Monday, October 31, 2011

Homework 10/31

1) final set of ROAR notes for tomorrow!

2) create your ROAR blog
-go to
-if you have a Gmail account, log in. If not, then create a Google account
-select a good blog name and url, but do not use your 1st and last name
-pick a nice blog layout design
-post your url as a comment here

3) Root Words #6 -->ISO

4) type and upload your ROAR notes from Term 1 to

Post your ROAR Blog web addresses here!

Comment on this post with the following information:
Student Name:
Blog url:

ROAR Term II: The Bildungsroman

Staircase of a Thousand Steps
by Masha Hamilton
Jammana, a 11-year-old girl experiences an unsettling coming of age in a Jordanian village. She possesses an ancestral gift that allows her to see the past, travels with her mother, Rafa, against her father's wishes, to Rafa's birthplace, the ancient village of Ein Fadr.

Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat

After twelve years of being raised in Haiti by her aunt Atie, young Sophie Caco has been summoned by her mother to join her in New York. Sophie is terrified and does not want to go, especially since she does not remember her mother, who left Haiti when Sophie was just a baby. What follows is a painful rendering of horrifying secrets and Haitian tradition that deeply affects Sophie and the way she lives her life.

The Chosen
by Chaim Potok

In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, a horrible baseball accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their religious differences, Reuven and Danny form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence and family conflicts.

by Sandra Cisneros

Lala Reyes is the seventh child of the family and the only girl. They live in Chicago, where her dad and his two brothers run an upholstery shop. There are cousins (three brothers named Elvis, Byron, and Aristotle), looong caravan-style car trips to Mexico City to visit the Awful Grandmother, and some snooping into the past by Lala.

Crazy in Alabama
by Mark Childress

Family tumult and social unrest converge to shake the world of 12-year-old orphan Peejoe Bullis in the summer of 1965, "when everybody went crazy in Alabama." Peejoe's relatively tranquil life with his grandmother is jolted by the arrival of his Aunt Lucille, who is on her way to Hollywood to become a star after poisoning her husband. The family moves to Industry, Ala., where racial conflict brings together George Wallace and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault is a typical fourteen-year-old freshman (and football player) at a private Catholic high school. But then he decides to go against the school fundraiser run by a gang called The Vigils. Can Jerry survive at school as the thugs and teachers plot to ruin his life?

by M.T. Anderson

The story begins on the Moon, where Titus and his friends have gone for spring break. He and his buddies all have Feed, which is an online computer implant typically installed shortly after birth. Feed constantly bombards the characters with information and banners, much of which has to do with the latest fashions, upcars, and music. It also provides them with Chat--the capacity to mentally instant message each other. Enter Violet; a girl Titus meets on spring break, a girl who wants to 'fight the feed'.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one.

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez

The tale follows the life of Manuel Hernandez. Manny's a good kid. He has a slacker older brother, an older sister that flirts with danger, and a baby sibling that doesn't understand the ways of the world just yet. His father is unemployed leaving him regularly drunk and belligerent. His mother, not quite up to facing the problems surrounding her, stays by his side despite the effects of his actions on the kids.

Yoruba Girl Dancing
by Simi Bedford

Remi is born into a privileged large Nigerian family. At the age of 6 she is sent to a very exclusive all girl boarding school in England. Feeling alienated because she was the only black girl in a school full of perfect English girls. She gets ridiculed for her culture and race. It isn't easy being different, but Remi has to cope with it and she needs to understand that people are different.

by Maxine Clair

These interrelated short stories are set in fictional Rattlebone, Kan., a vibrant, close-knit African-American community. Narrated by young Irene Wilson, the confident but naive girl tells how she grows up in a town devoid of whites, falling in love with the boy who sells eggs, and witnessing the dissolution of her parents' marriage.

Betsey Brown
by Ntozake Shange

Betsey is the oldest child in a large, remarkable, and slightly eccentric African American family. Her father is a doctor who wakes his children each morning with point-blank questions about African history and Black culture while beating on a conga drum; her mother is a beautiful, refined, confident, and strong-willed social worker who is overwhelmed by the vast size of her young family and who cares very little for “all that nasty colored music.”

All that Lives
by Melissa Sanders-Smart

The Bell Witch is poltergeist that bedeviled a family of Tennessee farmers in the early 1800's. At age 13, Betsy Bell becomes the focus of the witch's torments. For more than a year, the Bell family is subjected to nocturnal noises, rains of stones, blows from invisible hands and, eventually, belligerent back talk from the articulate spirit.

Rule of the Bone
by Russell Banks

Flunking out of school and already hooked on drugs, the 14-year-old narrator leaves his mobile home in a depressed upstate New York town. Convinced that he is destined for a criminal career, Bone vents his anger in acts of senseless destruction. His wanderings are paused when he takes refuge in an abandoned schoolbus with an illegal alien from Jamaica called I-Man.

