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Bell-work - thought for the day, word of the week, quick write, and word game.

Bell-work - thought for the day, word of the week, quick write, and word game.


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  • spot
  • Flash . . . Ellipsis, indicates omission of words, or pause
  • Hard debacle (n.) a disastrous failure, disruption (The elaborately designed fireworks show turned into a debacle when the fireworks started firing in random directions.)
  • kick
  • cover
  • Form Picture taken on trip to Spain two summers ago. People just spontaneously started to dance when a street band was playing. Relationships.
  • Water embellish 1. (v.) to decorate, adorn (My mom embellished the living room by adding lace curtains.) 2. (v.)to add details to, enhance (When Harry told me that he hadc “ done stuff” on his vacation, I asked him to embellish upon his account.) - Omar Idn Al-Halif caliph, organizor of Muslim empire
  • Drop A homograph is a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have different meanings. When spoken, the meanings may be distinguished by different pronunciations, Example Gold is heavier than lead .The mother duck can lead her ducklings around. "Will you please close that door!"The tiger was now so close that I could smell it... The wind howled through the woodlands. Wind your watch. St. Augustine – town in Florida –catholic saint
  • [People] brackets are used to show a word has been changed from an original quote The original words was MEN see clearer. Old quotes always use man or men rather than including women. light
  • Wheel Picture is mark goldberg---creator of FACEBOOK
  • park
  • Green modicum (n.) a small amount of something (Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss’s affair in front of the entire office.)
  • Wash Casey Stengel – Yankee outfielder and coach
  • box
  • stone
  • milk
  • grass copious (adj.) profuse, abundant (Copious amounts of Snapple were imbibed in the cafeteria.)
  • space
  • head
  • eye
  • ground
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    • 1. 09/01/11 – inane
      • “ Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” --Lou Holtz
      • Football head coach, author, speaker, sports commentator, Coach of the year. Led 6 schools to bowl games and 4 schools to the top 20.
      • Write a paragraph describing how you see your ability as a reader; what motivates you to read; does your attitude
      • toward reading influence your ability or motivation?
      • Associated words:
        • light
        • hot
        • check
    • 2. 09/02/11 - inane
      • “ Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
      • - Norman Vincent Peale ( Preacher, author “Power of Positive Thinking.”
      • Founder Horatio Alger Association)
      • Quick Write: The biggest mess that I ever got myself into was. . .
      • Use the WOW in your answer.
      • Associated words:
        • light
        • hot
        • back
    • 3. 09/06/11 - debacle
      • debacle (n.) a disastrous failure, disruption (The elaborately designed fireworks show
      • turned into a debacle when the fireworks started firing in random directions.)
      • “ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and fools do.” -Ben Franklin
      • Quick Write:
      • Think about a photograph you feel a strong emotional connection to, one of: a family gathering, you and your grandfather,
      • your first communion, a day at the beach. Tell who is
      • in the photo and why you treasure it.
      • Associated words
        • wood
        • liquor
        • luck
    • 4. 09/07/11 - debacle
      • “ A mistake is not a failure. It is something that goes wrong . . and then you fix it. You never fail until you stop trying.” – unknown
      • Quick Write
        • Which is worse, failing or never trying? Explain.
      • Use the WOW in your answer
      • Associated Words:
      • drop
      • off
      • stand
    • 5. 09/08/11 - debacle “ Let a smile be your umbrella.” Unknown Quick Write: The happiest moment of my life was . . . Associated Words: Hard Under up
    • 6. 09/09/11 - debacle
      • All relationships are a reflection of the relationship you have with yourself.
      • Quick Write:
      • The most interesting place I have ever visited is. . .
      • Associated Words:
      • fitting
      • land
      • free
    • 7. 09/12/11 - embellish embellish 1. (v.) to decorate, adorn (My mom embellished the living room by adding lace curtains.) 2. (v.)to add details to, enhance (When Harry told me that he had“done stuff” on his vacation, I asked him to embellish upon his account.) “ Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity.” - Omar Idn Al-Halif Quick Write: In your journal write about a spoken word or a neglected opportunity that you wish you could have back to do differently. Associated Words: salt melon white
    • 8. 09/13/10 - embellish
      • “ If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.”
      • St. Augustine
      • Quick Write
      • The problem of crime can be eliminated by. . .
      • Associated words
      • gum
      • kick
      • tear
    • 9. 09/14/11 - embellish
      • “ Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. [People] see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.”
      • Henry Ward Beecher (was a prominent, congregationalist, clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late -19th century.)
      • Quick Write:
      • Dear Teacher, There is something you need to
      • know. . .
      • Associated Words:
      • house
      • star
      • street
    • 10. 09/15/11 - embellish
      • “ One person with a commitment is worth more than a hundred who only have an interest.”
      • Mary Crowley (business woman and philanthropist)
      • Quick Write:
      • “ When I was a kid I had certain chores I had to
      • do. The first one was . . .”. Write about that
      • chore in all the detail you can remember and
      • show your feelings about doing it
      • Associated Words:
      • cart
      • fifth
      • chair
    • 11. 09/16/11 - embellish Always make the most of the best and the least of the worst. What saying does this picture represent? Associated Words: theme trailer ball
    • 12. 09/19/11 - modicum modicum (n.) a small amount of something (Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss’s affair in front of the entire office.) “ It is an illusion to think that more comfort means more happiness. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to be needed.” - Storm Jameson (British author) Quick Write: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Associated Words: thumb ever onion
    • 13. 09/20/11 - modicum
      • “ The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.”
      • Casey Stengel
      • Quick Write:
      • This is my family.
      • Associated Words:
      • hog
      • board
      • mouth
    • 14. 09/21/11 - modicum "Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time,and always start with the person nearest you." - Mother Teresa Quick Write: The proudest moment of my life. Associated Words: car top ice
    • 15. 09/22/11 - modicum "You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts." - Brian Tracy (motivational speaker) Quick Write: Write a paragraph describing what type of people you attract into your life. Associated Word: key wall precious
    • 16. 09/23/11 - modicum “ We never listen when we are eager to speak.” -Francois Rochefoucauld (writer) Quick Write: Why are so many people selfish, greedy, and unfriendly? Associated Words: butter maid run
    • 17. 09/26/11 - copious copious (adj.) profuse, abundant (Copious amounts of Snapple were imbibed in the cafeteria.) Courage doesn’ t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says. . .I’ll try again tomorrow. Quick Write: If I could be anywhere in the world it would be. . . Associated Words: blue land roots
    • 18. 09/27/11 - copious Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. Quick Write: Write about a regret that you didn’t do and wish now that you had. Associated Words: back cra crawl work
    • 19. 09/28/11 - copious Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. Quick Write: How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Associated words: hot strong arrow
    • 20. 09/29/11 - copious
      • "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller
      • Pick a fear that you have and
      • write about it.
      • Associated words:
      • sore
      • witness
      • buck
    • 21. 09/30/11 - copious
      • "You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water." - Rabindranath Tagore (poet)
      • To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? If not, what would you have done differently?
      • Associated words:
              • battle work
      •   play