Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday/Monday, May 19/22, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
Friday, May 19  is/was the last day to hand in late work, revised work, and extra credit. 

Mrs. Mace is coming/came May 19!  She and Baby Hyrum will be/were in my room during Cavetime. 

Let me know if you have revised or finished and improved your score on your short story on MyAccess. 

If you have not received the results of your SAGE Test, let me know, and I will print them out for you to take home to share with your parents. 

If you have a D or an F -- 
If you have missed taking Mastery Connect Tests, come take them Tuesday, May 23.  
Have you finished and handed in your
comma packet,
short story assignments, 
figurative language poster?

For today -- Everyone . . . .
Pick up your composition book and a composition book check paper.  

Turn in your unused hall passes today or next time. 

Targets for Today:

I can think and write about various topics.

I can identify the qualities of a genre, and qualities of characters and how they affect each other. 

Today’s  Agenda:

Title this "Truth," and include today's date: 5/19/17 or 5/22/17. 
In your composition book, respond to this quote:  
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."                                                    King James Version of the Bible -- John 8:32
What is truth?   How important is the truth?  
How does the truth (or lack of it) affect us individually, in our relationships, as a community, as a country?  Is it ever better to not tell the truth?  

Write at least a half page.  

(A2 already did this.)


  • Pick up a grading sheet for your composition book, and prepare for the composition book check.  Another student will check your composition book. 
  • If your work is on loose papers, staple them together with your composition book grading sheet when you hand it in. 
  • Be honest and as accurate as you can when you check someone's work. 

Composition Book Check 

Composition Book Check.
Each entry must be a half page or longer to receive full points.  Each should be labeled with the date.  Deduct one point for a missing date.

_______/5 points  1. May 5/8 
Label:  The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes!  Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke to a gathering of world leaders.  Write a response to what she’s doing or to what she’s saying.

_______/5 points  2. May 9/10    
Label:  “Goals” or “Useful?” 
What is your biggest goal in life?  Or a goal?  (or) What is it that makes someone useful?  (or) What do you do or what will you do that will make you “useful”?

_______/5 points  3.  May 11/12    
Label:  “A Favorite Place in Utah”
Write about one of your favorite places to go in Utah.  

_______/5 points  4.  May 15/16    Label: “Mothers?” 
After listening to the podcast about dead mothers in movies, write in response to the ideas expressed in it.  How about “we don't really need mothers; in fact, life might be more fun without them ... that it could be a life of pure adventure."Is that right? Why do authors choose to get the mother (or father or both parents) out of the way? 

_______/5 points    5.  May 17/18     Label: “Heroes”
What does having a hero do for a person?  Does that influence a person?  Are some heroes “better” to have than others?  Write about your hero(es) or about heroes in general.

_______5 points     6.  May 17/18     Label  “Truth”
Respond to this quote: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
How important is the truth? 

________  30   Total Points


Genre Study:  Fairy Tales/Fantasy

List and look for qualities of fairy tales.

You will decide whether the video we watch is a fairy tale. 
What elements of the story seem to be possible, and which seem to be something out of a fairy tale? Cite specific examples.

What is a frame story?  How is one used in this story?

What qualities does each character possess?  How does he or she affect other characters? 

Consider the roles of men and women within the story. 
Are men portrayed more positively than women? Is the man’s role in the story stronger than the woman’s role? Explain.

A1 to 25:06
A2 to 34:15
B5 to  18:44
B6 to 21:54

The movie came out in September of 1987.
The book was published in  1973.
The author of the book, William Goldman, wrote the screenplay.

       I recommend reading the book.  You could skip the introduction, starting at the chapter titled "The Bride."  You just need to know that in the introduction William Goldman tells a made-up story about how he came to write the book.  Here  it is his father who read the book to him when he was a child recovering from pneumonia.   

Fun Fact:  William Goldman wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (remember that we watched a scene from that movie at the beginning of the year), and he wrote the novel and screenplay of The Princess Bride!  Therefore, we are beginning and ending the year with his work. 

