Archive | March, 2016

Picture/ Song Piece

30 Mar

Today we begin working on our picture/song piece. Here are the instructions, you have a lot of freedom!

Picture/ Song Piece

Choose either a picture (from your life, magazine, internet, artwork, etc…) or a song that is meaningful to you in some way and create a piece of writing based on that picture or song. You may choose to write in any genre, below is a list to choose from. Be sure to include any skills we have covered this year. After writing your rough draft in your notebook, a type final copy must be submitted. Include a copy of the picture/ lyrics to the song and try to be creative in your presentation.

Short Story
Social Commentary

Effective lead
Showing not telling
Sensory imagery
Creative fragment
Labyrinthine sentence
Effective title

Examples of Picture/Song Pieces

Allie Song Piece

Picture Song Piece Examples

Skill: Labyrinthine Sentence

A labyrinthine is a complicated irregular network of passages or paths that is difficult to find a way out of; a dungeon maze.

A labyrinthine sentence is a long ,complicated, purposefully run on sentence. It is used to show time passing quickly or action happening rapidly. When we read, we pause at the end of a sentence. A labyrinthine sentence prevents us from pausing.  It has nearly the opposite effect of a creative sentence fragment.

Here are some examples of labyrinthine sentences: Skill labyrinthine sentences

Last Day to Work on Research Papers

23 Mar


Today is the last day to work on research papers.

Since March 7th, we have spent every day in class talking about and working on our paper. We’ve been in the computer lab 8-9 of those days.

The final paper is due on Tuesday March 29th!

Make sure you have your completed paper on Tuesday in class. If you plan to use your extension, you must have your Super Pass and it must be in by Thursday. Any paper handed in late without an extension is worth 50%. No papers will be accepted after Friday April 1st. 

Please remember that plagiarism is a serious offense! Any plagiarized paper will receive a zero for the final paper, as well as a zero for all components of the research paper. Remember, the research paper and all of its components amount to 40 points on your 3rd quarter average (Seniors, it is also you mid term grade).

Please see me today with any questions or issues. The rough draft is due today!

Formatting Your Research Paper

21 Mar

Rough Draft of Your Research Paper is Due Wednesday in Class! Final Copy is due Tuesday 3/29!

The way your paper looks accounts for a large portion of your grade. This is because a research paper should follow proper MLA formatting.

Use the Rubric I gave you to make sure your paper has everything completed properly: Research Self Grading Rubric

Below is a video walkthrough on how to format your paper using Google Docs. Here is what the finished product should look like: Format Example (please understand that this paper is nonsense).

…in case YouTube is blocked:


Formatting Your Research Paper from Brian Funk on Vimeo.


Writing Intros and Conclusions; Parenthetical Citations/Paraphrasing

18 Mar

Today we will be back in class for some notes on Intros, Conclusions, and Citations.

writing your introduction

Conclusion Paragraph

parethetical citations


Work on Outline, Due tomorrow

17 Mar

Today you will receive your Work Cited Page back, and we are working on our outline. Here is a handout I’d like you to fill out by Friday: Outline

Friday we will be back in class for some more notes on the Research Paper.

Work Cited Page Due Today! Creating an Outline

16 Mar

Today we will be in the computer lab to work on our research paper.

At the end of class your work cited page is due.

Make sure it has all of the items detailed in our notes and looks like our example work cited page.

works cited notes
Work Cited Example


How to Create a Hanging Indent in Google Docs

Visible Ruler

First, make sure the Google Docs ruler is visible.

  • Click “View” and make sure “Show Ruler” is checked. If it isn’t, click on it, and the ruler will appear beneath the menu bar.

First Line Indent & Left Indent

On the ruler, there is a light blue rectangle () at the left margin, which represents the location of the First Line Indent. Beneath the light blue rectangle is a light blue inverted triangle (), which represents the location of the Left Indent.

  • On the ruler, hover the cursor over each shape, and its function will be displayed.

Create the Hanging Indent

  • First: Select the text you want indented. You can select a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs at a time.
  • Next: On the ruler, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle ) to the right as far as you want the text to be indented. As you will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle ) will come along for the ride, and all your selected text will move to the right.
  • Finally: Drag the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle ) back to the left margin. It will move independently, and your hanging indent will be created.

Skill: Writing Topic Sentences; Finding Evidence

15 Mar


Topic Sentences

Today we will have notes on writing topic sentences. Here are the notes: topic sentences

Skill- Topic Sentence: The first sentence in a body paragraph.  It states what the paragraph will be about and is the point you will be proving in the paragraph.  This sentence should be a direct reason why your thesis is true.

Some notes on writing a topic sentence: topic sentences

More information: Indiana University

Finding Evidence in Your Articles

Next we will have some time to read through and find useful evidence in the articles we have downloaded and printed.

Skills: Presenting Opinion As Fact and Writing with a Formal Tone

14 Mar


Today we will look at two skills that will help you write your research paper.

Presenting 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

Here are some notes: Present opinion as fact

Writing in a Formal Tone:

Just like you would dress in formal clothing for important events, often your writing should reflect a more formal tone.

Here are some notes: writing in a formal tone

Here are some helpful websites:
Formal Voice Writing
Formal and Informal Writing
Formal vs. Informal Writing

**Reminder: Work Cited Page Due Wednesday**

Works Cited Page; Articles and Thesis Due

11 Mar


Today we will discuss the Work Cited Page. Here is an example of what a good one looks like: Work Cited Ex  and here are the notes on how to put one together: works cited

Your typed Works Cited Page is due on Wednesday for 5 points.

***Remember to bring in your articles and a thesis statement! It is due today****

Working On Our Research Papers

8 Mar


This week we begin working on our Research Papers. Due to the limited availability of computer rooms, our classes will meet in different places at different times:

Period 1 will be in D114 Tuesday and Thursday
Period 4 will be in A206 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Period 5 will be in A206 Tuesday and Thursday
Period 8 will be in A206 Thursday and Friday

Print Out Articles and Write Your Thesis Statement by Friday

On Friday I will check that you have at least 3 articles printed and have written your thesis statement.

Deciding on Your Topic

One of the first things you need to do is figure out what you want to research. This website can help you decide on a topic: ProCon 2016 Election Look through the various topics to get ideas.

Writing Your Thesis Statement

The Thesis Statement is the main point you are trying to prove in your paper. It should be one clear and concise sentence. The thesis is the last sentence in your introduction paragraph. Here is a handout on writing Thesis Statements Research Paper- The Thesis

Doing Your Research and Finding Quality Articles

Here is a PowerPoint on determining if a website is reputable or not. Research Paper, Evaluating Web Resources

Make sure your get 3-5 articles about your topic.  Email yourself a copy of each and print them out.

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

ProCon 2016 Election – is a great place to start
Opposing ViewPoints *
SIRS Discover *
ProQuest *
National Newspaper Database *

  • 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. These sites are all trustworthy.