The challenge this week is to create an image or two and discuss the importance of copyright. I made the following image using one of the suggested websites.
We are well on our way to achieving awesome things in Room 140. Three weeks into the new year and I cannot wait to see what becomes of this batch of 7th grade students.
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The city of Riga, Latvia holds the claim as home to history’s first decorated Christmas tree, back in 1510.
In Argentina, Christmas is a blend of American, European, and Hispanic traditions. Their celebrations typically include the boots of Father Christmas, red and white flowers, and putting cotton on Xmas trees to simulate snow. But most family gatherings take place on Christmas Eve, with huge feasts, gifts exchanged at midnight, and children going to sleep to the sound of fireworks.
In spite of Ethiopia’s Christian heritage, Christmas is not an important holiday there. Most people actually call the holiday Ganna or Genna after a hockey-like ball game played only once a year, on Christmas afternoon.
On Christmas Day, tradition allows Lebanese children to go up to any adult and say, “Editi ‘aleik!” (“You have a gift for me!”). If the adult has a present to spare, the kids add this to their Christmas morning haul.
Winning the award for longest preparation time, Greenland’s traditional Christmas dish, kiviak, takes a full seven months to prepare. It begins with hollowing out a seal skin and stuffing it with 500 auks– a sea bird (feathers and all)– to ferment. When the holiday rolls around, it’s served straight from the seal.
How’s this for a weird Christmas food? South Africa is home to some of the world’s most unusual holiday food fare. Every December locals feast on a seasonal delicacy– the deep-fried caterpillars of Emperor Moths!
The tradition of tinsel, which was invented in Germany in 1610, is based on a legend about spiders whose web turned into silver when they were spun in a Christmas tree.
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We have spent the past two classes setting up our blogs and are on our way to becoming global authors! Check out their blogs under “Class Blogs” on the right side of this site. They are really proud of them.
For students who have been absent or need additional time in class, I have created a page on this website with images of the notes we take in class. Click on the heading “Our Composition Book.”
Each student received a grade report today showing what assignments are missing or failing. Students should double check that they do not have any missing assignments in their binders.
The only failing grades that they can correct are Knowsys related (Pre AP only). Corrections can be made by writing the sentences with the correct word underlined.
The six weeks ends on February 19, but I would like for any corrections or missing assignments be turned in no later than next Friday, February 12.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks for your help! Have a great weekend.
Today students will develop their own stories following the “Hero’s Journey” plot structure. Here is the link to the online tool they will use:
Last week, I introduced the “writer’s toolbox” that includes Ba-Da-Bing! Writers use Ba-Da-Bing to add details to a sentence.
Ba – What are your feet doing? What kind of action is in the sentence?
Da – What did you see? Did you see anything or make any observations?
Bing – What did you think? What thoughts did you have in this part of the story?
Original sentence: “A truck hit a telephone pole.”
Ba-Da-Bing!: “While walking down the street, I saw sparks flying and thought, “What is going on?”
Today, we added Dialogue to our toolbox. Punctuating dialogue reminds me of “The Chicken Dance.” Ask your student to demonstrate how it works.
To practice punctuating dialogue, I sent home with your student an orange sheet with sentences to complete. It is due Friday, October 16.