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Title: Day 1

Day 1
  • Bellringers welcome!

Day 2
  • No man is an island entire of itself every man
  • is a piece of the continent, a part of the
  • John Donne
  • Respond to this quote. What might it mean? Try to
    write at least 5 complete sentences and create a
    paragraph with your response.
  • Hint Think about the idea of community. Is our
    classroom a community? Is it important?

Day 3
  • Watch Video http//
  • Write down at least 10 tips you learned from this
    video-- be prepared to share with the class.
  • Why are these skills important?
  • Hold on to the tips you wrote down. They will be
    of use to you throughout this unit!

Day 4
  • Very soon, you will be taking the county-wide
    writing assessment that looks at your knowledge
    of how to write a persuasive paper.
  • Pretend you are a preparing to write an essay on
    why there should be more time in between classes.
  • Write down 5 reasons you would use to convince
    your reader that more time is necessary.

Day 5
  • Please read the worksheet Introduction to the
  • Copies are at the front of the room

Day 6
  • Examine a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, a
    famous artist. Think about how he expresses his
    voice- his style of personality. Look carefully
    at the details.
  • What is he saying about himself? How do you know?
  • Think about how you would paint a self-portrait.
    What colors would you use? What expression would
    you have on your face? How would you be dressed?
    What is the background of the painting? Make a
    simple sketch of your own self portrait, and
    write a few sentences describing what your self
    portrait would look like.

Day 7
  • Write down the two nouns in each sentence. Some
    nouns may be compound.
  • Each February, there is a major snowstorm.
  • The daisies in the garden are dying.
  • The children on the merry-go-round were laughing.
  • There are no longer any animals in that zoo.
  • Uncle Pete has been studying to become a pilot.
  • After the party there were dirty plates

Day 8
  • No bellringer

Day 9
  • In your Language Network book (orange book under
    your desk) answer questions 1 10 on page 5.

Day 10
  • Listen carefully to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
  • What kind of voice does this music have?
    Pretend the music is a kind of self-portrait.
    Write two statements that capture the voice of
    this self portrait.
  • Think about tempo (how fast the music goes) and
  • How does this music make you feel? What is the
    music trying to convey?

Day 11
  • In your Language Network book (orange book under
    your desk) answer questions 1 10 on page 10,
    part A.

Day 12
  • Copy down these notes
  • Diction refers to the authors choice of words.
    In order to write well, you have to find the
    perfect word.
  • The perfect word is clear concrete and exact. In
    other words, it says exactly what you want it to
    say, is specific, and creates just the picture
    you see in your mind.
  • Some words are especially overused and tired,
    certainly not perfect. These words have lost
    their freshness and impact. Avoid them at all
  • Consider these words forbidden and eliminate
    them from your vocabulary good, nice, pretty,
    beautiful, fine, bad, thing, really, very,
    terrible, wonderful, a lot
  • Words dont simply have meaning. Words have
    denotation and connotation.
  • Denotation is the literal meaning of the word,
    and connotation is the meaning suggested by a
    word, the feeling evoked by a word.

Day 13
  • Fill in each blank with a noun.
  • The _______ we saw was a _________.
  • We went to the _____ to see a ______.
  • _________ is not my favorite _______.
  • In three ______ the _____ will be over.
  • Many of the _____ were not ready for the ______.
  • Put your ______ on the _______.
  • We must remember that ______ is not a ______.
  • Walking through the ______, they found a ______.

Day 14
  • A redheaded woman was there with Trout. Kate
    could see her rummaging through the cabin,
    dumping drawers and knocking things from the
    shelves of cabinets. (Louis Sachar, Holes)
  • What picture do you get when you read the second
  • How would the meaning of the sentence change if
    we changed some of the words? For example Kate
    could see her searching through the cabin,
    emptying drawers and taking things off of the
    shelves of cabinets.
  • Write a sentence describing a small boy making a
    mess in a restaurant. Choose words that are
    clear, concrete, and exact. Use perfect words.

Day 15
  • Write the two nouns from each group and identify
    them as people, places, or things.
  • able baby musician
  • rabbit really chair
  • Prison mountainside write
  • Misery rusty success
  • Only forest swamp
  • Sailor tiny explored
  • Hunter nurse into
  • Bedroom school rough
  • Lion kindly kite
  • Tame table dog

Day 16
  • Free write for approximately 15 minutes. You can
    write about whatever you want. (Add it to your
    bellringers sheet). You can make up a story,
    write about whats on your mind, or use the time
    to write down a concept youve been learning at
    school basically, get in the habit of writing
    for a set amount of time!

Day 17
  • He spent hours in front of the mirror trying to
    herd his teeth into place with his thumb. He
    asked his mother if he could have braces, but he
    asked at the wrong time. (Gary Soto, Broken
  • What is Gary Soto implying about the narrators
    teeth when he uses the verb herd in the sentence?
  • How would the meaning change if the sentence were
    written like this? He spent hours in front of the
    mirror trying to push his teeth into place with
    his thumb.
  • Fill in the blank with a strong verb that creates
    a clear picture in the readers mind like Sotos
    does. Avoid obvious verbs such as brush, comb, or
    fix. Be creative!
  • She spent hours in front of the mirror trying to
    ___________ her hair in place for the party.

