Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween History

Describe your favorite Halloween costume so far. It could be from when you were a toddler to what you will be wearing this year. Be descriptive using those adjectives we just reviewed.

Also, can you describe a particularly funny or scary Halloween? Something that happened when you went trick or treating? I know you all have great stories to tell!

Two paragraphs one for each. I’m looking for creative opening lines and thoughtful concluding sentences. Remember to add in an extra return to indicate a new paragraph.



(Funny pictures taken at the scariest moment from Nightmares Fear Factory haunted house.)

Which Core Value is You?

Hi Students,

I define a Core Value as a central belief that is deeply understood and shared by every member of an organization or community. At Shorecrest, we are focusing on these five Core Values this year: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Knowledge, and Compassion.

In one or two good paragraphs, pick the Core Value that is the most important one to you and tell how you will model this Core Value this year. How will you demonstrate this Core Value? What will you do? How is this Core Value you?

Be sure that how you model your Core Value is doable, and any goals you may set for yourself reasonably attainable.

Remember to begin with an interesting lead and finish with a concluding sentence leaving the reader with something to think about. Also, add in an extra return to indicate a new paragraph should you write more than one.


Should Parents Make Their Children Clean Their Room?

Is your bedroom “an archaeological site of dirty socks, sports-drink bottles, ripped papers and empty boxes of Cheez-Its?” If so, does it make your parents crazy? How often do you clean it up? Does the mess bother you?

One or two good paragraphs please answer:

— Should parents make their children clean their room? Why?

— Does having a clean room make you a better or happier person? Does cleaning your room teach you important life skills?

— What’s the state of your bedroom? How clean or messy is it? Do you like it that way?

— How often do you clean your room? Do you clean it only because your parents make you?

(Courtesy of the N.Y. Times Learning Network)


The Gnomist

Hi Students,

After watching the video, The Gnomist by CNN Films, please include the following ideas in one good paragraph. Be mindful of your sentence structure. And begin with an interesting lead sentence and end with something thoughtful for the reader.

Overall thoughts on the video…how did the story make you feel?

What is one theme? (the message, lesson, or moral of the story) Explain.

Anything else that you would like to say. (This could be your concluding sentences.)

What’s Your Favorite Candy?

“Do you like Kit Kats? As Russell Goldman reports in a new Times section called What in the World, in Japan there are nearly 300 varieties.

Japan Has a Kit Kat for Every Taste, and Then Some” reads:

This is pretty much all anyone needs to know about the popularity of Kit Kat in Japan: There are nearly 300 varieties.

In addition to the (dare we call them) classics, like wasabi and purple sweet potato, new flavors are regularly introduced. In February, Nestlé, which distributes the candy in Japan, released a sake flavor in time for Valentine’s Day.

For a few weeks in December, shops sold a single stick, not the classic duo, covered in dark chocolate and coated with gold leaf for 2,016 yen, or about $16.

Even for a country where shoppers can find fish-ball-flavored Pringles and adzuki bean-flavored Pepsi, actual gold candy seems extreme, but the Kit Kat holds a special place in Japan’s culinary universe.

Kit Kat’s name echoes the Japanese phrase “kitto katsu,” or “surely win” and is often sent as a gift to students before college entrance exams. It is the country’s most popular candy, according to Nestlé, which does not release sales figures.

Kit Kat is so popular that it is sold at high-end department stores, Kit Kat-only specialty shops and even post offices, and it is so ingrained in the nation’s snack culture that nearly every region has a signature flavor sold only in that part of the country.

As a result a hungry traveler could eat scores of different flavors of Kit Kat. Here is but a sample of recently available flavors:

Adzuki Bean · Apple · Blueberry · Butter · Cheesecake · Chili · Coconut · Edamame · Green Tea · Green Tea (Sakura) · Green Tea (Uji) · Hazelnut · Kobe Pudding · Matcha · Miso · Passion Fruit · Pear · Perfect Balance Citrus (orange, lemon, lime) · Plum · Purple Sweet Potato · Roasted Tea · Rum Raisin · Strawberry · Strawberry Maple · Wasabi

Students: In one good paragraph answer the following prompts. Begin with an interesting and creative lead sentence. Make sure your sentences are complete and make sense. End your paragraph with a thoughtful concluding sentence. Do not end with asking a question. You may comment on others’ posts if you like.

— Which of the Japanese Kit Kat flavors listed above would you most like to taste? Why?

— What are your favorite candies now? When you were younger? Why?

— Are there candies you have particular associations with or memories of? Tell us about one of them.”

(Image and article courtesy of the NY Times Learning Network)

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