Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012 JE# 26

JE #26
Describe your favorite breakfast food/meal.
   How does it feel, taste, smell, look?   Use sensory details.

Class Activities:
Summary of Chapter 1

Read along with Chapter 2
Look for new characters:  RC Rydell (2 years older than Hiram), Ralph and Ronnie (wears army uniform but grandpa thinks he was not in the army), Naomi
                 (RC's sister),
Sensory intro:  smells, coffee, breakfast smells,
Description of house and what activities occurred in which location

RC and Naomi's family poor.  Mom died.  

This chapter is recounting a time when Hiram was 7.  The story of Emmett Till takes place when Hiram is 16.  Why is he telling this piece?  Background?  What will Grandpa be like then?  What made Grandpa angry?  USA fighting other countries' wars and North is trying to dictate how EVERYONE lives. 

What's up with the Remington brothers?   They are different.  Act different?  Mr. Remington calls them fairies, queer.   Dance w/each other in their underwear.  One uses front door.  The other uses the back door.

Location:  river, fishing is popular activity,  no one is worried about kids being out and on their own

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012 JE #24

JE #24
Remember a time when you really wanted something and when you got it, it turned out to be nothing like you thought it would be.    Explain/describe in 1 paragraph.

Class Activities

Mississippi/South 1950s

K  people left the South during the 50's
        it's different than other parts of the country
        Race Relations were uneasy
        Dr. King just starting his ministry
        racism & segregation was common
        60 + years ago
        Blacks & Whites were not treated equally
        (relate to Treyvon Martin:  what do you think you know about him?  good kid, problems in school,
                          played football, Black guy walking home, killed for "no" reason)
         Emmitt Till-14 yr old, born and raised in Chicago, IL,  relatives in Mississippi, in 1955 mom sent him
                          and 3 cousins to spend time with family during summer, killed allegedly because of cat
                          call at a white woman, taken out/kidnapped from great uncle's home, his body was found
                          three days later


Take a look at the cover.
   Black youth
   White youth with fishing pole
    car in the background
    newspaper w/headlinesw
    dark background

Mississippi Trial, 1955  is historical fiction.  Told from the perspective of a white youth.
How comfortable would you be walking through a predominately white neighborhood?
      Many students stated that they would carry a weapon. .   .  .    .   why?    because "they" would
           be looking at me as if I didn't belong.  i would feel threatened.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 JE#23

Have you ever wished for a special talent or ability that you don't have?
                     Explain in one paragraph

Class Activity:
~Recap of yesterday's reading.
     left off where someone realized that someone is living upstairs in the warehouse
     this is the turning point of the story
~watched video on concentration camp
Take at least 3 notes on what you see in the video:
     prisoners not treated gently:  families separated by age, health, gender
     when the Jews arrived in the camps, they gave up everything that gave them comfort and identity
     they must not have expected the Jews to survive for very long: no food, inadequate clothing and shelter
     not everyone lived in the same conditions, some people were favored and had an easier time/conditions
     prisoners scavengered any belongings when another died
     people were willing to attack/fight others for scraps of food\


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012JE# 22

What's the nicest thing another classmate has ever done for you? 
    Explain in 1 paragraph.

Class Activities:
Summarize yesterday's reading
Anne is having nightmares about the Nazis
Anne like Dad more than Mom.
Anne says that she knows that she is being rude, but she can't seem to stop herself.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 JE#21

Why do people risk their lives for others? 
Think of fire, police, military personel and those who do it voluntarily.
Explain in 1 paragraph.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012 JE #19

JE#  19
Where do you want to live when you are older?
       Give three reasons.  Explain 1 paragraph.

In formal Outline and Writing good leads/hooks for your personal narrative
Need a reminder of what a personal narrative is?   Try taking a look at one of these:
          tips for writing a personal narrative
          ehow: personal narrative
          Personal Narrative

Read The Diary of Anne Frank, Act 1, Scenes 3-5
                                           Independent Reading.

May 17, 2012 JE #18

JE #18
What was your scariest experience?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 16, 2012 JE# 17

JE #17
What do you think is the worst problem the world faces today? 
        Why do you think this is a problem?
         What should people be doing to solve the problem?
         Explain in 1 paragraph.

Class Activities:
~Quick check in on what students chose for their je topic today.
~Quick review/summary of what we have read so far:
              Act 1 Scene 1:  Mr Frank was just released from a concentration camp.  He has returned to the warehouse.  He is physically ill/tired.  He is also upset and sad that his family has not survived the camps.
              Act 1 Scene 2:  We learn what life was like before the Frank's went into hiding.
                                      Lots of rules to follow:  no bikes, no train rides, no Dutch school, no riding in                                        cars,  wear a yellow star of David on all clothes
                                There will also be rules when they are in hiding.  These rules are to keep the
                                warehouse workers from discovering them:  no running water during the day,
                                 whispering, no shoes during day

picked up from page 770.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012 JE #16

JE #16
   Describe a family member who means a lot to you but doesnot live with you? 
          Describe (Relationship, physical, emotional, mental)  1 full paragraph

Class Activities

Writing Assignment #11
~is based on the writing journal entry from April 27, 2012:
                              A time  when you stood up to protect/defend someone who needed your help.
~personal narrative
~due May 25, 2012

Class Assignment for today:
~Summary of events based on Act1: Scenes 1 & 2 of Diary of Anne Frank

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012
JE  #15
    If a friend moved away, how could you maintain your friendship and keep in touch?
         Explain in 1 paragraph.

Class Activities:

We will be acting out the play-The Diary of Anne Frank
          Two Acts
Act 1 has 6 scenes
Parts assigned.

Not reading a part?   Take 3 notes or bullets about what we have read?
      Something interesting, something you noticed, a question based on what you read, etc.

Finished Act 1 Scene 1, part way through scene 2.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May 11, 2012

JE #14
    Family is important because . . . .

Class Activity:
      Viewed video about the time and life of Anne Frank.
       Many students were on a field trip.

Are you looking for a bit of information about Anne and the time when she lived?
Check out this site for a very brief description.  You will also find a few links to additional sites on this page.

Get ready for next week when we will be reading a play based on Anne Frank's journal.

Monday, May 7, 2012

May 2, 3, and 4.
Journal Entry #11
      What are some ways students use to take advantage of  others?

JE #12
  Wher would be a good place to hide in Providence?

JE #13
     FREE WRITE!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 01, 2012

JE # 11
When was the last time you were blamed for something you didn't do;  how did that make you feel?
        Explain in 1 paragraph.


Hitler was an elected official!   What?!?! , , ,
                When there are problems - money issues, a plan doesn't work out, crops fail, etc.- people often
                            try to find someone to blame
                       Germany was having difficulties, Hitler and other leaders wanted to find someone or a group
                             to blame for the country's problems

Read  together:
First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
                                                                               Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

Work on Parody of The Road Not Taken for the rest of class.