Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lesson 17: Fact Monster Scavenger Hunt Game

Lesson taught on December 18

Today we are going to play a game in teams. We will practice using our search, locate, and communicate skills

Here are the things we will do:

Five Minutes: Ms. Angie's Mini-Lesson
Forty Minutes: The game
Ten Minutes: Share strategies that worked.

Ms. Angie’s Mini-Lesson


Practice Question 1 : First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who was married to Abraham Lincoln, gave birth to four sons

-- but only one son lived to adulthood. Which son lived to adulthood?

Circle his name below.


Robert Todd Lincoln

Edward Baker Lincoln

William Wallace Lincoln

Thomas Lincoln

“______________________________.” _____________________.
Title of Article Title of Web site

__________. ______________. <___________>


Practice Question 2: How many months did the earliest Roman calendar have?

ANSWER: ________________________


“______________________________.” _____________________.
Title of Article Title of Web site

__________. ______________. <___________>



Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lesson 16: Survivor Story Lesson

Taught on December 13, 2007

SECTION ONE: Finishing the work from Tuesday


We are going to continue the lesson that Ms. Jackie began on Tuesday today. The steps that you should follow in this lesson are:

1. Open a search engine.

2. Use keywords to find a survival story.

Hint: Find a true story about someone who was lost and who had to survive until he or she was rescued.

3. Write the URL of the site where you found your story on your worksheet.

5. Write a brief, three line summary about the story.

5. Find two DIFFERENT sources about the same story.

Hint: You might need to write the person's name into a search engine to find more sources.

6. Write the URL of all three sources into the Word document.

7. Beside each URL, write what kind of source it is and why you trust it.

SECTION TWO: The PowerPoint

**Only when you completely finish the worksheet**

Now, you will summarize what happened in the stories you read in a PowerPoint that has been added to your English Studies folder. Don't forget that you need to paraphrase information that you get from the site when you summarize the info on your site on the PowerPoint.

SECTION THREE: Writing the article

Finally, you will write a news article about the story based on all you read. The purpose of this article is to inform a specific audience about the story. YOU get to select the audience. Please select from this list of potential audiences:

  • Boy Scouts who will be camping soon
  • Parents of middle school students
  • Middle school students
  • High school students
  • Boy Scout troop leaders
  • Middle school teachers
  • Elementary school children at a summer camp
Type your name and your audience at the top of a Word document. Save it in your English Studies folder, and begin writing your article.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Lesson 15 Dec 11th LOST!!!!

Here's the project for today...

1. Open a search engine.

2. Use keywords to find a survival story.

Find a true story about someone who was lost and had to survive until they were rescued.

3. Open a Word document - save it as "Lost" to your English Studies folder.

4. Copy/paste the url of the story into the Word document.

5. Write a brief (three lines) summary about the story.

5. Find two DIFFERENT sources about the same story.

You might need to copy/paste the person's name into a search engine to find more sources.

6. Paste the urls of all three sources into the Word document.

7. Beside each url, write what kind of source it is and why you trust it.


The Internet gives us access to many different types of sources.

For example, you can find information about topics you're interested in from newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and blogs ALL on the Internet.

How do you think you you can tell what kind of source you're looking at when you open a page on the Internet? Let's look at a few pages and see...
see link for bereahigh.org

Today, we'd like you to work in pairs or groups to see if you can find at least three different types of sources about someone who was lost and had to survive on their own - similar to Brian in Hatchet. But this time, make sure that it's a true story and not fiction - or a hoax!

To figure out if you've got a real "lost" story or a fake one, check your sources -- do they all say the same thing? What is it about the of the source that makes you trust it or distrust it?

If you learn anything new about how to find or evaluate articles, remember to mention them at the end of class when we debrief!

Now get to it! Can't wait to see your LOST stories!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ask Gary!

December 6, 2007

Today, we're going to take a closer look at the author of your novel, Gary Paulsen.

Learning more about the person who wrote a novel can sometimes give you insights into the story that make it more interesting.

After you learn a little about Mr. Paulsen, we'd like for you to think of a question that you would ask him if you met him.

You may share strategies with your "elbow partner", but we would like to have one email from each of you by the end of the class period.

Here are your instructions. Please use the tab in the taskbar to return to this blog to check to see if you've done everything. Have fun!

  1. Open a word document and name it "Gary Paulsen".
  2. Save the document to your home drive in the English Studies folder.
  3. Use a search engine to find a few Websites that tell you about Gary Paulsen.
  4. Read through the Websites to answer the following questions:
    • When and where was Gary Paulsen born?
    • What did he do when he was 14?
    • What sport did he become involved in during the early 1980's?
    • What made him want to become a writer?
    • What question would you like to ask him if you met him?
  5. Write your answers to these questions in the word document.
    • BONUS: Copy and paste a photo of Gary Paulson into your word document.
    • BONUS BONUS: Answer your own question by looking online for interviews with Gary Paulsen
  6. Save your work to your English Studies folder on your Home Directory.
  7. Email your document to jmalloy@clemson.edu
We look forward to reading your questions!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Lesson 13?

Ms. Jackie and I are happy to be back from Austin!  We are looking forward to seeing all our TICA Bulldogs tomorrow in Ms. Gibbs class!

Tomorrow we need to make sure we do a few things.  First of all, some people were absent when we were doing the surveys at the beginning of the semester.  We need to make sure those people take those surveys.  

Secondly, we need to talk about permission forms.  We still need them from some of you, so please be sure to bring those in for us. 

Finally, I am not sure if you guys finished your survival guides yet or if you are still working on them.  Ms. Jackie & I need to talk with Ms. Gibbs to see what you guys are doing right now.  If Ms. Gibbs would like, we might do a lesson involving sending an email attachment.  If you are doing something else right now, Ms. Jackie & I will just do the make up surveys and restart lessons on Thursday.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break and a good week at school last week!  I'm looking forward to seeing you all again tomorrow!

Ms. Angie