“By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?” C.S. Lewis
“I am a master of logic and a powerfully convincing debater. In fact, against my better judgment, I can talk myself out of doing anything.” Jarod Kintz
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” Desmond Tutu
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” Joseph Joubert
Here are some quotes from famous authors, thinkers, and debaters. Some are funny, some are serious, but all are true. Which one do you like the most and why?
Today, we learned about alliteration (the repetition of consonant sounds for poetic effect)! So in honor of our lesson, I am posting a funny video of what is claimed to be the world’s hardest tongue twister. Try it out! Can you say it?
In light of our recent discussions on utopian society, I thought it fitting to look at the dystopian nation of Panem in the trailer for Catching Fire, the second part of the Hunger Games trilogy. Enjoy!
Students and parents,
How good is your grammar? Take this fun quiz and find out!
Grammar Quiz (updated link)
I’m proud to say that I scored 100%. If any student gets 100% (without help from another person or outside source, and verified by a reliable witness) then I will buy you a candy of your choice.
This post is for all grades– it is a power-point that explains how to integrate quotations into an essay. Every good essay needs support for its arguments, and this shows you how to include your supporting quotes most effectively. If you follow everything outlined in this power-point, you will have an excellent argument and paper!
Save this to your own files so that you can use it whenever you need to write a paper!
As mentioned at Parent/Teacher conferences, Grade 9 is beginning an essay which will be worth a significant amount of their grade. We had a good start on it yesterday, and soon students should be contacting me to approve their thesis.
Here you can find the assignment: Commentary on The Kite Runner
And here you can find the outline: Essay Outline
Good luck and be sure to come to me once in awhile to make sure that you’re on the right track!
Grade 6 handed in their essays on Holes, thereby completing the unit, and we have now moved on to Poetry!
We began yesterday by discussing the differences between prose and poetry (ask your student, he/she should be able to tell you the difference!) and today we had fun with similes. Most of the unit will be spent creating a poetry anthology that focuses on the senses and at the end each student will have a beautiful book of poems to keep! Here is an overview of the unit that was distributed to students today: Poetry Overview
This unit will keep us going until about Christmas break. In addition, students are working on their “Indie Novels”, or independent reading. The assignment and deadline can be found here: Bookmark
Also, a reminder to students that they have a “grammar quiz” on Monday, so remember to review your grammar packets this weekend!