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March 17, 2010--

I just got back from San Jose Metals on N. 10th St. They gave me $29.76 for bottles and $30.00 for cans. That adds up to $59.76. (Cans we going for $2 per lbs and bottles were 93 cents per lbs.)

So, our goat fund now totals $99.76. 

We are just short $20.24 of purchasing our first goat.

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On the last day of school (2009) , I filled my van with all of the cans and plastic water  bottles we collected since January and took it over to Danny's Recycling in Santa Clara. We got $31 for the water bottles and $9 for the cans. That adds up to $40. We are now a third of the way toward buying a goat. Goats cost $120.

goat donation


Here's a list of animals and how much they would cost:


Forty dollars down, eighty more to go, before we give some needy a family in some far off country the welcome gift of a cute little, milk-producing goat.

If you can, save cans and bottles during the summer and bring them to the classroom on the first day of school in August. Let's get that goat!

And then what? Maybe a cow? ? ?

Well, we'll cross that pasture when we come to it.

Save your cans! Save your bottles! Let's make a difference!


Friday, June 12, 2009

Contrary to the rumor going around, your homework is not "to have a good summer."  I hope that most of you do have a good summer, but that is not your homework.

Your homework is to write 100-250 words on how you spent the 4th of July. Your account may be fiction or nonfiction. 

Turn it in to me on the first day of school and I will read it, grade it, and pass it along to your 8th grade English teacher.

If your paper gets an A, you will also get an authentic, fresh Jolly Rancher.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today we watched An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge. (If you want to see it again, check out YouTube. com.)

Your homework is to write about it. Tell what was realistic and what was dream-like. Also, explain the significance of the pocket watch, if you can.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Your homework is to write about the story. List the assumptions that Mrs. Wilson made about Boyd and say whether or not you believe Mrs. Wilson is a good person.

Also for homework are the two grammar sheets you got in class today on prepositions.


To find out Who's On First, click here.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Today we watched a couple of satirical videos from The Onion and we read Richard Wright's Hunger.

Your homework for tonight is to write about the story, summarize it, and tell whether or not and why you believe the mother did the right thing.

Do not bring your A.R. books or your backpacks  to school anymore.

Be sure to return your textbooks to the library if you haven't done so already.

Thursday and Friday will be short days.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Almost everybody went to Santa Cruz today today so your reading log and the 40 questions will be due tomorrow.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Your homework for the weekend is

1. Reading log.
2. 40 Questions for The Children's Story.

The Children's Story 

- By James Clavell -


40 Questions



1. What would it be like if another country conquered the U.S.?

2. What would they do with our country?

3. How would they control everybody?

4. How would they get people to cooperate?

5. Why do people pledge allegiance to the flag?

6. Why do we say the pledge every day instead of just once like marriage vows?

7. The new teacher said, "The principal just wants to talk to you." Who did she say that to? Was it true?

8. Why does the old teacher call the enemy monsters?

9. Describe their regular teacher.

10. Why did they put young, pretty teachers in the new classes?

11. Why did the first teacher call Johnny "Tommy?"

12. Why wouldn't the second teacher mistake one of the children's names?

13. What do the children think about the teacher knowing all their names?

14. Why did the new teacher memorize all the students' names?

15. The new teacher says it's not right for students to have memorize long words they don't understand. Do you agree? Why or why not? What are a couple of those long words?

16. One of the boys refers to "our real teacher." (Our real teacher Mrs. Warden didn't say anything about it.) The new teacher rephrases his question by using the words, "your old teacher." Why doesn't she just say, "I'm your real teacher?"

17. The new teacher asks, "How can a flag be more important than a real live person?" How would you answer that question?

18. And she says, "But we don't need a sign to remember we love our country." How would you respond to that statement?

19. She says, "Yes, it's a very pretty flag. I wish I could have a piece of it. If it's so important, I think we should all have a piece of it." Explain why she says this and how it isn't logical.

20. One of the students objects and says, "I don't think we should cut up the flag." What is the very next thing the new teacher says?

21. Who is selected to be the first person to cut the flag? How and why was that selection made?

22. How does the new teacher make destroying the flag a fun activity?

23. The new teacher said, "You can ask me anything you like" but she won't say what her name is. Why?

24. The new teacher said, "She was crying because she needed a rest. She's going to have a long rest....We think teachers should be young." What's going to happen to the old teacher?

25. When a student asks who won the war, what is her answer?

26. She says, "Your dad is at school for having wrong thoughts. He'll have a vacation soon. Everyone who goes to school has a vacation. That's fair?" What do you think is truth about his dad?

27. What do you think those wrong thoughts could have been?

28. She says, "I have a lovely surprise. You're all going to stay overnight with us. You'll be in  lovely room and we'll tell stories." Why are they keeping them overnight?

29. How does she get the children to like Our Leader more than God?

30. How does she explain why she put the candy on the desks instead of Our Leader?

31. If she put the candy on the desks instead of Our Leader, then why does one of the girls still call it "Our Leader's candy?"

32. How does she get Johnny on her side?

33. How does she get Fitz on her side?

34. How does she get Leslie on her side?

35. How does she get the students to start distrusting things their parents tell them?

36. Do you think she intended to get caught putting the candy on the table? Do you think she was trained to say what she said if she got caught?

37. Why does she tell the children they can still pray if their parents want them to? Why doesn't she say, "Don't pray. It's stupid. There is no God?"

38. In your opinion, what is realistic about this story? And, what is not realistic?

39. In your opinion, what is the author trying to tell us by writing this story?

40. Why do we say the Pledge in school? What's the purpose?



Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today in class we watched James Clavell's The Children's Story.


Your homework is to write about how she brainwashed the students.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today you took a reading test. The materials were A Letter to God and the Theodore Rethke poem about a boy on top of a greenhouse.

Tonight's homework is to complete your reflection sheet on your speech. Show it to me before you put it in your portfolio.





Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Your homework tonight is to write a composition titled "Summer" and it's to be at least 100 words.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Homework: Practice your speech. You'll give your speech on Tuesday.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Your homework for this weekend is to practice your speech which you will give on Monday. Remember, you will give your speech from memory.

Also, your reading log will be due.



Thursday, May 28, 2009

Today we finally took the vocabulary test.

Homework:

Write a speech between 45 and 90 seconds that expresses an opinion. Support your opinion with examples, reasons, facts, etc. The written speech should be three paragraphs which show a clear introduction, body and summary/conclusion.

Tomorrow you will show me what you've written. On Monday, you will present your speech without looking at your paper.



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Today in class we heard the story of Ms. Goggins and the Gorilla. 

I had a little doggie and his name was Mr. Jiggs.

I sent him to the grocery store to fetch a pould of figs.

A half an hour later he came running back and said, 

"The figs look rather green my dear; I bought a bone instead."


Homework:

1. 2nd blue sheet on appostives
2. "Grammar p. 106, Ex. 14; p. 111, #41-50"
3. Study for the vocabulary test.



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homework:

1. Study for tomorrow's vocabulary test.
2. Write your own test with 10 items and with an answer key on the back.
3. Fill out your new reading log.
4. Appositive sheet


Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day. No school.



Friday,  May 22, 2009

Today in class we read three poems and went over the correct answers for the vocabulary sheets.

Your homework for the weekend is to complete your reading log and to write about one of the poems.

Flames

By Billy Collins -- Former U. S. Poet Laureate


Smokey the Bear heads

into the autumn woods

with a red can of gasoline

and a box of wooden matches.


His ranger's hat is cocked

at a disturbing angle.


His brown fur gleams

under the high sun

as his paws, the size

of catcher's mitts,

crackle into the distance.


He is sick of dispensing

warnings to the careless,

the half-wit camper,

the dumbbell hiker.


He is going to show them

how a professional does it.



The Winos On Portrero Hill

By Richard Brautigan


Alas, they get

their bottles

from a small

neighborhood store.

The old Russian

sells them port

and passes no moral

judgment. They go

and sit under

the green bushes

that grow along

the wooden stairs.

They could almost

be exotic flowers,

they drink so

quietly.



The Revenant

By Billy Collins -- Former U. S. Poet Laureate


I am the dog you put to sleep,

as you like to call the needle of oblivion,

come back to tell you this simple thing:

I never liked you--not one bit.


When I licked your face,

I thought of biting off your nose.

When I watched you toweling yourself dry,

I wanted to leap and unman you with a snap.


I resented the way you moved,

your lack of animal grace,

the way you would sit in a chair to eat,

a napkin on your lap, knife in your hand.


I would have run away,

but I was too weak, a trick you taught me

while I was learning to sit and heel,

and--greatest of insults--shake hands without a hand.


I admit the sight of the leash

would excite me

but only because it meant I was about

to smell things you had never touched.


You do not want to believe this,

but I have no reason to lie.

I hated the car, the rubber toys,

disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives.


The jingling of my tags drove me mad.

You always scratched me in the wrong place.

All I ever wanted from you

was food and fresh water in my metal bowls.


While you slept, I watched you breathe

as the moon rose in the sky.

It took all of my strength

not to raise my head and howl.


Now I am free of the collar,

the yellow raincoat, monogrammed sweater,

the absurdity of your lawn,

and that is all you need to know about this place


except what you already supposed

and are glad it did not happen sooner--

that everyone here can read and write,

the dogs in poetry, the cats and the others in prose.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Homework: Two new vocabulary sheets, 301 and 302.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Today in class I lectured about The Wave and we corrected some of the homework.

You got two new vocabulary sheets today on purple paper.

Tomorrow I want to see all four vocabulary sheets on your desktop.

