Do Nows - Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District

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Remember that a concrete noun names a person,
place, or thing that can be sensed with one of the
five senses. An abstract noun names an idea or
quality and cannot be sensed with one of the five
senses. Directions: write C for concrete and A for
abstract.
___ 1. ocean
___ 2. sorrow
___ 3. communication
___ 4. Earth
___ 5. beauty
___ 6. beauty
___ 7. justice
___ 8. ability
___ 9. bracelet
___ 10. belief
A sentence is a group of words that expresses a
complete thought and contains a subject (noun) and a
predicate (verb). Without a noun and verb, it is a
fragment. Examples: Ramon ran to the store.
(sentence) Ran to the store. (fragment) Directions:
write S for sentence or F for fragment.
___ 1. Kim took her driving test yesterday.
___ 2. She failed.
___ 3. Will take it again next month.
___ 4. She is extremely disappointed.
___ 5. Practice makes perfect.
___ 6. Making left-hand turns.
Directions: Turn the following fragments into
sentences.
1. the chicken in your salad __________________
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2. from one place to another _________________
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3. the soccer ball in the goal __________________
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4. with my mother _________________________
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5. to pick up some milk ______________________
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Directions: Make these simple sentences more
complex with more details.
1. The ship sank.
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2. Traffic was heavy.
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3. We ate dinner.
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4. Trees fell.
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Directions: Write a sentence using each of the
dependent clauses below.
1. After we met
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2. Although it is raining
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3. Which is a waste of time
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4. While I played guitar
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Directions: A proper noun names a particular person,
place, or thing. Read the following sentences. Circle the
letters that should be capitalized.
1. my older sister, amy, and i went out to dinner
on my birthday.
2. my mother took our cat, bentley, to the
veterinarian.
3. joe used mom’s car to pick up kenny.
4. should i go with the russells to soccer
practice?
5. irina and i baked a cake for elizabeth’s party.
Sentence
Declarative (D)
Punctuation
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Kind
Statement
Interrogative (IN)
Exclamatory (E)
Imperative (IM)
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! OR .
Questions
Strong Emotion
Request or Command
Directions: Write the type of sentence on the line and add
the punctuation.
___ 1. Where have you been
___ 2. Ouch That hurts
___ 3. My neighbor gave me a ride school
___ 4. Take the cat off the counter right now
___ 5. Please bring your books to class on Monday
Directions: Proofreading is important. Correct
the writing mistakes in each sentence.
1. Star didn’t want to walk all the way over their
because she had alot of books to carry.
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2. Chris wants to be a chef when he goes up so
tha he can make people happy and healthy.
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3. So many students want to go into the music
industry to make lots of monies. like all the
celebrities they see on TV.
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There means a place.
Their shows ownership.
They’re means they are.
Directions: Write a sentence correctly using
each form of there, their, and they’re.
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2. _____________________________________
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Use a comma to join 2 independent clauses by a
comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or,
for, nor, so). Example: Road construction can be
inconvenient, but it is necessary.
Directions: Put a comma where it needs to go in
each sentence below.
1. The new house has a large fenced backyard so I am
sure our dog will enjoy it.
2. Our class is the best in the school but we still get in
trouble some times.
3. We all have to be home by twelve so our ride is
coming at 11:30.
4. I don’t want to do my homework but I need to pass
the class.
Use a comma after an introductory phrase,
prepositional phrase, or dependent clause. Example:
To get a good grade, you must complete all your
assignments. Directions: Put a comma where it
needs to go in each sentence below.
1. After the concert the teenagers went to the
after party.
2. Because Dad caught the chicken pox we
canceled our vacation.
3. To be on the football team you must be
passing all of your classes.
4. Although it was raining we still went on the
trip.
Use a comma to separate elements in a series.
Example: On her vacation, Lisa visited Greece, Spain,
and Italy. Directions: Put a comma where it needs to
go in each sentence below.
1. My schedule is good this year I have Art Gym
English Foods and Astronomy.
2. In their speeches, many of the candidates
promised to help protect the environment,
bring about world peace, and end world
hunger.
3. Cooking can be a real pain because you have
to go to the store buy the food cook the food
and serve the food.
Use a comma between coordinate adjectives
(adjectives that are equal and reversible). Example:
The irritable, fidgety child waited for ice cream.
