Let the Poetry Begin

As we continue to learn about the Middle Ages in Europe, and finish reading our novel, Catherine Called Birdy, we will beginpoetry_logoexploring Poetry. Our Poetry Unit will last for three weeks, during which time you’ll write eight of your own poems and finish with a special poem you will present to the class in our Poetry Slam.

If you want a sneak peak at poetry, click the Poetry link in the Categories on the right of this blog.

You will begin writing your own poems and putting them into your Poetry Portfolio which was introduced today in class. More details to follow.

Poetry Portfolio Due Date: Friday 3/18/11

Poetry Slam: March 16th and 17th

Feudal Narrative

Hello kings, lords, knights, and peasants! I need something from you. This time, instead of taxes or soldiers, I need you to supply me with a short writing assignment…

First, visit The Middle Ages. Read the introduction and click on the link to begin your journey. Once inside, select a guide who will show you what their life is like. You may choose the merchant, the nun, the peasant, or the knight. Follow the links to learn about how your guide lived his or her life during the Middle Ages.

Once you have done your reading, write a 1-2 page first-person account of daily life for a person living in the Middle Ages. You should make up a name, develop a voice, and describe your life as a king, noble, knight, or peasant. Feel free to give yourself a family and describe them as well. Most importantly, please have fun with this writing assignment.

Don’t forget to go through the stages of the writing process so your writing will be of top quality. It won’t take long to do everything right since the length is only 1-2 pages!

You will need to have your rough draft ready for Tuesday February 22.

Due: Friday 2/25/11

Our trusty Six Traits Rubric will be used to evaluate this written piece forVoiceWord Choice, and Conventions.

Here’s an example from last year.

Examples of Feudal Narratives

Here is the rubric you will be assessed with

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Vocabulary-C.C.B. #1

Here are the Vocabulary words for this week. They are taken straight from our novel, Catherine Called Birdy. There is noScreen shot 2011-02-14 at 8.41.49 AM book work for this vocabulary. You will download the attached PowerPoint, created by Mrs. Carozza, and complete the four tasks for each vocab. word.

Work is due Friday.

Quiz Friday.

Catherine, Called Birdy Vocab 1

  1. betrothal
  2. docile
  3. excessive
  4. feign
  5. inflammation
  6. plagued
  7. ponder
  8. putrid
  9. smitten
  10. sulk

Catherine Called Birdy

Here are some useful resources that will aid your reading of Catherine, Called Birdy.

Chapter summaries “September” – “November”

Please note that these vocabulary lists are not the same ones we will use for our weekly vocabulary.

Vocabulary for “September”

Vocabulary for “October”

If you’d like to listen to the audio of the book, click on the links below (they are on Mr. Robinson’s blog).

September Audio

October Audio

November Audio