Friday, November 21, 2014

SUP 401 Locate important details in passages {Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1}

Tiger in France

According to French authorities, a tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris. Please, if you're currently visiting the tourist destination, stay indoors and quit bragging about your fun vacation.  The AP reports that the town of Montevrain alerted its Facebook followers about the young tiger on Thursday, saying it was found by a resident about five-and-a-half miles from Disneyland Paris. Jean-Baptiste Berdeaux spoke to the French media about the moment his wife spotted the animal, saying, "She didn't get out of the car and called me to say, 'I think I saw a lynx.'"

Cedric Tartaud, chief of staff for the Montevrain mayor, said 60 police, firefighters, and security forces are currently trying to track the tiger.

Police were using a helicopter to help search for the animal, and a wolf-catcher was also drafted in to aid in the search, Seine-et-Marne authorities said.  Police and rescue squads at the scene have roped off a security perimeter, authorities added and urged people living in Montevrain, Chessy and Chalifert to remain indoors. If they had to travel, police advised them to stay in their cars.

A police source told Agence France-Presse, "We have been running after it since this morning. Police officers are trying to intercept it." According to Mirror, police have warned that the search may go into the night.
Where did the tiger come from, you're probably wondering? Well, there is a wild cat animal park about 18 miles from Montevrain, but the Parc des Felins reportedly released a statement on its website saying all of its cats were accounted for. Likewise, Euro Disney deflected blame with an airtight alibi: Disneyland Paris does not have any tigers, so probably this tiger is not their tiger.

So. Whose tiger is it? Is it your tiger? Man, you've got to be more careful with your tiger!

Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Authorities
  2. Visiting
4.    The
Noun
Verb
Article
Person
Shows Action
Refers to a noun

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. What would you do if you saw a tiger near a park you were playing at?  Why?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. The transferable vocabulary word is perimeter .  Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  4. In paragraph 3, what do you think the author means by the use of the word perimeter


SUP 401 Locate important details in passages {Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1}

George R R Martin & Writing

In 1971, a young writer graduated with his Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. He spent the first 13 years of his career writing professionally and made a living from it, but without major success. In 1983, he released his fourth book, The Armageddon Rag.
Nobody read it—the book was a total flop. In the author’s own words, “It essentially destroyed my career as a novelist at the time.”

But he was determined and so he found ways to keep writing. He landed a job writing a television script for CBS. Soon after, the show was cancelled. He managed to work his way onto another TV series, this time on ABC, but it was cancelled again. In 1991, after nearly a decade of bouncing around, he decided to start writing fiction again.
Two million words later, George R.R. Martin was famous.

Martin is the best-selling author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. The first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, has also been turned into a blockbuster television series on HBO. (The first season of the show was nominated for 13 Emmy awards.)  The epic 7-part series that hasn’t even been finished (Martin is currently working on the sixth book), but it has already sold more than 25 million copies. What is most surprising isn’t how good the books are, but how, exactly, Martin writes his best-selling works…

Focus, Consistency, and Patience

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from weightlifting is that there are 3 simple things that you need for success.  Focus: You can’t be good at everything and it’s hard to be great at more than one thing, so pick the one thing you’re going to become great at and focus on it.
Consistency: Focus is useless if you’re only focused every now and then. It’s showing up time after time that makes the difference.
Patience: If you’re focused and consistent, then let time work for you. Results will come when they come. Focus on the system, not the goal.

Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. 1971
  2. Writer
  3. Graduated
Noun
Noun
Verb
Idea
Person
Shows Action

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing


  1. According to the article, what are the three most important things for success?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. The transferable vocabulary word is journalism.  Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  4. According to the article, what do you think is the most important thing for success?

SUP 401 Locate important details in passages {Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1}

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Four members of a family were out of the hospital Thursday morning after suffering severe carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Roseland where the stove and oven were being used for heat, officials said.  "Everybody is home, everybody is doing well," a relative said. "It was very scary. . .I was just running from hospital to hospital to make sure everyone was alive." 

The levels of carbon monoxide in the home in the 300 block of West 107th Street were 1,000 parts per million, a "lethal" level, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  "If we had found 50 parts per million we might evacuate. . .so 1,000, that is lethal," Langford said.

Paramedics were dispatched around 8 p.m. Wednesday after someone inside the home called 911, officials said. They found the four, all adults, unconscious on the living room floor, Langford said.  They included a 79-year-old man who lives in the home and three relatives who had just brought him home from the hospital after being treated for a fall, according to relatives and Fire Chief Tom Sutkus.  He gave their ages as 51, 47 and 23.

