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Jennifer Bessert

Teacher: 3rd Year 2016-17 World Literature, Sophomore class American Literature, Junior Class British/ English Literature, Senior Class

  • American Literature, Snow Day(s?) - Jan. 13th & 16th, 2017

    Friday: 

    Read Chapter 18 and complete questions on page 39.

    Monday:  

    Read Chapter 19 and complete questions on page 40.

    Mon. Homework:

    Read page 20 and complete questions on page 41.

    Let me know if you have any concerns or need guidance on the questions.

    Be blessed and stay warm.

    Mrs. Bessert

    660-223-6008 cell

    660-438-8800 home 

     

     

  • Brit./English Literature, Snow Day - Friday, Jan. 13th, 2017

    Comprehension and Creative Writing 

     Read: 

     “A Lady in a Machine-Shop” By Susan Bivin Aller

    “Mattie, will you make a new sled for us?” the boys called out as they ran home through the fresh New Hampshire snow.

    Margaret sighed. Then she smiled and went to find her toolbox and some wood. She was not yet fifteen that winter day in 1853, but the sleds, kites, and other playthings that she made for her brothers were the envy of all the boys in town.

    Margaret liked working with jackknives and pieces of wood. When she grew up, she said, “Dolls never possessed any charms for me. I couldn’t see the sense of coddling bits of porcelain with senseless faces.”

    Margaret E. Knight was born in York, Maine, in 1838. Her family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was young, and she and her brothers all worked in the cotton mills as children. When she was twelve, Margaret saw a mill worker injured by a steel-tipped shuttle that fell from a loom. Shocked by the accident, she invented a safety mechanism to keep shuttles from flying loose. That mechanical device—her first invention—was so practical that it was soon adopted by all the cotton mills.

    By the late 1860's, Knight was working for the Columbia Paper Bag Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. There she operated machines that made the flat, envelope-shaped bags that were in general use at the time. A number of people had tried to improve these machines so that they would automatically make square-bottomed, self-standing bags—like our present-day grocery bags—without having to cut, fold, and paste them by hand. No one had been able to make such a machine.

    Knight studied the machines at the factory during the day and made numerous drawings and models at night in the boarding house where she lived. In 1867, she wrote in her diary, “I’ve been to work all this evening trying the clock work arrangement for making the square bottoms. It works well so far, so good. Have done enough for one day.”

    She completed a wooden model and made thousands of trial bags in the factory. When she was sure the machine was in working order, she hired a machinist to make an iron model so that she could register it at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. Copyright © by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. All rights reserved.

    Before Knight had time to apply for a patent, however, she heard that a man named Charles F. Annan had just received a patent for a nearly identical machine. She discovered that Annan had been spying on the machinist who was making her model and that he had copied it and hurried to have it patented in his name.

    Knight was furious. She hired an attorney, and armed with witnesses, documents, drawings, early models of her machine, and even her personal diaries, she fought for her rights to the patent. And she won!

    In his decision in the case of Knight v. Annan in 1871, the commissioner of patents complimented Knight on “the most notable character” of her work and judged her “the prior inventor, and entitled to a patent.” Then he added, “Considering her little practical acquaintance with machinery, her success . . . is a matter of great surprise.” Knight must have been insulted. Little acquaintance, indeed! Defending her knowledge of mechanics at one point in the case, she told him, “I have from my earliest recollection been connected in some way with machinery. . . . I have worked at almost everything where machinery is employed.”

    Knight continued to broaden her mechanical and inventive skills. While most women inventors of the time patented devices for the home, she was truly “a lady in a machine-shop,” as the Woman's Journal called her in 1872. She lived in Framingham, Massachusetts, but worked long hours in her “experiment rooms” at 110 High Street, Boston. In the next twenty years, Knight patented machines for the paper bag, rubber, and shoe industries. By 1900, she was designing engines for the new automobile industry.

    Among her last patents, registered when she was in her seventies, were ones for a “nonskiddable” tire tread and the gasoline-powered Knight Silent Motor, which she developed with the financial backing of Anna F. and Beatrice M. Davidson and others of Saratoga Springs, New York.

    When Knight died at the age of seventy-six on October 12, 1914, she held patents for twenty two inventions and had assigned patents for an estimated sixty more to her financial backers and employers. One newspaper called her a “woman Edison.” As a professional inventor, Knight might have considered that a great compliment.

    Write:

    Then write an essay explaining what skills and qualities Margaret Knight possessed that led her to her success as an inventor. Be sure to include specific  information from the article to support your ideas. Do not merely summarize the article. Remember that your response will be evaluated in two ways on your understanding of the article and on the quality of your writing. 

