Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Writing, Reading, Viewing
Photo By: Mahatma4711 April 2006 CC

Open your Writer's Notebook
Quick Write: Look at the image on this post. Where do you think these people are? What are they doing? What are the risks and rewards of their experience?

Read the article "Sherpas Leave Everest; Some Expeditions Nix Climbs : NPR"
Answer the embedded questions in the article.

We will be watching a documentary about climbing Mt. Everest.
You will take some notes in your writer's notebook as you watch the film.

1. Summarize the film.
2. What are some debatable questions that the film poses?
3. What are some of the risks associated with climbing Mt. Everest?
4. What are some of the rewards associated with climbing Mt. Everest?
5. Do you think the rewards outweigh the risks? Why/why not?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rhetorical Strategies Analysis


Ethos, Pathos, Logos:
It's time to look more closely at the rhetorical strategies in these articles. How is the author using Ethos, Pathos and Logos to make a case for his or her point?

Work with your assigned partner to re-read and analyze "Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study".
Complete THIS FORM with your answers to the questions about the rhetorical strategies.
Be sure you are reading the right article. Here is the PDF of all of them again. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Loaded Language in Non-Fiction

Your grades are in. Have you seen them?

Quick write: Choose a quote from around the room and write it in your Writer's Notebook. Explain what you think it means and also give your opinion about the meaning.

Loaded Language: Authors choose their words carefully and sometimes those words can show their bias.
Make a table like the one below in your writer's notebook.
Go back through the articles we have read in this unit and find examples of language that reveals bias.
When you have 2-3 words you can "trade" words with a partner to get more.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Charting the Text: Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study
Sit with your number groups today. (see board)


How does looking closely at what an author is saying and doing help us to better understand what a text is about? How does that help us think about it, talk about it, and write about it?

Today you will be charting (saying/doing) the text for "Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study"
You have the text in  You might also find it helpful to use this PDF version because the paragraphs are numbered, but you will have to scroll to page nine to find this article.

When you finish your chart of the text you are ready to do SOAPSTone for it.  You can work with a partner (already at your table) to complete one form with both of your names.
SOAPSTone for Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Further Reading on Extreme Sports


Happy Thursday
(Did you submit your book reviews?)
(You can still submit the links today.)

Please return to
Read "Camp for Kids with Autism Offers Extreme Therapy" AND "A Solemn Warning for Wingsuit Flyers."
Read with your assigned partner
Use the Say Something protocol as you read.
Add comments to the article to show your understanding. (Keep them private.)

If you finish early re-read "Extreme Sports Not About Risk-Taking: Study"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Extreme Sports Readings


Today we are going to test drive a new tool for collaborative reading. It's called Subtext.
Go to and click "Log in with Google"

You will need to join our class group.  I will give you the code in class. (If you are absent you can text or email me to get the code.)

Once you join our group you should have three articles from me. They will look like this.
Start with "Extreme Sports Not About Risk Taking".  You will see lines under the first three paragraphs. Click on my picture or one of those paragraphs and you should see a "discussion" question. Write your answer.  Every time you see my picture there is a question or a poll to respond to.