The four were taken in critical condition to three hospitals, Langford said. They were breathing but unconscious, he said.  They were all released from the hospitals overnight, relatives said.  Fire officials said they found the oven door open and all four stove burners on, heating pots of water as a make-shift humidifier, officials said.  The furnace was on but malfunctioning, which is why the stove and burners were probably on, Sutkus said.

"We highly recommend you don't do that," Sutkus told reporters at the scene. "If you have a problem with the furnace, please get the furnace checked. Get it serviced. Do not use your stove to heat the house. Do not use the burners. Do not use the oven."  The home did not have a carbon monoxide detector, which is required by city ordinance, officials said.  “I guess my grandfather was trying to fix things on his own, the furnace had been acting up for a while,’’ the relative said.  She said her grandfather returned to the home on 107th Street even though there is no heat.

"The house is cold. . .they busted out all the windows," she said. "He’s very upset by this."

Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Family
  2. The
  3. Hospital
Noun
Article
Noun
Person
Refers to a noun
Place or thing

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. According to the article, why is it important to not heat the house with the oven?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. The transferable vocabulary word is carbon monoxide.  Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  4. According to the article, why did they have water on the stove?


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SUP 401 Locate important details in passages

Idiot To Be Released from Olive Garden Pasta Pass Prison

Alan Martin, a church minister and father of two, has sentenced himself to seven weeks in Never Ending Pasta Pass prison at Olive Garden. He invited the Fox affiliate in Burlington, NC to visit him as he slurps down another bowl of limp noodles swimming in room temperature pond water. It is the saddest two minutes I have ever watched.

Martin welcomes each successive plate of pasta, with a "Hello, friend," his face despondent as a waitresses grates a waterfall of cheese on top of his food.  He tells WGHP that the waitstaff at this Olive Garden treats him "like a celebrity."  An expert might diagnose Martin with Stockholm Syndrome. "I can't believe I get to eat like this every day!" Martin exclaims on camera, his eyes betraying the sentiment. "This is great..."

Martin, who apparently has no other outlet in life, bought the Pasta Pass for $100 in September, and has since eaten at Olive Garden twice a day—every day—for the past six weeks. Just one more to go!  So far, he's eaten 95 bowls of pasta. "He's gotten his money's worth, absolutely..." Burlington Olive Garden general manager Chris Lambert nervously tells WGHP.

Only 1,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes exist. Martin's story may be the most pathetic.  "I would love to be the person that's eaten the most out of the 1,000 people—you know, that'd be a good contest to win," Martin told the TV station.  "Why?" the WGHP reporter asks.

"Because that means I got the most value out of the card than anybody did in the United States," he responded. He figures he's saved more than $1,000. It is unclear how those savings in human money will help cover what Martin has lost in dignity.  You probably think I'm being too hard on 'ol Alan Martin. Go ahead and think that, friend. Because I will not stand for what must be a lie: "Believe it or not," WGHP reports, "he says he hasn't gained any weight."


Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Alan Martin
  2. Minister
4.    Pasta
Noun
Noun
Noun
Person
Person
Thing

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Do you think Alan Martin did too much when he ate almost 100 bowls of pasta in 6 weeks?  Why?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. The transferable vocabulary word is Diagnose.  Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  4. In paragraph 2, how do the workers at the restaurant treat Alan?  Cite a line which proves this point.
  5. In the last paragraph, is Alan proud of what he has done?  Cite a line which shows this.


http://gawker.com/idiot-to-be-released-from-olive-garden-pasta-pass-priso-1654443054

EPAS SUP 401 – Cragin Neighborhood

Glbert Sanchez said he remembers a time when he would stay up until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning to work on his car outside of his home on Chicago's Northwest Side.  "It was no big deal," said Sanchez, who has lived in Cragin for about 28 years. "The neighborhood was so quiet."
Now Sanchez and other neighbors on his block are used to hearing gunshots in their area nearly every week, they said.  Early Sunday, Sanchez and three neighbors stood outside their homes on the corner of North Lockwood and West Oakdale avenues after hearing around 18 gunshots fired on their block.  The shooting, which happened around 12:35 a.m., left an 18-year-old woman dead in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.

The victim was identified as Alexandria Burgos, of the 5200 block of North Nagle Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.  It was the second shooting death within about a month in the area. Less than a mile southwest of the West Oakdale Avenue shooting, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy had exchanged gunfire in the 5000 block of West Wrightwood Avenue on Sept. 18, according to police.

In that incident, 19-year-old Justin Mercado suffered a single gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to Cook County medical examiner's office. The 17-year-old was hospitalized after being hit several times in the legs, police said.  According to city crime statistics, there were 35 reports of violent crime in the area from Sept. 10 to Oct. 10. Over the last year, there were more than 300 instances of violent crimes, including three homicides.

