Friday, October 29, 2010

Homework 10/29


Speaking of which, finish To Kill a Mockingbird for Monday

ROAR posts #4 and 5 today by 5pm

Get a head start on ROAR selections for term 2

Monday, October 25, 2010

TKAM Reading Calendar

ch. 17+18

ch. 19-21

ch. 22-24

Monday (11/1)
ch. 31 (the end)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Homework 10/22

Three chapters of TKAM- 14,15,16

Culture Vulture is due Monday, November 1.

ROAR is due Friday, October 29 5pm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Homework 10/21

Read chapters 12+13 of To Kill a Mockingbird

Root Word Quiz ---> grad

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Homework 10/20

Read TKAM chapters 10+11

Root Words on Friday ---> grad

Culture Vultures?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Homework 10/19

Read TKAM chaper 8 and 9

Culture Vulture? The term ends on 10/29 (two weeks!)

Same is true for ROAR...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Homework 10/18

1) TKAM Chapter 5,6,7
-complete the three character charts for these chapters

2) Root Word Quiz #5---->grad (to step)

3) ROAR posts #4 and #5 due NEXT Friday (10/29)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Homework 10/12

1) get well rested for the PSAT

2) TKAM chapter 1
-Thursday (period 1,2)
-Wednesday (period 4,6)

3) Root Words Quiz #4 on Friday -----> Erg/o

4) ROAR post #3 on Friday

Short Story #5 for Thursday
When Nikos spills his oranges on the bus, the other passengers erupt with laughter. Think of a moment when you/character faced similar humiliation. Build the story toward that point of embarrassment, proving background details that foreshadow the eventual upheaval. Try to write in 3rd person!

Boston Book Festival!!!

Ready for the event of the year?
Come on out and enjoy some great authors and books. You can use the day as a festival Culture Vulture or Extra Credit.

Full Schedule:

Here are my choice selections:

CARTOONS (artsy)

10:00am Trinity Church Forum 206 Clarendon Street
Test your cartooning and doodling skills with this team of four successful and talented cartoonists/illustrators. Jarrett Krosoczka talks about his bestselling Lunch Lady graphic novel series about a super-heroine lunch lady serving up a side of justice while Alexis Frederick-Frost provides us with some Adventures in Cartooning. Aaron Renier, author of the action-packed The Unsinkable Walker Bean and Jef Czekaj the creator of Hip & Hop, Don’t Stop, join the party. Hosted by Brookline Public Library’s Robin Brenner.

OPEN MIC (share your stories)
10:30am Cloud Place 647 Boylston Street
Here’s your chance to show off your writing skills by reading your work to an eager audience and any guest authors, editors or literary agents who drop by. What makes this particular open mic extra special (and unforgettable!) is that it will be hosted by author Steve Almond, who is known for giving excellent readings.  Steve will be on hand to talk about what makes a good reading – from how to pick the right excerpt to how to perform that excerpt like a professional. To participate, please bring a FIVE-MINUTE excerpt of your fiction, poetry or non-fiction to the session and sign up for a reading slot when you arrive. Please note that a five-minute reading usually consists of no more than 600 words. We will hold readers to a very strict five-minute limit. Presented by Grub Street.

BASEBALL (sports)
11:00am Trinity Church Forum 206 Clarendon Street
As Bill Littlefield so often reminds us, it IS only a game. But sometimes baseball feels like so much more, especially when we consider the legends who have claimed our hearts as well as a place in the record books. Bill chats with Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, James Hirsch, author of Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, and Andy Wasif, author of Red Sox University, on writing about America’s favorite pastime. Sponsored by Hotel Commonwealth.

MOVIES (famous folks)
1:30pm John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center 180 Berkeley Street
What’s it like to see your words, characters and ideas translated to the screen? Do you get a say in who plays the lead? Is being on-scene fascinating or infuriating or somewhere in between? Find out from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island), A. M. Homes  (Jack, The Safety of Objects) and Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children), seasoned veterans of the transition from page to screen. Hosted by Boston Globe movie critic Ty Burr. Sponsored by The Boston Globe.

