Category Archives: Extra Credit

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The End of Innocence

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 … Continue reading

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A Who Dunnit Mystery!

Old Man Winter finally blew in this week!  However, there is a thief amongst us!  Students, your footprints have been discovered at a crime scene, which has stirred the nation: the theft of Frosty the Snowman’s nose! You claim you … Continue reading

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Word of the Day #3

People’s Top 10 Favorite Words #6: Serendipity Definition: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for Example: “Old-time print journalists bemoan the absence of serendipity – the accidental discovery of stories that … Continue reading

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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day

#2 Kerfuffle Definition: disturbance; fuss Example: “‘Glee’ Cast Members React to GQ Kerfuffle” – Headline on WashingtonPost.com, October 21, 2010 About the word: Kerfuffle is the most recent coinage on this list, dating to 1946. It may be an alteration … Continue reading

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Merriam-Websters Top 10 Most “Liked” Words of the Day #1

Merriam-Webster has a Top 10 List.  I thought I would give you a new word every day to add to your already growing repertoire (look that up) of good strong words we have learned.  I will give you 5 points extra credit … Continue reading

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Great Writing Treasure Hunt

We have discussed many aspects of good writing:  interesting introductions, effective transitions, varied use of different sentence types, great use of strong verbs and descriptive adjectives, and conclusions that efficiently wrap up the writing without sounding like a repeat of … Continue reading

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The Door to…..

There is a story behind this door.  What is it? For 15 extra credit points, tell the story.  Let your imagination run wild!  Is the story of the door mysterious, scary, sad?  Remember, use LOTS of details.  Good writers can … Continue reading

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