Today we took a brief look at your CRUCIBLE packet:
We also learned some information about Arthur Miller and determined questions, claims, and observations about his life. Click here for notes on Arthur
Today you read THE CRUCIBLE with your substitute teacher in class. I was at a conference learning some new ideas on how to give you RESEARCH PAPERS!! (I know you're very excited; get ready to THINK harder than you have before!!)
Have a great weekend!
Here is the Powerpoint on McCarthyism We took a couple days in class to discuss and review this information. Please remember that I TOLD you more information that just what is here, so feel free to get with me or a classmate to better understand the bigger picture.
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We have been practicing the use of our BRUSH STROKES in class, but now we must move on.
The next book we are reading is THE CRUCIBLE, by Arthur Miller. He wrote this after being accused of communist tendencies in the 1950s. So this means that here in English class, we are going to study two aspects of this text:
We will be taking notes and discussing aspects of the 1950s during the next few days, then we will get into studying the 1690s and Puritanism. Whew! In-depth stuff! After you figure out how these pieces of history speak to each other, you should feel PROUD that you get it! Then you should be very careful as to avoid this behavior in the future.
Have a good night!
Today we will write about our short stories. Easy, right? The catch is that you have to answer with BRUSH STROKE sentences.
1. Using an ABSOLUTE, write a sentence describing the Newcomer's journey through the Yukon in "To Build a Fire" by Jack London.
2. Using an APPOSITIVE, write a sentence explaining Walter Mitty's relationship with his wife.
3. Using a PARTICIPLE sentence, explain Sammy's dilemma in "A&P".
4. Using ADJECTIVES OUT OF ORDER, explain how the congregation is affected by Mr. Hooper's black veil in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story.
5. Using an ACTIVE verb, write a sentence about ANY short story we have read in class.
6. With a group, merge THREE brush stroke sentences to create ONE amazing college level sentence.
I will give an ICE CREAM SANDWICH to the first person who leaves their correct answers as a comments on this blog.
Have a good day!
LOOK ON YESTERDAY'S POST FOR A NICE SURPRISE.
See if you can figure out which sample sentence below are appositives and which are absolutes:
1. Hands freezing, heart slowing, the newcomer slowly realized that he was not leaving the Yukon alive.
2. Tail wagging, feet moving swiftly, the dog stayed by the newcomers side.
3. The minister, a man who chose to wear a black veil over his head for the rest of his life, confused the townspeople with his actions.
4. The congregation, a small group of nosey people, would rather gossip about Mr. Hooper's veil than to ask him the purpose for wearing it.
5. Walter Mitty, a weak old man, was used to following his wife's commands.
6. Hands clenched on the wheel, eyes focused on the rear view mirror, Walter tried to avoid anyone who made him feel inferior.
**To comment, click COMMENT on the top of this blog. The first person to comment with the correct answers for 1-6 (above) will get an ice cream sandwich.
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When an artist has a picture in his mind, he uses his paint brush to somehow portray that image, that idea, to his audience. His tools are his colors, his chisel, his brush. Because he knows how to handle these tools, he can mix two colors to create a third; he can hammer that chisel with certain force at a certain angle to depict depth in a carving; and he can twist his brush with such a flair that the brush stroke adds information to the big picture.
YOU are the artist.
YOU have a picture in your mind, an idea moving around: a plan, a thought, an analysis.
How are you going to get that BIG thought across to me when I read your writing? You can use third grade sentences OR you can learn to twist your words in what we will call a "brush stroke".
Third grade sentence:
**Dogs are good..
Twist the brush:
**Loving their owners without question, dogs, those beautiful furry creatures, provide comfort and companionship.
Today you began to learn FIVE ways to twist your words, five BRUSH STROKES. Look them up!
Have a great day!
If you read last night, I hope you passed the fairly simple reading quiz.
If you did not read last night, your grade is a strong indication of your irresponsibility or forgetfulness.
I hope that you rest securely in the first group of people mentioned above.
Have a good night.