Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 23 (5/18)

Reflect on the Group Activity (about who's going to the concert) we did at the end of class yesterday. 

1. How did you respond to what seemed like chaos? 

2. What role did you play in finding the solution? 

3. As a group, what were some things you did well? 

4. What are some things that hindered progress?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 22 (5/17)

Imagine a friend of yours is standing outside a classroom and making fun of another student. He is mocking him endlessly for the way he looks, and you can tell the teasing is starting to get to the other boy. You are standing next to your friend while the teasing is going on, but say nothing. Are you guilty of bullying as well? Why or why not?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 19 (5/11)

Think of a time you have heard two different versions of the same story. Write about the that time telling each of the stories and who is telling each story.

Which version is more believable? Why?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day Fifty (5/10)

In Speak on page 148 there is a new list of "Ten More Lies They Tell You in High School."

Which of these do you agree with? Why?
Which of them do you not agree with? Why?

Please make sure to write in complete sentences!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day Forty-Seven (5/4-5)

Think about a time when you changed your look, hair, or style.

What made you decide to do this?
How did others react to you because of the change?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 14 (5/3)

Perhaps you've heard the term "branching out." What do you think it means? 

When have you ever "branched out"? If never, why?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 12 (4/29)

- How do people communicate when they are not talking or using written language?

- Come up with as many ways as possible.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 11 (4/27)

Write about a time when you chose to be silent.

Why were you silent? How did your silence make others feel? In the long run, was it an effective strategy?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 9 (4/25)

Describe high school society?  What are the groups you see?  How easy is it to join one of these groups?  How important is it to “belong”?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day Thirty-Nine (4/20-21)

If you were a teacher...
1.) What subject would you teach? Why?
2.) How would you teach? 
3.) What would you do differently from the teachers you've had in the past?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 6 (4/19)

Describe your first day of 9th grade.

What was it like? How was it different from your last school?

What types of new people did you meet or see?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day Thirty-Four (4/11)

Reflect on Spring Break with:
Three highs
Three lows

Write about your experiences on break, what you liked, what you didn't like, etc.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day Thirty-Two (3/29)

Why do you take notes?
How do you take notes?
How do you decide what is note worthy?
How do you organize your notes?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day Thirty (3/25)

Remember "The Necklace" short story that we read in class?  Here are your questions for today:

-Why does Loisel conceal the truth in the story?
-Would you? Why or why not?

-Would you reveal the truth ten years later?
-Why or why not?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day Twenty-Nine (3/23-24)

Does it ever occur to you that sometimes things happen by chance?  That sometimes there really doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason to anything happening.  My questions for you today is this:

Do you think that life is defined by "chance"?
Why or why not?
Provide an example to back up your thoughts.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day Twenty-Three (3/14)

In 28 days you all have a test.  What is this test?  Why are you taking it?  What do you remember about first semester that you need to remember on test day?  What are some keys to success?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day Twenty (3/7)

How would you react if you woke up as a bug?
What would you do?
How would your family react?
What if you stayed that way for a long period of would life be different?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day Eighteen (3/2-3)

What is a National Holiday?
Why do we have National Holidays?
What are some weird National Holidays?
What are today's National Holidays?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day Seventeen (3/1)

What is the importance of hair?
Why do people care so much how they look?
What is your hair style?
Who and where do you cut your hair?
List as many hair styles you can name...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day Sixteen (2/28)

Reflect on the ending of the short story we read...
-How did it end?
-Were they happy?
-How do the magi fit into it all?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day Fifteen (2/24-25)

Why do we give gifts?
What is the most expensive gift you have ever given?
Have you ever sold something to give someone else a gift?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day Fourteen (2/23)

Reflecting on PT Indian:

1.) If you could change one thing in the book - what would it be and why?
2.) What recommendations do you have for Alexie if he were to write another young adult book?
3.) Did the illustrations help you understand the book?  Why or why not?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day Thirteen (2/22)

How did the rough draft of your theme essay go?
What problems are you having?
What questions do you have?
How can I assist you?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day Twelve (2/18)

Reactions to the end of the book...
-Did you like it?  Why or why not?
-Was there a resolution?
-Did you think playing basketball really mended the relationship?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day Eleven (2/16-17)

What is your reaction to Mary dying?

Did you see it coming?  Why or why not?

How would you feel?

Do you think it is Junior's fault?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day Ten (2/15)

Good morning students.  Yes, I am gone today helping out with the lottery (aka how new students get into our school district).  Please have a great day with the sub.

REMEMBER - Instructions for today are in Mr. Ruggles > Share Folder > Sub Notes 2/15

Today's question:
Last night you read about Junior playing the rematch basketball game against Rowdy.  In the end they ended up winning.  However, at the end of the chapter Junior remarks that he felt shame: "I was crying tears of shame" (196).

Why does Junior feel shame after beating his biggest rivals?
What does this mean about Junior's future with Rowdy?
Would you feel shame in that situation?  Why or why not?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day Nine (2/14)

Everyone at some point in their life gets made fun of and called names.  In college my friends gave me a hard time because I had to dress up to go to work and they were wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  In PT Indian Junior is constantly being made fun of.  His friends from the Rez do not leave him alone - except at the Wake.  He sometimes gets called an Apple - red on the outside and white on the inside.  Other people may also be called Oreos, weird, crazy, different, or any number of other names.

What advice would you give Junior to overcome this name calling? 
What do you do when people look at you different or call you names? 
How do you get through?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day Seven (2/9-10)

The last chapter that you read/reviewed for today was only two pages long (pages 150-151).

