May 1-5, 2017

Freshmen, click here for directions on your research assignment!

Sophomoresclick here for directions on practicing for the SBA Test!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Freshmen:

 Schedule for Essay

 Mon (Pit Lab): Type paragraph 3, complete prewrite for paragraph 4.

 Tues (4th = Main Lab, 6th = Pit Lab): Type paragraph 4, complete prewrite for paragraph 5.

 Wed (Pit Lab): Complete paragraph 5 and revise, and upload to turnitin.com.

 Thurs: Meet in classroom to watch modern version of Romeo and Juliet (computers available).

 Fri: Meet in classroom to finish modern version of Romeo and Juliet (computers available).

 

Works Cited: It should look something like this, although you only need two research articles.

Make sure to alphabetize by author or organization’s last name! When alphabetizing, ignore the words “A,” “An,” and “The.”

Works Cited

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). "The Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making." Facts for Families 95 (2011): Print.

Shakespeare, William. “Romeo and Juliet.” Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. The Language of Literature: Grade 9. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 992-1102. Print.

Suplee, Curt. "Key Brain Growth Goes On Into Teens." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2000. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

Weinberger, Daniel R. "A Brain Too Young for Good Judgment." The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Mar. 2001. Web. 07 Feb. 2014. 

 

Sophomores:

 Schedule for Essay

 Mon (classroom) Prewrite, day 1.

 Tues (classroom) Prewrite, day 2.

 Wed (lab): Write paragraphs 1-2.

 Thurs (lab): Write paragraphs 3-4.

 Fri (lab): Write paragraph 5, revise, and upload to turnitin.com.

 

                                     Work Cited

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. New York: Riverhead, 1996. Print.

 

 

 

 

Sophomores:

Below are some possible signposts for chapters 13 and 14 to help you with your comic book adaptation.

Signposts in bold are already in the correct format. You would just need to fill in the blanks. The others are just clues – you need to format them to explain the significance.

 

1.Contrast/Contradiction: Aunt Mary is an “accomplished woman” (131), although her mom (Bubeh) would prefer that Ruth stay at home (134). What is the significance of this contrast? What is the impact on Ruth?

 

2.Words of Wisdom: When Ruth tells James that if you throw water on the floor, it will always find a hole in the floor, she means ___ (135). This is important to the story because ___.

 

3.Contrast/Contradiction: James had waited to be king of the house, but when he was, he stayed away from home as much as possible (138).

 

4.Aha Moment: “I was obviously hiding…” (140).

 

5.Contrast/Contradiction: Having seen his mom’s purse stolen, he now steals purses (142).

 

6.Contrast/Contradiction: Hunter told James to look after his younger siblings (128), but James avoids this responsibility (140).

 

7.Words of Wisdom: When Chicken Man says, “__” (150), this teaches James an important lesson that __. 

 

 

Sophomores: 

The questions for the articles we have been reading are below.

For each page, write responses to at least two of the questions below in the margin of the article. Underline evidence to support.

 

1.What is their message about identity, belonging, society’s impact on individuals, or another important topic?

 

2.How much of our identities are created by ourselves, and how much is shaped by others or our surroundings?

 

3.How are we affected by the intersection of different parts of our identities?

 

4.How do we persist and succeed during difficult times?

 

5.How do we respond when we don’t feel like we belong? 

 

                                     

Freshmen: your essay on Heroism in The Odyssey is due at the end of class on Tuesday. Please use your prewrite and resource packet to help you along the way.

                                        Work Cited 

Homer, and Robert Fitzgerald. The Odyssey. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998. Print.

 

 

Below is a list of where to find help for specific paragraphs: 

                            

 

Introduction Paragraph

Directions: Page 2

Example Paragraph: Page 9

Example Claims:

1. Although Odysseus was considered a hero by the ancient Greeks, he is not a hero by today’s standards, because he acts selfishly throughout Books 9 and 10, and avoids a personal risk in Book 12.

2. William Astore would not consider Odysseus to be a hero. Not only does he cause others discomfort and act selfishly, he even sacrifices his own men rather than himself. What kind of hero does that?

3. Odysseus was a hero in Ancient Greece, and he remains one today. Although he may appear to act selfishly at times, the results of his actions always end up empowering others and making the world a better place.

 

Body Paragraphs 1 and 2 (Topic Sentences, Evidence, Explanation, Concluding Sentences)

Directions: Page 3

Example Paragraph: Page 9

 

Opposing Argument Paragraph (Body Paragraph 3)

Directions: Page 4

Example Paragraph: Page 10

 

Conclusion Paragraph

Directions: Page 2

Example Paragraph: Page 10

 

 

 

 

Sophomores - Here is the plan for the next few days. Read all of the green text!

