Bedlam broke loose. . .  
p. 252,  column 1, paragraph  7    He knew Felix had the habit of playing possum when hurt. . .
p. 252, column 1, paragraph  7    . . . the powerful bombs he carried in each fist.
p. 253, column 1, paragraph  1   Thus far the two had fought with mucho Corazon (a lot of heart)
p. 253,  column 1, paragraph  2   claret-red blood


A wolf in sheep's clothing



Tools for Reading

Logic and Reasoning



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Literary Elements in "Amigo Brothers": More Elements

Point of View:  Third Person  -- omniscient
 The narrator can see what everyone is doing and knows what is going on inside the characters' heads.

Tone:  upbeat, enthusiastic

Connotation:  Amigo/Friend = a person whom one knows, usually with mutual regard, 
                                       and perhaps mutual help.
                          Brother = a man or boy in relation to other sons and daughters of his parents.

     In this story the bond is deeper.  These guys have a very close relationship and  really care about each other.

Allusion: "Bedlam broke loose. . . "   Bedlam was a hospital for the insane in London beginning in about 1400 AD.

Dialogue:  The two boys talk back and forth in the story.

“Man. I don’t know how to come out with it.”
 Antonio helped. “It’s about our fight, right?”
“Yeah, right.” Felix’s eyes squinted at the rising orange sun.
“I’ve been thinking about it too, panin. In fact, since we found out it was going to be me and you, I’ve been awake at night, pulling punches on you, trying not to hurt you.”

Great examples of
Conflict:  Internal and External

Spelling Imagery Strategy

Spelling Imagery Strategy

Look at the word carefully.
Say the word.
With your eyes closed, picture the word.
Cover the word then write it.
Check the spelling.
If the word is misspelled, repeat steps 1-5.

Spelling Imagery Strategy on Steroids
Follow these strategies with the toughest words:

SAY the word out loud, pronouncing it correctly
USE the word correctly in a sentence
LOOK carefully at the word: Can it be broken into smaller bits? Do any of the smaller bits remind you of the patterns of letters from other words you already know how to spell? Are there rules that apply to parts of the words?
THINK about the parts of the words which might cause problems - double letters for instance, or a vowel that isn't pronounced as you would expect.
RESTATE the word out loud using its syllables (look it up in a dictionary if you don’t know the syllables).
PICTURE the shape of the word.
COVER the word and close your eyes. Try to see the word in your mind.
WRITE the word down without looking back.
CHECK to see if you're right. If not, look carefully at where you went wrong and try again.

Paying Attention


Life Lessons





I just barely made it into class on time.

I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.



It is confusing to your reader if you write something like this:

He was barley able to do it.  


3. Spelling:  


How long have you been here?

I can't hear you.


I Am a Caveman -- And Proud of It

Civil Engagement

Courage Bravery Hero?

Citing Sources

Using Informal Citations

Citing Sources

References and Citations
When referring to evidence and information from passages, students should use paraphrasing and short quotations. To credit sources, students should use informal, in-text citations (e.g., MLA author or title tags). 

 Citing Sources for SAGE.pptx or
 Citing Sources for SAGE.ppt