Friday, November 21, 2014

AGENDA 11/21

Activity: Examining sample conclusions and discussing features - Read each one silently first and annotate, then compare with partners and share out what you notice/appreciate with the class as a whole

Lesson: Importing Images and Creating Captions

PPT: Improving Style through Sentence Variety
Handout: Ten Steps to Sassier, Sexier Sentences

Final Checklist (don't worry, your draft doesn't have to meet all of these elements until Monday, 12/1!) You can also check out the scoring guide in click on the stair step icon next to the assignment name.

HW: Revised draft incorporating some style revisions due to Pust on Monday for feedback on one section.

Monday, November 17, 2014

AGENDA 11/17

Drafting Week: Introductions handout
Begin by crafting Creative Hooks in class

HW: Spend 30 focused minutes each night (not simultaneously Facebooking, Instagramming, or Netflixing--just in the "zone") on this paper.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AGENDA 11/11


...But here are some helpful resources to guide you in MLA format:

For help with MLA Format and your working bibliography, consult these resources from Purdue's Online Writing Lab:
General Works Cited Format
In-Text Parenthetical Citations
Citing Electronic Sources
Citing Other Common Sources

Or these resources from Diana Hacker and Bedford/St. Martin's:
General Works Cited Format - there's a pull-down menu for citation types and examples
In-Text Parenthetical Citations
General Manuscript Format

And don't forget, there are some basic MLA reminders and samples beginning on page 35 of your binder reminder!

Monday, November 10, 2014

AGENDA 11/10

Review how to transform SOAPSTone/LAD notes into body paragraphs
Work in class on body paragraph(s) for first source

HW: Read The Scarlet Letter, chapters 5-7 for discussion on Thursday and reading quiz on Friday

Friday, November 7, 2014


Read Chapter 1, "The Prison-Door," of The Scarlet Letter aloud
Supports for reading The Scarlet Letter:
Free audiobook podcast from iTunes
The Scarlet Letter: No Fear edition, which gives a "modern text" side-by-side with the original text
Vocabulary from chapters 1-12

HW: Bring sources back to class EVERY DAY. We'll be writing the first half of this paper in class! Read The Scarlet Letter, chapters 2-4 for homework and be prepared to discuss/ask/answer questions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Textbook room for The Scarlet Letter
Read and discuss The Two Bobbies; demonstrate how to turn SOAPSTone + LAD notes into body paragraphs using The Two Bobbies

HW: Source packet, working thesis paragraphs, and working bibliography due Thurs 11/6; typed body paragraphs analyzing first source due Monday 11/10. Sign up for extra help!!!! Or come by Wednesdays at lunch or after school for drop-in help. Timed rhetorical analysis essay #2 on Thursday.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Extra Help!

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Note that Wednesdays are left open for drop-in tutoring (including lunchtime help with our Visiting Professors)

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: (to help you schedule extra help wisely!)
11/6 Research source packet, working thesis, and draft of bibliography are due
11/10 Body paragraphs analyzing first source (write in class)
11/16 Draft of introduction paragraph is due (with creative hook)
11/21 Complete first draft due for peer revision
11/24 Complete second draft due for teacher comments (one starred paragraph)
12/1 Self-evaluation of paper using final checklist
12/2 Final research paper and Works Cited due to