    Two paragraph Minimum please. Utilize your essay rubric for reminders of of the writing expectations. Please be sure to proof read your work. When doing so make sure that your writing educates your reader. As a writer you always want to assume your reader has no familiarity with the topic you are writing about and then ask yourself the question; Have I informed them? Does the reader have more answers than questions after reader my work?

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a shout, or a text. 

    Mrs. Bessert

    660-223-6008 cell

    660-438-8800 home 

  • 10th - World Literature, Snow Day - Friday, January 13th, 2017

    Comprehension and Creative Writing 

     Read: 

     “A Lady in a Machine-Shop” By Susan Bivin Aller

    “Mattie, will you make a new sled for us?” the boys called out as they ran home through the fresh New Hampshire snow.

    Margaret sighed. Then she smiled and went to find her toolbox and some wood. She was not yet fifteen that winter day in 1853, but the sleds, kites, and other playthings that she made for her brothers were the envy of all the boys in town.

    Margaret liked working with jackknives and pieces of wood. When she grew up, she said, “Dolls never possessed any charms for me. I couldn’t see the sense of coddling bits of porcelain with senseless faces.”

    Margaret E. Knight was born in York, Maine, in 1838. Her family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was young, and she and her brothers all worked in the cotton mills as children. When she was twelve, Margaret saw a mill worker injured by a steel-tipped shuttle that fell from a loom. Shocked by the accident, she invented a safety mechanism to keep shuttles from flying loose. That mechanical device—her first invention—was so practical that it was soon adopted by all the cotton mills.

    By the late 1860's, Knight was working for the Columbia Paper Bag Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. There she operated machines that made the flat, envelope-shaped bags that were in general use at the time. A number of people had tried to improve these machines so that they would automatically make square-bottomed, self-standing bags—like our present-day grocery bags—without having to cut, fold, and paste them by hand. No one had been able to make such a machine.

    Knight studied the machines at the factory during the day and made numerous drawings and models at night in the boarding house where she lived. In 1867, she wrote in her diary, “I’ve been to work all this evening trying the clock work arrangement for making the square bottoms. It works well so far, so good. Have done enough for one day.”

    She completed a wooden model and made thousands of trial bags in the factory. When she was sure the machine was in working order, she hired a machinist to make an iron model so that she could register it at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. Copyright © by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. All rights reserved.

    Before Knight had time to apply for a patent, however, she heard that a man named Charles F. Annan had just received a patent for a nearly identical machine. She discovered that Annan had been spying on the machinist who was making her model and that he had copied it and hurried to have it patented in his name.

    Knight was furious. She hired an attorney, and armed with witnesses, documents, drawings, early models of her machine, and even her personal diaries, she fought for her rights to the patent. And she won!

    In his decision in the case of Knight v. Annan in 1871, the commissioner of patents complimented Knight on “the most notable character” of her work and judged her “the prior inventor, and entitled to a patent.” Then he added, “Considering her little practical acquaintance with machinery, her success . . . is a matter of great surprise.” Knight must have been insulted. Little acquaintance, indeed! Defending her knowledge of mechanics at one point in the case, she told him, “I have from my earliest recollection been connected in some way with machinery. . . . I have worked at almost everything where machinery is employed.”

    Knight continued to broaden her mechanical and inventive skills. While most women inventors of the time patented devices for the home, she was truly “a lady in a machine-shop,” as the Woman's Journal called her in 1872. She lived in Framingham, Massachusetts, but worked long hours in her “experiment rooms” at 110 High Street, Boston. In the next twenty years, Knight patented machines for the paper bag, rubber, and shoe industries. By 1900, she was designing engines for the new automobile industry.

    Among her last patents, registered when she was in her seventies, were ones for a “nonskiddable” tire tread and the gasoline-powered Knight Silent Motor, which she developed with the financial backing of Anna F. and Beatrice M. Davidson and others of Saratoga Springs, New York.

    When Knight died at the age of seventy-six on October 12, 1914, she held patents for twenty two inventions and had assigned patents for an estimated sixty more to her financial backers and employers. One newspaper called her a “woman Edison.” As a professional inventor, Knight might have considered that a great compliment.

    Write:

    Then write an essay explaining what skills and qualities Margaret Knight possessed that led her to her success as an inventor. Be sure to include specific  information from the article to support your ideas. Do not merely summarize the article. Remember that your response will be evaluated in two ways on your understanding of the article and on the quality of your writing. 

    Two paragraph Minimum please. Utilize your essay rubric for reminders of of the writing expectations. Please be sure to proof read your work. When doing so make sure that your writing educates your reader. As a writer you always want to assume your reader has no familiarity with the topic you are writing about and then ask yourself the question; Have I informed them? Does the reader have more answers than questions after reader my work?

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a shout, or a text. 

