THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Sept 22/23: We leisurely read – read and write a ½+ page summary of what you read to receive your points.
Then we did a “divide and conquer” share of the next four articles in your reader and the article hyperlinked here: Military Article – Ways to Benefit From Joining the Armed Forces. If you were absent, you will have to read them all yourself and annotate them. These will be due next week.
Also, you need to select one of the five articles and write a Thesis Analysis on one of them. The template for the analysis is here:
Introduce Author, “Title of article”, Title of Newspaper, website and/or (date) argues/suggests/ claims/asserts that __________. This is made clear when they say “_____” (#). They believe this because _________________. Although _______ may believe that__________ , this article is correct/incorrect because _____ .
WEDNESDAY, Sept 21: Today we were visited by Marine Sergeants who shared ideas and inspiration about life after high school. We collected the “Asking Questions” and Interview notes. Be sure to submit those when you return.
MONDAY/TUESDAY, Sept 19/20: We leisure read today. To receive points back for leisure reading, you must submit 1/2 page description of what you read for about 10-15 on your own time.
We completed the next grammar activity for Module 1. Download it here Grammar Activites #2 and complete for next class.
We discussed the homework for tonight, which is detailed on the bottom of the “5 Words” worksheet hyperlinked in last class’s blog. You need to interview someone who knows you well and ask them to select 5 of the words (listed below or hyperlinked on the blog) that they think best describes you. Have a conversation with them about their selection and share with them the words that you selected. You need to take notes on the interview and submit ~one page along with the worksheet next class.
We then went to the computer lab and all students researched many/all of the websites that are highlighted on pages 22-24 in your reader. You need to submit at least one page of notes highlighting what you learned/discovered/read about on these websites.
HOMEWORK: REMINDER… the “5 Words” worksheet and your family interview notes are due next class.
Below are words to start the conversation for your interview (or use this powerpoint slide for all of them): The words to help start the interview conversation
THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Sept 10/11: We took a close look at two well written failure stories . Please take a look at the papers attached here and record five things on the back of each that make these stories really good. Be sure to submit your copies of the articles with the 10 things next class for your class points! failure-samples-for-blog
So, we brainstormed what makes a good story/reflection.
Next, we continued with leisure reading today. To receive any points back for leisure reading, you must submit 1/2 page description of what you read for about 10-15 on your own time.
Then we wrote our Thesis Analysis of the article “What to Get Into College? Learn to Fail.” And finished our annotations on BOTH sides of the argument. Using the following template, write a thesis analysis and submit it next class:
Introduce Author, “Title of article”, Title of Newspaper and (date) argues/suggests/claims/asserts that ____________________. This is made clear when he says “_____” (#). He believes this because _______________. Although _______ may believe that______ , Perez is correct/incorrect because ______ .
Then at the bottom of the page in your spiral notebook titled “My Rhetorical Vocab” add the heading “Key Concepts” First, look at the words on the following list and select five words that you do not know; look these words up and write down their definitions. Then, select and record words from the list that best describe you: Possible words to describe you for Activity 3 or chose words of your our choice that best describe you and what you are bringing to the next stage of your life.
Next, analyze these rhetorical words and rank them in order of importance in describing who you are right now.
We then took a look at your words from “Key Concepts” and selected the top 5. Using the worksheet attached here ( Asking Questions) reflect on your words fully and thoughtfully. Your homework is explained at the end of the worksheet.
Homework: “Asking Questions” quickwrites on your five words are due next class and the notes for your interview is due Wednesday of next week. If you would like to show your interviewee the list of starter words, they can be found here: Possible words to describe you for Activity 3
WEDNESDAY, Sept 14: I collected the redo/rewrites of your district assessment. Be sure to submit that when you return!
We also discussed Angel Perez’ advice (writing about failure for your admissions essay) and why it might or might NOT be the best thing for you, as you are formulating your own college entrance essay (or thinking about applying for a job). You need to reread the Perez article. As you re-read, highlight any words/phrases where you can argue that talking about failure may NOT be a good thing and in the left margin next to the passage write any questions or comments that crop up in your mind; this time, however, DISAGREE with him! I WANT you to! Write back to him in your margins with ways that you question his message. You should have lots of notes (annotations) in both your margins after this rereading.
With Angel Perez’s article “Want to Get into College? Learn to Fail!” in your reader, title the space at the bottom of the back page “Quote Analysis”. Go back through the article again and choose two of the sentences you highlighted. Create a paragraph using each of your direct quotes and the paragraph number in your first sentence. Once you have recorded that introductory sentence, write for a few minutes about what the quote made you think about, and/or why you chose that quote (1/3 page each).
Do this for the second quote, as well.
MONDAY/TUESDAY, Sept 12/13: Today I collected the “Less than Perfect” paper – a one-page description of an event or moment when you were less than perfect and explain to a reader what your response to that moment says about your character, or values, or potential for work or study. We then did a peer-edit of these stories. If you were not here today, you have one day to pick up a peer paper from me and edit it/offer assistance for class points. If you are not able to do this, you will not be able to receive the peer editing points. Be sure to have your paper ready to submit when you return.
