December 9

Potluck and Final Announcement.

Hey, hey!  So, we have no class Monday.  I will see you again Wednesday at noon in the LC.    We’ll snack while we take our test.  Wednesday at noon!

Let’s not get too fancy.  Just bring something small to share.  I’ll provide the snack plates.  Ok, see you then.


Let’s meet in the LC at 12:00.  And have a little music and enjoy ourselves.

December 9

Homework–Finish Soapstone

Write a response that summarizes this section of the chapter.  Response should be three paragraphs.  Each paragraph should contain at least on quote from the text (book).  Following the quote you should explain why this quote is relevant.  Write it on paper to turn in.

Review sentence combining with these exercises.  Do them.  If you do not score at least 90–keep studying until you do.

Review of argument–



December 9

Final Practice

Watch this video–then do this exercise.  Do the test at the end.  (1-10)


Then, do this exercise.



Then, do this exercise.

You must earn a 100 before moving on.  Do the exercise over if you need to. Read the “tips” if you get confused on any one question.


Once you finish these spelling exercises, write a reflection in the comment section of this post.  Answer this:

1)  What part of these two exercises was “old news” for you?   2)  What was “new news” for you?  In other words, what did you learn?  Did anything surprise you?  Please proofread your work before submitting it.


Now, open your books to respond to the next review item.  🙂

Turn to page 105.  Let’s read.  “The Stolen Bag of Chips.”

Take out a sheet of paper to take notes for completing a soapstone chart.


What’s it about? Everything you know about the topic. (who, what, when, where, why and how?

When and why was it written?


Who is the target audience? Who do you think they want to read or hear this text?

(convince, argue, suggest, explain, support…)

What is speaker trying to achieve? What do they want to happen after a person reads this?

Describe person who’s speaking—everything you know about her/him. Is the speaker professional? A grown up? A working-class person? A teacher?

What attitude does the speaker illustrate?

Few tone words: angry, passionate, solemn, reflective, sarcastic, ironic, joyful, indignant, condescending, dispassionate, detached, gleeful, mournful, reverent, aloof, guilty, aggressive, bombastic, academic…

December 7

Reading Questions for Chapter 5 (page 97)

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a.  Define Rios’ term, “organic capital.”

b.  What is meant by a “resistance identity?”  How is it useful to the boys in the study?


c.  What sense does “going dumb” make to anyone looking from the outside in?  Can you think of other real examples where this sort of phenomena occurs?


d.  Why did Ronny think he had done well in his interview?




December 2

Reading Questions in Preparation for Socratic Seminar

Turn to chapter 4. Use your text to answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.

1. “Police officers constantly placed young men in this [gang] database.” (78)

What Amendment in the Bill of Rights does this seem to violate? What do you think about this police practice?

Next, turn to page 77 where Spider describes the attack on his block. It starts, “I was kicking it in front of my house with some homies and stuff…”.

Answer each question on that passage:

a) Cite three examples where Spider’s language is “informal”.

b) What is the effect of his speaking language? What does his speaking language tell the reader about Spider? Be Specific.



Watch these two videos and note/record 3 details/pieces of evidence from each to use in our Socratic Seminar.

Bring to class Wednesday.