    Mrs. Bessert

    660-223-6008 cell

    660-438-8800 home 

  • Class assignments

    Jr. High Girls Bible:

    Challenge:

    Wednesday: Spend time with the Lord in prayer today and ask Him to reveal to you someone who is need of encouragement. Then take a few minutes to grab some stationary and send that person a hand written note with a Bible verse to help encourage them and to let them know you are standing behind them in prayer. Note in your prayer journal what God revealed to you and how you felt after being faithful to His prompting. 

    Thursday: Again today as you spend time in the word and in prayer ask God to reveal to you a tangible way in which you can show his love through your words and actions to someone else. Then lead with a random act of kindness to someone in your household, or that you come in contact with this day. Be a love ninja - and do this quietly and secretly - without being asked or rewarded. Note in your prayer journal what God revealed to you and how you felt after being faithful to His prompting. If you were able to witness their receipt of the blessing, how did this act of kindness affect the person who received it?

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    Themes and Literature: 

     Wednesday: Read "Pip" starting Pg. 118, at the end complete questions 1-6.

    **Review the literature terms that we tested on just before Christmas break. You were instructed to keep those handy, as we would be revisiting them later. This was an area that most students struggled with. You should have the original worksheet that I gave you as well as your own notes with terms and definitions. Understanding these terms and being able recall their definitions will aid in your enjoyment and execution of academic reading and writing.

    Homework:

    Read "Humble" begins on page 125, complete questions 1-3 

    Review your Lit. terms as noted above. 

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    8th Grade Science:

    Wednesday: Read Pages 122-125, complete question 5.10. Please read through the experiment in the text in its entirety, as we will attempt to this experiment together in class on Friday.

    Add and any new bold words and their definitions to your science - vocab notes. 

    Thursday homework: Read 125 -127 

    Add and any new bold words and their definitions to your science - vocab notes and review them. If you study a few minutes each day, recall will be much easier for you come test time. We will review those orally on Friday and begin the Study Guide on Monday. Please make sure you have copied any of your science fair work/ information onto an external ("thumb", "zip", "flash") drive. Remember you were instructed to bring those with you each Friday from now until the Science Fair. This will allow you have a working copy of your project at school (without duplication) so that you can work on it as time allows, and for me to check your progress.

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     World Lit.

    Wednesday:  Read: Cry The Beloved Country, Chapters one and two, write a summery of what you have learned so far. This is a great place to start with exposition, the premise of the story and who the characters are, as well as your initial perceptions of the novel. From what you know so far,what do you think the authors in tent was in writing this book? Please be sure to give solid  information (details) to defend, or support your perceptions. 

    Thursday homework: Complete your weekly Lit. Logs and writing journals. Remember this assignment is to be written in cursive and must be at least two paragraphs long. Please review your rubric to make sure you are fulfillment all the requirements. 

     **Review the literature terms that we tested on just before Christmas break. You were instructed to keep those handy, as we would be revisiting them later. This was an area that most students struggled with. You should have the original worksheet that I gave you as well as your own notes with terms and definitions. Understanding these terms and being able recall their definitions will aid in your enjoyment and execution of academic reading and writing.

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    American Lit. 

    Wednesday: Read and complete pages 25 -26 "Setting", "characterization" pgs. 26 - 28 *skip #7 (essay) of the worksheet pack I gave you for Section One of Fahrenheit 451.

    Thursday homework: Complete your weekly Lit. Logs and writing journals. Remember this assignment is to be written in cursive and must be at least two paragraphs long. Please review your rubric to make sure you are fulfillment all the requirements. 

     **Review the literature terms that we tested on just before Christmas break. You were instructed to keep those handy, as we would be revisiting them later. This was an area that most students struggled with. You should have the original worksheet that I gave you as well as your own notes with terms and definitions. Understanding these terms and being able recall their definitions will aid in your enjoyment and execution of academic reading and writing. 

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    Brit./ English Lit.

    Wednesday: Read Chapter One. Write a summery of what you have learned so far. This is a great place to start with exposition, the premise of the story and who the characters are, as well as your initial perceptions of the novel. From what you know so far,what do you think the authors intent was in writing this book? Please be sure to give solid  information (details) to defend, or support your perceptions. 

    Thursday homework: Complete your weekly Lit. Logs and writing journals. Remember this assignment is to be written in cursive and must be at least two paragraphs long. Please review your rubric to make sure you are fulfillment all the requirements. 

     **Review the literature terms that we tested on just before Christmas break. You were instructed to keep those handy, as we would be revisiting them later. This was an area that most students struggled with. You should have the original worksheet that I gave you as well as your own notes with terms and definitions. Understanding these terms and being able recall their definitions will aid in your enjoyment and execution of academic reading and writing. 

     

     

     

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