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Comma comma comma comma comma chameleon…

Welcome to FRIDAY!!! Tomorrow is the WEEKEND!!!!

Well, change of plans. We were going to have some vocab instruction today, but it turns out first block is going to the Black History Month celebration program! So you guys will be cut short, and we’ll do vocab on Monday!

Standard: L.9-10.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Learning Target: Students will make revisions to their argumentative essay and practice their grammar and punctuation skills.

Activator: Lolly Lolly Lolly!

Today we’re going to be talking about PUNCTUATION!!!! That’s our grammatical focus for the moment, so if everyone turns to the green part of your grammar packet, we’ll discuss all the many varied ways you can punctuate your writing  🙂

After that, I have some punctuation humor for you! First:

A humorous example of the importance of punctuation!

And now, 8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need

Next up, I have a game for you! I’ll put this up on the board while I do vocab quizzing. If you would like, one at a time, you may come up to the board and play the comma chameleon game.

While we’re doing that, you should be working on makind any necessary corrections to your argumentative essay, which I’ll be grading over the weekend. If you didn’t finish on Tuesday, now is the time to do so – by hand. Sorry. No, I lied, I’m not sorry.

And we will end the day on The House of the Scorpion. See y’all Monday!

Testing Thursday

(Avid readers of the blog seem to be keeping track of whether or not I end the title with an exclamation point. Well, here’s one in the “no” category for ya, because no one really likes a test day.)

Welcome to Testing Thursday, everyone! Today you’re going to take your Rebellion! Unit Test, and then finish working on your bubble maps (or read HOTS) if we finish early.

I thought this was appropriate for the day:

Good luck!!

Double Bubble Friday Trouble!


  • RL.9-10.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: Students will begin working on their bubble-map art project in their groups.

Activator: The Beatles – Revolution

Today you’re going to be working on our art project for this unit! You will be working with your group, and we’re making a bubble map about your persuasive essay topic. Here’s the skinny:

  •  In the center of your bubble map, write your persuasuve essay topic. Make sure you include what side you’re on.
  • In each of the bubbles around your center, write one of the arguments for your side. For example, let’s say your topic is gun control, and you decide all guns should be banned. Your center bubble might say “All guns should be banned” and your outer bubbles might say “10,000 people die to guns in the US every year” or “Countries that ban guns have a very low incidence of death-by-gun.”
  • Beside each outer bubble, write a quote from one of your two articles or from The House of the Scorpion that backs up your argument. For example, if you write about the number of people that die every year, you might put a quote from an article that gives that statistic. Don’t forget your parenthetical citation.
  • You should use 5 bubbles. You may have a maximum of two quotes from each article or The House of the Scorpion.
  • When you finish, you’re going to put your bubble map onto wallpaper! I’ll show you examples of this in class, but it looks REALLY cool!!

On Monday, we’re going to be writing our first draft of our individual argumentative essays. On Tuesday we’re in the lab to type. Wednesday is test review, and after our Jeopardy! Game, you’ll have time to finish putting your bubble maps onto wallpaper. Enjoy! They look super cool when they’re done!!

More Gilgamesh!

Standard: RL.9-10.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: Students will finish reading the Gilgamesh selection from our text.

Activator: The Epic of Gilgamesh, an Animation

So, today we’re starting off with a quick review of the Hero’s Journey archetype that we’ve been talking about, which is always fun :) After our daily video, though, we’re diving right into Gilgamesh again! Today we’re reading about the flood, which is a story with a lot of historical significance. Tomorrow we’ll read some nonfiction about the way this story affected the world when it was first discovered.

Evabody open your books to where we left off, and let’s keep reading!!

…and we’ll end with another chapter of The House of the Scorpion so that you guys don’t forget about that, either! Tomorrow we’ll get big sheets of butcher paper from the media center and work on drawing your body biography life size! And then we get to hang them on the walls in the hallway, too!

Grammar and Vocab Friday

I kinda like chillin’ on Fridays with grammar and vocab, taking a break from our units…

Standard: L.9-10.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Learning Target: Students will take the “grammar income quiz,” demonstrate their vocabulary knowledge, and continue reading in The House of the Scorpion.

Activator: Schoolhouse Rock!

(I find it quite interesting, a noun’s a person, place, or thing!)

Ms. B or I (whoever isn’t teaching) will be calling you up one and a time for your vocabulary quiz, so be ready!

Today we’re going to take an interesting little quiz that should test your knowledge of grammar. The rules are simple: If a sentence is correct, mark it with a C. If it is incorrect, mark it with an I. If you’re not sure, put a ?. You will get -1 point for every ?, and -2 points every time you mislabel a sentence (if you say a right sentence is wrong, or a wrong sentence is right). This is adapted from the book Image Grammar by a cool dude by the last name of Noden.

Ready? Good!

  1. Her choice will strongly effect the outcome.
  2. We have alot of work to do.
  3. Mottsburgh is a busy industrial city, thousands of cars and trucks move through it every day.
  4. “I suppose”, she remakred “that success comes only with time
  5. The company should receive the package tomorrow.
  6. Its impressive to hear what she has done.
  7. She was late, however, she did make the presentation.
  8. Give the book to whom?
  9. When the ship arrives we can begin the journey.
  10. We rafted down the grand mountain river.
  11. The name of the book was “Outbreak.”
  12. There were four in the group: Ann, Jim, Theo, and Amanda.
  13. He sings good.
  14. You shouldn’t lie on the wet grass.
  15. He paid all the interest on the principle.
  16. I wish to go irregardless of his decision.
  17. He doesn’t know history very well. As you can see from his answers in class.
  18. He imagined that Hawking would have all the answers but he just posed more questions.
  19. Spiraling in the Andromeda Galaxy, Dr. Vilhelm insists that there is alien life on the Andromeda planet called Lanulos.
  20. We packed all of our luggage, then we were on our way to the airport.

Okay, now are you ready for the real kicker? Add up the number of points that you lost and see where you fall on this chart:


Number Wrong Salary Level Possible occupation
0-4 $150,000 or more Top Executive
5-6 $90,000-$150,000 Upper Management
7-8 $60,000-$90,000 Key Personnel
9-13 $25,000-$60,000 Semi-Skilled
14-18 $10,000-$25,000 Unskilled
19 or more $0-$10,000 Unemployable

…Kinda scary, huh?

Now, don’t go freaking out on me yet. There’s two pieces of good news. First, this isn’t always right – I got 4 wrong when I took it myself, but as a teacher I probably won’t ever bust the 60k mark. Second, you’re still in school. So even if you scored on the lowest level, you’ve got tons of time to move your way up the ranks. This is just to show you how important it is to learn yerself some grammar!

After we do the FUN QUIZ! I’m going to hand back your essays. You’ll have the next several minutes to look over your grade and make any corrections you would like to. Any corrections will raise your grade accordingly. It’s optional – if you’re happy with your grade, feel free to keep it. But I would reccomend you look into bumping yourself up a little bit. Afterwards, we’ll continue reading in House of the Scorpion.