Directions: Put a comma where it needs to go in
each sentence below.
1. The old rusty truck needs all new parts.
2. The beautiful young actress won three
awards.
3. The sturdy compact suitcase was great to
travel with.
4. The handsome strong athlete is very popular.
5. The large heavy book was never brought
home.
Use a comma after a transitional element
(however, therefore, nonetheless, also, otherwise,
finally, instead, thus, of course, above all, for example,
in other words, as a result, on the other hand, in
conclusion, in addition)
Directions: Put a comma where it needs to go in each
sentence below.
1. For example the Yankees have won more
championships than any other team.
2. I want you to succeed however you need to do the
work.
3. In conclusion rap music has a large impact on
society.
4. English is the most important class therefore you
need to pay attention.
Directions: Rewrite the sentences into one
sentence. Remember to use commas if you use
and or but to connect two complete thoughts.
1. Juan held a black book in his hands. He talked
with a friend.
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2. Lyle is alone. The house is deserted. The wind
is howling.
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3. I walked around the lake. I saw a large bird. It
sat on a rock.
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Use a semicolon to join 2 independent clauses when
the second clause restates the first or when the two
clauses are of equal emphasis. For example: Road
construction in Dallas has hindered travel around
town; streets have become covered with bulldozers,
trucks, and cones. Directions: Use a semi colon to join
the two thoughts.
1. The lesson on grammar seemed to last forever
students fell asleep while listening to the teacher.
2. Many people enjoy sky diving because of the unique
feeling it brings people jump out of the plane for a
thrill, and a great view.
3. The most effective way to make friends is to talk to
people about things you have in common most
people become friends by doing an activity together.
Use a colon after an independent clause when it is
followed by a list, a quotation, appositive, or
other idea directly related to the independent
clause. Directions: put a colon where it needs to
be in each sentence.
1. Destiny went to the store for some groceries
milk, bread, eggs, bananas, chips, and
cookies.
2. Directions place a colon where it should be in
this sentence.
3. Abraham Lincoln believed in the United
States “…That government of the people, by
the people, for the people shall not perish
from the earth.”
The apostrophe has three uses:
To form possessives of nouns
To show the omission of letter
To indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters
Directions: put an apostrophe where it belongs in
each sentence.
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Brads book is on the bookcase.
We dont know the homework for tonight.
I was goin to the store but then it rained.
Make sure to use the 5 ws in your writing.
We need to get there by eight oclock.
How to we get to Stephanies house?
Mix review for punctuation. Directions: Place
the appropriate punctuation marks in the
sentences below.
1. After the show we all went to Destnys house
for a party Brad and everyone was there and
had a great time.
2. How many people can we fit into Cheryls car
to get to the game by five oclock
3. In order to pass this class you must do three
things show up try your best and work hard.
4. Therefore the Freshmen class is the best it
has been in many years.
Directions: Write the names of three of your favorite
television shows. Then, write two reasons that you
like the show. Last, look for similarities.
Television show:___________________________
Reason 1:________________________________
Reason 2:________________________________
Television show:___________________________
Reason 1:________________________________
Reason 2:________________________________
Television show:___________________________
Reason 1:________________________________
Reason 2:________________________________
Directions: Use the television shows and reasons
from yesterday to write a topic sentence about the
TV shows that you like. Look at what they may have
in common. The topic sentence should introduce
your main idea to your reader.
Your topic sentence about your favorite TV
shows:
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Directions: Use the topic sentence and reasons
to write a paragraph about your favorite
television shows.
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Use the paragraph about your favorite television
shows from yesterday. Do you have a concluding
sentence? Directions: Write two different
concluding sentences for your paragraph.
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Directions: Use everything you have written about
your favorite television shows to write a final draft
of the paragraph. Use correct punctuation.
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Directions: Write the literal meaning of each
figurative sentence below.
1. The exam was a piece of cake.
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2. She’s as slow as molasses.
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3. My brother eats like a horse.
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4. This will take forever.
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5. She eats like a bird.
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Alliteration is the use of the same letter or the same
sound at the beginning of two or more words that are
near each other. Directions: Underline the alliterative
words in each sentence.
