Prepositional Phrase Poetry

This exercise combined our grammar study of prepositions with our study of imagery in poetry.  Below is an example my student aid created last school year.


We also composed a silly poem as a class:

The polar bear
from the Arctic
under the water
beneath the ice
—- after a fish
—– through a pipe
——- into someone’s toilet!



Parallel Poetry

This week we began our study of poetry with a review of some familiar figurative language and then we constructed parallel poems. Below is the one that we created as a whole class. Our focus on Tuesday was similes which we defined as comparing two unlike things using the words like or as to create a mood or image in the mind of the audience. The original poem is:

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

This is our parallel poem. Our goal was to create the opposite mood.

by Ms. Carter’s 7th period

What happens to a dream achieved?
Does it rise up
Like a flower to the sun?

Or grow like a baby deer–
And then run?
Does it smell like fresh air?
Or flutter and fly away–
like angel wings?
Maybe it just floats
like a balloon.
Or does it burst?

The Hero’s Journey

As a class, we have been exploring The Hero’s Journey, a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell. This pattern can be found in various forms of storytelling including short stories, novels, dramas, films, and religious texts. 

Attached is my ThingLink illustrating the journey of  the character, Wendy Darling, in Peter Pan; the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie which appeared first in the form of a  play in 1904 and a novel in 1911. 

What is blogging anyway?

As we set up our blogs for the 2016-17 school year, we need to understand what it is that we are creating.  What is a blog? What makes some blogs more inviting interesting, or effective than others?

One way to learn more about blogging is to visit some blogs.  As you explore, think about what you like or don’t like about the design and layout of the blogs.
-How easy is it to navigate?
-Which posts draw your interest?
-What’s the difference between a page and a post?

ABC, Do Re Mi

I have stared and stared at this screen, not knowing just exactly how to begin. I can hear Julie Andrews as Fraulein Maria in The Sound of Music singing, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” I often tell students exactly this, to start with something; it may be terrible, but if you’ve got nothing, there is nothing to improve upon. The thing is, I am pretty terrible at following my own advice.  Even worse, I have an incurable defeatist attitude which grows increasingly debilitating the more I am met with positive opportunities. Of course, this is irrational fear. I can succeed and so can you. Let’s proceed together as Fraulein Maria would have us do and, “begin with A, B, C.”