Traditions (CRR#1)

“The Lottery” isn’t a lottery I would like to win, but it got me thinking. Shirley Jackson (the author) was trying to send us a message about being careful WHY we do the things we do. Hmmmm. Why do I make my bed in the morning, if my dog is going to jump up there during the day and mess it up? This is something I need to reconsider, thank you Shirley Jackson!

You may not know how I feel about Christmas traditions, but I love them. The more traditions, the better! I like my house to look like Christmas threw up all over it! However, after reading “The Lottery,” it made me think about how weird some of these traditions are. For example, Christmas lights on the outside of our house? WHY do we do that??

Now, I want you to think about traditions you do (or traditions you researched) and write a blog post about them! You can choose to do one of the following:

  • Top 5 traditions I would get rid of and why


  • Top 5 traditions I want to pass on to my family/friends and why

Also, do this:

  •  focus on tone and mood in your writing. SHOW your tone and how you feel about traditions with your descriptive language.
  • Use these 5 vocabulary words (from “The Lottery”)in your post:
        1. Paraphernalia
        2. Boisterous
        3. Jovial
        4. Profusley
        5. Defiant


Your blog post must have the following to get full credit:

  • at least 250 words
  • a creative title AND the blog post code: CRR #1
  • at least one image, meme, or gif

Okay, students! Get to writing about traditions!


Extra, extra, read all about ______! Passion Blog (PB #1)

E x t r a. In our slang, diction-y sense of the word, being called extra conveys a feeling of being a bit too much. However, this week we embrace being extra!

Extra can be cause for celebration! Often, it means you are passionate about the subject. Sooooo, for your blog post this week, your task is to figure out what you are passionate about; what makes you *extra* so to speak? Being passionate doesn’t necessarily have to be something you love. Don’t simply gush or bash your topic. Your goal is to share your knowledge, your         e x p e r t i s e, your savvy aplomb about a subject that is meaningful to you.

How do you know it’s your passion?

Well, when someone mentions  __________, suddenly…

Image result for excited gifYour normal good sense and ability to follow accepted social norms is taken over and now you are excitedly jumping up and down, gesturing wildly, your eyeballs bug out, you are chattering a mile a minute, and shouting everything-you-know-about-__________ to your unsuspecting friend, who really just wanted a yes or no answer to _____________.

You. Are. Extra. Image result for passion

This week, embrace the extra. Write about your inspirations, motivations, or passions about a topic of your choice.


  • Creative title and label it (PB #1)
  • 450-600 words
  • Your reader should FEEL your passion. Talk to your reader. Use precise, thoughtful diction to convey how you feel about your topic.
  • Syntax counts. Creatively weave your Tale of Extra using a mix of simple, compound,  and complex sentences (or compound-complex sentences when needed to really prove your point!)
  • Don’t write a loooong, boooring, essay. Break up your sentences with gifs, images, blank space, and creative sentence structure.

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Identity and Alter Egos– CRR periods 1 and 6 only

Begin by reading the two articles linked in this blog post. The first article is about Alter Egos. The second blog post is about Frank Abagnale, a man who created an alter ego in real life. Think through all the reasons why someone creates an alter ego. 

Choose one of the two options below to write your blog post:

  1. Create your own alter ego. What is your alter-ego’s name? Describe your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, your physical characteristics. Think about the life that character would lead. How do others see you? How do you see yourself as your alter-ego? Include an image, photo, quote, or link to a song that captures the nature of your alter-ego. Explain how this photo, quote, image, or song fits your alter ego’s characteristics. Connect back to what you learned about alter egos in the two articles.

     2. Choose a character from a book, movie, comic, or a celebrity performer that has a known alter-ego. Describe his/her alter-ego vs. his/her “real-life” identity. Describe their personality, their strengths and weaknesses, their physical characteristics. Think about the life their alter-ego leads. How do others see the alter-ego? How does the alter-ego view himself? Include an image, photo, quote, or link to a song that captures the nature of your alter-ego. Explain how this photo, quote, image, or song fits your alter ego’s characteristics. Connect back to what you learned about alter egos in the two articles.

For your blog post:  

  1. Create an interesting title. Label it CRR #1.

Example title: Meeting my Alter Ego- I am…   (CRR#1)

2. 400-650 words.

3. Include an visual image, photo, quote, video, etc.

4. Remember: You MUST meet the requirements for a Class Related Response (CRR) post. See Mrs. Tisinger’s blog for the requirements.

5. Writing Style: Vary your sentence structure. Use a mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences!

Click here to view/print the scoring rubric. 🙂 

I like what I SEE!