1. He moved swiftly and silently through the night.
2. As the day dawned, I thought with dread of the
morning’s exam.
3. Ashley was delayed, but not deterred.
4. The rioters ripped through the city center.
5. He clasps the crab with crooked hands.
6. Billy bought a bag of broccoli and beans.
7. She tried some apple cider, and surprisingly liked
it.
Directions: Add an alliterative word or words to each of
the following sentences where there is a *.
Example: The sign moved in the * wind
The sign in the wild wind.
1. The * trees swayed back and forth.
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2. There were twelve different * kinds of ice cream
listed.
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3. Mr. Lu rushed home through * traffic.
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4. The teacher was startled when * screamed “fire!”
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Directions: Underline all the alliteration found in the
first stanza of the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan
Poe.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered
weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of
forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there
came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my
chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my
chamber door -Only this, and nothing more.'
Directions: Write your own, short alliteration poem
or story about a clown named Clumsy, a skunk
named Sky, or a dog named Daisy.
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Imagery is figurative language that appeals to the
senses of the reader.
Directions: List things that see, hear, smell, taste,
and feel during your school day.
1. See: __________________________________
2. Hear: _________________________________
3. Smell: ________________________________
4. Taste: ________________________________
5. Feel: _________________________________
Write a sentence using all the words that you wrote
for number two.
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Directions: classify the sensory words under
sight (SI), smell (SM), or sound (SO).
___ Grey
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___ Creaked
___ Crash
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___ Bright
___ Groan
___ Flash
___ Smokey
___ Stink
___ Stale
___ Loud
___ Soft
___ Blue
___ Gas
___ Hit
___ Slam
___ Fruity
___ Rose
___ Red
___ Rustle
Directions: Add a sensory word or words to
each sentence to create imagery.
1. The gate was noisy.
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2. The pizza was hot.
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3. We heard traffic.
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4. The cave was scary.
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5. Devon likes cake.
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Directions: Underline all examples of imagery (sense
words) in the poem “The Shark” by Edwin John Pratt
He seemed to know the harbour,
So leisurely he swam;
His fin,
Like a piece of sheet-iron,
Three-cornered,
And with knife-edge,
Stirred not a bubble
As it moved
With its base-line on the water.
His body was tubular
And tapered
And smoke-blue,
And as he passed the wharf
He turned,
And snapped at a flat-fish
That was dead and floating.
And I saw the flash of a white throat,
And a double row of white teeth,
And eyes of metallic grey,
Hard and narrow and slit.
Then out of the harbour,
With that three-cornered fin
Shearing without a bubble the water
Lithely,
Leisurely,
He swam—
That strange fish,
Tubular, tapered, smoke-blue,
Part vulture, part wolf,
Part neither—for his blood was cold.
Directions: Write your own, short poem or story
using lots of imagery. Write about the weather,
a
place, a person, or pet.
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Verbal irony is a figure of speech in which the literal
meaning is the opposite of the author’s intended
meaning. Example: After taking a test for two hours, the
student said “That was fun!”
Directions: Explain why each sentence is ironic.
1. As he got to the top of Mount Everest, he said
“It was nothing.”
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2. “Oh wonderful,” Chris said, as the lightning and
thunder moved closer.
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3. The runner arrived at home plate with a cheer,
only to learn that he never touched home plate.
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Situational Irony is when the opposite of what you
think is going to happen, happens.
Example: A fireman’s house catches on fire.
Directions: Come up with three more examples of
situational irony.
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Similes compare two things, using the words like or
as. Example: He was as strong as an ox.
Directions: For each adjective below, list things that
have that characteristic.
1. Wet:_________________________________
2. Cold:________________________________
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3. Hard:________________________________
4. Thick:________________________________
5. Gentle:_______________________________
Directions: Read the first stanza of the poem “A
Red, Red Rose”, by Robert Burns and underline
the similes. Next, write your own four lines
using similes to compare love.
My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the
melody
That’s sweetly played in
tune.
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Similes compare two things, using the words like or as.
Directions: Choose appropriate words to complete the
similes below.
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2.
3.
4.
The child was as thoughtful as ______________
Summer is like __________________________
The moon is like _________________________
The weather is as changeable as
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5. Friendship is like _________________________
6. He ran as fast as _________________________
7. The book is as dull as _____________________
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which the writer
implies a comparison between two different things.
