Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Reflection on Researched Argument Papers (due today! Final draft followed by Works Cited list, followed by color-marked draft, followed by reflection).

Pass back Arg Essays: Capacity of Entertainment to "Ruin" Society and discuss
Preliminary Notes on Arg Essays: pay particular attention to my body paragraph example on how to incorporate specific details from evidence (the My Super Sweet Sixteen paragraph) and the two sample thesis paragraphs that use the "acknowledging complexity" construction (while...ultimately and/or although...however). These models should help you shape your argument essays.

FINAL EXAM TOMORROW: Study vocabulary (matching & definitions), review the practice passage and multiple-choice questions from The Crucible, and prepare notes/handouts for essay (rhetorical analysis or argument).


Sunday, January 20, 2008


...to the 24 students who were able to show up at the library for a writing conference yesterday, and to all those of you who have met with me for writing conferences after school...

Good luck as you finish your papers, and be sure to submit all of your rhetorical terms entries and your researched argument papers to turnitin.com!

Friday, January 18, 2008


Seminar Discussions: The Crucible

REMINDER: I will be at the Santa Monica Public Library tomorrow for drop-in help with researched argument papers or studying for final exams. Find me on the patio near the Bookmark Cafe, just inside the main entrance. :) Be sure to bring your draft(s) and any additional things you want to work on--if you have a laptop and want to bring your draft on your computer so you can revise on-screen, that's fine, too (and the library has free WiFi!).

I'll be there to help you from noon - 5:30pm. Hope to see you there (and bundle up, in case it's cold!). Visit http://smpl.org/ for more information about the library.

HW: Finish researched argument papers (Due Tuesday, January 22) and study for our semester final exam (Wednesday, January 23).

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Rhetorical Terms Entries DUE!
Announcement: Minor change to researched argument papers
Papers will no longer require style revision on active/passive voice and nominalizations, but will instead require you to submit your color-marked draft and revision plan notes.
Revised Final Checklist for Researched Argument Papers

Seminar preparation for The Crucible: Select a passage and either type, write, or photocopy it. Then write either 4-5 discussion questions or write a 4-5 sentence response related to one of the two major issues:

Government and Authority: Separation of Church and State, Abuse of Power,
Psychology of Fear: Mob mentality, Rationalizations and Superstition

HW: Continue work on

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Final Exam Review Handout
FFN Vocabulary
GW Vocabulary
Crucible Vocabulary
Remember to pick up The Crucible multiple-choice practice handout in class (answers will be given tomorrow)

Essay Tips:
Notes on Rhetorical Analysis

Finish "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"

HW: Rhetorical terms folders DUE TOMORROW! Remember, you need to accumulate 75 points. Late projects will be assessed a 10% per day late penalty. Complete extra terms if you are afraid you'll have trouble writing 5-point entries--anything over 75 points counts towards next semester! Make sure that the devices are arranged in your folder in the order they appear on your Checklist. If you are submitting revised entries, please include the original behind the new revised entry (new, clean copy on top). All entries need to be submitted to Turnitin.com by next Wednesday. Final drafts of researched argument papers due next Tuesday. Seminars on The Crucible on Friday; seminar preparation will occur in class tomorrow.

Turnitin.com info for period 2
Turnitin.com info for period 3

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Revision mini-lesson: Color-Marking Checklist
Color-mark your draft accordingly and jot down notes for your revision plan.

Watch "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" episode of The Twilight Zone and take notes about the commentary the episode makes on the following topics:
- Leadership
- The power of suggestion
- Suspicion/mob mentality (whom do they distrust? why?)
- Rationalizing the unexplained
- The culture of fear

HW: Print out a clean copy of your down draft and bring to class tomorrow, along with The Crucible. Finish up rhetorical terms entries and revise/add to researched argument paper draft. Rhetorical Terms Entries folders due Thursday!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Style Mini-Lesson: Punctuation - The Colon, Semicolon, and the Em Dash
NOTE: You must include one colon, semicolon, and em dash in your paper!

HW: Complete Rhetorical Terms Entries (due Thurs 1/18), work on Researched Argument Papers (due Tues 1/22), and read The Crucible (finish by Tues, 1/15).

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Answer any remaining questions about "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
Review and answer questions regarding MLA format and parenthetical citation
Work time: Rhetorical Terms Entries, Researched Argument Papers, and read The Crucible
Sign up for writing conference (if you haven't already)
Begin writing conferences

HW: Finish The Crucible by next Tuesday. Rhetorical Terms Folders due next Thursday (one week from today!). Final drafts of researched argument papers due Tuesday, 1/22.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Handout: Formatting, Content, and Style Checklist for Researched Argument Papers
Read excerpt from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards. Discuss elements of Puritanism and identify rhetorical techniques Edwards uses, describing the effects of the various techniques. You can write these up as rhetorical terms entries! (Note: we identified 15 distinct techniques in this one passage!)

HW: Begin reading The Crucible. Continue to work on rhetorical terms entries. Down drafts will be returned tomorrow. Come by after school or at lunch if you need help.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Down drafts due!

Lecture: Introduction to The Crucible and to the tenets of Puritanism
Discuss the title of the play and make predictions
Handouts: Vocabulary for The Crucible and The Crucible Study Guide

Monday, January 7, 2008



Welcome Back!

Down draft of 1,000 words due tomorrow (please include word count)
Rhetorical terms entries due 1/17. Come by in person if you need help with rhetorical terms.

Anticipation Guide for The Crucible: Discuss answers