Sunday, October 26, 2008
Except for Mugsy (the resident Shih Tzu) biting Murphy's head (well, what would you do if 25 kids barged in and woke you from a sound sleep and then mauled you?????) our fieldtrip to see a walking talking living home library went well. We tried on all the finger puppets, checked out a few dvd's, ate sack lunches, slurped down root beer floats, and had a close encounter with a couple of bad boy bats over in the knitting loft!!!!!! Whew...hope everybody signed the guest book!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Not just another essay...Let's do some real thinking with this one!!! WRITING ASSIGNMENT (begun on October 22, 2008). Feel free to post your best ideas and questions!
I hope this assignment will be one of the very most fun things you have ever thought about and written! Give it some good attention, and you'll find that you have ideas to express. One of the most satisfying things you will ever do as a human is be able to learn to express yourself. I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE VALUABLE IDEAS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORLD!!!!!
HERE ARE THE FACTS OF YOUR SURVIVAL!:
EVERY OTHER HUMAN BUT THE FIVE YOU CHOOSE TO SURVIVE (AND YOURSELF) HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
ALL EVIDENCE OF MANKIND IS DESTROYED.
ANIMAL AND VEGETATION STILL EXIST AS THEY DID BEFORE THE END.
ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION YOU HAD A DREAM OF THE END WHICH INSPIRED YOU (MUCH LIKE NOAH) TO PACK A 5'x5' BOX (MADE OF ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE...HINT HINT) WITH ANYTHING FROM THE PRESENT CIVILIZATION WHICH YOU DESIRE TO PRESERVE PLUS ALL MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BEGIN A NEW WORLD. CHOOSE CAREFULLY
YOU MAY CHOOSE ANYWHERE ON THE EARTH TO RESETTLE. One paragraph to tell why
YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TWO ANIMALS TO TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY. One paragraph to tell why
PLEASE CHOOSE 4 BOOKS THAT YOU WILL PRESERVE. One paragraph to tell why.
PLEASE CHOOSE ONE ARTISTIC OBJECT TO PRESERVE. One paragraph to tell why.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT WILL CONSIST OF
--at least one paragraph (5 sentences minimum) describing how the end came to be
--one paragraph (5 sentences minimum) defending why you chose each of your other 5 survivors—Use great detail!
--Every item in your box must have a purpose which you describe
I anticipate that this paper probably cannot be written in less than 4 double-spaced typed pages. It may be longer. Illustrate with drawings if you desire. Pictures from magazines may also be included for bonus points.
Write a rough draft
Type the manuscript
Two peer proofs with a self-editing paper to be attached
Make a final Perfect copy
Hand in your perfect copy, the copy with all the correction edit marks, and the self-editing sheet attached to the top
Time frame—We will probably have about 5 or 6 classes in which to accomplish this task. You aren't doing this assignment correctly unless you're having ONE GREAT TIME completing it!!!!!! MTH
Below is Jecka's best description of what (it's really an artichoke holder used in steaming) she drew randomly out of a brown paper bag after watching the segment from The Little Mermaid where Ariel finds a fork and Scuttle tells her that it is a "Dingle Hopper":
This is called the Hamstring. In olden days the ladies used it to hold up their hair. This is how they did it: First, they put their hair on top of their head, then they stuck a Hamstring on top of their hair. They they wore it around. It was very fashionable back in the day!
For special days like Sunday or holidays, they would do it the same as on other days, but they would put a colorful cloth over it. They wanted to look their best on those days. They also had a contest to see who could find the best cloth in the land to look their best, of course! The men always looked forward to those days.
The Hamstring was sometimes worn by boys if they really wanted to find a lady, but they didn't wear cloth over it. Instead they stuck toilet paper on it.
The women considered themselves lucky if they found a guy with a Hamstring on, but it didn't happen very often. When the boys did do it, they would try to find as much toilet paper as they could and try to glue it into the Hamstring so it would look just like a hat. It was awesome back in the day, but I probably wouldn't wear it now, though, even if they were so cool and very stylish.
Here are a few of us walking to school--getting ready to yet amaze the world again with our creative magnificence. As you can see some of us wear white tuxedos to school and some of us don't wear shoes! We are a motley and very talented crew. We'll be posting our writing on this blog as well as books we LOVE!!!!! Come on in and breathe our AIR!!!!! LOL