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A joke you can tell in class!

COCA-COLA IN ISRAELA disappointed salesman of Cola returned from his assignment to Israel.  A friend asked, "Why weren't you successful with the Israelis?" The salesman explained, "When I got posted, I was very confident that I would make a good sales pitch.  But I had a problem. I didn't know how to speak Hebrew. So I planned to convey the message through three posters :

First poster : A man lying in the hot desert sand ... totally exhausted and fainting.
Second poster : The man is drinking ColaThird poster : Our man is now totally refreshed.
And then these posters were pasted all over the place.""Terrific! That should have worked!" said the friend. "The heck it should have!" said the salesman."No one told me they read from right to left!"
From somewhere on the Internet! 

Today's Date in History

I just found a very interesting site, Today's Date in History.

http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/december_23.html

Just to start out, I picked today's date, December 23rd.

In the classroom, you could use this for a writing assignment, or a research project.

Example.  Take an event and show how it was significant or not,


One event that was insignificatn:
1975Congress passes Metric Conversion Act

Well, this didn't work because in the United States people still use the old system of measurement!  When I was growing up, we used inches, yards and miles.
The temperature is in Fahrenheit, and in the kitchen we use cups, quarts and gallons.

Did the fact that Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act really change the way that Americans measure the world?  Not really.  I was going to school during the 70's and really, people in the States still measure the old way.  Coming to Israel where the measurements really are in Metric was a big change for me!  And to tell the truth, in…

Spelling i before e words and some exceptions.

I, Too, Sing America Exersice Langston Hughes

If you are using the poem I, Too, Sing America in a 10th grade class, then here are some questions that you can use for reading comprehension.   
Have fun with the poem, and have a Happy Chanuka! 
Rachael Alice www.rachaelorbach.weebly.com 
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Questions about I, Too, Sing America. Why is Langston Hughes considered a great American poet? __________________________________What is the main point of the poem. ___________________________________What emotion is the voice of the narrator? __________________________________What does eating in the kitchen represent? __________________________________Why was the narrator in the kitchen?___________________________________In stanza two, the narrator tells of his plans to get out of the kitchen. Why is this important? ___________________________________What is the narrator's expectations that other people will say? __________________________________How will the narrator feel then? ___________________…

Exercise Relative Pronouns

This is a short exercise if you are working on Relative Pronouns.

There are a few Relative Pronouns, Who, which, That, Where.

Complete the sentences with the correct Relative Pronoun.

1. I have an older sister _________________________ thinks she knows everything.
2. I am a person _______________________ is very shy.
3. Who ate the cake ____________________ was here on the table?
4. Artemis Fowl, ______________________ is a series of books about a mythical world was recently on the New York Times Best-Seller's list.
5. Shmuel, ________________________ is the tallest, is a great basketball player.
6. Did you see my cellphone _____________________was on the table?

Rachael Alice Orbach
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