download Energy Wheel frame

Use this framework to write at least one poem. Please use the loose-leaf paper for your poem(s). This framework is only a guideline. You may change and adapt it as desired.

Symbolism Review

We've discussed symbolism several times this year. This site will provide a very basic review.

download Symbolism in Spoken Word Poetry

Use this worksheet with the Sarah Kay spoken word poem. Be sure to save this to your Language Arts folder.

download Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap Word by Word

Use this article for your annotation.

TMW Initiative - This link will take you to the 7-minute-long video.

Read this article after you're done annotating the first article.

Instructions for 4-23-14

download Argument Introductions Worksheet

Use this worksheet to practice identifying types of argument introductions. We will continue practicing tomorrow.

download Great Beginnings

Use this list to help you write the hook to your introduction.

download Annotation Guidelines

Use these guidelines when I ask you to annotate a piece of text.

download 5th hour Trash 4-1-14

Task #1 You've finished the story. If you had to come up with one word to summarize this novel, what would it be? In a well-developed paragraph, tell me which word you would choose and why. Be sure and explain thoroughly your reasons for your choice; back up your choice with evidence from the text.

I would recommend that you compose your response on a Pages document, save it, and then send it to me as an inbox message.

Task #2 Create a twitter-style theme of Trash. Remember you are limited to 140 characters, which includes punctuation and spaces. What is the message about life that Andy Mulligan is trying to convey through this story? Use the worksheet above to help with your character count. Be sure and save this with your username then TrashTweet. There is a dropbox for your class so that you can turn it in.

download 4th Hour 3-25-14 Ice Age Death Trap Quiz

Do this activity, screen shot it, and inbox it to me.

3rd & 5th Hour Trash 3-25-14

You've been collecting characters and character traits for the novel Trash. As you finish the book, collect at least two significant conflicts from the rest of the book. Add these to the bottom of your character chart. Identify:
-which characters are involved
-the type of conflict
-character v character
-character v society
-character v self
-character v nature
-how this conflict affects the plot of the story

Voluntourism

Reread pp. 83 & 84 of Trash. Olivia tells us about her journey from tourist to volunteer in the mission school. Then read the article linked to this assignment. Please be aware that you also need to read the essay referenced in the article.

Using text evidence to support your response, tell me whether or not foreigners going into developing countries actually help the people in those countries. Do they do more harm than good? Do the people in the developing countries benefit or would it be better for foreigners to donate money to a reputable charity?

Bonus Article

If you finish the other work related to "Saving My Brothers," read this related article to find out more about how becoming healthy changed life for the boys.

download E-waste Photo Analysis

After you've finished answering the questions on this page, make sure you've saved your work in a document entitled with your usernameewaste. Then put that document on the server in my folder entitled E-waste.

Trash Parts 1 and 2 3-19-14

The setting of the book is vital to the plot. Explain why the author set the book in a landfill.
The police play an important part in this story. Compare and contrast the police in this story with police in our culture.
Now that you've finished reading Parts 1 and 2, make a prediction based on events that have already occurred. Your prediction should be reasonable and possible. Explain how you've come up with your ideas.
5th Hour Trash directions

Your goal over the next two days - Wednesday and Thursday - is to read Part 2 of Trash. That means you'll have read up through p. 80. If you're ahead, you may continue reading ahead. Please continue adding to your notes about the characters.

Trash - 5th hour 3-14-14

As you read, begin taking notes on a Pages document about the characters you meet. Again - notes, not sentences, not paragraphs.

Make a table with a column for names and a column for characteristics. Beyond those two columns, you can add others as you'd like. Use the following as guidelines:

Investigate the characters in the story, especially Raphael.
When you meet a new character:
-What do you know about this character?
-His or her personality?
-How does he or she act?
-How does he or she connect to others?
-How does Raphael seem to feel toward this character? Why?

Be sure and save this document to your Language Arts folder!!! We'll be adding to it as the novel continues.

Trash Activities 2nd & 3rd Hour 3-12-14

Finish reading Part One, which ends on p. 48. Continue adding notes about characters to the document that you created yesterday. Also, please respond to the questions on the blog for today.

Trash 3-11-14

As you read, begin taking notes on a Pages document about the characters you meet. Again - notes, not sentences, not paragraphs.

Make a table with a column for names and a column for characteristics. Beyond those two columns, you can add others as you'd like. Use the following as guidelines:

Investigate the characters in the story, especially Raphael.
When you meet a new character:
-What do you know about this character?
-His or her personality?
-How does he or she act?
-How does he or she connect to others?
-How does Raphael seem to feel toward this character? Why?

Be sure and save this document to your Language Arts folder!!! We'll be adding to it as the novel continues.

Le Chureca - Managua, Nicaragua

Look at these pictures, read the captions, and read the comments.

Sandra Cisneros Study "Abuelito Who"

After you finish your work on Notability about "Chanclas," your next task is to read the poem "Abuelito" on p. 623 and the essay about the poem, "The Place Where Dreams Come From" on pp. 624-625.