There will be a test on the material one of these days soon.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Today in class your received four blue worksheets, two on The Wave and two having to do with prefixes and suffixes. All four sheets are due tomorrow.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Your homework for tonight is "Literature p. 330, #1-4; p. 331, #1-6"



Friday, May 15, 2009

Your homework is to complete your reading log.

Today in class we looked at some photographs of the Holocaust and we started watching The Wave, a true story that took place in Palo Alto.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Today we read from Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza.

Homework:

"Literature p. 329, #1-5, 9"

Be sure to answer with complete sentences.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Homework:

"Literature p. 297; p. 299; p. 300; p. 318, #2-5, 7"


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Homework:

"Literature p. 281, #1-3 & #1-5; p. 294, #1-5"


Monday, May 11, 2009

Homework:

"Literature p. 276, #1-5; p. 277, #1-5"


Friday, May 8, 2009

Homework for the weekend:

1. Reading Log

2. "Literature p. 267, #3-9; p. 268, #1-4; p. 269, #1-3"


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Today in class we read The Stone.

Title a piece of paper "The Stone."

Summarize the story and then express your opinion. Did the story try to teach a lesson? Did it try to entertain? Was it too simplistic? Did it hold your interest? Explain your thoughts and feelings about the story.

Then draw a line on the paper and number it 1 to 4. Write four sentences about anything you like, but the first two sentences must be objective and the last two need to be subjective.



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Read and discuss p. 257-259.


Read and discuss p. 260, top and bottom.


Read and discuss p. 261.


Take out a sheet of paper and title it "Literature p. 260." And the questions, top and bottom. The top part should be answered with complete sentences.


Also on this paper, do the following:


Describe in your own words the differences between subjective writing and objective writing. 

Give an example of objective writing you have done for this class. And the give an example of subjective writing you've done for this class.


In your own words, explain the difference between the words imply and infer. Give examples of how those words can be used.


Use the following words in three different sentences: exotic, ethnicity and convoluted. Show that you know the meanings of these words by the sentences you write.






Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, 2009

Today we talked about omniscient point of view and we read the story of Yeh-Shen, which is a lot like Cinderella. 

Your homework for today is "Literature p. 256, #1-8"



Monday, May 4, 2009

Today in class we talked a little be about Bartleby and how there is meaning below the surface.

Your homework for tonight is to read your A.R. book for 45 minutes or more and have that documented in your reading log which you will show me tomorrow.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Your weekend homework is to complete reading log


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today in class we worked on the 20 questions from yesterday and saw a few videos.

Your homework for tonight is to finish the questions. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today in class we read Subterranean Homesick Blues and got a sheet on it of 20 questions. Tonight's homework is to answer any five of the questions.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Your homework for tonight is

"Grammar p. 19-20 (Ex. 12 & C)"

"Grammar p. 24, #1-12; p. 44, #1-12"

"Similes and Metaphors" (from the blue sheet)

Also, the homework that was due today will be turned in tomorrow.

     Similes and Metaphors:


Number your paper 1 to 10.


Write down the two things being compared and then say if the comparison is a simile or a metaphor.


For example, for the first one you would write:


1. baby--octopus   Simile


1. The baby was like an octopus, grabbing at all the cans on the grocery 

store shelves. 

 

2. As the teacher entered the room she muttered under her breath, “This 

class is like a three-ring circus!” 

 

3. The giant’s steps were thunder as he ran toward Jack. 

 

4. The pillow was a cloud when I put my head upon it after a long day. 

 

5. I feel like a limp dishrag. 

 

6. Those girls are like two peas in a pod. 

 

7. The fluorescent light was the sun during the test. 

 

8. No one invites Harold to parties because he’s a wet blanket. 

 

9. The bar of soap was a slippery eel during the dog’s bath. 

 

10. Ted was as nervous as a cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking 

chairs. 



Monday, April 27, 2009

Today in class we looked at a poem written by Mr. Ardissone.
 
Your homework for tonight is to write a poem of at least four lines about a sport or another activity. In the poem, you can't mention what the sport or activity is. Make it so the reader has to figure it out for himself.


The First Cut

By Ronald Ardissone


It's fifth period history and I just ate lunch.

The window is open

And the breeze is welcomed.


I can see the man with silver hair and sunglasses 

riding the green monster.

Amador by name, steers the monster 

around the pitcher's mound.


My yell is kept inside,

"Don't get too close to the pitcher's mound!"

He never does.


I trod on to sixth period.

Will 2:45 ever show up on the wall?


I walk past the gym.

Is #39 still hanging in the dry room?

Is it 2:45 yet? 


Riinnngg!!! 


A reprieve from purgatory.


Down the ramp, books hurriedly pushed into my locker,

race for the gym, dress and then 

to the far end of the football field.


The green monster is returning to the cage.

Amador smiles and waves.

I praise the green monster's and his master's work.


Laced up, hat on, I slowly cross the white line

and look down.

The green has changed the color 

of my spikes.


Like smelling garlic from Nana's kitchen; 

popcorn when you enter the theater; 

incense at the mass: 

There is no better aroma than the "first cut." 

Am I in baseball heaven?


"Mom, I'm home!"

"What's that green stuff all over your shoes?"




Friday, April 24, 2009

Your homework for the weekend is:

1. Your reading log.
2. "Literature p. 248, #1-5, -14"
3. Proofreading half-sheet 69A.




Thursday, April 23, 2009

Your homework for tonight is to write about one or more of the poems we read in class today.

The Dead by Billy Collins



The Dead

By Billy Collins


The dead are always looking down on us, they say.

while we are putting on our shoes or eating a steak,

they are looking down through the glass bottom boats of heaven

as they row themselves slowly through eternity.


They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,

and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,

drugged perhaps by the hum of a long afternoon,

they think we are looking back at them,

which makes them lift their oars and fall silent

and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.


The Chinese Checker Players

By Richard Brautigan


When I was six years old

I played Chinese checkers with a woman

who was ninety-three years old.

She lived by herself

in an apartment down the hall from ours.

We played Chinese checkers

every Monday and Thursday nights.

While we played she usually talked

about her husband

who had been dead for seventy years

and we drank tea and ate cookies

   and cheated. 


to be nobody but yourself

By e. e. cummings


to be 

nobody but yourself 

in a world which is doing its best, 

night and day, 

to make you everybody else 

means to fight the hardest battle 

which any human being can fight;

and never stop fighting.




Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today we saw some videos of poetry recitations. Some of them can be seen at http://poetryatmorrill.com/

The Ise Lyfe poem is here:


You have two choices for homework tonight.

1. Write about one or more to the poems you heard in class today.
2. Write your own original poem and present it to the class tomorrow.



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today in class we read two poems by Langston Hughes, Dream Deferred and I, too, Sing America.

Your homework is to write about your interpretation and personal response to one or both poems.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

........

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides, 
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America

Monday, April 20, 2009

Today in class we read three poems by Stephen Crane.

For homework, you are to write about one or more of the poems. Explain what Crane is trying to say. Relate it to your own experience, if possible.



The Wayfarer Poems by

Stephen Crane

The wayfarer, (1871-1900)

Perceiving the pathway to truth,

Was struck with astonishment.

It was thickly overgrown with weeds.

"Ha," he said,

"I see that none has passed here

In a long time."

Later he saw that each weed 

Was a singular knife.

"Well," he mumbled at last,

"Doubtless there are other roads."


I Met a Seer


I met a seer.

He held in his hands

The book of wisdom.

"Sir," I addressed him,

"Let me read."

"Child -- " he began.

"Sir," I said,

"Think not that I am a child,

For already I know much

Of that which you hold.

Aye, much."


He smiled.

Then he opened the book

And held it before me. --

Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.


Think as I Think


"Think as I think," said a man,

"Or you are abominably wicked; 

You are a toad."

And after I had thought of it,

I said, "I will then, be a toad."



Friday, April 10, 2009

Today in class we gave Maggie's Farm another look and then we read An Easy Decision by Kenneth Patchen.

For homework you are to complete a chart that shows the following differences between the two families:

Head of household
The family pet
The number of children
How the children traveled
What Patchen said to them

Also, please complete your reading log.


An Easy Decision by Kenneth Patchen

I had finished my dinner 
Gone for a walk 
It was fine 
Out and I started whistling 
It wasn't long before 
I met a Man and his wife riding on 
A pony with seven 
Kids running along beside them 
I said hello and 
Went on 

Pretty soon 
I met another 
Couple 
This time with nineteen 
Kids and all of them 
Riding on 
A big smiling hippopotamus 
I invited them home



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today in class we read the poem titled Maggie's Farm. Your homework is to describe the personalities of three of the characters. Use your imagination.

Maggie's Farm

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
Well, I wake up in the morning,
Fold my hands and pray for rain.
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane.
It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.
Well, he hands you a nickel,
He hands you a dime,
He asks you with a grin
If you're havin' a good time,
Then he fines you every time you slam the door.
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more.
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks.
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks.
The National Guard stands around his door.
Ah, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more.

I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more.
Well, she talks to all the servants
About man and God and law.
Everybody says
She's the brains behind pa.
She's sixty-eight, but she says she's fifty-four.
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more.

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am,
But everybody wants you
To be just like them.
They sing while you slave and I just get bored.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
 


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Your homework for tonight is to write about the poem you took home with you today. Boys n Search of their Soular System. You can write an interpretation and/or put the poem into your own words.

D class has a different assignment. D period students are to read their A.R. books for 45 minutes and then write about what they read for 15 minutes.



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Your homework for tonight is to write a poem and to present it to the class tomorrow. Your poem may be original or written by somebody else. It should be a poem you like.



Monday, April 6, 2009

Today in class we read this poem:

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Your homework is to write a composition about an important decision you made in your own life that you had to struggle with.



Friday, April 3, 2009

Your weekend homework is to complete reading log




Thursday, April 2, 2009

The homework for today is to answer the following four questions. I expect 200 or more words total.

