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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WELCOME HURRICANES 2016-2017




Welcome to the 2016-2017 Hurricane Team

"I'm Ready for My Close-Up"
ROLL'EM!





Syllabus Link:  HERE

Remind Codes



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, April 19, 2016

Figurative Language: SOL STYLE QUESTIONS



Directions: Select the correct text in the passage.
Which of the following sentences contains figurative language?





















The Bull
     Even though I had spent my whole life in New York City, I'd always been fascinated by bull riding. Other kids in my class talked about wanting to be professional football or basketball players when they grew up. I wanted to be a professional bull rider. Anytime I saw that bull riding would be coming on the TV, I got as excited as a kid at Christmas. I would post a note near our TV, letting my family know that I would be using the TV at a specific time. No one else in my family liked bull riding, so I would watch with Bullhorn, my pet hermit crab. Bullhorn never complained about watching bull riding. 
     Today, finally, another event was coming on the TV. I hadn't seen any bull riding in weeks! Fifteen minutes before the event was scheduled to start, I went up to my room to take Bullhorn out of his cage. Bullhorn wasn't there! I emptied out his cage and even looked around my room to see if he had escaped, but I couldn't find him. My room seemed to be laughing at me, as if to say, "What? Can't find your friend? I know where he is!"
     I gave up and went downstairs. Bullhorn was on the couch in a brand new cage! The inside of the cage was a miniature version of a rodeo, and Bullhorn even had his own tiny cowboy hat. There was also a plate with some cookies and a glass of milk. I sat down and turned on the TV. The plush couch pillows hugged me to say hello. I'm pretty sure Bullhorn smiled.





2.
Directions: Select the correct text in the passage.
Which of the following sentences contains a metaphor? 
Building a Strong Body Image
     As kids become teenagers and start going through puberty, it can be hard for them to deal with all the changes their bodies are going through. It is important that teens be taught the importance of building not only strong and healthy bodies but also strong and healthy body images.
     Because of society's emphasis on being thin, studies have found that many teens develop poor self-esteem when they start going through puberty. When a body is growing, weight gain can sometimes happen quickly, but some teens do not understand what is happening and panic. They may try to eat less, which will get in the way of the body's development. Bodies are race cars and need to be cared for in order to perform well. If teens treat their bodies like rental cars, though, trouble will arise. Unlike rental cars, bodies cannot be returned, and teens who try to combat a poor body image by starving themselves will disrupt their development. 
     These days, kids as young as seven or eight are going on diets. Yes, obesity is a real problem, and it should be addressed. Sometimes, young kids may need to change their eating habits for the sake of their overall health and quality of life. However, many kids who are perfectly healthy are trying to diet too. Kids need to be taught that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, like fruit off a tree. No two apples look exactly the same, and neither do any two bodies.


ANSWER
A metaphor is a form of figurative language that makes a direct comparison between two unlike things.The sentence containing a metaphor is "Bodies are race cars and need to be cared for in order to perform well." In this sentence, bodies are being directly compared to race cars.





3.
Directions: Drag the tiles to the boxes to form correct pairs.
Which sentences from the passage match each type of figurative language?
  • After she closed the door, silence slapped her in the face.
  • Suddenly, a striped orange cat galloped toward Janine like a racehorse.
  • Tiger's purr was a chainsaw that sliced through the air.





Thursday, April 14, 2016

Figurative Language Sample Questions





Directions: Select the correct text in the passage.
Which sentence from the passage contains imagery? 
Ghirardelli Chocolate
     The Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory is located in San Leandro, California. It is one of the only chocolate companies in the United States that controls all aspects of the chocolate-making process. Before moving to San Leandro, the factory was located in Ghirardelli Square in the city of San Francisco, California.
     Millions of tourists visit Ghirardelli Square each year and enjoy a treat at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop. The original chocolate making equipment is still used. The sweet scent of hot fudge and gooey chocolate brownies wafts through the air as customers wait in line to place their orders. If one sweet treat isn't enough, chocolates of all flavors, shapes, and sizes can be purchased at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop.




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Directions: Select the correct text in the passage.
Which sentence from the passage contains a hyperbole?




