Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Revising essays we brought: introductions and body paragraphs
PPT from class

Revision slip for personal experience body paragraphs
Revision slip for historical/current events body paragraphs
Revision slip for creative works (film, literature, TV) body paragraphs

Reflect on what you need to improve and will do for homework

HW: Make your revisions!!! Write to additional prompts if you like. Fill out your cover sheet for the Writing Center if you plan to attend tomorrow. This will all be due on Thursday.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Craft opening paragraphs for humorists prompt together
Examine sample body paragraphs for humorists prompt
Notes from class today

HW: Write the full introduction (hook/context and thesis) and a second body paragraph of your own (using either the Trevor Noah clip from The Daily Show or the Meryl Streep Michael P. Ramirez cartoon), extending the ideas from your introductory paragraph. Commonplace Book #4 due this Friday to Turnitin.com; choose a current issue that is important to you (school, local, state, national, or global level)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Collect Learning Targets for fallacies mini-unit take-home quiz
Go over new learning targets for argument essays and examine prompt from 2010: Do humorists play a vital role in society as de Botton thinks?

HW: Continue to read independent reading book. Commonplace Book #4 due this Friday to Turnitin.com; choose a current issue that is important to you (school, local, state, national, or global level)

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Announcement: Samohi Summer Reading Selection Committee and description of book finalists
Meeting 2/28 at 3:30 in I201

Reviewing homework from textbook (pg. 109, #1-8) and fallacies worksheet
Creating posters in groups to review fallacies

Posters that receive full credit will have the following qualities:
  • The name of the fallacy, spelled correctly, in large, easy-to-read letters
  • A brief explanation or definition of the fallacy in your own words
  • An image or "comic" to illustrate the fallacy, with a caption or dialogue to show the fallacy in action
  • Be free of errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation
  • Be neat and use color for emphasis and effect
Per 3 only: Writing Center protocol and essay return

HW: Bring your independent reading book to class TOMORROW. Correct older fallacies homework as necessary and read the first 15-20 pages of your independent reading book.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Guest speaker: Mr. Rich Cooper

Complete Exit Slip for Mr. Cooper's presentation and turn in
Turn in last week's Evidence Continuum tree for credit

HW: Select independent reading book and bring to class on Friday!

Friday, January 13, 2017


Work through and take notes on Understanding Fallacies PPT

HW: Reread pages 79-109 of Language of Composition if needed. Complete the activity on page 109, #1-8--identify the type of fallacy AND explain what is wrong with the thinking.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Sort evidence and generate advantages/disadvantages of each evidence type - model one together; complete for homework
Brief presentation from Ms. Gonzalez regarding senior year scheduling

HW: Finish your tree map on advantages/disadvantages of evidence. Start investigating independent reading books and bring one to class on 1/20