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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How will I know if my child is missing assignments?
A. Please check your child's ATL sheet each Thursday.  Also, check Infinite Campus on a regular basis.

Q.  How can my child perform better on vocabulary tests?
A.  I recommend making sets of flash cards.  Also, your child will receive a homework assignment each night using the vocabulary words.  They really do need to study.  There is also a wonderful online companion vocabularyworkshop.com.
These words are difficult. 

Q.  I would like my child to read books of their choosing.  Is there any opportunity for my child to pick a book?
A.  Yes, we make trips to the media center regularly.  Students must reach an AR goal each quarter.  Students are instructed to read 20 minutes each night as part of their daily homework. 

Q.  What is the best way to contact you if I have questions or concerns?
A.  Email is the best way.  I will not answer the phone during the day, but if you leave me an email and your phone number, I will be happy to call you back as soon as I am able.

Q.  Does my child have homework every night?  A.  Yes, your child should work on the vocabulary packet every night and read for 20 minutes every night.  I will send a remind out each day.  Please check your child's packet even if they say they have finished their homework.  


IB Unit 3-Where in the World?
Statement of Inquiry-"The setting in various genres allows us to learn about and appreciate the aesthetic beauty of the world."
Key Concept-Aesthetics
Related Concepts-Setting and Genre
Summative Assessment-Write a Play from one of parts of a story we have either read in class or one of your choosing.

Unit 9 Vocabulary
avenge  optional
misrepresent verge

You should be able to use these words in meaningful sentences.  You should also know the definitions, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms for each word. Go to the Class Resources Tab to find a link to practice activities.
Test-Friday, March 2nd.

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 Literary Devices 
1) Alliteration-the repetitive sound at the beginning of words.  For example, "She sells sea-shells down by the sea-shore."
2) Allusion-a reference in literature to something relatively well-known within  a culture.  For example, in the book, Wonder, Julian asked August if he liked Darth Sidious.
3) Extended Metaphor*-A metaphor is a suggested comparison between two unlike objects.  When the comparison continues for more than one sentence, it is an extended metaphor. *see metaphor definition below
4) Hyperbole-a large exaggeration often used for emphasis. For example, "It was so cold I saw polar bears wearing jackets."
5) Idiom-An idiom is an expression whose meaning cannot be understood from knowing the meanings of the words that make it up.  For example, the idiomatic expression "it's raining cats and dogs" means it is raining extremely hard.
6)  Informal Expressions-When speaking to each other, the characters sometimes use informal expressions which do not mean exactly what the individual words say.  For example, "You are a good egg" has nothing to do with chickens, but  means that you are a good person. 
7) *Metaphor- A term or phrase that is used to make a comparison between two things that are not alike but have something in common.  For example, "The snow is a white blanket."  "The classroom was a zoo."
8) Onomatopoeia-Words that make a sound that imitates their meaning.  For example, "buzz, splish-splash, fizz..."
9) Personification-a figure of speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given human qualities.  For example: Mom smiled at me.  Her smile kind of hugged me.
10) Rhythm/Sound in Poetry-Rhythm is the repetition of a pattern of sounds in poetry.  Rhythm is created by the alternation of long and short sounds and stressed and unstressed syllables.
11) Simile-a figure of speech in which two unlike objects are compared using the words "like" or "as."  For example, "My face felt like it was on fire..."
12)  Symbolism-A symbol in literature is a person, object, or event that represents an idea or set of ideas.  For example, in the book Wonder, August cut off his braid to symbolize that he is growing up and moving on.  Perhaps he is trying to fit in.
13) Theme-The central idea of a piece of written work.  Theme can be found in novels, poetry, plays, songs, etc...