Archive | March, 2015

Computer Lab to Find Articles; Notebook Check

13 Mar

Calendar for March; Stay Organized!

Today I will give you this calendar: March 2015, detailing what will be be doing everyday this month, when assignments are due, and when we will be in the computer lab.  This is designed to help you stay organized and plan your time wisely.

Get At Least 3 Articles About Your Poem or the Theme You Will Be Writing About

Today we will meet in the computer lab for a second chance at finding articles for your research paper.  Be sure to use the following sites only (quoted from Monday’s post):

Here are some very useful sites, link from the Virtual Reference Collection of our very own Sachem East Library.

Bloom’s Literature

Literature Resource Center

ProQuest: Learning Literature

You will need a username and a password to login; I will write those on the board in class.  Copy it into your notebook, in case you need to login from home.

Notebook Check

As promised, I will be checking your notebook for 3 items:

  • 1 Full Page of Notes on Your Poem
  • Your Thesis for your research paper and Lines from the Poem to Support it
  • Notes on the Article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” Found in your packet (you need 2 direct quotes and 2 paraphrases)

Parenthetical Citations

12 Mar

Today we have notes on Parenthetical Citations, which you must use to give credit to the authors of your research.  Here are those notes: parethetical citations

Tomorrow we will meet in the computer lab a206.  You will have time to find articles and take notes on them in your notebook.  I will be checking to see that you have notes on your articles Monday.

For tomorrow’s notebook check, I will be looking for the following:

  • 1 FULL page of notes on your poem
  • Your research paper Thesis statement and lines from you poem that support it
  • Notes on the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (2 direct quotes and 2 paraphrases)

You will have time to work on all of this in class today, after our notes.

Note Taking Practice

11 Mar

Today we will focus on note taking for your articles.

Please refer to your Research Paper packet, Section 4: Taking Notes.  Read the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin,” and find two direct quotes and paraphrase two ideas that help support the thesis statement: “While physical activity is important for good health, in actuality, it does little to help humans lose weight.” Do this in your notebook.

For Friday, you will be expected to have the following in your notebook:

-Your Poem and 1 page worth of notes about it
-Your Thesis statement and lines from the poem that support it.
-Notes on “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin”
-At least 3 articles you plan to use in your research paper.  (We will meet in the computer lab a206 on Friday, if you need more time on this)

Thesis Statements; Skill: Present Your Opinion As Fact

10 Mar

Thesis Statements

Today we will discussing Thesis Statements. Be sure to follow along with your packet (section 2).

A Thesis Statement is the main point you are trying to prove in your paper. It is only one sentence long and goes at the end of your introduction.

Skill: Present your opinion as fact

When writing persuasive papers, it is important that you do not use phrases like “I believe that,” “In my opinion,” I think that.”  Also avoid “It seems like” “probably,” “Might be.” These statements remind the reader that your statements are just your opinion.  They sound uncertain and tentative, as if you don’t really know what you are talking about or are unsure of your opinion.

What You Should Have By the End of the Day

By the day’s end, you should have the following for your research paper (all in your notebook):

  • a poem, and a page worth of notes about that poem.
  • a thesis statement and lines from the poem that help prove that statement.

By Thursday you must have at least 3 articles about your poem, printed out.

Notebook Check; Find Articles on Your Poem

8 Mar

Getting Articles on Your Poem

On Monday, we will be meeting in A206 to find articles (secondary sources) about your poem (primary source) for your research paper.  Make sure your get 3-5 articles about your poem.  Email yourself a copy and print one out.

Here are some very useful sites, link from the Virtual Reference Collection of our very own Sachem East Library.

Bloom’s Literature

Literature Resource Center

ProQuest: Learning Literature

You will need a username and a password to login; I will write those on the board in class.  Copy it into your notebook, in case you need to login from home.

* You must have your articles with you, printed out, in class, on Thursday 3/12.  You will receive a grade for having them.


Notebook Check

As you are looking for articles, I will come around the room and check your notebooks for the last two weeks.  Make sure you have any work we’ve done. I’ll be looking for:

  • Work on Tone 2/23
  • Shakespearean Sonnet Notes 2/24
  • 10 Quick Write Questions 2/25
  • Rough drafts of Sonnets 2/26-27
  • Vocabulary (words and piece revisions) 3/3
  • Analyzing Poems Notes 3/4
  • A poem for your research

On Tuesday (tomorrow) I’ll check to see that you have a page worth of notes on your poem in your notebook (use the notes from 3/4 and your packet to get ideas).

 

Find Your Poem for Your Research Paper!

6 Mar

Today we will be in the computer lab, room a206 to search the internet for the poem you will use for your research paper.  (Period 3, we will meet in the library).

Useful websites:

Poets.org

Poetry 180

My recommendations on your poem…

-Choose a somewhat well-known poem, so you can find criticisms (research) about it.
-Consider finding a backup poem, in case you don’t like your original or have a hard time finding research.
-Print out 3 copies.  You will need to turn one copy in with your paper.  You may wish to take notes on a copy. Etc.

After you have your poem, take some notes on it.  Use the questions in your packet, and the ones I gave as notes on Wednesday. Poetry Reading Tips and Terms  You will be expected to have a page worth of notes on your poem in your notebook.

Here’s a short list of poets who will be easy to find research about

  • Poe
  • Whitman
  • Keats
  • Dickenson
  • Frost
  • Wordsworth
  • Shakespeare
  • Yeats
  • Angelou
  • Hughes
  • Neruda
  • Browning
  • Blake
  • Browning
  • Elliot
  • Cummings
  • Plath
  • Emerson
  • Coleridge

Research Paper and Poetry Tips and Terms

4 Mar

Today we introduced the Research Paper.  You received a large packet to help you through the process. Do not lose it!  I do not have extras.

Here are our notes for the day.  They should be copied into your notebook: Poetry Reading Tips and Terms

Tomorrow we will meet in the computer lab!

Vocabulary Excercise

3 Mar

9th and 10th Grade:  

Define the following ten words, then go back into your old writing pieces and integrate 5 of them into old writing pieces.  You may add new sentences or you may replace words in existing sentences.  Write the definitions and sentences in your notebook.

9th Grade: undermine, oblivious, indifferent, obscure, objective, revere, discriminate, embellish, denounce, innovate.

10th Grade: solemn, ambivalence, indolence, benign, tedious, amiable, charisma, laud, caustic, atrophy

Sonnets Are Due!

2 Mar

Today we have a two hour delay, due to the snow.

During class you will receive your new Super Pass, which allows you to leave the room 10 times and turn into  2 assignments late this quarter.

Also, I will go over the new Writing Pieces Rubric ( Writing Rubric ), which gives details on how your writing will be graded.

Before you turn in your sonnet, be sure to label and define any skills you have used.