The Cliffs of Insanity are actually the
Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Trimble Bridge, Animas River, Colorado, USA

If You Were Absent:

When you come back, have a classmate check your composition book, using the form provided (half-page buff-colored).

Here is the handout for Princess Bride -- the film. 


Characteristics of Fairy Tales
  • Set in the past
  • Use some form or variation of "Once upon a time"
  • Fantasy or make-believe elements
  • Enchanted setting - can include forests, castles, water, or kingdoms
  • Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale, a beautiful princess/handsome prince 
  • There is  a problem that needs to be solved 
  • Clearly defined good and evil characters
  • Magical elements
  • Characters take on unusual forms (giants, witches, dwarfs, talking animals)
  •  Groups of 3 (objects, people, or events, attempts to solve the problem)
  • Clearly defined problem, climax, and resolution
  • Most often they have a happy ending
  • Teach a lesson that is important to the culture it came from
adapted by Ms. Dorsey

Elements Found in Fairy Tales

fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events. The term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance," though not all fairy tales end happily. Fairy tales are a genre in literature. They have their roots in the oral tradition. Fairy tales with very similar plots, characters, and motifs are found spread across many different cultures. Fairy tales also tend to take on the color of their location, through the choice of motifs, the style in which they are told, and the depiction of character and local color.

fable is a brief, succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.

A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind.

Special beginning and/or ending words
~ Once upon a time...and they lived happily ever after. Sometimes, there’s a surprise ending…

Good character
~ Do you see a kind, innocent character? Is the good character clever? Is s/he helped by others?

Evil character
~ Do you see a witch? A demon? An evil stepmother? A sinister gnome?
In the end, the evil character usually loses somehow…

~ Is there a castle? A prince? A princess? A king? A queen?

~ Do you see a poor working girl, a poor family, a poor shepherd? – Do you see poor people trying to eke out a living to have enough to eat

Magic and Enchantments
~ Do you see magical things happening? Do you see talking animals/objects? You might see fairies, trolls, elves, goblins, etc.

Reoccurring Patterns / Numbers
~ Do you see any patterns? Often, you’ll see things, phrases, tasks appear in  "threes," “sixes,” and/or "sevens"

Universal Truths
~ the tale probably touches on some universal experiences (i.e., coming of age) or hopes (i.e., to have enough food and love)

Common motifs ~ 
                      (Motif = a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.)
·        Talking animals / objects
·        Cleverness / trickster / word games
·        Traveler’s tales
·        Origins ~ where do we come from?
·        Triumph of the poor
·        Human weakness explored (i.e., curiosity, gluttony, pride, laziness, etc.)
·        Human strengths glorified (i.e., kindness, generosity, patience, etc.)
·        Trickster (sometimes a hero, sometimes on the side of evil but humans benefit)
·        Tall story (slight exaggeration – hyperbole)
·        Magic words or phrases; repetition of phrases/words (abracadabra!)
·        Guardians (fairy godmothers, mentors, magical helpers, guides, etc.)
·        Monsters (dragons, ogres, evil creatures, etc.)
·        Struggle between good and evil, light and dark
·        Youngest vs. Oldest (sons, daughters, sibling rivalry)
·        Sleep (extended sleep, death-like trances)
·        Impossible tasks (ridiculously mind-numbing, fantastic effort needed to complete, etc.)
·        Quests
·        Gluttony / Starvation (there’s a fine line between eating for survival and succumbing to temptation)
·        Keys, passes (opening new doors)
·        Donors, Benefactors, Helpers

List of Examples of Fairy Tales
  • Aladdin
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Briar Rose: The Sleeping Beauty
  • Cinderella
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Snow White & Rose Red
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • The Snow Queen
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • The Nightingale
  • The Fox and The Hound
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Thumbelina
  • Tom Thumb
  • The Wild Swans (or The Six Swans)
  • The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg