Vocabulary Quiz and an Intro to (Slam) Poetry

As we tend to do most Fridays, we started class with a vocabulary quiz.


After completing the quiz, the students were to finish typing their “Dear Dr. King” Letters into their KidBlogs.  Thereafter, the were to respond to at least 2 of their classmates’ letters.  Finally, each student was to type their “If I Were President” speeches into KidBlog as well.  (The students will have to write responses to these too for homework.)

We then wrapped up the class period with an introduction to slam poetry featuring the videos below:

Nova: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1985191193

Adam Gottleib: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXIjF0ERvYY

Lamont Carey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lByDfPOG0LA


As our closing, and ongoing poetry experiment, the students shared their thoughts on poetry thus far on this Padlet.




  • Read for 60 minutes.
  • Respond to at least 2 of your classmates’ “If I Were President” speeches onKidBlog.
    • Due by next Wednesday.
  • Finish any outstanding (KidBlog) work.


The Power of Words

Today’s lesson featured the use of the iPad Minis.  Thus, today’s blog post serves as a road map through that lesson.

STUDENTS, now that you have received your iPad Mini, begin work on Lesson 9 Quiz below.  Remember to put the same answers on to your quarter sheet of paper as well.  You will be able to answer the quiz below ONLY ONCE.

Short Link: http://goo.gl/forms/oHXQaG7i9d


Today’s Lesson:

Now that you have finished your quiz, take a moment to read the speeches below.  Thereafter you will create a 3-way Venn Diagram to compare three powerful speakers we discussed this week.

Step 1: Read this version of “The Gettysburg Address.”

Step 2: Read the introduction to and the “squashed” version of Socrates’ “Apology.”

Step 3: Given all that you have learned about the words used by Dr. King, President Obama, President Reagan, President Lincoln, and Socrates, write a brief, 5-sentence paragraph comparing and contrasting three of these figures and post it with only your FIRST NAME and your LAST Initial on to this Padlet.

Step 4: Revise your “If I Were President” speech from yesterday.

Step 5: Use whatever time you have left in class to finish putting your “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog.



  • Input your “Dear Dr. King” letter into KidBlog by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT if you have not done so already.
  • Create the final draft of your “If I Were President” speech.  Be prepared to present on Monday.



Literary Devices as Centers: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Yesterday’s class periods showed that the students had a pretty firm grasp of the basic and more widely-used literary devices.  How fantastic!  As a result, today we moved into centers using the iPads.  After a quick recap of yesterday’s lesson as a relay race, each student received a school iPad with which they were to visit this blog.  They then had the opportunity to choose any of the literary devices of interest to them and complete the accompanying activities.  They then posted evidence of what they learned by applying that literary device in the context of a short story or analysis on their KidBlogs.

We will be continuing these self-directed centers again in class tomorrow.


  • šRead for 30 minutes.
  • šBring in the lyrics (either typed, printed, or hand-written) of your favorite song and highlight as many examples of literary devices as you can find.
  • Annotate each example with an explanation of how that highlighted portion serves as a valid example of that literary device.
  • šContinue work on your Genius Hour project.
  • šStudy for Friday’s vocabulary quiz.