Happy Halloween! Reading Reactions Due

31 Oct

The actual house from the RadioLab podcast.

Today your Reading Reactions, as well as any Revisions are due.  If you plan on using your extension on this Reading Reaction, it must be in on Monday; Grades are due and we have no school Tuesday, so I need it no later than Monday.

Notebooks will be checked Monday.

Today we will listen to a real life ghost story, from the podcast RadioLab by WNYC.
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Effect vs. Affect; 9th and 10th Grade Quarterly Exams; End of Quarter!

30 Oct

Period 1 will be meeting in a206 on Wednesday and Thursday.

9th and 10th Graders will be taking the quarterly exam.
12th Grade College Essays will function as your Quarterly Exam.

Technical Thursday:

Effect vs Affect

Effect is a noun usually meaning “the result.”
Affect is a verb meaning “to influence.”

Examples:
Many families were affected by the economic crisis.
More unemployment was one effect the economic crisis had on families.
I had no idea my comments affected you so much.
My comments had a powerful effect on the audience.

More information from Grammar Girl, a great site for quick grammar tips.

Notebooks are Due on Monday

Your Notebook grade will be determined Monday, based on how many pages you have written.  The Notebook is worth 20 points on your average.  You earn 2 points for every 3 pages; therefore 30 pages = 20 points.  If you write 50 pages, you will earn 2 bonus points on your average.  Any writing, besides that for another class will count towards your notebook.  Do not however simply write an arbitrary word or phrase over and over again.  You writing should contain thoughts, not mindless scribbles of words!

Just a Reminder from Yesterday!

Reading Reactions Due Friday

Our second and final reading reaction is due on Friday.  This paper should deal with 100 pages worth of independent reading.  Class readings do not count!

For this assignment, write about how the author uses any skills that we have covered. A complete list of skills are posted to the right, for your reference.  Give an example of the skill and explain how that skill helps develop the book you are reading.  The paper should be at least 1 typed page.  You may choose to discuss a small number of skills in great detail, or a larger number.  Just make sure it is at least 1 typed page.

Reading Reaction 2 is due Friday, in class.

Revisions on Writing Pieces

Any revisions on any writing piece must be in by Friday! The marking quarter ends in the middle of next week, so in order to receive credit, you must turn in your revisions this Friday October 31st.

Don’t Forget About the Important Due Dates!

29 Oct

Period 1 will be meeting in a206 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reading Reactions Due Friday

Our second and final reading reaction is due on Friday.  This paper should deal with 100 pages worth of independent reading.  Class readings do not count!

For this assignment, write about how the author uses any skills that we have covered. A complete list of skills are posted to the right, for your reference.  Give an example of the skill and explain how that skill helps develop the book you are reading.  The paper should be at least 1 typed page.  You may choose to discuss a small number of skills in great detail, or a larger number.  Just make sure it is at least 1 typed page.

Reading Reaction 2 is due Friday, in class.

Revisions on Writing Pieces

Any revisions on any writing piece must be in by Friday! The marking quarter ends in the middle of next week, so in order to receive credit, you must turn in your revisions this Friday October 31st.

Your Music and Your Grades

28 Oct

Today we will be continuing our viewing of the films of our class books (Into the Wild, Lord of the Flies, or Speak).

Reminders:

Friday Reading Reaction 2 is due

Monday Notebooks will be checked

The Music You Listen to and How it Affects Your Grades

Here’s an interesting study that shows the correlation between the music people listen to and their SAT scores.  It’s interesting, but don’t get offended, correlation does not equal causation.  But it does make you think: does the media you consume affect your intelligence?

Here’s the same chart organized by genre

Reading Reaction 2 Due Friday; Revisions due Friday

27 Oct

Today we will be continuing our viewing of the films of our class books (Into the Wild, Lord of the Flies, or Speak).

Reading Reactions Due Friday

Our second and final reading reaction is due on Friday.  This paper should deal with 100 pages worth of independent reading.  Class readings do not count!

For this assignment, write about how the author uses any skills that we have covered. A complete list of skills are posted to the right, for your reference.  Give an example of the skill and explain how that skill helps develop the book you are reading.  The paper should be at least 1 typed page.  You may choose to discuss a small number of skills in great detail, or a larger number.  Just make sure it is at least 1 typed page.

Reading Reaction 2 is due Friday, in class.

Revisions on Writing Pieces

Any revisions on any writing piece must be in by Friday! The marking quarter ends in the middle of next week, so in order to receive credit, you must turn in your revisions this Friday October 31st.

Writing Piece #4 Due!

24 Oct

Today writing piece #4 is due.  (12th grade: editorial; 9th and 10th grades: 5,5,5 Challenge)  Complete the Writing Piece Reflection and turn it in.

We will then be viewing portions of the film versions of our class readings.

Reminder, next week Reading Reaction #2 is due.  You will be asked to write a page about any Skills that the author used and how those skills help to develop the story.

Have a great weekend.

Technical Thursday; Work on Writing Pieces (Due Tomorrow)

23 Oct

Technical Thursday

Break your writing into paragraphs!  It helps your reader understand when you are ending one idea and beginning another.  Think of it as a courtesy, like holding the door open for someone.  If you don’t take time to organize your writing, why would someone take time to read it?

Let it be known: Writing that consists of 1 giant paragraph will no longer be accepted in this class!

Read more from Purdue OWL.


12th Grade will be working on your editorial piece about the Sachem Scavenger Hunt; it is due, typed, in class tomorrow.

9th and 10th Grade will be working on your 5, 5, 5, Challenge Piece (explained in yesterday’s post).  It is due typed, in class tomorrow.

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