1. What does Harper Lee have to say about prejudice?
2. How was Scout like Bob Ewell and how was Boo Radly like Tom Robinson?
3 How is racism like rabies?
4. What was the point of the scene about Egyptians?


Wednesday, April 1, 2009--St. Stupid's Day

Today we reviewed denotations and connotations and we talked about euphemisms.

We also worked on the 17 Strange Fruit questions.

Your homework for today is to write down five euphemisms on a half sheet of paper.




Tuesday, March 31, 2009--Cesar Chavez's birthday.

Today we read the poem Strange Fruit and heard Billie Holiday sing it.

Today's homework is to make a list of 10 words or phrases with positive connotations along with a corresponding word with a different connotation.

Examples:

Over weight---fat
passed away--died
sanitation engineer--garbage man
slow--stupid


Monday, March 30, 2009

Your homework is to write about the documentary you saw today or to write about what you've read recently in your A.R. book. It should be between a half and a full page in length.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Your homework is your reading log.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today we saw the conclusion of the video. Your homework is to summarize it. I expect about a page.



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Today we saw a short video biography of Harper Lee and the trailer for the movie.

Today we talked about these three fallacies:

Misplaced aggression.
"If it's different, it must be bad."
"I'm not so bad because others are worse."

We also talked about the three social classes in the south:

Middle class whites.
Poor whites
Blacks

And we talked about the poor white concern to not be "low man on the totem pole" which sometimes meant resorting to a racist attitude.

We also talked about how Harper Lee compares rabies to racism:

Both are:

deadly (people die)
crazy (it's not rational)
a sickness, not a preference
aggressive (the intention is to do harm)
contagious (you get in from somebody who has it.)

Today in class we saw the courtroom scene and the verdict. Your homework is to summarize that scene.



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Today in class we talked about those three scenes.

We talked about the misplaced aggression from Scout when she attacked Walter on the school yard, why Calpurnia scolded Scout after the syrup scene, why Scout was rude to Walter at the dinner table, how rabies is like racism and how people don't think straight when in a mob.

Then we saw a repeat of the jailhouse scene followed by the first court room scene.

Mae Ella ended her testimony yelling at the better off whites to take the side of the poor whites.

Your homework is to summarize the courtroom scene.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Today we got new reading logs and we watched some more of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Your homework for tonight is to write a three paragraph paper summarizing these three scenes:

  • When Walter pours syrup over his dinner.
  • When the mad dog is shot.
  • When the lynch mob is turned around at the jail.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Today we watched some of the film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Your weekend homework is your reading log.



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Homework: "Literature p. 230, #1-5" 

This is from the regular literature book and you have to read the story story. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Homework: Do the assignment in the lower right corner of page 231 of your regular literature book.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today we finished the test.

Tonight's homework is to read your A.R. book for 60 minutes or more and have that documented in your reading log which you will show me tomorrow. Remember you need to have it signed.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Today we started the third trimester and we had a new rotation.

Everybody should have reflections for their portfolio projects which would be the language arts projects.

Today in class we took a test based on the second chapter from To Kill a Mockingbird. (One of the Cunninghams)

Tonight's homework must be on a half-sheet of paper. You are to summarize and comment on (share your opinion) the story you read in class today.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Your homework for the weekend is your reading log.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

For tonight's homework you have two choices. You may either do another half sheet evaluation of the the videos and plays you saw in class today or you may do a 45/15. (Read your A.R. book for 45 minutes and then write about it for 15 minutes.

Tomorrow is the last day you may turn in late work for this trimester.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Today we saw some of the language arts projects on video.

Here's a good one:


YouTube Video




Tonight's homework is to write about the strengths and weaknesses of the videos that you saw.

Please do this on a half sheet of paper.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Today we gave our speeches.

Tonight's homework is to finish your language arts project. It's due tomorrow.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Today you took the vocabulary test and got new reading logs.

Instead of giving the speeches today, you practiced giving the speech with a partner.

Tomorrow you'll give your speeches.

Tonight's homework is to practice your speech.

Be sure your speech has a clear beginning, middle and end. You will be standing in front of the class without holding any notes. Your speech must be between 45 and 90 seconds in length. Say what the book is about, why you liked it and why you would recommend it.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Today in class we spent time preparing for the vocabulary test and working on our language arts projects.

The vocabulary test has been delayed until Monday.

You have a lot of weekend homework. Here it is:

1. Complete your reading log.
2. Study for your vocabulary test.
3. Complete your vocabulary take-home test and have it ready to turn in on Monday. (It was originally due today.)
4. Work on your language arts project. The due date of March 11 is fast approaching.
5. Prepare to give a speech on Monday about your A.R. book. Be sure your speech has a clear beginning, middle and end. You will be standing in front of the class without holding any notes. Your speech must be between 45 and 90 seconds in length. Say what the book is about, why you liked it and why you would recommend it.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Today we worked on our language arts projects.

Tonight's homework is a vocabulary take-home test.

Tomorrow, you will have a test on the same material.

Be sure to study.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Today is your 2nd and final chance to join Midnight Shakespeare.

The language arts project is due on March 11. 
See the post from March 3 for details.

Tonight's homework is to write about what you are planning to do for your project.

Here is more information about your project.

You have a choice of doing one of the following:

1. A play
2. A video
3. A book
4. A report

The report is to be on Greek and Roman mythology. Describe the characteristics of each and explain how they are different. Use multiple sources. Your report must be 100% in your own words. It is to be 1000 to 2000 words in length. Drawings and pictures are encouraged.

The play, video and book have to do with the following nine stories:

The Highwayman
The Cask of Amontillado
Echo and Narcissus
Prometheus 
Arachne
Demeter and Persephone
King Midas
Medusa
The White Snake

For the book, you are to rewrite each story in your own words. Each story should be about a page. You should have one drawing or picture for each story (but not on the same page that you have words.).

For the play, you are to pick out a story and perform it in class with other students.

For the video, you are to make a video of one of the stories. The other actors do not have to be other students of mine.

Grades will be based on effort and results--especially effort.

If you have any questions, send me an email.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Today was STAR testing day. Great fun.

Today in class we read The White Snake and worked on
 "Red Lit. p. 53-54, #1-8"

Tonight's homework is the 45/15 routine of reading your A.R. book for 45 minutes, and then writing for 15 minutes about what you read. In your first sentence, it's required that you state what page you started on and what page you ended on. As always, be sure you bring your A.R. book to school tomorrow.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Today we worked on pages from the Red Lit. book.

"Red Lit. p. 38, #1-12"
"Red Lit. p. 49, #1-8"

And we got new reading logs.

Homework for tonight is the new proofreading half-sheet, 69B.

Here are some clues.

capital                 6
apostrophe         1
comma                8
period                  3
take-out               1   (The take-out symbol will be taking out a question mark.)
word                     5
question mark    1
-------------------------------
total:                    25

And some more clues:

Line           Number of corrections

1                            3
6                            0
8                            7
10                          2


Students attending Midnight Shakespeare today are not required to do this homework.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Your homework for this weekend is to complete your reading log.

On Monday there will be the first meeting of Midnight Shakespeare. Students of mine who participate get a massive amount of extra credit, homework waivers and special privileges. 


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Today in class we read Leo Tolstoy's story called The Two Brothers.

Your homework for tonight is to title a half sheet of paper, "The Two Brothers" and then answer these questions: Which brother would you have wanted to have been? Why?




Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Homework for tonight:

1. Write on a half sheet of paper a summary or a response to the newspaper article "An Act of Kindness." Be sure to describe both main characters. Who are they? What did they do? Why?

2. Complete the proofreading half sheet 67B.

Clues for the proofreading:

Line    Number of errors

1        1
2        2
3        2
4        5
5        1
6        3
7        2
8        1
9        2
10        0
11        3
_________
total:  22

Kinds:

Capitals               5   (Remember that there are two types.)
Apostrophes       1
Commas              7    
Periods                3
Take-outs            2  (You will take out punctuation.)
Word                    4
________________
total:                    22





Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today in class we peer evaluated our compositions.

Tonight's homework is the 45/15 routine: Read your A.R. book for 45 minutes and then write about what you read for 15 minutes. Please indicate your starting page number and your ending page number.



Monday, February 23, 2009

Today we read the school newspaper and the Greek tale of King Midas.

Your homework for tonight is to write a composition from 100 to 250 words in length with one of these titles:

King Midas
Be Careful What You Wish For
The Greediest Person I Ever Met
Why People Are Selfish
Why People Are Greedy
The Most Important Things In Life


Friday, February 13, 2009

Your homework for the weekend is to complete your reading log. Be sure it is filled out properly and signed and be sure you total up the columns and convert the minutes to hours and minutes.



Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today in class we read the story about Demeter and Persephone. 

Your homework is to summarize the story.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Today in class we read and evaluated the compositions.

Tonight's homework is write a second draft and to staple it to your first draft. The second draft goes on top.

For extra credit, send me a copy of the second draft in email.


Tuesday, February, 10, 2009

Today in class we did a bit of SST and did more work out of the Green Lit and Red Lit books. 

Tonight's homework is write a composition titled "What Is Friendship?" or "What Is Love"  or "A Valentine's Day I'll Remember."  It should be between 100 and 250 words.


Monday, February 9, 2009

I was out again today. Mr. Pascual was your wonderful substitute. Once again you worked out of the Green Lit and Red Lit books.

Homework: Read your A.R. book for 45 minutes and then write about what you read for 15 minutes.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Today we finished up our peer evaluations and read a little bit from a parody on Medusa.

The weekend homework is to complete your reading log.



Thursday, February 5, 2009

Today in class we did some more peer evaluation.

