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Hinton uses a great deal of figurative and descriptive language in this book. Pick a line you especially like from either chapter two or three. Type it out (remember to put it in quotes) and then explain what’s great about it:  1-the imagery (using the five senses) 2-the word choice (spectacular, perfect words) 3-the figurative language (identify it as simile, hyperbole, and so on) 4-the meaning (explain why it means something to you) The same line can be used twice—not more—per class. Example (from chapter one): “They were as tough as nails and looked it.” This idiom about the greasers helps me picture how rough-and-tumble the characters are (and how they look).  
Posted by obriengl  On May 15, 2019 at 1:07 PM 7 Comments
Now that you've started reading S.E. Hinton's book, The Outsiders, you can make some connections.  Think about what you know so far about Pony and the gang. Using a specific quote from the book, make one of the following:  --a text-to-text connection (how this book reminds you of another book/play/movie) --a text-to-self connection (how this book makes you think of an event in your own life) --a text-to-world connection (how this books evokes images or memories of events in real life) The same text can only be used twice for connections. List the connection type, then show the text and your personal connection to it. Example: Text-to-self: When Pony talks about how he likes movies and books so “I can get into them and live them with the actors,” I think of how I’ve always lost myself in books. I’ve always loved reading and living the story with the protagonist.
Posted by obriengl  On May 10, 2019 at 3:12 PM 10 Comments
Poetry often uses a rhyme scheme (identified by letters at the end of a line). Some poems, like limericks (silly, five-line poems with an AABBA rhyme scheme) require specific rhymes and require three lines (1, 2, 5) to be longer than others. Others, like haiku, are not supposed to rhyme. Haiku are three-lined poems typically about nature that originated in Japan. These poems require a specific syllable count (5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, 5 syllables in the third line). Haiku typically do not use modifiers such as a, an, and the. Create or find either a limerick or a haiku and post it here (if you use a previously created poem, be sure you cite your source). Limerick Example: There once was a boy from Spain—A His wrist he often did sprain—A He sat and he cried—B He never even tried—B To get away from his terrible pain—A Haiku Example: lovely, pinkish trees (5 syl.) swaying, gently dancing slow (7 syl.) flowers blooming bright (5 syl.)
Posted by obriengl  On May 01, 2019 at 3:32 PM 11 Comments
Analogies compare two sets of items to each other. The idea here is an analogy helps readers or listeners make connections and better understand relationships. There are many different types of analogies (part/whole, opposites, item/use, and more). As we’ve discussed in class, it’s important to speak the connection (a finger is part of a hand just like…) instead of saying (finger is to hand as…). Be sure your items are in the same order (part : whole :: part : whole). Create/find/list two analogies and write them here; identify the types (for example: antonym). Please use two different categories of analogies. Analogy Example (antonym): Hot is the opposite of cold just like up is the opposite of down. Analogy Example (part/whole): Fingers are part of a hand just like blades of grass are part of a lawn.  
Posted by obriengl  On May 01, 2019 at 3:31 PM 12 Comments
Poetry sometimes feels as if it’s a different language. The stanzas are paragraphs; the similes and metaphors require connections; the rhythm can be hard to follow. Other times, the beauty of poetry can be overwhelmingly awesome. You decide what you’re feeling from one of these three poems. Go to: https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/what-teachers-make?search_id=19961501 https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud?search_id=19961759 https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/i-ask-my-mother-to-sing?search_id=19961862 Then, note the title of your poem (in quotation marks), the poet’s name (spelled and capitalized correctly), and pick a line that stands out to you. Type (or cut-and-paste) the line; note why you chose that line (or lines). Make sure you pay attention to figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole). No more than two of the same line please. Example:   I really liked Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make” because it speaks to my passion and frustration for teaching. Line 35 that referenced “the noblest act of courage” was powerful in its hyperbole.
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 22, 2019 at 5:55 PM 12 Comments
Words are alive, or they sometimes seem that way. Find one that speaks to you (but no more than two of the same word please). You will: note the word and its part of speech, understand the definition, use the word appropriately in your own sentence, and list its etymology (where it came from…its origins). Either: -check out Dictionary.com’s list of the most-searched words so far in 2019. You’ll have to look up the etymology separately. Or: -navigate to https://www.merriam-webster.com/popular-words to pick a word from the list of popular words. All the information you need should be here. Example:   Empathy (noun): My ability to feel empathy for my students sometimes makes it difficult to be tough on deadlines. This word comes from the Greek word for passion.  
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 22, 2019 at 5:35 PM 15 Comments
You’re creating projects, finalizing understanding, and prepping for class presentations. Which is more comfortable for you: a video presentation or an in-person classroom presentation? Why is this the best way? Please be sure to stick to one point of view (first, second, or third); if you use first person, please remember to capitalize your “I.” This blog requires a minimum of three sentences.
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 03, 2019 at 3:14 PM 11 Comments
You’ve picked your final project on The Giver (or other novel you read). You know you’ll be required to present your project. Share ideas (in at least three sentences) on how these presentations should be completed. Questions for consideration (but add your own input as well): Should we have a certain number a day? Should all the same type of project presentations be held on the same day? What else?
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 03, 2019 at 3:11 PM 9 Comments
Reading students’ blogs gives me insight into individual students. I enjoy the process. I had planned to count fourth-quarter blogs as summative grades. However, I’m interested to know if students are finding blogging helpful and insightful. Using at least two complete sentences, use your persuasive voices, tell me if we should have blogs for the fourth quarter and if they should be formative or summative. Students will get a maximum of 50 percent if they do not have two complete sentences.
Posted by obriengl  On Mar 22, 2019 at 8:58 AM 8 Comments
Now that the writing SOL is over, we’ll be picking up our novels again. Instead of a paper for the final project, we might create something else. Make some suggestions as to what would work. Note at least one specific item that should be graded as part of the assessment. Remember: complete sentences count. Example: I’d like to create a poster that focuses on at least two different types of conflicts.
Posted by obriengl  On Mar 19, 2019 at 3:19 PM 8 Comments
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