Story Comparisons: Day 1

After our week-long break in honor of Thanksgiving,  my students were welcomed back to class by two vivid images and in-class story time.

12.1.14 Warm Up

This comparison and contrast exercise primed their mental pumps for what lies ahead.  This week we will be taking two stories, comparing them, contrasting them, and translating those thoughts into coherent, engaging, and well-written essays.  The two stories, “The Storyteller” by Saki, and “Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes are very different at first glance, but do possess some similar themes (to be discussed in class later).

Class was wrapped up with a short game of “Hot Potato” where each student had to share an adjective to describe one of the stories before passing the “potato” to another student.  The catch was that each adjective could only be used once.  Needless to say, that became a little difficult for some toward the end of the game.


  • Complete the Unit #2 Vocabulary packet to submit tomorrow
  • Study for Friday’s Unit #2 vocabulary quiz.
  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Continue work on Genius Hour project.



REMINDERS: (in chronological order)

  • Unit #2 Vocabulary Packet due tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
  • Unit #2 Vocabulary Quiz this Friday, December 5th, 2014
  • Our FINAL Genius Hour Work Day is this Friday, December 5th, 2014 as well
  • Genius Hour projects are due NEXT Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 Recap

On this dreary Thursday we decided to see ethos, pathos, and logos in action by discussing the concept of “the American Dream” (which is an abstract noun by the way).  First, a look at Langston Hughes‘ “A Dream Deferred”  helped set the stage for the comparison and contrast of two divergent points of view with a Venn Diagram.  We watched Ann Romney’s speech from the Republican National Convention last week and then Michelle Obama’s from the Democratic National Convention this week.  Both women’s speeches sought to paint their husbands as the perfect person to be (or continue being) President of the United States.  We then closed by having a mock election based on both women’s speeches alone to see who would win.

*My 7th period class covered indirect objects before embarking on the lesson above.

HOMEWORK: Watch the news and/or the Democratic National Convention.  Make a list of some of the political issues that are addressed.  Then choose one of those issues and write a BCR persuading me to agree with your opinion on that one issue.  Be sure to present a convincing argument!

PowerPoint: 9-6-12 Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Action