Archive | February, 2018

Research Papers; Your Comfort Zone, Story Shapes and Rules

28 Feb

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12th Grade: Research Paper

Go to A205 to work on the research paper. It is due Friday. Here is a document that will help you with formatting. And this will help you with Works Cited Pages.

9th Grade:

Wednesday Wisdom:  Comfort Zones. Watch the video and answer the quick write questions in your notebook.

Measuring Comfort Zones – Marcus Taylor at TEDxMelbourne

Quick Writes:

Write about a time when you didn’t do something because it made you uncomfortable. What prevented you? Why were you uncomfortable? Is this a common problem for you? What were the consequences or missed opportunities? (examples: not speaking because of what others might think, not trying something because you might fail, hiding your true feelings, avoiding a situation…)

How big do you consider your comfort zone to be? How often do you go outside of your comfort zone?

What is something you can do that will put you out of your own comfort zone and will have a positive impact on your life?

Picking up from yesterday…

Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories, and Story Rules and Of Mice and Men

Assignment: In your notebook, explain which Story Shape you think applies to Of Mice and Men. Draw the story shape and show were events from the story take place on the curve. (use 4-5 events).

Then choose any 3 of Vonnegut’s Story Rules and explain if Of Mice and Men follows each rule. Give evidence of actual events from Of Mice and Men to support your answers.

 

2 Word Tuesday, Vonnegut and Of Mice and Men; Work on Research Papers

27 Feb

12th Grade: Research Paper

Go to A205 to work on your research paper. Remember, it is due Friday! Check out this document to help with formatting.

9th Grade: Vocabulary and Vonnegut

Two Word Tuesday: Enigma and Denounce. 9th Grade Vocabulary

Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories, and Story Rules and Of Mice and Men

We will finish our notes on Vonnegut’s Story Rules.

Assignment: In your notebook, explain which Story Shape you think applies to Of Mice and Men. Draw the story shape and show were events from the story take place on the curve. (use 4-5 events).

Then choose any 3 of Vonnegut’s Story Rules and explain if Of Mice and Men follows each rule. Give evidence of actual events from Of Mice and Men to support your answers.

 

Transitional Phrases; Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Rules

26 Feb

12th Grade: Transitional Phrases

The research paper is due Friday. Work on it in Google Docs.

Today we are in our classroom.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be in A205; and Friday we will be in A206.

Here are some helpful Transitional Phrases that can be used to introduce, conclude, and move through ideas in your writing. PowerPoint version.

9th Grade: Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Rules

We will take some notes on Kurt Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories, and Story Rules.

Editing, Independent Reading; Research Paper Notes

16 Feb

9th Grade:  Fix Me Friday and Independent Reading

Fix Me Friday:

What is smaller than earth’s moon and takes 248 years to orbit the sun. Its Pluto, witch was called a planet until 2006, when scientists named it a “dwarf planet” insted. Pluto was discover by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in February 1930. Some think Pluto could be a large asteroid. The shape of Plutos’ orbit actually brings it close to the sun at times then the orbit of its neighbor, the planet Neptune

Silent Independent Reading

The rest of class will be spent reading. You will be graded in two ways: First, for having something to read. Second, for actually reading, without talking, sleeping, or being distracting to others.

12th Grade: Research Paper Notes

The Research Paper is due on Friday March 2nd (the first Friday when we return from break)

Research Paper Rubric

Writing Your Introduction Paragraph

Writing Your Body Paragraphs

Writing Your Conclusion

 

Task 3 Writing; Work Cited and Parenthetical Citations

15 Feb

9th Grade: Task 3 Writing using Pixar

Using any of the Pixar shorts we have watched this week, complete the following assignment.

Here is the assignment.

Your Task: Identify the central idea/Theme of the Pixar short and analyze how the
 use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary
technique or rhetorical device) advances this idea. Use strong
and thorough evidence from the film to support your analysis. Do
not simply summarize the film. Do not give a plot summary!

REMEMBER! Bring something to read with you to class tomorrow. 

12th Grade: Works Cited and Parenthetical Citations for Quoting and Paraphrasing

Today we will learn how to do the Works Cited Page and Parenthetical Citations for direct quotes and paraphrasing.

Works Cited Page Notes

Parenthetical Citations Notes

 

Pixar Plot and Theme; Topic Sentences

14 Feb

9th Grade: Plot and Theme

In your notebook, complete the plot diagram (Freytag’s Pyramid) for these two Pixar shorts. Then write down what you think the theme of each is.

On Thursday, I will check that you have plot diagrams and themes for all four Pixar shorts we watched this week.

Task 3 Template

12th Grade:

Go to Room A206 to finish your topic sentences worksheet. I will collect it on Thursday.

Two Word Tuesday, Birds; Outlining Research Paper

13 Feb

12th Grade: Outlining the Research Paper

Go to A205. We are working on our outline for the research paper. Here is the document you will be turning in by tomorrow.

9th Grade: Two Word Tuesday; For the Birds

Something to think about…

Two Word Tuesday:

Profound and Embellish. 9th Grade Vocabulary List

“For the Birds”

Complete the Plot Diagram for “For the Birds.” In your notebook, write what you think is the theme and what elements from the plot helped you find this theme.

Topic Sentences; Plot Mapping

12 Feb

12th Grade:

Turn in your Thesis Statement worksheet.

Read this handout on Topic Sentences, then take these notes on Topic Sentences.

Start Outlining your paper.

9th Grade:

**Have something to read on Friday!**

Mapping the Plot using Pixar’s “Day and Night” page of this document.

Watch the “Day and Night”:

 

Fix Me Friday, Independent Reading; Thesis Statements

9 Feb

9th Grade:

Fix Me Friday: Edit the following paragraph:

around the beginning of Febuary each year, the top too American football teams meet for a big game. The game is called the Super bowl. It is the annual championship for the Nashional Football League. The Super Bowl is always held on a Sunday. Many Americans treat Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday On Super Bowl Sunday, America eat more food then on any other holiday, except for Thanksgiving. They go to Super Bowl Parties and cheer for their favorite teams. Thousands of people watch the Super Bowl in the stadium, but millions watch it on TV. In fact, the Super Bowl is one of the most-watch programs on TV every year.

After Fix Me Friday, we will go to the library to pick out books for independent reading. Make sure you have a book to read by next Friday.

12th Grade:

Write down  your thesis statement on this handout. Then you will analyze another student’s thesis.

 

Failure; Thesis Statements

8 Feb

9th Grade:

Copy your answer to yesterday’s assignment from your notebook to a piece looseleaf paper.

On that same sheet of paper, in a paragraph, answer the following questions about Nick Foles’ post Super Bowl speech.

What does Nick Foles say about failure? What does he say about comparing yourself to others? To what extent do you agree with what he or she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

When you are finished, turn in your paper with yesterday and today’s assignment on it.

12th Grade: Thesis Statement

I will check to see that you have written out your notes on 5 articles.

We will take notes on Thesis Statements. Here are the notes.

Next we will complete an assignment to identify good thesis statements. Here is the assignment.

Finally, start crafting your own thesis statement.