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Mock Eulogy or Life Philosophy Piece

6 May

Quick Write Wednesday

Think of a motto, philosophy, quote, phrase, rule etc. that you try to live your life by.  Write for a minute about that and how you practice (or would like to practice) that in your life.

Mock Eulogy or Life Philosophy Piece

Today we will be discussing the next writing piece.  You will choose between writing a Mock Eulogy or a Life Philosophy Piece. Here is the handout Mock Eulogy Life Philosophy Overview  And here are some example pieces from some of my former students:

Mock Eulogy-  Mock Eulogy Examples

Life Philosophy- outlook on life

Tomorrow we will meet in A206! 

TV Show Review; Think About Topics for Your Review Piece

29 Apr

TV Show Review

Today you will watch an episode of the Twilight Zone (watch here for free on Hulu) and write a 1 page (100-150 word) review in your notebook.  This will be part of this week’s notebook grade.


Be Sure to:

  • Give the title of the show
  • Character names and descriptions
  • Overview of the plot

Things to Evaluate:

  • Story
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Music

Who is the show’s intended audience?

What do you like/dislike about the show?

Rate it out of 5 stars and explain.

***As you are watching and writing, I will be calling you up one by one to discuss your Picture Piece grades.

Get Ready to Write Your Review Piece

Tomorrow there will be time to begin writing your review piece, and Friday we will be in the computer lab. Think about what you want to write a review on. Some ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Products (electronics, video games, clothing, etc.)
  • TV Shows/Movies
  • Music Albums
  • Art of any kind
  • Food
  • Books

Do yourself a favor and choose to write about something that interests you!

Work on Picture Piece in A206

22 Apr

Today we will meet in A206 to work on our Picture piece.

If you are having trouble finding a picture, reverse the thought process.  Try thinking about what you want to write about and then find a picture that fits with that idea.

Research Paper Rough Draft Due; Formatting and Grading

25 Mar

Today we are in class to discuss formatting and grading of your research paper.

Your rough drafts will be checked today.  

I will go over the rubric for grading (found in your packet).  We will also discuss the example papers in the packet that show how your paper should be formatted.  Use these examples as a guide.  Your paper should look exactly the same.

After we are finished, check over your paper and give yourself a grade based on your work so far.  Then exchange your paper with someone else in the class and examine their paper as he/she examines yours.  By the end of the day you should have a clear idea on what needs to be done to get the highest grade possible.

Tomorrow and Friday we will be in the computer lab a206 to finish our papers.

Conclusion Paragraphs; Work on Song Piece/Research Paper

18 Mar

Today we will briefly discuss conclusion paragraphs.  You have notes in your research paper packet. Essentially a conclusion paragraph does the following:

  • Firmly restate your thesis statement.  Don’t repeat it word for word, but remind your reader what the point you just proved in your paper was.
  • Quickly recap major points that prove thesis.  No major details, just a quick list of your points.
  • Relate the topic of your paper to the “big picture.” How is this important in life, to people, to the world?
  • Does not give any new evidence.  Your conclusion is not a place for more quotes, new points or extra information. If you have any of these, put them in a new body paragraph.

Tomorrow we will be in computer lab a206.  I will be checking your notebook for the week.  I am just looking for evidence that you used the last three days of class productively.  (Notes on songs/poems, outlines, rough drafts, etc.)

Note Taking Practice

11 Mar

Today we will focus on note taking for your articles.

Please refer to your Research Paper packet, Section 4: Taking Notes.  Read the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin,” and find two direct quotes and paraphrase two ideas that help support the thesis statement: “While physical activity is important for good health, in actuality, it does little to help humans lose weight.” Do this in your notebook.

For Friday, you will be expected to have the following in your notebook:

-Your Poem and 1 page worth of notes about it
-Your Thesis statement and lines from the poem that support it.
-Notes on “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin”
-At least 3 articles you plan to use in your research paper.  (We will meet in the computer lab a206 on Friday, if you need more time on this)

Research Paper and Poetry Tips and Terms

4 Mar

Today we introduced the Research Paper.  You received a large packet to help you through the process. Do not lose it!  I do not have extras.

Here are our notes for the day.  They should be copied into your notebook: Poetry Reading Tips and Terms

Tomorrow we will meet in the computer lab!

Brainstorming for Sonnet Writing

25 Feb

Today we will be collecting ideas for our sonnets.  We will be working on rough drafts tomorrow, going to the computer lab a206 on Friday, and the final typed copy is due on Monday.

Quick writes- Spend about 3-5 minutes on each question.  Answer them thoroughly and explain your answers.  They are designed to help you come up with ideas for your sonnet.

  1. What are your thoughts on love and relationships?
  2. Who is someone that has wronged you?
  3. Who is someone that has helped you?
  4. What do you fear, what worries you, what keeps you up at night?
  5. If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. What would you eliminate from your life (things or events)?
  8. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to an animal.
  9. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to weather/natural event (thunderstorm, deep freeze, tsunami, black hole, etc.).
  10. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to a season or day of the week.

Your Sonnet will need to have the following…

  • 14 lines
  • 3 quatrains and 1 couplet
  • iambic pentameter
  • rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg

Presentations Start Tomorrow; Watching Films

11 Feb

Tomorrow we will begin our group presentations! We will start in order with Group 1, move through groups 2-6, and finish with group 7.  Be prepared to go tomorrow! If a group cannot go, the next group will be expected to go.

Remember our requirements:

Group 1: 2 slides per section (2 for Shakespeare’s biography, 2 for the Elizabethan Period, 2 for The Globe Theatre)… Include pictures to help the class visualize the time period.

Groups 2-6: 1 slide per scene and 1 slide per speech.  Be sure to include one quote per scene.

Group 7: 1 slide for each theme, 1 slide for each thought question, 1 slide for each symbol/motif.

During class we will be watching the film of the play.

Continue Viewing Shakespeare, Complete Worksheet

4 Feb

Today we will continue our viewing of our Shakespearean plays.  During your viewing, complete the following worksheets.

12th Grade: Hamlet film watching questions

9th Grade: romeo and juliet film watching questions

10th Grade: Othello film watching questions