Sanchez and Kristina Hayes, another Cragin resident, said they worry about the crime in the area, crime that they feel is being primarily spurred by the increased presence of gangs. Buildings along nearby North Lockwood and North Laramie avenues are regularly tagged by gang graffiti, neighbors said.  Hayes, who has lived in Cragin for about five years with her husband and children and describes it as "still a nice neighborhood," said she believes the crime especially started to increase about a year and a half ago.


Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer :
Noun – Person, Place, Thing, Idea
Verb – Shows Action
Article – The words “the, a, an” – These words refer to a noun

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Gilber Sanchez
  2. Remembers
Noun
Verb
Person
Shows Action

LITERACY FOCUS
Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. What do you think is causing the increase in gunfire?  Why?  Cite a line which shows this.

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #14 (pronounced) Hint:  What class do you give speeches in?


  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

SUP 401 Locate important details in passages

They shuttle highly paid Facebook employees to and from the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, yet many say their pay is so low that they can’t afford to live in the area. Moreover, many complain that they start work around 6 a.m. and do not finish until 9 p.m., 15 hours later.

Now, some of these shuttle bus drivers, who get Facebook employees to work, are seeking representation by the Teamsters union. And, in a move to help make that happen, the union has written to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, asking him to intervene on the drivers’™ behalf.

In a letter sent on Thursday, the top Teamsters official for Northern California urged Mr. Zuckerberg to press Facebook’s shuttle bus contractor to agree to bargain with the union on behalf of the 40 drivers who ferry Facebook employees to work.

While your employees earn extraordinary wages and are able to live and enjoy life in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Bay Area, these drivers can’t afford to support a family, send their children to school, or, least of all, afford to even dream of buying a house anywhere near where they work,’ the Teamsters official, Rome Aloise, said in the letter.

Mr. Aloise added: ’It is reminiscent of a time when noblemen were driven around in their coaches by their servants. Frankly, little has changed; except the noblemen are your employees, and the servants are the bus drivers who carry them back and forth each day.’€


Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. employees
  2. headquarters
Noun
Noun
Person
Place

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Do you think a company like Facebook should pay their bus drivers a high salary (yearly pay)?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #9?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?


SUP 401 Locate important details in passages (Identify Articles and their roles)

Two people were arrested in Roswell, New Mexico, after they unintentionally dialed police immediately after burglarizing a home and discussed details of the alleged crime during their getaway while the call was being recorded by authorities, Roswell police said.  Aaron Burrell, 37, was arrested earlier this month after he unwittingly made a 911 call to police while driving away after he and Yvonne Thyberg, 35, allegedly stole a television from a house in Roswell in late September, police said.

“We basically robbed them, dude,” one of the two suspects could be heard saying on audio of the accidental 911 call released by police.  Suspected Car Thief Pocket-Dials 911 on Himself - Four Times
Dispatchers listened to the unintended confession for nearly 45 minutes as the duo continued to discuss their alleged heist.  “I know we should have gotten a lot more, but you know what, my only thing is that we got away safe, clean,” one of the suspects said, according to the 911 call..

In another snippet of the call, one of the suspects said: “We rolled over to Hervey Street and took it out of the [expletive] house.”  A Roswell police officer was sent to the address mentioned in the call and found that it had indeed been burglarized, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police, said.  Police nabbed the two after tracing the call to Burrell’s phone. Burrell denied that his phone called 911, claiming instead that the device “was picking up a conversation among people in an adjacent vehicle who were speaking very loudly,” according to ABC affiliate station KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.

Burrell was arrested last week on residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglary and receiving-disposing of stolen property charges, according to police.  Thyberg was arrested earlier while she was in jail on a separate charge, and she was charged with residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglar and tampering with evidence in this case, police said.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper and fill in the blanks with the correct answers:
Noun = Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb = Shows Action
Article= Refers (points) to a noun.  Remember, there are only 3 articles: THE, A, AND

Word
Part of Speech
What does it do?
  1. People
  2. Arrested
  3. New Mexico
Noun
Verb
Noun
Person
Shows Action
Place

LITERACY FOCUS
Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Do you think these criminals should get more punishment for being stupid?  Why?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #27 ?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

  1. In paragraph 2, it says the call was accidental.  How could they have accidentally called the police?

  1. In paragraph 3, what was the criminal’s story about where the call came from?




SUP 401 Locate important details in passages

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who pledged to end her own life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Law, died Saturday in her home from a lethal dose of barbiturates. She was 29.

