Friday, February 27, 2015

Making the Invisible -Visible

HB CHALLENGE  - Find out who these people are, meet them, and come next Friday telling the HB what you think we should do for them. If you need any HB time to work on this - Monday is available. Will you rise to the challenge?

Lesson Recap

No additional homework. READ

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recap: Complex Sentences

warm Up:  Do this link

Do you know all the characteristics of complex sentences?

H/W - You paragrah should be finished by tomorrow

Drop your final pieces in here - Final piece is due FRIDAY!
C/D Class Extended Metaphor
E/F Class Extended Metaphor
G/H Class Extended Metaphor

How's your extended metaphor coming? Remember THE STRUGGLE IS THE LEARNING

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Extended Metaphor

Lesson Recap  Figurative Language A=B means C
To build an 'extended metaphor'
1) Start with an anchor metaphor - My life ain't no crystal stair
2) Brainstorm words, verbs, phrases, adjectives associated with A and B side of the metaphor
3) Build the lists into lines of poetry using one from the A and B side
4) Craft the lines into poetry using other poetic devices
5) Revise, edit, and publish into files below

See these examples from class today

Mentor Samples


  • C/D -& E/F classes. Read your paired book club book. Be prepared to come to class on Thursday to argue about a topic that you both disagree with.
  • All classes: Don't forget yesterday's poem - (Due Wed)

You must create an extended metaphor in your team and turn it into the slideshow: DUE FRI (You will work on this in class WED)

Turn your work in here Both names on the piece
C/D Class Extended Metaphor
E/F Class Extended Metaphor
G/H Class Extended Metaphor

Grading Criteria

  • You poem uses a single 'anchor' metaphor and continues to 'extend' that metaphor throughout the poem
  • Other metaphors that are linked to the anchor metaphor can be clearly identified in the poem
  • Your poem communicates a message/idea. - e.g. My life ain't no crystal stair - the idea is that she has had a tough life, but never gave up and kept reaching other goals.
  • Poetry format and structure with an effective title
  • Minimum 16 lines
This assignment is simply testing whether you can write a poem that contains an extended metaphor. Remember, not every line needs to be a metaphor.

Mentor Poem:
Remember your last poem? Many of you still need to turn in your last poem that spoke about your poetic moves. Nicholas did a really impressive job here talking about the different moves he made in his poem.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Figurative Language

Finish for H/W (Spend no more than 15minutes) Take a screen to prove you completed the 2nd exercise. 

Lesson Recap

Go to Log on: mrBuxtonM324
Follow the prompts and then answer this question.
Write a line of poetry that contains a metaphor

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Poetry Competition and Student Samples

Enjoy Olivia's excellent poem Elizabeth's, Regina's  Claire's

Poetry Competition: Round 2 - What will you do to amaze your the audience?

Level of Difficulty?

Use the links to the left of the blog to find ADVANCED poems to recite

Root Word of the Week

Poetry Revision Strategies

Turn in the link to your completed poem videos into the 3rd column in these files

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Complex Sentences/Poetry Endings

Lesson Recap

Poetry Ending Strategies

  • Make sure your book club is ready to present tomorrow if you haven't already presented
  • Spend 15 minutes collecting your 'Found ideas for your poem.
  • You will choose one of your poems to submit for a grade at the end of tomorrow's class
  • Membean test tomorrow
  • READ your partner book. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Poetry Protocol

 Follow this protocol for any poem that you read
STEP 1 Read silently
• The mood or emotion you feel
STEP 2 Read out loud
The tone or emotion of the poem as a whole
STEP 3 Read 1st part again…
• Images that seem particularly important
STEP 4  Read 2nd part…
Images that are important (what changed?)
STEP 5 What stands out?
  • Poetic devices?
  • Repeating lines, phrases, or words that are worth thinking more about
  • Confusing ideas
  • Quotable sections
 Synthesize your ideas: What do you think the poet wants you to know

Apology Poem: Due Wed
  • Recite the poem into a youtube video

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Root of the Week

Root of the Week - Cogn - Learn/Know


Bring an article (or an link to an article) that you found on the web for Tuesday's class. You will need this to create you next poem.

C/D - E/F Classes
Membean - 30 minutes by Wed (50 word test is Wednesday)
IXL - 7th Grade O.3 (By Wednesday)

Enjoy this example of visualizating ideas in poems

Friday, February 13, 2015

Next Week

Book Club Presentations will begin Monday

Do not forget to have your poem visualization video in these links by Monday.

