Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Starting new short story: "Everyday Use"

Objective: Students will learn about different ways to develop characters in literature.

1. Get Lit Books and Folders
2. TFA Pulled Quote Quiz Ch. 11
3. WP #1 (new packet)
4. Characterization notes
5. Read a long: "Everyday Use"
6. Work on Vocab Activities

Homework: Read TFA Ch. 12. Answer questions as you go. Questions and Plot Chart due THURSDAY!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hope You Had a Great Homecoming!

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for this week's story.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  WP #10
3.  Turn in WP Packet 1-10
4.  Go over Plot (so far) of Things Fall Apart
5.  "Everyday Use" vocabulary

Homework: Read TFA Chapter 11

Friday, September 26, 2014

All Essays Due.

You guys have worked pretty hard for the last week.  Good job!

Objective:  The students will make any last corrections to their essay and turn it in.

1.  Turn in your essay.  No need for prompt on top.

Homework:  Nothing.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

District Writing Test

Objective:  The students will put all that we have talked about and practiced over the last month to use today to write a GREAT in class essay for the district.

1.  Get out three sheets of paper.
2.  Get prompt.  Put name and period on all papers.
3.  Read prompt:  Highlight what you need to do in order to pass.
4.  Briefly plan. (Summarize the author's argument.  Discuss if you agree or disagree with it, using strong examples from text and life).  TITLE??????????
5.  Write. Only use one side of the paper!

Homework:  Print, Proof, Edit, and Re-print essay to be turned in tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Finish the Essay!

Objective:  The students will use class time to finish their essay, proof read, edit, and make it an A paper that Mr. Warren and Mr. McDermott can read in less than 2 minutes!

1.  TFA Quiz Chapters 9-10 and discuss any questions that you have.
2.  Finish all parts of the essay.

Body 1:  Story Explanation 1
Body 2:  Story Explanation 2
Body 3:  Argument:  Which story is most likely to come true using an informational article as support of your thoughts.
Close:  Apply what you have proven to the bigger picture.

No reading tonight.  Just read your essay and catch the easy errors so that Mr. Warren has a nice weekend and doesn't want to throw things through his window!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rhetorical Appeals- 4th Paragraph

Objective: Students will learn how to use ethos, pathos, and logos in their argumentative essays.

1. Get your folders/lit books
2. Ethos, Pathos, Logos presentation
3. Write your 3rd body paragraph and Conclusion

Homework: Read TFA Chapter 10. Essay DUE ON THURSDAY

Monday, September 22, 2014

Writing Day 2

Objective:  The students will write their body paragraphs.


login is student number   password is your birthday....  2/2/1965  (no zeros needed)

it will say 2012 homecoming, but it's 2014..
1.  Get your folders.
2.  Write paragraphs 2 and 3 (the expository paragraphs for the stories).

Homework: Read Chapter 9

Friday, September 19, 2014

Things Get Interesting Before they Fall Apart

Objective: Students will write their first two paragraphs for their argumentative essay.

1. Get your lit books and folders
2. TFA Chapter 7-8 Review. What was the 2nd BIG MISTAKE?
3. Discuss Writing Prompt and write the thesis that you are going to prove.  "Yes, but so"
4.  Write the intro (follow the inverted triangle format for a perfect intro)
5.  Write the first body paragraph (what paragraph would be most logical to put first?)

Homework: No new reading, but fill out Plot chart on back of questions. 6 Events with 2-3 statements about each event (for full credit). 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Objective:  The students will begin their second essay.  This one will be an expository/argumentative essay. 

1.  Get lit books and folders. 
2.  Get the new writing prompt.  Yes, another essay!
3.  Finish "Long Way Home" assignment.
4.  Pre-write the essay using the Venn Diagram
5.  Write the intro paragraph.

No homework tonight!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oko's Second Big Mistake!!!

Objective:  The students will read a new story, with a different view of what the future may hold for us.