Day 18
  • Identify each of the following numbered items as
    a fragment (F), Run-on sentence (RO), comma
    splice (CS) or complete sentence (S).
  • The movie Double Jeopardy is about a woman who is
    unjustly framed for murder.
  • Because her husband fakes his own murder.
  • The wife went to jail for six years, her son was
    taken away from her.
  • But when she got out of jail.
  • She went to find her husband she wanted to kill
    him in revenge for his framing her.
  • She had already served time for the murder, and
    she couldnt be convicted twice.
  • Illegal to be convicted of the same crime twice.

Day 19
  • Write a short description of a dog (at least 3
    sentences). First, decide whether you want to
    describe a fancy, pedigreed dog or a scruffy
    mutt. Then capture the dog by using strong
    diction. Dont explain that the dog is fancy or
    scruffy. Instead, use perfect words to create a
    picture of the dog for the reader.

Day 20
  • There was a scurrying around and then eight of
    them snatched up their guns, formed into twos,
    and marched out behind the office. He wheeled his
    horse about and trotted toward me. I jumped back
    and plunged for the tavern doorway.
  • Look at the boldfaced word (snatched) in the
    first sentence. Notice how clearly you can see
    the action because of that strong verb. How would
    it change the meaning of the sentence if it read
    eight of them picked up their guns?
  • What does the use of the word plunged in the
    third sentence tell you about the narrators
    attitude toward the other characters in this
  • Use the word plunged in a sentence, but instead
    of having the word express fear and desperation,
    have it express excitement and happiness.
    Remember that in many cases the context of the
    word determines its deeper meaning.

Day 21
  • Use the following instructions to write your own
    original sentences.
  • Write a sentence about sports that includes one
    proper noun and one common noun.
  • Write a sentence about animals that includes two
    common nouns.
  • Write a sentence about an interesting place that
    includes one proper noun and two common nouns.
  • Write a sentence about your school that contains
    one proper noun and one common noun.
  • Write a sentence about music that includes one
    common noun and two proper nouns.

Day 22
  • n you at the ivory-n-ebony
  • crooning I Left My Heart. . to momma,
  • winkin n smiling n jazzin n profilin
  • n sangin n sangin
  • n sangin n soundin
  • sweeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Crystal Williams)
  • The words in this song imitate the way someone
    talks. Why do you think Williams uses these kinds
    of words instead of standard English words?
  • How would the impact of the passage change if we
    wrote the lines in formal language? And you at
    the piano/ singing to momma/ winking and smiling/
    and singing/ and sounding sweet.
  • Now write a short poem that captures the way you
    sound when you talk to your friends. Use slang
    (no bad words!) and creative spelling to make
    your poem sound like talking when you read it

Day 23
  • Imagery is a type of figurative language which
    uses words to paint a picture in the readers
    mind often appeals to the 5 senses.
  • Directions Copy the paragraph below and
    underline the words which paint a picture in
    your mind and/or appeal to the 5 senses.
  • I opened one eye when my alarm clock buzzed. My
    room was still dark, but I could smell coffee.
    When the scent of sizzling bacon hit my nose, my
    mouth watered and my stomach rumbled. I knew Mom
    would cook it until it was brown and crunchy,
    just the way I like it. My feet met the cold,
    hard floor as I leaped out of bed. I threw on my
    fluffy, red sweatshirt and tattered jeans and
    headed for breakfast.

Day 24
  • When smoke crept over a green field. The smoke
    teased peoples eyes and noses. And it seeped
    into their clothes. Standing in the smoke were
    some 5,000 reenactors. (Winkler, Fighting for
  • Write down all the verbs in the sentence.
  • Are these strong or weak verbs? How do you know?
  • Write your own sentence using strong verbs.

Day 25
  • Analogies are logic puzzles. You must look at the
    words to determine the relationship in the first
    set and find the matching relationship for the
    second (incomplete) set.
  • Copy and start with these simple analogies
  • Pistol weapon rose _______________
  • Light dark low ___________
  • Old new beginning ___________
  • Find lose construct ____________
  • Photographer camera doctor __________

Day 26
  • Filch hobbled across to his desk, snatched up
    the envelope, and threw it into a drawer
    (Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of
  • Which words help you visualize what is happening
    in this passage?
  • What is the mood of this passage? How are the
    characters feeling? How do you know?
  • Create a sentence of your own that helps your
    reader visualize what is happening. Create a mood
    and we will try to guess it when you read it

Day 27
  • Fill in each blank with a proper noun.
  • After much thought, he gave the bracelet to
  • The author she likes least is ______.
  • On _______ there were two new houses being built.
  • We finally decided to buy a _______.
  • Some day I would like to see _______.
  • After a heated contest, we beat _____ by two
  • Television isnt the same without _______.
  • The explores crossed the _______ during their
    first expedition.

