Journal Assignment 50 points: Due Tuesday, May 29th. In order to get full points, your journal should be well written. You need to pay attention to all writing six traits. Put your entry in the comment section of this post. Please edit before posting. You will get up to 40 points for your own entry, if it is well done, and ten points for commenting on your classmate’s entries.
Write about a time when you were scared. In the story Overdoing it, the surveyor finds himself in an environment that is unfamiliar to him. He was a stranger in an unfamiliar environment, and was not used to the vast, open spaces. His fear got the better of him. Have you ever found yourself in an unfamiliar environment and let your imagination get the better of you?
Write a story about a time you were really scared.
By the end of the day, I will post your vocab, grammar, and spelling assignment, as well as your social studies and writing. These will be your final assignments for the year. Next week, Monday and Tuesday, will be for make-up.
Overdoing It, and Eleven
Characterization: Direct and Indirect
With Direct Characterization, the author tells readers about the character. With Indirect Characterization, the author reveals characters through speech and actions.
1. On a chart like the one shown, identify some of the key details of characterization for each character.
2. Describe each character in your own words:
3. Which character from these 2 stories seemed the most believable?
4. In which story did you learn more about the character, and why?
Sometimes, the r sound is spelled wr, as in wry. For each word below, write the homophone, another word that sounds the same but has a different meaning and spelling, that begins with wr.
Fluency: Sentence Completions
1. Copy each sentence on your paper. Use one of the following words to complete each one. Use your dictionary, there are good ones on-line, if you don’t know the meaning of the following words. These words were found in Overdoing It, and Eleven.
Prolonged, Meditated, Emaciated, Wry, Foresee, Emerged
1. The hungry dog looked ________.
2. The ceremony was ________ by lengthy speeches.
3. He made a ________ face.
4. The butterfly ________ from its cocoon.
5. The professor ________ on the question.
6. I cannot ________ the future.
A subordinate clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone as a sentence. It is dependent on an independent clause to complete its meaning.
Subordinate clauses usually begin with words such as who, which, that, after, because, before, when, and until. In the following examples, the subordinate clauses are shown in italics. Notice that they do not express a complete thought.
“You may find some peasants over there who haul passengers.”
When papa comes home from work, we will eat cake.
Practice: Copy these sentences on your paper. Underline the subordinate clause in each sentence.
1. It was dusk, when the wagon left the station.
2. He’s noticed already that I’m scared.
3. It takes a few days before you say eleven.
4. She was not upset until she saw the letter.
5. After Rachel left school, she went home.
Complete the following sentences with a subordinate clause.
6. The wagon lurched forward (because) ________.
7. Kim had (until) ________.
8. It was clear ________.
A character description is a written sketch of a character. It conveys a main impression about a character by focusing on his or her major traits. Write a character description about one of the characters from “Overdoing It” or “Eleven.”
If you like, you may come up with your own character, either real or imagined.
Prewriting: Choose your character, and then review the story and find his or her three main character traits. Once again, you can also pick a character from another story you’ve read, or even a real person from your own life. Use a web like the one below to organize your thoughts.
1. Choose a character. (The character can be from Eleven, Overdoing It, or a character that you like from another story you’ve read. It can also be someone from your own life.)
2. Scan over the stories, and identify three main character traits.
3. Continue to scan, or re-read, to find supporting information for each trait, things the character says, thinks, or does, or other information given by the author.
Drafting: Write your description, discussing the three traits you listed. Include brief quotations as part of the evidence that illustrates your point.
Revising: Make sure you have provided evidence for all three traits. Then, proofread for spelling, grammar, and mechanics. The graphic organizer below should help you.