Tonight's homework is again, read your A.R. book for 45 minutes and then write for 15 minutes about what you read.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

You had a sub today and worked out of the Red Level Lit. book.

"Red Lit. p. 13, #1-8, 10"

"Red Lit. p. 16, #1-7"

"Red Lit. p. 19, # 1-9"

These were questions about "How Humans Got Fire," "The Origin of Fire," and "The Fateful  Contest, " the story about Arachne. 

The homework that was supposed to be due today will be due tomorrow along with your first and second draft of your myth. 

Tonight's new homework is a 15  minute writing on your A. R. book after you read it for 45 more minutes.

For extra credit, send me the second draft  of your myth in email. Please put your first and last name in the title line.

Please hold on to your Peer Evaluation Sheet. We'll be working on it again soon.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

You had a sub today and worked out of the Green Lit. book.

"Green Lit. p. 26-27, #1-16" 

"Green Lit. p. 30, #1-8" 

"Green Lit. p. 36, #1-8"



These questions are about Hermes, Phaethon and Pygmalion.



The homework that was supposed to be due today will be due tomorrow. 

In addition, you have a 15 minute writing to do for homework on your current A. R. book. Please read it for 45 minutes tonight before you write.

For extra credit, send me the second draft  of your myth in email. Please put your first and last name in the title line.

Please hold on to your Peer Evaluation Sheet. We'll be working on it again soon.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Today in class we read each other's myths and entered reactions on a peer evaluation sheet. And, like every Monday, we all got new reading logs.

Tonight's homework is to write a second draft. Staple the second draft to the first draft with the second draft on top.

For extra credit, send me your second draft in email. Please put your first and last name in the title line.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Today in class we saw a short video on Arachne and we worked on our original myths.

Your homework for this weekend is to finish writing your myth and to complete your reading log.

For extra credit:

1. Email me your myth.
2. Find good, appropriate You-Tube videos of Greek myths and send me the links.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today in class we read the myth about Arachne.

Your homework is to start writing your own myth on the origin of one of the following:

lady bug
stink bug
centipede
butterfly
worm
mosquito
rainbow

The title should be:

"How The ____________ Came To Be"

This will be due on Monday but I want you to work on it tonight and show me your progress tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Your homework for tonight is to write a one page composition on "Phaethon and Pygmalion."

What happened in the myths? What mistakes did they make? Why did they make these mistakes? What did they learn from their mistakes? What are supposed to learn from the myth?


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today we proofread the 15 minute writings and read Super Dooper Jezebel, a parody by Tony Roth.. We also read the myth of Phaethon from the Green Lit. book.

Tonight's homework to write a 2nd draft of your composition. Staple both drafts together with the 2nd draft on top.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Today we read The Trickery of Hermes from the Green Lit. book, p. 24.

Your homework today is a 15 minute writing on one of the following:

  • The Trickery of Hermes
  • Your A.R. book
  • The exciting things you did or didn't do during the weekend.
  • The grade you believe you deserve in this class and why.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Today we worked out of the Green Lit. Book on mythology.

Your homework for this weekend is to complete your reading log.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today you had a substitute and you worked out of the Green Level Literature book.

"Medusa p. 42, #1-14"
"Green Lit. p. 14, #1-9"
"Green Lit. p. 20, #1-10"
 
Your homework for tonight is:

"Read your A.R. for 45 minutes and then write for 15 minutes about what you read."


You will also turn in tomorrow the homework that was originally due today, the two drafts of your composition.




Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Your homework is to write a 2nd draft of your composition. Staple it to your first draft with your 2nd draft on top.



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Your homework today is to write a composition on the inauguration or one of the two SisterSalad videos that you see on this page. One is about Twilight and the other is about using good punctuation and grammar online. Your composition should be between 50 and 200 words.


Monday, January 19, 2009

No school today. Martin Luther King's birthday.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Your homework is to complete your reading log.





YouTube Video



Thursday, January 15, 2009


Summarize what you read about Medusa. Have your summary be between 30 and 100 words.



Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Today we read the story Echo and Narcissus. 


Tonight's homework is:


"Literature p. 208, #1-10; p. 209; p. 212-213"


Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Homework:


"Literature p. 168, #1-9; p. 169; p. 173, #1-6"



Monday, January 12, 2009


Today in class we took the district writing test.


Homework today: Read your A.R. book for at least an hour and have it documented in your reading log with a parent signature.


FreeRice.com extra-credit will still be accepted.




Friday, January 9, 2009


Today in class you were tested on the recitation of your stanzas.


Homework is your reading log and the take-home test.


Your take-home test:


1. Write a person's first name that happens to be an iamb.
2. Write a person's first name that happens to be an iamb.
3. Write a person's first name that happens to be an iamb.
4. Write a person's first name that happens to be an iamb.
5. Write a person's first name that is not an iamb.
6. Write a person's first name that is not an iamb.
7. Write a person's first name that is not an iamb.
8. Write a person's first name that is not an iamb.
9. Write the name of a school that is an iamb.
10. Write a line of iambic pentameter.
11. Write a line of iambic pentameter.
12. Write a line of iambic pentameter.


(You may cheat on this test on Saturday, but not on Sunday.)


Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today in class we had the second spelling test and we talked more about iambs and iambic pentameter.


"A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!" 


There you have five iambs, a line of iambic pentameter.


Homework:


1. Practice the stanza you're going to recite.


2. Read your A.R. book for 45 minutes then write about what you read for 15 minutes. (If you got an A on your spelling test, you do not have to do this.)



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today in class we had the spelling test and we recited stanzas from the poem.

Tomorrow we're going to have the test again and we will continue working on reciting the poetry.

Your homework for tonight is to study for the spelling test and to practice the stanza you're going to recite.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today in class we read the poem The Highwayman.

Homework:

1. Study for the spelling test.
2. Practice reciting a stanza from the poem.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Today in class we had a spelling bee.

Your homework for tonight is to read your A.R. book for 45 minutes and then to write about what you read for 15 minutes.

The spelling test on the 100 words has been delayed until Wednesday.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Today in class we worked on the spelling words.

Here's what I'd like you to do during your vacation:

Study the 100 spelling words.

Have a parent or older sibling give you the test.

Study the words you missed.

Have your parent/sibling test you a day or two later.

On January 5th, bring to school both tests plus your reading log for the week of December 15th. (The tests should be corrected and signed by the test-giver.)

On Monday, January 5th we will have a spelling bee. On Tuesday, we will have a written spelling test.

The two top students from each class will get extra-credit plus they'll go on to compete in the school-wide bee.

If during the classroom spelling bee we have more than two students remaining after going through the 100 words, another list of words will be used. What will those words be? They will be from this list of 300 words. And what will we do if we still have more than two people remaining? In that case, we will have a mud wrestling contest or a tractor pull. If no mud or tractors are available, we'll use words from www.spellingbee.org 

The 100 Spelling Words:


1. coordinate
2. explicitly
3. malfunction
4. residency
5. bilateral
6. exasperated
7. interior
8. knuckle
9. mousse
10. substantial
11. prohibited
12. botanist
13. crevice
14. nominal
15. refute
16. forceps
17. exclamatory
18. brethren
19. empathetic
20. kaleidoscope
21. logistics
22. jamboree
23. minimization
24. boisterous
25. extrasensory
26. azalea
27. disinfectant
28. budgetary
29. aghast
30. infuriate
31. emancipation
32. suffocate
33. politician
34. menial
35. conqueror
36. bludgeon
37. telegenic
38. scoundrel
39. lattice
40. femur
41. delinquent
42. compulsory
43. granular
44. rationalize
45. tyrannous
46. promontory
47. misnomer
48. inessential
49. etiquette
50. paraplegic
51. Crusoe
52. pandit
53. fiasco
54. impasse
55. discern
56. Parmesan
57. bolero
58. macron
59. flamenco
60. samurai
61. eureka
62. knavery
63. diesel
64. cossack
65. flamboyant
66. buccaneer
67. mahal
68. schloss
69. odori
70. guilder
71. periphery
72. monotonous
73. isinglass
74. olio
75. maladroit
76. satellite
77. tenant
78. marital
79. separate
80. compliment
81. irritate
82. succeed
83. aggravate
84. possess
85. collaborate
86. persuade
87. censer
88. parallel
89. conscious
90. martial
91. corroborate
92. libel
93. illicit
94. embarrass
95. tenet
96. biennial
97. immigrate
98. flout
99. conscientious
100. gamut



Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today in class we listened to John Henry Faulk's NPR radio tale about picking up the hitchhiker who was carrying an orange the day after Christmas. For extra credit, you can summarize the story.

If you'd like to hear it again, click here.

For homework, you are to write down all 18 vocabulary words from the 1897 editorial letter addressed to Virginia O'Hanlon. Write down what you think the word means from the context and then write down the dictionary definition.



Editorial Page, 1897, New York Sun




Dear Editor,


I am eight years old. 


Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. 


Papa says "If you see it in the Sun it's so" 


Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?


Virginia O'Hanlon

115 West 95th Street

New York City




Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. 


They do not believe except what they see. 


They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. 


All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. 


Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished


Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!  You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove?  


Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. 


Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn?  Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.


You tear apart a baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. 


Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. 


Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.


No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. 


A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


Wednesday, December, 17, 2008

Today we watched the conclusion of A Christmas Carol.

For homework tonight, you have three items:

1. Write a one page composition on one of the following topics:

a. Your plans for winter break.
b. Summary of A Christmas Carol.
c. Pretend you are the manager of Macy's. Write up a list of rules and for the Santa Clauses that you hire.

2. Literature p. 201, 202, 212, 213, 215, 216" (Originally due today.)

3. Proofreading half-sheet 67A. (Originally due on Tuesday)


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Today you had a sub. Homework for tonight is:

"Literature p. 201, 202, 212, 213, 215, 216"

and the proofreading half-sheet you were assigned on Monday.



