Monday, November 17, 2014

"Oranges" and Darkness

The poem "Oranges" is featured in the book of poetry Fire in My Hands By Gary Soto 

 Today's Learning Objectives   To understand and appreciate poetry and to recognize imagery and its effects. 

"Oranges" by Gary Soto: Noting Sensory Details  Today we will read the poem "Oranges" by Gary Soto, which is rich with imagery and sensory details. Remember that writers use sensory details to appeal to a reader's senses -- sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. These details can help the reader visualize the scene the writer is describing and create images that evoke feelings within the reader.

As we read "Oranges" take note of Gary Soto's use of sensory details using the document "Oranges" - Sensory Details, which can be found in your Language Arts folders.

100 Word Challenge: 'He was shocked to find . . .'  For this week's 100 Word Challenge you are tasked with continuing someone else's story. Intrigued? Read on.    

You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: He was shocked to find . . . in your Language Arts folders. For those of you who are struggling with this prompt, let's carve out some time tomorrow to further brainstorm and strategize.  

Sara, Showcase Writer
Showcase Writer: Sara  Many of you continue to get wonderful feedback on your writing from readers all over the world. One student in particular just received a very special recognition for her "... as it shivered, they ..." story. Our very own Sara, from Period 3, was singled out for her heartwarming story about young girl who rescues a shivering kitten as part of the Week 10 Showcase. Her name and story have been published internationally and she will receive a special showcase badge and certificate for her achievement. If you see Sara, give her props for this special honor!  Her original story and new showcase badge are featured below. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete the assignment "Oranges" - Sensory Details, which will be due on Friday, November 21. (3.) Get started on your 100 Word Challenge: He was shocked to find . . . writing piece. We will be publishing on Friday, November 21. (4.) Study for Poetry Test! Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 18, I will be assessing your understanding of the elements of poetry. Review your poetry assignments and the poetry lessons on this blog and make sure you are prepared.