> The Things You Can Read: October 2016

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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












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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





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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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Interactive Notebook Page 6

Interactive Notebook Page 6


Back of PAGE 6




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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

Happy Reading & Writing

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

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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


Lifeboat Aquarius Reading Comprehesion








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Friday, October 21, 2016

IRONY LESSON 2016



Verbal Irony


Situational Irony



Dramatic Irony



IRONYis a hard concept to teach. I have developed a series of exercises I use at the beginning of class to help make the "AHA Moment" happen. Here is an example of how I teach IRONY. This activity comes from my sister site  

Activity


Watch the following video carefully. Write your answer on your index card. Find at LEAST 2 (TWO) examples of IRONY in the short film. Your answer needs to be in complete sentences. Complete sentences, i.e. written with proper grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and with a subject and verb. Again, give 2 (TWO) examples of irony in the video and EXPLAIN why that event was IRONIC.







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As I have said before, IRONYis a hard concept to teach. I have developed a series of exercises I use at the beginning of class to help make the "AHA Moment" happen. HERE GOES...

Watch the short video. Which of the three types of Irony is being illustrated in the video? Defend your answer.






HOW DO YOU TEACH IRONY?  Let us know here at The THings You Can Read!


INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK IRONY PAGE


Irony
Page 7


IRONY
NOTES
Definition of Irony: Irony is the contradiction between what happens and what is expected. There are three types of Irony:

Situational Irony: Irony that occurs when something happens that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters or the audience.

Verbal Irony: Irony that occurs when something contradictory is said, i.e. Sarcasm.

Dramatic Irony: Irony that occurs when the audience is aware of something that the character or speaker is not. 





One of the short stories I like to use to teach irony, foreshadowing, inferencing, characterization, (dynamic, static, flat), symbolism, and suprise endings is "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry.  Here is one of the  many activites we do to work with this classic short story:  I call it BE THE ILLUSTRATOR. I have divided an abriged version of the story up into sections that each require an illustration.  Before we start, I let students know that "IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD WITH PEOPLE...DON'T DRAW PEOPLE!  Use things that represent the people (good time to talk about symbolism with your students too.).  I give them a few class session (maybe three 20 to 30 minutes segments of class) to work on it(where I can help) then what ever is left is for them to finish on their own before the test on the last leaf.  Enjoy!









What kind of activities do you use to solidify the plot line of a story?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read.


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Earthquake Drill







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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



Book Fair Highlights Fall 2016



Mark Your Calendars!
J.E.J. Moore Book Fair: 

October 31 - November 16, 2016

Donuts with Dads is November 10th @ 7am
Muffins with Moms is November 15th @ 7am 
Goodies with Grands is November 16th (all day)


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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



Monday, October 17, 2016

Lesson on Conflict and Types of Conflict



DO NOW: OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2016

Conflicts/Complications

1. After breaking his mother's favorite vase, Casey struggles to decide whether he should tell his mother the truth and face the consequences, or whether he should attempt to hide his mistake and blame the family dog.

Protagonist: ______________________________  Antagonist: ___________________________


Type of Conflict



TEST ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
Conflict/Complications which includes the major types!


DO NOW: OCTOBER 20 & 21, 2016

Linda wants nothing more than to see her children happy, but her youngest has asked for a Robo-Kite, the hottest toy of this holiday season. After many hours of searching, Linda finally finds one at a department store, but Bruce finds it at the same time, and his son Robert wants it equally bad. Join Linda as she battles with Bruce to acquire a hot consumer item and learns a lesson about life and the holiday spirit along the way.

Protagonist: ______________________________  Antagonist: ___________________________


Type of Conflict










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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, October 11, 2016

DO NOW: October 11 & 12, 2016





DO NOW:  October 11 & 12, 2016


A series of events that includes the conflict and complications of the story.
   
A.Exposition
B.Rising Action
C.Falling Action
D.Resolution
E.Initiating Event


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Stroy Development: Things To Consider


  • How would you feel in Penelope’s situation?
  • What would you do if you were Penelope?
  • How do you think Penelope will try to get down from the treehouse?
  • What do you think will happen in the rest of the story?

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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




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