Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
Chapter 1
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
Chapter 4
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
Chapter 5
I walk down another street.

By: Portia Nelson 
Reader Response:
1.  What is your interpretation of the poem?
2.  When does the author’s tone begin to change? (Which stanza? Support your answer.)
3.  Where do you think one may find this poem in the real world?
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Sometimes it is difficult to know if a book is going to
be too easy or too hard by just looking at it.  The
Five Finger test is one way to “test” a book before
you spend too much time with it and get frustrated.

rfbooks

1.  First choose the book you think you would like to read.

2.  Find a page of text somewhere in the middle of the book.  Find a page
with lots of text (words) and few or no pictures.

3.  Begin to read the page.  It is best to read the page aloud or in a whisper
if possible while doing the test so you can hear the places where you have
difficulty.

4.  Each time you come to a word you don’t know, hold one finger up.

 

5.  If you have all five fingers up before you get to the end of the page,
wave the book “good-bye.”  It is probably too difficult for you right now.  Try it
again later in the year.


If you need help finding a book, ask me or Mrs. Snow.

Orginal information can be found HERE

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Reminder: Flashcards are due Wednesday! Your test is also on Wednesday!

Front Side: Term

Back Side: Definition and picture

EOG Terms that must be included:

1. Refine (to improve or perfect)

2. Convey (to communicate or show by statement or appearance)

3. Dialogue (a verbal exchange between two or more people)

4. Idiom (a “saying” or expression whose meaning cannot be determined by literally reading the words; cultural)

5. Extended Metaphor (a comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences)

6. Objective (information is factual–unbiased)

7. Subjective (information is based on an opinion–biased)

 

ADD THE FOLLOWING WORDS TO YOUR SOUND LIST:

-ASSONANCE (Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close to each other – this also includes diphthongs. Like alliteration, it is the sound rather than the letter used that is important.)

-CONSONANCE (Literary Consonance is the repetition of final consonant sounds in nearby words that do not fully rhyme for example: short and sweet.)

-REPETITION (is the simple repeating of a word, within a sentence or a poetical line, with no particular placement of the words, in order to provide emphasis.)

 

 

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