There are waaaaay too many distractions in the post! This 2nd blog has some great ideas and photos, but it can be done better.  Can you find 3 things that are distracting or that can be done better on these blogs?

In your writer’s notebook, make notes as you analyze and reflect on strengths, weaknesses (things you won’t do!), areas of improvement, and things you’ll want to remember.

Now, here are some links to great blogs that are visually appealing. They use images, links, photos, videos, etc., themes, and color to make their posts interesting and CONNECT with their audience- the readers. They TALK to them in a conversational tone, but still have strong CONTENT. 

Find 3 things in the blogs below that they did well. When you create your blog, do those things. 🙂


Here are a few blogs to check out. They all have some elements of greatness!

Blog 1

Blog 2

Blog 3

Blog 4

Blog 5

Blog 6

Blog 7

Blog 8

Six Word Memoirs


“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Taking after Ernest Hemingway, who was once challenged to make a short story in only six words:

  • Make your own six word memoir on a google slide.
  • Add original artwork or photos/graphics if you can, or choose your graphics wisely to enhance your message.
  • Stay way from overused catch-phrases or trendy sayings.  Choose words that truly reflect your unique self at this place in time.
  • Share it with
  • See the rubric and videos below for requirements:


6 Word Memoir Video

2nd Six Word Memoir Video

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Sing me a song… CRR#2

The lyrics in our favorite songs reach us through more than just the literal words. It depends on our life experiences, the instruments accompanying the singer, and the way the singer makes the words come to life.

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Think about your favorite songs and musicians. Think about some of your favorite songs and why they are to meaningful to you.

Choose ONE song and research the lyrics, the story behind the song, and WHY its meaningful to you- how does it affect your mood? Analyze the words, the instrument choice, why it’s meaningful to you in your life, etc.

To help, you may use sites like the following:



  • Post Code: CRR#2
  • Write a 300-600 word blog post that analyzes your song choice.
  • Analyze specific lyrics– and describe the message, viewpoint, or lesson the songwriter was trying to share and why this message is meaningful to you!
  • Include a video link to the song.
  • Add at least ONE image, photo, picture, meme, quote, etc. that  you think helps explain how the song makes you feel. It should be symbolic- that means it shouldn’t be a quote FROM the song, or a photo of the musician, but it should capture the feelings or mood it creates for you when you hear the song.

Romeo… WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! Periods 1 and 6 ONLY Blog (CRR#1)

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Romeo’s slaying of Tybalt is the most problematic event in Act 3, but more than revenge may have been a factor in his death. Read the 2 articles here and here. 

Whoa, slow your role, Romeo.

Write a short blog post, citing evidence (of course!) and explore how this disastrous mistake could have been due to Romeo’s rushed decision making skills.

Requirements: Image result for romeo kills tybalt gif

Voice: Talk to your audience- write in your voice, and connect with your readers. Your writing shouldn’t be stuffy and formal, even though you are including evidence.

ACE-ish Response: remember to EXPLAIN your evidence and connect it to the story.

Word Count: 250 words minimum

Image: Must have at least 1 video, photo, meme, image, gif, etc. that relates to your blog post

Title: CRR#1 AND a creative tagline

What are your strongest intelligences?

After you complete your Multiple Intelligences Survey and graph your results, take some time to reflect on your strongest ways of being “smart.”Image result for intelligence

Create a name tag to visually display your strongest intelligences.  When you are happy with your name tag and how it reflects the way you learn and work, take a photo of it to go on a new blog post!

Write two paragraphs about what you know of your intelligences, which ones are strongest for YOU, and how you already show these smarts.  Make it interesting, give examples, show off what makes you uniquely smart!

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Length: Your blog should be roughly 300-600 words on average (more is ok!).

Format:  single spaced lines, line breaks between paragraphs, no indenting for new paragraphs

Media: In addition to showing your name tag, feel free to add photos, graphics, links to even better express your intelligences!

What makes a good review?


Over the next few days, we will examine what makes a good review.Image result for review

We will use the questions below to help us write our own:

  • What type of info do they share?
  • How much fact/opinion should there be?
  • What purpose do reviews serve?
  • How do YOU use review in your life?

Click below to view the slideshow we used in class:

Review the review– Use this sheet to read and analyze what professional reviewers include in their genre.


We’ll use this information to inform our own writing! Image result for analyze

Get back in the blogging swing :-)

YOUR Opinion Matters!

Read the article below and then write a blog post explaining your thoughts on the topic.

Breakdancing– As an Olympic Sport???


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