Dead Word Tombstone Assignment
In order to improve our vocabulary skills and minimize repetitiveness, we are going to eradicate our elementary terms.
- Create a tombstone for a dead word according to the list below. No words may be reused. Check with your teacher for availability.
- At the top of your tombstone, write the deceased word.
- Honor’s Students: Write a eulogy to accompany your term. Your eulogy may be a piece of prose, poetry, or rap. (optional for other classes)
- Use your thesaurus to locate at least three (3) adequate replacements for the departed word. Include your replacements at the bottom of your tombstone.
- Please be creative and proofread your work.
- I will grade you on grammar and the adequacy of the three alternative words you recommend.
Dead Words List:
- a lot
- like (I Like)
- thing/ stuff
Dead Word Funeral
The following class period we will have a funeral for our fallen words. Please dress in black to create a somber mood in the classroom.Dead Word Funeral
Throughout the school year, pairs of students will be tasked with recording all pertinent information from Ms. Ellis’ class for their assigned week. The blog is due every Saturday at 8pm. Email your blog to Ms. Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create your blog in a word document. I will copy and paste your information into our WordPress blog. Please PROOFREAD your work. I will not proofread each post. Your grade will be negatively affected if your blog is unorganized, missing information, or unedited.
Groups should be keeping track of the following information:
Specific HW list from the entire week. (include assignment titles, directions, dates due).
Notes on all texts read. (Be specific! Titles, authors, notes)
Key vocabulary (include definitions)
Class activities (i.e., bellringers, exit slips, group activities/ discussions, tests, etc.)
Any other relevant information covered during the week.
Please see below for a template for your blog. (NOTE: Your blogs do not have to look identical. Feel free to add pictures from class or videos of my lectures. Maybe an inspirational video that you want to share with your classmates. Be sure that anything included is APPROPRIATE for an 11th grade classroom setting.)
Week 2 (August 31- September 4, 2015)
By: Name and Name
(Do not include last names. Include last initial if another student in class shares your first name)
Essential Question (can be found on the dry erase board)
Sites shown in class
Texts Read with Accompanying Notes
HW Completed Throughout the Week
Where will your character go?
Directions: (to be completed in your class journal)
Put a character in a situation entirely new to the character, e.g., college, a new school, a new job, a new city or country. Let the character improvise a new identity, as most of us do when we’ve moved into a new world. This exercise should not be about the new situation but about how the character adjusts herself and her mind to the new situation.
(Brian Kiteley. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. 105-106. Cincinnati, OH. 2005)
Date your journal entry.
Plan. Brainstorm your ideas before writing.
Come up with a creative title.
Specificity (use specific details to enhance your writing)
Vocabulary (utilize the words learned throughout high school career)
Writing Techniques (i.e., incorporate figurative language, sensory details, imagery, tone)
Length: at least three (3) paragraphs