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Telling a StoryPosted: Today
Narrative writing tells a story. The word narrative is related to the word narrate, to tell. The narrator in a play tells the story. Narrative writing contains a plot, setting, and characters. It also has a theme.
Narrative writing creates fiction texts like novels, short stories, and plays. But, it also produces historical accounts and biographies. When you are telling the story of a historical event, you are doing narrative writing. Likewise, when you are telling a person’s story (a biography), you are doing narrative writing.
One common form of narrative writing is the narrative essay, or personal essay. In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about something, usually something he or she experienced. It can be about an experience or event from the past, or something that is recent or ongoing that the writer is dealing with. The story is told from the author’s point of view. Like any story, the narrative essay should be told in sequence and have a conflict. It may also have dialogue.
Click here or here to read a sample narrative essay.
Think of an event in your life that you would like to write about. It could be an embarrassing or proud moment, a funny incident that you were a part of, or something else. Make sure to write your narrative essay with a clear point of view and bold verbs. How is writing a narrative essay different from writing an imaginative story?

Plants Are ImportantPosted: Monday, April 24
All plants need water, air, and light. Plants do not eat. They use the light from the sun to make their own food. That is why a plant always grows towards the sun. Plants make the food in their leaves. Then they store the food in their stems and roots. They use this food on gloomy days when the sun does not shine.

If there were no plants, there would be no life on Earth. Plants start every food chain. An animal eats the plant. Or it eats the seeds or fruit of the plant. Then another animal eats that animal. Some animals eat both plants and animals.

1. What do plants need to live?

2. How are plants important to us?

3. Dsecribe a plant where you live.

Telling a StoryPosted: Monday, April 24
Narrative writing tells a story. The word narrative is related to the word narrate, to tell. The narrator in a play tells the story. Narrative writing contains a plot, setting, and characters. It also has a theme.
Narrative writing creates fiction texts like novels, short stories, and plays. But, it also produces historical accounts and biographies. When you are telling the story of a historical event, you are doing narrative writing. Likewise, when you are telling a person’s story (a biography), you are doing narrative writing.
One common form of narrative writing is the narrative essay, or personal essay. In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about something, usually something he or she experienced. It can be about an experience or event from the past, or something that is recent or ongoing that the writer is dealing with. The story is told from the author’s point of view. Like any story, the narrative essay should be told in sequence and have a conflict. It may also have dialogue.
Click here or here to read a sample narrative essay.
Think of an event in your life that you would like to write about. It could be an embarrassing or proud moment, a funny incident that you were a part of, or something else. Make sure to write your narrative essay with a clear point of view and bold verbs. How is writing a narrative essay different from writing an imaginative story?

Colonial ClothingPosted: Monday, March 6 Discuss

Clothing was much different in history.In the 1770’s both boys and girls in the American colonies wore these types of dressing gowns called shifts until they were almost 5 years old.

As they got older young girls would wear what was called a stay.A stay was like a corset.It made sure the back was supported when doing work around the house, like lifting heavy milk buckets or cooking pots.

Girls and women would also wear aprons made of linen.Although the apron did keep a dress clean while a woman was doing housework, most women in this time wore it for fashion.† Also, girls’ dresses didn’t have pockets, so they would attach a pocket to keep their personal items.

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Boysalso dressed differently.They wore knee-breaches sometimes called knickers.They also wore stockings and shoes with shiny buckles.

Examine the clothing in the pictures.What do you think about the way children dressed during colonial times?How is it different than the way you dress? Would you like to dress this way?† Why or why not?



Go to the Massachussetts Memorial Hall Museum online Dress Up activity to learn more about people's clothing in the past!


What Counts as a Culture?Posted: Monday, February 27 Discuss

Every society has unique factors that separate it from all other societies.These factors such as the language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations are some of the artifacts that make up the culture of a society.Each of these factors tells us something about the beliefs and values of the culture.Some cultures are self-contained because they rely on a certain ethnic heritage.For example there is a culture that goes with people of Hispanic, Asian, or African descents within the United States.In other countries beyond the United States there is a culture that is developed out of their history.Egypt, Germany, and Russia each have a culture that is unique to their society.

We can see the evidence of the differences in culture by looking at, and listening to, some of the art work of a society.When a person is in Russia there is a uniqueness to their buildings is created by their distinctive domed tops.

We all know that there are foods that are unique to many different cultures such as stir fry and rice type dishes in Asian cultures and curry spiced dishes from India.In many cases the distinctive dishes of each culture have arisen due to the utilization of the foods and ingredients that are native to the geographical region of the world where the country lies.


When you combine all of the various artifacts of a culture you get what everyone refers to as “the culture of a society.”All of these things together give a society a flavor, or some might even say a personality, that makes that society unique.The people within that society will often work to preserve that culture because of a sense of pride in the culture and what it stands for.

When you think of your culture what do you think makes it stand out from others?Within the United States there are many different cultures such as those distinguished by a religion or ethnicity.What are some of your cultures?How do cultures reflect the beliefs of the people within that culture?

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