Fix Me Friday and Your Opinions

24 Sep

Fix Me Friday

In your notebook, correct this paragraph:

For many schools, september means the start of the school year. 

Students meet they’re new teachers and classmates. 

This is all so a time to by clothes and supply such as backpacks pencils, and notebooks. 

Do you feel excited or nervos about going back to school. 

Think about what you will learn an whether theres a special goal you will try to meat.

Your Opinions…

You Don’t Have to Have an Opinion

Read the article above about opinions.

Quick Write: How sure are you about your opinions? Think of an example of when you changed your opinions. Do you think you might have any opinions now that might change?

Vocab; Wisdom; Your Opinions…

23 Sep

Vocabulary – Two Word Tuesday!

Today we will look at our first two vocabulary words: Disdain and Anarchy from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Wednesday Wisdom

And the Bad Version is…

Still Stuck?

Quick writes: What is one of your pet peeves? Why does this make you upset?

Back in the Library for This I Believe

22 Sep

We will be back in the library for the second and final day to work on our This I Believe writing Piece. The assignment is on Google Classroom.

This I Believe Writing Piece 

Write a piece about something you believe. State your belief clearly. Explain your belief and why it is important to you. Try to base it around an anecdote (a story that helps prove a point). You should also try to use an Effective Lead. And of course, break it into paragraphs. At some point put your belief as a single sentence paragraph (where you choose is up to you).

Minimum 250 words.

Use skills of Effective LeadAnecdote, and Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs

Example Pieces can be found at NPR This I Believe

This I Believe Writing Piece

20 Sep

Quick Write: Do you believe aliens exist? Do you believe aliens have visited Earth?

Skill Effective Lead

Effective Lead: An author’s attempt to grasp the reader’s attention in the beginning of a work.

First impressions are huge.  Think about how fast you flip through TV channels.  How much time does each program get before you switch stations?  In a world of ever shrinking attention spans, you need to grasp your readers’ attention as soon as possible.

Try being vague, create mystery by not immediately letting the reader know exactly what you are writing about…
Try using vague words like “it” before explaining what “it” is.
Start with dialogue.
Start somewhere besides the beginning.
Say something shocking.  Sensory Imagery blast.
Start in the middle of the action.
Make the reader question the narrator’s credibility.

Check out this page of 100 best first lines of novels.

And this one: 1stLinesof Movies

This I Believe Writing Piece

We will read another This I Believe piece, this time by Brian Eno.

Then you will begin your own This I Believe Piece, in your notebook. Your job will be to base it around an anecdote (a story that helps prove a point). You should also try to use an Effective Lead. And of course, break it into paragraphs. At some point put your belief as a single sentence paragraph (where you choose is up to you).

Minimum 250 words.

Tomorrow we will have time in the library to put this into Google Classroom.

NPR’s This I Believe

17 Sep

Your Relationship to your future self

Listen to this audio clip.

Quick Write: How are you treating your future self?

This I Believe

Here are some pieces people wrote for NPR’s series This I Believe.

We Live On

There is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us

What Do You Believe?

Choose one of your 3 beliefs you wrote some details about.

Start writing some notes about the anecdote you provided. Add details to the story (think Who, What, When, Where)

Limiting Beliefs and Personal Credos

15 Sep

Wednesday Wisdom – Limiting Beliefs

limiting belief is a state of mind, conviction or belief that you think to be true that limits you in some way. 

Quick Write: Do you know anyone who has limiting beliefs about their life? Have you ever had a limiting belief that you found out wasn’t true? Do you think you might currently be living with any limiting beliefs? Explain.

Skill: Anecdote

A short story to help prove a point.

Ex: Steve Jobs speech uses 3 anecdotes to prove his point.

Often people will cite anecdotal evidence as proof.
-“Orange juice cures a cold. My grandma drinks orange juice as soon as she gets sick and her cold is gone in two days.”
-Lots of commercials use this form of persuasion. “I lost twenty pounds eating only Cheerios.”  Often you will notice a disclaimer to the effect of “results not typical,” because this is merely anecdotal evidence, it is not scientific proof.

Here’s a link for more info.

Adding Details to Your Personal Credos

Now that you have 10 personal beliefs written in your notebook, let’s add some detail.

Choose any 3 of your beliefs and answer the following questions:

  • Why do you believe this?
  • Where did you learn this?
  • What factors in your life (family, background, location, experience, etc.) may have affected this belief?
  • Did you always believe this?
  • How does this belief help you in life?
  • Is there a story from you life (anecdote!) that this belief applies to? Explain.

Two Word Tuesday; Personal Credo

14 Sep

Vocabulary – Two Word Tuesday!

Today we will look at our first two vocabulary words: Optimistic and Pessimistic from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Quick Writes:

  • Write about something you are optimistic about.
  • Write about something you are pessimistic about.
  • Name one optimistic and one pessimistic person you know.
  • Do you think it is better to be an optimist or a pessimist? Why?

Your Personal Credo

A credo is a belief, a rule you live by, a motto.

In your notebook, come up with 10 statements you believe.

Notebooks and Paragraphing

13 Sep

Quick Writes –

What are 3 things you like to do with your time?

Who are 3 people you respect and why?

What are 3 goals you have?

Notebook Grading

We will review the grading and expectations for your notebook.

Organizing Ideas Into Paragraphs

One of the most important aspects of your writing is organization. If your writing is not organized, it will be difficult for your reader to follow what you are saying.

Here are the notes.

Your Life in Pizza – Letter to Future Self

10 Sep

Your Life in Pizza

Letter To Future Self

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Today we will work on the Letter to Your Future Self.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

9 Sep
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Class Supplies

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Marble Composition Notebook
Every student needs to have a marble composition notebook, exclusively for English class. Your notebook is a major part of the class and your grade.

Quick Write Journal Entry

What are some goals you have for the school year? These can be personal and/or academic.

Letter To Future Self

Today we will work on the Letter to Your Future Self.