Today we reviewed the first brush stroke - an ABSOLUTE. Here are some examples:
Ooooohh - it's going to take some skill. Are YOU READY?!
So you want to learn to write better than you already do? Well, pay attention. We will be learning 5 basic grammar tricks to enhance sentences. Then you can mix and match, add literary techniques, and shake it up a little. I am hopeful that these lessons will allow you to be more creative (and definitely more interesting) when you write.
Today we focused on absolutes. See the image grammar book for clarification. Tomorrow we review and learn more. Yay!
Have a great night!
In class we practiced note-taking - I know, a skill that you all love to cultivate. But I don't think anyone suffered too much from the experience. During the reading of Chekov's "The Bet," you found several strategies to be helpful:
Today in class we read the rest of "The First Seven Years". Because the sentences are long and I want you to get used to complicated sentence structure, I allowed the class to get into groups to read. We also "translated" a few extra-difficult sentences together just for kicks.
Ok, Folks. Should I tell your parents that we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of arranged marriages? Well, I'll let you tell them what we decided.
Today in class, we:
Hallelujah! It's Friday!
Your job today in class will be to begin writing a personal memoir of a family moment/event. As you are writing, make sure the reader can imagine what you are imagining in your head. Use words that make them feel the same way you do. In the paper, use the following at least once:
(Let's start out with the basics - no, Waffles, you missed the deadline. Sorry, my friend.)
But there is good news as well - you all get a free four day weekend!!!! YAY! (Please keep in mind that I do not get to enjoy such a weekend at this time because the teachers are going to be here Tuesday. You can feel bad for me if you want to, but I do have the BEST JOB EVER, so it's not really necessary.)
I am writing this during 5th period study hall, so I will tell you the plan for today's class:
Have a great night!!
Yesterday in class we began reading "Everyday Use", a story about a family disagreement revolving around their heritage and some ideas about how to best honor that heritage. As you read as a class, I could see that you were interacting with the text, making the story come to life for you and increasing your reading comprehension skills. I saw this when:
Today we will continue to read the story, but will probably not complete it in class.
HOMEWORK: Do the vocabulary worksheet at the end of the packet. Please remember that this is English class; I grade on spelling, grammar, etc.
Have a fabulous Wednesday evening!
PS - I want to make sure students check the website every once in a while - so make a friendly comment on this blog today and I will give you a free homework pass!
Last week we hosted a guest author from Hollywood, Sonya Sones, who introduced us to some of her work and rewarded us with Oreo cookies when we created similes together in class. If you get a chance, please thank Mrs. Klucznik, our amazing librarian, for all her hard work. She even arranged for us to have snacks!
Mrs. Klucznik is like a waterfall, refreshing and welcome, as we wrestle with the tangled vines of the academic jungle.
At the beginning of this week we will be going to the LMC PC lab where we will be able to create our own individual pages of poems - created by our class for our class. I think we'll call it, "Random Poetry Written by Anonymous Students About Subjects which May or May Not be Applicable to Them". Or maybe we'll just call it, "Insights".
Toward the end of the week we will be reading another short story, "Everyday Use". While you are reading it, think about your heritage and what rituals and practices have been handed down to you by your parents and family. My family is Polish and loves to tell stories, even if they are slight embellishments of the truth. Of course, at the ends of the more extravagant stories, there is always the question, "Is that TRUE?," to which the answer is always "mostly, but I added that last part because it sounded really good".
Have a great day!
PS - Send me a little note if you read this blog ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 5. I'm curious to see how many people check it and how often. (If you do, I'll give you a 5point bonus on your next quiz.)