Sunday, December 30, 2007


Reminder: You'll need to accrue 75 points' worth of rhetorical terms by the end of the semester, which you can do with any combination of 3-point, 4-point, and 5-point terms. If you've misplaced the handouts, here they are again:

Rhetorical Terms Project Handout
Sample 3-point and 5-point terms using the Roger Angell "Into the Fire" baseball piece

And if you need help with definitions or finding rhetorical terms, consider using the Gale Glossary of Literary Devices web page--just remember to cite wherever you get your definitions.

If you have any trouble, email me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

AGENDA 12/13

Prepare for tomorrow's seminar on "The Birthmark" and "Harrison Bergeron": Seminar Prep Handout

Begin working on Formulating Thesis Statements: Complete Steps A-C

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

AGENDA 12/12

Turn in Source Packets and Bibliographies
Read and Discuss "Designing a Better Human?"
Introduce "The Birthmark" and "Harrison Bergeron"--bring packets back to class to read and annotate tomorrow--we'll have a seminar discussion on Friday.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Meet in Computer Lab, L202
Begin creating working bibliographies for researched argument papers
Refer to Samohi Library Page and handouts given in class for assistance

HW: Source packet of 20 sources and working bibliography in MLA format due next Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Activity: Why do bibliographies matter?
Quick tour of bibliography format and resources: online bibliography generator and the "old fashioned way" using McGraw-Hill Reader and web sources

HW: Continue to amass 20 sources and begin working bibliography

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Reading Day: Bring source packets and annotate!
You might:
Write questions to clarify or interpret
Mark connections between sources: what facts are confirmed? What facts are contradicted?
Circle names of people to contact for experiential source
Highlight potential evidence for paper and identify counterarguments

HW: Continue to amass 20 sources and annotate each source. Tomorrow: the exciting world of bibliographies.