Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 22

Hey everyone! Today was a typical Wednesday as we continued with our poetry. However,when we walked in today, Mrs. Smith told us about the LPS Foundation Spirit Dinner on April 14. It is a dinner that raises money for the school and we have the opportunity to take part in it! If your are outgoing and social, then talk to Smith before the end of the week and see if you can help with the dinner!  After the announcement, we did our grammar work and found that both sentences were independent which therefore makes them both simple sentences.

the frightened cat ran up a tree but was rescued by the fireman   

since when did we support that ridiculous charity

We then went on to read and explicate the poem, "Mother to Son." For those of you who do not know what explicate is, it means to basically annotate it.

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

After we read the poem, we went on to writing our seductive/persuasive poem. In the poem, we have to try to convince someone about something they are not willing to do. It can be a couplet, rhyme, have alliteration, and so on; just as long as it is seductive/persuasive. Some things that help support your poem are strategies such as Lego, Ethos, and Pathos. Good luck!

  • CSAP packet (Limes)
  • Seductive/persuasive poem (post on the class blog when you finish)

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