Saturday, September 27, 2008

Word Balloon Activity Created

I've created a really simple activity using ComicLife in which students label four types of word balloons in order to familiarize themselves with this comics tool. I think that regular word balloons, whisper balloons, shouting balloons, and thought baloons would be enough to cover the basics. I'm intending to add funny pictures of myself or teachers in my school to give my students' clues on the correct answers.

Now playing: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Writing Assignment adapted from

Bone, Volume 1: Out From Boneville

Chapter 1: "The Map"

Writing Options:

In your Composition Notebook, please respond thoughtfully and completely (four to five sentences each) to the following prompts.

  1. Have you (or has a friend or family member) ever been truly lost? What did it feel like? How did you (or your friend or family member) deal with the situation?
    1. If you've never been lost, imagine what it might feel like.

  2. The Bone cousins are very devoted to each other.
    1. What is loyalty? Please give the dictionary definition.
    2. Would you leave your town with your friends or cousins if you had to? Under what circumstances?
    3. Is there a limit to loyalty?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Latest Assignment -- Characterization


Draw a 3 column chart on a piece of loose leaf paper.

While reading Chapter 4 ("Kingdok"), keep track of each main character's personality traits in the chart below.

  • In Column A, use your list of character traits to find two words that describe each character's personality.
  • In Column B, explain (in your own words) what actions the character took to reveal that personality trait.
  • In Column C, write the page number where you found your answer for Column B.
Now, as a group, decide on the top two Character Traits:
  • Each group member shares his/her Traits and Actions.
  • After each group member shares, fill out the same chart for Phone Bone and Phoney Bone.