Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Study Guide Chapter 7 & 8

Here are some hints for reading the next two chapters:

1.  Make sure you pay attention to what Katniss and Peeta have to wear to training.  (Be able to describe their outfits).
2.  Be able to describe what Peeta says about how Katniss kills the animals she hunts- what is so special?
3.  Make sure you know who Peeta's mother thinks will win the Hunger Games.
4.  Know what a "Career" is. (How it is used in the book)
5.  Pay attention to what Katniss and Peeta do during training and what they do well.
6.  Know who Rue is.
7.  Pay attention to Katniss' performance during the private session.
8.  Know what Katniss' score is for her private session.
9.  Understand how Katniss and Gale met each other.

This should help!  :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hunger Games Chapter 6

This is the link to Grooveshark:

Search: Hunger Games Disk 2

(listen to Disk 2 track 13 for Chapter 6)

To better prepare you for your quiz tomorrow, focus on the following while reading Chapter 6:

1.  Focus on Effie Trinket and Haymitch's duties.  What are they supposed to be doing for Katniss and Peeta?

2.  Be able to understand how Katniss' room is 'futuristic'.  What is the shower like? How does it work? What can her closet do?

3.  Make sure you know what an avox is and how Katniss knows the avox with the red hair. Why would this girl be angry with Katniss?

4.  Know how Katniss and Peeta holding hands can be seen as 'rebellion'.

5.  Take note of how Peeta reacts when Katniss tells him about his father visiting her before the games.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


The following words were studied on Saturday and can be used to describe the mood of a text:

Nostalgic (Noun)
Desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: He was nostalgic for his college days.

Sympathetic (adjective)
Showing approval of or favor toward an idea or action: "he was sympathetic to evolutionary ideas".
Ecstatic (adjective)
Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement.
Insidious (adjective)
        1. Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects: "the insidious effects of stress".
        2. Treacherous; crafty: "an insidious alliance".

Hostile (adjective)
Unfriendly; antagonistic.

Foreboding (adjective)
Implying or seeming to imply that something bad is going to happen.

***These are not the ONLY words that can be used, we will add to the list each week***

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review for Glory Field Quiz:

1.  Be able to describe each of the following characters:
*Elijah, Sukey, Saran, Moses, Frank Petty, David Turner, Mr. Turner, Mr. Foster, Sherriff Glover, Goldie, and Abby.
2.  Where did the Glory Field get its name?
3.  Describe the money situation Saran and Moses are dealing with.
4.  Be able to explain how Abby and Elijah got to the island, who was with them and what they found. 
5.  Be able to explain why Elijah has to leave Curry Island. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Glory Field Homework

Below is a list of the homework that is due for this week in class 803:

11/15: Read up to page 107
11/16: Read up to page 125
11/17: Read up to page 133 (this is the end of the section)

For each reading, you must answer the discussion questions that were handed out last week :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Been A While...

Though this blog has not been updated for a few weeks, it does not reflect the amount of work we have been doing in our ELA classes.  We have been completing A LOT and working very hard (both 801 and 803).  As our unit on The Bronx Masquerade winds down, students in both classes are getting ready to turn in their first major assignment in 8th grade ELA.

The assignment consists of multiple parts:
1.  A journal entry that is written in the style Nikki Grimes uses in The Bronx Masquerade.   It reflects the idea that we all 'wear a mask' at times, and reveals some truth about 'true selves'
2.  Multiple poems
3.  A compare and contrast essay in which students closely analyze two characters and write an academic paper based on how these characters are similar and different
4.  The tree project (this is still a bit of a mystery to students as we are working on this assignment in class this week)

I have received the first draft of all the journal entries in each of my classes, and, as always I am incredibly impressed at the depth with which many students are willing to describe who they really are.  I am also impressed with the creativity and beautiful writing of many students.  Below is the opening of one student's paper- it is exceptional; it blew me away :)

         A tree is tall, thick headed, open minded, empty minded,strong, weak, bright, dull and in a way kind of like me. A tree keeps its silence when it is stepped on and bruised, when it is walked on allover, when people knock it off of its pedestal and when it is being judged by by passers still no sound. Yet in its own time it will speak up and give a gentle whisper, but only when it is caressed by the soft breeze coming from a far strong wind. With a gentle caring push it can brake out of its shell. So it will forever wait until that long awaited breeze comes and gives it a voice.

Thank you to the student who wrote this! You are helping to push your classmates (and myself) further in our writing!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Some Exceptional Work

Last week in our class we discussed many ideas regarding how to become inspired by the world.  We also looked specifically at what inspires or motivates us both intrinsically and extrinsically.  Through the use of collage, students in both classes (801 and 803) were able to show me and their peers what exactly drives them to do well in school.  The following are four exceptional examples of the final products:

Just a quick reminder- tomorrow there is a 'help session' for students who felt overwhelmed by the newspaper article analysis.  We will meet in my classroom from 3:15 until 4:00.