Archive | October, 2017

Literary Device/ Speak; College Essay Forced Revision

31 Oct

All Classes Important Dates:

Friday Nov 3 – 9th Grade Quarterly; 12th Grade College Essay Due

Monday Nov 6 – Any revisions or late work due

Wed Nov 8 – Notebook check

 

9th Grade:

Today you will get a chance to look at your quarter grade so far (BTW: you have a chance everyday to do this on eSchool).

Notes on Why We Use Imagery and the Advantages of the Different Narrator Perspectives: Why Use Skills

Homework for Monday: Read p 141-170 of Speak and give 1 bullet point for each section of the reading (15 sections=15 bullet points).

12th Grade:

Bookending: 

Notes: Bookending

Forced Revisions Activity:

Rewrite your opening.

Try to incorporate Bookending into the end of your paper.

 

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College Essay Skills; Speak Marking Period 3

30 Oct

All Classes Important Dates:

Friday Nov 3 – 9th Grade Quarterly; 12th Grade College Essay Due

Monday Nov 6 – Any revisions or late work due

Wed Nov 8 – Notebook check

12th Grade:

Today you should have a typed and printed draft of your college essay.

We will learn about 3 skills:

Effective Title

Epigraph   

Notes: epigraph

9th Grade:

Today we will be reviewing Marking Period 3 of Speak.

Speak Art Styles: speak_art_styles_p31

 

Speak Assignment; College Essay

27 Oct

9th Grade: Go to the Library

We will do a Speak assignment on the first 3 Marking Periods of the book. You may use your book to answer the questions.

Go to this site: https://quizizz.com/join/ then use the following code:

Period 3: 318716

Period 7: 251695

Period 8: 900139

BE SURE TO USE YOUR FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME AS YOUR USER NAME!

12th Grade: Go to A206

Work on your college essay. You MUST have a printed copy with you in class on Monday.  This will count as a grade. No extensions on this. It’s ok if it isn’t perfect!

 

Narrator’s POV; Lab for College Essay

26 Oct

12th Grade: Go to A206

We will be in the computer lab to type up our college essays. Here are the requirements:

College Essay Requirements:

  • -Choose any of the Common App Prompts (or one your school requires)
  • -650 Word Maximum
  • -Typed copy due at beginning of class Monday

Skills to consider:

  • -Effective Lead
  • -Sensory Imagery
  • -Showing Not Telling
  • -Using Stronger Words
  • -Reflective Narrator
  • -Writing in the Present Tense
  • -Epigraph
  • -Anecdote
  • -Rule of Threes
  • -Using Specific Details
  • -Bookending

9th Grade:

Narrator’s Point of View: The perspective the story is told from.

Here are the notes Narrator’s POV . Do not confuse narrator’s point of view (the literary device) with a narrator’s opinion or perspective on a topic! 

Assignment: In your notebook, discuss the narrator’s point of view in Speak. Why does it matter? What do we learn about because of this perspective? What don’t we know with this perspective? How would the book be different with a different narrator point of view? Give examples from the text to support your answer.

Reading Speak; College Essays

25 Oct

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9th  Grade:

Fill out this Class Participation Self Evaluation to give yourself an idea of how you will be evaluated on class participation at the end of the quarter.

Reading Speak. Read the 3rd Marking Period of Speak (up to page 137). In your notebook, write 10 bullet points of important events in the story. Give a quote and page number to support your answer.

12th Grade:

Skill: Reflective Narrator

-A reflective narrator does not merely recount the events of a story, they look back and analyze them.  He/she may explain the significance, question actions and event, think about what he/she would do if it happened again, discuss lessons learned, or detail what was going through his/her mind during the event. They compare then to now. They play the “what if” game.

Read this article on reflective narrators. Try to incorporate a reflective narrator into your college essay.

Skill: Epigraph

A quote or statement before the beginning of a piece of literature that highlights a main idea or theme in the piece to follow. It can be used to draw a reader’s attention to a certain idea or concept, or to help set the mood of the piece.

Classic Examples:

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. — Balzac
(from The Godfather by Mario Puzo)

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me? — Paradise Lost, X, 743-45
(from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. — Charles Lamb
(from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

More examples

College Essay Requirements:

  • -Choose any of the Common App Prompts (or one your school requires)
  • -650 Word Maximum
  • -Typed copy due at beginning of class Monday

Skills to consider:

  • -Effective Lead
  • -Sensory Imagery
  • -Showing Not Telling
  • -Using Stronger Words
  • -Reflective Narrator
  • -Writing in the Present Tense
  • -Epigraph
  • -Anecdote
  • -Rule of Threes
  • -Using Specific Details
  • -Bookending

9: Dialogue; 12: Stronger Words, Class Participation

24 Oct

9th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday:

Monotonous (adj) – dull, boring, tedious; one tone without variation

“Mono” means one. Monopoly, monologue… stereo vs. mono sound

Fracas (noun) –noisy disturbance

New Skill: Dialogue – using the character’s exact words to tell the story. See Speak, page 113.

What are the advantages of using dialogue? Disadvantages?


12th Grade:

Review class participation self evaluation sheet. Class Participation Self Evaluation

Skill: Using stronger words

Avoid weak words that require additional explanation.  For example: “Walk” does not tell us much, you would need another sentence or modifier words to clarify.  Instead of “I walked clumsily” say “I stumbled.”  Think of all the more descriptive words we have for “Walk” (strut, skip, scurry, stomp, hustle…) These are better choices because they do not require additional explanation.

You probably have a weak verb if you are using adverbs (words that describe how something was done).  

Example: “I spoke loudly.” You need the word “loudly” because “spoke” is a weak word. Use “shouted,” “screamed,” “announced” instead.

The same goes for words like “very,” “really,” “extremely,” “super,” “quite,” etc… Instead of saying your are “very smart” say “brilliant,” or “intelligent.”  Review this handout 45 ways to avoid ‘very’.

If you are relying on adverbs and words like “very,” you are being a lazy writer.  You are not exploring your subject deeply and your writing will quickly become boring.  If your reader thinks your writing is boring or lazy, he/she will stop reading.  The worst thing that can happen to writers is that people stop reading their work.

 

Check your college essay rough draft for weak words that can be replaced with stronger ones.

Read Speak; College Essays

23 Oct

9th Grade:

Read to page 113 in Speak.

12th Grade:

Make sure you have a rough draft of your college essay in your notebook.