Archive | October, 2019

Computer Lab Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Independent Writing Project

29 Oct

Today, tomorrow, and Thursday we will meet in room A206 to work on our Independent Writing Projects. (on Wednesday, period 3 will be in A205).

Remember to label any skills you use (imagery, tone, appositive, organizing ideas into paragraphs, use of vocabulary words , weave action into descriptions)

Here are some great examples students have written in the past.

How to Add Comments in Google Docs

In a document on which you have editing or commenting rights, highlight or place your cursor next to the text, image, cell, or slide to which you want to add a comment. Click either the comment icon in the toolbar or the one that appears on the righthand side of the document.

A comment box opens up. Type in your comment and then click “Comment” to submit your notes.

Write a Task 3 Essay

28 Oct

Today you will write a task 3 Regents Essay (here are the notes) on either “For the Birds” or “The Sneetches,” using your Plot/Theme worksheet from last week.

How to write a Task 3 Essay

25 Oct


Vocabulary Connection Charts  Due Monday 10/28, in class.

Real World Vocabulary Monday Due 10/28, in class.

Quick Write: (imagery exercises)

Describe a really annoying sound. Make comparisons. Go into Detail.

How To Write a Regents Task 3
(your quarterly, midterm, and final essay)

Here the notes with the Task 3 question and a helpful template to follow.

Determining Main Idea/Central Idea/Theme in Pixar Shorts

24 Oct

Instead of a Quick Write, check that you have your Vocabulary Connection Charts in order; they are due Monday!

Plot and Theme in Pixar Shorts

For the purposes of the writing we will do for the quarterly, midterm, final, and Regents, the terms “Main Idea,” “Central Idea,” and “Theme” will be used interchangeably.

The Theme is the message or lesson that we learn from a story. It should be message that can be applied to life outside of the reading and to our own lives and world.

“For the Birds”

We will complete the plot/theme worksheet for this film together.

“Sneetches” Complete a plot/theme worksheet for this film.

Computer Lab, Independent Writing

23 Oct

Independent Writing Project

Today we will be in the computer lab to work on the Independent Writing Project.  Here are the 365 Prompts.

P. 3 A205
P. 4 A206

For examples of high quality writing pieces, have a look at these examples from the past.

Remember to use your skills in your writing: organizing ideas into paragraphs, appositive, imagery, and tone.

Two Word Tuesday

22 Oct

Tuesday’s Wisdom

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.

Quick Write:

Which wolf do you feed? Explain.

Two Word Tuesday

Today’s words are Jocular and Monotonous from the Vocabulary List. Complete a Connection Chart.  Be sure to review your older Connection Charts to add more!

Connection Charts and Real World Vocab Due Monday October 28th

Make sure you turn in your Vocabulary Connection Charts and Real World Vocab assignment on Monday October 28th!

1st Quarter Words:

  1. Optimism
  2. Pessimism
  3. Disdain
  4. Anarchy
  5. Contentious
  6. Solitude
  7. Ostentatious
  8. Virtue
  9. Cursory
  10. Obscure
  11. Miser
  12. Ambiguous
  13. Jocular
  14. Monotonous

Main Idea vs Plot

21 Oct

Write a paragraph in which you state what the main idea of Carol Dweck’s speech is. Be sure to use direct evidence from the article to support your answer.

Plot vs Theme

The Plot is the sequence of events that happen in a story.

The Theme is the lesson or the message we learn based on the result of those series of events that make up the Plot.

Freytag’s Pyramid – Plot Diagram

Here are today’s notes.


Exposition or Introduction– we meet the characters, learn the setting, and get a general understanding of the world the story takes place in

Rising Action – The conflict begins to emerge and develop.

Climax – The highest point of action and drama, when the conflict comes to a head and turning point is reached.

Falling Action – The story begins to approach a resolution or conclusion. We see the results of the Climax.

Denouement or Resolution – The conflict is resolved and things go back to a normal (probably different than where it started).

Create a SOAPSTone for Carol Dweck’s Speech

18 Oct

Today you will fill out a SOAPSTone Chart using the Carol Dweck’s speech. Here is a copy of the speech. Hand in your SOAPSTone at the end of the period.

If you finish early, you may work on your vocabulary connection charts or your independent writing project.

Independent Writing Project or Vocabulary

17 Oct

Work on your vocabulary Connection Charts


Work on our Independent Writing Project . Here are the 365 Creative Writing Prompts.

Need ideas and want to see what some good examples look like? Click here!

Not sure how to start? Try the BOB Method!

Brainstorm in notebook – Write down anything that comes to mind. Don’t judge! The more ideas the better.

Organize Ideas – decide what are good ideas that you could expand upon. Put them in a logical order.

Begin – only after you have some ideas and have organized them should you begin!


** Remember! I’m happy to give you time to work on your independent writing project, if you are using it effectively! Otherwise, we can find other things to do! 🙂 **

The Power of Yet and SOAPSTone

16 Oct

Wednesday Wisdom:

Watch and listen to this video. In a single sentence, write what the speaker, Carol Dweck’s, main idea is.

The Power of Yet – Identifying Main Ideas

Let’s reread the speech and look for important lines that communicate the main idea of the speech. Here is a copy of the speech.


SOAPSTone is a technique for identifying important parts and main ideas of a piece of nonfiction. Here are the notes on SOAPStone.