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Monday, February 27, 2017

What is Theme?


What is Theme? 
Interactive Notebook
Page 20 

Right Side of Page 20







Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here






Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interactive Notebook Direct Vs. Indirect & Character Traits

Interactive Notebook Direct Vs. Indirect 


Page 18 Right Side of Notebook

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Use the Literary Terms Glossary labeled LITERARY HANDBOOK in the back of Prentice Hall Literature Language and Literacy Book on your desk.
DIRECT and INDIRECT Characterization are defined under CHARACTERIZATION.

Direct Characterization: The author directly states the character's traits or characteristics.

Indirect Characterization: The author indirectly depends on the reader to draw conclusions about the character's traits.  The author can achieve this by telling what other characters in the story say and think about another character.


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Character Traits are WORDS (usually adjectives) used to describe how a character acts during the story or work of literature. Think Personality traits...these traits are often viewed as GOOD OR BAD TRAITS.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Interactive Notebook STARS of the Great Depression

Front Page 
Heroes or Stars Can be used for Heading


Page 1 Right Side

Page 1 Left Side






Happy Reading & Writing
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Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Interactive Notebook Types of Characters


Interactive Notebook



Page 16 Right Side of Notebook

Use the Literary Terms Glossary in the back of Prentice Hall Literature Language and Literacy Book on your desk.
Static and Dynamic Character are defined under CHARACTER.


Page 17 Right Side of Notebook

All of these except Sympathetic Character are found in the Glossary. They will be found under Character or under Characterization in the Glossary.

Sympathetic Character is a character whose situation you understand and/or sympathize with or can relate to.


Happy Reading & Writing
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Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


Thursday, January 5, 2017

POINT OF VIEW: PRACTICE



Directions: read each of the following passages and determine from which perspective the passage is narrated. If it is third-personcircle each time characters' thoughts or feelings are narrated, and then decide whether narration is objective, limited, or omniscient.

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson

"Always keep sideways to your opponent," Alek said, gently turning her.  "That way, your chest presents the smallest possible target."  "Aye, the smallest possible target," Deryn sighed.  Alek stepped away and resumed his own pose, so that the tips of their swords almost touched.  Deryn took a deep breath, but Alek didn't move.  Long seconds passed, the airship's new engines thrumming beneath their feet, the clouds slipping slowly past overhead.  

Lori (The Circle of Friends, Book 1) by L. Diane Wolfe

The bell sounded and Lori heard the other girls stampede from the locker room.  She finished brushing her hair and contemplated tying it up again.  Now hanging past the top of her jeans, it tended to get caught on objects if she didn't control the waves.  She had maintained long hair since childhood, and despite her swimming, Lori entertained no thoughts of cutting it.

Envy by Gregg Olsen

Katelyn had no idea that, not far away, someone else was doing the exact same thing just waiting for the right time to make a move.  As fresh tears rolled down her cheeks, Katelyn took off the rest of her clothes, threw them on the floor, and plunged herself into the tub.  Downstairs, her mother, Sandra, stood in the kitchen and poked at the congealing remains of a prime rib roast.  She yanked at her blue sweater as she pulled it tighter on her shoulders and fumed.  She was cold and mad.  Mad and cold.  She searched her kitchen counters for the espresso maker.






Connotation Lesson: Gettysburg Address


 

Directions:  Draw a T Chart on the LEFT-hand side of page 8 in your interactive notebook.  Label one side Positive and one side negative.


Using the copy of the Gettysburg address list each of the circled words on the right side.  Ask yourself: Does the word have a positive connotation or a negative connotation.



Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DO NOW FOR DECEMBER 8 & 9, 2016

 
DO NOW: December 8 & 9, 2016

FRONT OF CARD

List all 5 POVS on your card. Pick one to define.

BACK OF CARD

Write in complete sentences:

Describe YOUR star power!

My start power is __________.  This is my star power because__________.

If you could “roll out the red carpet” for anyone—who would that be and why?

If I could "roll out the red carpet" for anyone it would be ______________.  I would roll it out for ______________ because_________________________.


What does success mean to you?

In my opinion, success means ____________________ ______________________________________________________
__________________________.


Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Monday, November 21, 2016

HOOT SPEAKERS 20116: “How can the human species be SUPERSTARS of their environment?”


November 14-22, 2016
Hurricane English
ENGLISH is ESSENTIAL TO BECOMING THE SUPERSTAR YOU CAN BE!
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR ENGLISH CLOSEUP

 “How can the human species be SUPERSTARS of their environment?”

