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Royal Obsessed

Greetings royal enthusiasts,

If you’re anything like me, you’re semi-obsessed with the recent royal happenings, specifically the engagement of Diana, Princess of Wales’s youngest son, Harry, to American actor Meghan Markle.  This earth-shattering news leaves us royal-watchers wondering:  who is this American brunette who has captured the heart of England’s most eligible royal bachelor?  And what are the plans for the wedding of year?  Well, you’re in luck because you’ve found a source for all the dishy tidbits on the princess-to be, the ring, the engagement and, the wedding.

First, let’s talk a little about the lucky girl herself:  Megan Markle, age 36, was born in Los Angeles, California.  Her father was a sound engineer on the famous 80’s TV show, Married With Children while her mother worked as a yoga instructor.  Meghan’s not your average budding princess:  she’s making royal history and breaking barriers in all kinds of areas.  First, she’s divorced (which may not be a big deal for you and me, but it’s huge for the royals as it wasn’t too long ago that the King abdicated his throne to marry a divorcee).  Second, she’s bi-racial (again, no biggie in the real world, but  another royal first).  Go Meghan!  This blogger is excited about our new princess…more to come about her acting, her philanthropy (a passion that she and Harry share), and her plans to undoubtedly shake up the castle a little.

So what’s next for this plucky American?  Well, Royal Central reports that it’s Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham- hope she’s brushed up on her manners as that’s bound to be a tough crowd!  I wonder what she’ll get the queen?  A new hankie?  Maybe a  yoga mat? Best of luck Meghan – we’re rooting for you!

Cherrio for now!

Mentor Blogs

Pet ownershttps://herepup.com/ – Terrific blog about dogs, dog owners, celebrity dogs, etc…

http://www.ammothedachshund.com/ – Written from the perspective of a dachsund.  Clever and fun to read.

ATonksTail.com – Cat Owners Blog

MegDendler.blogspot.com – Cat owner blog by person who has also written a fiction series about her cats.

Fashion

http://www.dinasdays.com/ – Blog by a thrift-store fanatic, about fashion and finding a bargain in unexpected places.

Science / Technology

http://www.seymoursimon.com/index.php/blog/ – Science focused blog by the author of many science books.

https://www.wired.com/category/science-blogs/ – Writers at Wired Magazine maintain a bunch of blogs, which are all collected here.

https://www.engadget.com/ – Essential blog if you are interested in technology gadgets, gaming or things like that.

Sports

Gabriele Marcotti’s blog for ESPN-FC — terrific soccer writer

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/marcotti-musings/62/index

Joe Posnanski’s Blog – A terrific sports writer and lover of baseball.  This blog covers all aspects of baseball, culture and tactics.

Travel

http://www.offassignment.com/ – A travel blog, written by journalists when they aren’t reporting for their real jobs.  The writing is awesome, and the content can sometimes be serious as well as fun.

https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/ – Written by a couple who travel the country in an old Ford Focus, cooking by the side of the road and backpacking.

https://www.lostwithpurpose.com/ – The two people who write this blog make a point of visiting places that are off the grid and unexpected.  Their experiences are terrific, and it’s an example of a blog written from a unique perspective.

Cooking / Food

http://thewoodandspoon.com – Great cooking blog about baking, travel and other experiences the author has around food.  Recipes are terrific too.

https://www.thehungrybites.com/about/ – Cooking blog from a man in Greece, who has amazing recipes, and writes really well too.

http://www.chicagofoodiegirl.com/ – A local voice, checking out places to eat around The Windy City.

Extras: Finalists for the Edublog awards

Miriam’s Magical Moments

Heather’s Perfect Posts

Planet Zoe

Zac’s Lego Blog

Autistic and Proud

Avogadro Salad

Bella’s World

Navigate Body Paragraph Prompt

Choose ONE of the TWO short stories that you have read during our literature circles.

 Based on your reading) of the short texts in this unit, what is the purpose of the authors’ writing (warning, prediction, disclosure)? What message are they sending to readers about utopia?

×In “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut (or your literature circle short story) uses his story to offer readers a warning to humanity that_____________________.

Support your paragraph’s claim with TWO pieces of direct, textual evidence. Each piece of evidence should be explained.

Summer Reading Blog Post Prompt

Write a Kid Blog post about your summer reading book:

  • Briefly describe the title, author, main characters, and primary conflict.  Then label at least three plot points from your book and connect them to our Freytag lesson (exposition, rising action, inciting incident, climax, falling action, denouement). 

NAVIGATE:

Write a Kid Blog post about your summer reading book:

  • Briefly describe the title, author, main characters, and primary conflict.
  • Which of the Seven Stories is your book an example of?  Why did you categorize it that way?