Monday, November 25, 2013

A Lighthouse Heroine_Grace Darling

The story is found in True Sea Stories, A Lighthouse Heroine. Grace Darling Heroine
On that fateful night, Grace, now 22, was at home at the lighthouse with her parents. 
Watch the cartoon version of the storyWatch how Grace came to the rescue of the sailors of the shipwreck

Women in history. Read about the wreck and the rescue: Grace Darling, a heroine Maritime Women
Darling Rescue
Grace Darling lived in a lighthouse like this one 
Grace Darling Video






True Sea Stories_A Lighthouse Heroine


What obstacles did the characters overcome in the story?

Use the following matrix to help organize your thoughts and reflections.

Characters
 Obstacles
 Author's Description











Monday, November 18, 2013

Including Quotations_Ralph Fletcher

The story changed when they found a letter written by Dmitry Kolesnikov,
Here's what he wrote:
All the crew from the sixth, seventh, and eighth compartments went over to the ninth. There are 23 people here. We made this decision as a result of the accident. None of us can get to the surface . . . I am writing blind. 
'None of us Can Get Out' Kursk Sailor Wrote NYT
"When writing non-fiction you need both facts and some memorable quotes," Ralph Fletcher
Ralphfletcher.com Lesson on page 91

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tongue Twisters

After reading a grave historical ship-wreck story, The Birkenhead Heroes  Birkenhead Shipwreck
We diffused by reading Tongue Twisters to break out of the somber moment.

English Tongue Twisters
  • Try a couple.  
  • How fast can you go?
  • Warning: It gives you the giggles. 
Shut up the shutters and sit in the shop!

One-one was a race horse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too. 

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Girl's Best Friend

Teaching-Resources
Central Idea is  . . . Mike helps Becca cope with some of the struggles she faces every day.
Introduction, Health Problems, Finding Mike, Spreading the Word.




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

True Survival Stories_Paul Dowswell

Students selected The True Survival Stories after reading the Shark Lady by Ann McGovern

Table of Contents
Dive to Disaster  7
Submarine Squalus
News Reel USS Squalus Disaster 3:44

Hindenburg's Hydrogen Inferno  26
Captain Bligh's Boatload of Trouble  42
Adrift in the Desert  58
Shark's Breakfast  74
Lucky 13  80
Swallowed by a Volcano  97
Terror in the Sky  110
Lost in a Polar Wilderness   117
"The Mighty Hood"  132

Dive to Disaster Vocabulary
  • Write the words listed below in your notebook.
  • Record 2 other words that are similar (synonyms).
  • Use Visuword a visual dictionary and thesaurus as a resource.
  • Or Dictionary.com when necessary
 Words highlighted in blue will be defined using the Frayer Model
  1. submerges
  2. catastrophe
  3. asphyxiation
  4. dispatched
  5. condensation
  6. survivors
  7. chlorine
  8. bulkhead
  9. reluctant
  10. contaminated
Great White Bites Halibut

Topp Predator Tracking

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bird Girl_by Velma Wallis


Listen to Henry and Agnes TitusRTI students selected this book after reading Two Old Women

Bird Girl is about a girl that loved to hunt instead of her traditional expectations. Girls were taught to cook, raise children, tan skins, sew, and gather edible plants and medicinal herbs.
 Arctic Classroom Sites
Author: Velma Wallis 
True Sea Stories_A Lighthouse Heroine


Your learning about the characters in the story
Sample Response

Review Chapter 3 and continue to read 4
 
Somebody
Wanted
But
So

Bird Girl
She began hunting
The men thought she should be married.


Zhoh  (Bird Girl’s father)




Na’ Zhuu (Bird Girl’s mother)




Daagoo




Gwich’ in (The People)







Use the following matrix to organize your thoughts and reflections.

Character & Description
 Your Thoughts
Author's Description
Bird Girl



Zhoh (Bird Girl's father)



Daagoo



Gwich'in


Bird Girl 3 & 4


When You Walk into the Long House . . .

A student said, "You can put it on the blog." AH. They were writing descriptive paragraphs.

