Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Crucible Essay Submitted, Journals Submitted, and Introduction to Poetry

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following.....

1. Each student submitted their Crucible Essay and their Journal Entries (13 total).
2. We then completed the "Reading Log" example for The Crucible. Remember that your independent reading book needs to be completed on or before March 11th.
3. We then  completed Journal #1 for Poetry entitled: "How I feel about Poetry?"
I asked each student to tell me how they feel about poetry? Why or why not do you enjoy it? Please include specifics to support your response. 

RELAX! I think the reason most students fear poetry is that they don't have the tools to appreciate poetic texts. My goal isn't to make you like poetry, my goal is to help you interpret it based upon some tools that I will give you. I have no doubt that you will appreciate this literary genre more once we are finished.

4. We then began with a pre-quiz regarding about figurative language elements. This quiz did not count, but it gave me insight  into what you know.

5. We then started our review of Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Allusion and Hyperbole using the following handout. Please print this off and place it in the handout section of your notebook.

“Words are, of course, the greatest drug used by mankind!”

For as long as strong writers have been putting their quill pens, lead pencils, or word processors to paper, they have attempted to express themselves in the most colorful, imaginative, and descriptive ways possible. They have attempted to create lively, rich word pictures so that their readers could see the images and understand the feelings focused on by writers. Writers have tried to give their audience members the taste, smell, feel, sound and look of the scenes they were describing. They have tried to give vivid expression to their feelings and thoughts about people, places, and events so that their readers could share these impressions.  Writers often use figurative language to add sharp, clear and strong impressions to their work. Through figures of speech, the audience gains a more heightened and vivid realization about the writers’ subject.

Implied Metaphor:

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.                                                         You’re a foul one Mr Grinch
You really are a heel.                                                                           You’re a nasty wasty skunk
You’re as cuddly as a cactus,                                                            Your heart is full of unwashed socks
You’re has charming as an eel                                                           Your soul is full of gunk, Mr Grinch
Mr. Grinch                                                                                             The three words that describe you are
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel.                               As follows and I quote
                                                                                                                Stink, Stank, Stunk
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your hearts an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You’ve got garlic in your soul
Mr. Grinch
I wouldn’t touch you with a 39 and a half foot pole.

You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You have termites in your smile
You have al the tendeder sweetness of a seasick
Crocodile, Mr. Grinch
Given the choice between the two of you,
I’d take the seasick crocodile


  • The water beckoned invitingly to the hot swimmers.”


  • “John failed to act as his brother’s keeper.”


  • If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.”


         He is the apple of my eye, bright eyed and bushy tailed , cool as a cumber, down to earth, and an eager beaver. Oh, and sometimes full of beans. He has a heart of gold, and he is a jack of all trades. He keeps a stiff upper lip, always lends an ear and minds his p’s and q’s. He is nothing to sneeze at, on the ball, and quick on the uptake. He runs rings around others (literally), he is a sight for sore eyes and he tickles my funny bone.

Connotation vs. Denotation
Childlike vs. Childish:

         And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.


Elements of Sound

  • “The darksome burn, horseback brown, His rollrock highroad roaring down.”
  • “Sing a song of six Pence”

         Pink Floyd’s “Hear the lark and harken to the barking of the dark fox gone to ground.”

         “Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.”