Monday and Tuesday - Meet in Pit Lab. 

Monday:

You will choose one of your previous essays to revise. Decide between your essay on The Interlopers, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and Everyday Use. You cannot choose your essay on Raymond's Run. Once you choose, complete a self reflection on the quality of your first draft of that essay. When the self-reflection is complete, upload it to turnitin.com (under the assignment, Comprehensive Self-Reflection), and begin revising your essay. 

Go here to download the self-reflection.It's the first document.

Tuesday and Wednesday:

You will be revising one of your three previous essays and turning it in for a comprehensive, 50 point grade. 

As you revise, look over the comprehensive rubric and make the changes necessary to receive a "4" in each of the three rows. Remember that your previous essays were only graded on pieces of this rubric, not the entire thing. That means you could have received a 100% on your first draft, and will still need to make changes, additions, and deletions to receive a 100% on the second draft.

You have two days to make this essay as close to perfect as possible. Use them.

When finished, submit to turnitin.com, under the the assignment, "Revision of Interlopers, Enormous Wings, or Everyday Use - Graded Comprehensively."

50 Points Possible

Organization row of the rubric = 20 points (intro, conclusion, topic sentences, etc.)

Elaboration row of the rubric = 25 points  (body paragraphs, integration of quotes, explanation, etc.)

Conventions row of the rubric = 5 points (comma usage, sentence structure, etc.)

 

Wednesday - Meet in the Classroom.

You will complete your essay and submit it to turnitin.com.

 

Do you need a copy of the short story? Ask me for one, or click on links below: 

The Interlopers

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Everyday Use

 

 

Sophomores - here is the prompt for your essay on Everyday Use:

After reading the short story, Everyday Use, write a 5+ paragraph essay for your teacher explaining the theme of the story. Make sure to explain where the theme emerges, develops, and further develops. Your claim about the theme must be a statement/message about the human condition. However, please write about theme as a one-word, abstract concept when you are referring back to it in your topic sentences. Focus on identity, heritage, family, or another important topic.

Here are some tips for constructing your claim:

The short story, Everyday Use, by Alice Walker, is about [one-word abstract idea], and reveals that [statement about people in general].

More ideas that might help you get started…

Everyday Use is about traditions, and reveals that when traditions come in conflict with the desire for progress…

Everyday Use is about identity, and reveals that when a group’s identity is suppressed…

Everyday Use is about traditions, and reveals that since traditions often have positive and negative aspects…

Everyday Use is about heritage, and reveals that people…

Here is your end-of-text citation:

                                Works Cited

Walker, Alice. "Everyday Use." Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. The Language of Literature: Grade 10. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 504-12. Print.

Sophomores:

2nd Self-Reflection: Integrating Evidence in  The Interlopers

Copy and paste the questions below into a new word document. Skip a line after each question, then type your response. After you have answered them in thoughtful, complete sentences, upload this document to the "2nd Self-Reflection" assignment in turnitin.com.  

1. Find the assignment, 2nd Essay: Theme in The Interlopers. Before viewing your scores, click on the rubric icon (8 small boxes stacked in three rows). Look at the Integrating Evidence row. Scroll down and read all four of the requirements for a level 4. Summarize each of these four requirements in your own words. What four things do you need to do to receive a "4" for integrating evidence?

2. Click the blue "view" button to view your essay, comments, and score. Click "View Rubric" to see your scores. (If you don't see this option, click on the blue speech balloon first.)  What were your scores on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive those scores? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.) Return to the main page and click on the rubric icon (8 small boxes stacked in three rows) to see all of the criteria. 

3. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to integrating evidence? 

4. Set a goal. Based on my comments, how would you like to improve your integration of evidence when you write your next essay?  

5. (Optional): Do you have any questions for me about essay writing, integrating evidence, grading, etc?

 

 Sophomores! Here is your current essay prompt: 

After reading the short story, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, write a 5+ paragraph essay for your teacher explaining the theme of the story. Make sure to explain where the theme emerges, develops, and further develops. Your claim about the theme must be a statement/message about the human condition. However, please write about theme as a one-word, abstract concept when you are referring back to it in your topic sentences. 

 

Sophomores, here is the works cited listing for Essay 3. Please paste at the bottom of the essay, skip a line, then type the number of words in your essay.

                                                                         Works Cited

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings." A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. <ndsu.edu/pubweb/~cinichol/CreativeWriting/323/MarquezManwithWings.htm>.

 

Freshmen:

2nd Self-Reflection: Integrating Evidence in The House on Mango Street

Copy and paste the questions below into a new word document. Skip a line after each question, then type your response. After you have answered them in thoughtful, complete sentences, upload this document to the "2nd Self-Reflection" assignment in turnitin.com.  

