Monthly Archives: January 2011

Resources for “Heat Wave”

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This week, we are reading Heat Wave in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Heat Wave is a tall tale.  A tall tale is usually funny and filled with exaggeration about a character who can do impossible deeds. Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Animated Tall Tales to read, listen to, and watch more tall tales.

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Response to Literature Essay

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In this mode of writing, you are asked to read a piece of literature and then write an essay in response to the text.

You will have a prompt to guide your writing.  The prompt may ask you to:

  • Describe characters and/or setting
  • Explain major portions of the plot
  • Identify the theme or the author’s message
  • Write from a character’s point of view
  • Explain a meaning of a poem

You must use evidence from the piece of literature to support your response. It is critical that you are able to “prove” that you are correct by using concrete details from the text (at least three examples from the story).

The topic sentence should be a restatement of the question and the name of the story should be included.

The essay should always be written in present tense.

Here are some tools to help you write a great literary response:

Resources for “Cendrillon”

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This week, we are reading “Cendrillon in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Cendrillon Test to take a test on the story.

Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5

Resources for “The Stranger”

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This week, we are reading “The Stranger in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author and illustrator.  Click on http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com/ to enter the author’s VERY COOL website.

Click on “The Stranger” powerpoint to prepare to read the story.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Book Review to read what other students think of the story.

Word Count: 927
Reading Level: 3.7

Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5

2010 in Review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 22 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 103 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 18mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 158 views. The most popular post that day was Letters and Comments to Mr. Holmes.

Where did they come from?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mary ingalls, haiku, haiku examples, rankin writing.wordpress/haiku, and rankinwritingblog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Letters and Comments to Mr. Holmes October 2010
61 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

What Is Traditional Haiku? September 2010
2 comments

3

Resources for “Boss of the Plains” November 2010
31 comments

4

Our First Haiku Exhibit! September 2010
5 comments

5

Resources for “A Very Important Day” December 2010
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