Thursday, February 14, 2013

G Block: Scavenger Hunt

1. Visit Edline and sort your vocabulary list so that only list 10 is visible. Choose a word from words 5-7. Compose a sentence that conveys your understanding of the word.

2. On Edline, locate the list of poetic and literary devices for freshmen. Select a term that we have not covered yet this year. Make a connection (one sentence) between this term and a piece of literature we have read. Be speciifc.

Click here to view a quick interview with Jeanette Walls. Describe Rosemary's paintings to verify your viewing.

4. Visit Amazon.com. Locate The Glass Castle. Read through the customer reviews and locate one highly favorable and 1 scathing review. Copy the reviews, correct them for grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and paste them as your fourth response.

5. Review the rubric attached to your Poetry Test. Find your average response score and read the language that corresponds with your score. Then, look at the language in the category directly above your average score. Compose a paragraph that addresses the criteria that you need to focus on in order to improve your writing on future assessments. Use direct quotations from the rubric.

21 comments:

Alex Carignan said...

My father peruses all of my homework before I pass it in.
-Alex Carignan

Alex Carignan said...

My father peruses all of my homework before I pass it in.
-Alex Carignan

Kasara said...

The emanciated man was galvanized when he saw a plathora of food before his eyes and as he consumed it his heart kindled with happiness.

Parker Cleathero said...

The man perused around the library looking for a specific book.

jasmine hathaway said...

The crass man had stains all over his clothing and his house is covered in trash. The man’s emaciated wife was withered that her face was horribly aged and was a toothpick.

jasmine hathaway said...

The crass man had stains all over his clothing and his house is covered in trash. The man’s emaciated wife was withered that her face was horribly aged and was a toothpick.

John Baker said...

The clouds are very ominous and dark looking.
The clouds are an allusion to what’s going to come later on in the day

Anonymous said...

1) The man that stole her purse was ominous and laughed when he took her money.

2)Foil is a character that provokes contrast to another is like conflict. Conflict being the problem in the story.

4)I grew up in Welch, WV and was acquainted with Jeanette and Brian(Lori was older and Maureen was younger). I can attest that her harrowing account of growing up with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother in the coalfields of WV was as she says. This was a compelling read, all the more so, because it was about people and places I knew so well. As I read, I was filled with sorrow and shame because I was one of those people who didn't want to have close association with them because they were so different from me. I try to asuage my guilt by telling myself I saw things from a child's maturity level. I wish I could apologize and find myself wondering what would have happened if I had befriended Jeanette. She could have enriched my like tremendously. For those of you who doubt things could not have happened like it was written, don't. I knew it and I saw it, and to a degree, lived it. And as tragic as it was, it was true.

5)To improve My score, I could have effectively used well chosen and specific concrete detail and references to the text

-Kyra Bryant

**Lauren** said...

Good Review:
The author describes her fascinating childhood in which her family moves around the country, following her father's dreams, staying ahead of law enforcement, bill collectors, and living the family's carefree attitude. While her father's dreams are what sustains the family for many years, slowly the four children become disillusioned as their father continuously fails to provide all of the things he promises them. The father's inability to hold down a job and staying sober forces the family to live in destitution, and while the mother is continually writing and painting, this does not put food on the table. The four children learn to fend for themselves, take care of each other, and determine what is really important in their lives.

Quote: "As Brian and I watched, the hole for the Glass Castle's foundation slowly filled with garbage."

This was a really excellent memoir, which raised excellent questions about family, prioritization, dreams, reality, and the power of perseverance to overcome whatever challenges a person faces. The author relates her inner struggle when she wants desperately to believe in her father's big dreams, while having to scrounge in trash cans to find enough food. Although it was a bit slow in the beginning, things picked up rapidly. The book moved quickly, particularly because it is organized into short chapters. I thought the most significant portions related to the siblings holding together while they were growing up and making the most of difficult circumstances.
Bad Review:
I just couldn't get into this book and I am sorry I bought it. We all make mistakes and this was one. Save your money.

Colin Melo said...

1. I kindled the fire until all of the logs were on fire.
2. The point of view of Romeo and Juliet was told from the views of Romeo and Juliet.
3. Her paintings are her memories of events, places or objects she has experienced during her life
4. Favorable review: I read this in one sitting. Now I teach it in my Developmental Reading classes. I have many students who had tough times growing up, and they are all inspired by Jeannette Walls' courage and resilience. They write amazing responses to her book.
I admire Ms. Walls' ability to tell her story without ever feeling sorry for herself. Great story, great writing. There is a reason why this book has been translated into 23 languages.
Scathing: I seem to be in the minority here, but I could not finish this "memoir." After the third (or possibly the fourth) "accidental" burning of a child, I had to tell myself that I needed to stop reading about this incredibly dysfunctional family. I had nothing to learn from them, except that somewhere, somehow, some authorities should have intervened to prevent this from happening (if it really did). If they stayed that far "under the radar" it is a sad commentary. I also read an interview with the author where she continues to excuse her parents' behavior -- sorry, that just won't work. These people are no role models, nor are they funny or even tragic! I love a good novel, a murder mystery, everything from Shakespearean tragedy to low comedy, but this did not show me anything from which to learn or laugh. I can only ask why so many people condone these parents' behaviors.
5. My average score was 7. I need to focus on reviewing my grammar more thoroughly instead of wanting to just get it passed in. Also I need to use more types of sentences. I need to explain the analysis more. Finaly I need to use the literary present and organize the order the topics.

Shamus Melchert said...

Shamus Melchert
2/14/13
Period G.

Stealthy: (adjective) marked by quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice
The Navy Seals moved stealthy through the village, approaching towards Osama Bin Laden’s hideout.
Literary Device: Flashback
A story that we have read that consists of using flashback is in Of Mice and Men, when George has Lennie on his knees and is ready to put him down, describes the dreamed destination of both characters from the beginning, then put Lennie out of his misery.

Kasara said...

The exposition of Romeo and Juliet would be the setting in Merona Italy, The characters being Romeo Juliet and all the others, and the conflict which would consist of Tybalt vs Romeo and other conflicts.

Katy Johansen said...

1. After we got lost in the woods, i kindled a fire so that we could stay warm
2. An autobiography that we read this year was The Glass Castle, written by Jeannette Walls about her own life
3. The house directly across from her apartment on 8th street
4. Original Bad Review:
I just couldn't get into this book, And am sorry I brought it. But we all make mistakes and this was one. Save your money.
Revised Bad Review:
I just couldn't get into this book, and am sorry i bought it. But we all make mistakes and this was one. Save your money.
Original Good Review:
I grew up in Welch, WV and was acquainted with Jeanette and Brian(Lori was older and Maureen was younger). I can attest that her harrowing account of growing up with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother in the coalfields of WV was as she says. This was a compelling read, all the more so, because it was about people and places I knew so well. As I read, I was filled with sorrow and shame because I was one of those people who didn't want to have close association with them because they were so different from me. I try to asuage my guilt by telling myself I saw things from a child's maturity level. I wish I could apologize and find myself wondering what would have happened if I had befriended Jeanette. She could have enriched my like tremendously. For those of you who doubt things could not have happened like it was written, don't. I knew it and I saw it, and to a degree, lived it. And as tragic as it was, it was true.
Revised Bad Review:
I grew up in Welch, WV and was acquainted with Jeanette and Brian (Lori was older and Maureen was younger). I can attest that her harrowing account of growing up with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother in the coalfields of WV was as she says. This was a compelling read, all the more so, because it was about people and places I knew so well. As I read, I was filled with sorrow and shame because I was one of those people who didn't want to have close association with them because they were so different from me. I try to asuage my guilt by telling myself I saw things from a child's maturity level. I wish I could apologize and find myself wondering what would have happened if I had befriended Jeanette. She could have enriched my life tremendously. For those of you who doubt things could not have happened like it was written, don't. I knew it and I saw it, and to a degree, lived it. And as tragic as it was, it was true.
5. My average score: 7
To get a higher grade next time, I could start my making my response more "insightful". I should also usemore transitions, because I rarely use them and they are necessary to get a higher grade. Anothier thing i could work in is using third person more. Lastly, to help improve future scores I have to "thoroughly adress the 'what', the 'how', and the 'why'.

jasmine hathaway said...

Lennie and George are the protagonists of Of Mice and Men as Curley is the antagonist

kaitlin aucoin said...

The boy started to kindle a fire with twigs and a liter.
The style in which the glass castle is written is an auto biography.
One of her paintings of a building across from her where she was. Another was of a cat. And another was of flowers her friend gave her and one was of a creepy gremlin from her nightmare.
Favorable one- First, "The Glass Castle" is a real page turner - - I couldn't put it down and finished it in about four hours - - a record for me!

It's probably the most thoughtful and sensitive memoir I can ever remember reading - - told with such grace, kindness and fabulous sense of humor.

It's probably the best account ever written of a dysfunctional family -- and it must have taken Walls so much courage to put pen to paper and recount the details of her rather bizarre childhood - - which although it's like none other and is so dramatic - - any reader will relate to it. Readers will find bits and pieces of their own parents in Rex and Rose Mary Walls.

Her journey across the country, ending up in a poor mining town in West Virginia and then finally in New York City, is a fascinating tale of survival.

Her zest for life, even when eating margarine and sugar and bundled in a cardboard box with sweaters, coats and huddling with her pets, is unbelievably beautiful - - and motivating.