1. Get folders
2. WP #9
3. Pre-Test
4. "Long Way Home" close reading and assignment

Homework: Finish Character Chart and Questions for Chapters 5-8, due tomorrow! Catch up on reading if you are not there yet, Quiz tomorrow on Chapters 7-8.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hope You Had a Great Weekend!

Objective: Students will practice continued use of specific word choice and connotation in order to change the tone/mood of a short story.

1. Get your Lit Books and Folders
2. WP #8
3.TFA Quiz 5-6 Quiz and Discussion
4. "The Pedestrian" Activity parts 7 & 8

Homework: Read TFA Chapters 7-8 and answer study guide questions

Friday, September 12, 2014

Relax and Enjoy your Weekend

Objective: The students will practice word connotation and how works create the tone in writing.

1. Get folder
2. WP #7
3. Discuss TFA 5-6 and Quiz ?
4. "The Pedestrian" Activity

Homework: Make sure you are up to date on TFA/ CT Questions/ and Character Chart.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TFA Discussion and Pedestrian

Objective: Students will analyze and critique "The Pedestrian" for plot and thematic elements.

1. Get folders and lit books
2. TFA 3-4 Discussion & Quiz
3. WP #6
4. "The Pedestrian" Activities. Here's the Handout

Homework: Read TFA 5-6, Complete Critical Thinking Questions for those chapters, Download, Print and Sign the Syllabus by tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Objective:  The students will read the cautionary tale called "The Pedestrian."

Get lit books and Folders
1.  "The Pedestrian" Intro Technology Chart
2.  Plot Notes
3.  Read "The Pedestrian"
4.  Complete "The Pedestrian" Assignment

Homework: Read Chapters 3-4 TFA, Answer CT questions, and Download, print and sign Class Syllabus

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Who was Okonkwu?

Objective: The students will prepare to read a cautionary story by Ray Bradbury that will be part of our next essay.

1. Get Folders Out (correct vocabulary Quickly)
2. WP #5
3. TFA Reading Quiz 1-2 and Discuss
4. Review TFA Final Project
4. The Pedestrian Assignment (before reading)

Homework: Read Chapters 3-4 (18 pages)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Essays... Not Quite There

Objective: The students will be introduced to Chinua Achebe and Things Fall Apart

1. Achebe/TFA Presentation
2. TFA Character Map directions
3. TFA Critical Thinking questions
4. Complete "The Pedestrian" Vocabulary

Homework: Read first two chapters of TFA and answer CT questions. Quiz tomorrow!

Friday, September 05, 2014

TFA & The Pedestrian

Objective: Students will learn important vocabulary from two short stories.

Before class: Get your folders and lit books out and ready. Staple your paper and turn in to the white wire basket

1. Things Fall Apart Library Book Checkout
2. "The Pedestrian" story & vocabulary

Bring your Things Fall Apart (TFA) novel to class EVERY DAY!!!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Essay Due Tomorrow!

Objective:  The students will share their first two body paragraphs and then complete the writing of the essay.  The paper will be turned in tomorrow.

1.  WP # _____
2.  Share one or two student essays.  Be brave... volunteer.
3.  Closing Paragraph Discussion:  Apply what you have proven to the "Bigger Picture."
4.  Finish Essay.  Read it and edit.  Print out.  Edit again.  Print it again for me.

Remember:  MLA.  Heading.  Title.  Double Space.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Objective:  The students will see some examples of how to start the essay and then write some of the body.

1.  Student Examples of Intros.
2.  Body Paragraphs:  How do you use a quote?  Quote Sandwich!
3.  Write Body.

Homework:  Complete at least paragraph 2 and 3 of the essay!  I will need more examples tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Seating Chart!

Objective:  The students will begin writing their essays and will learn the easiest way to write an intro paragraph.

1.  Seating Chart
2.  Intro to Student Teacher:  Mr. McDermott
3.  Haiku and Google Docs
           User Name:  firstname+lastname+ last three digits of ID @rusdlearns.net
           Password:  Welcome1 (first time, then change it)

This will get you into Google Docs where you can compose your essay.

4.  New essay prompt.
5.  How to start an essay.  The Inverted Triangle Format.