Archive | October, 2011

Thursday Oct. 13th

13 Oct

11th Grade:

Work on Critical Lens essays…

Night Critical Lens

Homework: be sure to bring in at least one body paragraph

12th Grade:

Work on college essays.  Form small groups and share ideas.

Homework: Bring in typed copy of college essay.

Wed October 12th

13 Oct

11th Grade:

Skill: use specific details- use specific events that happened in the text as support.  Saying the Nazi’s were cruel to Elie and his father is a general statement.  Telling how Elie’s father was beaten for asking where the bathroom was and detailing the 50+ mile march through the snow are both specific examples.

-Discuss common literary devices in most works of literature :Setting, conflict, theme, symbols

-Work on Critical Lens body paragraphs

Critical Lens Introduction

Critical Lens Part II


12th Grade:

Socratic Seminar, discuss Into The Wild and lyrics from the soundtrack to the film.

Into the Wild Soundtrack Lyrics

Tuesday October 11th

11 Oct

Welcome back, I hope you had a great weekend.

11th Grade:  review Critical Lens introductions

-work on critical lens essays


12th Grade: work on college essays

-Skill:  Showing Not Telling– Not telling the readers a character is mean, for example,  but showing them through example (he tripped me in the hallway, threw French fries at me during lunch…)


-Skill: Use better verbs that are more descriptive.  “Walk” doesn’t say much.  Try more descriptive synonyms “skipped” “hobbled” “stumbled”  “strut”

Friday October 7th

7 Oct

11th Grade: Begin work on critical lens essays

-Skill: Outlining: listing and organizing ideas before writing


12th Grade: Work on College essays

-Finish Into The Wild for Tuesday

Thurs Oct 6th

6 Oct

11th Grade: Read and Discuss Night in class.

-Finish Night for Homework, due Friday.

12th Grade: Discuss college essay topics

-Review this web site on how to write a winning college essay.

-Brainstorm ideas for college essays

-Homework finish Into The Wild for Tuesday

Wed. Oct 5th

5 Oct

11th grade:  

Quick write: write about something you did this weekend, without mentioning what it is (be descriptive).

Vocabular Unit one- write sentences for each word

12th grade:  
Quick Write: write about an experience that changed you or a time you realized something important.
Quick Write: what are your best qualities… what areas can you improve in?
-Skill:  use specific details- ex: instead of saying someone is mean, tell how that person tripped you in the hallway, stole your lunch, and kidnapped your kitten.
-Skill: outlining- in writing it is important to gather your ideas before beginning.  This will allow you to sort things out in a logical and coherent manner before beginning.
-Review this web site on how to write a winning college essay.
-Homework: Bring in college essay prompts from your school of choice

Tuesday Oct. 4th

4 Oct

11th Grade:  Write reflection for memoir and document any skills used in Skills Used Log

12th Grade: Complete worksheet on Vocabulary Unit 1 and write sentences for each word.
Homework: bring in college essay questions for any school you are interested in attending.