Archive for September, 2012

The Sweetest Fig

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have spent the week learning how to synthesize text until we reach understanding. This “Ahhhhhhh, I get it now!” moment occurs when we have taken all the explicit (in the text) information and all the implicit ideas (our inferences) and put them together.

Today, I want you to do this with the book we just read, The Sweetest Fig, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Answer the following:

What do you think really happened in the story and why? What lesson were we supposed to learn from it? Use evidence from the text and your own thinking to back up your answer.

Please feel free to question and argue any answer that fellow students post. It is up to them to provide enough evidence and arguments so that their answer can’t be disputed.

Welcome Back

Posted: September 14, 2012 in Language
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Hi everyone. Welcome to our class blog. If you spend some time navigating through the site you will see many of the things my class has done in the past. The point of this blog is to write. I want my students to be critically literate, being able to read, think, and respond to text and ideas stated by others. A classroom blog provides an excellent medium through which to do this.

Your first task as you begin today as a blogger is to have a look through the site and give me your thoughts about it. What is interesting? What parts do you like best? What excites you the most about it? Do you have any worries?

Drop me a line and I’ll get back to you.


Mr. Purdon