Sunday, May 31, 2009
2. The Giver(trilogy) - Lois Lowry
3. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
5. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
6. Lord of the Rings (trilogy) - J.R.R. Tolkein
7. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
8. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
9. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein
10. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
11. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
12. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
13. Harry Potter (series) - J.R. Rowling
14. Anne of Green Gables (series) - L.M. Montgomery
15. The Little Prince - Antoine de St.-Exupery
16. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
17. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
18. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
20. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
21. The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
22. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
23. Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
24. She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
25. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
26. The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
27. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
28. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
29. Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
30. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
31. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
32. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
33. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
34. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
35. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
36. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
37. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
38. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
39. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
40. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
41.Hamlet - William Shakespeare
42. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
43. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
44. The Bible
45. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
46. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
47. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
48. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
49. Hawaii - James Michener
52. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. The Once and Future King - T.H. White
52. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
53. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
54. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
55. The Bone People - Keri Hulme
56. Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
57. The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
58. The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
59. A Child Called It (series) - Dave Pelzer
60. Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
61. Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts - Maxine Hong Kingston
62. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
63. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
64. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
65. Native Son - Richard Wright
66. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
67. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
68. The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
69. The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
70. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
71. Giants in the Earth - Ole E. Rolvaag
72. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
73. House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus
74. On the Beach - Nevil Shute
75. The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
76. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
77. Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
78. Atonement - Ian McEwan
79. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
80. The House of Scorpions - Nancy Farmer
81. Animal Farm - George Orwell
82. Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X
83. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurson
84. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
85. Having Our Say - Delaney Sisters
86. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
87. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norman Juster
88. The World According to Garp - John Irving
89. The Color Purple - Alice Walker, Alice
90. Daughter of Fortune - Isabel Allende
91. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
92. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
93. Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
94. Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown
95. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
96. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
97. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
98. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
99. Paradise Lost - John Milton
100. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Monday, May 25, 2009
- They are four lines long.
- The first and second as well as the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.
- The first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.
- A clerihew should be humerous.
Sir Humphrey Davy
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
--Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The most common cinquains in English follow a rhyme scheme of ababb, abaab or abccb. For some 16th and 17th-century poets check out: Sir Philip Sidney, George Herbert, Edmund Waller, and John Donne (1572 - 1631). It helps to read, or listen to, the best!
Line 1 - one word for the topic - noun
Line 2 - 2 words to describes your topic -adjective (from Latin: ad - 'toward', + jacere - 'throw')
Line 3 - 3 words that describes the actions relating to your topic -adverb (place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree)
Line 4 - 4 words that describes the feelings relating to your topic - affect
Line 5 - one word that is another noun for your topic - synonym
I used this poetic strategy to teach my gr. 8 writers about grammatical terms. It works well!
Line 1 - two syllables
Line 2 - four syllables
Line 3 - six syllables
Line 4 - eight syllables
Line 5 - two syllables
The Handbook of Poetic Forms suggests:
- Refrain from being cloyingly sweet
- build toward a climax
- put a surprise into your last two lines
- be concerned with thoughts and images
- rather than parts of speech.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This was originally an essay written in early 1976. I tried to trace the family’s development from about 1800 through to the late 1900’s. My main source of information was my maternal grandmother, Nanny (1883 – 1978), who had her 92nd birthday on November 9th, 1975. She passed away after a stroke in LTC.
This is a part of my grandmother's recollections of school in the late 1800's.
Eventually, Anne and the boys went to school. It wasn’t compulsory and Anne continued going until she was 14 years old. Harry, Fred and Edward all became molders and went into apprenticeships after grade eight. By the time Anne was 14 they had all married and moved out. The school was a typical one-roomed schoolhouse with 24 children of various ages. The strap was the main form of punishment, but Annie, as she was called, didn’t get the strap because she was a good child.
They studied the three R’s very carefully. Arithmetic was very important, as was spelling and penmanship. They also took geography in which they drew maps. They didn’t have history or other related subjects. Every day they had about an hour of homework. If they didn’t do their homework they had to write lines.
Nanny remembered that they always wore long dresses to school, no skirts at all, never mind pants. (My high school, Jarvis C. I., now 200 years old, only allowed girls to wear pants to school my first year of high school, in 1970.) Nanny remembers pretend tea parties at recess under the trees in the sunshine. They played with dolls, tops, dollhouses, and toy dishes.
The photos are from an archive.
It is read at the end of the conference, to set kids off on a positive note. It really made a difference.
My children are now 24, 26 and 30 years old, but I make sure I tell them how much I love them. I point out the good things they are doing every time we talk.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I recall teaching during 9/11. It was an elementary school. The principal came on the PA system and informed the entire school body that planes had flown into a building in the US. The panic in the school was palpable. It was a gross error in judgement. Do not scare children by telling them all the detail of these stories.
The same is true of the horrific story of Tori Stafford, abducted and murdered. Tell them that a child was hurt by someone they knew and thought they trusted. It is important that they tell someone. Most assaults and murders of children arise from abuse by a family member: a relative by birth or marriage.
In the community
Children need to be taught to disclose. Do not play alone, walk alone. They need a buddy system, to protect them.
Tell your children to kick, yell, scream: "You're not my mommy/daddy! Leave me alone."
Most kids abducted by someone they know, than a true stranger. It is much less likely for a child to be taken by a total stranger. They are the ones that get the press. That said, there needs to be a
secret word between parent and child: do not go anywhere without this signal. Predators know to convince a child to help them look for a lost puppy, or some other story.
In most abductions, the 'stranger' is someone known to a family. An acquaintance, someone who has worked near or with a family. There are good strangers: people wearing uniforms, name badge, police, EMS in a location. But if someone comes for a child who may have had a vague relationship with the family, they may be able to convince a child to walk away, too. When you consider how far an adult can drive when abducting a child, it boggles the mind.
From the Toronto Star: Ontario children who have been abducted:
Emanuel Jaques, Sharin Morningstar Keenan, Christine Jessop, Nicole Morin, Alison Parrott, Andrea Atkinson, Kayla Klaudusz, Cecilia Zhang, Holly Jones. While tragic, the roll call of children who are sexually, physically, and emotionally abused far exceed these numbers. These are the cases who get the press. These stories get front page news.
What is more tragic, is that those who are abused are likely, without treatment, to become abusers.
Safety Tips from Child Find Ontario
My Smart Safety Rules (for schoolkids)
Safety Rules for Pre Schoolers
Parents Safety Rules
Safety Rules for Internet Users
Safety Guidelines for Teenagers
Amusement Park and Summer Safety Rules
Travel Safety Rules
Parents Stealing Children (Safeguards to Help Prevent Parental Child Abduction)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mother's Day 1996 - down memory lane!
Then, 1985 was a very good year.
This Mother's Day started dreary and rainy and turned bright and beautiful. I was reflecting on Mother's Day in the past. I have the photos to prove it!
I remember sending my mother cards ("I don't need anything, dear!") as we were far away. We brought them gifts, and did outside chores, when we visited Muskoka later in the season. May, for a teacher, is terribly busy!
Students are provided with accurate search engine guidelines in a reasonable, student-friendly format.
20 Page Book or story
AHA: critical reflection on a newspaper article
Wikipedia (be careful,check sources)
Answers.com (do you have questions?)
Student Web Work - what is possible!