Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mark Twain



In order to discover some of the ways Mark Twain used truth in his fiction, review the information in the links below which will provide you with background and information on the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Mark Twain Museum
Mark Twain's Mississippi
Mark Twain Scrapbook
Twain Library
Norman Rockwell's Mark Twain
The Official Website of Mark Twain
Mark Twain's Times

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Explode the Cold

With unique and descriptive language, write an exploded moment about the cold weather using personification and strong word choice.  Click on the word "Comments" below and type (or cut and paste) your writing.  Be sure to include your name after your post.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Memoirs

The more you read, the better you will write.  Following are links to examples of memoirs written by teens and young adults.  Read.  Get ideas.  Write yours.

Stacked - Young Adult Memoirs

Teen Ink Memoirs

15 Best Opening Lines In Young Adult Literature

Scholastic Memoir Center

Monday, August 31, 2015

Exploded Moments

An exploded moment looks at life through a microscope, so that you can appreciate all of the fine details of an experience.  Think about a moment from your summer that you can explode, brainstorm, and write about in a detailed paragraph.  We will brainstorm and work on these paragraphs in class.  Once your draft is complete, post your paragraph in the comment section below and sign your name. Be sure to proofread for grammar and spelling.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Imagery

Imagery is description which appeals to on or more of our senses. It helps the reader to create a picture in his or her mind of things we can see, hear, taste, touch, and/or smell.  Imagery makes writing advanced and unique.

Share an example of vivid imagery written by an author from your free reading.  Be sure to use an exact quotation, with quotation marks, and give credit to the author by writing his or her name after the quote.  Please see the first comment for a model.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mood

Create a short narrative paragraph which creates a particular mood.  Do not reveal the mood you are trying to create.  We should be able to guess.   Challenge yourself to create writing filled with imagery and carefully selected vocabulary.  Give us goosebumps.  If you would like to take a look at some samples, scroll down and click on the comment section from last year's "Mood Paragraphs" post.

Click on the word "comments" below to post your writing, and sign your name after your paragraph.  Please use proper grammar and capitalization.....Those comments with mistakes will not receive full credit.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Exploded Moments


An exploded moment looks at life through a microscope, so that you can appreciate all of the fine details of a moment.  Today we will be brainstorming some of the things we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell at the beach.  Think about a moment from your summer that you can explode, brainstorm, and write about in a detailed paragraph.  Post your paragraph in the comment section below and sign your name. Be sure to proofread for grammar and spelling.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dialect

"Monstah" or "Monster"?  "Old Man" or "Father"?  What is the difference?  What can you tell about a character based on their dialect?


Type in the paragraph of dialect you wrote for homework.  Click "comment" below, type your paragraph, sign your name after your writing, click anonymous, and publish your comment.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

How did Mark Twain use truth in fiction?



In order to discover some of the ways Mark Twain used truth in his fiction, review the information in the links below which will provide you with background and information on the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Mark Twain Museum
Mark Twain's Mississippi
Mark Twain Scrapbook
Twain Library
Norman Rockwell's Mark Twain
The Official Website of Mark Twain
Mark Twain's Times

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Extended Metaphor


An extended metaphor compares two unlike things throughout a series of lines or paragraphs, making the comparison more intense in the reader's mind.  We see extended metaphors in literary works, songs, and theater.  Click the links below for examples.
Life is an Open Book
Hope
Extended Metaphor Prezi
Juliet is the sun
Teen Ink 
Love is a Metaphor
Sports Metaphors We Live By
Let Will Ferrell Tell You
Once you have written your first extended metaphor stanza, click "Comments" below to publish your work and share your ideas.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mood Paragraphs

Write a paragraph which uses imagery and dialogue to create a particular mood.  Use unique language!  Click comments below to post, and sign your name after your paragraph.  Proofread for errors.  Check to be sure compound and complex sentences are properly punctuated. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Candy Exploded Moments

Click on "Comments" below to post your exploded moments.  This writing should be full of imagery (description which appeals to one or more of our senses).  Check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar to receive full credit, and sign your name below the post.  Yum.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Exploded Moments

An exploded moment looks at life through a microscope so that you can appreciate all of the fine details of a moment.  Today we will be brainstorming some of the things we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell at the beach.  Think about a moment from your summer that you can explode, brainstorm, and write a detailed paragraph.  Post your paragraph in the comment section below and sign your name. Be sure to proofread for grammar and spelling.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mark Twain Webquest


Use the following links to complete the Mark Twain webquest:

http://muscarellar.victorschools.org/Mark%20Twain%20Webquest.html

Scroll to:

Who is Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain?

Use the links on the following website to answer the above question.
http://teacherweb.com/MA/DrKevinMHurleyMiddleSchool/dsturner/apt11.aspx
Scroll down to the guiding question:




What were the historical, social, and cultural climates prevalent
 at the time Samuel Langhorne Clemens lived and wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Use the links on the following website to answer the above question.
http://teacherweb.com/MA/DrKevinMHurleyMiddleSchool/dsturner/apt11.aspx

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hooks

This is the face we should all be making when we read the first line of your narrative.  Hooks are important and set the tone for your writing.  Post yours here.  Don't forget to sign your name.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mood

Create a short narrative paragraph which creates a particular mood.  Do not reveal the mood you are trying to create, we should be able to guess.  Click on the word "comments" below to post your writing and sign your name after your paragraph.  Please use proper grammar and capitalization.....this is not a text message and those comments with mistakes will not receive full credit.  

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