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​Feb. 20: Today we will begin reading Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "The Lie​."  Like "A Man Who Had No Eyes" our focus is on character development.

February 13: Today we begin looking at Mackinlay Kantor​'s short story, "A Man Who Had No Eyes​."  

February 12: Today is a two-hour bus delay.  The students we had in class were given this week's homework article, "Astronauts Walk on the Moon​," which is due by the end of the week.  They are not required to do the "Write Now" section at the end.

Feb. 1-9: We looked at several poems during this period: "Shall I Compare Thee?"; "Mending Wall;" and "The Snow Man​​."

January 29: Click here for a "homework of the week" handout entitled, "Long Ago in Timbuktu​."  This is due Thursday/Friday (your last class of the week). Do not complete the "Write Now" section at the end.

January 18:  We are writing a summary of the article, "The Secrets of Viking Ships."  ​The key ideas in this article include: The vikings were more than violent raiders.  According to the article, "The Secrets of Viking Ships," they were also skilled shipbuilders who produced some of the most advanced river- and ocean-going vessels of their time.  There were two main classes of vessel built by the vikings: the drekar and the knarr.  Both types were swift, wide-hulled, and highly maneuverable.  Because of their short keel, these ships could travel close to shore and up shallow rivers where other large ships could not go.  

January 10: Click here for the article, "Giants of the Earth."  Students are preparing a summary of the article.  It should be roughly 1/2 page, double-spaced.  Begin by mentioning the type of text, its name, and its author.  For instance, "Lee McKlow's article, "Giants of the Earth," explores the world of sequoia trees, which are among the most massive living things on Earth."

November 23: We took a few minutes today to look at Alden Nowlan's poem, "An Exchange of Gifts​."  

November 16: We will begin a short story writing assignment this week.  Click here for instructions​.

November 9: Click here for Patrick Waddington's short story, "The Street That Got Mislaid​."  There are questions to answer at the end of the story.

October 31: Today we will begin by reading Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven​."  Then, we'll watch the Simpsons' version.

October 30: Today we are beginning a descriptive writing exercise​ that will be completed by end of class Wednesday (6I) or Thursday (6H).

October 25: Today is a half day, so we won't have much time.  We will begin Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."  Click here for the poem and worksheet​.  The idea of the worksheet is to fill in real words that fit (nouns where a noun is needed; verbs where an action is appropriate, etc.).

October 24: Students' fables due tomorrow.  Click here for the rubric we co-constructed.  Students should be able to check "Yes" in every box except,"Do my animals have proper names? They shouldn't have."  This one should be "No."

October 10: ​We will begin the week with an introduction to capitalization.  Each day this week, we'll work on a short capitalization exercise (proper nouns, titles, first word in a quotation, etc).  Then, click here for Shirley Jackson's short story, "Charles."  We will be looking at "Charles" to learn about what goes into developing characters in a short story​.

September 26: Today we are learning how to write a limerick​.

September 19: Click here for Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by Woods."

September 18: Click here for Robert Currie's poem, "My Poems​."  

September 15: Click here for a definition of "fable" (this should already be in your notebook). Read this example of a simple fable about a robin who forgot what was important. Click here for some examples of morals/lessons you could use when writing your fable.

September 14: Click here for Ken Nesbitt's poem, "Falling Asleep in Class​."