Day 28
  • What would you do with a million dollars if you
    had to spend all of it over the weekend? You
    cant save any of it- you must spend it all!
  • Write a 7-9 sentence paragraph explaining what
    you would do with the money how you would spend

Day 29
  • Make a stack of your study guides on my desk.
  • Make a neat stack of your To Kill a Mockingbird
    books on my desk.
  • Get out several sheets of paper and clear your
    desk except something to write with (pencil, blue
    or black ink pen).
  • Make sure you have something to do after the test
    that does not involve talking (reading, puzzle,
    writing, etc)

Day 30
  • Copy down these notes
  • Detail is what makes writing come alive.
  • Detail includes facts, observations, reasons,
    examples, and incidents that a writer uses to
    develop a subject. Specific details create a
    clear mental picture for the reader by focusing
    on particular details rather than random things.
  • Detail helps the reader understand what youre
    writing about exactly as you want him/her to.
  • Details helps to focus the readers attention on
    important ideas and shapes the readers
    understanding of a topic.
  • Detail allows the reader to participate as an
    equal partner in the world the writer has
    created and to follow the writers ideas in the
    way the author intends.

Day 31
  • Think of a shopping trip to your favorite mall.
    Think about everything you would look at in the
  • Now make a list of details you might focus on
    when writing about the trip to the mall.
  • Decide your focus people, clothes, food, stores,
    things you might find, or specific parts of the
    mall. You decide. Write your focus!
  • Now write down your attitude or mood are you
    thrilled, critical, neutral, angry, or something
  • List as many details as you can to support your
  • Write a paragraph about your experience at the
    mall using as many details as possible.

Day 32
  • He was an old man. His blank, heavily wrinkled
    face was surrounded by a halo of crinkly white
    hair and whiskers that seemed to separate his
    head from the layers of dirty coats piled on his
    smallish frame. His pants were bagged to the
    knee, where they were met with rags that went
    down to the old shoes. The rags were held on with
    strings, and there was a rope around his middle.
    Walter Dean Myers, The Treasure of Lemon Brown
  • What are all the vivid details of this passage?
    How do the details help you understand the focus
    of the passage?
  • Using this paragraph as a model, write a similar
    paragraph about an old cat. Use lots of vivid

Day 33
  • When he ran, he even loved the pain, the hurt of
    running, the burning in his lungs and the spasms
    that sometimes gripped his calves. He loved it
    because he know he could endure the pain, and
    even go beyond it. He had never pushed himself to
    the limit but he felt all this reserve strength
    inside him more than strength actually
    determination. And it sang in him as he ran, his
    heart pumping blood joyfully through his body.
    Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War
  • What is the main idea (topic sentence) or focus
    of this paragraph? State it as simply as you can.
    How do the details in this paragraph support the
    main idea?
  • The details in the first sentence describe the
    physical sensation of pain. The next three
    sentences, however, focus on another
    characteristic of pain. What is this other
    characteristic of pain? How do the details of the
    last three sentences help the reader understand
    the other characteristic of pain?
  • Write a simple topic sentence about something you
    love to do. Then, list all of the details you can
    think of that would help someone else understand
    why you love what you do.

Day 34
  • Describe a room that is unbearably hot. In your
    description, use words that are clear, concrete,
    and exact. Use a vivid adjective to describe an
    object in the room. The adjective and object
    should help your readers understand the feeling
    of the room. Remember, dont simply state that
    its hot. Instead, create a picture for the
    reader, capturing how the heat affects the

Day 35
  • Shes this old wrinkled bat with bad breath, so
    kids avoid her. I tried to sit downwind of her
    breath, but it was right after lunch and she kept
    burpin little bursts of garlic. Tears of a
  • Sketch a picture of this scene. What details are
    in your sketch? Why are they memorable?
  • Write two sentences about someone you want to sit
    next to. Use Drapers sentence as a model,
    substituting positive details for the negative

Day 36
  • And his tears could fall unwanted on his sheet,
    but his sobs were so gentle that they did not
    shake the bed, so quiet they could not be heard.
    But the ache was there, thick in his throat and
    the front of his face, hot in his chest and in
    his eyes. I want to go home. Enders Game
  • What is this scene describing? How is the
    character feeling?
  • Can you relate to this feelings? Write down a
    specific story from your own life that is similar
    to this.

Day 37
  • Metaphors, similes, and personification belong to
    a class of language called figurative language.
  • Figurative language is any language that is not
    used in a literal (meaning exactly what it says)
  • We use figurative language because its a rich,
    strong, and vivid way to express meaning.
  • Using it allows us to say much more using fewer
  • When using figures of speech, be sure you are not
    using cliché, stale and overused phrases (quiet
    as a mouse or pretty as a picture for example)

Day 38
  • Metaphors compare two things directly similes
    compare things indirectly, usually using signal
    words such as as, like, than, similar to, and
  • Fill out the following practice chart

Figure of Speech Metaphor or simile?
I got a flood of mail today.
Alice sang like a cow.
Jeff was taller than the Empire State Building.
The shoes cost a kings ransom.
Day 39
  • We discussed similes and metaphors last time
    (please review your notes). This time, we need to
    know personification, which is a special kind of
    metaphor that gives human qualities to something
    that is not human, such as an animal, an object
    or an idea. For example, the tree sighed sadly
    in the cold. (a tree cant sigh like a human!)
  • Practice writing examples of metaphors, similes,
    and personification for the terms listed here

