Tag Archives: words

Letters in the hood

Today in class I gave the students a vocabulary test of 100 words from To Kill A Mockingbird. They have had a list of the words since we started reading the book. The vocabulary test was filled with photos I … Continue reading

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Though it looks like dinner, it’s really our supper.

This morning in advisory, we made pancakes to celebrate the end of February—the shortest month of the year, the longest month of the year. Definitely a calendrical paradox. The pancakes were warm, filled with chocolate chips, covered with bountiful maple … Continue reading

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Contraformagraphist

The photo above is the epigraph at the beginning of Fahrenheit 451. We have talked a lot about this in class including the fact that Juan Ramon Jimenez was my favorite author in 6th grade after I read his Platero … Continue reading

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Quidnunc gifts: I

I continue to read the Quidnunc by Robert F. Bartley (see the Quidnunc post). His diction can sometimes be obscure and he sometimes uses words I have never heard before. I look them up fully expecting that they do not … Continue reading

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Hard, but not as hard as the hardest thing imaginable

Bradbury’s diction is quite recognizable. His penchant for consonants and invented words makes for a unique accessibility for 8th graders. His “contrasedative” that is given to Mildred to get her back to her normal shallow self, imagined “upflailing” arms of … Continue reading

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Paradox about paradox

Yesterday in my afternoon class we were discussing Part I of Fahrenheit 451. We were examining the paradoxes both in content and in style/ diction that Bradbury uses and why. In a conversation the day before, DS mentioned that this … Continue reading

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Rail foamers

I learned a new double word today from one of my students. She was telling the story of how her Dad and everyone on his side of the family (and now she includes herself) are rail foamers, people who are … Continue reading

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Who knew?

Before settling in and getting going on some artwork, I emptied my briefcase from work—mostly files and miscellaneous papers, much of which got trashed. Then I pulled out a blue-covered compilation that one of my students handed me on the … Continue reading

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“What Bee Did” by Julie Larios

Bee not only buzzed. When swatted at, Bee deviled, Bee smirched. And when fuddled, like many of us, Bee labored, Bee reaved. He behaved as well as any Bee can have. Bee never lied. Bee never lated. And despite the … Continue reading

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What happens when 8th graders are only a few weeks from graduation

We took a vocabulary test today. I think my students are ready for summer… When we use the word caliber in reference to a person, what are we referring to? How big they are around? Their waist size? What is … Continue reading

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