Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Poetry Reflection

Based on our study of poetry, please take the time now to reflect and respond to what you have learned.

1~ Poetry can be a vital, real part of everyone's life. What place or importance does poetry have in my own life? Does poetry belong to everyone? How do I know?

2~ How does the life and experiences of a poet affect the poem he/she creates?

3~ Choose two poems (one that you have read and one that you have written yourself) and analyze how a poem's form and structure contribute to its meaning. Also, analyze the impact that words/phrases, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and figurative language have on the poem.

At the end of your poetry reflection, please attach the links to your poems in the following order:

- Free Choice poem
- Bio-Poem 
- Where I'm From Poem
- Spine Poem
- Found Poem
- Nonsense Poem
- Apology Poem
- Choices Poem
- Any additional poems that you may have written and submitted via Blogger

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Slice of Life

Step 1: Write every day in the month of March on your blog.

A Slice is a small moment from your life.
It is not a list of everything you did in your day.
It is not a book review or a recipe.
It's a narrative, focused on a teeny, tiny seed in the watermelon of 
your day.

Step 2: Read the blogs of other kids (or teachers) and leave at least two comments every day.

*For more Slice of Life ideas check out here and here.
**To check out which students are participating in the challenge from Mrs. Larson's class go here.  
***To check all the students that are participating in the challenge go here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Character Development/Structure in Bronx

Analyze how Nikki Grimes developments the point of view of one of her characters in Bronx Masquerade by using textual evidence to show how the character changes throughout the novel.

Also, analyze how elements of a story (plot, setting, conflicts, characters) influence each other.

Choose a character and then compare and contrast the structure of the written portion and their poem. Analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bronx Perspectives: Take 1

After being introduced to several characters from Bronx Masquerade, contrast points of view of different characters that you have learned about. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Harlem Renaissance Icon

Based on what you have learned about the Harlem Renaissance which individual(s) stood out the most to you? What was it about them that you admired? What was their role in the Harlem Renaissance and what impact did it have on society?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Quarter 2 Reflections

We have reached the end of 2nd Quarter...can you believe it?! Now take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. Some questions* to consider:

- Of the books you have read this quarter, which was your favorite? Why?

- *In what area do you think you made your biggest improvements in English Language Arts? 
- *What is something you have accomplished since the new year that you are proud of?
- Where are you in your 20 Book Challenge? 
- *What has been the most challenging part of 2nd Quarter for you and what did/can you do to help overcome this?
- How have your blogs been progressing since August? 
- What strategies have benefited you? 
- What have you learned about the world? 
- How have your research skills improved?

Make sure to include a topic sentence and supporting details that fully support your main idea.

*Question must be addressed

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Of Mice and Men: The Movie

Choose one section from Section I, II, or III to explore more closely in your blog for this week. Everyone will be completing Section IV.

Section I
There are several directorial choices that Gary Sinise made that differ from the novel. Comment on these choices.

  1.  In the film, the director shows us “the incident in Weed” differently from how we find out in the book. What’s different? Why do you think he chose to do it that way? How does it change the story?
  2. The book begins with the “stage” set by the pond. In the film, we see George on a train first. Why would the director do this? What is the director telling us about George’s life?
  3. What do you think of the director’s choice of Sharilynn Fenn to play Curley’s wife? Does she look the way you imagined her in the book? Whom would you have chosen?

Section II
There are several scenes added to the movie in which Curley’s wife talks to GeorgeThese scenes are not in the book, or they appear differently in the book.

  1. Briefly describe at least two of these scenes.
  2. How do these new scenes change or add to your opinion of Curley’s wife? What do they show the audience about her? Why do you think the director (or screenwriter) chose to add those scenes?

Section III
Although the plot has the same ending in both the book and the movie, the actual ending moments of each piece are different. The movie ends with a flashback; the book ends with dialogue.

  1. What does the flashback show?
  2. How does the flashback leave the audience feeling at the end of the movie?
  3. Does that feeling match the feeling at the end of the book? Why do you think the director chose to use a different ending rather than just showing exactly what’s in the book?
  4. What is the line of dialogue that ends the book?
  5. What does that line tell us about the speaker?
  6. What feeling does that line leave the reader with? How does it make you feel when he says that?

Section IV
What are your general thoughts, feelings, reactions of Of Mice and Men? What had the most profound impact on you or your understanding of the novella? Who would you recommend this  book to and why?