Day 39, continued
Literal Term Metaphor Simile Personification
Friendship Leahs friendship is a lighthouse. Leahs friendship is like a lighthouse. Leahs friendship wrapped my sadness in a warm blanket.
Football game
Cleaning your room
Cafeteria lunch
Day 40
  • I have a dream that one day even the state of
    Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the
    heat of injustice and oppression, will be
    transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice
  • Identify two examples of figurative language in
    the passage. Are the figures of speech metaphors
    or similes? How do you know the language is
  • What does the figurative language add to the
  • Rewrite this passage without figurative language.
    How do the two compare?

Day 41
  • Solve the following analogy puzzles
  • 1.begin end open ___________________
  • 2.detective inspector teacher
  • 3. incognito disguised foolish
  • 4.insect mosquito dog ___________________
  • 5.nose face elbow ___________________
  • 6.intelligence stupidity beautiful
  • 7.bird parrot vermin ___________________
  • ambulance knob ___________________
  • 9.clue hint cup ___________________
  • 10. boy girl day ___________________

Day 42
  • He gossips like my grandmother, this man
  • with my face, and I could stand
  • amused all afternoon
  • in the Hon Kee Grocery,
  • amid hanging meats he chops . . . The
  • Look at the first line. Is like my grandmother a
    simile? Explain.
  • Is this man/ with my face figurative? If so, is
    it a metaphor or simile? Explain.
  • Write a poem or several sentences in which you
    compare yourself to a family member or friend.
    You should have at least four lines and use one

Day 43
  • The Tangerine Times printed a special pullout
    section on the Lake Windsor Middle School
    sinkhole. The photos were spectacular. They had
    one huge shot of the splintered walkways sticking
    up in all directions, like Godzilla had just
    trampled through the store.
  • Is the phrase the splintered walkways sticking up
    in all directions literal or figurative? Explain.
  • like Godzilla had just trampled through there
    is a simile. Why is it a simile and not a
  • Write one sentence that describes a park. First
    describe it literally (how the park really is),
    then support your description with the simile.
    Use this pattern for your sentence The park
    ______________________________, like

Day 44
  • Directions Write the word that correctly
    completes each sentence
  • 1.I would (advise / advice) you to put the
    chalupa down, sir.
  • 2.The critics cruel reviews had a bad (affect /
    effect) on the plays financial success.
  • 3.If Y2K causes computers to shut down, well
    need an (all together / altogether) new system.
  • 4.It is (plain / plane) to see who is the guilty
    one in this classroom.
  • 5.I dont know (whos / whose) handcuffs these
    are, but they better come up and claim them.
  • 6.(Theyre / Their / There) going to see Eminem
    in concert next Saturday.
  • 7.Ever (sense / since / cents) Elvis died, my
    life has been empty and meaningless.
  • 8.Will you (accept / except) my marriage
  • 9.I cant (bare / bear) another minute of English
    9, or Ill scream!
  • 10. Which (one / won) is the next contestant on
    The Price is Right?

Day 45
  • My mothers hair, like little rosettes, like
    little candy circles all curly and pretty because
    she pinned it in pincurls all day, sweet to put
    your nose into when she is holding you, holding
    you and and you feel safe, is the warm smell of
    bread before you bake it, is the smell when she
    makes room for you on her side of the bed still
    warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the
    rain outside and Papa snoring The House on
    Mango Street
  • List the 4 metaphors and similes in this passage.
    Be sure you can explain why they are what they
  • 2Why doesnt she simply say, My mothers hair
    smelled good?
  • Write a paragraph describing someones hair that
    you dont like. Use at least one simile and one

Day 46
  • Write down the word that correctly completes each
  • 11.My wife was (formally / formerly) known as
    Emily Leenot Emily Thompson.
  • 12.Grading papers is one of the (principal /
    principle) ways I spend my time.
  • 13.(Its / Its) not too late to start shopping
    for the Christmas Holidays.
  • 14.Rufus is going to the Opelika-Auburn game (to
    / too / two).
  • 15.Rufus (threw / through / thorough) his puppy
    into the laundry basket.
  • 16.How many times can Auburn (loose / lose)
    before the season ends?
  • 17.I cant (quite / quiet) hear in my left ear,
    so youll have to speak up, sonny.
  • 18. Didnt you (hear / here) me? Im stone-deaf
    in my left ear!!!
  • 19.After vacationing in Siberia, Ive got a cold,
    and my voice is (horse / hoarse).
  • 20.The sun (shone / shown) down on the Loachapoka
    Syrup Sopping Festival.

