Wednesday, September 3

  • Sit anywhere you like

    • (Seating chart coming in a few days)

  • Take roll
  • Jigsaw puzzles

    • Who can help you finish your puzzle?
      • Put one name in the corner of each sheet
    • What's going on in your picture?

    • What story might happen in the setting of this picture?

    • Suggestions for stories

      • Choose one or two words to describe this setting OR what's happening in the picture

      • Write those one or two words in the corner of the sheet with your name

  • Syllabus

    • First assignment!
      • Keep the front sheet!
      • Return the back sheet!
    • Due Monday, September 8
  • Write me a story!
Write a one page story using as many of the suggestions on the sheet as you can

Turn in what you've got at the end of class

Thursday, September 4

  • Vocab warm-up

    • There are two parts to the vocab warm-up

      • 1. A list of the words you keep, adding to it each day

      • 2. Practice sentences you write on a small piece of paper in the basket at your table

        • These get turned in to the silver box on the wall near the door.

    • Today's words:

    • 1. morose, adj. - gloomy

    • 2. skeptical, adj. - not easily convinced; doubtful

    • 3. gullible, adj. - easily convinced; overly trusting

    • 4. mottled, adj. - marked with blotches of different colors

    • Write these words on your list

    • Turn in practice sentences to the silver box!

  • Depression

  • Dust bowl

  • Steinbeck notes

  • Bring your card tomorrow!

Friday, September 5

  • Check out Of Mice and Men

    • p. 1 - 8:55

    • p. 2 - 10:01

  • vocab warm-up
    • Remember both parts of the warm-up

      • Add these words to the list you started yesterday

      • On a small piece of paper use these words in sentences

    • 5. slough, v. (sluf) - to shed, to cast off
    • 6. slough, n. (sloo) - a stagnant backwater, often left behind when a river moves
    • 7. slew, v. past tense (sloo) - past tense of slay, to kill
    • 8. derogatory, adj. - belittling, making someone feel less valuable
  • Questionnaire

  • Article
    • Marking the text

      • Number the paragraphs

      • Circle words that are confusing

    • For each paragraph
      • write at least one comment in the margin
      • either your comment about what is said
      • or a question you have about what is said

  • Reading Homework!

    • Read Chapter One this weekend

    • What is the relationship between the two main characters?

    • How does Steinbeck use animal imagery to describe a person?