When you walk into the long house its like our ancestors are still there watching us dance. When you touch a blanket it feels like silk it’s also so warm. When you’re outside you can still hear the drums and the proud singing dancers. Then when we’re dancing you can see the crowed enjoying the dance and clapping. So if you come here you have to watch us dance. If you ever go to a potlatch you have to try fried bread. When they’ re making it the scent drifts through out the room. When I taste my sister’s fried bread it makes me melt because it’s so good.  Some times the reason we’re having a potlatch is because some one made a totem pole. They make them look so proud and when I touch it feels like I’m touching my ancestors.  You also see the little kids having so much fun and laughing to. I think all the dancers are having fun and dancing because it’s their heritage. So if you ever come here you have to watch us dance.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Day At The Beach

English Assignment: Assisted several students by reading beach poetry and watching a beach video to tap into their senses. Then looking at the use of  "there" in writing
A Day At The Beach
It was just a normal day in Metlakatla, and I decided to go down to the beach just below the Sandy Park, located by the market. But, to actually describe the day it wasn’t so normal, for it was sunny, and usually it is rainy. But today, this was not so. I looked around, and there were not a lot of trees around, well at least not pine trees. It wasn’t really a rocky beach but you could see quite a bit of rocks on the small cliff that hits off in the water.

Close by eagles were dancing around in the bright, clear, blue, serene sky. They did their little whistled calls and were swooping down low, probably to catch a fish. I could also see a pod of orca. Around here a mob of crows alighted where a piece of breadcrumbs were. Then I heard the hoarse cries of some seagulls. Their screams always seemed to get annoying. I looked around, and then a putrid smell came to my nose.                                                                                                        
Anyone who wasn’t from here would have been grossed out, but the smell of low tide and fish was really strong sometimes. I heard the waves lapping against the sandy shore.  And you can smell the salty ocean scent. So you can watch the soothing tide.  There’s so many things to beachcomb here I also like to collect shells.  That is why I like to go to a beach.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Teddy Roosevelt_Wilderness Hunter

Reading Teddy Roosevelt's Story
Hunting Trips Ranchman/ Wilderness Hunter In his book The Wilderness Hunter, Roosevelt relays the story of a trapper named Bauman and his brush with what was apparently a Sasquatch. He shared this story Big Foot Encounters  Teddy Roosevelt Bigfoot

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Hunting Trips Ranchman/ Wilderness Hunter In his book The Wilderness Hunter, Roosevelt relays the story of a trapper named Bauman and his brush with what was apparently a Sasquatch. He shared this story Big Foot Encounters  Teddy Roosevelt Bigfoot



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tears of a Tiger_Sharon M. Draper


"Can we go in the hall?" students asked. They are reading Tears
of a Tiger in English Class. Often, we read a chapter together like the characters are talking.
Teacher read You Never Know How You Can Make the Difference

Author: Sharon Draper's Site
Who am I? "I'm a creator, a visionary, a poet. I approach the world with the eyes of an artist, the ears of a musician, and the soul of a writer," shared Sharon.

Alaska Fishermen Rescue Orca Whale

Alaska Fishermen Rescue Orca

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Word Work_Visuword_Frayer Model


Race of the Savage Seas Vocabulary
  • Write the words listed below in your notebook.
  • Record 2 other words that are similar (synonyms).
  • Use Visuword a visual dictionary and thesaurus as a resource.
  • Having difficulty, "Maybe the word is not spelled right," a student shared.
Words highlighted in blue will be defined using the Frayer Model
  1. disintegrate
  2. caulking
  3. undaunted
  4. circumnavigation
  5. perilous
  6. curvature
  7. indomitable
  8. enigmatic 
  9. sinister
  10.  fatigue

Type your word in the top right hand search bar.

The screen becomes transformed.
Look at the succeeding colors to clarify the type of words. Visuwords Directions

Frayer Model 


The purpose of the Frayer Model (Frayer, 1969; Buehl, 2001) is to identify and define unfamiliar vocabulary.
  • Think out loud as you try to come up with examples and non examples. 
  •  The model helps students understand words in context. 
  • Practice the strategies is solo or in pairs.
a variation is to give students a completed chart minus the keyword and they have to figure it out.