Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thank You Mr. McLaughlin

Today we spent the day writing a response to prompt B on page 220, using some convenient sentence frames (below) provided by Mr. McLaughlin. Students were encouraged to use the frames as written or modify or ignore them based on their comfort level with the task. Students should finish and do a revision (on the same paper; no need to rewrite) tonight for HW.
“The Necklace” and “$pending $pree”

       In both fiction and real life, people can fall victim to believing that the more they have, the better their lives will be. The problem is that ______________________________________________________
_______________________________________. Both the short story “_____________________” and the non-fiction article “___________________________” deal with this issue.

       In the beginning of “_______________________,” Mme. Loisel believes that she would be happy if only ___________________________________________________. Given the chance to attend ____________________________________, she borrows a necklace that she believes is made of ________________________ so that at the ball she _________________________________________. Early the next morning things go terribly wrong when ___________________________________________________________________, forcing Mathilde and her husband to ________________________________________________ and __________________________________________. Ten years later, the Loisels are ____________________ and _____________________________, but they are finally free of debt. What a terrible price they paid!

       Today’s teen can learn something from the Loisel’s story, because as the article “____________________” points out, nowadays, ______________________________
_________________________________. Because teens nowadays spend an average of ________________ per week, credit card companies __________________________________, and if teens take advantage of what seems like a cool credit card offer, soon enough they can end up __________________ and _____________________________________. Why do teens spend so much and why are they such an easy target? The article suggests that it’s because _______________________________________, and because ______________________________. To help teens avoid the trap of credit card debt, one city ____________________________________
_________________________________. A chart in the article shows that ______________________.

         In my own life, I’ve noticed that ___________________________________________________. In fact, my spending habits _________________________________________. By reading “The Necklace” and “$pending $pree,” I have learned that ____________________________

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