1.) Explain the meaning of the title - "And a Partridge in a Pear Tree"
2.) What does Junior realize about his dad
3.) There are no images in this chapter - Why do you think this is?  What image/images would you add if there needed to be some?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day Six (2/8)

Free write about anything school appropriate for the time. 

Eight sentence minimum.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day Five (2/7)

Happy Super Bowl Monday!

In the next chapter we figure out the meaning of the title of this book - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Even though you may not have read this chapter yet, try to figure out what the title means.  Use evidence from the book to support your thoughts. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day Four (2/4)

Consider Junior's situation at the end of our reading lately - He likes Penelope, but both of his friends don't think he has a shot.

What type of relationship advice would you give Junior so that he could improve/have/get a relationship with Penelope?  Why would you give that advice?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day Three (2/2-3)

In PT Indian Penelope states that she is dating Junior only because he "is something different" and that it "annoys her father."

Describe a few times when you did something only because it was different or because you knew it would annoy your parents.  What was their reaction?  What happened in the end because of your actions?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day Two (2/1)

In our pages read for today Junior receives an e-mail from his sister.  She could have called, but she didn't.  Why?

In what different ways do you communicate with people?
Are they different based on who you are talking to?
Do you still hand write letters?
Who do you text?
Who do you call?
Who do you Skype?
Why do you use the different formats?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day One (1/31)

Happy Snowy Second Semester!

Welcome to the second half of English 9.  It is crazy to think that half the year is already over.  Semester grades are in the books and we are halfway through.  Congratulations! As we look forward to the rest of the school year are you excited? Nervous? Or is it same old same old?

Your pondering journal questions this morning are these:
What is a goal?
Why do you make goals?
Are they useful?
Why or why not?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day Seventy (1/26-27)

No matter where you are in the book pick and answer these questions three below:

What are your thoughts so far? Like/Dislike? Why?
Who is your favorite character? Why?
What is your prediction for Junior's time at Reardan? Go well/Not go well? Why?

Make sure to explain your thoughts!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day Sixty-Nine (1/25)

Remember the Five Paragraph Essay?

Write out the complete structure and descriptions for each of the five paragraphs.

Hook - Attention Getting Sentence
Connection -
Thesis -

Body Paragraph One
Topic Sentence -

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day Sixty-Eight (1/24/11)

Good morning and Happy Monday!

1.) Do you like to have discussions over what you are reading? Why or why not?
2.) Are there specific types of discussions that you like to have? Maybe you only like to discuss one thing - sports.
3.) Is there a particular way that you find it easier to have a discussion? In person (talking) or online (Facebook/E-mail), which one is easier? Why?

Three questions, two sentences a question = Six sentence minimum response.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day Sixty-Six (1/19)

Junior is very scared to travel to Reardan for school.  It is something unknown and overall a really big change for him and a different direction in his life.  Imagine switching schools all the sudden.  How would you feel?

In six or more sentences describe a time, like Junior, when you were scared to do something.  How did you react?  Why?  What was the outcome or ending?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day Sixty-Five (1/18)

In PT Indian during the last chapter Junior talks a lot about hope.  He says, "I don't know if hope is white. But I do know that hope for me is like some mythical creature: a white horse drawing" (Alexie 51).

What is hope to you?
What does it look like?
If you had an image to describe it, what would that image be?  Why?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day Sixty-Four (1/14)

Google Images
Good morning and happy Friday!

On Monday you do NOT have have school due to a national holiday - MLK Jr.

What do you know about MLK Jr.?

What things did you appreciate about him?

What do you remember him for?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day Sixty-Three (1/12-13)

Yesterday at the end of our reading in PT Indian Junior ends up throwing his thirty year old Geometry textbook at Mr. P.  Considering his reaction, please think about how you would react if we handed you a thirty year old textbook.  What would you do?  What about if we handed you a thirty year old computer?  What about then?  Why would you react in that way?  Would you react differently to each situation?  Why?  What do you think Junior does next?  What would you do next?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day Sixty-Two (1/11)

What do Candide, Moll Flanders, Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have in common?.....Answer: They have all been banned.

Questions for today:

What is a banned book?
Why would a book need to banned?
Do you think books should be banned?  Why or why not?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day Sixty-One (1/10)

Good morning,

Do you ever wish that you could draw something and then it would magically appear in front of you?  For instance, what if you could draw a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a fist full of twenty dollar bills and then perform some magic trick and make it real.  How cool would that be? 

So, if this was some power that you had - what would you draw and then perform a magic trick and it would be real?  Why would you choose that one item?  How would it help you in the future?

-Mr. Ruggles

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day Sixty (1/7)

Good morning students,

"There is another world, but it is in this one." - W.B. Yeats

Respond to this quote with your thoughts - six sentence minimum.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day Fifty-Nine (1/6)

Your questions for the day:

What does it mean to be a student?  What are your responsibilities?  What should you do in class?  What should you not do?  What are some things we can do to improve this specific core two class?

-Mr. Ruggles

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day Fifty-Eight (1/4)

Write down everything you know about riddles.

If you know nothing then research them and figure out what they are!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day Fifty-Seven (1/3)

Happy Monday after break!

For your journal entry today you have two choices:
Choice One - Write about some of the interesting and fun things you did over break.

Choice Two - What New Year's Resolutions did you make?  How do you intend on keeping them? Why did you make them?

-Mr. Ruggles