Unit One Bellwork - Ms. Carman`s Class

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ABOUT BELLWORK…
• Turn in the past week’s bellwork every Monday .
• Each entry is worth three points.
• The week’s prompts will be uploaded to the website
every Friday.
• Prompts will also be available in the class binder on
the back table.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 BELLWORK
Write a journal entry [you will not be asked to share] that
answers some or all of these questions:
• What do you like about writing?
• What is the best thing you ever wrote? What was so good about
it?
• What is difficult about writing?
• How do you overcome obstacles to writing?
• Under what circumstances do you write best? (i.e., in total
silence, at the library, when I’m angry, etc.)
• If you could write anything, what would you write and why?
• What writing skill would you most like to improve on this year?
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 BELLWORK
Make a list of things that you believe are true.
Need some ideas? Consider these questions:
•
What do you believe about friendship?
• about family?
• about learning?
• about enemies?
• about teenagers?
• about America?
• about the internet?
• about the human race?
• about our planet?
• about war?
• about love?
;THE SEMICOLON;
8/23
Most commonly, semicolons join sentences that could stand on
their own and serve to cement a relationship between the two
thoughts.
Semicolons are underdogs; I find them endearing.
Godzilla is a misunderstood creature; beneath his raging
desire to set people on fire and eat them lies a gentle
giant who just wants to cuddle.
It’s wrong to use semicolons to join sentences that aren’t related
in some way.
Semicolons are underdogs; I ate chicken for lunch. (wrong)
ADAPTED FROM THE GRAMMAR DEVOTIONAL AND
THEOATMEAL.COM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 BELLWORK
Turn these simple sentences into meaningful sentences by adding
another clause that contains a definition or an explanation.
•
My first week at FHS has been an adventure.
•
Some of my classes will be challenging.
•
I believe in weekends.
Semicolon or Comma? (fill in the blanks)
•
Everyone should read Touching Spirit Bear___ it is a beautiful story
of survival and restoration.
•
Cole Matthews___ our protagonist___ is the only human on an
Alaskan Island___ but he is not quite alone.
MONDAY, AUGUST 27 BELLWORK
Let’s celebrate the rain with another cinquain!
Line One: your favorite kind of rain (drizzle, shower,
monsoon, etc.)
Line Two: Two adjectives describing the rain
Line Three: Three “-ing” verbs that the rain does
Line Four: a thought about the rain
Line Five: a synonym for the rain
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 BELLWORK
Each sentence contains one mistake in punctuation, grammar,
or capitalization. Rewrite the sentences, correcting the
mistakes. (Remember that there are several ways to correct
each mistake).
1. Your writing can be powerful, writing can let you express your
feelings, or get your message out.
2. A well-rounded argument uses all the elements of FREPA;
Using this method will help you cover all your bases.
3. You should choose your experts carefully; because students
often quote people who are not authorities on the topic.
4. When students use examples; they should make sure that the
examples put a “face” on the topic.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 BELLWORK
Many things are beyond your control, but you still make dozens of
positive choices every single day. What are some of the choices that
you consciously make, either because you think it’s the right thing to
do, or because you simply like to do these things?
Here’s my own (partial) list:
•
I eat a healthy breakfast.
•
I walk to school… usually.
•
I smile and say “hi” to people.
•
I exercise… but not as often as I mean to. :(
•
I never ever ever ever get into a car with a drunk driver.
•
I read.
Make your own list!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 BELLWORK
Take out your FREPA Letter rough draft and re-read it. What part of your
writing would you most like help with?
If you’re not sure what you need help with, you might consider these
suggestions:
•
Writing a clearer thesis statement.
•
Choosing an appropriate audience.
•
Using an element of FREPA. (which one?)
•
Using a rhetorical device.
•
Organizing the letter.
•
Punctuation, grammar, or spelling.
•
Making my letter longer (or shorter).
•
Improving my letter’s tone.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04 BELLWORK
Write a journal entry about the past weekend. [You will not be
asked to share.]
Need help thinking of something to write about? Consider these
topics:
•
Would you be willing to go to school through June, in
exchange for two 3-day weekends per month? Why or why
not?
•
Does your family have any special traditions for celebrating
Labor Day?
•
What does “September” mean to you?
ANTICIPATION GUIDE REFLECTION
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 05 BELLWORK
Choose one item from the anticipation guide about which to
write a short reflection.
Write the item at the top of the page, and then explain your point
of view. You should also consider these questions:
•
Did your classmates disagree with you? Why?
•
How do you know you are right?
•
Can you think of any stories in which this proves to be the
case?
Total: 6-10 sentences
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 06 BELLWORK
Joe walks into the room. By
describing only the reactions
of others in the room, let us
know something about him.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 BELLWORK
Why is the swamp an appropriate setting for Tom to
meet the Devil?
• Use quotations from the story to support your
answer.
You have 4 minutes
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 BELLWORK
Brainstorm with a partner to complete this table:
Settings
Somebody
Wants
But
So
Swamp
Tom Walker
Money
He has to give
up his soul and
become a
usurer.
He agrees, but
then tries to
get out of the
deal without
actually giving
up the money
or repenting…
so the Devil
gets him.
FHS
(choose specific
location at
FHS.)
Choose a
setting.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
What is the most beautiful sight you ever
saw in nature?
• Describe it, using at least three of the
senses.
• You have 4 minutes
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 BELLWORK
William ___________ over the hillsides in a
___________ mood, thinking about his
loneliness and _____________. Suddenly, he
came upon a host of golden daffodils. Seeing
these ___________ flowers filled him with
happiness and made him feel
.
Sprightly
Solitude
Jocund
Wandered
Pensive
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 BELLWORK
Reflect on your S.T.A.R.L.I.T. analysis project.
• I did (more work than/less work than/the
same amount as) my group-mates, because
__________________________________________.
• I
learned________________________________________
____.
• I still need help
understanding________________________________.
• Other thoughts/ideas?
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 BELLWORK
How will analyzing song lyrics be similar
to analyzing a poem?
How will it be different?
• What elements of S.T.A.R.L.I.T. will be
affected the most?
You have 3 minutes to write
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 BELLWORK
What is the topic of your song?
In other words, what is it mostly about?
You have 3 minutes to write.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 BELLWORK
Tell the story of your best OR
worst picture day ever.
YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES
IF YOU MAKE SOMETHING UP, I’LL NEVER KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 BELLWORK
Reflect on the poetry unit:
•
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about
poetry in the past two weeks?
•
Which activity or assignment did you learn the most from?
•
What did you learn while analyzing your song that you
would not have learned from just listening to it?
•
What part of your poetry analysis are you most proud of?
YOU HAVE 4 MINUTES

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