Wednesday, December 19, 2007

ROAR Term III Fiction Books

Hard to imagine, but over break you should get started on ROAR #3. I am suggesting the following books to begin and will give some personal suggestions later.

For this term, keep an active reading journal for your ROAR reading. Stop after every 10 pages and
1: compose a summary of plot/characters
2: identify difficult vocabulary or phrases
3: ask questions.

There will be periodic checks on your journals, so do keep up with your reading and writing.

Some books will contain language, sexuality, drug or alcohol use and violence that may offend students, parents or teachers. Please use proper discretion in selecting a title that you, your folks and I would all endorse. Also, since some works appear on our Summer Reading List, or the work has been adapted into a overshadowing film adaptation, all books must be approved.

Click on the links below for book selections. Remember to read the first few pages on before making a trip to the library.

NOTE #2:
Some of the books listed below are memoir/non-fiction. They will not count, so please be sure to select a fiction book.



Dystopian Literature

Take care when you go to the library...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Revised Culture Vulture Sheet

The older links are not working. Here is a new sheet for the 2nd Term. Happy hunting.

Friday, November 2, 2007

ROAR Science and Technology Suggestions

ROAR Science and Technology Prime Selections
Dewey Classification 500-600
Library of Congress Q & T

Bradshaw, Gillian. The Sand-Reckoner. New York, Forge: 2000. A youthful Archimedes comes into his own as a mathematician, an engineer, and a fascinating human being in this engaging novel.

Brown, David. Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. Whose idea was it?--the human stories and faces behind American scientific and technological innovations and achievements.

Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Broadway, 2003. A renowned travel writer brings complex scientific concepts to life by describing how the universe and life as we know it came to be.

Fagan, Brian. The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850. New York: Basic Books, 2002. Fagan provides a fascinating look at how climate change influenced the course of the last thousand years of Western history. He highlights climate’s profound influence on the Viking discovery of North America, the Industrial and French Revolutions, and the Irish Potato Famine.

Flannery, Sarah. In Code: A Mathematical Journey. New York: Workman Publishing, 2001. One teenager’s discoveries in the science of cryptography dramatically impact the modern world.

Hawking, Steven. The Universe in a Nutshell. New York: Bantam, 2001. The physics guru illuminates startling new theories about our world in a lavishly illustrated sequel to A Brief History of Time.

Horvitz, Leslie A. Eureka!: Scientific Breakthroughs That Changed the World. New York: Wiley, 2002. Horvitz explores the dramatic events and thought processes of twelve great minds that lead to profound scientific discoveries. The author examines the impact of these discoveries on the way we live, think, and view the world around us.

Hoyt, Erich and Ted Schultz, eds. Insect Lives. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. Erich and Schultz compiled a diverse collection of brief essays and illustrations that entice readers to explore the fascinating and mysterious world of insects.

Judson, Olivia. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: the Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2002. A “Dear Abby” style science column that answers the who, what, when, where, why, and how of a fascinating variety of sexual activity for all creatures, great and small.

Krauss, Lawrence. Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to life on the Earth and Beyond. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 2001. Follow a single oxygen atom on a fantastic voyage from the beginning of the universe and far into the future.

Lambrecht, Bill. Dinner at the New Gene Café: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food. New York: St. Martin Press, 2001. Lambrecht traces the scientific and political controversies surrounding the use of genetically modified organisms and the food we eat.

Livio, Mario. The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number. New York: Broadway Books, 2002. A captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics; this ratio, 1.6180339887... impacts so many facets of our lives that it has fascinated us through the ages.

Nash, Madeline. El Nino: Unlocking the Secrets of the Master Weather Maker. New York: Warner, 2002. Hard work and chance lead to the discovery of El Nino and La Nina, powerful climactic systems that we still struggle to understand.

Nolen, Stephanie. Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002. The history of women in aviation and as astronauts is revealed in this compelling story.

Porter, Roy. Madness: A Brief History. New York: Oxford U.P., 2002. What is meant when we say, “madness?” Examine the wide range of possibilities this question covers, from witches to electric shock therapy to Prozac.

Preston, Richard. The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story. New York: Random House, 2002. A striking portrait of smallpox makes readers uncomfortably aware that it could rise again as a biological weapon of mass destruction.

Rigden, John S. Hydrogen: The Essential Element. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U.P., 2002. A fascinating history is revealed in this probe of a scientific giant, the hydrogen atom.

Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. New York: Norton, 2003. Discover the amazing life-after-death adventures of human bodies in this examination of how medical and research scientists use cadavers to make our lives better.

Sobel, Dava. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. New York: Walker and Company, 1995. The little known story behind the greatest innovation in navigational science; an 18th century version of the GPS.

Stark, Peter. Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance. New York: Ballantine, 2001. Whether the danger is hypothermia, mountain sickness, or cerebral malaria, this blend of adventure and science takes you to the absolute edges of human endurance.

Strauch, Barbara. Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Help Us About Our Kids. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Ever wonder what makes teens tick? A tour of the teenage brain reveals startling new research about this pivotal and exciting time of life.

Sykes, Bryan. The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry. New York: Norton, 2001. Fascinating mitochondrial DNA evidence supports the idea that almost all modern Europeans are descended from just seven women.

Tobin, James. Great Projects: The Epic Story of the Building of America from the Taming of the Mississippi to the Invention of the Internet. New York: Free Press, 2001. Milestones of engineering and vision that connected us and moved a nation forward.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Raisin in the Sun Movie Trailer

Watch the trailer for A Raisin in the Sun. The style is quite different from today's movies, but it has the same purpose to persuade you into watching the film.

Be sure to know how to use these terms when reading the film!

Theater/Film Vocabulary

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ROAR Rubrics and Requirements

As you enjoy your outside reading, here are the basic ROAR requirements:

ROAR Grading Rubric

ROAR Response Requirements

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ROAR Exemplars

As you are working on your ROAR biography reviews, here are two fine examples from last year:



Friday, October 12, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fun w/ Of Mice and Men

This might be before your time, but here are the Animaniacs:

Sylvester (stop calling me George!) takes on Steinbeck:

Biography Suggestions

Remember to use the Boston Library catalog to search for books and request them sent to the branch closest to your home. Happy searching! Leave a comment if you have good suggestions on where or how to find books.

The site from class:

Denver Library has 2 good pages

other sites:

Friday, September 28, 2007

Of Mice and Men Study Questions

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5/6:

Character Chart:

Plot Table:

Culture Vulture

Here are the handouts for Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture Questions

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/6-9/11 Handouts

1st Day Index Card

ELA Needs Instructions

Culture Vulture Notes

Welcome to ELA 9

Here is our class blog. I will post our handouts on this page, so if you miss school or misplace your work you can easily make up your assignments.

If you have the time, here is a beautiful film version of "Old Man and the Sea"

Part One:

Part Two: