Archive for October, 2011

Often the best writing comes from a question. Today, we have an exposition question and topic that has a great deal of student interest. In our in class survey, close to 90% of you are on Facebook! According to the the letter of the law, kids under 13 are not allowed to have a Facebook account. We read and discussed the various arguments for and against its use for children under the age of 13. Now it is time to state your position in the form of an exposition.


 Should kids under 13 be allowed on Facebook?

This week we have been working hard on making connections to a text. A good connection to the another text, to our self, or to the world around us is not always that easy. Remember, a good connection is one that helps us better understand the text we are reading!

Today, I would like you to use your idea sheet from yesterday to explain some of the connections you made and how they helped you better understand the text. For example, when we read Oliver Button is a Sissy, we saw that liking pizza was not a useful connection, however, remembering being bullied is a great connection because it helps us understand the characters feelings.

So let me hear those Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World connections to Ruby’s Wish and how they help you better understand the main idea!

Music is a wonderful thing. It soothes us, pumps us up, creates memories, and sometimes just passes the time. When we listen to music, as when we read, we make mental images based on the lyrics. Today I would like you to grab some headphones, plug in, and listen to the following song. After you have listened to it, use the “What I see” chart to read over the lyrics and write your visions. You may listen to it more than once. Lastly, I would like you to write a descriptive paragraphing explaining what you saw as you listened, and post your mental images.

A Horse With No Name, By America

Today’s post title comes from an old Rod Stewart song, and is not a typo!!

There’s an old saying that a picture says a thousand words. Well today, you are to find those words for the following picture! After you have completed your OWI chart, please post a paragraph to explain what you have inferred from the picture. I want to know what is happening and why it is happening. Make sure to back up your thinking with evidence from the picture and your own ideas.