September 24 & 27 - Today's Announcements

Today is National Punctuation Day!
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Have you posted your haiku to your blog? Due Monday, Sept. 27!

Today's Objectives:

Bell Ringer
  • Antonia was born in Bohemia. Find a map of Bohemia in the late 1800's or early 1900's.
  • Writer's Notebook Topic: Discuss, in a free write, your feelings/concerns if your family packed up and moved across the ocean to a country into a situation less fortunate than the one in which you currently live.

Writing Workshop
"In narrative writing, an author has a chance to make his or her mark on the world by relating a story that only he or she can tell. Whether it comes from a personal experience or is one that the writer has imagined, the point of a narrative is to bring one's subject to life. By using sensory details, the five Ws and H (who, what, where, when, why, and how), and basic story structure, any subject can be made exciting."
(L. Spencer, A Step-by-Step Guide to Narrative Writing. Rosen, 2005) - Source
Today's Read-Aloud

From chapter 9...
When Otto left Austria to come to America, he was asked by one of his relatives to look after a woman who was crossing on the same boat, to join her husband in Chicago. The woman started off with two children, but it was clear that her family might grow larger on the journey. Fuchs said he `got on fine with the kids,' and liked the mother, though she played a sorry trick on him. In mid-ocean she proceeded to have not one baby, but three! This event made Fuchs the object of undeserved notoriety, since he was travelling with her. The steerage stewardess was indignant with him, the doctor regarded him with suspicion. The first-cabin passengers, who made up a purse for the woman, took an embarrassing interest in Otto, and often enquired of him about his charge. When the triplets were taken ashore at New York, he had, as he said, `to carry some of them.' The trip to Chicago was even worse than the ocean voyage. On the train it was very difficult to get milk for the babies and to keep their bottles clean. The mother did her best, but no woman, out of her natural resources, could feed three babies. The husband, in Chicago, was working in a furniture factory for modest wages, and when he met his family at the station he was rather crushed by the size of it. He, too, seemed to consider Fuchs in some fashion to blame. `I was sure glad,' Otto concluded, `that he didn't take his hard feeling out on that poor woman; but he had a sullen eye for me, all right! Now, did you ever hear of a young feller's having such hard luck, Mrs. Burden?'

Grandmother told him she was sure the Lord had remembered these things to his credit, and had helped him out of many a scrape when he didn't realize that he was being protected by Providence.

From chapter nine...
The time came, however, when Lena didn't laugh. More than once Crazy Mary chased her across the prairie and round and round the Shimerdas' cornfield.Lena never told her father; perhaps she was ashamed; perhaps she was more afraid of his anger than of the corn-knife. I was at the Shimerdas' one afternoon when Lena came bounding through the red grass as fast as her white legs could carry her. She ran straight into the house and hid in Antonia's feather-bed. Mary was not far behind: she came right up to the door and made us feel how sharp her blade was, showing us very graphically just what she meant to do to Lena. Mrs. Shimerda, leaning out of the window, enjoyed the situation keenly, and was sorry when Antonia sent Mary away, mollified by an apronful of bottle-tomatoes. Lena came out from Tony's room behind the kitchen, very pink from the heat of the feathers, but otherwise calm. She begged Antonia and me to go with her, and help get her cattle together; they were scattered and might be gorging themselves in somebody's cornfield.

`Maybe you lose a steer and learn not to make somethings with your eyes at married men,' Mrs. Shimerda
told her hectoringly.

Lena only smiled her sleepy smile. `I never made anything to him with my eyes. I can't help it if he hangs
around, and I can't order him off. It ain't my prairie.'

Vocabulary Connection
  • Notoriety
  • Mollified
    • Click on Thesaurus an add at least three synonyms to your definition
    • Watch I Will Fight, an excerpt from First Knight.
      • Add to your definition how this excerpt is an example of mollification.
Time to Write:
  • Tell your story of your Time Pioneer.
    • Use first person point of view.
    • Assessment: Submit a draft of your paragraph to me by copy/pasting your paragraph into an email today.

Literary Terms:
  • Please add these terms to your "Lit Terms" section of your three-ring binder in preparation for next class time:
    • Alliteration
    • Apostrophe
    • Couplet
    • Metaphor
    • Oxymoron
    • Simile

  • Read through Installment 40 (all of Book 1) for next time.