To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield. - Ulysses

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankfully Thursday

Block B: Great work today on Fact vs. Opinion! Consider your 5 topic choices - we will start the outline in class tomorrow. No homework!

Block C: Good start to your literary analysis essays today in class - we will wrap this up tomorrow!

Block D: Well - consider my arm twisted! Bonus work block tomorrow on your outlines. Bring in your sources and notes to class tomorrow. Essay writing starts Monday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Walk Away Wednesday

Block B: Study for your verb quiz tomorrow! Also complete the double-spaced good copy of your compare and contrast paragraph. Consider the feedback provided by your editor.

Block C: It is essay time tomorrow!!! You will get two blocks to write.

Block D: Please complete the introduction and first body paragraph of your outline for homework tonight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tasks for a Tuesday:

Block B: Double-spaced rough drafts of your compare and contrast paragraphs are due tomorrow! Don't forget to review for the verb quiz on Thursday.

Block C: Your last set of 3 journal entries are due tomorrow - read the criteria - make goals for yourself on how you are going to improve this time.

Block D: No homework tonight!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Make it your Monday!

Block B: Hope you all enjoyed your time at camp!!! It was great to see you all today - and with a new seating plan to shake things up. Today we reviewed how to write a compare and contrast paragraph. Please review your notes on the different transitions to write a smooth paragraph. For tomorrow - if you did not do so in class - please complete the outline of your choice - either whole-to-whole or point-to-point - on Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Jones or Roger and Alfred.

Block C: Today was the last group meeting - although if you need extra time there will be some time to finish up tomorrow. Don't forget that your last set of journals is due on Wednesday. There should be time tomorrow to finish any group discussion not yet completed.

Block D: We're on an essay journey together. Today in class you submitted your proposals for essay topics. Not all were approved. If you got the red butterfly - then please complete the introduction for your essay. If you did not get approval - please resubmit tomorrow - make sure you follow the notes to make your topic: single, significant, supportable and significant.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Block C: For this weekend - finish your book!!! We have ONE last group meeting on Monday - so make sure you are prepared! And because I am the nicest teacher ever - your last set of 3 journal entries will now be due on Wednesday Oct 29. So you get another bonus day to work on them.

Block D: Today we talked about developing an essay topic - how to make it Single, Supportable, Significant and Specific. 

We did some in-class practice before talking about how to find reputable and reliable sources for this essay. You will need to find at least 3 sources: a book, a website, and an encyclopedia for your proposal. Do not print out your sources as I want to see your essay proposal first. If you do not like any of the topics from the green handout - I fully recommend that you create your own topic. Choose something that is not overdone and something that intrigues you. Here is the slide of the proposal due on Monday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Working Wednesday:

Block C: Great start to the discussions today! There will be more time tomorrow to finish up. Don't forget that journals are due on Oct. 28 and your Verbal Visual Essay is due on Nov. 3.

Block D: Thanks for handing in your projects! We started our essay writing unit today with some practice putting together a blown up essay. We then started talking about good thesis statements and that is where we ended class - no homework tonight!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Take That, Tuesday!

Block B: We continued practicing parts of a paragraph today - with a paragraph in strips, then putting together sample paragraphs from the worksheet. Almost everyone completed their practice paragraph - so there should be no homework! Have a great time at camp - and see you on Monday!

Block C: Finish your reading and sticky notes for tomorrow. You should be thinking and planning your verbal visual essays - I know it seems like they are not due for awhile - but time flies!

Block D: The deadline is here - hand in all three parts of your final project - plot line, creative task, and literary analysis. Make sure you have an outline, rough draft and a double-spaced good copy along with the criteria sheet tomorrow.