Directions: Use four similes from yesterday and make
them metaphors. Example:
Simile: The darkness covered the village like a blanket.
Metaphor: The village was blanketed in darkness.
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2. _____________________________________
3. _____________________________________
4. _____________________________________
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which the writer
implies a comparison between two different things.
Directions: Explain what you think the metaphor
means.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and
women merely players. They have their exits and
their entrances… -William Shakespeare
Meaning:_______________________________
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Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like or
suggest the objects or actions being named.
Directions: Match the sound word with the noun.
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Nouns
A turkey
Water
A snake
Leaves
Garbage cans
A bee
A steak
A balloon
A crow
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Hissed
Sizzled
Buzzed
Gurgled
Popped
Cawed
Clanged
Gobbled
Rustled
Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like or
suggest the objects or actions being named.
Directions: Underline words in this excerpt of the
poem, “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe that remind
you of the sound of bells.
Hear the sledges with the bells–
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of
night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like or
suggest the objects or actions being named.
Directions: Come up with as many onomatopoeia
words as you can!
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Personification is a figure of speech in which the
writer gives human qualities to an animal or
inanimate object. For example:
I put my book right there; it must have walked away.
Directions: Underline the examples of personification
in this excerpt from James Stephens’ poem “Check”.
The night was creeping on the ground;
She crept and did not make a sound
Until she reached the tree, and then
She covered it, and stole again
Along the grass behind the wall.
Personification is a figure of speech in which the
writer gives human qualities to an animal or
inanimate object.
Directions: Use personification to describe the objects
below.
1. Pen/Pencil____________________________
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2. Cell phone____________________________
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Hyperbole is exaggerating, often in a humorous
way, to make a particular point is known as
hyperbole. Example: That ice cream cone is a mile
high! Directions: Write three sentences that have
hyperbole.
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Hyperbole is exaggerating, often in a humorous
way, to make a particular point is known as
hyperbole. Directions: Underline all the hyperbole
in Ball Bunyan’s description of winter.
“Well now, one winter it was so cold that all the
geese flew backward and all the fish moved
south and even the snow turned blue. Late at
night, it got so frigid that all spoken words froze
solid afore they could be heard. People had to
wait until sunup to find out what folks were
talking about the night before.”
A rhetorical question is a question which is asked, but
for which there is no reply.
Example: Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie?
Directions: Write three rhetorical questions.
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A pun is a play on words. Example: Two pencils
decided to have a race. The outcome was a draw
Directions: underline the play on words in each
pun below.
1. My trip to the Grand Canyon cost a hole lot
of money.
2. The optometrist ran for mayor because he
was a visionary.
3. Do birds know where they're going when
they fly south for the winter or do they just
wing it every time?
Transitional words are words that transport or carry the
reader smoothly from one sentence or paragraph to the
next. Directions: Underline the transitional words.
If you want a quick and delicious snack, try one
of the new pudding mixes. I don’t mean the
already-made puddings; l I mean the dry
pudding mix that needs milk. The first step in
making your pudding is to put the dry pudding
mix in a bowl. Next, get an eggbeater and two
ups of mild. Add milk to the dry pudding. Now,
use the eggbeater to mix the milk and pudding
together. After about two minutes, you should
have a delicious pudding to eat.
Transitional words are words that transport or carry the
reader smoothly from one sentence or paragraph to the
next. Directions: Underline the transitional words.
As I entered the room, I noticed two large
windows directly across from me. In front of the
windows was a beautiful maple table on which
rested a variety of plants. On the wall to my
right, I saw a large painting of a woman holding
a child. In the background of the picture, I could
see a field of flowers. To my left, I saw another
large painting depicting a rose garden. A small
sofa was placed in front of each painting. It was
a very inviting room.
Directions: write four sentences explaining your
daily routine, connect them using transitions.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does
this affect you or
your family?
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Directions: Make a list of the smells you
remember most from your childhood—then write
about one of them.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Make a list of every word or phrase
that you associate about being blind.
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“You are always free to change your mind and
choose a different future, or a different past.”