Next week is just a 3 day week, but we will be covering some important concepts in poetry. Please let me know if you are traveling early.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today's Tasks

Turn in your videos from today's class to these links - in the second column

Homebase Slideshow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Visualizing: Using Poet's Eyes

Lesson Recap: Bite into your poems. Devour the ideas

When you visualize, you can go from use the literal images to reach a more abstract interpretation of the poems you read.

  • Keep up to date with your reading
  • Your book club presentations should be finished for Monday (You will have 30minutes in class tomorrow to work on them)
  • Membean

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Compound Sentences

H/W - Work on your contribution to your book club presentation. You do NOT need to be finished for Thursday, but you should have done something so that you can finish by the end of Thursday's class. (You will have about 40mins to work on this on Thursday. Book clubs will present Monday)

TEAMWORK - is also being assessed through this activity - Hint Hint E/F class couch group!

ASK - Practice  (Do this for more practice on compound sentences)

Lesson Recap:

In class practice

Monday, February 9, 2015

What is Poetry?

Files for Today: Reading and Writing Poetry Unit

Make a copy of this link for our next unit: How to Eat a Poem

Root of the Week: Sens/Sent - FEEL

Lesson RECAP

BIG REMINDER - What are the four rules for compound sentences and can you give an example of each one? HINT HINT - Assessment coming!

50 minutes of Membean by FRI (55 mins is above expectations). Some students should look VERY carfefully at the Membean stats for January and strive to do much better in FEB!

Finish your first youtube video about your noticing in the poem from today's class: (DUE WED) - This is a change from the due date I said in class.

READ - You will have your final meeting for your second book club tomorrow - Make sure you hae FINISHED your second book club book

This is Random Acts of Kindness Week around the world?  (Will you participate?) 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Membean Stats.

Make a copy of this link for our next unit: How to Eat a Poem

Rent of the Week: Sens/Sent - FEEL

Class Statistics for the first 4 weeks of school!

What claims could be make using this data?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Responding with Music

Enjoy Ethan's response with music

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Responding with Music

Using music to respond to literature


Good Reads Log into your account and set your target books to read by June 2015. Make sure your Goodreads account is updated with all the books you have read so far (including book club books) by Monday. Invite at least 3 friends to be your social partners and share a book recommendation with them. By Monday.

You should be finished with your second book club book by Tuesday. Make sure you come prepared to discuss your text (Hint Hint!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reading Response

Responding with Art.

Enjoy's Friyana's artistic responses
Check earlier posts this week to see your H/W

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


It was very disappointing to think that it was OK to leave the boy's bathroom like this today after our activity.

Boys, I just thought you might like to see who cleaned up your mess! (Special thanks also to Niko who also stayed to clean up after everybody) Thank you also to the girls that made sure their restroom was clean, especially Beatrice who was cleaning until 3:15pm.


For Thursday: Be thinking about READ SLIDE CAREFULLY

You should have read between 60-100 pages of your second book club book by Thursday. 

This time I need you to just copy/paste your writing (compound sentence H/W - 10 sentneces ) next to your name.

This grammar H/W should be in here by Thursday

Monday, February 2, 2015


Sign into your new IXL account with your SAS username@singapore and the passwords sas123

Go to 5th grade - Exercise D.1 (Yes - this is a FIFTH grade skill that should already be mastered)

+3 for first 5 people to reach 100points.

Grammar Recap


Compound sentence paragraph (min. 10 sentences) DUE THUR. I will provide a link on the blog showing you where to turn in this H/W

For an 'A' - You will need to have 10 perfectly constructed compound sentences  ( some with ;). You should NOT use pronouns with every sentence. The content should show variety from one compound sentence to the next.
  • Your first book club book needs to be finished by Tuesday.
  • 50 mins of Membean this week - 55+ is 'above expectations'
  • You MUST finish the graphic organizer and bring it to class tomorrow if you wish to paint in tomorrow's class


  • Please bring any books that you have at home to donate to the Philippines to class tomorrow
  • Please return any class library books that you have finished with. +1 for each book you return (max +3)
  • Please bring any ART materials (paints etc.) that you have to use in tomorrow's class.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Root of the Week: -log (word) -logy (Study)

Congrats. on your excellent pieces of 'abstract writing.' Enjoy these excellent pieces from Emily and Sanjo.  Also look at the amount of effort Carolina put into her work. When people receive 'F' for not doing their work, this is why. This is what your class mates are doing, so don't you think it is only fair that the difference in effort be reflected in the grades???

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