Hunger Games “What If?” #1

As I told you on Edmodo, as we work our way through the Hunger Games, I will be posting  “what if” questions for you to earn extra credit.  The extra credit will be worth 20 points per posting.  You are required to have at least 8 sentences, use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and your answer must be related to the text and make sense.  You are reading the book, you know the characters, and your answers should reflect that.   That being said, are you ready for your first extra credit opportunity?  These “what ifs” come from another educator, Tracee Orman, who is a big fan of Hunger Games.

“What if?” #1

What if Katniss’s mother had not become depressed? Would Peeta have found another way to connect with Katniss (since the bread incident would never have happened)?

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Reading will give you SUPER POWERS!

This is a post I did back in June, but my new kids (that’s you) haven’t had the pleasure of seeing my blog yet.  I figured, “What better way to introduce them to my blog than my post about Reading Will Give You SUPER POWERS!”  Enjoy your first glimpse at your crazy teacher’s blog!  P.S. Check out what LeBron is reading….are you ready to start OUR Hunger Games unit next week???  I am!

The NBA playoffs are over, and LeBron James has the ring he has wanted for so long.  I am pretty sure I have never seen more 3-pointers in one game than I did in that last game.  Now I know what you are saying, “Ms. B.,  you said you don’t really watch basketball.”  I don’t – normally.  Something happened though on the Heat’s ride to playoffs…I kept hearing how LeBron was  READING before and after his games!  Even my Twitter feed talked about LeBron reading the Hunger Games.  I watched an interview and read some articles, and he talked about how reading was helping him get focused before games and calmed him after the games.  Given his stats in the finals, I’ve decided reading must have given him SUPER POWERS! Now you KNOW I am all about the team…there would be no championship for the Heat without the entire team, but LeBron’s triple-double in the final game was something to see!  Hmmm….maybe there is something to this reading thing after all?  Why don’t YOU try it!  Pick up a book – any book – and see where it takes you!

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Where will you vacation??

You KNOW I love to read, and I read because I can go anywhere in world (or out of this world) depending on what book I have in my hands.  So….summer vacation is here, and I am wondering where might you go if you could to one of the places you read about in your books.  What would you do while you there?

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April is….(drum roll)

Poetry Rocks!!!

What’s so great about April?  No….it’s not the verse, “April showers bring May flowers”.  Blah!  Although, that little verse does rhyme, which kind of goes with what I was going to tell you.  April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!  Woohoo!!  I looooovvvveeeee♥ poetry. I know, I know.  I hear you saying, “Well duh, Ms. B!  You love anything that has to do with English and language arts!”  Of course, many of you also know this because you had me in 6th grade, and we had our “Poetry Cafe”.  Anyway, I digress (check out that word if you don’t know it).  Now that we are done with testing in reading and language arts, we will dive into our artist side next week; in the meantime, try adding your own words to LitWorld’s Global Poem for Change.  It’s really simple, and you only need a few words to make yourself heard. :-)

P.S.  Here are a few links of poetry websites to explore the different poems and learn about the different poets.

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Who’s Pushing Your Buttons??!!!

Imagine a 6-year-old is suddenly controlling your every move! Impossible, you say. Not if you wake up and you are IN a video game. What are you going to do? What will you say to the sticky fingered, snotty-nosed kid who holds your future in his hands?

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Order of Importance

Everyone has particular places, people, or possessions that believe are important.  How would you rank the following??  Provide a reason for your choices. Consider carefully your choices because every choice may have an effect on one of the others.  :)









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Past & Future You

I follow a blog called SoulPancake.  There I can find oodles of prompts and videos to make me say, “Hmmmm….”.  I found one today that I really loved and wanted to share it with you.  I have adapted it to meet my needs, but I must give credit to SoulPancake for the idea.

Imagine you could pick up a phone and talk to “Past You” and “Future You”.  What do you think you would say.  What would you tell your “Past You” about what you might have learned over the years.  And what about “Future You”?  One day you’ll look back on who you are at this very moment. How will your future self feel about what you are doing right now? Proud? Angry? Nostalgic?  Write two conversations you might have with yourself past and future selves.  This can be in conversation form, OR you can write it in letter form.  This is worth 20 points EXTRA CREDIT, so I expect some good quality writing and for you to put some serious thought into what you will say.  Spelling and punctuation count – no credit if this is missing.

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Picture Poetry

I discovered a great website called PicLit.  PicLit is full of images to inspire your creative thinking.  Once you’ve chosen your picture, you use the gallery of words to either drop and drag to your picture, OR you can freestyle onto your picture.

I’ve created one called “Receptacle“.

Now it’s your turn.  For 10 extra credit points, get your creative juices flowing and get inspired.  You MUST use each part of speech e.g. noun, preposition, adverb, verb, and adjective.  You may use more than one of each, but you must use at least one.  Capitalization and punctuation count.  No credit if any of these elements are missing.  You will need to create an account and then either email me or post your link to our blog.

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Remembering Whitney

Whitney Houston

There are moments in a person’s life when an event happens that takes you rushing back to your childhood.  Today is one of those days for me.  Some of you may know that Whitney Houston has died – it’s all over the news.  I must be honest and say that in recent years I have not listened or paid much attention to news about Whitney.  I know that she has struggled with drugs in the past, and I always hoped she was overcoming whatever addictions she had – especially for her daughter, Bobbi Christina.  At the present time, there is no news as to how or why she died, but I can tell you the second I heard the news, images of my high school days came rushing back to me.  Whitney’s first hit came out in 1985 – I was a sophomore in high school.  My fondest memories are of my friends and I cruising around, stereo blaring, and singing, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” at the top of our lungs.  Yes, we were quite a sight.  If you’ve ever seen the video, I can tell you in 1987 when the song came out, I was sporting big hair just like Whitney and some pretty colorful eye shadow just like her.  I wanted to BE Whitney Houston.  :-)  I have many, many great memories, and I won’t bore you with all of them, but I wanted to share one of her songs that really meant something to me when it came out because I thought it had the greatest message ever – love of oneself.  I hope you will take a minute and watch the video.  If you want a good laugh while you are listening, just imagine your crazy teacher – big hair, crazy makeup – holding her hairbrush upside down like a microphone and singing, “Greatest Love of All” in front of the mirror because I PROMISE you I did that.

The Greatest Love of All

In case you’ve never seen “I Wanna Dance With Someone”, here it is.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody


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The End of Innocence

artwork by Amy Lindenberger and shown by CPSA International Exhibitions and Publications

We began reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  We met Bruno who is 9 years old and by all accounts very naive and innocent of the madness around him.  The first day in the new home he looks out the window and sees something that makes him feel “unsafe”.   Recall a time when you finally realized the world wasn’t the greatest place.  What happened?  Was it something small?  How did it make you feel?  Be sure to be descriptive, so we can understand your feelings at the time.

***Because we are doing a different type of warm-up this week, this journal will be for extra credit-15 points-but you must give a quality blog prompt.  Two to three sentences does NOT make a quality blog response.

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