Danger of Failing!!!

Hey all… quite a few of you are in serious danger of FAILING this course (and thus, not graduating) due to your failure to submit your final draft of your Personal Insight Statement!  This was your first MAJOR assessment and you will more than likely continue to fail if nothing is submitted to me by tomorrow (Wednesday).

I will be in my classroom tomorrow morning – be sure to drop off what you have prior to attending your first Workshop!  If I continue to receive nothing, you better plan to retake this class at night school as it will be very hard to pull yourself up out of the hole you have dug for yourself.

You can also email me your papers until midnight tonight at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us.

Grades have been updated on Q with a tentative score of 20 for the Insight Statement.  The assignment will actually be worth more than that once I have them all read/scored and graded.  DON’T FAIL TO GET ME SOMETHING TOMORROW or your grade will fall even further!!!

BTW… to the 90% of you who are wonderful and already submitted your papers, sorry for bugging you to try to contact the students who have not done their work to pass this class.  I SO appreciate your professionalism and maturity!  Good Day!

If you were absent today or yesterday, please see the link “Last Days Before I Leave” below for the work you missed.  I need it tomorrow prior to your first workshop.

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Last Days before I leave for awhile

Hey all… remember, today and tomorrow are the last days that I will be in the classroom for awhile so you MUST submit all work to me by Tuesday – this is when Module 1 will be closing!  There will be NO submissions of work after I leave Wednesday.

Your Personal Statement is DUE TODAY/TOMORROW (Monday/Tuesday)!  If you were absent, you must email it to me at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us.  I also collected ALL drafts, and you will receive a grade for those as well!  If you were absent, be sure to drop these by Tuesday!

We also did some quick research today on the Myth of Tristan and Isolde.  If absent, you need to research these characters and/or this myth/opera and take notes on TWO+ websites.  Then, using http://www.easybib.com you need to generate a Works Cited Page with the websites listed.  Be sure to submit this by Wednesday morning or your will not receive credit.  Also, if you use more than two websites you can earn extra credit!  Here are the formal directions:   EASYBIB directions

SO… Be sure to get your personal statements work submitted by Tuesday!!!  Hope to see you then!

 

Weeks 5 – 10 1/2 (September 5 – October 11)

MONDAY/TUESDAY, October 9/10:  Reminder TODAY IS THE LAST DAY I AM ACCEPTING WORK from you for this module!  Your Personal Statement is DUE TODAY!  If you were absent, you must email it to me at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us.

Check back later for the work your missed today!

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, October 6/7:  Today we peer edited papers for a final time.  If you were absent, but you submitted a paper last class, your paper was peer read by two classmates – you will want to drop by my classroom and pick it up.  If you were absent and you did not submit a paper last class you would have to have your paper read by someone else and complete the following:  Personal Narrative Rubric for Module 1 papers , submitting when you return. 

Regardless, the final draft of your paper is due next class – NO EXCEPTIONS!  ALL Work MUST be submitted by MONDAY or TUESDAY next week! Absolutely NO late work!!! If you will be absent on these days you must email me at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us

Also, to make up class points you must leisurely read – read and write a ½+ page summary of what you read to receive your points.

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WEDNESDAY, Oct 5:  Today we went to the theater for a graduation products presentation, but prior to going there everyone submitted their second typed version of their Personal Insight Statements.  Be sure to have your typed version ready AT THE START OF CLASS.

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, Oct 3/4:  We read a sample of an essay for the final assessment for this module.  Due to the past-student’s requests and confidentiality, I cannot post this for you on-line. You are more than welcome to read it next class prior to your next draft, so you have an idea of what is expected of your for your final draft.

We then peer edited papers in class.  To make up these points you will need to download the following:  Personal Narrative Rubric for Module 1 papers    and ask two people to read/edit your paper using the rubric and make corrections as needed on your paper.  Be sure to submit the downloaded paper when you return to class.  Then you need a brand-new revised version for next class! 

Homework: You need a new typed, double-spaced copy of your paper in class on Wednesday! Do NOT show up to class without one… so be sure to print it out at home or in the library PRIOR to the start of class!