If I could give a book ten stars, it would be "The Glass Castle."
Scathing one - I just couldn't get into this book, And am sorry I brought it. But we all make mistakes and this was one. Save your money.

My paragraphs. I got a seven and an eight and to make me get a nine I needed a “good use of transitions”. Also more “variety” and “varied diction”.

kaitlin aucoin

kathleen said...

1.My stepmom is very fastidous when she does not get her way.

jake burgess said...

Jake Burgess
1. 1 The man was able to kindle a fire so it started.
2. 2 The falling action in “of mice and men” was when George shot Lenny.
3. 3 She Drew her husband in the corner, a nightmare.
4. 4 “I read this in one sitting. Now I teach it in my Developmental Reading classes. I have many students who had tough times growing up, and they are all inspired by Jeannette Walls' courage and resilience. They write amazing responses to her book.
I admire Ms. Walls' ability to tell her story without ever feeling sorry for herself. Great story, great writing. There is a reason why this book has been translated into 23 languages.”
5. 5 I need to add varying sentences. INed to be more complex with more my answers. I finally need to add a better conclusion.

kaitlin aucoin said...

The boy started to kindle a fire with twigs and a liter.
The style in which the glass castle is written is an auto biography.
One of her paintings of a building across from her where she was. Another was of a cat. And another was of flowers her friend gave her and one was of a creepy gremlin from her nightmare.
Favorable one- First, "The Glass Castle" is a real page turner - - I couldn't put it down and finished it in about four hours - - a record for me!

It's probably the most thoughtful and sensitive memoir I can ever remember reading - - told with such grace, kindness and fabulous sense of humor.

It's probably the best account ever written of a dysfunctional family -- and it must have taken Walls so much courage to put pen to paper and recount the details of her rather bizarre childhood - - which although it's like none other and is so dramatic - - any reader will relate to it. Readers will find bits and pieces of their own parents in Rex and Rose Mary Walls.

Her journey across the country, ending up in a poor mining town in West Virginia and then finally in New York City, is a fascinating tale of survival.

Her zest for life, even when eating margarine and sugar and bundled in a cardboard box with sweaters, coats and huddling with her pets, is unbelievably beautiful - - and motivating.

If I could give a book ten stars, it would be "The Glass Castle."
Scathing one - I just couldn't get into this book, And am sorry I brought it. But we all make mistakes and this was one. Save your money.

My paragraphs. I got a seven and an eight and to make me get a nine I needed a “good use of transitions”. Also more “variety” and “varied diction”.

John Weeks said...


1.The acute knife cut through the cheese very quickly and easy.
2.Onomatopoeia- The onomatopoeia produced in Of Mice of Men, is when Lennie chocked out Curley's wife.

Claudia Robert said...

1) The galvanized rat scurried past the putrid gutter to a collapsed garbage can in hopes of finding food.
2) In the books we have read we have studied people who have been protagonists and antagonists. One example of an antagonist is Curley from Of Mice and Men.
3) Rosemary painted a vase of purple flowers she found in a trash, a building across from her house, and a picture of a cat.
4) Had read Half Broke Horses first. I recommend that. The books are not series but about some of the same people. Very good reads
I read Half Broke horses first and I recommend it. The books are not a series but are about some of the same people, these are very good reads.
5) In order to receive a higher grade on future Poetry analysis Test there are some improvements I would have to make. One is to improve my sentence variety and structure. Another is fully addressing the question. Also I could try to improve or come up with a thesis that better fits the question. Other things I could do are: check more for errors, add more references to the poem and/or text, and analyze the poetry more carefully.

Lizzie Hanson said...

1. My cousin kindled a fire only using wood during our camping trip last fall.

2. Soliloquy is a dramit convention whereby a charcter, alone onstage, speaks his or her thoughts aloud. Lennie does this in the novela "Of Mice and Men" when he accidently killed curley's wife and ran away hoping no one would find out it was him. he went back to the river where George and Lennie met before and Lennie was talking to his aunt and a bunny about what he should do, yet they were not really there, they were just in his head.

3. Mrs. Walls paintings show her memories and every step of her life that she has been through that she wants to remember.

4.I grew up in Welch, WV and was acquainted with Jeanette and Brian (Lori was older and Maureen was younger). I can attest that her harrowing account of growing up with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother in the coalfields of WV was as she says. This was a compelling read, all the more so, because it was about people and places I knew so well. As I read, I was filled with sorrow and shame because I was one of those people who didn't want to have close association with them because they were so different from me. I try to asuage my guilt by telling myself I saw things from a child's maturity level. I wish I could apologize and find myself wondering what would have happened if I had befriended Jeanette. She could have enriched my life tremendously. For those of you who doubt things could not have happened like it was written, don't. I knew it and I saw it, and to a degree, lived it. And as tragic as it was, it was true.

5. I could have orgnaized my promt in a more complex but easy to read way with more variety of sentences.