1. Find the assignment, 2nd Essay: Character Development in Mango Street. Before viewing your scores, click on the rubric icon (8 small boxes stacked in three rows). Look at the Integrating Evidence row. Scroll down and read all four of the requirements for a level 4. Summarize each of these four requirements in your own words. What four things do you need to do to receive a "4" for integrating evidence?

2. Click the blue "view" button to view your essay, comments, and score. Click "View Rubric" to see your scores. (If you don't see this option, click on the blue speech balloon first.)  What were your scores on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive those scores? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.) Return to the main page and click on the rubric icon (8 small boxes stacked in three rows) to see all of the criteria. 

3. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to integrating evidence? 

4. Set a goal. Based on my comments, how would you like to improve your integration of evidence when you write your next essay?  

5. (Optional): Do you have any questions for me about essay writing, integrating evidence, grading, etc?

 

Freshmen! Here is your current essay prompt:

After reading the short story, Marigolds, write a 5+ paragraph essay for your teacher explaining the theme of the story. Make sure to explain where the theme emerges, develops, and further develops. Your claim about the theme must be a statement/message about the human condition. However, please write about theme as a one-word, abstract concept when you are referring back to it in your topic sentences. 

 

Freshmen, here is the works cited listening for Essay 3. Please paste at the bottom of the essay, skip a line, then type the number of words in your essay.

                                                Works Cited

Collier, Eugenia. "Marigolds." Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. The Language of Literature: Grade 9. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 75-84. Print.

 

 

 

 

Here are the works cited listings for Essay 2. Please paste at the bottom of the essay, skip a line, then type the number of words in your essay. 

Freshmen:

                                                Works Cited

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage, 1991. Print.

 

Sophomores: 

                                                            Works Cited

Saki. "The Interlopers." The Complete Short Stories of Saki. New York: Halcyon House, 1939. Print.

 

Freshmen:

 First Self Reflection Writing Assignment

Copy and paste the questions below into a new word document. After you have answered them in thoughtful, complete sentences, upload this document to the "1st Self Reflection" assignment in turnitin.com

1. Review the feedback you received on the assignment, 1st Essay: Grape Sherbet. Click on the speech balloon in the blue box, then click "View Rubric." What were your scores on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive those scores? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.) 

2. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to your claim and topic sentences? 

3. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding claim and topic sentences?

4. What did you do well on this essay with regard to content/format?

5. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding content/format?

6. Review the feedback you received on the assignment, "Integrating Evidence - Revision." Click on the speech balloon in the blue box, then click "View Rubric." What was your score on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive this score? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.)

7. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to integrating evidence?

8. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding integrating evidence?

9. (Optional): Do you have any questions for me about essay writing, grading, etc?

 

Sophomores:

First Self Reflection Writing Assignment

Copy and paste the questions below into a new word document. After you have answered them in thoughtful, complete sentences, upload this document to the "1st Self Reflection" assignment in turnitin.com

1. Review the feedback you received on the assignment, 1st Essay: Raymond's Run. Click on the speech balloon in the blue box, then click "View Rubric." What were your scores on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive those scores? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.) 

2. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to your claim and topic sentences? 

3. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding claim and topic sentences?

4. What did you do well on this essay with regard to content/format?

5. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding content/format?

6. Review the feedback you received on the assignment, "Integrating Evidence - Revision." Click on the speech balloon in the blue box, then click "View Rubric." What was your score on each row of the rubric? Why did you receive this score? (You can use the rubric criteria to help you answer this.)

7. Click on the comments I left and view the notes. Read any other I notes I wrote in the margins. What did you do well on this essay with regard to integrating evidence?

8. Set a goal. What would you like to improve on as you write the next essay regarding integrating evidence?

9. (Optional): Do you have any questions for me about essay writing, grading, etc?

 

Freshmen Essay Prompt

 

For the essay on The House on Mango Street, I will be assessing how well you integrated evidence to support your claim, as well as how well you followed the content/form guidelines (750+ words, meaningful title, etc.) Double check the rubric for the guidelines before you begin.

How did Esperanza change between the first story and the last? What caused the change? If you are unsure of how she changed, think about different “realizations” or aha moments she has throughout the stories. Each of these would be a change.

 

Click here to see an essay about character development.

 

 

Sophomore Essay Prompt

 

For the essay on The Interlopers, I will be assessing how well you integrated evidence to support your claim, as well as how well you followed the content/form guidelines (750+ words, meaningful title, etc.) Double check the rubric for the guidelines before you begin.

