Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Exploring Youth Voices

I'm excited for us to start exploring Youth Voices together this week!

We completed an in-class writing assignment after looking around on the website.  Here is what you missed:

 For homework, you are to add at least 5 tags to each of your 20 inquiry questions. 
 You can do this directly into your GoogleDoc. 

Here is some assistance:

Inquire away!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Inquiry Begins!

Did you miss any parts of class this week?  We began our INQUIRY!

Our first assignment was called 10 Questions:
1.)  Write ten questions about yourself.
2.)  Write ten questions about the world.

Okay, so that is 20 questions ...

Here are some sample questions that might guide you:

Your homework, due Monday 1.31.12 by 11.59pm, is to 
type your questions into a GoogleDoc entitled, "10 Questions," 
and share it with me!

If you missed class on Thursday/Friday, we completed our first writing assignment for the new quarter.

We wrote our three-paragraph biographies!

Here are some guidelines to help you write your own:

Please hand in your 3-paragraph bio at the beginning of the next class.  These can be hand-written.

Enjoy your long weekend, kiddos!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This week's HW!

Aren't you excited about the vocabulary words from Unit 4?

I know; they're so useful!

For Thursday/Friday THIS WEEK, please be sure to:
1.)  Complete the exercises in the orange book on pp. 54-56, and
2.)  Create 20 flashcards for your shiny new words

Remember to use your own words when writing out your flashcards; create sentences and choose synonyms/antonyms that are meaningful to YOU!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Fun Little Challenge

If you can pronounce correctly every word of this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

(Or so I hear ...)


Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.

My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité

Rewrite Option for WWI Essays

How'd you do on your World War I essay?  Your first drafts were returned to you this week, and you have the option to rewrite them for a higher grade.

Remember:  the rewrite is optional.  You are able to opt out and keep your current grade.

If you received 50% - 60%, a strong rewrite can earn you a 70%.
If you received 61% - 69%, a strong rewrite can earn you a 75%.
If you received 70% - 74%, a strong rewrite can earn you a 80%.
If you received 75% - 80%, a strong rewrite can earn you a 85%.
If you received an 85% or higher, you can earn the average of your two drafts.

Rewrites must be submitted WITH the original first draft AND the rubric.  Rewrites are due in class on Monday and Tuesday.