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle

An Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like-minded hooligans, playing cowboys and Indians, etching their names in wet concrete, and setting fires. Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad boys; they're just a little bit restless...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homework 10/27

1) ROAR! Happy reading, the 3rd set of notes are due next Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Homework 10/26

1) finish your ROAR book for next Tuesday

2) Root Words #5 -----> GRESS

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homework 10/26

1) TKAM examination!
-be ready to explain symbolism and dual narrative voice

2) Root word quiz on Thursday---->gress

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homework 10/20

1) TKAM read as much as you want, finish the book by Monday!
-I will look over your notes on Monday (questions/comments)

2) for the field trip, meet at our classroom after 2nd period.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Homework 10/19

1) log into Jupiter grades, look at how you are doing for ELA and your other classes!

2) read and notes, TKAM ch. 24,25,26

3) root word quiz

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Homework 10/18

1) TKAM notes/questions on ch. 22+23
-Harper Lee bio
-The Scottsboro Trial

2) check your Jupiter Grades!

3) root word quiz--->ERG

4) Culture Vulture Proposal (10/21)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Homework 10/14

1) TKAM reading and notes, chapters 20+21

2) Culture Vulture proposal sheet: Friday (10/21)

3) Root Word Quiz #4 ERG: Thursday (10/20)

4) ROAR notes (2/3 of the book) Tuesday (10/25)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Homework 10/14

1) three chapters of TKAM for over the weekend: 17,18,19

2) Book Fest! Grab that extra credit.

3) bring in your field trip $ and permission slip

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Homework 10/13

1) read and notes, To Kill a Mockingbird ch. 15+16

2) You can has Culture Vulture?

Book Fest!

Boston book fest is this weekend! Extra Credit! Culture Vulture! Books!

Here are some highlights:
Funny Kids' Fiction 12:45pm BPL Rabb Lecture Hall
A versatile artist, Julia Alvarez has written several books for children, including The Secret Footprints and How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay, as well as a novel for young adults, Before We Were Free. Alvarez is best known for her debut novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, and her second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. She also writes essays and poetry. Born in New York City, Alvarez was raised in the Dominican Republic. Her newest book is How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over.

Graphic Novels: Drawing the Story 2:30pm Trinity Church Sanctuary
Daniel Clowes is a cartoonist and author who has contributed numerous covers to The New Yorker and whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, GQ, and many other publications. He created the comic-book series Eightball, which ran for 23 issues and earned the artist a large following and multiple industry awards, including several Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards. The film adaptation of Clowes's graphic novel Ghost World, based on a script by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, was released to great acclaim, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and winning the Independent Spirit award, among others. He also created the widely acclaimed graphic novel Wilson, which NPR likened to "reading a series of Bazooka Joe comics written by Jean-Paul Sartre." His serialized comic for the New York Times Magazine, titled Mister Wonderful, was recently collected in an expanded hardcover edition. His newest graphic novel is The Death-Ray.

Fiction: Truth and Consequences 2:30pm BPL Rabb Lecture Hall
Ha Jin’s first full-length novel, Waiting, won the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for fiction. His novel War Trash won the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of The Bridegroom, Under The Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. He has received three Pushcart Prizes for fiction and a Kenyon Review Prize. Many of Jin's short stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, as well as the Norton Introduction to Fiction and Norton Introduction to Literature. His newest novel is Nanjing Requiem, which Publishers Weekly calls "a convincing, harrowing portrait of heroism in the face of brutality." 

Far Out Fiction 4:30pm Trinity Church Sanctuary
Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Eating the Dinosaur; Downtown Owl; Chuck Klosterman IV; Killing Yourself to Live; Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; and Fargo Rock City, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. The Wall Street Journal has called his essays "relentlessly thoughtful." Klosterman has written for GQ, EsquireThe New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN. His latest is The Visible Man, a novel that deals with many of Klosterman's usual concerns: pop culture, the influence of media, voyeurism, and "reality."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Homework 10/13

Read and notes, TKAM ch. 13+14

-get that Culture Vulture proposal signed, and head out for some fun times!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homework 10/11

1) Read To Kill a Mockingbird, ch. 11+12

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Homework 10/6

1) read, notes To Kill a Mockingbird ch. 4+5 (Friday)
ch. 6,7,8,9,10 (Tuesday)

2) Root Words #4--->erg 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Homework 10/5

1) read and notes, To Kill a Mockingbird ch.2+3

-look for the 5 thematic topics!

2) root word quiz--->cycle

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homework 10/4

1) read and notes on To Kill a Mockingbird ch.1

2) root word quiz on Thursday/Everyday Use/literary terms