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Today Miss Lamb will read us Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree.  We will write our reactions and then discuss the messages of the book.

 
 
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What are you grateful for today?

Ready, set...WRITE!

 
 
Look back on the introductory information on the Wife of Bath from the Prologue. What morals or themes do you think her tale will illustrate? (Yes, Brian, you should write your predictions in your Bellwork!)
 
 
One of the first things we will do with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is a read around--everyone will choose his or her favorite line from the prologue.  Then we will read them aloud, going around the room.  For your bellwork, choose your favorite line or lines and be prepared to share.
 
 
Reflect back on your Beowulf/Grendel essay.  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  What will you do differently next time? 
 
 
Commonyms:  As the name implies, in these riddles you must find the common thread or trait in the three listed items.

1.  A bride and groom, a boat and trailer, a horse and buggy
2.  A broadway musical, a motion picture, a sports page
3.  A bull, a car, a shoesalesman
4.  A butcher shop, a horse race, a horseshoe pit
5.  A cap, a bond, a bridge
6.  A car, a tree, an elephant
7.  A car, an aquarium, an army
8.  A cavity, a donut, a prescription
9.  A cell, a comet, an atom
10.  A checkbook, a tire, a scale
 
 
Copy the following quote, then write your response.  If you are unsure of how to respond, use the questions below the quote to guide you.

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire

+What does this quote mean?
+Do you agree or disagree?  Why?
+Can you think of any instances in history to which this quote would apply?
 
 
Use any time in class to read Grendel or work on The Canterbury Tales.
 
 
READ GRENDEL!  Chapters 11-12.
 
 
CONSECUTIVE CLASS:
The word little has two t's in a row.  The word balloon has two l's in a row and two o's in a row.  Brainstorm as many words as you can that contain two sets of two letters in a row.   Can you think of any words tha contain three sets of two letters in a row?