Mr. Ellsworth's Independent Reading bLog

Just a guy trying to teach some kids how to read and write. :)

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Independent Reading Question #3 – Weslandia

In Weslandia, how is Wes different from the other kids his age, and how does that make him special? In what ways are you different from the people in your class, and how does that make you special?

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“Papa Lalo” by David Rice

We all have relationships with different people at different times in our lives. Can you think of a time when you had to be with someone you didn’t like and, over the course of time, became friends with them? It could be a family member, a classmate, a neighbor, etc. Compose a short narrative about that person and how you became friends.

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Independent Reading Response – Question #2

Choose a fiction book to read today.

What is the setting of your story?  Remember that setting is both place and time of the story.  Your book will most likely not tell you exactly when and where it takes place, but you can find clues in the story.  Is this a modern story (computers, video games, shopping malls, etc.)?  Does it take place in a city, suburb, or farm area?  Be sure to tell the clues that give the setting of your story.

Start out: My story takes place…  I can tell because…

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The Blind Men and the Elephant

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Today in class, we read The Blind Men and the Elephant as retold by Karen Backstein. For your first reading bLog entry of the school year, pretend you are one of the blind men, and write an extension of the story that includes the conversation the six men might have had as they journeyed home.

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8th Period Semester Exam Question

In “A Walk in Amnesia,” Elwyn experiences amnesia because of the stress of his work. However, the last few sentences cast doubt as to whether Elwyn had amnesia or not. Do you think he had amnesia, or do you think Elwyn is using amnesia as an excuse to get freedom from his life? Choose your position, and give me at least two reasons from the story that support your position. Don’t forget to restate!

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5th Period Group A Semester Exam Question

The main theme in Soccer Crazy by Sue Leather and Julian Thomlinson is the struggle to show that soccer is more than just a boy’s game, and girls can succeed in soccer as well. Find three examples from the text that support the main theme. Write them as a blog post on your independent reading blog. Don’t forget to restate.

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5th Period Group B Semester Exam Question

The main idea of The Penang File by Richard MacAndrew is finding Sergio so they can stop him from assassinating the British Prince of Malaysia. Find three examples from the text that support the main idea. Write them as a blog post on your independent reading blog. Don’t forget to restate.

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Independent Reading bLog Question #10b

In “A Walk in Amnesia,” Elwyn experiences amnesia because of the stress of his work. However, the last few sentences cast doubt as to whether Elwyn had amnesia or not. Do you think he had amnesia, or do you think Elwyn is using amnesia as an excuse to get freedom from his life? Give me at least two reasons from the story that support your position.

ohenry

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Independent Reading bLog Question #9

Which character in your book do you like the least? Give three reasons why you don’t like the character.

Start out: The character I like the least is…

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Independent Reading bLog Question #8b

The theme of The Christmas Presents by O. Henry is how people will sacrifice the things they love most in life for the people they love. Choose three details from the book that support that theme, and tell me about them here.

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