Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday/Thursday, December 21/22, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

Pick up your composition book.

Thursday, December 22, is the last day to hand in late and revised work and extra credit other than unused hall passes. 
Turn in your Article of the Week if you haven't yet.

If you haven't turned in your book assessment, get it turned in by the end of the day Thursday. 
  • Staple your typed assessment to the front of the rubric.  
  • Make sure you have a central idea (or two) and seven to ten supporting details with their page numbers. 
Assignments for How They Croaked:  Henry VIII HTC.docx ,   tone in HTC-Cleopatra.docx with Columbus,    King Tut Questions - Adapted.docx -- Create the Caesar "doughnut" graphic organizer on the back of King Tut assignment.

Get it? 

Targets for Today:
Writing Standard 3d.  Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

Today’s  Agenda:

A1:  Write your paragraph and hold class drawings. 10!

Under Writing Prompts--
1. Description of a place:
    Describe a scene of your choice.  It needs to be real or based on reality.  You will NOT tell a story, only describe a place.
     It could be your living room on Christmas Morning or Eve, your own bedroom, your yard or another outdoor place, part of a cathedral or other special building you've visited, part of a store, part of a school,  a favorite place. Choose one of the ideas given here or your own.

   Begin the paragraph with a topic sentence.  Examples:

  •    If you love cleanliness and order, do not come to my house after present opening on Christmas Morning. 
  •    The best back yard for a family can be found behind my house. 
  •    The food is good at Jan's Cafe, but the real reason to go there is to see her unique collections.
  • Add this to your bucket list: eating at a table in the Blue Bayou in Disneyland.  
Sample descriptive paragraphs:
From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens:
It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove; from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone. Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chesnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see: who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty's horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge, as he came peeping round the door.

My Bedroom

     When you walk into my room the first thing that you notice is that the room is bigger than average. The room is painted white, the walls are bare, with two pairs of black colored windows; one pair is next to the bed the other next to the TV. The room smells like Febreze: Thai dragon fruit air freshener.  The door is brown and on the right side of the room facing the TV. On the left side of the door there’s my closet, which has cream colored doors that go from the ceiling to the floor. In front of my closet there’s the bed. The bed is a full size; it’s connected to the left side wall of the room with a pair of windows, on it there’s a purple and green comforter with a pair of soft pillows that are the same color. Above the bed there’s an air conditioner which I hardly use. In front of the bed there’s a big black fan. On the right side of my room I have my TV that is a medium sized black LED, which sits on a white drawer. Next to the TV there’s my average sized brown study desk, with my silver laptop computer and a small blue lamp on it and books in its shelves. The room is clean, not much is out of order. At this moment I don’t really like the look of my room. I have hopes to decorate and paint the walls in the future.

The Laundry Room

The windows at either end of the laundry room were open, but no breeze washed through to carry off the stale odors of fabric softener, detergent, and bleach. In the small ponds of soapy water that stained the concrete floor were stray balls of multicolored lint and fuzz. Along the left wall of the room stood ten rasping dryers, their round windows offering glimpses of jumping socks, underwear, and fatigues. Down the center of the room were a dozen washing machines, set back to back in two rows. Some were chugging like steamboats; others were whining and whistling and dribbling suds. Two stood forlorn and empty, their lids flung open, with crudely drawn signs that said "Broke!" A long shelf partially covered in blue paper ran the length of the wall, interrupted only by a locked door. Alone, at the far end of the shelf, sat one empty laundry basket and an open box of Tide. Above the shelf at the other end was a small bulletin board decorated with yellowed business cards and torn slips of paper: scrawled requests for rides, reward offers for lost dogs, and phone numbers without names or explanations. On and on the machines hummed and wheezed, gurgled and gushed, washed, rinsed, and spun.
Central Idea:  Remember that a central idea includes the topic and what the author is saying about the topic.  

2. Dickens  -- Read the chapter about Charles Dickens, beginning on page 117

  • Find words that contribute to the tone.  
  • What is the central idea?  

3. Watch a video based on a book by Charles Dickens: 

If You Were Absent:
See above.
Write your paragraph.
Read the "Charles Dickens" chapter of How They Croaked when you get back.