Friday, September 19, 2014

Creating Power

Today, we are exploring symbolism, and how writers use symbols to convey powerful messages and meanings. In Joan Bauer's short story, we can see sharks not as sea creatures, but in the face of Madge, in the store manager, and possibly even in the police officer. These characters try to attack Beth in different ways--they are symbolically like sharks!

You took your third vocabulary quiz today, in which you read a crazy story about your (normally) sane teachers, and you had to annotate the story using our five words from the week.

Our quote for the day is from a novel we'll read later on in the year, Habibi, by Naomi Shihab Nye: "Let's believe together in a world where no one is either inside or outside, yes?"

Our word of the day was symbolism, which means the practice of using an object or a visual to represent an idea or a character.

Have a fabulous weekend! The only homework is to begin thinking about what your short story might include. No need to write anything over the weekend, as we'll explore our first big (and creative!) writing project next week. Have fun, and get outside! (But watch out for the Jello-O aliens.)


  1. Hi Mr. Reynolds!
    I found this website called free rice. It is sort of like the hunger site you told us about. You answer questions that have to do with education and every question you answer right, they donate 10 grains of rice. I thought you would like to hear about it. Here is a link to the website-
    You can also go to the top bar and change the subjects. There's english ( yay!), math launguages and geography, and others. See you on Monday!
    Philippa Harvey
    P.S. You dont have to be a member or sign up in order to answer questions and donate rice! But if you want to become a memeber, you can keep track of how much rice you've donated..and it is free!!!

  2. "Don't worry" I said. "This is kid is definitely coming home." Chapter seven page 61. I think this line is the most important because it not only shows the significance of the kid and the boy and how they look so much a like. But it also shows how he cares now and will help them. Which I think will be a major part in the book. There are many important lines in this chapter this is just one if the major ones. -- Kellie Sundeen