Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day Fifty-Five (12/15-16)

Good morning English 9 students!

Hopefully today is a bit more back to normal for everyone.

Today’s Journal is the last time you will see DOL before the new year.  Enjoy!

1.) amy asked who borrowed my eraser
2.) dallas, dans dog, has ate all of his food
3.) laura and rebekah brung water on they’re hike
4.) lets ride our bikes to the lake it will take a hour
5.) mr poppers penguins is my favorite book
6.) robin and ted have went running for too miles
7.) i go to fielder high school
8.) are you cheering for the mustangs or the tigers at the football game

-Mr. Ruggles

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day Fifty-Four (12/14)

Wow!  What a snow storm...hope that you enjoyed digging out yesterday.

If you were here on Friday:
Write about the interview with Sherman Alexie.  Please recall at least eight facts from the video that you remember.

If you were not here on Friday:
Then please free write about your wonderful weekend in the snow.

-Mr. Ruggles

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day Fifty-Two (12/10)

Happy Friday!

Last year President Obama spoke to a small group of 9th grade students, much like you all, in Arlington, Virginia.  He had these words to say: "I've been hearing a lot about young people who, you know, they're posting stuff on Facebook and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody's done a search and, you know, so that's some practical political advice," Obama said (Citation URL).

Question #1: What are your thoughts about this quote?
Question #2: What should or should not students be posting online?  Why?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day Fifty-One (12/8-9)

Good morning,

I hope that things are going well for you.  Only one more serious writing day on these essays left - TODAY!  Tomorrow we move to something different for a short break in the action.

Your DOL sentences for today:

  1. him and me are going to the library to check out the book the boxcar children           
  2. christmas is my favorite holiday
  3. the show that you wants to watch is on today it begins at 430
  4. mr davis, the butcher, cut turkey ham and cheese for us
  5. dr rhodes said that my stomachache was from eating to many candy bars
  6. watch out for that bus
  7. i dont understand how he done the math problem
  8. ms henning, my teacher, will gets married this april

-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day Fifty (12/7)

Happy Tuesday!

I hope your work day yesterday was very, very productive.  Today I thought we should get back to the basics once again with DOL.  Please fix these eight sentences.

1. there family has went to the yellowstone national park
2. his homework it is in his backpack
3. dr stevens lives at 3434 old forge lane
4. dont forget to turn the stove off after cooking
5. gabriel said i returned the library book last tuesday
6. we listened to the song cherish on the radio
7. he dont want seconds of the tuna salad
8. the flight attendant said put your tray tables upright and fasten your seat belts


-Mr. Ruggles

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day Forty-Nine (12/6)

Good morning class!

Reminder that there are sub notes in Mr. Ruggles > Share Folder > Sub Notes

As we are about to begin a very good book I want you this morning to reflect on this quote:

"If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing."
Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Your questions: What does this quote mean to you?  Does it apply?  How?

Have a great Monday writing.

-Mr. Ruggles

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day Forty-Eight (12/3)

Happy Friday,

I thought we would take a little trip down memory lane and try out some D.O.L. or Daily Oral Language.  You need to copy down the sentences and then change them to be grammatically correct.

1.          did you hear mother calling you to dinner
2.          the meeting starts at 915
3.          me and marcos will ride the bus together
4.          him don’t know anyone named james
5.          she bought apples carrots and cereal
6.          mary she is going to be late for the lesson
7.          my dad taked my sisters bike to be fixed
8.        he knowed what his homework was

Good luck!

-Mr. Ruggles

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day Forty-Seven (12/2)

1.) What do you want to be when you grow up? - What is your dream?

2.) Do you think that you will use writing to accomplish that dream?  If so, how?  If not, why not?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day Forty-Six (11/30)
Happy Snow & Ice,

Describe your favorite memory involving snow.

Use as many descriptive sentences as possible.

Minimum of ten sentences!

-Mr. Ruggles

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day Forty-Five (11/29)

Over the weekend you should have completed your final project over The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time.  As we move forward into our second unit today, any lingering thoughts about this book?

What did you enjoy about reading it?
What did you not enjoy?
What things did you learn?
What will you remember about this book in the future?


-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day Forty-Three (11/23)

Happy day before break!

Your questions for today:
How has having the laptops changed your education?
How has it helped?  How has it hindered?
Should we continue this program for next year?  Why or why not?

-Mr. Ruggles

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day Forty-Three (11/22)

Good morning Ninth Graders,

My one question for you this morning:
What do you believe are the expectations for an essay in 9th grade?
          *Please be as specific as you can be and list as many as you can think of

-Mr. Ruggles

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day Forty-Two (11/19)

Happy Friday!

You should have finished CI and today please respond to one or two of the following questions:

What do you have to say about the writer’s style?
What would you ask the writer if you had a chance?
How might others (e.g., colonial settlers, women) interpret the piece?
What other pieces/books does this remind you of? Why?
Does anyone see this piece from a different perspective? What perspective and why?

-Mr. Ruggles

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day Forty-One (11/17-18)

In CI Christopher has a very vivid dream at his mother's house in London.

For today, tell me about your dreams.  Are they in color?  Do certain people keep coming up?  What often happens in them?  

Reminder - keep this school appropriate!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day Forty (11/16)

In CI Christopher does something that he did not want to do - travel to London.  He faced his fear and in the end overcomes it.

For your journal entry today write about one of your fears OR write about a time when you had to do something that you did not want to do.


-Mr. Ruggles

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day Thirty-Nine (11/15)

Good morning,

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and that you enjoyed the snow too!

Your question for today:
Over the weekend you read about Christopher beginning his trip to London.  Tell me about a memorable trip that you have taken and how you got there - train, car, boat, helicopter.

Please continue to remember that spelling, grammar, etc. all count!

