Archive | October, 2014

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.

Into the Wild Test; The Five Five Five Challenge Writing Piece

22 Oct

12th Grade:

Quick Write:  What is a position you have regarding the Sachem Scavenger Hunt; What is a position you disagree about regarding the hunt?

We will spend a few minutes discussing the layout for an editorial piece regarding the Sachem Scavenger Hunt Scandal.

  1. Title- The title should make a statement about your opinion that is clear for the reader
  2. Clear Thesis- Within your first paragraph you should be clearly stating what your opinion is, that you will prove in your editorial
  3. Give reasons why you think your opinion is valid.
  4. Mention an opposing viewpoint and explain why your viewpoint is better.
  5. Close by clearly reaffirming your viewpoint

Into the Wild Test in class.

Tomorrow we will work on the writing piece in class. It is due Friday.


9th and 10th Grade:

Quick Write:

  1. What kind of movies do you like best?
  2. Write down 3 random places.
  3. Write down 3 random objects.

We will begin our next piece, The Five Five Five Challenge (which is due Friday).   For this piece, you can write about anything you want, but you must do the following:

  1. Use any Five vocabulary words.
  2. Use any Five skills.
  3. Use any Five of the random places and objects we listed in class, or the following:
    At some point a character says:

    -“How did you find out?”

    -“It must have fallen out of my hands.”

    -“My monkey is missing!”

    -“Look behind you!”

    -“Now that’s what I call getting down.”

    Miscellaneous:

    -An object that is symbolic

    -A sound

    -A smell

    -A description of a texture

    -Time Travel

Two Word Tuesday; Vocabulary Assignment

21 Oct

Two Word Tuesday

12th Grade:
Obscure: (adj) vague; unclear; not well-known
Pugnacious: (adj) eager to fight

9th Grade:
Bolster: (v) to add support; to prop up
Daunting: (adj) intimidating, difficult to deal with

10th Grade:
Mitigate: (v) to calm down; to make less severe
Reprehensible: (adj) blameworthy, unacceptable

Vocabulary Assignment

We learn vocabulary through experience with the words and making connections to other ideas and words. Simply learning definitions is one of the least effective ways to learn new words.  This activity will help strengthen your understanding of each word.

For 10 of our 16 vocabulary words, Draw a picture, create a Word Cloud* with five synonyms, connect the word to a person.

*To create a Word Cloud, draw a cloud with the word inside.  Draw lightning bolts from the cloud that connect to synonyms or words related to the word in the cloud.


Reminder to Seniors: Tomorrow we will have an Into the Wild exam!

Rhetoric; Reading Exams

20 Oct

Winston Churchill delivering a speech

9th and 10th Grade will be taking tests on Speak and Lord of the Flies, respectively.  The test is worth 10 points and is to confirm that you have read the book, paid attention during class discussions, and can synthesize your thoughts and interpretations of events of the story.

12th Grade will be taking a similar Into the Wild exam on Wednesday.


12th Grade- Rhetorical Strategies- Today we will be discussing how we can use language to assert our points and be more convincing.

This is the PowerPoint slideshow on rhetorical strategies we took notes on today.

Skills for Being More Convincing in Your Writing and Speech

Rhetoric– the art of effective speaking. Using the following rhetorical strategies will make your points more convincing and help you to get people to do what you want!

Rhetorical Question: a question that is meant to prove a point or raise an issue, rather than be answered directly.
ex: A child is asking for a very expensive toy. His parent says “Do you think that money just grows on trees?”
Here are some great examples of rhetorical questions and when to use them.

Rhetorical Strategies:
Logos– The speaker attempts to appeal to the audience’s logical or reasoning side.
ex:”Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: we have not only the fingerprints, the lack of an alibi, a clear motive, and an expressed desire to commit the robbery… We also have video of the suspect breaking in. The case could not be more open and shut.”

Pathos– The speaker attempts to appeal to the audience’s emotional or sympathetic side
ex: “There’s no price that can be placed on peace of mind. Our advanced security systems will protect the well-being of your family so that you can sleep soundly at night.”

Ethos– The character of the speaker is used to appeal to the audience.
“As a doctor, I am qualified to tell you that this course of treatment will likely generate the best results.”

More great examples of these three rhetorical strategies in use.

Skills to Make Your Statements More Effective

Anaphora- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

Example from Winston Churchill during World War II:
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”

An anaphora makes the listeners/readers predict what you are about to say.  It has a subconscious effect of creating harmony with them, because they know what to expect.  Listeners/readers that feel harmonious with you are more likely to believe you and be convinced by you.

More examples here and here.

Epistrophe- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

Example from Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003):
“A day may come when the courage of men fails, but it is not this day. When we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!”

An epistrophe can cause your listeners/readers to finish your sentence.  Often when people are telling us something we already know, we can finish their sentences for them.  By manufacturing this feeling through epistrophe, we can create that same sense of agreement, and make people more likely to agree with our statements.

More examples here and here.