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May 27, 2008 – Writers Room Assignments for Mrs. Smith’s Classes:  (FYI: You will receive a “behavior/participation” grade today.  Talking, roaming, or surfing the net (myspace!) will get you an “F” for the day.  Go for the “A.”  Do your work!)

1.      Go to http://www.studyisland.com  - complete today’s reading quiz that is due today.  Then continue working on the ongoing assignment there that is due June 3.

2.      Go to http://mrsdsmith.tripod.com

a.        contribute to our classroom blog for extra credit (never put your email address)

b.      take the Of Mice and Men Chapter Quiz and Quote Quiz for chapters 1-3

c.       review the resources provided on our website for Of Mice and Men

3.      Go to http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index.html?student  – create a free account and sign up for the SAT Question of the Day (if you have an email address for them to send you the question!)

 

June 4, 2008 (Wednesday!!)

1.  Go to http://criterion.ets.org.  Complete the Of Mice and Men persuasive essay (George's trial):   Now that you have completed reading Of Mice and Men, you know that George kills Lennie.  This act is presented as the humane thing to do for Lennie.  Playing Devil’s Advocate, one could ask if this was the correct decision.  If Lennie had been taken to trial, perhaps he would have been excused on grounds of lack of mental competence and may have been given a better life than he had had with George.  In this writing assignment, we’re putting George on trial for murdering Lennie.  You are to be either the attorney for George’s defense or the prosecuting attorney.  Your task is to write your closing arguments to the jury.  (Closing arguments are a lawyer’s final summary of his case and his best efforts at persuading the jury to his side.)  Begin with an introductory paragraph in which you introduce the jury to your side of the case.  Follow that with one paragraph for each of the main points you have to support your case.  Fill in each paragraph with examples and facts that support your main point.  Then write a paragraph in which you make your final closing statements.

 

2.  If you finish early, work on any of the assignments listed under May 27.

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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