We all heard about Jurgis beating up Connor, the man who raped his wife and forced her to go to Mrs. Henderson's house of prostitution. Now, in chapter 16, we see that Jurgis is sitting in jail. The problem is: jail is nice and cozy compared to how he had been living. He is fed regularly and has strong brick walls around him all the time. But his family, on the other hand, does not get the comfort of prison. They are left with no man to provide for them and no way of knowing where Jurgis is.
Your homework for the night is to explain the change in Jurgis' life since he found out that Ona was raped. You have two options for how to do this:
Option A: Write a 15 line poem that has a definite rhythm and rhyme scheme.
Option B: Write five brush stroke sentences. Make sure you utilize all five kinds. If you can't remember the types of brush strokes, click on the GRAMMAR link in the left hand menu of this website. Scroll down to see all the brush strokes.
Have a good night!
Today we looked at the idea that Sinclair was comparing Jurgis and Ona to animals throughout chapter 15. The questions is: what else is Uption Sinclair trying to tell us besides that? What other comparisons might Sinclair be making in this chapter that allow us to dig deeper into the text?
This is what you all came up with:
I will give extra credit to anyone who leaves a comment on this blog giving an example of one of these concepts in the text.
Yesterday we read chapter 13 in class after discussing some key points about chapter 12:
TODAY we have a quiz on chapters 12-13. If you have not taken it yet, be prepared to write amazing BRUSH STROKE sentences, use POWERFUL WORD CHOICE, and give a summary of the chapters.
**Don't forget that FRIDAY IS ORB DAY
Today in class we made lists in our notebooks and on the Smartboard of similar aspects of 1908 and 2012.
**Questionable food prep
**Long hours with inadequate pay
A couple classes also spent time determining some aspects of life that may have been better in 1908:
**Better farming outside cities
**Better food in Chittenango
2nd period: Read through chapter 12 for HW
3rd period: No HW
6th period: No HW
2nd PERIOD today had ORB DAY.
3rd and 6th period discussed the SADLY DISGUSTING chapters 10 and 11, then read part of the next chapter. No homework.
Yesterday we looked at some powerful word choices in chapter 7 of The Jungle. You found words that demonstrated Upton Sinclair's desire to give us a deeper understanding of:
Your homework (due today) was to think of an experience that you are deeply familiar with that fits into one of the categories above. Write a page or so letting me know more of that emotion because of your experience. Click here to get the worksheet that will help you.
TODAY we read chapter 8 in class. Our homework is to read chapter 9 and find THREE sentences that are amazing because of their sentence structure. (Sentence structure is the way that the words are ordered to give the sentence a new twist, like the brush strokes do when we use them.)
Have a great day!!
Today you had an open book quiz on chapter 7. Yes, it is an open book quiz, but you were instructed to analyze the text and give proof that your analysis was correct.
IF YOU DID NOT DO THIS QUIZ BECAUSE OF FBLA, DO IT NEXT WEEK OR GET A ZERO!!
Homework: Have a great weekend! That is all.
What do we think about when we read these chapters? Today we talked about some questions we have for the author. Some we can answer, and some we cannot. Questions that came up are:
*Why is Grandmother so negative? She seems terrible.
*What are these Lithuanian words?
*Why doesn't Jurgis take the family out to another place instead of Chicago?
*Why would the family purchase the house if they knew that it was not what they had thought?
*Why is Jurgis so proud of this place?
*What "skilled labor" jobs are there? (Grandmother's son had one of those jobs and made $100/month.)
*Why can't Jurgis just start taking advantage of the corruption in the system? He could be one of the men who gets extra money from the new people?
*Why don't the ethnic groups warn the new immigrants about the snags? They could avoid it altogether.
Good questions, Folks!!
Your homework for tomorrow is to READ chapter 7. There will be an open book quiz.