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We watch poetry slams during the poetry unit. One of the slams we watched was called Louder Than a Bomb which was really intense. It was exciting to watch how each poet shaped their life story in a creative unique way. We also did exercises with partners and individual. Overall, it really helps students form a better understanding and appreciation of poetry knowing how much work the poets put into their poems.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A 13 year old poor girl named Francie is the main character. Her, her mom, dad, and little brother live in an old apartment building in Brooklyn. Each day they struggle for food and try to scrounge up any extra penny they find. Her dad is an alcoholic, but her mom tries to form a better life for her family. She cleans houses for a living which isn't a very well paid job at all. Growing outside their apartment is a tree that grew out of cement. It gives them hope knowing that even in the worst conditions something can flourish into bigger and better things. Will Francie's family flourish or diminish?
The main character of this book is a freshman girl named Melinda. Melinda is faced with some troubles throughout her high school years. Her and her friends attend a senior party. Keep in mind she is just getting out of eighth grade! There is a ton of alcohol at this party. Let's say things get a little bit out of hand. Her first day of ninth grade does not go that smoothly. All of her friends dropped her and she is acting very strange and unfriendly. What could possibly be the root of all evil leading all the way back to the party the previous summer?
Romeo and Juliet
This story takes place in Verona. Romeo is a Montague. Juliet's father is the head Capulet. Romeo spots Juliet at a Capulet party and it is love at first sight. If they ever were together they would be going against their parents big time. Also that would look very bad politically. The love is so strong though, what will it take for them to be together. Or do they end up without each other?
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Words of Wisdom
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2.) Do not procrastinate. There are so many projects individually and with groups. Also essays, tests, independent reading, etc. You will be so stressed if you do not follow the syllabus she gives you at the beginning of the week.
3.) Keep up with the independent reading. This was particularly a struggle for me, but it is worth it. Every once in a while she will give you a pop quiz on the reading from the night before, and it is impossible if you have not read it. She is not that difficult about it, and it is usually a reasonable amount of pages.
4.) Study for all tests on the books you read. You may think that as long as you read the books you do not need to study, but that is not the case because the questions are in depth.
5.) Keep your binder organized. Four times throughout the year she gives you a check list of what needs to be in your binder. Not only do the papers have to be in your binder they need to be in the right section, right spot, and the papers have to be completed.
Inspirational Quotes from the best
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. -JFK