Day 47
  • The camp faced a wide cove or white sand and
    palm trees. The bay was so perfectly blue, it
    looked like it had been retouched for a tourist
    brochure. Across the bay stood protective
    mountains, shoulder to shoulder, across the
    Concepcion peninsula. Sisterhood of the
    Traveling Pants
  • Write the examples of personification in the
    third sentence.
  • How would the sentence change if it were written
    like this There were mounts across the
    Concepcion peninsula.
  • Describe a place you like to go in the summer. In
    your description use at least one example of

Day 48
  • Directions Mark each of the following sentences
    as Formal (F) or Informal (IF). If a sentence is
    informal, underline what marks the sentence as
  • The test was a piece of cake.
  • The student did very well on his English test.
  • You cant see very well when its raining at
  • Dont tell me that I cant go to the game!
  • Idioms are a type of informal language
  • The dinner jacket was made out of an expensive
    grade of cotton.
  • Hes gonna kill that man if he sees him again.
  • When you take your drivers test, dont be
  • The quiz covers Chapters 10 through 13.
  • The waiter spent more time than necessary washing
    the dishes.

Day 49
  • Please copy down these notes
  • We studied similes, metaphors, and
    personification. Now we will discuss more types
    of figurative language hyperboles, symbols, and
  • These figures of speech are not comparisons,
    however, their meaning goes beyond what is
    actually said
  • A hyperbole is an exaggeration that is based in
    the truth. For example, Im so tired, I could
    sleep for a week! This is an exaggeration
    because no one can literally sleep for a week
  • A symbol is something that stands for something
    else they mean more than they say. For example,
    a rainbow is a symbol of hope. If a rainbow
    appeared in a story about shipwrecked children it
    would symbolize hope.
  • Lastly, irony is saying the opposite of what you
    mean. For example, if lunch was really terrible
    and you say nice lunch, you are really implying
    the opposite of what you mean. Sarcasm is also a
    type of irony.

Day 50
  • Directions Mark each of the following sentences
    as Formal (F) or Informal (IF). If a sentence is
    informal, underline what marks the sentence as
  • He told the woman that everythings going to be
  • Coca-Cola contains far too many calories for
    someone watching her weight.
  • After passing the graduation exam, you can get
    your diploma.
  • I cant believe that you fell for that old joke.
  • The designer couch was too expensive for the
    couples home.
  • Children are often very similar to their parents.
  • Basket-weaving is an incredibly difficult and
    beautiful art form.
  • As long as you behave in that manner, you aint
    passing this class.
  • E-mail is revolutionizing the way people
  • As soon as the light turns green, hang a right on
    Magnolia Avenue.

Day 51
  • Practice with hyperbole, irony, and symbols. Fill
    in the following charts

Sentence start Hyperbole
I was hungry enough
My head was
She ran so fast
When he lifted the box
Symbol What the symbol stands for
1) Lion Bravery
2) Skull and crossbones Death
Day 51, Continued
Sentence Ironic (figurative) Not ironic (literal)
Your favorite team just lost by a wide margin and you are pretty disgusted about it. You say great game!
You are traveling in the mountains and see a beautiful meadow of flowers. You say nice view!
Your best friend is learning to ride a dirt bike and you say man, I wish I could do that!
Your best friend has to stay home and baby-sit his little brother, which you wouldnt want to do. You say, man, I wish I could do that!
Day 52
  • Translate the following words into formal English
  • aint
  • wanna
  • gonna
  • hafta
  • lemme
  • bursted
  • brung
  • oughta
  • sorta
  • theirselves

Day 53
  • He could shoot a bumblebee in the eye at sixty
    paces, and he was a man who was not afraid to
    shake hands with lightning Felton, Pecos Bill
    and the Mustang
  • There is an example of hyperbole, an exaggeration
    that is based on the truth but carries the truth
    to such an extreme that it is no longer literally
    true. Of course, Pecos Bill couldnt literally do
    these things. What, then, is the purpose of
    saying he could?
  • Compare Feltons sentence with this one He could
    shoot well, and he was not afraid of anything.
    Which sentence helps the reader better understand
    Pecos Bill? Why?
  • Write a sentence about a great basketball player
    using hyperboles.

Day 54
  • Translate the following words into formal
  • Nowheres
  • hisself
  • kinda
  • weirdo
  • pooped
  • wimp
  • fatso
  • a lot
  • must of
  • brang

Day 55
  • Flowers and other things have been laid against
    the wall. There are little flags, an old teddy
    bear, and letters, weighted so they wont blow
    away. Someone has left a rose with a droopy
    head. Bunting, The Wall
  • 1. This passage is from a book about the Vietnam
    War Memorial in Washington, D.C. There are
    several symbols in the passage. Identify the
    symbols and explain what they mean.

Symbol What it means
2. Look at the sentence about the rose. Remember
that it is a rose, but its also something else.
What does the rose usually symbolize? Why does it
have a droopy head here? What does the droopy
head add to our understanding of the symbol and
feeling of the passage?
Day 56
  • Directions Rewrite the following informal
    sentences into formal English.
  • 1.We aint got no money.
  • 2.Say what?
  • 3.My bad!
  • 4.Hang a right at the Amoco Station.
  • 5.Steve got hooked up with a job at Wendys.
  • 6.Chill out! Everythings gonna be fine.
  • 7.Youre driving me up the wall.
  • 8.Knock it off, or youre going to get a
  • 9.I cant tell you the answer off the top of my
  • 10. As the woman crossed the room, she caught the
    officers eye.

