Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday/Tuesday, April 30/May 1, 2018

Announcements and Reminders for Monday/Tuesday, April 30/May 1, 2018:

Happy May!

Remember that you need a photo of yourself doing something by May 2/3 -- Wednesday (A-Day) or Thursday (B-Day).   
Be thinking of how you could describe the photo using 
and, for extra credit, alliteration

Symbolic Story Representation 
Our SAGE Reading Test will be on May 10-15.
May 23 is the last day to hand in late work, revisions, and 
extra credit. 

Your book project is due on May 16/17.  You will receive extra credit if you present early. 
See the tab for Required Reading/Book Assessments, April/May for more details. 

We have 21/22 days of school left, including the hour or so on the last day. 


Targets for Today:

I can read science fiction or fantasy and prepare to symbolically share a scene from the book.

I can recognize Greek word parts and use them to figure out unfamiliar words.

I can summarize a poem, and identify central ideas (for poems based on nonfiction events and people)  and themes for poems. 

Today’s  Agenda for Monday/Tuesday, April 30/May 1, 2018:

1. Individual, quiet reading

2.  (A2+)  Practice with figurative language

3. Word Part Review

4.  Finish poems for  summary, central idea, and theme

5.  We have read several poems about war, and found their central ideas and themes.  Now write -- in your composition book under Reading Responses -- one or two paragraphs about how you feel about war.

See  Tuesday/Wednesday, April 24/25, 2018.

Sample for the Photo/Figurative Language Assignment:  
Identify each type of figurative language. 
On your poster you will identify each.

It felt to number thirty-four like centuries before he got to play.
Number thirty-four jumped like a trout at a fly.
The basketball had been a bird flying through the air just to land in his hands.
The basket was waiting patiently for that ball to come to it.
Swish went the ball into the basket.
He was a Michael Jordan!
The basketball bounced briefly before banging against the backboard and beautifully bouncing into the basket.

If You Were Absent:

See above.


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Common Greek Roots
automatic, autograph, autobiography, automobile, autocracy
biology,  biosphere, biography, biochemistry, biometrics, biophysics
graphite, geography, graphic, photograph, phonograph
anhydrous, dehydration,  hydrogen, hydrant, hydrostatic, hydrophobia, hydrotherapy, hydroplane
speedometer,  odometer, metronome, thermometer, chronometer, perimeter, hydrometer
study of
geology, theology, zoology, meteorology, phonology
photography, photocopy, photosynthesis, phototropism, photostat,  photogenic
periscope,  stethoscope, telescope, microscope, microscopic
telephone, telepathy, telegraph, television
thermos, thermodynamics, thermostat, thermophysics

Figuratively Speaking Poster Grading
On time – May 2/3  A-day/B-Day
  ______  4 points
Brought a photo of self doing something
  ______  4 points
Created a NEAT, LEGIBLE poster with
  ______  4 points
 1 simile
  ______  3 points
1 metaphor
  ______  3 points
1 hyperbole
  ______  3 points
1 personification
 ______   3 points
1 onomatopoeia
 ______   3 points
1 allusion
 ______   3 points
extra credit for alliteration
Correct conventions – caps, punctuation, etc.
______    4 points
   Label each type of figurative language.     Total
______  34

Teacher fills out during presentation.
5  = Outstanding
4  = Okay, Average
3  = Poor, not really prepared
0  = Missing

1. The top of this sheet was appropriately filled out by the student.

2. The student used effective symbolic representations (props) to represent the characters. 

3. The student used effective symbolic representations (props) to represent the setting.

4. The student used an effective symbolic representation (prop) to represent himself or herself as a reader.

5. The student used an effective symbol to represent a theme from the story.

6. The listener could clearly understand the characters and setting.

7. The reader cutout/prop was used in such a way that the listener understood what the reader did, noticed, felt, and thought as he or she read this story.       

8. The student clearly knew the scene well. (up to 10 points)

9. Assessment planning/note pages completed and turned in with this sheet.  (up to 10 points)

10. Student presented on day project was due (May 16/17 -A-day/B-Day), finished reading his/her book, and spoke very clearly. (up to 10 points)

Total points per column:

Total points for the SSR:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Poem: Permanently

by Kenneth Koch
One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

Each Sentence says one thing—for example, "Although it was a dark rainy
   day when the Adjective walked by, I shall remember the pure and sweet
   expression on her face until the day I perish from the green, effective
Or, "Will you please close the window, Andrew?"
Or, for example, "Thank you, the pink pot of flowers on the window sill
   has changed color recently to a light yellow, due to the heat from the
   boiler factory which exists nearby."

In the springtime the Sentences and the Nouns lay silently on the grass.
A lonely Conjunction here and there would call, "And! But!"
But the Adjective did not emerge. 

As the adjective is lost in the sentence,
So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat—
You have enchanted me with a single kiss
Which can never be undone
Until the destruction of language.

Poem: Snow in April

Snow In April - Poem by Savita Tyagi

April storm brings a brush of snow.
Heart marvels at it's pure white glow.

Earth has no means to hold on to it
Cycle of season doesn't support it.

But my eyes gather this rare treasure
To make the heart rejoice in pure pleasure.

Sparse snowflakes smash on the ground
Disappear in warm earth; not a trace found.

Bracing the cold I walk out of the door
And raise my hands to catch some snow.

The short lived stars fall upon my hand
Soon to disappear in a fleeting moment.

But not in vain was my child like game for
Spirit subdued through winter was risen again.


If ever there were a spring day so perfect (poem)

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Thursday/Friday, April 26/27, 2018

Announcements and Reminders Thursday/Friday, April 26/27, 2018:
Don't forget to bring a photo of yourself doing something interesting -- by May 2/3. 
Here I am -- under a Roman Aquaduct -- in Israel. 
Behind me is the Mediterranean Sea 

Do you know those ten word roots from last time?
 If not, study them.  

Have you signed up for your science fiction or fantasy book of the month?  
Have you signed up for your science fiction 
or fantasy book of the month?  

Sign-ups are due today. 
Sign-ups are due today. 

Your book project is due on May 16/17.  You will receive extra credit if you present early. 

See the tab for Required Reading/Book Assessments, April/May for more details. 

Targets for Today:

I can select and read a science fiction or fantasy book, and read it,  preparing to present a symbolic story representation of one of the scenes from my book. 

I understand several different types of figurative language and can use figurative language in my writing.  -- simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, illusion, and alliteration.  

I can summarize and find central idea and theme in narrative and/or, fact-based poems.

Today’s  Agenda Thursday/Friday, April 26/27, 2018:

Individual, quiet reading time 
A1:  Media Center to look for books or to read your science fiction or fantasy book (individual, quiet reading time).   Do not just wander or play. 

Learn about the assignment that goes with bringing a photograph of yourself doing something.  

See the post for last time to continue working with poetry, central idea, and theme.  
We are looking at poems about war.  Poets express different viewpoints about war.  As effective readers, we can determine the poet's viewpoint, and recognize whether or not it is something we agree with.  

A1 --  to "Flanders Fields" 
A2 --  listened to  "Dulce Et Decorum Est"
B5 -- finished "Charge of the Light Brigade" and listened to and briefly discussed "Dulce Et Decorum Est".
B7 --   finished "Charge of the Light Brigade" and listened to  "Dulce Et Decorum Est"-- still need to discuss and compare.  and watch animated version.

If You Were Absent:
 See above.


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