Writing Piece Due Wednesday plus Important Dates

2 Jun

Writing Piece Due Wednesday June 4th

Our next writing piece is due on Wednesday June 4th.  Please keep in mind that blog posts are the equivalent of tests in this class.  They should be fully developed writing pieces.  A number of students have received low grades on blogs because they were short and under developed.  (If this is you, you can revise them!).

Periods 1, 2, 5, 6:  Write about a challenge or difficulty you have faced within your blog topic.  I will be looking for you to emphasize the emotional impact and an effective lead.

If your blog is about a softball for instance, many readers won’t be able to relate to what it means to go 0-3 while batting, but they can relate the related emotions: disappointment, frustration, anger, nervousness, letting other people down… Emphasize the emotional impact.

Also, I will be looking for an effective lead.  We’ve discussed many ways of creating interesting beginnings to our writing (start somewhere besides the middle, start with action, mystery, etc), this time I want to start with emotion.  Begin with the highest emotional point. Get the reader to connect with the emotions you are going through.

 

Period 8:  Create a story using any 5 of the vocabulary words we have covered in the last two weeks.  Your story should also include a wild animal and a crime.  I will be looking for you to emphasize the emotional impact and an effective lead.

Feel free to get as creative as you like with your story, but pay special attention to the emotional impact in your writing.  What are the characters feeling? What are the emotional highs and lows?

Also, I will be looking for an effective lead.  We’ve discussed many ways of creating interesting beginnings to our writing (start somewhere besides the middle, start with action, mystery, etc), this time I want to start with emotion.  Begin with the highest emotional point. Get the reader to connect with the emotions you are going through.

Important Due Dates

Wednesday June 4th Writing Piece Due

Monday Jun 9th All Revisions and Missing Work Due

Monday June 9th Multiple Choice Portion of Final Exam

Wednesday June 11th Notebook Check (2pts for every 3 pages; maximum of 20pts with 30 pages).

Research Paper Due Tomorrow, Conclusion Paragraph Notes

19 May

The Research Paper is due tomorrow! Here are some notes on writing your conclusion paragraph. Conclusion Paragraph

Research Paper Rubric

12 May

Here is the Rubric for the research paper.  Use it to get the grade you want!  Research Grading Rubric

Research Paper Notes

9 May

Here are some of the notes we took this week on the Research Paper

parethetical citations

works cited

Paraphrasing

The Due Date for the Research Paper is Tuesday May 20th!

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Writing Piece of the Week

5 May

Period 5- This week’s writing piece is due Tuesday

Periods 1, 2, 6, 8- This week’s writing piece is due Wednesday

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Periods 1,2,5,6- Blog #2: What is one important piece of advice you would give a newcomer? Explain and go into detail.

Period 8- Writing Piece #1:Using one of the short stories we’ve read (“A Sound of Thunder,” “The Monkey’s Paw,” and “Masque of the Red Death”), what is a theme of that story and give examples from the text to back up your position.

 

All Classes, we will be continuing work on the research paper.  On Monday we received the Research Paper- The Thesis document and will be discussing it on Monday and Tuesday.

Research Papers!

30 Apr

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We’ve started work on our research papers. Here is the research paper overview.

It will be on a controversial issue, for which you must support one side.  By now you should have at least 3 articles, including one article about the opposing view point.

We will be putting together Fact-Inference-Conclusion sheets for 3 articles and checking as an assignment grade.

The due date is yet to be finalized, but it will be before Memorial Day weekend.

 

 

Classwork for the week of April 22-25

24 Apr

New Skill! Avoid using wasteful words.  Words like very, so, and really are “lazy” words.  Don’t say “I’m really tired” when you can say “I’m exhausted.”  45 Ways to Avoid the Word Very.

 

Periods 1, 2, 5, 6:  Your first blog post on the topic of your own choice is due on Friday.  It should be introductory/how you got started post. At least 200 words and include an effective lead.  In your piece try to highlight the emotional aspects of what you are discussing.  Think of the post as en effective lead to the rest of the writing you will do about the topic this year.

 

Period 8:  Read the “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe (p 389 in Red Literature book).  Full text here
-write a story using the follow vocabulary words: Profuse, dauntless, sagacious, countenance, wanton, appal, spectral, blasphemous. 
-while reading identify five words (other than the vocabulary words) that help create the mood of the story.  
-complete the questions 1-15 on page 395, and Discuss how Poe’s word choice helps create the mood of the story in 100 words, using specific examples.  
-On Kidblog, Post answers to questions 11-15 and Discuss how Poe’s word choice helps create the mood of the story in 100 words, using specific examples.  

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