Create a new note on Notability. Be sure to put your name on it! Answer the following questions:

Look again at the poem. Find four word images that might refer to the time when Abuelito was "sick and cranky."

Is the final paragraph an effective conclusion to the essay, in your opinion? Why or why not?

Answer questions 2, 3, 4, and 5 on p. 626.

Sandra Cisneros Study Final Response

In all of her writing, Sandra Cisneros focuses a lot on family. Reflect back over the pieces that you've read and write about her viewpoint on family. How does she convey her viewpoint? Review her writings and write a two paragraph response.

The first paragraph should be about her message/her viewpoint in her stories, poems, and essays.

In the second paragraph, describe your response to her writings and their message

Be sure and use text evidence to support your interpretation.

Cisneros Extension

If you're done with all the other responses and are looking for a challenge, consider undertaking the following task:

Using "Chanclas" as a model, write a short story about an autobiographical incident. Begin with your memories, and then use vivid words and images to describe the setting, characters, and events.

download Salvatore Late or Early

Use these questions to respond to the interview and short story by Sandra Cisneros.

Trash - Part 1 (4th Hour)

"I only knew Raphael and Gardo by sight, as they rarely came to classes. Few children do after the age of ten. Their families want them picking trash, and it's hard to argue that education's ever going to be helpful . . ." (p. 52)
The code is part of the mystery of the book. Make a prediction about how the code will become part of the adventure. What do you think it means? How will the boys figure it out?
What does it tell us that the bullets that killed Pascal Aguila are the same a calibre as a policeman's gun? And that his murderers were never found?
download Woods Runner Themes

These are the themes that we generated in class on Monday.

download Myth-Inspired Poems

Choose one of these poems to practice identifying allusion and figurative language.

Pulverize??

There were smells: wood smoke filled the air in every season because it wasn't just for heat, but to cook as well; the smell of oak for long fires, pine for short and fast and hot fires. The smell of bread, and sometimes, if they were lucky and had honey or rock sugar to pulverize in a sack with a hammer, sweet pie. (p. 8)

from Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

What clues in the paragraph helped you determine the meaning of the word pulverize?

4th Hour Vocabulary Practice

This is continued practice in dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary.

But his skills and his woods knowledge set him apart, made him different. His neighbors in the settlement saw this and they sought him out when they had a question about the forest or about game. They marveled at him, thought of him as a kind of seer, one who could know more than others, divine things in a spiritual way.

What do the neighbors use Samuel for?
Be specific. This is a time when you should be able to give specific text references.
Give two character traits for Samuel using the information from this paragraph.
download The Lasting Power of Dr. King's Speech (an excerpt)

This article was written by Michiko Kakutani in response to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech during the March on Washington.

Comparing Two or More Texts

Use this organizer to compare Dr. King's speech with the article written by Michiko Kakutani, an Pulitzer-prize winning literary critic.

Storytime!

Use this link to find four animated examples of Greek myths.

Directions for Monday, December 15

Shut the Screen Questions

Use your Research Note Taker and all the articles from Creative Comm and AVID to help you answer the questions below.

What is your name?
Why is the first sentence in paragraph 3 of Positive Effects of Technology on Kids/Children important?
In paragraph 3 of Positive Effects of Technology on Kids/Children, what is the meaning of the word "staple?"
What is the central idea from the Positive Effects of Technology on Kids/Children?
Which paragraphs from Positive Effects of Technology on Kids/Children support this central idea from the text?
Which words help the reader understand the meaning of compensate in paragraph 6 of Positive Effects of Technology on Kids/Children?
Which text structure is used in "Screen Free Week: Stepping Away from the Screen?"
How does the text structure contribute to the development of the author's central idea?
What does the word reliance mean as used in paragraph 3?
Analyze the Research Note Taker: Which author provides the most relevant and sufficient supporting evidence? Support your answer by citing three specific examples from the texts.
Explain how the authors of the video, Screen Free News Report, emphasized different evidence to shape his/her position. Cite two pieces of information from the text to support your answer.
Which question is left unanswered in the infographic?
According to the info graphic, which activity would be a good alternative to media?
What evidence do the authors of the video, Screen Free News Report, and the article "Screen Free Week: Stepping Away from the Screen" both reference in their argument?
What information from the infographic could the author of "Screen Free Week: Stepping Away from the Screen" use to support the central idea of the article? Cite specific information from the infographic to support your answer.
download Understanding Text Structure

Read slides 1-48 and take Cornell notes. Please be aware that the structure entitled Main Idea should be called Description in your notes.

Please put each type of text structure in the left-hand column of your notes and your explanation of each type in the right-hand column.

Directions for November 13, 2013

Figurative Language Educreations

2nd/3rd/5th hour Directions

Instructions for 10/22/13

Listen to this Educreations for instructions while I'm gone.

New York Buildings "Going Green"

"It costs more for companies to make these buildings, so the people who live in them have to pay more, too. But reduced energy bills help you save money. And if you have allergies, you may end up saving on doctors' bills, too, since these buildings are healthier to live in."