Monday, December 15, 2008

Today we took a district test.

Homework: Proofreading half-sheet 67A.

Clues

line/number of correction marks
1    3
2    4
3    1
4    1
5    4
6    0
7    2
8    0
9    1
10    4
-----------
total:  20

capitals                    6
apostrophe              3
comma                    6
period                      1
take-out symbol    1
word                        2
close space            1
---------------------------------
total:                        20

Further clues:

The take-out symbol will take out an apostrophe and the close space symbol will close up the space to make anyone just one word.


Friday, December 12, 2008 -- Bryce Day

Homework for the weekend: complete your reading log.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Homework: Answer with complete sentences the questions for the Floyd Dell story, My Sixth Christmas.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tonight's assignment is to compare and contrast the Honeymooners Christmas show with The Gift of the Magi. You may write a 3-5 paragraph paper, draw a three column chart or make a Venn diagram.

Honeymooners Part 1


Honeymooners Part Two


Honeymooners



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Your homework for tonight is to answer the 17 questions about The Gift of the Magi.

What was the relationship between Jim and Della? 

What color were Della's fingers?

What color was her hair?

What color was the carpet?

What color was the watch?

What color was the watch chain?

What color was Madame Sofronie?

What wet the carpet?

What was Della doing when she got the idea of selling her hair?

How long was Della's hair? 

Why was Della looking at a cat walking on a fence? 

When is there another reference to a cat?

What does the author tell us about the couch? The door bell? The rug?  Jim's overcoat? Jim's gloves? And why does he tell us these things?

Describe what a setter is like the moment it detects the scent of a quail.

Why are we asked to regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction?

Della will be able to use the combs  someday when her hair grows back, but will Jim ever be able to use his present? Give your opinion and explain it.

Were Jim and Della wise or dumb? Give your opinion and explain.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Today we read The Gift of the Magi and talked about the difference between prose and poetry.

Your homework is to write a half page summary about Jim and Della and to complete the crossword puzzle. 

5 Down and 21 Across are both SCRUTINY.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Today we talked about parodies, literary allusions and finding the meaning of words in context. 

We can assume a "courser" is probably a reindeer by the context in The Night Before Christmas. 

"Fresh malice dancing in his head" is a literary allusion because it refers to a line in The Night Before Christmas.

The "Bilingual" version of The Night Before Christmas is a parody.

Your weekend homework is to complete your reading log and to finish all 32 words on your vocabulary sheet.

Free answers:

depreciate--to speak of as being of little value 
coax--persuade
beggar--to exceed the limits
mendicancy--begging
instigate--to urge on

Have any other questions? If so, you may send me one question via email.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Today we had silent sustained reading of our AR books and then we reviewed the answers for the homework questions.

Everyone got a pink sheet today with vocabulary words and definitions.

Your homework for tonight is to write down the first 16 words from the following word list of 32 and then to write next to then the matching definitions.

The Gift of the Magi vocabulary


Vocabulary Words:


adorn 

appertaining

ardent

assertion 

beggar 

chaste 

coax 

coveted 

depreciate 

discreet 

ecstatic

fob

impute

inconsequential

instigate

laborious

mammoth

mendicancy

meretricious

nimble

parsimony

predominating

prudence

ransack

reflection

scrutiny

sentiments

sterling

subside

tress

unassuming

vestibule


Definitions


agile, moving quickly and lightly

attractive in a false, showy way

begging

blame, charge

careful management

close examination

decorate, add beauty

difficult

enormous

excellent

feelings

having controlling influence

having to do with

illogical, unimportant

lock of human hair

marked by wise self-restraint

not bold or showy

overpowering feeling of delight

persuade

pure and simple

search through every part

serious thought

sink to a lower level

small entrance hall

something declared

tending to be too careful in spending

to exceed the limits

to speak of as being of little value

to urge on

warmth of feeling

watch chain or ribbon

wished for, desired

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Today we worked on our portfolio reflection sheets for our 1st, 2nd and 3rd drafts of our compositions which addressed standard LA7.3.

For tonight's homework, you are to answer these 22 questions with complete sentences:


             The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus--22 Questions


Who are the two reindeer that are mentioned?

Why, according to Jabez, did he act so bad?

What are the two different emotions that Jabez showed when he saw Santa?

Why did his parents die?

Did Jabez brush his teeth in the right way? Explain your answer.

Describe his table manners.

In what state did Jabez live?

What is a saucy boy?

What did his parents deplore?

What are two ways that his neighbors showed that they cared about him?

What is one thing that the neighbors disliked most about Jabez?

What is one way that shows that the neighbors didn't like Jabez?

What language did Ogden Nash lift from The Night Before Christmas?

What was mournful?

What was untidy?

What did people view with a grin?

What kind of grades did Jabez get in school?

Why didn't the kids dare to hang up their stockings?

What did his parents hurry through?

Why did they hurry through it?

Who mocked whom?

What's one word that would describe Jabez's hair?



Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Today in class we watched some Standard Deviants talk about nouns and pronouns.

We read The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus. 

Homework:

Find seven of the most difficult words in the poem, copy the lines that they appear in and then look up and write the definition.


THE BOY WHO LAUGHED 
AT SANTA CLAUS

By Ogden Nash

In Baltimore there lived a boy,
He wasn't anybody's joy.
Although his name was Jabez Dawes,
His character was full of flaws.
In school he never led his classes,
He hid old ladies' reading glasses,
His mouth was open when he chewed,
And elbows to the table glued. 

He stole the milk of hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked
"No Admittance."
He said he acted thus because
There wasn't any Santa Claus.
Another trick that tickled Jabez
Was crying "Boo!" at little babies.
He brushed his teeth, they said in town,
Sideways instead of up and down. 


Yet people pardoned every sin,
And viewed his antics with a grin,
Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,
"There isn't any Santa Claus!"
Deploring how he did behave,
His parents swiftly sought their grave.
They hurried through the portals pearly,
And Jabez left the funeral early. 

Like whooping cough, from child to child,
He sped to spread the rumor wild:
"Sure as my name is Jabez Dawes
There isn't any Santa Claus!"
Slunk like a weasel or a marten
Through nursery and kindergarten,
Whispering low to every tot,
"There isn't any, no there's not!" 

The children wept all Christmas Eve
And Jabez chortled up his sleeve.
No infant dared to hang up his stocking
For fear of Jabez' ribald mocking.
He sprawled on his untidy bed,
Fresh malice dancing in his head,
When presently with scalp a-tingling,
Jabez heard a distant jingling;
He heard the crunch of sleigh and hoof
Crisply alighting on the roof. 

What good to rise and bar the door?
A shower of soot was on the floor.
What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?
The fireplace full of Santa Claus!
Then Jabez fell upon his knees
With cries of "Don't," and "Pretty please."
He howled, "I don't know 
where you read it,
But anyhow, I never said it!" 

"Jabez," replied the angry saint,
"It isn't I, it's you that ain't.
Although there is a Santa Claus,
There isn't any Jabez Dawes!"
Said Jabez with impudent vim,
"Oh, yes there is; and I am him!
Your magic don't scare me, it doesn't"---
And suddenly he found he wasn't! 

From grimy feet to grimy locks,
Jabez became a Jack-in-the-box,
An ugly toy with springs unsprung,
Forever sticking out his tongue.
The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;
They searched for him, but not with zeal.
No trace was found of Jabez Dawes,
Which led to thunderous applause,
And people drank a loving cup
And went and hung their stockings up. 

All you who sneer at Santa Claus,
Beware the fate of Jabez Dawes,
The saucy boy who mocked the saint.
Donder and Blitzen licked off his paint. 


Monday, December 1, 2008

Homework:

1. Write a second draft of your 12 minute writing onto a full sheet of paper. Bring to class tomorrow your first and second draft.

2. Proofreading half sheet 65B. The first letter of the last line is an S.

If you didn't get a reading log today, be sure you get one tomorrow.





Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

Homework:

1. Reading log. 

2. Proofreading half-sheet 65A. (You're given more time on it.)


Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

Your homework for tonight is the proofreading half-sheet 65A.

Clues:

Line  Number of correction symbols
1            5
2            1
3            3
4            4
5            3
6            2
7            5
8            3
9            2
           ____
             27

Capitalization     8  (7 and 1)
Apostrophe          2
Comma                 6
Period                    2
Word                      5
Underline              1
Take-out symbol  3
                           _______
                               27

More clues:

You'll underline the name of the ship. 
The take-out symbols will take out two question marks and one period.

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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

We took tests today.

Homework: Write a second draft of your speech paper.


Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Homework: Study for tomorrow's vocabulary test which will be on the same words you were tested on today plus all of the words you made cards for.

These are the words you should have on your cards:

docile
extolling
staid
elusive
cowered
valiant
consolation
impotent
derisive
voracious
diminutive
ambulare
dicere
ducere
ignire
jus
mater
pedis
terra
terrere


Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Today we heard some of the speeches. Tomorrow, you'll have another chance to give your speech if you want to try to do a better job.

Homework: Study for tomorrow's vocabulary test which will be on the vocabulary words from pages 118, 203 and 224 of your literature book.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

Your homework is your reading log and to practice your speech if you didn't give it yet or if you want to redo it.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008


Your homework for tonight is to practice your speech.  Remember, it must be between 45 and 90 seconds and you can't read it.

Also, please work on the third draft of your composition if you didn't turn it in today.

For extra credit, you may email a copy of your composition to my AOL account. Please be sure your first and last name are in the subject line of the email.


Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Homework:

1. Third draft of your composition. (Along with the first and second draft.)

It must be on white, unlined paper. Illustrations and photographs are encouraged. A paper mounted on colored paper would be nice. Be sure to follow the proper form in terms of indenting, skipping lines and putting your name in the byline.

2. A written copy of the speech you plan to give.

The speech can be about one of your A.R. books, about the recent election or anything having to do with Morrill. The speech should express an opinion and/or make a recommendation.

Speeches should be between 45 and 90 seconds in length.

Know your speech well enough so you won't have to read from your paper but try not to memorize it word for word.



Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008


Verteran's Day

No school

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

No school

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

Today in class we started the composition, "What I'm Thankful For."

We started with a pre-writing activity on an unlined piece of paper then we worked on the first draft and had it peer edited by three students.

Your weekend homework is to finish your first draft and then write a second draft.

Do not put your normal heading of name, date and period in the upper right-hand corner of your second draft.

The title and byline and all paragraphs must be left justified. No indenting. Between paragraphs, skip a line.

The title has four capital letters and the byline has three. Do not place a colon or a comma after the word "By" in the byline.

Here's an example of what you should have:

What I'm Thankful For
By Joe Student

Keep in mind that what you write will be made public.

The first and second draft will be due on Wednesday plus your reading log.


Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Today we took the promised test and most classes did well.

Tonight's homework:

1. Proofreading half-sheet 63B. (No clues today.)
2. "11-14" (from the sentences sheet you've been working on.)


Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Today in class we saw Mr. Obama's victory speech and we talked politics.

We also talked about infinitives and forms of "to be."

Your homework for tonight is:

1. Study for the test tomorrow on infinitives and the members of the "to be" family. You will need to memorize all eight  forms of "to be." 

is am are was were be being been

2. Complete the half sheet titled "Four Sentences" on the front and "5-10" on the back. Follow the directions on the sheet you took home.

3. "Vocabulary p. 118 and 203" Write a sentence of your own for each of these ten vocabulary words.


Tuesday,  Nov. 4, 2008

Today we read the story that starts on p. 186 of the green literature book.

Your homework for tonight is "Literature p. 196, #1-7."

In lieu of the literature homework, you may watch 90 minutes of TV election coverage. (Be sure to have this verified with a signed parent note.)


Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

Your homework for tonight is to write a second draft of the 12 minute writing you did in class today.

The second draft should be on a full sheet of paper.

Indicate on the back of the paper if it's fiction, nonfiction or half and half. (F, NF, H/H)

The first draft needs to be stapled to the second draft.

Because the first draft is just a half sheet this time, it should go on top.


Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

Today I came to school in the costume of Mr. Pascual. I'm surprised that a lot of students didn't know that was really me.

Your weekend homework is:

1. Your reading log.
2. "Literature p. 139, #1-5; p. 144, #1-11."
3. The story sheet homework that was originally due on Thursday.



Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

Today in class we scared ourselves with more stories. Students who didn't get a chance to tell a story will have an opportunity tomorrow.

Tonight's homework is to complete the sheet I gave you in class. Be sure to fill out the bottom and attach extra sheets if needed.

Please do not wear ninja costumes tomorrow because it makes me a little nervous.

                                                                                     

Click above to hear Kevin Kling tell his story.

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Today we heard the story called The Woodcutter and then we told some stories.

For homework you have two choices:

1. Summarize The Woodcutter.
2. Prepare to tell a story in class tomorrow.

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

Today in class we read Poe's own words.

Homework:

Two choices:

1. Write a ghost story. It can be original or one you've heard.

2. Define the following in your own words:

1. gesticulation
2. impunity
3. immolate
4. hearken
5. fetter
6. aperture
7. motley
8. circumscribe

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Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Today in class we went over the plot of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.

Homework: Summarize the story.

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Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

I was out sick again today. Oh boy. Sick is not fun. But I'll be back on Monday.

Your new homework, along with your reading log, is "Literature p. 134, #1-12"

Also, remember to bring to class the homework that was due on Thursday and Friday.

Who subbed for my class? I hope he or she was nice.

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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

Today in class you worked out of the blue literature book answering questions 1-12 on page 484.

Tonight's homework is to write a second draft of the compostion that was originally due today. 

You didn't turn in that composition because I was out sick today.


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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

Today in class we read Sorry, Wrong Number.

Your homework for tonight is to summarize what you read and to write about a strange or interesting  experience of your own that you had with a phone. What you write should be at least 50 words.



(Sorry, Wrong Number)

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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

Today we corrected the Three Sentences.

1. yes my brother can play the guitar good
1. Yes, my brother can play the guitar well.

2. this tree should of groan taller
2. This tree should have grown taller.

3. the thief stealed alot of candy yesterday
3. The thief stole a lot of candy yesterday.

And then we listened to the original recording of The Hitchhiker.

Homework: 

Write a paper titled "The Minor Characters of The Hitchhiker."

In your paper you will describe the characters and tell how they contribute to the plot.

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2008


Today we read the old radio play, The Hitchhiker.

The homework for tonight is "Three Sentences" on a half sheet of paper.

1. yes my brother can play the guitar good
2. this tree should of groan taller
3. the thief stealed alot of candy yesterday

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Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Your homework for the weekend is:

1. Reading log.
2. "Literature p. 60, #1-6"

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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

Today in class we watched the video of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.

For homework, I'm just giving you on extra day to do what was due today:

1. "Literature p. 78" (any 10 questions)

2. "Literature p. 88, #1-4, 7" Also on this paper, please define the scapegoat in your own words.

Remember,  I expect answers to be with complete sentences.

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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Today in class we read Act II of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street and we corrected the Five Sentences homework. Here are the answers:

1. Me and my Uncle 

always goes to the 

movies.


1. My uncle and I 

always go to the 

movies.


2. Us boys went to 

Sams house.


2. We boys went to 

Sam's house.


3. We buyed these 

books yesterday.


3. We bought these 

books yesterday.


4. Him and her brang 

three apples.


4. He and she brought 

three apples.


5. I done what I could 

but Julie werent fast 

enough.


5. I did what I could 

but Julie wasn't fast 

enough.


Some classes heard a little bit about Bloody Mary and some did not.

Two items for tonight's homework:

1. "Literature p. 78" (any 10 questions) (This was originally due today but I'm giving students an extra day on it so they can make sure that all answers are with complete sentences.)

2. "Literature p. 88, #1-4, 7" Also on this paper, please define the scapegoat in your own words.

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Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008

Today in class we read the first act of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.

Two items for homework tonight:

1. Get a parent signature for your Five Sentences. The signature indicates a parent checked over your spelling and grammar.

2. "Literature p. 78"  Answer any 10 of the 12 questions. Use complete sentences.

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Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

Today in class we took the vocabulary test.

Homework for tonight:

Five Sentences:

1. Me and my Uncle always goes to the movies.
2. Us boys went to Sams house.
3. We buyed these books yesterday.
4. Him and her brang three apples.
5. I done what I could but Julie werent fast enough.



Please do these on a half-sheet of paper. Only have the correct sentences on the paper you turn in.


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Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Homework:

1. Reading log.
3. Study for the vocabulary test that you will have on Monday.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

Tonight's homework:

1. Show a parent your Six Sentences. If you parent agrees that your sentences are perfect, have your parent sign your paper and draw a happy face next to the signature.

2. Have a parent quiz you on your 20 vocabulary words until you get a 100% correct. Then have the parent sign a note on a half sheet stating that you were tested and that you know all the words.

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Today in class we corrected the proofreading half-sheet and the Four Sentences assignment.

Here are the Four Sentences written correctly:

1. We're going to write an

editorial today.


2. "Please be nice," said

 Mr. Smith.


3. The new teacher's 

name is Mr. Carson.


4. "Get out of here," he 

said, "before I call the 

police."


Tonight's homework is "Six Sentences."

1. why cant i lie the papers on the table.
2. jose almost freezed to death in yosemite.
3. there is three things we still need.
4. she was the most pretty of all the girls.
5. he shaked the box to hard.
6. mom will have took me their for times after today.

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Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

Today in class we corrected the Five Sentences. Here are the answers:

1. Jeff chose Mel and me. 
2. The thief had 
stolen a radio.
3. There are the five copies of the book.
4. They're not controlling him well.
5. It's true that only 
one of us is going.

Then we watched some of the A&E biography of Edgar Allan Poe. 

I didn't collect the proofreading half-sheet because I want people to spend more time on it. It will be due tomorrow.

Also due tomorrow will be Four Sentences:

1. were gonna right a 
editorial today.
2. please be nice said mr 
smith.
3. the knew teachers name 
is mr carson.
4. get outa hear he said 
before i calls the police.

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Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

Today in class we corrected the Five Sentences that were given on Friday and we got new reading logs.

Here are the correct answers for the Five Sentences:

1. David and I went to the store.

2. He brought home a pretty picture.

3. Larry and I had lunch.

4. We should have seen them yesterday.

5. The burglar took all his toys.


Homework for tonight:

Five Sentences (new ones): 

(Copy these down as is then write them the correct way)

1. Jeff choosed i and Mel.
2. the theif had stole a radio.
3. theres the five copies of the book.
4. their not controling him good.
5. its true that only one of us are going.

Proofreading half-sheet 63A

Clues:

1    3            Cap                9
2    5            Comma         5
3    3            Period           5
4    2            Take-out       1
5    4            Word             5
6    0            Hyphen         1
7    3            Colon            1
8    4            ____________
9    1            Total            27
10  2
     _____
total: 27

More clues:

The hyphen will be in line 2.
In line 5 you'll put in a colon, two periods and a capital--in that order.

