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June 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi guys,

This is gonna be my last post for the summer. 6th grade to an end! See ya guys in 7th grade!! :)

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Summary for Walk Two Moons

May 30, 2010 at 10:24 am (Uncategorized)

Salamanca Tree Hiddle is a girl from Idaho. She used to live in a farm with her mother and father. Then, her mother left them. The reason behind this might be that she had a stillborn baby and needed some time alone. But she didn’t come back. Mr. Hiddle and Sal left the farm and headed for Euclid. But Sal had made up her mind. She would look for her mother and bring her back with her. Her Grandparents help her going thorough this metaphorical journey too. While on the journey she tells the story about Phoebe, her best friend Euclid. She loved telling them because underneath Phoebe’s story is hers.

Sal is almost there, with her mother when she sees a crashed bus. Her mother had been there in the same bus, thats what the police says. Her mother had died, she would never come back now. She lay ther peacefully between Aspen trees. Now that she knows her beloved mother isn’t coming back, her family move back to Idaho. Back to  their farm and their old happy life. Huzza Huzza!

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Allusions

May 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm (Uncategorized)

I think that Pandora’s box was a great myth to put in the book. The myth is so related to Sal because all the bad things happened to her like here mother leaving them and then dying. Also her Gram died as well. Even though she went through so much, she had some hope that everything would just be fine. And then, at the end of the book that is what happens. Even though she doesn’t have the people she loved the most, life is going pretty good for her, only because she didn’t give up and kept strong.

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My found Poem about ‘The Lunatic’

May 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm (Uncategorized)

this is the found poem i made. it’s kinda long, i know! :)

“You can never be too careful” Mrs. Winterbottom had said

Standing on the porch was a young man who looked seventeen or eighteen

He seemed nervous

“… into the house with a gun and turn out to be an escaped lunatic”

“Sal, do you detect any signs of lunacy?”

“I want to see Mrs. Winterbottom”

Lying on the top step was a white envelope

Don’t judge a man until you have walked in his moccasins

I believe she thought it came from the potential lunatic

There on the front steps was another white envelope

Everyone has his own agenda

Phoebe thought the messages were spooky

Phoebe was a champion worrier

“Look quick it’s the Lunatic”

“At the cash register”

“Guess what was on the steps” Phoebe said

“Who is doing this?”

In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?

It was Phoebe’s lunatic, coming towards us

“Phoebe Winterbottom, right?”

I was beginning to believe he was a lunatic

“If I see the lunatic once more, I’ll phone the police myself”

Another message appeared

You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your head

“The lunatic again”

“They’re clues”

Phoebe did go to the police

And we both ran the six blocks to the police station

“I need to speak to someone about a murder”

“Is this a joke?”

I wanted her to believe Phoebe

“May I ask who was kidnapped or possibly murdered?”

“My mother”

“Come along then”

His name was Sergeant Bickle

“What sort of messages?”

Phoebe was prepared

She pulled them out of her book bag

“And how do you think these are related to your mother’s disappearance?”

“I don’t know”

“I wonder if you would excuse me a few minutes.”

There were three framed pictures on Sergeant Bickle’s desk

Sergeant Bickle finally returned

“Miss Winterbottom your father is going to take you and your friend home now”

Phoebe arrived at school with another message

We never know the worth of water until the well is dry

Phoebe and I were going to the police again

We got in to see Sergeant Bickle straight away

“I don’t think you girls understand”

Sergeant Bickle followed her while I waited

I looked at the photographs on his desk

The third picture was of Sergeant Bickle, his wife and their son

I recognized the son

It was the lunatic

I tore out of that office faster than lightning

We were going to track down Sergeant Bickle’s son

We examined the telephone directory

“May I speak to Sergeant Bickle please?”

“I am a friend of your son’s”

“Honey, where’s Mike’s address?”