Fever
     To say Peter was under the weather was putting it mildly. Peter had been sick for six days so far, and he didn't seem to be getting any better.
     "Mom!" Peter yelled. "I'm as thirsty as a camel! Can I get some water?"
     "Just a minute, Peter," his mom yelled up to him. Peter hated having to wait. Being sick always put him in a bad mood. He was a grumpy grizzly bear. After what seemed like years, Peter's mom came into his room with a glass of water.
     "Here you go, love," Peter's mom said. "Let's see if you still have a fever before you drink any, all right?"
     "Mom, I feel hotter than a desert during a heat wave," Peter moaned. "I don't need a thermometer to tell me I'm burning up."
     "Well, let's just see, shall we?" Peter's mom said. She placed the thermometer under Peter's tongue and pulled it out when it beeped.
     "Your fever has actually gone down," said Peter's mom with a smile. "You're more like a desert in winter, Peter."



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

National Parks Week: Using Quotes and Images

Yosemite National Park by Perry Foutch (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

Thought maybe LA teachers be interested in sharing these quotes from the "Father of National Parks" in your classroom for National Parks Week.

For more images and quotes check out:  10 John Muir Quotes

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

Sunday, March 6, 2016

NON READING NEWS! SHIH TZU PUPPIES


We had to stop reading because our beloved Shih Tzu Coco Chanel had PUPPIES.  A Litter of FIVE (5) was born early this morning on March 6, 2016, Three Females and two Males. These little bundles of joy are purebred pet quality Shih-Tzu Puppies and will be well loved until their new owners find them.  Both father and mother are our pets, which means they are BOTH well loved and cared for.  Puppies will be treated like one of our family and will be well socialized by the time their NEW OWNERS find them. 



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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS by Lisa Lewis Tyre!


LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS by  Lisa Lewis Tyre! 

    

Lisa Lewis Tyre is a debut novelist and boy what a debut!  If you are looking for a great read for young adults or just want to recapture your youth with a book that has the ring of a Nancy Drew Mystery, Last in a Long Line of Rebels is a must read.
     
For the past thirty years, I have lived in houses that date back to the 1800s. Once I even tried to have a Historic Landmark Marker placed in front of one of my houses.  Let me just say, I was an adult and that whole process was a fiasco, so I could truly empathize with Lou's plight.  

After Lou inadvertently discovers that her Civil War era home might be demolished by the city she springs into action.  The thought of losing her home is unfathomable and her plan to save it is ingenious.  I was right there with our protagonist each step of the way.  Lou is outspoken and full of spunk.  No way is she about to take the news lying down.  The journey to save her home from being condemned is full of surprises because Last in a Long Line of Rebels is more than a story about saving an old house it also tackles the issue of intolerance that still exists in the world today.  

The novel is a coming of age story that allows the reader to make unexpected discoveries right along with the main character. Surprises abound the deeper into the novel the reader journeys.   Let's just say the further Lou digs into the past of her ancestors the more she realizes that one must continue to be vigilant in the fight against injustice or history can and will repeat itself.  Tyre's characters feel real and authentic and readers will be right there with Lou Mayhew on her journey of self-discovery.


lisa_lewis_tyre_webLAST in a long line of rebels

Lisa Lewis Tyre’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, February 1st: Geo Librarian
Tuesday, February 2nd: Randomly Reading
Wednesday, February 3rd: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Thursday, February 4th: Life is Story
Monday, February 8th: Just Commonly
Wednesday, February 10th: Shooting Stars Mag
Thursday, February 11th: Musings by Maureen
Monday, February 15th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, February 16th: You Can Read Me Anything
Wednesday, February 17th: WV Stitcher
Thursday, February 18th: Tina Says…
Monday, February 22nd: The Things You Can Read
Wednesday, February 24th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, February 25th: Just One More Chapter
Monday, February 29th: Laura’s Reviews
Wednesday, March 2nd: Absurd Book Nerd
Thursday, March 3rd: FictionZeal
Monday, March 7th: View from the Birdhouse

I'd like to thank TLC for allowing me access to an advance readers copy (ARC) of  LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS by  Lisa Lewis Tyre

Does  LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS by  Lisa Lewis Tyre GRAB your attention?  Is it a novel you'd be interested in reading?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!





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

Sunday, February 14, 2016

All Those English Teachers: ENJOY!


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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