We also leisurely read (so read and write ½ page to make up missed points) and I went over current grades. Be sure to check Zangle, as everything is up to date.
We discussed the District Assessment that you took a few weeks ago. For one of the written responses, you need to write and submit a more “rhetorical answer” than the one you did for the exam. The promised sentence stems are here:
Source 1 in the District Assessment titled “Your Turn Now” uses logical reasoning when they say “________________” (p#). This supports his claim in that it _________________________. Although _______ may believe that______ , this author is correct/incorrect because ________________________________________ .
Jillian Keenan’s article “Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote Too” uses emotional appeal (i.e. pathos) when she claims “______” (p#). This supports her claim by___________________. Although ____ may believe that____ , this is correct/incorrect because ______________________.
The February 11, 2016 article titled “Press Releases: Assemblywoman Gonzales, students Unveils Vote @16 Constitutional Amendment” establishes credibility when they states “______________________” (p#). This establishes credibility by_____. Although _______ may believe that_____, this is correct/incorrect because ____________________.
And if you decide to rewrite #20, the tips are here:
- Ties together all three!
- Clear Stance! (one side or the other)
- Cite evidence (use quotes!!!)
- Address Counterarguments (limitations of your points and audience’s needs)
This is homework – due Wednesday!
Thursday/Friday, Sept 8/9: We leisurely read; to receive any points back for leisure reading, you must submit ¾ page description of what you read for about 10-15 on your own time.
Then next page of your spiral notebook should be titled “Rhetorical Vocabulary– My Personal Vocabulary” Here you will need to brainstorm a list of 4-6 activities, hobbies, sports, etc. that you enjoy in your free time – things that set you apart from other people. Then select one of those activities and come up with a list of 5 “rhetorical words” that are related to that activity. These should be words that are specific to the activity and words that are not just “ordinary” (like the example of rough, albatross, pin, card and wedge for the sport of Golf).
On a loose sheet of notebook paper title it “Less than Perfect – A time I failed”. Please put your student ID # in the upper left corner and your name in the upper right (this will be anonymous once I cut off the names). Write a one-page description of an event or moment when you were less than perfect and explain to a reader what your response to that moment says about your character, or values, or potential for work or study. (Try to be as rhetorical as possible). This will be due at the start of class next Thursday/Friday and we will be sharing them anonymously. Please have yours written by next class! If you type it and print it out, it will be eligible for an “A”; if you handwrite it you will be eligible for a “B”.
Then we turned to Angel Perez’s article “Want to Get into College? Learn to Fail” that is the first article in your reader that you received in class.
As you read, highlight the best advice Perez gives about how to represent yourself. Mark the ideas or sentences where you think Perez is giving advice you can use as you consider the best way to represent yourself to the community you want to enter.
Then go back and comment in the RIGHT margin on the things that you highlighted. Why did you chose these words? What connection do they have to your life or the lives of people you know?
Homework: finish (and type) your story of a time you failed at something. Also, finish your comments on each of the things that you highlighted in the “Want to Get into College” article (you need at least 5 comments for a passing grade – the more you have the better your grade)
Also, Homework: typed Letter and envelope
Wednesday, Sept 7th: We briefly talked about the letter/envelope assignment that is due next Monday/Tuesday.
Then in Periods 1/3/5 we added to the “Thesis Analysis” page in your spiral notebook. In Periods 2 and 4 we simply titled a blank sheet of paper “Thesis Analysis”. Then, going back to the Hidden Intellectualism article we wrote a sophisticated analysis of Graff’s thesis using the following template:
Gerald Graff, in “Hidden Intellectualism”, an excerpt from his book They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing argues that _____________. Although _______ may believe that______ , Graff is correct/incorrect because ______ .
I shared with the class some samples, but your analysis should be 100+ words, so be sure to detail your response. Also, you must include a quote with paragraph number. We submitted those in class.
Then next page of your spiral notebook should be titled “Rhetorical Vocabulary– My Personal Vocabulary” Here you will need to brainstorm a list of 4-6 activities, hobbies, sports, etc. that you enjoy in your free time (or things that make you different) – i.e. things that set you apart from other people.
Homework: typed Letter and envelope
TUESDAY, Sept 6: We introduced the first ERWC module “What’s Next” with a play (starring your classmates) and a discussion regarding “Life after High School.”
Then I gave directions for a professional business letter, which you will be writing to a college admissions officer, a recruiter, a businessman, or someone offering a scholarship; you will be introducing yourself and asking them to send you information. This will be typed and will be accompanied by a typed envelope that you will (hopefully) put in the good-old-fashioned mailbox for delivery. See this document for directions on the format of the letter: 3-business-letter-sample
Letter and envelope are due by next Monday/Tuesday.
Then we graded the grammar assignment from last class. If you were absent, you will probably be asked to peer check a peer’s paper when you return.
Homework: letter and envelope
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