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Go to this website and enter the classroom I set up:

edCenter MHS Creative Writing Store Link: http://www.bookemon.com/edc-store/2696578

You can also use one of the following links instead which will take you to a different site:

My Story Book

Story Jumper book


Click on the link below to gain access to the interactive Outline/RD for Taming of the Shrew.

Follow the directions, step-by-step, before beginning to write on the Google Document.

LL 2: Taming of the Shrew Outline/RD

Before we start "fracturing," I want you to read broadly some fairy tales.

Use these links to read online:


Brothers Grimm

World of Tales

Story Nory

Speakaboos   requires sign up

Children's Story

You will need to write the title and a short paragraph of how it is different or similar to what you previously knew.


Read for class:

Six Strategies for Analyzing Resources

Watch the following video:

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Using the handout "Web Page Evaluation Checklist" read through this page:

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

IF you use resources not vetted through the databases at MHS and BHC, you need to complete a "Web Page Evaluation Checklist" in order to check for bias and authenticity.

Review the poems you have created this week. We are going to "play" with the positioning of text versus white space.

Look at the following poems and how they appear differently on the page:

Langston Hughes-Theme For English B

[in Just-] BY E. E. CUMMINGS


Read the following page and view the examples of how to use white space within your poems:

Line Breaks and White Space

Look at the arrangement on the page and see how alternating the balance of text to white space changes the overall effect of the poem. Make changes to your own poems.

When you are done with your revisions, you get to play! Click on the link below to create your own digital sand art inspired by your poems! You can print it when finished if you wish.

This is Sand

THIRST is our body’s warning of dehydration. It is our brain telling us to drink liquids--soon!

Write a poem about other messages your brain is sending you, warning you, pushing you to act using HYPERBOLE.


We are going to conduct a "mini-debate" on Friday. I will announce the "teams" Friday morning.

The debatable question: Should the six girls involved in the racial slur photo be suspended from school?

You should plan:

  1. to be able to argue EITHER side of the issue
  2. to have some support that addresses the three appeals
  3. to argue clearly and rationally
  4. to respond to the other side
  5. to utilize structures from They Say, I Say

The format will be: (approx 20 minutes total)

  1. Affirmative (3 minutes)
  2. Cross (2 minutes): Opposing Speaker(s) asks Q's of Affirmative for clarification & exposing flaws
  3. Opposition (3 minutes)
  4. Cross (2 minutes): Affirmative Speaker(s) asks Q's of Opposition
  5. Break (2 minutes)
  6. Affirmative Rebuttal (2 minutes)
  7. Negative Rebuttal (2 minutes)
  8. Break (1 minute)
  9. Negative Summary (1 minute)
  10. Affirmative Summary (1 minute)

Here are websites that offer information based on your astrological sign:




Read what these sites offer and write a poem about your future...guided or not!


What's Your True Color

What Color Matches Your Personality?

What Color Are You?

Do you agree with the survey results? What characteristics are associated with your color? Why do you think this is? Color not only is associated with the expression of emotions, but it also can influence our emotions. Write a poem about you and your color results.

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