This paragraph suggest that money saved living in a "green" building
New York City has lots and lots of buildings, and many people live there-almost 8 million people! Human beings take a lot of things from the earth, and they also put a lot of things back into it, including things that pollute the air or use up natural resources."

Why does the author begin the passage by describing the negative impact people can have on the air and natural resources?
____________________ the Visionaire is so environmentally friendly, it is being called America's "greenest" high-rise building.
Conflict Educreations

Use this information to prepare your Cornell notes. Blank Cornell notes can be downloaded from the right side of my website's main page. I will be checking your notes at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Chapters 1-3 Check In

9-27-13 Educreations directions

Educreations Directions for Wednesday, September 25

Compare/Contrast Chart

Using your annotation tools, label Item #1 School in the year 2155 and label Item #2 School in the year 2013. When you save it, use the icon at the bottom of the document, NOT File, Save. Save it to your Language Arts folder; title it with your last name Compare/Contrast Chart. Example: Copeland Compare/Contrast

Vocabulary List 1B

Max runs from the room in a panic after learning that his dog has been missing all day.
Susan made a list of all the pros and cons for each camp before she made a decision about which one to choose.
Mrs. Wickham sat and talked to each of the students involved before deciding to call Barbara's parents. When Barbara found out that her parents were being called, she pulled her cell phone from her pocket and desperately tried to reach her parents before Mrs. Wickham did.

Vocabulary List #1A

Max runs from the room in a panic after learning that his dog has been missing all day.
Susan made a list of all the pros and cons for each camp before she made a decision about which one to choose.
Mrs. Wickham sat and talked to each of the students involved before deciding to call Barbara's parents. When Barbara found out that her parents were being called, she pulled her cell phone from her pocket and desperately tried to reach them before Mrs. Wickham did.
Plot Structure Educreations


Vocabulary for 4th & 5th hours

These maps should go in your composition book behind the pink tab. The words are on p. 509 in the literature textbook. You will have some time in class to work on these.


Vocabulary Map for 2nd & 3rd hours

For the parts you can't read - Definition: must be student friendly. Sentence: should help us understanding the meaning of the word. Synonyms: one or two words you already understand.

Remember: these are due tomorrow.

download Ditch the Disposable

This is the text that we'll use to practice for the 4th quarter extended response assessment.

download Life At Sea Badge

This badge activity is for Thursday, March 14.

download Analyze Soil Badge

This badge activity is for Friday, March 15.


Cambodian Slum dwelling
2nd/3rd hours - 1-29-13

Read pp. 140-162

As usual, in a well-developed paragraph, respond to today's reading. Our story is moving along quickly. Be sure to include in your response:

-what you think about Ms Olivia's sentiment that she's grateful for being used by the boys
-how you think her life will be changed because of her time in Behala
-identify the metaphor used on p. 149; there's a simile there too. Are the simile and metaphor effective? Why or why not?
-of course, include any other relevant issues/reactions

4th hour - 1-29-13

Read pp. 74-91

What information do we find out about Jose Angelico in his section? How is that information important to our story?

There is a new character introduced in this section. In your notes, be sure and include information about her and what type of person she is.

Add in any questions or connections you may have. If you come across any literary elements, include those also.

5th hour - 1-29-13

Read pp. 101-119

What was the prison like?

What did you learn about Gabriel Olondriz? What type of person is he? Why do you think he's important to the story?

Make a prediction about Sister Olivia after reading chapter 6 (pp. 113-114).

5th hour - 1-28-13

Read pp. 83-100

Take notes while you're reading then respond with a well-developed paragraph about new characters, what you've learned about how the prison system works, and any new developments for our protagonists.

4th hour - 1-28-13

As we continue with our story, Raphael’s situation gets very intense and we learn more about the backstory of the bag and its contents.

What do you think of Raphael’s reaction to the police questioning in Part 2, chapter 2? What is your reaction to how he was treated by the police?

Who or what do you think is the antagonist of the story? Why?

Your response should be fully developed and explained. Give me depth and substance!!!

2nd/3rd hour - 1-28-13

A lot happens in today’s pages. We learn a lot more about Rat’s background, about how Raphael’s dealing with the aftermath of his visit to the police station, and about Jose Angelico and Gabriel Olondriz.
In a well-developed response, react to what you learned today. I don’t want you to tell me what you learned; I want you to tell me your thoughts and reactions to what you learned. The various threads of this story are starting to come together. The characters are becoming more well rounded. Write to me about your perceptions, your questions, your wonderings.

The Automobile

Use the first picture on this site to write examples of figurative language.

download Touching Spirit Bear Scenario

Please put this scenario into Google Drive. You'll have time tomorrow to work with a partner, if you choose. Please share your document with me.

Vote!

The code you need to enter in order to vote is: 6c602


Flickr

This site has images that are available for use without obtaining permission from the creator.

You MUST click these boxes shown in the attachment above. If you search a word, then Advanced Search will appear on the upper right of the screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see Creative Commons then click these boxes in order to be able to use a photo in your video.

Etymology Dictionary

This site can help find the root of your vocabulary words.

Photo Starters

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Global Water Crisis

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