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Write about one of your favorite language arts activities this year. Be specific. Use imagery. At the bottom of your blog, note whether you want this to replace a blog grade or be entered as an extra-credit grade. If you do not add this information, you will get an extra-credit grade.
Posted by obriengl  On May 17, 2018 at 10:39 AM 20 Comments
Johnny loves Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Find a quote from the book (see https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3358283-gone-with-the-wind), and connect it to Johnny’s life. The same quote can be used three times—not more—per class.
Posted by obriengl  On May 14, 2018 at 5:12 PM 23 Comments
Hinton uses a great deal of figurative and descriptive language in her book. Pick a line you especially like from chapter five. 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 (great, 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 four): “He’s hard as a rock and about as human.” This simile about Darry shows that Pony doesn’t see any emotion in Darry. It’s a great image to help the reader see how tough Darry is on the outside.  
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 30, 2018 at 4:12 PM 22 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. 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 or world event can only be used twice for connections. 
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 24, 2018 at 3:50 PM 24 Comments
This alliterative heading hones in on your need to personally identify areas of challenge as you ramp up for the SOL. You know all the material on your green review sheets, but take a moment to list your top three areas of challenge. If there’s something you’d like to review prior to the May 9 reading SOL that’s not on the green sheets, add that as well. Take the opportunity to personalize, and take charge of, your own SOL study.
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 17, 2018 at 11:10 AM 25 Comments
Thinking about how you learn can help you. Tell about a time when metacognition helped you, or predict how metacognition may help you on an upcoming SOL test or other assessment.
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 09, 2018 at 4:20 PM 24 Comments
Now that you’ve spent some time considering persuasion, think about all the items advertising creators consider. Now, consider the ads you’re creating. Identify two items: 1. What was easy/fun/exhilarating about making your ad? 2. What was more difficult than you initially imagined? You must have both to get full credit.
Posted by obriengl  On Apr 02, 2018 at 5:07 PM 17 Comments
Find an ad for candy. Paste it in your blog (right click the image, then select “Copy image); write a bit about why you like it. No more than two of the same ad per class. Be sure you spell ad correctly. Example: This ad makes me laugh. I’m a stickler for spelling, and I like Snickers, so this ad works for me.
Posted by obriengl  On Mar 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM 24 Comments
In a complete sentence or two, explain why reading outside of class is a good thing. 
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 14, 2018 at 9:28 AM 25 Comments
Today your read, or soon you will read, the Education Week commentary, “The Teenage Smartphone Problem Is Worse Than You Think.” In the article, David Coburn says a Common Sense Media 2015 Census shows average American teenagers consume “just under nine hours of entertainment media.” Do you believe this is too much or not enough time? Write a short paragraph using one of the appeals (ethos—ethically what’s correct; pathos—emotionally what works; logos—logically based on statistics or data what’s appropriate).   Find the article here: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/02/01/the-smartphone-problem-is-worse-than-you.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2-rm&M=58366527&U=2631064&print=1
Posted by obriengl  On Feb 06, 2018 at 4:10 PM 24 Comments
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