Sunday, November 20, 2011

I apologize...

...for being gone for three days.

Hopefully you can forgive me when you see all the books I'm bringing back from the conference:
These are all the books I got for free!

These are all the books I got signed!
And see the authors I met...
Laurie Halse Anderson
John Green
Jackson Pearce
Kenneth Oppel

So I hope you can all forgive me.

Monday, November 14, 2011

6th graders as picture book authors

In English this week, you're going to be creating your own picture books "inspired by" the mentor texts we've read in class.

Choose one of the following books to inspire you:

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska
Take your inspiration from Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book and make your own LOUD BOOK!

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Take your inspiration from this story by personifying a non-human, non-living object and telling its story

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
Take your inspiration from these books by writing your own Is Your ________ Ready for ________? or Teach Your _________ to _________

This assignment is due before Thanksgiving break (meaning, if you're not going to be in school the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you need to turn it in on Tuesday!)

You need to create a story board before you start creating your final picture book and you also need to turn in the grading sheet with your final project.

"Still Me" Study Guide

Here are the things you need to know for your "Still Me" test:

Literary Terms:
  • autobiography
  • point of view
  • first person point of view
  • third person point of view

Short answer questions:
  • What is now in the horse trailer next to the barn?
  • What did Reeve imagine when he looked at the picture of the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl?
  • What has Reeve not done for his son in over three years?
  • What might have been different if Reeve had fallen with his head turned a little to the left or right?

What is Reeve's definition of a hero today and do you agree?