Directions: Write if you agree or disagree with this
quote by Richard Bach and explain your reason.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Make a list of
10 things that made you angry and
10 things that made you happy from this past week.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
affect you or your
family? Does this
surprise you?
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Make a list of the sounds you
remember most from your childhood—then write
about one of them.
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Directions: Use sensory words to describe in detail
five things that you cannot live without.
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Directions: Write about the
photograph. Who might sit
in this seat? Where might it
be? Why black and white?
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Directions: What advice would you have given
yourself three years ago.
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Directions: Who is your family?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? How
much meat do
you eat?
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Directions: Make a list of the ten most unusual jobs
you can think of, and/or jobs you would not want.
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Directions: Write about the photograph. What are
three different situations that could be happening
in the woman’s life?
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Directions: How comfortable are you with lying?
Do you think lying is ever justified? What do you
do if someone lies to you?
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Directions: Create a ridiculous holiday to celebrate.
Make sure that you describe when it is and details
about how to celebrate.
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Directions:
Fill in the
dialogue to
complete the
comic strip.
Must be
appropriate.
Directions: What do you think is the biggest problem
in the United States? Explain why, and if you have a
possible solution to the problem.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Should New Jersey Public Schools switch
to going to school year round, giving students time
off during the year instead of just summer? Explain.
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Directions: List every thought
that comes to mind when
looking at this painting by
Vincent Van Gogh.
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Directions: What if public education was no longer
free or required? What would you do? Where do you
think you would end up?
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Directions: Are holidays too commercialized? Should
they be more about time off and spending time with
family and friends, or more about buying things?
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Directions: Respond
to the picture. What
type of person
would be in the
hoodie? Why would
they have to cover
their face?
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Do you agree or disagree with this quote
by Theodore Roosevelt: “Every immigrant who
comes here should be required within five years to
learn English or leave the country.”
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Directions: Using sense words, describe violence:
what does it look like, feel like, smell like, taste like,
and sound like?
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Directions: Respond
to the picture. Infer
what the
photographer is
trying to say about
society? What is
your opinion?
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Directions: What is your opinion on gun control?
Should everyone carry a gun? Should no one carry a
gun? Explain.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Respond
to the picture. Infer
what the
photographer is
trying to say about
society? What is
your opinion?
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Directions: Using sense words, describe peace; what
does it look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, and
sound like?
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Directions: Make up a myth explaining why
the moon disappears once a month.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? Why
do you think this
is?
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A fortune teller at the local county fair tells you
something good that will happen, and something
awful that will happen. Directions: Write what the
fortune teller tells you, and how you react.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
Does this affect
you or your
family?
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Respond
to the picture. What
is the message
about disabilities?
Give your own
reaction.
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Directions: Using sense words, describe war; what
does it look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, and
sound like?
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Directions: If you could change one major
historical event from the past, what would you
change and why?
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Directions: Respond
to the picture. What
is the photographer
trying to say about
society? What is
your reaction?
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Directions: Write an acrostic poem for the word
Respect.
R ______________________________________
E _____________________________________
S ______________________________________
P ______________________________________
E ______________________________________
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Confucius said that people are basically
good and can be led by example.
Hanfeizi felt that people are basically evil and have
to be controlled by laws. What do you think?
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Directions: Describe
the setting and
characters. Infer the
emotions and
thoughts of the
men.
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Directions: Invent a new law for the United
States, then a different one for New Jersey, then
another for the towns of Matawan and Aberdeen.
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Directions: List at least five ways a reputation can
be improved, or five reasons why a reputation
cannot be improved.
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“Numbers” by Mary Cornish (excerpt)
I like the generosity of numbers.
The way, for example,
they are willing to count
anything or anyone:
two pickles, one door to the room,
eight dancers dressed as swans.
I like the domesticity of addition-add two cups of milk and stir-the sense of plenty: six plums
on the ground, three more
falling from the tree.
And multiplication's school
of fish times fish,
whose silver bodies breed
beneath the shadow
of a boat.
Even subtraction is never loss,
just addition somewhere else:
five sparrows take away two,
the two in someone else's
garden now…
Directions: Respond to the poem.
Write your own short poem about
numbers. Do you like numbers?
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Directions: Respond to
the picture. Infer what
the characters are doing.
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What makes a good leader? Directions: List
fifteen traits of a good leader.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Write a poem or story about the color
blue.
