Friday, April 29, 2011

Can you can!

Ahhhhhhhh, what can you do?

You can do the best you can on the state test next week. That's all we want you to do. Like the Little Engine that Could, you can go into the test saying to yourself, "I think I can; I think I can; I think I can."
Do your best, and if your best was given all year, you'll be fine. If not, do your best from now on.

I think you can; I think you can; I think you can!

Depression era reports. Look at what some of you can do with the Important Idea format.These books, with their detail, were supposed to help you to 'see' the Depression so that when Mr. Filzen taught it, you would have something to pin that knowledge to. Clearly, for many of you that worked. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Challenge: write a poem, entitled, "A Windy Walk".
My sister, KGB's grandmother, sent me these spring pictures today under the subject heading, A Windy Walk. My first thought was, "What a great title for a poem!"
Can you do it? Can you write a poem from that title and these pictures?

Go for it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Journey maturity, of comprehending, of writing. Wow.

The answer to the question was in the multiple choice questions, and I'm betting most of you got that one right. It said that the theme was of a boy showing he was mature enough to handle himself in tough situations. Right? That means Clyde didn't need to cancel the trip. Once you had your answer, then you'd ask yourself what detail from the story proves that. You'd then go about using that detail and explanations with that detail to show.
Tough to do, but some of you were able to do that. And, I gave credit to the other side, too, IF you were able to fully develop the answer, like Curtis did. But, in high school that probably won't. or shouldn't, fly.
Use the detail, and anything else given to you, to write the best answer. Think. Ms. Bassette's Believe It or Not rings true here: The world doesn't want to know what you're thinking until the world knows you can think.
School, parents, teachers, we're all about helping you to learn to think clearly. Many of you are doing a great job of becoming those good thinkers we want.

It's time for a break. Enjoy; you deserve it.


...of the last format. Instead of a line of poetry to start your lines, you're using a word, BUT you are still working on wrapping and really painting a picture or telling a story. We are not backtracking, but we are ending the year with the ability to write poems.

I am so very proud of the growth and effort I have seen this year in writing. The ability to put thoughts down on paper in an innovative and comprehensible way is truly a skill for life.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Essay 11

...what a week of good writing!

Personal essays on doing what someone thought you couldn't; persuasives on influential teachers; and essays on quotes. I am so pleased.

First, the personal essays:

Now, the quotes:

And, finally, teachers who have been influential in your lives. Two retired teachers, Ms. Rae and Mr. Giroux.
Then, the elementary teachers: Mrs. Snyder,
Mr. D.,
Mrs. King,
Mr. Brecht,
and Mrs. Grieger, while moving us into the middle school teachers with Mr. Filzen,

Mrs. Morey,

and Mrs. Christopher.
Thank you for taking the time to do a good job, in all these essays, but certainly in taking the time to remember and appreciate a teacher. Whatever the topic is, though, it is the organization, detail and writing that comes through. Wonderful.

Some days we as teachers must combat seeing only the negative. We want all students to benefit from a sound education, and it hurts us when we feel there are students who aren't learning. It is writing weeks like this that remind me just how much growth you have had, in writing, in thinking and in growing as young adults.

High school is coming and for so many of you, you are ready for the challenge.