J.E.J. Moore Hurricane Team is taking the school theme, ““Be the STAR that YOU” to new
heights.  The Hurricane hall is “aflutter” with the cross-curricular unit that uses the Newbery Award-winning novel Hoot by Carl Hiassen to reach across the disciplines to make authentic connections to essential knowledge.  Just ask any Hurricane, and they will share how fired up with excitement they are after guests paid them a visit during the month of November.  First, a Lead Interpreter from Pocahontas State Park graced students with an interactive lecture that allowed students to become more aware of their environment. She spoke eloquently about conservation, habitat issues, and endangered species in the United States. Reinforcing classroom instruction with real life applications.  The Interpreter’s expertise made an impression too.  One Hurricane stated, “The interpreter taught us how one species going extinct could affect the whole world’s food chain.”  Yep, the Hurricane Team, is truly cultivating the concept of how students can be SUPERSTARS of their environment. 

 “How can the human species be SUPERSTARS of their environment?”




Next, Thunder Eagle Wildlife Organization paid the team a visit.  Another Hurricane student shared, “Thunder Eagle’s visit was informative and exciting.  I was really surprised when the first owl came out.”  Yes, real live owls were inside the J.E.J. Moore lecture room.  Students learned how this nonprofit organization provides care and treatment for injured, orphaned or displaced birds and small mammals.  The big take away from Thunder Eagle’s visit came from Karen and Larry White Eagle-Fisher’s discussion of the importance of living in harmony with the native wildlife population.  Their message allowed students to examine how they can be “SUPERSTARS” by discovering ways to support nature’s balance locally.  The idea of balance between humans and nature is a BIG message or THEME that is found throughout Hoot and Thunder Eagle made it come alive for the students.   







Hoot continues on a global level the week of November 21 with its environmental themes when Hurricanes welcome Mr. Waskey to J.E.J. Moore Middle School.  Mr. Waskey raises awareness about the gorgeous but endangered blue-throated parrots.  His visit will allow Hurricanes to become “STARS” by learning how donations to an organization that aids in the construction of nesting boxes for these birds in their homeland of Bolivia will allow them to help save the blue-throated parrots.  Not to mention Hurricane students will have the once in a lifetime experience of watching live trained parrots in “free flight” over J.E.J. Moore Middle School. Hope you can join us for this spectacular event!

Then on Tuesday, November 22, students will take their guiding question: “How can the human species be SUPERSTARS of the environment?”  To a local level when Santa Rosa Honey Farm’s Bee Keeper visits J.E.J. Moore Middle School to discuss the plight of the bees and how we, as stewards of our environment, can help.  He will share his educational talk entitled, “The Buzz About Bees.”               Hurricane students have already read up on the topic and ready to ask questions.  One of our articles shared the following, “Bees have been dying at alarming rates for a decade. That makes it more expensive to produce the many crops that depend on them for pollination. Dismay over their demise transcends economics…Among the factors implicated in bee woes are parasites, disease, and poor nutrition — all of which defy easy solution. The role of a fourth factor, chemicals, is uncertain and contested. That hasn’t stopped bee lovers from fixing blame, with some countries banning pesticides called neonicotinoids.”  Santa Rosa Honey Farm’s bee keeper will discuss these concerns and more as he explains what is needed to keep bees and what is happening in our own community with the BEES. 


Needless to say, the Hurricane teachers are excited that these experiences are a driving force in making learning “real” for Prince George students.  Hurricanes are still hard at work as they continue to cultivate an answer to the question “How can the human species be SUPERSTARS of the environment?”  and with experiences like these students are sure to realize that SUPERSTARS come in all sizes, and that they have the ability to make a difference right here in Prince George County.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TOM THOMSON MYSTERY








The cairn’s inscription was composed by Thomson’s friend, painter J. E. H. MacDonald, and reads:
TO THE MEMORY OF TOM THOMSON ARTIST, WOODSMAN AND
GUIDE WHO WAS DROWNED IN CANOE LAKE JULY 8TH, 1917
HE LIVED HUMBLY BUT PASSIONATELY WITH THE WILD
IT MADE HIM BROTHER TO ALL UNTAMED THINGS OF NATURE
IT DREW HIM APART AND REVEALED ITSELF WONDERFULLY TO HIM
IT SENT HIM OUT FROM THE WOODS ONLY TO SHOW THESE REVELATIONS THROUGH HIS ART AND IT TOOK HIM TO ITSELF AT LAST.



Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

VOTE: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

VOTE:  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!



Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Monday, October 31, 2016

Connotation and Denotation



Connotation and Denotation

It sometimes is difficult to explain in words the concept of connotation and denotation.  














Connotation
The emotion or feeling(s) associated with a word: Positive, Negative or Neutral

Denotation
The Dictionary Definition

Smile Grin Smirk

Youthful Young Childish












Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Friday, October 28, 2016

26.218 and Disappearing Emerald Reading Comprehension












Historyofmarathon from Santa Rosa Honey Farm

What is a good alternative title for this piece?  


What is wrong with these titles?
  1. the great race
  2. runners
  3. from marathon to athens to today
  4. The marathon history
  5. world wide sports
  6. The great run





Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

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