Monday, December 19, 2011

Tomorrow's Figurative Language Quiz

On tomorrow's quiz, students should be able to:

Define, create examples of, and identify and explain examples of:
- simile
- metaphor
- personification
- hyperbole
- alliteration
- idiom
- onomatopoeia

- the purpose of figurative language
- the difference between the literal and
figurative meanings of words and phrases

Friday, December 16, 2011

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 12/12-12/16!

Period One - Joshua B.
Period Two - Cason W.
Period Three - Ricky P.
Period Five - Jamal H.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Figurative Language Quiz

Just a reminder that there will be a quiz on figurative language next Tuesday, December 20th. Students will play a review game in class on Monday and will have a review sheet to complete for homework on the 19th. Students should begin studying now!

Can you say examples of alliteration this fast?

"Alphabet Aerobics" by Blackalicious

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Idiom Origin Project

Students will be exploring the origin of many common idioms by completing the project below:

Not only should students understand the meaning of many idioms used in everyday writing and conversation, but it is also important to understand from where idioms originate. By understanding the history behind many common idioms, students will be better able to understand their true meanings.

Wednesday, 12/7/11 – Introduce Project, Choose Partner, Choose Idioms
Thursday, 12/8/11 – ONLY In-Class Work Day (laptops and other materials available in class)
Friday, 12/9/11 to Sunday, 12/11/11 – Finish Project Outside of Class
Monday, 12/12/11 – Gallery Walk of Posters

Students will:
1. choose a partner with whom to work.
2. be assigned TWO idioms to research.
3. use websites on Ms. Short’s portaportal site to research the meaning of the assigned idioms as well as their origin.
4. create TWO posters. Each poster should contain the idiom, a related picture, its meaning clearly explained, a sentence that correctly uses the idiom, and an explanation of the origin of the idiom.
5. share their idioms during a Gallery Walk on Monday, 12/12/11.
6. complete a chart explaining the meaning of several idioms based on the posters presented by their classmates.

guest access - msshortela

Idioms Song

Review common animal idioms with the song below:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Students of the Week

Congratulations to this week's Students of the Week. Keep up the good work!

Period One - Mukoma M.
Period Two - Fahira M.
Period Three - Ayub A.
Period Five - Erick H.O.