The take-out symbol will take out the question mark in line 10 and you'll put a period at the end of the line.
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Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

Three things for homework this weekend:

1. Reading log.

2. Flash cards for words 6-11:

consolation
impotent
derisive
voracious
diminutive

3. "Five Sentences" On this paper you correct the five sentences I wrote on the board:

1. David and me went to the store.
2. He brang home a pretty picture.
3. Me and Larry had lunch.
4. We should of saw them yesterday.
5. The burglar taked all his toys.


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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

Tonight's homework is to write a second draft of the Twelve Minute Writing you wrote in class.

Extra Credit: Watch the Bide-Palin debate today and discuss it with your parents. Then have your parents write you a note documenting that you did that. I think it's on tonight at 6 PM on PBS.

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Today in class we took the test on the nine Latin words from page 41 of your literature book.

ambulare
dicere
ducere
ignire
jus
mater
pedis
terra
terrere
Tonight's homework:

1. Make flash cards for words 1-6.

docile
extolling
staid
elusive
cowered
valiant

2. Write the defintions of all 20 words on your "Vocabulary" list. Please get the definitions from your literature book. They're on pages 6, 15, 20, 41, 48, 63 and 64.

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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Homework:

Bring to class tomorrow your sheet titled "Vocabuarly." It should have twenty words on it:

docile
extolling
staid
elusive
cowered
valiant
consolation
impotent
derisive
voracious
diminutive
ambulare
dicere
ducere
ignire
jus
mater
pedis
terra
terrere


Study for tomorrow's test which will be on the last nine words. What do they mean? See page 41 of your literature book.


Also part of your homework is make flashcards for these nine Latin words. How? On the front of an index card, write the word in big, bold letters. Color would be nice. On the back, draw an illustration. Again, color would be nice. Under the illustration, write what the word means.



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Monday, Sept. 29, 2008

Tonight's homework is to underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice of the 24 sentences you got on a sheet of paper today. Here are the sentences:

To learn about life, you need a few tools.


Sometimes elements are found in their pure form.


If you could magnify a sample of pure water so you could see its atoms, you would notice that the hydrogen and oxygen atoms are joined together in groups of two hydrogen atoms to one oxygen atom.


Like you, the atmosphere is also made mostly of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.


Hydrogen reacts with oxygen to produce water and energy.


When scientists search for life in other parts of our solar system, they begin by looking for water.


Water has many properties to sustain life.


Life as we know it is carbon based.


Like fat, cholesterol is listed on food labels.


When you look in a mirror, you can see your image because when parallel light rays hit the mirror at the same angle, they are all reflected at the same angle.


Surrounded by the Red Sea on the west, the Persian Gulf on the east, and the Arabian Sea to the south, the Arabian Peninsula is mostly a desert.


To survive the Arabian climate, early Arabs organized into tribes whose members were very loyal to one another. 


In ancient times, the peninsula was bounded by many different civilizations. 


Many Arabs lived in villages where they farmed or raised animals. 


As their trade grew, Arab merchants founded towns along the trade routes in Arabia.


Despite his success, Muhammad was dissatisfied.


Inspired, Muhammad returned to Makkah.


To defend his new government, Muhammad built an army.


Two years later, Muhammad died.


The Quran instructs Muslims about how they should live.


For this reason, Muslims strive to follow the Quran.


When Muhammad was six years old, his mother died.


It was in these hills that Muhammad claimed an angel told him, "You are the Messenger of God."


Many of Islam's great philosophers came from Spain. 


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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Today in class we corrected our work and did some reading.

Some students got instant A's on their sentences and some students read ahead in The Pigman.


Hey, and try out the new extra credit opportunity. Just Click Here! 

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Today in class we read some more of The Pigman, up to the part where John and Lorraine see the pig collection, and we did a Ten Minute Writing.

Your homework for tonight is:

1. The proofreading half-sheet that was supposed to be due today.

2.  "Five Sentences About Islam" In this assignment, you copy down five sentences from your history book from the section on Islam. After each sentence, write the page number it comes from. Then underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.

Clues for the half-sheet 61B:


Line   Number of correction symbols:

1        3
2        5
3        0
4        4
5        1
6        0
7        3
8        3
9        3
10      1
     ______
        23

Type of symbols used:


Capitalization:        8
Apostrophe:             2
Comma:                    5
Period:                      4
Word:                        2
Take-out                   1
Colon:                       1
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Total:                       23


More clues:

In line two you're going to use the take-out symbol and you're going to add a period. You're also going to use three symbols for making capitals. 


Extra Credit:

Don't forget that you can still do the Rags to Riches for extra credit.

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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Today in class we read some more of The Pigman and reviewed our grammar homework.

Tonight's homework is the proofreading half-sheet you got in class.

Check back later--perhaps as late as 7PM--to see the clues. 

And don't forget the extra credit you can get by playing Rags to Riches. 

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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Today we reviewed simple subjects and predicates by playing Rags to Riches. 

It's a good program to play from home, too.

We saw the short video satire of Disney genetic engineering.

We read p. 22-25 of The Pigman and talked a little bit about phone pranks.

Tonight's homework is to copy five sentences from your history book having to do with ancient Rome. Underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.


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Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Today we corrected the take-home test and got new reading logs. 

We reviewed subjects and predicates some more with a Power Point program.


And this one, Rags to Riches, is a good one for finding the simple subject and predicate.

We read The Pigman through page 22.

Tonight's homework is to write a composition about the three main characters: John, Lorraine and Mr. Pignati, aka, The Pigman. Title your paper, The Characters of The Pigman

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Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Today in class we read the rest of chapter two of The Pigman and we corrected the homework.

We discussed how in normal sentences, the subject comes before the predicate but in questions, the predicate comes first.

And usually, the subject and predicate appear toward the beginning of a sentence but when the sentence is inverted, there will be a comma and the subject and predicate will be toward the end.

A good way to determine the subject and predicate in a question is to first convert the question into a statement.

Nobody would have missed Are you ready? if it had been You are ready.

The weekend homework is to complete the reading log and this ten item take home test on simple subjects and simple predicates:


1. Peter ate his lunch yesterday.


2. Jim ran home after he heard the news.


3. The book fell off the table.


4. I like Christmas.


5. After my father got home,  my mother gave me my allowance.


6. My dog licked my hand.


7. Behind Walgreen's I saw a fellow dressed in black.


8. You are the one I was  thinking of.


9. Love is everything.


10. Mary laughed at Lester.


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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

Today in class we saw a couple of short videos that touched on subjects and predicates. Here is one of them. And here is the other.

From The Pigman, we found a fragment on page one and a fragment on page two. On page four we found a simile.

We read p. 5 though page 7.

Tonight's homework is to identify the subjects and predicates of the following 16 sentences. Beware of #12 and #15. Very few students got these right in class. Number 15 is especially tricky. 

Here is a free answer. For number 9, the subject is Honesty and the predicate is the word is.

Here's the list of sentences:

Marsha went to the store.


Sometimes the mailmen have lunch.


I am thirsty.


Jason is taking Mary to the dance.


Elephants are our friends.


I feel like flying to the moon.


This school is beautiful.


George Washington was our first president.


Honesty is the best policy.


Mrs. Smith went to college when she was younger.


Underneath the table I saw the cat licking its paws.


Are you ready?


Right after the bed collapsed, the dog barked.


The uniform policy helps students focus on the reason why we have school.


The best part of the book was when the horse found its way home.


I love California when the leaves start to fall from the trees.



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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Today we reviewed subjects and predicates and talked a little bit about objects.

You have two assignments due tomorrow.

The first is titled "Subjects and Predicates."

You are to underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.

Here are the first two sentences:

1. The boy hit the ball.
2. The ball hit the boy.

Sentence number five is:

5. Birds fly.

For sentences 6-10, you are to use these subjects:

cat
teacher
mother
book
tree

The second assignment is titled "Subjects and Predicates #2." On this paper you to write your own five sentences, underlining the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

Today you had a sub.

Your homework is  "Literature p. 36, #1-11."

Also due tomorrow is the homework that was supposed to be due today.

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Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Today in class we turned in reading logs and got new ones.

We corrected the grammar homework and we read the first few pages of The Pigman.

We also started our paper, Five Perfect Sentences.

For tonight's homework:

1. Complete the paper you started, Five Perfect Sentences.
2. Get a book marker.
3. Be sure your Time Tracker has every single English assignment since August 25.

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Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

The weekend homework is:

1. Complete your reading log.
2. Do "Grammar p. 16, Ex. 11"

Free answers:

1. settlers--subject; faced, overcame--verbs
2. Mount McKinley, Mount Whitney--subjects; are--verb
9. view--subject; is--verb
10. forest--subject; cover, help form--verbs

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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Today in class we corrected homework and read p. 14-20 of the literature book in small groups.

Some classes got I.R. books to take home. Other classes, class A and B, will get theirs tomorrow.

Tonight's homework: "Literature p. 14 & 18."

On page 14, do 1-4. On page 18, do the top and the bottom of the page. Answer the top part with complete sentences.

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Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Today in class we corrected our homework, did SSR, reviewed literary terms and talked more about foreshadowing. We also did some oral reading (and in one class, Jasper the Dancing Dog showed his stuff.)

The homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 15-16,  Ex. 9&10"

Free answers for Ex. 10:

1. played, enjoyed
4. used, threw
8. moved, were stopped
10. could help, could block

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Today in class we corrected some of the homework and took the reading test with the stories Two Sisters and a Cat and A Special Christmas Present.

We corrected the reading test in class.

From the literature book, we reviewed the terms on p. 4-5:

plot
conflict 
    external
    internal
climax
resolution
foreshadow

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 12-14, Ex. 7 & 8"

Here are some free answers.

Ex. 7:

1. is called
5. are known
10. save

Ex. 8:

1. parks, monuments
2. Grand Canyon, waterfalls
9. rapids, waterfalls

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Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Today in class we took the short reading test titled "Jasper's Mask."

