E.Q.: What inspires me?
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E.Q.: What inspires me?What is an epigraph?a relevant quotation at the beginning of a book or chapterRead each epigraph.Rewrite it in your own words to demonstrate that you understand the main point.Decide if you agree or disagree with it. Does it inspire you or does it confuse you? Explain.The IntroductionHow to Read This Bookjumping aroundpoetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction
Select one quote that inspires you.Write a paragraph explaining what it means to you and why you like it.
E.Q.: How do authors use main ideas and supporting details to develop a storys theme?Have you ever been disappointed by your birthday?Write a paragraph describing a birthday that was a disappointment.Write another paragraph about a birthday that was fantastic!
Eleven by Sandra CisnerosAs you read, think about the theme of the story.
Applying Theme to a Thinking MapComplete a Brace Map that allows you to extract the theme of the story.
Writing Response: ElevenChoose two of the response choices below to complete in your sourcebook.Do you agree with Rachels idea that, no matter how old we are, we always have all the ages we have been inside of us? Why or why not?If you were Mrs. Price, how would you have handled the situation with Rachel?Why do you think Phyllis Lopez at first didnt say the sweater was hers?How does Cisneros make us understand how Rachel feels? Give examples from the story of descriptions and language that helped you understand Rachels feelings.
Writing Response: ElevenChoose one of the response choices below to complete in your sourcebook.If you were Rachel, what would you have done? To answer this, write a dialogue between Rachel and Mrs. Price. Begin your dialogue with: Mrs. Price: Of course the sweaters yours. I remember you wearing it once.(Continue the dialogue any way you want.)What sense do you have of Rachel from reading this story? Write a description of Rachel how she looks, what shes like as a person, what her family is like, what she wants to do in the future based on the information in the story and your imagination.
E.Q.: How do I select important details from texts to help me compare them?Describe your favorite teacher of all time.Use a Bubble MapInclude as many adjectives as you can to describe this teacher.
Mrs. Virginia DeView, Where are You?Read this selection on page 157.Compare the teachers in this story and in Eleven. Create a Double Bubble Thinking Map to compare the two teachers.
Which teacher would you rather have? Why?
What are the qualities of an ideal teacher?Describe this teacher.Make sure to be realistic, practical, and logical.Write your response in your sourcebook.
Writing ResponseWhat are the qualities of an ideal teacher?Describe this teacher.Make sure to be realistic, practical, and logical.Write your response in your sourcebook.Then draw a diagram of the ideal teacher. Make sure to label the elements.
brain for thinkingeyes to read and look at the teacherears to hearheart for caringhands for writinghands for opening booksmouth to share ideasfeet for moving toward successThe Perfect Student
E.Q.: How do I determine the authors purpose and use that purpose to compare texts?What kind of character are you?Make a list of character traits that would be used to describe you.Write a paragraph describing yourself.
Sparky page 179As you read, think about the authors purpose.What is the author trying to tell us?Write a sentence identifying the authors purpose.List three (3) details from the story that supports your purpose.
Written Response: Comparing Traits
Compare the traits of Sparky with those of Charlie Brown.Read Zuri at Bat.How would you compare Charlie Brown and the football to Zuri at Bat.Who do you relate to more?Write an argumentative paragraph to support your opinion on the authors purpose.Write your response in your sourcebook.
Written Response: Comparing Traits
Compare the traits of Sparky with those of Charlie Brown.Read Zuri at Bat.How would you compare Charlie Brown and the football to Zuri at Bat.Who do you relate to more?Write an argumentative paragraph to support your opinion on the authors purpose.Write your response in your sourcebook.Now create a comic strip for Zuri at Bat.
E.Q.: How do I craft a personal essay in response to what I have read?Choose any three selections to read on your own.List the titles and page numbers for these selections in your sourcebook.Choose the selection that had the greatest impact on you.How do you relate to this selection?What does this selection mean to you?What does it make you think about?What did you learn?Write a multi-paragraph response in your sourcebook.
E.Q.: How do I use the main idea of the text to form the basis of analysis?Describe a time when you got in trouble or upset your parents or guardian and learned from your mistake?Write about this experience in your sourcebook.
Read these selections.While reading, complete this chart.
Egg Lessons page 146The Cost of Gratefulness page 150Unconditional Mom page 70
StoryWhat does the teen do wrong?How does his or her parent react?What did the teen learn?What can readers learn?Egg LessonsThe Cost of GratefulnessUnconditional Mom
Written Response: Essay
Compare the teen protagonists in the three stories. Tell how they are alike and how they are different.Determine which teen learned the most valuable life lesson and which parent did the best job teaching a lesson. (The teen and parent do not have to come from the same story.)Write this essay in your sourcebook. Remember, essays need an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
E.Q.: What are the causes and effects of bullying?How can you prevent bullying?
Write an answer in your sourcebook.Focus on actions!
The Gossiper page 36A Simple Christmas Card page 38
Vocabulary: Homework Due 11-2-12
Write about a time when you or a friend were hurt by gossip or bullying.Make sure to include the outcome; what happened.Write an alternative outcome either positive or negative. What might have happened if the situation would have been handled differently.
Write about a time when you or a friend were hurt by gossip or bullying.Make sure to include the outcome; what happened.Write an alternative outcome either positive or negative. What might have happened if the situation would have been handled differently.Write a letter to a student who is being bullied. Give advice on how they should handle this. Make suggestions for what they should do.Write these responses in your sourcebook.
E.Q.: How can I read a writing prompt closely to fully understand my topic?Reading QuestionsHow do you feel about this book?Who would you recommend this book to?Who would you say should read this book?How can I organize my ideas before writing?List some choices that you can use for pre-writing.In your sourcebook, list and explain at least three (3) different strategies that you could use for prewriting.Tell which strategy works best for you and why.
Use the RAFT strategy to analyze the assessment prompt.
RAFTROLEAUDIENCEFORMATTONEWhat is your job as a writer? What is the purpose of this essay?Who are you speaking to? What vocabulary does this audience expect to hear? What does the audience already know, and what do they need to know about your topic? What structural elements are required in this essay? What is the appropriate attitude for you to have as the writer? How do you feel about your topic, and how can you communicate that to your audience?
Analyze the Writing Assessment.
Does this Chicken Soup truly soothe the soul?This is to be an argumentative (persuasive) essay.
In the introduction, the claim is made that This is a book you never finish. This phrase has two possible meanings. It could mean that you will love the book so much that you will read it over and over again. However, it could also mean that you will hate it so much, you will quit reading it.Based on what you have read so far, which opinion of the book do you hold?Use evidence from the book (quotes, summaries of stories, explanations of cartoons, etc.), write an argument to defend your opinion on the book and to convince your audience to love or hate this book.Make sure to use at least five words from your vocabulary lists in your essay.
Plan the Writing Assessment.
Use a Tree Map to Plan for Writing
Your ClaimFirst PointSecond PointThird PointCounterpointIdeasEvidence&SupportingDetailsIdeasEvidence&SupportingDetailsIdeasEvidence&SupportingDetailsIdeasEvidence&SupportingDetailsShare your plan with your partner. Give each other feedback.
E.Q.: How can a writing plan make writing a rough draft easier?Parts of an EssayWhat are the basic parts of an essay?Which part of your writing plan will you use to create which part of your essay?What is a thesis statement?
Writing Topic SentencesEach paragraph in an essay needs a topic sentence matched with supporting details.
Don't Touch That Towel!By Shannon C.I think our school would benefit by investing in automatic motion-sensing hand dryers. I have several reasons for this. Children can get sick from the germ-infested paper towel dispens