To top it off, Sergeant Bickle gave me his address

Phoebe said we were visiting an old friend, at the university

Students were milling around the lawn

On the bench was Mrs. Winterbottom, and she was kissing the lunatic

“She’s coming tomorrow” Prudence said

We heard Mrs. Winterbottom say “Oh, sweetie”

“I’d like you to meet Mike”

“Mike is my son”

“George, I know you will think I am not –or was not respectable, but it was before I met you, and I had to give him up for adoption and I could hardly bear to think of it and- “

*hope you guys like it!

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English Proverbs

May 18, 2010 at 7:10 am (Uncategorized)

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I think this proverb means that don’t do everything at once and do everything step by step, because then some of the actions might not turn out as good if you did them seperately, carefully and slowly.

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Hello Again!

May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized)

Now that I am done with Home of the Brave blogging….. are class has been told to blog about the new book we will be reading, Walk Two Moons. So here we go!

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Similies, Metaphors and Personification

May 4, 2010 at 8:12 am (Uncategorized)

personification- Dead grass pokes through the unkind blanket of white. pg 4

perosnification- It’s fall, and the trees are wearing red and orange coats. pg 246

personification- A huge truck grumbles by. pg 229

metaphor- The sun is a steady hand on our shoulders. pg 228

metaphor- To own a book, to open one of these magical presents and see what’s inside. pg 160

metaphor- A cow is God with a wet nose. pg 15

personification-  His car is red and coughs and burps. pg 6

personification- The wind slaps my cheeks. pg 136

similie- Her hair is short and silver like a fresh moon. pg 118

similie- I pause as a memory pokes at me like a knife in my back. pg 83

similie- Walking through the snow is hard work, like wading across a river wild with rain. pg 13

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African Proverbs

April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am (Uncategorized)

Proverbs a word that can substitute a verb, like do  in They never attend board meetings, but we do regularly.  

When Elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. I think this means the elephants represent the armies and the grass are the people of the country. Kek’s family got killed even though they were inocent and now Kek has to suffer. 

You only make a bridge where there is a river.  I think this proverb means that you only do something if there is no other choice.

One doesn’t forego sleeping because of possibility of nightmares. I think that means that one won’t do something fearing that there is a possibility of something going wrong.

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. That I think means one spider can’t do something but if two or more unite they can do the impossible!

A sandstorm passes ; the stars still remain. I think that means the bad passes but the good inside you still remains.

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Poem Terminology

April 20, 2010 at 7:52 am (Uncategorized)

These are some of the poem terms which might help you!

Free verse- Poetry that is based on the irregular rhythmic cadence of the recurrence, with variations, of phrases, images, and syntactical patters rather than the conventional use of meter.  May or may not rhyme, and when it is, it is used as great freedom

Verse- writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme.

Meter -is the rhythm established by a poem, and is usually dependent on the way the syllables are accented

Rhyme- the basic definition of rhyme is two words that sound a like

Simile- comparing two things using as or like

Metaphor- comparing two things not using as or like

Alliteration- occurs when the initial sound of a word beginning with a consonant or vowel, are repeated in close succession

Found poems- the presentation of a borrowed text or found object as a poem or as part of a poem.

Shape/concrete Poetry- that visually conveys the poet’s meaning through the graphic arrangement of letters, words, or symbols on the page.

Sonnets -The sonnet form used by Shakespeare, composed of three quatrains and a terminal couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg. Also called Elizabethan sonnet, English sonnet.

Prose poems- A prose work that has poetic characteristics such as vivid imagery and concentrated expression.

Limerick-  A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines usually with the rhyme scheme aabba.

Cinquain- a five line stanza, diamond shaped poem

Haiku- A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally about nature and the earth.

Point of view in poetry- point which the story is told

Onomatopoeia- The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.

Acrostic poems-  A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.

Personification- the act of a person

Foot- a group of syllables constituting a metrical unit

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Welcome

April 16, 2010 at 10:08 am (Uncategorized)

Hi

I am a sixth grader and this blog will be about poetry!

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