WHAT MEANS SWITCH (famous folks)
12:00pm Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street
Identity, the march of world events, and the effort to construct a life are explored in this session. Gish Jen’s World and Town is set in a small New England town, but raises questions about the wider world and the changes it brings. In Simon Mawer’s Booker-nominated novel The Glass Room, lives are ripped apart by war. Michelle Hoover’s The Quickening is a portrait of the lives of two Depression-era farm women. Hosted by founding editor of The Drum, Henriette Lazaridis Power. Sponsored by Other Press.

TRAVEL (very funny)
3:00pm John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center 180 Berkeley Street
Two unusually perceptive authors will transport you in this entertaining and enlightening session. Travel writer Bill Bryson (At Home) goes deep into the place we think we know best: home. Tony Hiss (In Motion) explores the hidden dimension of what he calls “deep travel.” Hosted by the Robin Young of WBUR’s Here and Now. Sponsored by Google.

TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES (painful like your ROAR books)
4:00pm Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street
Traumatic experiences have an insidious way of doing damage. Jessica Stern, an authority on terrorism, discusses Denial, her account of being sexually assaulted as a teenager and the equally traumatic aftermath. Dr. John Rich, author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time gives his perspective on young African American men traumatized by violence. Myla Goldberg, author of the bestseller The Bee Season, discusses her use of a traumatic event in her new novel, The False Friend. Moderated by journalist Stefanie Friedhoff.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Doreian Culture Vulture: Oktoberfest Harvard Square 10/10

With a bright sunny, blue sky kind of Sunday, we headed across the Charles into Cambridge for the 30th annual Oktoberfest. The streets in Harvard Square are closed to traffic so vendors, musicians, and artists set up booths. This year's highlight was the HONK! festival musicians. They are a collective of marching bands, social protest groups, and performance art. Building from a wide variety of street music, the bands encourage audience participation (dancing, singing, banging the drums). In all, a wonderful afternoon.

Horns all raised for a mighty shout!

Elsie was a hit. Check the guy who asked to film her dance moves.

This was one hard core trumpet player!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Homework 10/8

Happy long weekend!

1) ROAR post #2, TODAY @5pm
2) ROAR post #3, Friday 15th
3) short week so get started on Root Words, ---> erg/o!

NYTimes Article on Multitasking/Technology

Here's the article:

Test whether you are part of the %3 of Super Taskers!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Greek Festival

Nora has been getting us all excited about the Saint Nectarious Greek Festival, and here are the details:

39 Belgrade Ave
Roslindale, MA 02131

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Homework 10/6

1) Upload ALWG essay to

2) ROAR post #2 on Friday 5pm

3) Literature Exam on Friday

Short Story #4 for Thursday
"How to __________"
Write a story in the style of Junot Diaz, where the reader is told how to do something. Use 2nd person POV, and build a character through a set of instructions/flow chart.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ROAR post #2

Please remember your ROAR post will be graded on these three areas:

1) MLA formatting for quotation

2) Proper photos; avoiding full name

3) commenting settings: NO word verification, YES comment moderation

Homework 10/5

1) bring your ROAR book to class for a reading day

2) submit your A Long Way Gone essay to 5pm, Thursday

3) Big Test on Friday

Monday, October 4, 2010

Homework 10/4

1) study for test on Friday

2) read your ROAR

Friday, October 1, 2010

Homework 10/1

1) time to get some ROAR reading done. It will be a hectic week, so read up...

2) Big Literature Test on Wednesday next week. There might be a problem with a field trip, but we can schedule a make up for Thursday after school.

3) ROAR post #2 on Friday, 5pm

Culinary Culture Vulture

Healthy Local Food for All!

FREE Admission! Saturday, October 2nd from 11am - 5pm Bring your water bottle, reusable shopping bag and something from your garden to donate to Crop Share! Boston Local Food Festival, presented by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), is a delicious outdoor celebration of the many benefits of local food. The festival showcases affordable, scrumptious local food sourced in the Boston area, Massachusetts, and New England. Festival-goers can engage with farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, learn from exhibits and demonstrations, and enjoy activities and local music. Local Craft Beer Tastings will be held at the Daily Catch on Northern Avenue. Join us! The festival takes place at Fort Point Channel - on the Congress Street Bridge and outside Boston Children's Museum up to the Moakley Bridge at Northern Avenue. This exciting event is easily accessible via the MBTA Red Line, South Station or the Silver Line, Court House Station.