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“The Necklace” October 27, 2009

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This week, we’re working on our analysis and synthesis skills.  Remember you need to research a non-fiction piece of news or history which connects to the themes found in both the song and the story we’ve looked at in class.  Your Elements of Fiction sheet is due tomorrow for 10 points.

On Wednesday, you will choose your groups to work on the 50 point summative Literature Circles which you will present on Friday.  Choose your teammates wisely. 

Here’s a link to the short story:


Here’s a link to the song:


Here’s a link to the lyrics:



“The Interlopers” October 22, 2009

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Here’s a link to the story for anyone who wants to get a head start on the summative assessment you’ll be having tomorrow.  You’ll be applying the skills of deduction in order to correctly identify the four elements of fiction in this story and support with textual proof.

The story: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Inte.shtml

Your Generation October 20, 2009

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A fabulous video about your generation my fabulous students who will decide to change the world for the better:


Facebook & Life Expectancy October 20, 2009

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Today in fourth hour, we had a great discussion on whether or not increased internet social networking actually increased or decreased a person’s face-to-face interactions with people.  The research I’ve read links an increase to online social networking to both obesity and depression.  However, the article I’m posting below states that it depends on the overall satisfaction one has with his/her life prior to joining the networking site.  If you read this article and have thoughts, please post comments.  I’ll make sure to mark down points for you on the token economy for “literary development.”

I’d love to continue having more conversations like this!  Here’s the link to the research article:


4th and 6th October 19, 2009

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Today begins the first draft of your analytical essay which will be due in all its final glory Monday.

This week, you will be focusing on developing your writing in 3 main areas: general format, organization and supporting of main ideas, and focus.

You will turn in a hand-written draft due Tuesday on a literary topic of your choosing.  We will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in class editing these papers and practicing the skills stated above.

Your final essays will be due typed and in the format identified today in class on Monday of next week.

1st, 2nd and 5th Hour October 19, 2009

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The objective of this reading week for you is to develop the skill of deduction: using information you have in order to bridge the gap between what you know and what you need to know.  No one can teach you all of the information in the world, but you can learn the skills necessary to approach all information.

Today you were assigned a mini-sheet with three excerpts from stories we’ve read in class or have yet to read.  In developing the skills of analysis, synthesis and deduction, you are asked to work independently to find the definitions of the bolded and underlined words on the sheet.

Use the following to help you deduce the meanings of the words: context clues, the general mood of the piece, prefixes, suffixes, root words, and past interactions with the words or words similar to the ones on the sheet.

You will have an in-class formative assessment in the form of an essay response this Thursday in class.  You will be given a story you have not read before, read it, comprehend it, and answer comprehension questions connected to the story.

Mid-term October 15, 2009

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Tomorrow you will all be taking your mid-term.  As you’ve been told in class, it will focus on everything we’ve learned in class so far.  Any questions that deal with stories or topics we have not discussed will be left blank on your scantrons. 

To Review: Notes on the elements of fiction, the parts of speech, and review the stories “Casey at the Bat” and “The Cask of Amontillado” for the elements of fiction (meaning identify the characters, the setting, theme, etc). 

1st, 2nd, and 5th hour: Remember that your TYPED final drafts are due with each of your rough drafts and your outline on Monday.  Your final will be worth 25 points.  Your rough packet will be worth 10 points.  This is a summative grade.  No excuses on Monday will be accepted.  Type and print it before you enter my classroom or you will lose 5 points for every day it’s late–and yes, if you turn it in Monday after your period is over, it will be counted as late.

Your finals will be graded on the objectives we shared on Monday: Focus, Format, and Organization of Main Ideas.

All Classes: Make sure to check Parent-Connect for your grades.  I’ve updated them today.  Also, make sure to post all your questions under your hours tabs.  Each class has its own tab above.


Practice Parts of Speech: http://www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/mnielsen/parts_of_speech1.htm

Elements of Fiction: http://quizlet.com/test/531138/

“The Cask of Amontillado” : http://www.literature.org/authors/poe-edgar-allan/amontillado.html

“Casey at the Bat”: http://ops.tamu.edu/x075bb/poems/casey.html

4th & 6th: In-Class Impromptu October 14, 2009

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For those of you who would like to get a head-start on tomorrow’s in-class reading and essay response exam, here is a link to the story: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Inte.shtml

Remember that you will be responding to a prompt which asks you to identify in detail and with support the four elements of fiction as found in the text.


No More Mandatory Enrichment October 13, 2009

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For all classes, with the 150 student load that I have, I am finding it hard to work with every student individually.  I am now dedicating my time after school to any students who have the desire, will, and drive to learn more.  I have my high standards for all of you, but you as individuals need to make the choice to meet me at least halfway.

4th and 6th October 13, 2009

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Today in class, you got a taste of what Thursday’s impromptu will be like.  You need to use the skills of deduction which we’ve been practicing and developing in class to deduce what the meanings of words are that you are not familiar with.  Look at the overall piece, use context clues and any other bits of evidence which will help you determine what it is your are looking at and reading.

Continuously study for your midterm Friday.