-Mr. Ruggles

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day Thirty-Eight (11/12)

Happy Friday,

Today's journal topic:

Write about anything for the required time. 
    *Minimum of EIGHT good sentences.  Spelling, grammar, etc. all count.  Finally, make sure that it is school appropriate!


-Mr. Ruggles

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day Thirty-Seven (11/10)

Good morning students,

I hope you enjoyed your workday yesterday.  Please note that you need to complete your homework outside of class and that coming to class with it not finished will result in a poor grade in the future.  Please also keep up with your reading.

Today we will be moving forward on our discussion of relationships in popular culture and then we can turn our eyes to CI tomorrow to apply our knowledge.  For today's journal I want you to reflect on these four different questions (they should look familiar):

"Dawson's Creek" - Joey and Jack
    1.) Describe the relationship (what you see, hear, feel, etc.)
    2.) What characteristics make this an example of a good relationship?
    3.) What characteristics make this an example of a bad/poor relationship?
    4.) What can you learn from this relationship?

To answer these questions I have a clip from a popular 90's television show called "Dawson's Creek."  Please direct your eyes to the SMART Board....


The two main characters here are Jack and Joey.  Please answer the four questions above in your English 9 Journal.  Reminder that spelling, punctuation, and grammar all count.


-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day Thirty-Six (11/9)

Good morning students,

I hope that you enjoyed your extended three day weekend. 

My question for you today is this:
What did you do over your three day weekend?
        *Six sentence minimum

Remember to write in complete sentences, check your spelling and grammar and continue on in the same Pages Journal Document.

-Mr. Ruggles

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day Thirty-Five (11/5)

Happy Friday!

Pull out your books and open up to chapter number 151 in CI (page #100).  Wait for further directions.

Your questions for today:

1.) Why do you think that Christopher would write this chapter?
2.) Why would Mark Haddon, the author, want to include this chapter in the book?
    +Consider the point of this chapter...What does this chapter accomplish?

Thanks!  Please remember to use complete sentences and double check your spelling and grammar. 

When you are done:
Save your journal
Put it into Mr. Ruggles > Dropbox
Study silently for your reading quiz over pages 48-102

-Mr. Ruggles

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day Thirty-Four (11/4)

Good morning and happy Thursday,

In the next section of CI reading for Friday Christopher talks about love.  What is love anyway?  Many people have tried to define this very unique feeling.  Take a stab at it with these four questions:

1.) What is love?
2.) Describe what love looks like to an absolute alien from another planet.
3.) Why would you want to love someone?
4.) Do you believe in love at first sight?

Please remember to continue on in the same English 9 Journal.  Grammar and Spelling do count!

-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day Thirty-Three (11/2)

In your reading last night you found out something very shocking and unexpected about Christopher’s mother.  Put yourself in Christopher’s shoes:
1.) How would you react to the news?
2.) Would you continue your investigation?
3.) What would you say to your dad the next time you saw him?

Please remember looking at the journal examples yesterday!

-Mr. Ruggles

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day Thirty-Two (11/1)

Happy November!

In CI on pages 46-47 Christopher writes about his “Behavioral Problems.”  Even though some of the items on this list may seem peculiar or odd to you each and every one of us has unique likes and dislikes. 

Make a list of five of your own dislikes and five likes using Christopher’s list as a guide.


-Mr. Ruggles

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day Thirty-One (10/29)

Spend four minutes reviewing the CI pages 1-21 for your quiz OR finishing up/improving other journal entries from earlier in the week.

No talking please.  Thanks!

Then follow directions on your journal & quiz.

-Mr. Ruggles

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day Thirty (10/27-10/28)

Good morning,

Happy Middle/End of the Week!  Please pull up your English 9 Journal and respond to the questions below:

1. Tuesday at the end of class we watched a YouTube video about Asperger's Syndrome. Please list any facts, ideas, or images that you remember from the video.

2. Using the knowledge that you have gained over the past few days describe Asperger's Syndrome in as few words as possible.

You have less time today, so work quickly.

-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day Twenty-Nine (10/26)

Happy rainy morning,

I hope everyone had a great night last evening and completed their homework - remember three links or resources around Asperger's Syndrome.  As we continue reading Curious Incident today my questions for you - and it is something that we have looked at before - are this:

1. What is individual identity?
Describe to me what it looks like, why it is important, etc.

2. Why is individual identity important?
Describe what the world would look like if we didn't have individual identity, etc.

That's all folks.  Please put this in your English 9 Journal Pages document. 

Do NOT drop this when you are finished.  Thanks!

-Mr. Ruggles

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day Twenty-Eight (10/25)

Mr. and Mrs. Ruggles
Good morning English 9 Students,

I hope that your MEA Break was restful and relaxing and that everything went well during the five days that I was gone.  I had a lot of fun getting married and going on my honeymoon, check out the picture on the right, but now it's back to business as usual.

For pretty much the rest of the year we will be doing daily journal entries at the beginning of every class period.  Your role is to come in, get seated, open your MacBook, get onto this blog and look for the question of the day.  It will be labeled with the day number we are on and the date.  Then open up your Pages document where you will be saving all these entries, title today's post, and start writing your response. 

Normally you will not have this many questions or this much time to reflect, but today I really want you to spend some quality time getting back into it after your long break, thinking, and reflecting.

Questions to answer today:
1.) Please describe the events for me of last Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in class and on your field trip
2.) Please explain to me eight things that you learned over these last five school days.
3.) What fun things did you do over MEA?
4.) Any questions about my wedding?
5.) Any questions about English 9 moving forward...End of the Quarter in 10 school days

Please save your Pages Document as:          English9_LastName_Journal

Enjoy writing...please have fun...we will talk in a bit.

-Mr. Ruggles