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THURSDAY, Sept 28:  We had a visit from a couple ARMY spokesmen who shared with use the benefits of joining the Armed Forces after high school.  Be sure to do the makeup read (your book for 10-15 minutes) and 1/2 page summary if you want to receive today’s participation points.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept 27:  Your typed draft of your statement was due today.  Be sure to submit it when you return.

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, Sept 25/26:  We leisurely read – read and write a ½+ page summary of what you read to receive your points.

We read the three remaining articles in the reader (pages 10-11, 12-15 and 16-18) and annotated them.

Also, you need to select one of the last four articles (including the one we read last week) 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 _____ .

We then went on to write the in-class assessment for this module.  It is an in-class extemporaneous version of one of the “Personal Insight Questions” hyperlinked last class.  If you were absent, please allow yourself about ½ hour and write a statement on one of the topics that contains at least three of your self-selected vocab words from the “Asking Questions” activity (where you were asked to interview someone about your words) and that also uses at least two correct semi-colons.  Once you have written this, it needs to be typed in MLA format and both should be ready to submit next class!

Homework:  an MLA formatted version of your ~350 word personal statement.  You need a typed, double-spaced copy of your paper in class!  Do NOT show up to class without one… so be sure to print it out at home or in the library PRIOR to the start of class!

MLA formatting for your final paper (and homework) can be found here:  MLA Formatting word (or if you can’t open it… the paper should be double spaced with your name, my name, the class and the date in the upper left hand corner.

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Sept 21/22:  We leisurely read – read and write a ½+ page summary of what you read to receive your points.

We completed the next grammar activity for Module 1. Download it here.   Grammar Activites #2 and complete for next class.  Be sure to try to incorporate semi-colons into your answers, if you have learned about them.  If not… ask your friends how to use them!  You will need to know!

We read the article on Page 8 in your reader and fully annotated it with thoughts/comments/questions/concerns – one comment for every paragraph.  Be sure to have this completed, as your readers will be checked soon.

We then went on to discuss the actual prompts for the UC Personal Insight Statements.  They can be found here: 15) Prompts by themselves

We will be writing the in-class draft in class next week.  You do not need to have a typed version until after you write the in-class version, as they need to be based on one another.

I collected the “Asking Questions” and Interview notes. Be sure to submit those when you return.

I also collected the prewriting for any 4 of the Insight Statement questions.  Be sure to submit those when you return, as well.

Homework:  None

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WEDNESDAY, Sept 20:  Today we took care of some business (like passing back papers and creating our portfolios).  If you were absent be sure to complete at least 4 of the pre-writing quickwrites that are listed on last class’s entry and also leisurely read for about 15 minutes and write a 1/2page + summary of what you read to reearn the daily points.

Also, be sure to check your updated grade on Q.


 

MONDAY/TUESDAY, Sept 18/19: 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 recorded some tips for your assessment.  On page 5 of your spiral notebook title it “Assessment notes” and record summaries for the following pieces of advice:

1)Avoid common mistakes:

·    Avoid Repetition: Have different topics for each question

·    Avoid Quotations: We want to know YOUR thoughts & words, not someone else’s

·    Avoid Generalities: Stick to facts and personal examples

·    Avoid asking questions: Get to the point and tell us what you mean

·    Avoid acronyms: Spell it out for us!

2)Write persuasively: Making a list of accomplishments, activities, awards or work will lessen the impact of your words. Expand on a topic by using specific, concrete examples to support the points you want to make (SHOW US!!!)

3)Use “I” statements: Talk about yourself so that we can get to know your personality, talents, accomplishments and potential for success on a college campus, military branch or career field. Use “I” and “my” statements in your responses.

4)Proofread and edit: You should proofread your work and make sure your writing is clear. Grammatical and spelling errors can be distracting to the reader and get in the way of what you’re trying to communicate.

Then, we worked on the start of our end assessment for Module 1. If you were absent, you will need to do the writing quick writes and submit them when you return (1/2 page+ each). They can be found here:

1.  Leadership – How do you define a “leader”? List three words that you think describe what a leader:        In what ways do these words apply to you? How? At what time in your life have you displayed any/all of these traits?

2. Creative Side – Do you have a passion for the arts? i.e. music, theater, visual art, drawing, dance, etc.? What have you gained from this passion that has affected other parts of your life?

