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Chicken Soup for the Egyptian Soul Week 1 10/3 – 10/7

This is a very exciting day!! Today is the day we get to start our first classroom novel.  The novel we will read in class to get a better understanding of ancient egypt is called Mara, Daughter of Nile.   Anthony insert the summary of the book. 

  • Please click here if you want the Mara, Daughter of the Nile Book Club packet week #1.  The File is a .Doc . If you would like the PDF please click here
  • Please click here if you want/need graphic organizers to help keep your reading organized.  If you would like to print one sheet out then select the page you want to print after you click print.
  • Please click Section 1. The Nile River Valley if you would like to see the history students read in class.
  • Please click here if you would like to listen to the required reading for the week. Click on “Download anyway”
  • Please click here if you would like to see the site we used to research the Nile

A few notes about the “podcast”

1. I decided to create this because I wanted reading to be easier for students that have a hard time reading.  I was one of those students in my younger years and I would have benefited from my teacher creating an “audio book.” (That is if audio books would have been in existence)

2.  I never planned on creating an audio book.  I decided to create one because there was not an audio book available on the internet, which means that I did not have a lot of time or knowledge to edit and rerecord my voice in garageband.  There were times when I caught myself completely mispronouncing a word. I apologize for any confusion my mispronunciations may have caused.

Week 2. 9/6/2011 – 9/9/2011

Snapshot of  the week:

Tuesday: We are going to continue our work on Haikus.  You will have three different task that will test your skill in the art form known as Haiku.  You will need to write 1 seasonal Haiku, transform your “I am” Poem into a Haiku, and create a “What am I” Haiku.  We will also begin studying elements of poetry such as: Imagery, Metaphor and Simile.  A PDF of the assignment can be found here.  There is also a post for the assignment that can be found here

Wednesday: After sharing our Haikus we will begin using the 6 Traits of writing to help ourselves grow as writers.   The first trait we are going to study is Ideas.  Your homework will be to start writing a personal narrative based off any one of the Chicken Soup topics.

Thursday: We are going to do our first round of formal critiquing.  We are going to use the 6 traits of writing rubric to asses our writing thus far.

Friday: It is now time to leave classical Japan and turn our sights to the Shakespearian Sonnet.