Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TKAM - Found Poetry

Write a found poem that represents a character and their beliefs or a character through the beliefs of others as present in To Kill a Mockingbird. You must produce 15-20 lines of key words or phrases. Once your poem is finished, please write an explanation of your poem in paragraph form in the commenting section of your blog.

Think of the process in which we went through for our found poem in class.

Poem #1 by Mrs. Larson's class (yet to be titled)

Going back to that place by himself Atticus remained where he was...an unfair advantage over most living things.
Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off too. You know what's going to happen
I couldn't hold my head up in the town, hold your head high, you see it through charge at the fence.
but I don't say to hell with 'em. You know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway.
Instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand
Keep those fists down.

Poem #2 by Mrs. Larson's class (yet to be titled)

We left the corner, crossed the side street that ran in front of the Radley house, and stopped at the gate.
get a look at Boo Radley
He wants to stay inside.
Don't you touch him! I kicked the man swiftly.
He had to take it out on somebody.
Rather it be me than that houseful of children.
The rifle cracked
she died beholden to nothing and nobody
...she said she meant to break herself off it before she died, and that's what she did.
I'd rather it be me
they do get on a lot better without me
We were still equals.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Exploring Nonfiction Reader Response

Reader Response
e questions
1- Write a summary of what you read in your book recently. 

2- Copy a short passage that you found to be interesting. Explain what made it interesting for you. 

3- Explain some of the things that you have learned so far that you are not likely to forget in the near future.

Happy Writing:)

TKAM - Character Relationships

By the close of Chapter 9, Lee has introduced most of the major characters in the book. One way the reader comes to know these characters is through their interaction with Scout. These interactions help to show how each character resembles or differs from Scout.

Characters who reflect aspects of Scout's own character are known as alter egos. Those who are sharply different serve as foils. 

A careful study of these character relationships help to show the network of personalities in Maycomb and how they shape Scout's life.

Think about the two characters in each pair below.  Note at least two ways they are alike and two ways they are different. From there, decide what relationship each has with Scout and what effect they have on her. You only need to choose one pair to blog about.

Character pairs:
1- Dill and Francis
2- Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack
3- Mr. Avery and Miss Maudie
4- Miss Maudie and Calpurnia
5- Aunt Alexandra and Atticus

a. Similarities to each other
b. Differences from each other
c. Relationship to Scout
d. Effect on Scout.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gratitude Blog

What are you grateful for this year? Life can be challenging, but expressing gratitude for things we have in life can actually make you a happier person. It's almost Thanksgiving, so take this time to express your gratitude for those in your life, the opportunities you have been given and/or the things you are lucky to have in your life.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TKAM Setting

Review Harper Lee’s descriptions of Maycomb from your novel To Kill A Mockingbird.
You will be selecting a photograph that represents your idea of Maycomb, AL based on Harper Lee’s description.

Incorporating the different criteria from the Visual Literacy Guide, write a thoughtful, thorough, and well constructed response relating the photograph to Maycomb, AL.
Make sure to include:

  • The image of the photograph you have selected for analysis (make sure to cite your photograph)
  • Your written analysis

Article of the Week Impressions

Today you were updated by your peers as to what is currently happening in the world.  Now take a moment to reflect upon your impressions of what you have learned from the array of articles in at least two well written paragraphs, using evidence from your graphic organizer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Weekly Topic

For your blog this week you have two options, which are explained below. Make sure whichever one you chose that you have a well written, thoughtful response that is at least three paragraphs in length.

First Option: Independent Reading

Based on what you are currently reading or have just finished reading, spend time analyzing and/or reflecting on what you have read. This should not be a summary of your book. You may spend one paragraph updating the reader as to what you have read, but the other paragraphs must be focused on something else. Please look at these Question Prompts to get an idea.


Second Option: Election Reflection

  • What are your thoughts on this election in general?
  • What are your thoughts on the election results?
  • Would you like to be more involved in politics? If so, how?
  • Some of you will be voting in the NEXT election! Are you excited? Why or why not?
  • What are some issues you think are most important/interesting in relation to the election?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

1st Quarter Reflections

We have reached the end of 1st Quarter...can you believe it?! Now take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. Some questions to consider:

Where are you in your 10 Book Challenge? How have your blogs been progressing since August? What strategies have benefited you? What have you learned about the world? How has your writing progressed? What are your goals for ELA for the next three quarters?

Make sure to include a topic sentence and supporting details that fully support your main idea. This blog must be at least 3 paragraphs. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Film vs. Book

Objective: To analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script 

This blog contains three different parts, which will in turn lead to at least three different paragraphs. Make sure to follow the TIQA format throughout your blog.
  • Part 1: Select an event from the book and compare it to a scene from the film. How are they different and why?

    Part 2: Evaluate choices made by directors or actors. Below are three options to choose from or you can pick your own.

    1.  In the film, the director shows us “the community” 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. What do you think of the director’s choice of Brenton Thwaites to play Jonas? Does he look the way you imagined him in the book? Whom would you have chosen?
    3. The way the ending of The Giver is portrayed in the film vs. the novel.

    Part 3: What medium (novel or film) most impacted your understanding of the The Giver?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Giver Themes

Draw Conclusions About Characters:

What type of character is Jonas?
Dynamic characters grow and change during a story and Static characters do not. Determine which type of character Jonas is in the story.  Answer this question using textual evidence to support your answer.

Determine the theme in Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver. Analyze how this theme develops throughout the text, including its relationship to characters, setting, and/or plot. Be sure to use textual evidence to support your analysis of theme.