3. Talents/Skills – List three of your talents or skills: Were these talents or skills the same a few years ago? What changed? What improved? Which one of the three talents or skills you listed is the most meaningful or important to you and why? Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent?

4. Educational Opportunities: List any programs or additional classes that have better prepared you for college: What did you learn in these programs or classes? How did you find out about them? How did you take what you learned and apply it to your schoolwork or other aspects of your life?

5. Challenges: Have you had a difficult experience in your life? How did you get through it? What did you learn going through this experience?

6. Classes: Think about all of your classes.   Now fill in the blank: “I would go to [class name] even if I didn’t have to.” It doesn’t have to be a class in which you’ve earned good grades – the important thing is you enjoyed the subject and it impacted you in some way.

7. School/Community: In what ways have you contributed to a positive change at your school or in your community? What steps have you taken to accomplish this? Remember, even small changes can have a big impact. Why were you inspired to act? What did you learn from your effort?

8.Your “You”niqueness: List three of your personality traits (remember those words your friends/family used to describe you) 1. 2. 3. What do you value in your life? 1. 2. 3. What’s important to you? 1. 2. 3. What are you passionate about? 1. 2. 3. What items or possessions do you cherish? 1. 2. 3. How is your family unique? 1. 2. 3. Hobbies/Interests 1. 2. 3.

We also leisurely read, so be sure to do the makeup read/write if you want to receive points.

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Sept 14/15: I collected the redo/rewrites of your district assessment. Be sure to submit that when you return!

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” on the blank space at the bottom of your article in your reader. Follow the following template.

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 ______ .  (explain yourself).

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.

Then title the fourth page in your spiral notebook “My Rhetorical Vocab Part 2/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 own 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 as your TOP TWENTY words 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 next class.  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

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

absent-minded

adaptable

active

adventurous

analytical

zealous

appreciative

artistic

avid

complicated

compassionate

creative

curious

dependable

determined

developed

devoted

disciplined

respectful

responsible

self-aware

self-promoter

self-reliant

self-starter

selfish

serious

succinct

agile

decorous

enterprising

enthusiastic

garrulous

fearful

fighter

goal-setter

habitual

helpful

astute

non-chalant

dreamer

indispensable

introspective

influential

inquisitive

intellectual

vivacious

debonair

street smart

stressed

talkative

trustworthy

truthful

underachiever

valiant

warrior

wishful

worrier

leader

light hearted

lethargic

amiable

mindful

motivated

optimistic

organized

outgoing

passionate

patient

persuasive

pessimistic

auspicious

procrastinator

realistic

impatient

shrewd

patient

articulate

well-mannered

obnoxious

scientific

 

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WEDNESDAY, Sept 13:  Today I collected the “Less than Perfect” paper – be sure to submit it (typed) next class

We discussed the District Assessment that you took a few weeks ago. For the written responses where you did not score well, you need to rewrite and submit a more “rhetorical answer” than the one you did for the exam. The promised sentence stems are here:

In source 1 titled “The Coddling of the American Mind” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt use logical reasoning when they say “_______________” (p#). This supports their claim that _________________________ and illustrates logos because ____________________________________.

Conner Gordon’s article “A Student Perspective on Trigger Warnings” (August 20,2015) uses emotional appeal (i.e. pathos) when he mentions “______________” (p#).   This supports his claim by_______________ _______________________________________ and exemplifies pathos because ________________________________________.

In the September 2015 article published in The Atlantic titled “Jonathan Haidt’s Story” he establishes credibility (i.e. ethos) when he reports that “___________________” (p#). This creates ethos for the writer by __________________ because ______________________________.

When you rewrite #23, the tips are here:

  • Ties together all three!
  • Clear Stance! (one side or the other – not both… and not a summary!)
  • Cite evidence (use quotes!!!)
  • Address the Counterarguments   (acknowledge the other side, the limitations of your points and audience’s needs)

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Monday/Tuesday, Sept 11/12: 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 we added a “Thesis Analysis” page (Page #2) in your spiral notebook. 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 (or) 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.

