Big Cat Final Exam Prompt for Research Period

Directions: Finish the story! You must have an exposition, rising action and climax. You do not have to have a falling action or resolution as you may chose to the leave the story a cliffhanger. However, you must maintain the story as it is currently being written, including the characters. You cannot change it too much.

The sun was uncomfortably warm, but the day was crystal clear. On the other side of tall, immovable dark plants stood a pride of strange looking animals whose outer appearance looks like that of baby mice. These strange prides came day after day to stare, thrust their paws and laugh at my actions. They were always lead by a much larger snack that clearly was leader of the pride, the king you might say. We the great cats refer to these creatures as two legs.

Acura, the Leopard who lived across the abnormally resistant plants, and I often joked how interesting it might be to challenge these two legs to tasks of the wild. They seemed strangely docile. We often dreamed of what it might be like to enter the habitat of the two-legs and to be free, if they were free. Were they trapped by their own dark, fiercely strong plants?

On this particular day there was a great increase of the two-legged prides. They came in greater waves. Due to the heat and the constant attention the two-legged we referred to as “Bing,” because he always made the magic break in the plants move and bing as it came into contact with other great plants, came into our enclosure to give us water. What he didn’t do this time was re-bing the magic section closed, which meant the fluffy mouse with the equally fluffy tail was fully visible and already roasting in my brain. I lunged for it and in the process into the great world of the two-legs.

HOMEWORK REMINDERS

1. Read “Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China.” Answer questions A-I and 1-6 if was not completed in class. Due 4/26 and 4/29.

If you did not have it in class bring it next time.

2. Read “Sootface: an Ojibwa Cinderella Story.” Answer questions A-F and 1-6 if it was not completed in class. Due 4/30 and 5/1. (As of Friday, April 26th on A-day students have been given this assignment.)

3. B-DAY STUDENTS ONLY — You must complete the Myths, Legends and Fables WS. Due 4/29.

4. EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:

— The Crossword Puzzle of Literary Terms (May be picked up from Ms. Lively)

—  Any and all materials completed during the quiet FCAT holding period. These assignment grades will be entered in a way that will help students who completed them and turned them in, but will not penalize students who did not. These assignments will be the only other option for extra credit this quarter (besides the Crossword) and must be turned in no later than May 3rd to receive credit.** (extra copies are available upon request and must be request 24-48 hours ahead of time. All extra credit is due May 3.)

**These assignments will not count against students due to the fact that some students were told by other teachers that these assignments could be thrown away at the end. As well, there was no active instruction given in class for these assignments at that time. They were practice items.

Week of April 22-26

You began the week by taking the FCAT, that big test we’ve been working towards for the majority of the school year. Now that it’s over it’s time to begin Unit 7 and start prepping for the EOCs that are in about a month.

This week we covered “Myths, Legends and Fables,” as well as began working within Universal Theme. This item we will carry over into next week, as well as adding in Compare/Contrast, Plot and Figurative Language.

HOMEWORK

1. Complete “Yeh-shen: A Cinderella Story from China” on page 724. You should answer questions A-I and 1-6 in complete sentences that use evidence to support your thinking. This is to be completed if you did not complete it during class.

2. Myths, Legends and Fables WS should be completed if not finished in class.

3. Crossword Extra Credit

OTHER GRADE OPPORTUNITIES

1. Students may complete a Literary Terms Crossword Puzzle for Extra Credit

2. I am picking up all materials completed during the quiet FCAT holding period. These assignment grades will be entered in a way that will help students who completed them and turned them in, but will not penalize students who did not. These assignments will be the only other option for extra credit this quarter (besides the Crossword) and must be turned in no later than May 3rd to receive credit.

**These assignments will not count against students due to the fact that some students were told by other teachers that these assignments could be thrown away at the end. As well, there was no active instruction given in class for these assignments at that time. They were practice items.

Grades Updated

Excluding the items turned in this week ALL grades have been turned in. This means, if the work was turned in prior to Spring Break with a name on it the grade has been updated in the computer. 

HOMEWORK: PORTABLE ELA STUDY GUIDE DIRECTIONS

Students are to create a portable ELA study guide in preperation for the FCAT. There is no requirement as to how they organize the information (though I showed them how to complete this assignment using FOLD NOTES in class). The only requirements as to how these items are to be completed is that the style should be in a fashion that can be turned in. As well, it must contain all of the Learning Topics listed below. 

REQUIREMENT:

– You must be able to turn in your Portable ELA Study Guide

– It must contain all of the information listed below. 

LEARNING TARGETS:

– Context Clues
– Author’s Purpose
– Cause and Effect
– Characterization
– Plot and Setting
– Compare and Contrast
– Figurative Language (Types)
– Inferencing
– Text Structure/ Organizational Patters
– Text Features
– Main Idea and Supporting Detials
– Mood and Tone
– Validity and Reliability

REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTES ON EACH LEARNING TARGET:

– Definition
– Example
– Picture/Diagram

THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE THURSDAY, APRIL 11 and FRIDAY, APRIL 12. 

Grade Updates Update

Grades for all B-day classes have been updated in OnCourse. Grade reports were handed out today in class.

All A-day material has been graded. Grades will be entered this evening for Periods 1A, 2A and 4A. Grade reports will be handed out in class tomorrow.

I apologize for the delay. The amount of late, make-up and recycled work that was turned in, both in hard copy and electronically, was for more than expected and it took me nearly a week (grading several hours a day) to get through all of the work.

ANY STUDENT with a D or an F may still turn in any make-up work by Thursday, April 5th at 2:05 p.m.

Last Extra Credit Opportunity for MP3 – Due April 4th by 2:05 p.m.

Design a book cover sleeve (you know, those paper things that are on the outside of hardcover books) that captures the theme, tone and mood of one of the stories listed below. (They are all stories we’ve read this year.)

Requirements:

The entire sleeve must be illustrated. Look at any number of book cover sleeves. They are fully illustrated. The title and author must be included in your design.

The illustration must capture the theme of the story.

The coloring should capture the mood.
– This does not mean you have to use colors. You may design your book sleeve cover using a black and white color scheme, however the shading (coloring) must still display the mood.

You can choose how you present the tone (whether it be implied or stated).

There must be summary of the story on either the back or inside front flap of the sleeve.

There must be a short  biography of the author on either the back or inside back flap of the sleeve.

There must be one other text feature found on the book cover. This can include, but is not limited to, a REAL critic’s quote about this book (ex: “A work of sheer brilliance!” — P.E. Jones), a photo of the author or a list of similar books by this author.

On the back of your cover be sure to put your name, the theme of the story you are trying to present, the mood and the tone.

Check out the list below!

The page numbers listed are for stories found in the Literature Book.

All Summer in a Day (pg 64)

Ant and Grasshopper (pg 368)

Horse Snake (pg 124)

The Jacket (pg 470)

Tuesday’s of the Other June (pg 206)

Nadia the Willful (pg 338)