Thursday, August 30th, 2012 Recap

After a brief review of ethos, pathos, logos, as well as concrete and abstract nouns, we charged on by watching a video on a game called “Karate Piñata”  from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Part 1 & Part 2).  It was absurd, funny, and very entertaining.  The students were given the task (in two classes) of creating an advertisement for “” making sure to include all of the elements in BIG FOX that were discussed on Monday.

HOMEWORK: All: On a sheet of paper, summarize a TV commercial.  Highlight the examples of ethos, pathos, and logos used in the commercial.  The commercial summary from Tuesday’s homework can be expanded for use in this assignment.

PowerPoint: Text Features Further 8.30.12

Monday, August 27th, 2012 in Brief

We’re still getting the hang of this new and wonderful school year as I am with using this blog.  Starting next week, I will aim to have a summary of each day’s lesson plus it’s powerpoint posted here as a post like this one. 

On Monday we learned about text features–you know those things we see in text books and articles that give us a general understanding of what the text is about?  Through a strategy called BIG FOX, we learned how to pull out some of the most important information from a text.

  • B   Bold – List any words or phrases that are in bold print.  
  • I   Italics – List any words or phrases that are in italics.  
  • G   Graphics – Describe any graphics. (photos, drawings, graphs, charts, maps, tables, etc.)  
  • F   Facts – List at least 5 facts found in the article.  (These include statistics and other numerical data)
  • O   Opinions – List any opinions found in the article.  
  • X   X marks the spot – or at least the main point. In 2-3 sentences, write the main point of the article. (Hint – read the topic sentence of each paragraph.)

We also talked about the difference between concrete nouns and abstract nouns

  • Concrete nouns are people, places, or things that you can actually touch or physically.
    • Examples: dog, cat, house, restaurant, mother, father, etc.
  • Abstract nouns are ideas, concepts, and states of emotion.  Remember, abstract cannot be physically touched.
    • Examples: happiness, sadness, pride, success, joy, peace, etc.

HOMEWORK: AC: Reader/Writer Interactive Workbook pgs 194-195, 2nd & 6th: Reader/Writer Interactive Workbook pgs 194-199, 7th: Reader’s Journey Workbook pgs 8-10

PowerPoint: BIG FOX and Nouns as Ideas (August 27th, 2012)