She posted the following goodbye letter to her Facebook page:

Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!
Maynard and her husband Dan Diaz drew national attention last month when the couple announced they intended to take advantage of Oregon's Death With Dignity Law, which allows residents with terminal illnesses to take their own lives with lethal drugs provided by a doctor. The couple had relocated to Oregon from California in June specifically for the law, which was adopted in the state in 1994.

Oregon was the first U.S. state to make it legal for a doctor to prescribe a life-ending drug to a terminally ill patient of sound mind who makes the request. The patient must swallow the drug without help; it is illegal for a doctor to administer it. More than 750 people in Oregon used the law to die as of Dec. 31, 2013. The median age of the deceased is 71. Only six were younger than 35.

Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer—stage 4 glioblastoma—in January of this year and was told she had six months to live. Her decision to end her own life has reignited the right-to-die and assisted suicide debate: In the lead-up to her death, her campaign was criticized as exploitative; her supporters heralded her as brave.

"My glioblastoma is going to kill me and that's out of my control," told People last month. "I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying."  Sean Crowley, a spokesman for the advocacy group Maynard was working Compassion & Choices, told the Associated Press that in the weeks before her death, Maynard's illness intensified—her seizures grew more severe and frequent, and she began suffering from "stroke-like" symptoms.

Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Woman
  2. End
4.    A
Noun
Verb
Article
Person
Shows Action
Refers to a Noun

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing


  1. Why do you think Brittany Maynard chose to end her life instead of fighting for it?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. The transferable vocabulary word is Diagnosed.  Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  4. In her letter, how does Brittany describe her family?
  5. In the last paragraph, what is the name of her disease?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Common Core - SUP 401 Locate important details in passages

Once upon a time, one Dr. Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney received a short note from a local farmer: "Have you university types ever looked at whether dog bites happen more around the full moon? It's a well known fact that they do." Chapman decided to put this urban legend to the test.  Our truly story begins in March 2000, when Chapman and colleagues published a paper in which they assessed the effectiveness of an educational intervention for the prevention of dog bites in primary school children. Per the researchers, "the program  aims to instill precautionary behavior around dogs, assuming that this might reduce the incidence of attacks. A randomized controlled trial of the usefulness of the intervention was conducted in Australian children aged 7-8 years who were presented with an unsupervised opportunity to approach a strange dog."

It was after that paper was publicized in the press that Chapman received the letter than urged him onto his next investigation.  Chapman knew that farmers are the unwitting victims of verification bias, recall bias, and a menagerie of other mental prejudices, as are we all. The nature of the human mind, combined with the rich oral folkloric traditions passed down from earlier generations of farmers to later generations, has allowed for the persistence of these myths.

The most dog bites occurred on weekends , which makes sense because more people spend more time interacting with their pets on weekends. The average number of bites on weekdays ranged from 4.1 to 4.9, forming an inverted "U" with the lowest number on Wednesday, and higher numbers approaching the weekends.  There were more dog bites on full moon days for Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and significantly fewer dog bites on full moon days for Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. There was no significant difference for Friday. This haphazard, random association of full moons with dog bites would be expected if dog bites occurred, well, randomly with respect to full moons.


Part 1: Fill in the chart with:
Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea
Verb: Shows Action
Article: Refers to a Noun (remember, only “THE”,” An”,” A” are articles)

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Dr. Simon Chapman
  2. Received
  3. A
Noun
Verb
Article
Person
Shows Action
Refers to a Noun

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing


  1. Why do you think the farmers thought that there were more dog bites on full moons?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. What is the transferable vocabulary word #6 ?
  4. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?
  5. In paragraph three, which full moon days have more dog bites?
  6. Why do you think more bites happen on weekends?  Cite the part of the text which supports this.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alcohol Death and Reading for Information

Police are investigating the death of 19-year-old Rutgers University student Caitlyn Kovacs, who was pronounced dead in the hospital less than 20 minutes after friends carried her out of a frat house "in distress" at 3 a.m. on Sunday. The hospital thinks her death "may have been alcohol-related."

The Daily Targum, the student paper, reported that Kovacs "passed out" in the Delta Kappa Epsilon house. DKE headquarters says the chapter is cooperating with authorities. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office told NJ.com it did not intend to file charges related to the incident.

Kovacs was a sophomore majoring in animal sciences, who was "bubbly" and "happy" according to her friends. Rutgers has made grief counselors available to students in the wake of her death.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Police
  2. Death
Noun
Noun
Person
Idea

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think the girl was drinking enough to cause death?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #12 ?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?


