Friday, November 13, 2015

Reading Period 9: November 14 - 20: A Little Princess

Class meeting: November 20
Due date: November 19, 7pm

Long read:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, chapters 15-19

Short read:

"Rikki Tikki Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling
Make sure you read this! We're going to act it out in class.


"First Fig"
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!

Creative Assignment:

Read this article about diamond mining. Take another stab at creating an open pit diamond mine in Minecraft, as realistic as you can make it. Use dynamite to create your crater.


Create a video in which you recite "My Heart Leaps Up" by William Wordsworth and "Dreams" by Langston Hughes and "First Fig" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. You may want to use the same strategy to memorize "First Fig" that we used to memorize the first two poems. After you've made your video, post it! You must be looking right at the camera during the video -- we'll know if you're sneaking peeks at the words!

Writing Assignment:

Let's practice the art of summarizing! When your words are limited, you have to choose carefully what to include and what to leave out of a shortened version of a story. You may have to leave out dialogue, but if you leave out too much sensory detail, you lose the idea of the story. Experiment with one of the options below.

Write a 200 word summary of the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi. Try to include all the salient points of the story in your summary while keeping it short. What must you include, and what can you leave out? How short can you make your introduction? You must not go over 200 words.


Write a 200 word summary of the episode where Sara finds the fourpence and buys the buns, which we practiced summarizing in class. Try to make it exactly 200 words! What details must you include, to commmunicate the meaning of the episode, and what can you leave out?


1. What makes the inconquerable Sara cry?
2. Who tattled on the girls in the attic to Miss Minchin?
3. How does Sara know she is not dreaming after the Magic transforms the attic?
4. What was Sara's punishment supposed to be after her interrupted feast with Ermengarde?
5. How does Sara send a communication to the person who is sending the gifts?
6. Why is Mr. Carrisford disappointed with Mr. Carmichael's report?
7. Why does Sara come to the house of the Indian gentleman?
8. What does Miss Minchin want when she hears Sara's fortune is restored?
9. Who calls Miss Minchin a "hard, selfish, worldly woman"?
10. What happened to Becky and the beggar child outside the bakery?

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