Day 57
  • As I reached for the porch to steady myself,
    there was a sense of quiet movement in the
    darkness. The moon slid from its dark covers,
    cloaking the earth in shadowy white light, and I
    could see Mr. Morrison clearly, moving silently,
    like a jungle cat, from the side of the house to
    the road, a shotgun in his hand. Taylor, Roll
    of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Traditionally, darkness symbolizes evil and
    deception, and light symbolizes goodness and
    truth. What is going on in this paragraph? How
    does the use of traditional symbolism help you
    understand this passage?
  • Mr. Morrison is described as moving silently,
    like a jungle cat. Is jungle cat a symbol?
    Explain thoroughly.
  • Write a paragraph describing something lurking in
    the darkness to break into a car. Use the
    traditional symbolism of light and darkness to
    create a mood of impending evil.

Day 58
  • Directions Place commas wherever they are
    necessary in the following sentences.
  • 1.Brian you need to work harder if you want to
    keep this job.
  • 2.The old man spent his days looking out of the
    window and he spent his nights sleeping.
  • 3.If you arent willing to help my sister said
    then please wait in the other room.
  • 4.In fact I dont know how anyone could like lima
  • 5.Fighting against high waves the young swimmer
    wondered if he would reach the shore.
  • 6.Populating the lake at the art museum are swans
    ducks turtles and fish.
  • 7.When Dave went out to feed the chickens he
    noticed the new pony was nowhere in sight.
  • 8.You understand Im sure that we are not now
    able to raise your salary.
  • 9.The kitten shivering in the wet cold morning
    air tried to sneak into the warm kitchen.

Day 59
  • All this last day Frodo had not spoken, but
    walked half-bowed, often stumbling, as if his
    eyes no longer saw the way before his feet. Sam
    guessed that among all their pains he bore the
    worst, the growing weight of the Ring, a burden
    on the body and a torment to his mind. Tolkien,
    The Return of the King
  • The ring in this book is, in fact, a ring
    however, it is also something else. That makes
    the ring a symbol. What do rings usually
    symbolize? In other words, why would Tolkien use
    a ring as a symbol?
  • How does the use of a symbol help you understand
    the passage?
  • A rainbow is often used as a traditional symbol
    of hope. Write a paragraph describing a scene of
    misfortune and misery. In your description, use
    the rainbow to symbolize hope for better times

Day 60
  • Directions Label each sentence either C for
    correct usage of capitalization or I for
    incorrect use of capitalization. If a sentence is
    incorrect, rewrite it correctly.
  • _____1. Marla said, we walked to the store
  • _____2. Do you think, Sam asked, That the dog
    is loose?
  • _____3. Sondra said, Someone may take my place
    at the game.
  • _____4. Tony and I have tickets to the indians
    versus the warriors game tonight at the stadium.
  • _____5. That plate of English muffins looks
  • _____6. Dr.Tibbets is the author of Funny Bunny.
  • _____7. Because I had the flu, mother took me to
    the doctor.
  • _____8. I love to watch re-runs of Gilligans
    Island every summer.
  • _____9. Please finish reading Gone with the Wind
    tonight, Mrs.Thompson announced.
  • _____10. We had to cancel our trip to the Museum
    of Science and industry.

Day 61
  • We divide the world in columns
  • when we stick to our own kind.
  • We nurture our suspicion,
  • keep our stereotypes in line.
  • We have to keep our distance
  • So weve another kind to blame.
  • How come,
  • if were so different,
  • we both react the same?
  • Holbrook, Major Differences
  1. Read the stanzas very carefully. Several of the
    lines say one thing, but they mean quite the
    opposite. In other words, theyre ironic. What do
    the lines says and what do the lines mean? Look
    at it 2 lines at a time and write down your
  2. Write a stanza of poetry about the importance of
    green vegetables. In your stanza, dont come
    right out and give your opinion. Instead, use
    irony (not sarcasm) to convey your ideas.

Day 62
  • Directions Label each sentence either C for
    correct usage of capitalization or I for
    incorrect use of capitalization. If a sentence is
    incorrect, rewrite it correctly.
  • _____11. The High School students enjoyed the
    concert at Westview Auditorium in Duluth.
  • _____12. The small boy whispered, may I please
    have a new toy?
  • _____13. Marcus and I will travel the southeast
    this June.
  • _____14. Kristen OGrady is a student of Indian
  • _____15. Leo said, I did well on that spanish
  • _____16. Lets hurry up and get to Geometry
    before were tardy for the fourth time.
  • _____17. Mr.Thompson (Who loves poetry too much)
    is ready for Christmas break.
  • _____18. He is going to go home to Brewton,
    Alabama. (he enjoys visiting his family.)
  • _____19. Last december, my family went to Disney
  • _____20. We watched The secret garden in English
    class today.