I collected your reading logs and gave you new ones.

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 10-11, Ex. 5 and 6"

For Ex. 6, you don't have to write out the complete predicate. Just write down the verb, otherwise known as the verb.

Here are some free answers for Ex. 6:

1. are
3. included
4 was

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Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Today in class we did SSR and a Ten Minute Writing.

Weekend homework is to complete your reading log.

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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Today in class we peer evaluated our proofreading half-sheets and played The Number Game.

From the literature book, we read p. 4-12 which includes the story Duffy's Jacket. 

Tonight's homework is "Literature p. 13, #1-4"

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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Today was assembly day. The 7th graders won the running race in the gym!

It sure was nice to hear Mr. Mosley and Mr. Vu give their upbeat welcome talk. 

Today in class we took the district writing test.

Your homework is the proofreading half-sheet you got in class today, 61A. It has a penguin on it.

There are 22 corrections to be made on this half sheet.

Caps                  4
Apostrophes    2
Commas         10
Periods              3
Word                 3
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Total:               22

Corrections per line:

1
4
3
5
2
2
0
5
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Total: 22

And don't change skis in line 2. Nothing is wrong with it.



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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008   


Today we took a test most of the period. It's a language arts test that came from the district office.


Tonight's homework is:


"Grammar p. 6-7, Ex. 1 & 2"


If you didn't pick up a new reading log today, be sure to get one tomorrow. They're kept on a table below Sign Number 10.


Free answers for the homework? Well, I think for Ex. 2, #1 and 3 are the same. I think father is the answer for #2 and he is the answer for #4. But I'm not sure. These are free guesses because this is just from memory. Oh, and I think the word for #1 and #3 starts with an M.

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Monday,  Sept. 1, 2008


Labor Day--No school.

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Friday, Aug. 29, 2008


Today we took a boring reading test for most of the period. Such is life.

Homework for your three day weekend:


1. Complete your reading log. If you only read for 1 or 2 hours, that's OK. Be sure to have it signed.


2. Complete the proofreading 1/2 sheet 53b.

Clues:


Line    Number of corrections

1            2

2            1

3            1

4            1

5            2

6            2

7            4

8            1

9            4

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Total:  18

Types of corrections:

Cap                   6

Apostrophe    1

Comma            5

Peiord              2

Word                2    

Take-out          2   (The take-out symbol will take out marks of punctuation.)

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Total:             18


Free Answers / Clues:


In line nine, you'll use the take-out symbol to replace a period. In its place, you'll insert a different mark of punctuation.


In line five, you'll use a take-out symbol to take out a mark of punctuation.

You'll find the two spelling errors in lines 6 and 7.

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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008


Today we corrected our proofreading paragraphs and did a little A.R. reading.

Tonight's homework is from you grammar textbook. That's the smaller of your two hardbound textbooks. 


Title your paper "Grammar p. 2-3, #1-20"


Here are some free answers:


1. frag. 

2. sent.

3. sent.

13. Subject= it; Predicate=is used.

14. Subject=computers; Predicate=display

20 Subject=inventions, devices; Predicate=make.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Today in class we had these reminders:


1. You need to get your two textbooks from the librarian if you don't have them yet.

2. A.R. books need to be selected by tomorrow.

3. Refrigerator magnet pictures can be given to me as late as Tuesday without penalty for being late.

4. Hold on to the Proofreading Marks you got today. We'll need it all year.

5. Random home visits to check refrigerators will start next week.


Homework for tonight:


1. Complete the proofreading half-sheet, 53A.

2. Bring your A.R. book to class tomorrow.


Clues for the homework assignment:


Line   Number of Corrections

1        5

2        2

3        4

4        2

5        1

6        2

7        1

8        4

9        2

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        23


Caps                        7

Word                        3

Comma                    6

Period                       6

Quoation Mark       1

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Total:                        23


Free Answers:


In line 9 you'll change citys to cities.

In line 6 you'll put a period after B in B.C.

In line 5 you'll want to change the word are to were.

In line 3 you'll insert a quotation mark.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Today in class we did the following:


1. Peer edited our compositions.

2. Went over the reading logs and the A.R. program.

3. Received orange refrigerator magnets.

4. Checked Time Trackers.

5. Played the picnic game.

6. Heard that students need to get literature books from the library if they haven't done so already.

7. Heard that A. R. books need to be brought to class starting on Thursday.


Tonight's homework:


Take a photograph or a draw a picture of your refrigerator with the refrigerator magnet on it. 


If you take a photo, print it out or send it to me in email. 


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Monday, August 25, 2008


Your homework for tonight:


1. Parent Signature Slip.

2. Composition titled, "My Summer."


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Mr. Wright's Classroom Management Plan

2008-2009


Communication


It's important that students, teachers and parents all work together so good communication is essential. 


The best way to contact me is via email at robtwright@aol.com. You can also call me at  923-1930 ext. 4036.


To stay informed about homework visit the classroom website at  YourEnglishHomework.com.  You may also call the homework hotline at 923-1800 ext. 4267. I post homework every day.



Homework


We have homework every day, five days a week.


The minute class begins, every student should have on his desk the homework that was assigned the day before. (If a student is absent the previous day, he turns in the homework that was assigned the last day he was in class.)


Though students may often begin working on their homework during class, they may never turn it in early. It has to go home before it can be turned in. Parents will have the opportunity every evening to check the homework due the next day.



Late Work


Late work may be turned in one day late for half credit. After that, late work will not be accepted.


Students usually do not have to make up work that was assigned during an excused absence. Students returning from an absence will turn in what was assigned on the last day they were in class. 


Extra Credit


Students may make an appointment to see me after school to discuss extra credit opportunities. Extra credit is an effective way to raise a poor grade but the work will be more demanding and it should be undertaken well in advance of the grading cut-off date.


Reading


Your child is required to bring to school a reading book every day. Please help your child select a book that is both high interest and challenging. 


Please review and sign the weekly reading log which is due every Monday.


Grading


Grading is based on effort and academic progress toward meeting district standards. It breaks down this way:


    Homework             = 50%

    Reading               = 20%

    Class work and preparation = 20%

    Special Projects          = 10%



Discipline


Students are expected to be curteous and respectful and to focus on their work. They are expected to arrive on time, stay seated, keep their hands to themselves and to pay attention.


Students who chew gum or arrive late to class late will serve detention.


Only materials required for the lesson will be allowed on the desktop. Personal grooming items must remain in the backpack during class and backpacks are to stay on the floor.


There is zero tolerance for bullying and verbal ridicule. 



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August 25, 2008 


Dear Parents,


I plan to show a video of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, a teleplay thats in our literature text and other video shorts produced by the textbook publisher.


I also plan to show the 1952 version of A Christmas Carol and perhaps a few After School Specials such as The Wave and A Childrens Story.


Later in the year I might show a few A&E biographies of famous authors; Dickens, Poe, Hemingway, etc.


As it relates to the curriculum, I might show excerpts from videos from the following list  "Romeo & Juliet" (Leonard Whiting), "Reduced Shakespeare," "West Side Story," "Shakespeare--Standard Deviants", "Of Mice and Men," "Eye of The Beholder," "Bartleby," "The Garden Party," "The Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge," "Poetic License," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Our Town," "To Kill a Mockingbird," “Akeelah and the Bee, and "Titus Andronicus."


I might also show short video clips from PBS on poetry and educational videos relating to concepts in grammar and vocabulary.



Robert Wright

Morrill Middle School





 

 



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Read logs are due the first of every week. 

You can download a copy of the reading log here. If that doesn't work, try this.


If this page isn't updated, try calling the homework hotline: 923-1800 ext. 4267 and/or send me an email. 

(My email address is ROBT followed by my last name followed by aol dot com.)


By request, here are the two poems by Wisdom.


Is Twilight a good book?

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Recycled cans and bottles in the classroom will be donated to buy a goat for a family in need. For more information, see heifer.org.


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Subjects and predicates.   Just Click Here! 

And here is another one with a science flavor to it.  

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Click here to see Jasper the Dancing Dog of Room C6.



Barack Obama and Mr. Wright are related?

Yes. Your English teacher's DNA is in the White House.


Barack Obama mother was Ann Dunham. Her parents were Stanley Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham who happened to die in early November. Madelyn's mother was Leona McCurry and her mother was Margaret Bell Wright. Margaret's father was Joseph Samuel Wright who was the bother of John Joiner Wright. John Joiner Wright had a son he named Obadiah Columbus Wright after his father but who spelled his name "Obediah." Obadiah Columbus Wright had a son who he named William who had two sons who he named William and John. John had three children, one of them whose name is Robert Wright which happens to be me.


(Just Google Obediah C. Wright and Malinda Jones and you can see the links for yourself.)


But was this relationship enough for me to get tickets to the inauguration? Nope.


San Jose Mercury News

January 17, 2009

For San Jose man, family ties aren't enough

Robert Wright, seventh-grade teacher at Morrill Middle School in San Jose, stumbled across a genealogical Web site this past summer that shows he and Obama share a distant ancestor, Obadiah Columbus Wright. 

He had named his son, 14, Obadiah after the ancestor but had no clue about Obama's connection until he did a routine search of the name. 

After Obama's victory, Wright figured the connection ought to get him an inauguration ticket. 

First, he approached the Obama inaugural planners. 

They sent back an e-mail informing him how to donate to the inaugural committee. 

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a form e-mail telling him that he didn't make the cut. 

She had 60,000 ticket requests. He thought he had the ear of an aide to U.S. Rep Zoe Lofgren and even faxed over the family tree. 

But, alas, no tickets. "I guess my limb grew too far from the family tree.'' 

He'll be watching the inauguration with his students.






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