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Finish Anxiety Article Essay; College Essay

20 Oct

9th Grade:

Today we will be in the library to post our essay on the Anxiety article on Kidblog. If you do not finish in class, be sure to finish for homework. This is a major writing piece grade!

12th Grade:

Today we will have more time to work on our college essays. You must have a rough draft with you on Monday.

In order to help give you ideas on how to start, we looked at some popular opening lines to movies: 1stLinesof Movies


Regents Task Notes/Practice; College Essay

19 Oct

9th Grade:

Today we will take notes on how to write Task 3 of the English Regents. This is the same task you will see on your quarterly and final exams this year. The Regents is in 11th grade.

Notes: Task 3 Common core

Next, since we have already done most of this work in class during the week, you will begin writing your Regents essay in your notebook.

12th Grade:

Today we will work on our rough draft of the college essay. Here is a skill to help you get started:

Effective Lead: An author’s attempt to grasp the reader’s attention in the beginning of a work.

First impressions are huge.  Think about how fast you flip through TV channels.  How much time does each program get before you switch stations?  In a world of ever shrinking attention spans, you need to grasp your readers’ attention as soon as possible.

Try being vague, create mystery by not immediately letting the reader know exactly what you are writing about…
Try using vague words like “it” before explaining what “it” is.
Start with dialogue.
Start somewhere besides the beginning.
Say something shocking.  Sensory Imagery blast.
Start in the middle of the action.
Make the reader question the narrator’s credibility.

Check out this page of 100 best first lines of novels.

Here are the examples of college essays

Why We Use Skills; College Essay

18 Oct

9th Grade:

Today there will be notes on why we use skills. Why Use Skills

Class/homework: Using the article  Anxiety, write a paragraph in which you identify a literary device (ethos or anecdote) the author uses, give an example from the text of that literary device, and explain how that literary device helps develop the author’s main idea.

12th Grade:

Read these sample college essays examples of college essays. Then begin brainstorming and outlining your own college essay.

Speak and Anxiety; Winning College Essay

17 Oct

9th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday

Ambiguous (adj) – unclear, may have multiple meanings which can not be distinguished between.

Origin: Latin word “ambi”, which means “both ways.” Think ambidextrous

Jocular (adj) – humorous or in a joking way.

Origin: Latin word “jocus” which means “joking”

Notes on Why We Use Skills…

Using this article Anxiety

Write a paragraph discussing the author’s main idea. Be sure to give evidence from the text to support your answer.

Write another paragraph discussing one of the literary devices/skills the author uses and how it helps develop the article.

12th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday

Quick Writes:
Write about something you have a lot of.
What is something you want to hide?

Copious (adj) – in a large amount

Obscure (verb) – to conceal or keep from view.

Write a Winning College Essay

We will read and discuss the article write a winning college essay

SKILL: Writing in the Present Tense– create suspense and urgency by writing as if the story is happening now.


Anxiety; College Essay

16 Oct

9th Grade: Anxiety and Speak

Today we will read this article: Anxiety

Answer the following questions:

What is the author’s main idea? Give examples from the text to support your answer.

What is the point of the story the author tells in the beginning of the article?

New Skills!

Anecdote: A story used to prove a point

Ethos: Using a person’s experience and character to persuade others.

I will check to see that you have your ten bullet points on the reading from pages 63-82. Tonight read the rest of the Second Marking (page 92).

12th Grade: College Essay

Today we will explore the Common App Essay Prompts. Here’s a helpful video:

In class today, you will brainstorm ideas for each prompt in your notebook…

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

Speak – Reading and Discussing Symbolism

13 Oct

12th Grade: Senior Trip Assembly

9th Grade

I will check your Speak questions, we will discuss the answers.

We will read and discuss the symbolism of bones and trees and how they interconnect with Melinda’s art project.


Read Speak to page 82.

In your notebook, create ten bullet points of events that happen during the reading.

Speak and Thoreau…

12 Oct

9th Grade:

Answer the following questions on Speak, pages 50-61. Be sure to use textual evidence to support your answer.

  1. What is Mr. Neck angry about?
  2. What does David Petrakis tell Mr. Neck?
  3. What kind of kid is David?
  4. How does Melinda know him?
  5. Why is Melinda’s Mom so stressed out around Thanksgiving?
  6. Why does Melinda want to tell her Mom to cook something else besides the turkey?
  7. How/why  does her Dad get involved with  cooking the turkey?
  8. What does he try to make?
  9. Where is the soup?
  10. What was their Thanksgiving dinner?

12th Grade:

Today we are discussing the quotes you chose from Henry David Thoreau. You will read the quote you chose and what you wrote about its meaning and why you selected. This exercise is intended to get you thinking about some of your core philosophies and personal beliefs as we head into writing the College Essay.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes