> The Things You Can Read: January 2017

The Things You Can Read welcomes you and thanks you for your readership. We, here at The Things You Can Read, ask your help, if you visit our site regularly, please follow us either via email or Google Friend Connect.  Launched on June 7, 2012, our site has already attracted a great deal of attention.  One of the goals of the site is to feature reviews of Children's Picture Books, Young Adult novels and Adult Literary Fiction/Nonfiction.  A second goal for the blog is to be a resource for teachers of English and writing--with examples of student created writing, writing tips, resource links, and the opportunity to pick the brain of a seasoned English teacher.  To spice things up...every now and then, we'll also include random quotes and thoughts on education and life in general, but our ultimate goal is to reach out into the blogosphere and be a "Book Whisperer" and "Writing Whisperer" to children and adults of all ages.   Thank you for your readership.  Here is to a lifetime filled with reading and writing.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Directions: read each of the following passages and determine from which perspective the passage is narrated. If it is third-personcircle each time characters' thoughts or feelings are narrated, and then decide whether narration is objective, limited, or omniscient.

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson

"Always keep sideways to your opponent," Alek said, gently turning her.  "That way, your chest presents the smallest possible target."  "Aye, the smallest possible target," Deryn sighed.  Alek stepped away and resumed his own pose, so that the tips of their swords almost touched.  Deryn took a deep breath, but Alek didn't move.  Long seconds passed, the airship's new engines thrumming beneath their feet, the clouds slipping slowly past overhead.  

Lori (The Circle of Friends, Book 1) by L. Diane Wolfe

The bell sounded and Lori heard the other girls stampede from the locker room.  She finished brushing her hair and contemplated tying it up again.  Now hanging past the top of her jeans, it tended to get caught on objects if she didn't control the waves.  She had maintained long hair since childhood, and despite her swimming, Lori entertained no thoughts of cutting it.

Envy by Gregg Olsen

Katelyn had no idea that, not far away, someone else was doing the exact same thing just waiting for the right time to make a move.  As fresh tears rolled down her cheeks, Katelyn took off the rest of her clothes, threw them on the floor, and plunged herself into the tub.  Downstairs, her mother, Sandra, stood in the kitchen and poked at the congealing remains of a prime rib roast.  She yanked at her blue sweater as she pulled it tighter on her shoulders and fumed.  She was cold and mad.  Mad and cold.  She searched her kitchen counters for the espresso maker.

Connotation Lesson: Gettysburg Address


Directions:  Draw a T Chart on the LEFT-hand side of page 8 in your interactive notebook.  Label one side Positive and one side negative.

Using the copy of the Gettysburg address list each of the circled words on the right side.  Ask yourself: Does the word have a positive connotation or a negative connotation.

Happy Reading & Writing
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
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
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...