- We read for about seventy-five minutes. (Mr. Henry was here as your sub.)
- Thank-you letter to someone impossible to thank
- We worked in trios to research the three different kinds of sonnets, and we filled in the comparison/contrast chart for Petrarchan/Italian, Shakespearean/English, and Spenserian.
- We also compared three poems in the yellow packet and used our Sonnet Characteristics Chart (p. 5) to compare lines, stanzas, rhyme scheme and meter.
- We created a story, with each person contributed a sentence with a vocabulary word in it.
- We wrote thank-you notes to Mr. Hoover, Mrs. Kennedy and Tammy for their help during our Animal Farm discussions.
- John, Nick and Brittany shared their thank-you letters with us. They were terrific! :-)
- Study for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz.
- Work on your sestina, which is due Friday.
Focus for the week: show, don't just tell!
Writing Experiment #? :-)
- We took some notes on page 56, and we talked about how different letters have different suggestive sounds--some make hard sounds, and some make soft sounds.
- I read the passage from Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant", and we talked about diction, imagery, and sounds.
- Brad, Mallory, Nick, Jena and Taylor were kind enough to act out the scenes on pages 66-7, so we could see the difference between a scene that is simply told, and a scene that is shown. We did note that showing isn't always the way to go. Sometimes telling is expedient and necessary.
- This is a piece we've been working up to this week. Today I talked about several quotes that should set the tone for writing about this moment, and I read two examples for last year's class. We had twenty minutes to type a first draft, and we handed that draft in.
- I read the Santa's Helper letters aloud, and we all figured out whose was whose.