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)?
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!
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?
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.
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?
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. :)
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.
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.