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