Day 63
  • Grab a copy of the Georgia End of Course Test
    packet from the front table.
  • For the next couple weeks we will be completing a
    section of this practice every day
  • Today Complete 1 11 in the packet
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 64
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 12 21
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 65
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 28 - 37
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 66
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 38 - 45
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 67
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 46 - 54
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 68
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 55 - 63
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 69
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 64 - 79
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 70
  • Get a copy of the EOCT packet at the front of the
  • Complete 80 - 90
  • Do not write on the document add it in your

Day 71
  • Copy these notes
  • Imagery is the use of words to create a sensory
  • People often think imagery just refers to
    creating a visual picture for the reader, but
    imagery includes any experience with the 5 senses
  • Imagery captures words in what we see, what we
    hear, what we touch, what we smell, and what we
  • Visual imagery is most common, but writers
    experiment with all of the sense experiences in
  • Imagery is another way to make writing alive and
  • Imagery can be figurative or literal.
  • Imagery, like the other elements of voice, is a
    tool the writer can use to create a specific
    experience or feeling. The more specific the
    more powerful

Day 72
  • The silence was delicate. Aunty Ifeoma was
    scraping a burnt pot in the kitchen, and the
    kroo-kroo-kroo of the metal spoon on the pot
    seemed intrusive. Amaka and Papa-Nnukwu spoke
    sometimes, their voices low, twining together.
    They understood each other, using the sparest
    words. Watching them, I felt a longing for
    something I know I would never have. I wanted to
    get up and leave, but my legs did not belong to
    me, did not do what I wanted them to do.
    Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
  • Imagery is the re-creation of sensory experiences
    through language. Which of the five sense (sight,
    sound, taste, touch, smell) is most important
    here? Write down words that lead you to your
  • The kroo-kroo-kroo of the metal spoon on the pot
    is described as intrusive. What does this mean?
    What images is contrasted with the sound of the
    metal spoon on the pot? What effect does it have
    on the passage?
  • Describe the school hallway between classes.
    Focus on the sounds that are important in the
    scene. Use made up words that imitate a sound, as
    Adichie does in the passage.

Day 73
  • Well, after a long time I heard the clock away
    off in the town go boomboomboomtwelve licks
    and all still again stiller than ever. Pretty
    soon I heard a twig snap down in the dark amongst
    the trees something was a-stirring. I sat still
    and listened. Twain, The Adventures of
    Huckleberry Finn
  • What kind of imagery is used in this passage? How
    does these images affect the reader?
  • Twain uses imagery to set up a contrast between
    sounds and quiet. List these images he creates
    and tell whether they are quiet or sound
  • Write a paragraph that describes the sounds you
    hear in your classroom right now. Use the above
    paragraph as a model.

Day 74
  • Something warm was running across the backs of
    her hands. She saw with mounting horror that it
    was mixed slime and blood running from the dogs
    mouth. King, Cujo
  • What kind of imagery is used in this passage?
  • How does imagery in this passage help create the
    horror of the situation?
  • Pretend your best friend just threw up. You are
    helping your friend and you accidentally touch
    the vomit. Write at least 2 sentences describing
    this (gross!) experience.

Day 75
  • Back in Montana you had steep craggy mountains
    that rose ten thousand feet into the clouds. Here
    the only hills were man-made highway bridges
    smooth, gentle slopes of concrete. Hiaasen,
  • What kind of picture do you get when you read the
    first sentence? What kind of picture do you get
    when you read the 2nd sentence? Sketch a picture
    of each.
  • Which does the speaker like better the craggy
    mountains or the highway bridges? Base your
    evidence from the text, not your own opinion. How
    does the imagery in the passage help you
    understand the speakers attitude?
  • Consider two places youve visited and decide
    which one you liked better. Use visual imagery to
    express which one you like more.

Day 76
  • Copy these notes
  • Syntax is the way words are arranged in
    sentences. In other words, syntax is sentence
    structure. Syntax includes these important
  • Sentence parts
  • Word order
  • Sentence length
  • Punctuation
  • When we study syntax, dont get caught up with
    trying to master the fine points of grammar but
    do be careful and focus on the basics!

Day 77
  • He was a year older than I, skinny, brown as a
    chocolate bar, his hair orange, his hazel eyes
    full of mischief and laughter.
  • Santiago, When I was Puerto Rican
  • Look carefully at the way the sentence is
    written. All of the words that follow the word
    used to describe the he of the sentence. They are
    adjectives and adjective phrases. This is not the
    way words are usually ordered in English. What
    effect does word order have on the meaning of the
  • Write your own sentence describing someone that
    is written in this same manner.

Day 78
  • When I had waited a long time, very patiently,
    without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open
    a little a very, very, little crevice in the
    lantern. So I opened it you cannot imagine how
    stealthily, stealthily until at length, a single
    dim ray, like a thread of a spider, shot from out
    the crevice and fall upon the vulture eye. Poe,
    The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Look carefully at the first sentence. There are
    several groups of words called phrases (very
    patiently, without hearing him lie down, a very,
    very little) that interrupt the flow of the
    sentence. Why do you think Poe wrote the sentence
    like this?
  • Look at the 2nd sentence. What is the purpose of
    the dashes? How do these dashes, and the words
    they set off, involve the reader in the action of
    the passage?
  • Write a sentence about doing homework. Try to
    imitate the way Poe uses phrases to slow down the
    way you read the sentence. Use at least one dash.

