Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! Muhahaha!!!!


The Headless Horseman

Please visit the above English website for some Haunting fun! First take a look around as the site is quite extensive, and be sure that you visit most of the links.

Pick at least eight (8) different categories from the left hand menu bar and read some of the stories from each one. Most are very short in length. Then answer the following questions:

Please give a brief summary of each story and tell specifically why you liked it. Be sure you mention the title of each story in your synopsis.

Do any of these stories really scare you? If so, what makes the story scary? Content? Words? Setting?

Do you have a scary story to share? Ghost tours or similar haunted tours are always good for a scare! This You Tube video explains the story of Robert the doll, a very famous doll residing in Key West, FL. I saw this doll in the museum when I was there a few years ago…….and it is creepy!!

And finally for you Skeleton Creek Fans

Earth Day Everyday. Be A Poet.

GL-07 Store Glacier from Extreme Ice Survey on Vimeo.

April is National Poetry Month, along with Environmental Education Week and Earth Day on April 22. The video of the Disneynature movie Earth, the glacier video, and the interactive website links below are meant to get you thinking about Earth Day and all of its inhabitants, as well as ways we can go about respecting our environment and how to preserve it for future generations. We all can be doing something to raise awareness of our changing world and help make it a better and safer place to live.

Your task for this week is to write a poem either on Earth Day or our changing environment. In addition, I would like to know your ideas for ways we can help preserve and conserve the resources of the world we live in. Also, what interesting things did you learn from the websites below?

Electro City

This is a great interactive game from New Zealand. Let me know how you do!

United Nations Environment Program

Interactive atlas of the changing world. Follow the directions at the bottom of the atlas.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Interactive website

National Geographic Forces of Nature

Cool Interactive

Please check out the tabs (new pages) at the top of this page. There is an “elecam”  which is live streaming of the Elephant Sanctuary in Texas on Read Out Loud, a writing prompt on Think Out Loud, and on Speak Out Loud, video of behind the scenes with Grammar Girl.

Voicethread, Video, Week In Rap, Oh My!

In an effort to foster global conversation, we welcome students and teachers outside our classroom walls across the U.S. and internationally to respond to our Voicethread. For those of you who do not know what a Voicethread is, you are in for a treat. A Voicethread is digital storytelling at its best. This wonderful tool allows you to share your thoughts with the world, which is exactly what this prompt hopes you will do. You have three choices as to how you will share your words: you may speak them, type them, or use a webcam if you are able to, and you may comment as often as you like and on any or all of the three pages.

Please answer the following questions: (Part 1 of blog prompt for the week)

What is the best thing about where you live? What is the worst thing about where you live? Of all the places you have traveled to outside of where you live, where is your favorite? Where would you like to go that you haven’t been yet? Of course, you need to explain all of your answers thoroughly and with details. For those of you who will type your comments, please use correct spelling and grammar.

Directions For Using Voicethread:

My students will need to sign in to comment. For new users, you do NOT need to sign in or register, you may just comment. To comment, please click on the “comment” link. There you will have the choice of either recording your voice (microphone icon), typing your words (Letter A icon), or using a webcam (camera icon). There are three pages to this Voicethread, and you can comment on any or all three pages accessed by the bottom right hand arrow. If you are happy with your recording or what you have typed, be sure to save. If not, hit cancel and you may re-record or re-type as often as you like. Click on the camera icon to use your webcam. You may NOT use the doodle function, nor the telephone option (it costs money). All inappropriate comments will be deleted immediately.

Part 2 of blog prompt:

This is the updated version of the original created by Karl Fisch. What are your thoughts after watching this?

Chocolate Cake For Breakfast

We are going to take a break from our literature discussions on The Outsiders and do some creative writing. The idea for this creative prompt actually comes from the book.

“All three of us like chocolate cake for breakfast. Mom had never allowed it with ham and eggs, but Darry let Soda and me talk him into it. We didn’t really have to twist his arm; Darry loves chocolate cake as much as we do.” (Hinton, 104,105)

Is there something you would love to have for breakfast but are not allowed to have? What are your favorite foods for breakfast, and do you ever have breakfast for dinner? (I love!)

What is the best meal you have ever eaten? It doesn’t have to be breakfast. Please give details as far as the food descriptions are concerned, and be sure to tell about the occasion and where this meal took place.

Also, please check out the new posted videos of The Beatles and Hank Williams. The lyrics of “The Two Of Us” correlate with the theme of friendship in the book. The Hank Williams song, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” speaks to the theme of ostracism. Please know the definition of this word, and be prepared for class discussion on all the song videos in regards to the song lyrics and how they relate to the themes of forbidden love, friendship, and ostracism in The Outsiders in the coming weeks. The “What’s In Your Ipod?” project/essay will revolve around these three themes.