Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Reminder: If you wish to retake the grammar test this Thursday during ASK, then you must provide evidence of further studying before this day.

This is a MEMBEAN week - You will have your Membean test FRIDAY

Lesson Recap

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Read your book club books. No other H/W. ' Make  your thinking visible

You will be asked to write a sticky at some stage in class tomorrow that shows your best thinking.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sentence Fluency Test

You may refer to the cards on the desk (FANBOYS or AAWWIBBUSS)

H/W - Just enjoy your reading tonight.  You have been working hard recently! Agree as a book club what page to read to.

If your Top 10 is not in Seesaw AS A VIDEO - by the end of the day WEDNESDAY - it is considered late. Make sure your final poem is at the end of it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


For all of those who regularly check my blog, you now have an advantage! This is a poem that you must interpret for your summative in Monday's class. I am giving it in advance, so you have more time to do your thinking. You cannot discuss this poem with a parent or classmate. You can look at ANY of your poetry notes. All answers will be written in class on pencil and paper on MONDAY. Any notes you make before class, can be used in class.

Discuss how a PART of the poem (word, image, phrase, line, or stanza) plays a role in creating the WHOLE poem. Be sure to talk about HOW the part develops the larger IDEA/MEANING of the poem. Use everything you know about close reading and analyzing literature as you show your thinking and support it.

To Look at Anything
John Moffitt

To look at anything,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say,
“I have seen spring in these
Woods,” will not do – you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of
Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,
You must enter in
To the small silences between
The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from.

Two grades - one for ideas, one for use of evidence

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

End of Poetry Unit: Expectations

These are the final ADAPTED instructions for your independent work going forward
This sentence fluency grammar test is postponed until next Wednesday to give you more time to study the links on the blog!

1) Create your final poem and author's note  (Really should be ready by end of class Friday) 
This is your best written poem (new or second/third version) of a previous poem. This poem will go on your poetry top 10 as your last slide (slide 11)

2) Create your Poetry top 10 - DUE DATE EXTENED til - END OF CLASS Tuesday

3. Write using sentence fluency an explanation of each slide (Due Tuesday)
e.g. Metric Verse 
There are 5 types of Poetic feet, and you can see that in the picture above. These each represent the amount of unstressed and stressed syllables in a section or number there are since that is very important for the rhythm of the poem. Also there number of feet per line. For example, If an Iambic, 1 unstressed and one stressed syllable, showed up in a line 5 times, it would be called Iambic Pentameter.

4) Memorize the poem you want to use in the POscars (Due Monday) - You will be graded on PIPES SUMMATIVE for your performance and invited or NOT to the POSCars!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Your last poem - due Monday - FREE VERSE - write your best poem about a topic you feeling strongly about OR a key event in your life.

ALL CLASSES: Sentence Fluency Test - Next MON - Spend 5 mins each night doing some of these exercises
Sentence Fluency: Test Practice Exercises - (ignore question 13 and 16)

Some of the questions on this exercise, we have not covered yet...but we will. Try it for fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sonnets - Due  in Seesaw tomorrow THURSDAY

Poetry Top 10 - Sample
Due - End of Class Friday - You will be given class time each day to work on this. The audience for this video is a parent. This will be a summative grade and also count as your grammar and reflection summative grade.


List in order the top 10 ways you have grown as a reader or writer of poetry

Provide EVIDENCE from your own work or a poem you found to support each slide. (Cannot copy teacher’s class examples)

Write a script for each slide that uses strong sentence fluency (script turned into Seesaw

Due: End of class Fri (G/H - Monday)

POscars take place next Tuesday - look at categories below - Which award will you win?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Metric Verse and Sonnets

Grammar Lesson

H/W - Work on the first draft of your sonnet

Lesson Review 

Line of Poetry
(Find three examples)
Rhythm and Meter
But, soft! /what light /through yon/der win/dow breaks?
Iambic pentameter

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Syllablic Verse

Use this to count your syllables counts syllables Verse

DO NOT FORGET - 12 sentences paragraph and extended metaphor poem due tomorrow! BOTH turned into Seesaw

G/H - You will do your 12 sentences on Monday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Do this link - Sentence Fluency Practice

Due FRIDAY  C/D and E/F only

1) Write out a 12 sentence review of the Hunger Games or any other movie
You must write from the perspective of:
  • a critique who loves the movie
  • a critique who hates the movie
  • Katniss Everdeen
  • President Snow

2) You may only use simple, compound sentences and complex sentences  + tools

e.g. Begin your piece now. Your second sentence must be compound, and your third sentence must be complex. If you follow this pattern, you will probably get an ‘A.’ You should have started by now. I need to know the difference between the sentences, so color code each one. You will become a sentence genius because you know how to follow instructions

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Advanced Figurative Language

H/W You must have your 'anchor metaphor' and brainstorm (at least 8 words for A and B sides of the anchor metaphor : A=B means C) for class Wed.

You must submit your extended metaphor poem to Seesaw by beginning of class (Thur)

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 Seesaw

C/D Class Extended Metaphor - click link
Mentor Samples from last year - Can you spot the strong ones?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Figurative Language

G/H - Only - Collect 5 lines of figurative language from different poems. (Due Tue)

Lesson Recap


Friday, February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Lesson Recap

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire


Enjoy this rendition of the poems from today's class

Poetry Protocol Practice: Choose a poem that your team 'DOES NOT ALREADY KNOW'
A Dream within a Dream

Enjoy this beautiful poem written by Abie
FLOWER A flower in the spring blooms, dances, and awakens its new petals kissed by gentle sunshine and the bright colors divine. In the spring, a flower thrives. A flower in the summer enchants, charms, and displays presenting its matured form strong enough to withstand any storm. In the summer, a flower grows. A flower in the fall tires, floats, and mixes slowly drifting to sleep leaving behind a sweet aroma that it had hoped to keep. In the fall, a flower changes. A flower in the winter fades, wilts, and naps a blanket of white snow cushioning its head and an icy curtain decorates its bed. In the winter, a flower rests awaiting the spring to restart the cycle once again.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Voice

Poetry Rubric 2017: Your first poem is graded under - Writing section

You need to submit your first poem to SeeSaw for grading with your author's note (Due THUR)

Sample below

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