Day 79
  • He found that he was often angry, now
    irrationally angry at his groupmates, that they
    were satisfied with their lives which had none of
    the vibrance his own was taking on. Lowry, The
  • What is the purpose of the colon in this
  • How would it change the effectiveness of the
    sentence if we rewrote it like this? He found
    that he was often irrationally angry at his
    groupmates because they were satisfied with their
    lives which had none of the vibrance his own was
    taking on.
  • Write a sentence that uses a colon to connect
    important idea. The words which follow the colon
    should explain and emphasize the words that come
    before the colon. Use Lowrys sentence as a
    model. Start this way
  • Ashley found that she was much happier now

Day 80
  • Like sunshine after storm were the peaceful
    weeks that followed. Alcott, Little Women
  • Write this sentence on your paper. What is the
    subject of the sentence? (underline it) What is
    the main verb (circle it)? Is this the usual word
    order of subjects and verbs in English?
  • How would the meaning and impact of the sentence
    be different if it read The peaceful weeks which
    followed were like sunshine after storm.
  • Reorganize this sentence. Start with the simile
    and reverse the normal order of the subject and
    verb. Spring break came like a time of calm
    winds after a hurricane.

Day 81
  • Copy these notes
  • We examine tone last because understanding tone
    requires an understanding of all the elements
    writers use to create it diction, detail,
    figurative language, imagery, and syntax.
  • Tone is the express of the authors attitude
    toward his/her audience and subject matter. It
    can also be the expression of the speaker or
    narrator's attitude toward his/her listener or
    subject matter.
  • It is the feeling that grows out of the
    material, the feeling that the writer creates for
    the reader.
  • Tone can be any of these words (and many more!)
    abusive, accepting, admiring, angry, anxious,
    bitter, calm, cold, confused, critical, dry,
    grim, joyful, loving, mocking, peaceful, sad,
    silly, somber, thoughtful, etc

Day 82
  • Rachel/Rachelle and some other idiot chatter
    about the movie date before Mr. Stetman starts
    class. I want to puke. Rachel/Rachelle is just
    Andy-this and Andy-that. Could she be more
    obvious? I close my ears to her stupid laugh and
    work on the homework that was due yesterday.
    Anderson, Speak
  • What is the attitude of the narrator toward
    Rachel/Rachelle? What words clue you in?
  • What is the tone of the passage? How do you know?
  • Write a short paragraph about an awful lunch.
    Your tone should be disrespectful and mocking.
    Create a mocking tone!

Day 83
  • The Navy guy and I told each other we were glad
    tove met each other. Which always kills me. Im
    always saying Glad tove meet you to someone
    Im not glad at all I met. If you want to stay
    alive, you have to say stuff like that though.
    Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  • What is the narrators attitude towards people in
    general? How do you know?
  • Write a paragraph about meeting someone famous.
    Your paragraph should have an admiring and
    approving tone.

Day 84
  • It is my observation that dogs feel certain
    basic emotions like affection, fear, confusion,
    and joy. Im not sure theyre capable of feeling
    sadness or jealousy or if they can get their
    feelings hurt. But I believe I dog can get
    embarrassed! Take the clippers to a long-haired
    dog and see if she doesnt slink off behind the
    barn. Black, Dog Emotions
  • Does the narrator like or dislike dogs? How do
    you know?
  • What is the tone of this passage? How do the
    detail and diction of the last sentence affect
    the tone of the passage?
  • Write a paragraph or two that uses a lighthearted
    and playful tone to characterize a friend you
    really like who has some funny habits. Follow the
    Blacks paragraph a simple explanation followed
    by a funny example.

Day 85
  • Im boiling with rage, and yet I musnt show it.
    Id like to stamp my feet, scream, give Mummy a
    good shaking, cry, and I dont know what else,
    because of the horrible words, mocking looks, and
    accusations which are leveled at me repeatedly
    every day, and find their mark, like shafts from
    a tightly strung bow, and which are just as hard
    to draw from my body Anne Frank, Diary of a
    Young Girl
  • What is the tone of the passage?
  • What words inform you of the tone? Write down
    specific words or phrases from the passage.
  • Write a paragraph expressing your anger about
    something. First, list the diction, detail,
    imagery, and figurative language you can use to
    create the tone. Then, write your paragraph.

Day 86
  • We went with sandwiches, thick, poor-mans ham
    from Aldis supermarket, slapped onto wheat bread
    and slathered with a thin film of mayonnaise.
    Asgedom, Of Beatles Angels
  • What is the speakers attitude towards the
  • How did you figure out the speakers attitude
    toward the sandwiches?
  • Write a sentence which expresses your attitude
    toward a great dinner youve recently eaten.
    Dont explain your attitude use diction and
    detail to express it.

Day 87
  • On a sheet of paper without your name on it,
    please answer the following questions
  • What did you like about this class?
  • What did you not like about this class?
  • What was your favorite activity or assignment?
  • What was your least favorite activity or
  • How could I make this class better?
  • How could I be a better teacher?
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