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Directions: Respond to
the picture. Infer what
the setting tells about
people and life their.
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Directions: Describe a character from literature that
you would trade places with, and explain why.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Do you agree or disagree with this quote
by Albert Einstein: “I know not with what weapons
World War III will be fought, but World War IV will
be fought with sticks and stones.” Explain.
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Directions: Infer the
photographer’s
message. What is
your opinion about
the elderly. Explain.
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Directions: Money, fame, big houses, and lots of
cars. Do rich people still have problems? Explain.
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Directions: Write
a short story
based on the
photograph.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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“Neglec”t by R. T. Smith
Is the scent of apple boughs smoking
in the woodstove what I will remember
of the Red Delicious I brought down, ashamed
that I could not convince its limbs to render fruit?
Too much neglect will do that, skew the sap's
passage, blacken leaves, dry the bark and heart.
I should have lopped the dead limbs early
and watched each branch with a goshawk's eye,
patching with medicinal pitch, offering water,
compost and mulch, but I was too enchanted
by pear saplings, flowers and the pasture,
too callow to believe that death's inevitable
for any living being unloved, untended.
What remains is this armload of applewood
now feeding the stove's smolder. Splendor
ripens a final time in the firebox, a scarlet
harvest headed, by dawn, to embers.
Two decades of shade and blossoms - tarts
and cider, bees dazzled by the pollen,
spare elegance in ice - but what goes is gone.
Smoke is all, through this lesson in winter
regret, I've been given to remember.
Smoke, and Red Delicious apples redder
than a passing cardinal's crest or cinders.
Directions: Respond to the
poem. What did the speaker
neglect? Have you ever
neglected something?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
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Directions: Michelangelo said: “The greatest danger
for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we
miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” List
your goals. Are your own goals too low?
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Directions: Describe a storm using all your senses.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
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Directions: Which is the most important to
you…money, fame, health?
You may only choose one. Explain your choice.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Write to the prompt, "I am not...”
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Directions: Using senses and imagery, describe
your favorite time of the year.
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Directions: What one event in your life would you
change? Explain.
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Directions: Describe
the person or
people who would
live in this setting.
What is their life
like?
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Football
Louis Jenkins
I take the snap from the center, fake to the right, fade back...
I've got protection. I've got a receiver open downfield...
What the hell is this? This isn't a football, it's a shoe, a man's
brown leather oxford. A cousin to a football maybe, the same
skin, but not the same, a thing made for the earth, not the air.
I realize that this is a world where anything is possible and I
understand, also, that one often has to make do with what one
has. I have eaten pancakes, for instance, with that clear corn
syrup on them because there was no maple syrup and they
weren't very good. Well, anyway, this is different. (My man
downfield is waving his arms.) One has certain responsibilities,
one has to make choices. This isn't right and I'm not going
to throw it.
Directions: What
makes this football
game different
from other games?
Describe another
sport or situation
where one thing is
different.
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Directions: Finish the thought: I wish I could…
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Directions: Write a poem or story about the color
white.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? Do
drink lattes?
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Directions: If you could be any celebrity, who
would you be and why?
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Directions: Write an acrostic poem for the word
Courage.
C ______________________________________
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“Sidekicks” by Ronald Koertge
They were never handsome and often came
with a hormone imbalance manifested by corpulence,
a yodel of a voice or ears big as kidneys.
But each was brave. More than once a sidekick
has thrown himself in front of our hero in order
to receive the bullet or blow meant for that
perfect face and body.
Thankfully, heroes never die in movies and leave
the sidekick alone. He would not stand for it.
Gabby or Pat, Pancho or Andy remind us of a part
of ourselves,
the dependent part that can never grow up,
the part that is painfully eager to please,
always wants a hug and never gets enough.
Who could sit in a darkened theatre, listen
to the organ music and watch the best
of ourselves lowered into the ground while
the rest stood up there, tears pouring off
that enormous nose.
Directions: Respond to the
poem. Are you like a sidekick
in ay way? Use evidence
from the poem to support
your answer.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? Are
men better
leaders than men?
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“The Moon” by Robert Bly
After writing poems all day,
I go off to see the moon in the pines.
Far in the woods I sit down against a pine.
