Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Advice for new bloggers...

Good morning,
     Before you dive into working on your blog you MUST READ THIS. It is really good advice. Read it carefully! When you finish reading write a blog post about which of that advice you found most valuable, or you can write about your blog topic.
     I have 10 blogs shared with me. If you have not added me as an author please do that today. If you had trouble creating your blog yesterday we will try again today.
     If you have time check out A Student's Perspective on Leadership. A blog post written by a student in New Jersey.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Blog Genre Study

Good morning,
    Today you and your partner get to start your blog. Make sure you pick an APPROPRIATE title, add me as an author (I'll show you how), and e-mail me a link to your blog so I can add you to our list.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Turning art into art...

Good morning,
    Gatsby projects are due today.  Please visit the Gatsby Project Self-Evaluation Form now.  Also you may wish to 'un-share' your paper with your writing group. I think most of you know how to do that, but ask me if you want help.
     Fun part (yes, for you). Visit Select "Load..." paste in the entire text of YOUR Gatsby project. What you will get is a word cloud of YOUR words.  The words you used the most will be the largest. I did this with one of your papers. (No, I'm not telling you whose.)  Then if you want you can play with the font, colors, shape etc. You can even save the image you create and then insert it at the end of your Gatsby project.

Friday, May 7, 2010

And one fine morning---------

A retroactive blog post:

Today we finished reading The Great Gatsby. If you liked it please vote in the poll at the right. If you didn't like it that's okay, you don't need to vote. :)  (Poll ended and I removed it.)

We took the chapter 9 quiz. If you missed it please take it now!

Then we talked about your Gatsby Project Options. There are lots to choose from so start thinking about which one is right for you. Draft is due Thursday 5/13!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Gatsby believed in the green light...

Good afternoon!
    Ha! I almost never get to say that on this blog. But, due to testing, our class today is after lunch. If you are reading this then you must have done your homework. You get to take the quiz on-line.

Chapter 8 quiz!  Make sure your answers to the short answer questions aren't that short.

Things to notice in chapter 9:
Who is Henry C. Gatz?
What was Gatsby like as a very young man?
What happens with Nick and Jordan?
How does Nick feel about Tom in the end?

Monday, May 3, 2010

"You ought to go away." -Nick

Good morning,
   So Myrtle Wilson is dead. Daisy hit her while driving Gatsby's car. Tom thinks Gatsby did it. Gatsby thinks Daisy will still leave Tom. Daisy does not know that the woman she killed was Tom's mistress. And Nick is getting sick of all of them. Should make chapter 8 interesting.
   Some things to keep in mind as we read chapter 8. There are flashbacks and memories that go back and explain more about Daisy and Gatsby. Don't get confused about the time. Also pay attention to what people think about Myrtle and her actions. Watch Tom's actions. Why does he do what he does? What do you think about his actions?
  Ok, get yourself over to chapter 8.