 

Choose one of the following prompts, then write a multiple (5+) paragraph essay for your teacher answering the prompt. Regardless of which prompt you choose, the focus of your essay should be the theme/message of The Interlopers.

 

1.Contrast the positive changes in the characters with the negative outcomes. How does this contrast help the author communicate his message?

 

2.What is the overall, complex, message of the story? Explain how this message develops throughout the story.

 

3.How does the structure/organization of the story help the author communicate his message?

 

4.How does the author’s use of irony help the author make his point?
 
 
 

 

Reminders about developing your plan for three body paragraphs…

Two options:

1.Explain where the theme shows up, where it develops, and how the ending reinforces the theme. Make sure to focus on the message, not merely the theme topic, throughout your essay.
 
2.Explain how the author uses different literary devices to communicate the theme (such as irony, imagery, and word choice). Make sure to focus on the message, not merely the theme topic, throughout your essay.
 
•Example of a theme topic: trust
•Example message about theme: By learning to trust others and committing to being trustworthy, we can make valuable connections with the others that we would miss out on if we kept to ourselves.
 
Possible focus questions to help you determine a theme (choose only one):
 

1. Why doesn’t the author reward the two men for making positive changes in their lives? What point is he trying to make by sentencing them to death?

2. What point might the author be trying to make about the borders we create between property, countries, people, etc.?

3. What point might the author be trying to make about the relationship between humans and nature?

4. What does the author suggest about people who don’t want others to interfere in their business?

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 10/6

Integrating Evidence - Revision Assignment

1. Open up a copy of your first essay in Word.

2. Copy one of your body paragraphs from this essay - look for one with three quotes.

3. Open a new word document and title it, "Integrating Evidence - Revision."

4. Type "Original Paragraph" right below the title.

5. Paste the body paragraph you copied into this new word document.

6. Skip a line, and type "Revised Paragraph."

7. Paste the same body paragraph again.

8. Revise this body paragraph, making sure that each of your quotes is seamlessly integrated into your own writing with correct sentence structure and punctuation. Remember that you must provide context, attribute the quote to a source, and provide a citation.

9. When done, upload this to Turnitin.com, under the assignment title "Integrating Evidence - Revision."

 

See the examples from your peers below.

Click here for examples from freshmen.

Click here for examples from sophomores. 

 

To get a "4' on the rubric:

  • Evidence is a mixture of summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting details from the text.
  • Evidence is seamlessly integrated to support the topic sentence.
  • Quotes are single words, phrases, or clauses with clear context and attribution.
  • Citations are provided for all paraphrasing, summary, and quotations in MLA format.

 

 

Resources for first essay are below:

Language Arts 1-2 Resources

Essay Prompt: After reading Rita Dove’s poem, Grape Sherbet, write a five paragraph essay for your teacher that explains how the author uses symbols (such as sherbet), contrasting imagery (such as galloping playfully and growing old), leaps in time, and/or specific word choices to develop a complex theme. What does the speaker finally understand at the end of the poem? 

Freshmen: Click here for an example essay.

Click here for examples of concluding sentences.

                                    Copy and Paste this at the end of your essay:

Works Cited

Dove, Rita. "Grape Sherbet." The Language of Literature. Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 615. Print.

Turnitin Directions - Go here to turn in.

 

Language Arts 3-4 Resources:

Essay Prompt: After reading Toni Cade Bambara’s short story, Raymond’s Run, write a five paragraph essay for your teacher explaining how Hazel’s character develops and changes over the course of the story. What is she like in the beginning? How does she change and continue evolving into the person she is at the end? What is the significance of her change? 

Sophomores: Click here for an example essay.

Click here for examples of concluding sentences.

                                       Copy and Paste this at the end of your essay:

Works Cited

Bambara, Toni Cade. "Raymond's Run." Gorilla, My Love. New York: Random House, 1972. Print.

Turnitin Directions - Go here to turn in.

 

Additional Resources for All Classes:

Checklist before uploading: 

1. Find the works cited information for your class on this page and copy and paste to the bottom of your essay.

2. Type the number of words at the bottom of your essay (must be at least 750).

3. Double check spacing (2.0) and font (11 point calibri). 

4. Find the "Click here for examples of concluding sentences" link on this page and check to make sure your concluding sentences meet standard.

5. Double check your claim and topic sentences to make sure they'll meet standards. 

6. Sign the log if you won't complete by the due date.

7. If you are done, upload! Hover over "copy and paste" until it reads "single file upload," then upload from the computer. 

 

Introduction Paragraph Help

Body Paragraph Help

Conclusion Paragraph Help

Planning and Brainstorming Help