The moon has her porches turned to face the light,
But the deep part of her house is in the darkness.
Directions: Write your own 5 line poem about the moon or another
object.
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: How much does your neighborhood
define you?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
What does this
say about society?
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Directions: Write an acrostic poem for the word
Family.
F ______________________________________
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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Directions: Make your own comic strip about
either your best day, worse day, or today.
Directions: Should we rethink how long students
spend in High School?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
What does this
say about
science?
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Directions: Write about your hero.
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Directions: Fill in the dialogue to complete the
comic strip. Must be appropriate.
Directions: Write about yourself. Use a simile or
metaphor in your writing.
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Directions: Who should be the next president of
the United States? Why?
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Directions: Respond to the
poem. Do you have any of
the same characteristics as a
poet? Use details from the
poem to support your
response.
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Has great difficulty interpreting proverbs
Has difficulty recalling what he ate for breakfast, etc. ________________________
Cannot tell a story from a picture
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Cannot recognize visual absurdities
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Has difficulty classifying and categorizing objects
Has difficulty retaining such things as
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addition and subtraction facts, or multiplication tables
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May recognize a word one day and not the next
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“The Poet” by Tom Wayman
Loses his position on worksheet or page in textbook
May speak much but makes little sense
Cannot give clear verbal instructions
Does not understand what he reads
Does not understand what he hears
Cannot handle “yes-no” questions
Directions: If you could have dinner with any
person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
Does this affect
you?
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Directions: How much time do you spend
outdoors? Infer, why do you think people do not
go outside as much anymore.
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Directions: What do you want to be doing when
you are 80 years old?
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“Turtle” by Kay Ryan
Who would be a turtle who could help it?
A barely mobile hard roll, a four-oared helmet,
She can ill afford the chances she must take
In rowing toward the grasses that she eats.
Her track is graceless, like dragging
A packing-case places, and almost any slope
Defeats her modest hopes. Even being practical,
She’s often stuck up to the axle on her way
To something edible. With everything optimal,
She skirts the ditch which would convert
Her shell into a serving dish. She lives
Below luck-level, never imagining some lottery
Will change her load of pottery to wings.
Her only levity is patience,
The sport of truly chastened things.
Directions: What
are three reasons
Kay Ryan gives for
not being a turtle?
Can you think of
one more?
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Directions: If you could live any place in the
world, where would it be and why? You need
three reasons.
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Directions: Johnny Depp said: “As a teenager I was so
insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in
because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had
absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought
took away all my ambition too.” Is this surprising? Do
you feel like Johnny Depp? Explain.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
Infer what this
says about
society.
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Directions: Should video games be considered a
sport? Explain.
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Directions: David Elkind said: “Friendships in childhood
are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence
they are most often a matter of choice.” Use that quote
to tell a story about how you became friends with
someone.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? Can
you think of a
solution?
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Directions: Write a six word memoire for today.
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“The Rider” by Naomi Shihab Nye
A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.
What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles.
A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell.
Directions: Why
does the speaker
roller-skate? What
do you do when
you are lonely?
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Directions: Respond
to the statistic. Does
this surprise you?
Do you eat any
fruits or vegetables?
Would this convince
you to eat better?
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Directions: Write a poem or story about the color
red.
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Directions: Write an acrostic poem for the word
Love.
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Directions: Should parents let young children play
tackle football? At what age should children be
allowed to play?
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Directions: Respond
to the statistic. Does
this surprise you?
What is your opinion
of technology? What
jobs do you think
technology can’t do?
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Directions: How young is too young for a smart
phone like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy?
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Directions: Should college football players get
paid to play football? Explain.
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Directions: Do kids need recess? If so, up until
what age/grade?
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Directions: When you are old enough, will you
vote? Why or why not?
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you?
Infer what this
says about
society.
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Directions: How much do you text instead of call?
Do you think younger people have lost the ability
to communicate verbally?
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Directions: What could you teach a person from
an older generation?
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Directions: If you had your own Talk Show, who
would you want to interview? List five questions
you would ask in the interview.
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Directions:
Respond to the
statistic. Does this
surprise you? How
can we change
this?
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Directions: If you could go anywhere in the world,
name three places you would go and explain what
you would do and why.
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