Friday, September 21, 2018

Monday/Tuesday, September 24/25, 2018

Announcements and Reminders for Monday/Tuesday, September 24/25, 2018:

Your book-of-the-Month Assignment is due on 
   Wednesday (A-Day classes) or Thurday (B-Day classes).
Extra Credit opportunities:  
The Mary Kawakami Speech Contest is in progress.  Information sheets are in your English Handout box.
Bring me a copy of your speech, and let me know how you did.  

There is also the  PTA Reflections Contest.   
Enter a piece of writing,  bring a copy to me, and let me know how you did for extra credit.   Information is in your English Handout box. 
Remember to choose and read your 
(a novel -- any genre) 
Sign up for your book, so it can be approved by the teacher. 
Sign-ups were due by September 11!  You can still sign up!
Have your book read by September 26/27. 
Bring your filled-out notes page. 
See the tab above for "Required Reading" to learn more about the assignment.

To check out books from the classroom, use our Google form.
There is a link to it on Canvas. 
Class Code - GKLJW
Scholastic Book Orders

Next Order Due Date -   09/28/18   

Don't let your backpack get like this! 

Targets for Today:

I can better understand terms we use when discussing and writing literature.
I can write a descriptive paragraph that shows, not just tells.

Today’s  Agenda for Monday/Tuesday, September 24/25, 2018:

1. Literary Terms

Get out your composition book and . . .
pick up the Chromebook that matches your composition book number.

  1. Go to Skyward, to messages,  look for the message from Ms. D. about Literary terms.  Open the PowerPoint about literary terms titled Literary Terms and Definitions.pptx             
  2. Copy the definitions, and add an example, either from the PowerPoint or from a movie or story you know.   See some examples below under Help and Enrichment.
  3. If you already did this (and have both definitions and examples filled out),  
  •           read your book or the month, 
  •           or fill out your notes for the book of the month, 
  •           or read another book of your choice. 

  If you are using a Chromebook, and the PowerPoint won't open, you can try this:

2.  About adjectives and dead words
Tape the half-sheet into your composition book sideways so it does not stick out.  
Follow the directions. 

"The forest was heavy with rain. . . . "
Sight, touch, smell, sound (almost none)

Using Strong Words

3. Work on Your Descriptive Paragraph.
       Describe a setting for the story you will write.
          Don't use dead words.
          Do use strong adjectives.

Create a neat second draft in your composition book.  
             (A2 did not have time to do this.)  
Is your description at least seven sentences long?
         (You may have more than one paragraph.)
Is your paragraph description of a setting, not action?
Does it show and not just tell?
How many senses have you included?
Have you written complete sentences, and does every sentence begin with a capital letter and end with end punctuation?

An example of describing a setting:
We read the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
It has great description, and it tells the story of something that the author did as a child. (a nonfiction story)

If You Were Absent:

Students worked on filling out the definitions and examples for literary terms from the powerpoint you can access here or through Skyward or Canvas.

Students taped this into their composition books and labeled the senses that were activated by the writing.    Descriptive Paragraphs from books – Tape or paste this into your composition book.docx

Students received a list of "dead words" to avoid.  You can see them at this URL:

Adjective:  An adjective modifies (or describes/gives more information about) a noun or pronoun. 

 Help and Enrichment 

Antagonist: Turbo (also known as King Candy within Sugar Rush) is the main antagonist of Wreck-It Ralph. 

Setting:  It takes place in Litwik's Arcade, within the games and the circuits between them. 

Climax: Ralph battles King Candy/Turbo (who has become a Cy-Bug) on Diet Soda Mountain.

Theme:  We need to reject negative programming, and choose our own way, doing what is right instead of habit. 

All of us are sometimes destructive, and sometimes helpful.

  • Several times it is shown that Vanellope's glitching extends to whatever she is in contact with, including people like Taffyta. During the race, this exposes King Candy for who he really is.
  • When Vanellope first meets Ralph, she jokes about using the "royal we" and later on, she has Ralph kneel and appoints him like a knight, saying he was her "royal chump". There is also the fact that she is the only character with "Von" in her name which is associated with nobility.

  • When Ralph first enters the palace, he remarks to King Candy that it is oddly pink for a male character. King Candy insists that it's clearly salmonTurns out the palace originally belongs to Princess Vanellope.

Flashback :

Dead Words 
very. . . .

Descriptive Paragraphs
from books:
The following excerpt is from Moominvalley in November by Tove Jansson
     The forest was heavy with rain and the trees were absolutely motionless. Everything had withered and died, but right down on the ground the late autumn's secret garden was growing with great vigour straight out of the mouldering earth, a strange vegetation of shiny puffed-up plants that had nothing at all to do with summer. The late blueberry sprigs were yellowish-green and the cranberries as dark as blood. Hidden lichens and mosses began to grow, and they grew like a big soft carpet until they took over the whole forest. There were strong new colours everywhere, and red rowan berries were shining all over the place. But the bracken had turned black.

bracken:  a tall fern with coarse lobed fronds that occurs worldwide and can cover large areas.

The following excerpt is from The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
       Luscious rose brittles capture the light in air bubbles that seem to move on a sunny day. They line the outer walls. Bright red buttery caramels form a cornice on every window. Palest of jellied gumdrops stick up in cone-shaped mounds along the roof. I know they are delicious, though I do not indulge myself. Their sight is enough of a pleasure. The entire log house is decorated with candies. I've achieved a harmony of lights and darks that would bring a flush to my Asa's face. I know that. Or maybe I am just fool myself into believing that.

Student Examples:
    The day was warm and bright in the mountains.  The dirt was red.  In front of me I could see a target with five circles on it.  (How far away is it? How big was it? How was it made?)  Standing behind me were my dad, Ella, Olivia, and Abby.  (Who are the girls?)  I could see the cabin out of the corner of my eye.  Bushes and weeds were all around me.  (What sorts of bushes and weeds?)  A little ways away (In the near distance?)  I could see the mountains and the perfect rolling hills.
- H.A.  A2

Honorable Sentences:

I smell cats and cologne.   Q.B.  A2-- That's alliteration!  

livingroom. . . full of sun that seeps through the curtains. . . elegant polished tile . . . a sleep-worthy sofa covered in leather with turquoise-decorated pillows.   -- snippets from J.B. A2