Archive | September, 2017

Anthem Due; Label Skills and Complete Piece Reflection

29 Sep

Today our Anthem Pieces are due! You will be given a piece reflection and shown how to label any skills you’ve used in your piece.

Piece Reflections

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Type and Print Anthem Piece In Library

28 Sep

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Finish Your Anthem Piece

Today our class will meet in the library to type and print the Anthem Piece.

Things I will be considering while grading…

  • Use specific examples instead of general ones
  • Use sensory imagery to describe things
  • Showing Not Telling
  • Organize your paper into paragraphs

How many words? Bare minimum: 250 words. However, I am much more concerned with your use of our skills than how many words you type. Unlike your notebook, this is a case of Quality over Quantity.

Please know that this is our first Projects Grade and will be a significant portion of your quarter average.


Use Google Docs!

I highly recommend you type your piece on Google Drive, so you can access it anywhere there is an internet connection. Using Microsoft Word means you can only access it on a school computer.

How to log into your Sachem Google Drive

Go to Google to log in with your Sachem Google account.

User name: your regular computer login then add @sachem.edu  … for example jsmith2@sachem.edu

Password: Sach. (last four numbers of your ID) … for example Sach.1234

Then click on the little boxes in the top right and select DriveScreen Shot 2017-09-28 at 8.36.20 AM

Then click on the blue NEW button on the top left and select Google Docs

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Showing Not Telling

27 Sep

Showing Not Telling Notes and Practice

Today we will take some notes and practice using Showing Not Telling in our writing.

Here are the notes: Show!_Don’t_Tell_Writing_Lesson

Anthem Pieces Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will be in the library to type our Anthem Pieces. The final copy is due, in class, on Friday.

Anthem Rough Draft Due; Two Word Tuesday; You Are the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With.

26 Sep

9th Grade:

Quick Writes:

Write about something you hate. Why do you hate it?

What is something you feel hopeless about? Is there something you can see no good in?

Vocabulary:

Disdain
(verb) – hate
(noun) – hatred, disgust

Pessimism
(noun) – tendency to see the worst
in a situation

12th Grade:

Quick Writes:

What is something you are proud of?
Do you have a quality you can brag about?

What is something that gets in your way or
prevents you from doing something? Explain.

Vocabulary:

Tout
(verb)
To attempt to sell in an aggressive way.
Brag.

Hindrance
(noun)
An obstacle.
Something that provides resistance or gets
in the way.

All Classes

Read this article and answer the questions in your notebook: you-are-the-average-of-the-people-you-spend-the-most-time-with

Showing Not Telling; Anthem Piece Rough Draft

25 Sep

Skill: Showing Not Telling– instead of telling us something, show us!

Telling: Roger is mean.

Showing: Roger tripped me in the hallway. At lunch, in between harassing freshmen, he was throwing french fries at our table.

Anthem Rough Draft

Today you will have time to work on your rough draft of your Anthem Piece.

Things to consider:

  • Stereotypes good and bad  (Athletes are dedicated, but not very smart)
  • You as an individual (Being an athlete runs in your family)
  • Lessons you learned from your identity (How to be part of a team)
  • How those lessons translate to other parts of your life (dealing with setbacks, and working with difficult people)
  • What people don’t know about your identity (Most of your time as an athlete is spent preparing and training)

As far as grading, be sure to:

  • Use specific examples instead of general ones
  • Use sensory imagery to describe things
  • Organize your paper into paragraphs

Anthem; General vs Specific

20 Sep

New Skill! General vs. Specific

General examples tend to deal with broader categories, while specific examples are things within bigger categories. For example

General: Music  … Specific: “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath
General: Store … Specific: Ralph’s Italian Ices
General: Shoes … Specific: Air Jordan’s

Be specific wherever possible. Writing “I smell food cooking in the kitchen” is much less effective than writing “I smell the filet mignon cooked to medium rare.”

Work on Outlining and Rough Drafting Anthem Piece

Before beginning a rough draft, outline your Anthem Piece. Write down all of the ideas you might address in your piece. Then choose which you will use and organize them into paragraphs.

Some things to consider:

  • Stereotypes good and bad  (Athletes are dedicated, but not very smart)
  • You as an individual (Being an athlete runs in your family)
  • Lessons you learned from your identity (How to be part of a team)
  • How those lessons translate to other parts of your life (dealing with setbacks, and working with difficult people)
  • What people don’t know about your identity (Most of your time as an athlete is spent preparing and training)

 

Two Word Tuesday; Start Outlining, Rough-Drafting Anthem Piece

19 Sep

Vocabulary:

9th Grade:

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12th Grade:

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All Classes:

-Thinking back to our use of Sensory Imagery, write a description (that relates to your anthem identity) using each of our new vocabulary words and any of the five senses. I understand this might be tough for every identity, but do your best even if it is a stretch.

-Share your examples of sensory imagery with your group (yesterday’s and today’s), and pick the one you all like best to share with the class.

-Begin outlining and rough-drafting your Anthem Piece