Transferable Vocabulary:

  1. Abandon: give up completely
  2. Abundant: Available in large quantities

Write down each transferable vocabulary word and write your own original sentence using that work.  Next, tell me a class where you might see that work in your reading.


Chicago Smash and Grab and Reading for Information

Chicago police believe "an organized group of criminals" is responsible for five smash and grab burglaries in the last week and a half at Near North Side stores, where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been stolen.

"They wear surgical gloves and dust masks and hoodies," said Area Central Sgt. Edward Wodnicki. "We think this is an organized group of criminals that are really loosely tied and have come up with a decent scam."

All the burglaries have occurred from 3:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. "Certainly a couple of these are unquestionably the same crew. . . We see the vehicles," Wodnicki said. "Most of these are where the bad guys pull up in a couple of cars and a whole bunch of guys break in the front door and grab and go."

In many of the cases, the thieves are gone by the time alarm company has notified police and officers arrive at the scene, Wodnicki said. Another thing that has frustrated investigators is older cameras at some of the shops, which have left police with very grainy photos and videos. But police have a pretty good idea of the vehicles used by the burglars: A mid-90s brown or gold Cadillac, a maroon Pontiac minivan and a red minivan. But Wodnicki said a "bunch of other vehicles" have also been used. In the latest burglary, thieves broke into an Old Town high-end resale shop early Monday and made off with about $100,000 worth of high-end purses, police said.

Police were called to the 1600 block of North Wells Street at about 5 a.m. after a burglar alarm sounded at the store, said police. When investigators arrived they found shattered glass in front of the Luxury Garage Sale store, 1658 N. Wells St., officials said. On Sept. 15, thieves rammed their car through the glass front doors of the upscale Oak Street apparel store Moncler and made off with several racks of coats. The burglary occurred around around 3:50 a.m. at 33 E. Oak St. on the Gold Coast.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Chicago
  2. Believe
Noun
Verb
Place
Shows Action

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing

  1. Why do you think it is so hard to catch this ‘crew’?

  1. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.

  1. What is the transferable vocabulary word #7?

  1. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?

Transferable Vocabulary:
  1. Abandon: give up completely
  2. Abundant: Available in large quantities


Write down each transferable vocabulary word and write your own original sentence using that work.  Next, tell me a class where you might see that work in your reading.

Marijuana Applications and Reading for Information


Illinois received 369 applications for medical marijuana business licenses, which means about 1 in 5 applications will win approval to open grow houses and retail centers in the state. The state received 211 applications for dispensaries — retail shops for medical marijuana — and 158 applications for grow centers. Illinois will allow 60 dispensaries statewide and 21 grow centers. Bob Morgan, statewide project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, said the number of applications, which were due Monday, was higher than anticipated.

“We were pleased to see that our expectation of a competitive process played out so well,” Morgan said, “so we can choose the best applicants.”

The next step will be to go through thousands of pages of documents, Morgan said, identifying any missing information and informing applicants, who will have seven days from notification to update applications. Teams of reviewers will look at the applications blind — applicants submitted redacted and unredacted versions — to award points.

Morgan said the state aims to have licenses awarded by the end of the year. Illinois’ medical marijuana law was signed in July. Neil Khot, a technology professional from Hoffman Estates said one of the most tedious tasks leading up to the application deadline was redacting the necessary information and making photocopies.

Khot applied for five dispensary licenses for locations in Schaumburg, Naperville, St. Charles, Bartlett and Arlington Heights. He said he worked on the applications for a year. “The last two weeks have been crazy,” Khot said. “I worked straight for three continuous days hardly sleeping, maybe an hour or so at night. … I have a good team of six to eight people supporting me too. It was not easy.”

Khot said he thought the applications were appropriately thorough, though. He thinks it’s fair that the state will review applications blindly at first, he said. Still, it took him two days to block out all the necessary information and photocopy his five applications, which averaged about 400 pages each.
Khot hopes the state will award licenses soon, he said.

Part 1: Make the chart below on your own paper.  Fill in the blanks with the correct answer (person, place, thing, or idea). 

Word
Part of Speech
Noun or Verb
What does it do? (Person, place, thing, idea)
Or (Shows Action)
  1. Illinois
  2. Received
Noun
Verb
Place
Shows Action

LITERACY FOCUS

Part 2:  Stretch Question-Celebrate Writing


  1. Why do you think Illinois received so many applications to open medical marijuana businesses?
  2. Create a question based on the above information that you your classmates can answer to deepen their understanding.
  3. What is the transferable vocabulary word #5?
  4. Explain how the transferable vocabulary can be used in another subject?