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Notebooks and Vocabulary

25 Jan

Quick Write: Review the chart. In your notebook, list the Successful People qualities you have. Then list the Unsuccessful People qualities you have. Of the Unsuccessful People side, which ones do you think you can change? How?

Notebooks Are Due!

Today I will be checking Notebooks.

Vocabulary

Apathy and Articulate from the 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Introduce Of Mice and Men

We will be starting a new book, Of Mice and Men.

Using any 5 of our vocabulary words, create a story for this picture below:

The End of Times (2nd Quarter); MLK JR Task 3 Essay

21 Jan

The End is of the Second Quarter

Today you will see your current grades and face reality (however, this should not be news to you, because you can check the gradebook any time you want. Knowledge is power my friends. And keeping track of your grades will no doubt increase your overall GPA significantly).

Still left to do this quarter:

  • MLK Task 3 Essay (due Sunday night).
  • Notebook Check (Monday).

Last day to turn in late work will be Wednesday (that goes for Orange and Blue!).

MLK JR I Have A Dream Task 3 Essay

Today you will have a little time to start your MLK I Have a Dream Task 3 essay. Use these notes to help and follow the template.

Literary Devices to look for: Anaphora, Allusion, Extended Metaphor… as well as, Ethos, Logos, Pathos, and Tone. You can of course use any literary device you find.

My advice is to look for the literary device first, then ask yourself how King is using to make a point. That point he is making can then be the Central Idea.

Read and Answer Multiple Choice Questions in “I Have a Dream”

20 Jan

I Have A Dream Speech

We will eventually use this speech to write our Regents Task 3 style essay.

This time, read the speech, and first look for the literary devices/skills. Try to find at least one example of each of the devices below. Answer the multiple choice questions. As you answer the questions, underline where you found the answer in the passage.

Allusion – a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.

Anaphora – the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home by making it more memorable.

Extended Metaphor – a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.  Most metaphors only last about a line “you are the sunshine of my life.”  This advanced type of metaphor extends beyond one line and often the entire piece. “George Gray” by Edgar Lee Master.

Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Speech

19 Jan

Quick Write: Listen to the Last Time. What are some things from your life right now that you will miss a few years from now?

Vocabulary

Today we will go over the words Bolster and Undermine from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Skills in MLK’s I Have a Dream

Allusion – a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.

Anaphora – the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home by making it more memorable.

Extended Metaphor – a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.  Most metaphors only last about a line “you are the sunshine of my life.”  This advanced type of metaphor extends beyond one line and often the entire piece. “George Gray” by Edgar Lee Master.

When you see these, ask yourself: Why would a person use these techniques in their writing?

I Have A Dream Speech

We will eventually use this speech to write our Regents Task 3 style essay. This time, read the speech, and first look for the literary devices/skills. When you find one, ask yourself why King uses it. That answer will likely lead you to one of his central ideas.

Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Speech

15 Jan

Vocabulary

Today we will go over the words Bolster and Undermine from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

Skills in MLK’s I Have a Dream

Allusion – a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.

Anaphora – the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home by making it more memorable.

Extended Metaphor – a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.  Most metaphors only last about a line “you are the sunshine of my life.”  This advanced type of metaphor extends beyond one line and often the entire piece. “George Gray” by Edgar Lee Master.

Quick Write: Why would a person use these techniques in their writing?

I Have A Dream Speech

We will eventually use this speech to write our Regents Task 3 style essay. This time, read the speech, and first look for the literary devices/skills. When you find one, ask yourself why King uses it. That answer will likely lead you to one of his central ideas.

The Good Old Days; Vocab; New Year New You

13 Jan

Wednesday Wisdom

These are the good old days!

Two Word (Wednesday?) Vocabulary

Today we will go over the words Precarious and Congregate from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

New Year New You Writing Piece

Our next writing piece is to write about a goal you have for yourself this year.

Using the questionnaire you filled out last time, put together a writing piece about your your goal for 2021.

How to organize your writing:

Introduction: Begin with a story that shows what and why you want to change. (This is an effective lead, which shows your motivation and gets the reader interested).

Body 1: State your goal and your reasons for wanting to achieve it. Think big picture.

Body 2: Break your goal down into smaller steps that you can measure. Think daily or weekly.

Body 3: How will you keep on track? Who is involved? When? Where?

Conclusion: Explain how you will feel when you accomplish the goal. What will you do if you fall off track? What’s next? (Looking towards the future is often a great way to end a piece of writing).

Here are some decent example pieces. Read them for ideas on how to complete the piece.

Minimum word requirement: 250

Setting Better Goals

11 Jan

Quick Write: What are some of your goals for next year? How do you hope to change and grow? Any new year resolutions?

SMART Goals

Today we will read these articles about creating SMART goals.

Write Your Own SMART Goals

In your notebook, take the goals you wrote down for your quick write and turn them into a SMART goal. Use this questionnaire to complete your answer.

Vocabulary and My 2020 Slide Show

8 Jan

Vocabulary

Today we will go over the words Corroborate and Assess from our 9th Grade Vocabulary list.

My 2020 Slide Show

You will have time to work on your My 2020 Slideshow, which is posted in Google Classroom.

It is due tonight!

5 Things About 2020 Slide Show Presentation

6 Jan

5 Things About My 2020

In order to document your 2020, you will create a Google Slides presentation about 5 memories, thoughts, experiences, highlights, lowlights, etc. about 2020.

Here’s what you should have:

Title Slide – Image and title for your presentation.

5 Slides – each slide should have a title, an image, and your writing about each memory (approximately 50-100 words)

Final Slide – My Hopes For 2021 – include an image and your thoughts, hopes, plans, etc about the new year.

Have fun with it and really reflect back on your year!

This assignment is posted on Google Classroom

Continue Looking Back on 2020…

5 Jan

Quick Writes: 2020 was a year unlike any. We will take a little time to reflect on the year. Answer these Quick Writes in your notebook. (Think 50-100 words each).

  1. Pandemic Summer:
    How did your summer go? Did you work? Did you get to spend time with your friends? Did you do anything fun? Vacation? New hobbies? Did you go to restaurants? Beach? What are some things you did and how did you safely go about these activities/experiences?
  2. School:
    Take your time here to describe what it was like actually going back to school. What safety precautions were put in place? What looked different in the building? On your bus? Hallways? Lockers? Classrooms? Lunch? Gym? Did you get to see your friends? Were you able to speak with them? Did you get to meet any new people? What were classes like in the beginning? How were they different from previous years? How is the hybrid model working out?
  3. Special Celebrations: Did you have any special celebrations during the pandemic? How did you celebrate birthdays? Fourth of July? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? Who was there? How did you celebrate? What safety measures did you follow?
  4. People You Haven’t Seen: Think about the people you haven’t been able to see in a while. Are there people you have been missing? Have you been keeping in touch using Zoom? Have you visited anyone in a creative way, like visits through a window or from a far distance?
  5. Changes in Yourself Over the Past Year: Some people have noticed that they changed quite a bit over the past year. Some became more focused on school and goals. Some became healthier, or maybe less healthy, through changes in eating and/or exercise habits. Some have grown closer to family members. Some have learned something new or took up a new hobby. Some have noticed a bit of a loss of some skills/abilities from less time to practice. Have you noticed any changes in yourself, for the better and/for the worse?