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 Journals will be checked every two weeks!
To get a 3: Write down each question, and answer the question in 3 complete sentences
To get a 4: Write down each question, and answer the question in 4 or more complete sentences.
 
 1. If you wanted to write a story with a dark tone, what specific descriptions might you use?
 
2. What mood is conveyed in most kids movies? Explain how that mood is shown and give examples.
 
3. Make a prediction about the plot of "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" based solely on its title.
 
4. Is it possible for a story to have more than one tone? Explain and give examples.
 
5. Based on the title The House on Mango Street, make a prediction of the plot.
 
6. Why is it important to maintain an organized agenda? What tips would you give someone to help them better organize?
 
7. Why should we research an author's background before reading his or her book?
 
8. After researching the author and genre of The House on Mango Street, has your prediction (from Journal #5) changed? Explain how and why it has changed.
 
9. There is a saying: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Do you agree? Explain.
 
10. Describe your (realistic) dream house. What makes it a perfect 10?
 
11. Compare someone you know to an animal. How are they like this animal?
 
12. Complete this metaphor: "Love is ___." Why did you choose this noun for your comparison?
 
13. Why do authors use figurative language? How can it be better for describing things than literal language?
 
14. (Guest teacher special) Where would you go if you could visit any country in the world? Why?
 
15. How do you feel about your name? Does it suit you? Would you change it if you could?
 
16. How might a person's name affect their personality?

17. What city do you call home? Describe the city. What stereotypes exist about that city?
 
18. What would you change about your city or neighborhood? Why?
 
19. What is the purpose of a peer edit? What tips would you give someone to make them a more effective editor?
 
20. What is the purpose of revision? Give an example of how it can be useful or effective.
 
21. Based on what we know about Esperanza (her appearance, meaning of her name, etc.) what else would you want to know about her? Why?
 
22. After reading more from The House on Mango Street, is there a vignette that has stood out to you? Which one stands out and why?
 
23. Which vignette (read together or by yourself) would you say had the largest impact on you? Why?
 
24. Describe the two situations in which you'd use an apostrophe. How would you explain this to someone that's unfamiliar with them?
 
25. Where do you see people make the most apostrophe mistakes (worksheets, texting, Instagram, etc.). Why do you think this occurs?
 
26. Why do we use commas? How can they help us better understand a reading?
 
27. What is the purpose of an appositive? What does it do? Give an example sentence that uses an appositive.
 
28. Many books include a dedication page to thank someone for inspiring or motivating them. Who will you dedicate your book to? Why?
 
29. Thanksgiving Special: Describe your Thanksgiving break. What did you do? Be sure to include one simile or metaphor and one personification or hyperbole.
 
30. What is social media? How is it used? What are some positive and negative aspects of social media?
 
31. Which statistic (positive or negative) from yesterday's article, "What are the effects of social media on youth", did you find most interesting? Why?
 
32. Our main article, "Teenage Social Media Butterflies", was published in May 2010. Will the author's arguments still be relevant and up to date? Why or why not?
 
33. How did you first "cut your teeth" on social media? What site? Do you still use it?
 
34. "Social butterflies" are people who are popular and move easily from social group to social group. Why do you think our author refers to today's teens as "social media butterflies"?
 
35. What is the purpose of an introduction paragraph? What are the components of a quality introduction? Describe the components and what they do.