FDR Speech SOAPSTONE

7 Dec

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Today we will continue our work on the SOAPSTONE for FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech. You will receive a classwork grade for your efforts. Make sure you have your SOAPSTONE in your notebook!

Listen to the speech here.

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

6 Dec

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Today we will finish our notes on SOAPSTONE: soapstone

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

75 years ago from tomorrow, the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. Today we will analyze President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech to congress. Here is the transcript, FDR Pearl Harbor, followed by the video.

Create a SOAPSTONE Analysis

In your notebook, I’d like you to create a SOAPSTONE analysis for this speech. Be as detailed as possible in your answers.

Skill: Repetition

Repetition is a technique for emphasizing ideas. By repeating a phrasing, sentence structure, or idea it emphasizes that idea and leaves a lasting impression on the reader’s mind. Do not confuse this with being redundant, which is repeating an idea for no good reason or due to lazy writing!

Example: FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

“Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.”

This repetition is effective because it reminded American’s of the severity of the attacks.

Example: The chorus of any song. Often the main idea of a song is in its chorus.

 

SOAPSTONE: A Strategy for Writing and Reading Comprehension

5 Dec

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Today we will be taking notes on SOAPSTONE.

SOAPSTONE is an acronym that will help you with reading comprehension, as well as planning and organizing your writing.

Here are the notes: soapstone

Blog Pursuit Post for the Week

This week, your blog post for your pursuit project will be to take some of those first steps you mentioned in last week’s post and write about how it went.  We will be in the lab Friday to do this.

Per 3,4,7 in A205; Per 8 in Library

2 Dec

Today Periods 3, 4, and 7 will meet in A205 (across the hall from our normal computer lab), Period 8 will meet in the library.

I know a lot of you still need to finish you first blog on your pursuit. Some of you still need to finish the 101 Things I am Thankful For piece. Today is your day; the time is now. We are there to work! No nonsense! Focus and get it done. Remember, a big portion of your quarter grade is your work habits. Today will be something of a test in that category!

See you there!

Work on Our First Blog Post About Pursuit Project in A206

1 Dec

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Today we are in A206.

You will be posting to Kidblog the questions we worked on yesterday, about our Pursuit Project. Check out my post on Kidblog to see an example of how this should look!

The questions are below:

  1. What are you pursuing/learning?
  2. Why did you decide on this?
  3. What do you hope to achieve? How far do you hope to get?
  4. How realistic is your pursuit? Can you actually do it if you work hard?
  5. Who are your inspirations?
  6. Who or what can you turn to for help?
  7.  What are some potential obstacles you might encounter?
  8. What items or gear will you need to do this? Do you have them? How can you get them?
  9. What are some first steps you can take now?

 

Plan Quarter Learning Project; Comfort Zones

30 Nov

Comfort Zones

Quick Write: write about a time in which you did or did not do something that was outside of your comfort zone.

Watch this video and ask yourself how often you are willing to leave your comfort zones.

Plan Your Learning Project for the Quarter

Tomorrow we will be in A206 to write our first blog post about our new pursuit. Today we will plan it out in our notebook.

Answer these questions as detailed as possible:

  1. What are you pursuing/learning?
  2. Why did you decide on this?
  3. What do you hope to achieve? How far do you hope to get?
  4. How realistic is your pursuit? Can you actually do it if you work hard?
  5. Who are your inspirations?
  6. Who or what can you turn to for help?
  7.  What are some potential obstacles you might encounter?
  8. What items or gear will you need to do this? Do you have them? How can you get them?
  9. What are some first steps you can take now?

Plan this out today so you can write about it intelligently tomorrow. You will not have the entire period. I will be showing you how to do certain things to make you blog posts more interesting and engaging.

Misplaced Modifiers

29 Nov

Riddles:

  1. How can you pick up an elephant with one hand?
  2. How can you drop an egg on a concrete floor without cracking it?

Misplaced Modifiers

Today we will study a common problem in writing, misplaced modifiers.  Here are the notes(Misplaced Modifiers), and here is the worksheet (Misplaced Modifiers worksheet) that is due in class tomorrow.