Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Scribe Period 3 Wednesday Feb. 22

Our typical Wednesday started off with the usual "Hello, class" with the standard reply of "Hello, Smith". 

We began the day with grammar sentence parts and clauses. 

the frightened cat ran up a tree but was rescued by the fireman
since when did we support that ridiculous charity

Since neither sentence contained a relative pronoun or subordinating conjunction, both were independent clauses, meaning simple sentences.

Next, we got a poem to explicate (a form of annotation), "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. We read through it and wrote our thoughts three times, the first time focusing on initial observations, the second on more details and meanings, and the third time on tone, word choice, and the author's purpose.

Langston Hughes
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes           

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 join' 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 join', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

Finally, we got time to work on our seduction/persuasion poem, to be turned in in the form of a comment on the blog post below. Remember, you are making an argument and attempting to persuade someone of something. You can use techniques like ethos (playing on ethics), pathos (playing on feelings), and logos (playing on logic, especially using statistics and facts).

CSAP Limes Packet
Persuasion poem
Don't miss your grading conference with Smith, and remember to bring your rubric when you go. 

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