You are ALL intelligent in some way!  Now we will go on to think about activities in which YOU are intelligent:

Title next page (page 3) of your spiral notebook “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).

Then, below that we brainstormed for your homework which is a story about a time you were “Less than Perfect – A time I failed” doing whatever the activity was from the “Rhetorical Vocabulary” activity.   Who was there? What Happened? How did it happen? When did it happen? Why did it happen? Where did it happen? BE SPECIFIC in your spiral notebook (you can make a list or a chart or just freewrite. You homework is to write a one-page description of an event or moment when you were less than perfect – use the vocabulary you gathered in the previous activity. This will be due at the start of next class and should be typed in MLA format (see below).

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?

We also leisurely read (so read and write ½ page to make up missed participation points).

Homework: finish (and type) your story of a time you failed at something. Directions for MLA formatting can be found here: MLA Formatting word–high school.

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Sept 8/9:   The subject of the day today, which is on the topic of “Intellectuals” and what it means to be intellectual.

In your spiral notebook, title the next page “Intellectuals”

1. In your spiral notebook, write down three people you feel are “intellectuals”.

2. If you were absent, with a friend or a family member, ask them to come up with a list of three people who they feel are “intellectual”.   Record their list, as well and share your lists; create a combined list that you both can agree are intellectuals, creating a combined list in your spiral notebook.  We took it one step further in class, but if you were absent, just write “absent” in big letters under your second list.

3) Write down your best definition of an “intellectual” AND draw a picture of one

4) Now… select one of the following quotes that best matches your definition of an intellectual and write it in your spiral notebook.    Also comment on WHY you selected that quote over the others.

· A) “The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.”   –  Bertrand Russell

· B) “An intellectual is a person who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower

· C) “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”   -Albert Camus

Finally, take out your reader and turn to Hidden Intellectualism. On a separate piece of paper title it “Hidden Intellectualism – Dialectical Journal”.   Divide this page into two columns – one titled “Paragraph #s” and the other titled “Three Comments/Summary/Questions/Personal Connections”.

Read the article and for each 2 paragraphs in the article, record three “Comments/Summary/Questions/Personal Connections”.

After completion… write a 35+ word statement at the bottom of the article on the following:

Do you agree with his thesis that “Schools and colleges are missing an opportunity when they do not encourage students to take their nonacademic interests as objects of academic study” (18) and “It makes pedagogical sense to develop classroom units on sports, cars, fashions, rap music, and other such topics” (18). Why or why not?

Then we added a “Thesis Analysis” page in your spiral notebook. 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.

Finally,  if you were absent, you should read material of your choice for about 15 minutes and submit a ½ page summary of what you read to receive your participation points.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 6: We graded the grammar assignment from last class. If you were absent, you will need to redo the assignment and then ask someone to peer check your paper and to sign the back of your grammar sheet. Ask them to share the mistakes they see you have made, as this is your last opportunity to correct the mistakes prior to grading. You will receive TWO grades for this assignment – one for your correct answers and one for your peer check.

If you were absent, you should also read material of your choice for about 15 minutes and submit a ½ page summary of what you read to receive your participation points.

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TUESDAY, Sept 5:   Today we completed some grammar work based on this module.  Please download and complete the following two activities by next class:  MODULE 1 Grammar Activites 4-5

Also, if you were absent, you should read material of your choice for about 15 minutes and submit a ½ page summary of what you read to receive your participation points.

Finally, we reviewed current grades – please make sure to go to Q and make sure all your points were entered correctly and that you are earning the grade you desire.

Homework – finish Grammar work and have it ready to submit at the START of class Wednesday

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Mrs. M’s ERWC Blog – reminder or “unsubscribe” if needed

Hello again!  If you are receiving this, it is because you asked to “follow” our class blog.  As we prepare for the next four weeks, be sure to check this blog anytime you are absent and/or anytime you need extra assistance on your assignments.

You will now find the last four weeks on the hyperlink below this blog on WordPress.com – so if you were absent last class, be sure to read the blog entry in the earlier hyperlink and submit the work when you return to class.

If you are no longer in my classes, please “unfollow” the blog by clicking on the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of this email.

Have a good Labor Day weekend!  And be sure to make good use of your extra day off!  Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!

August 9 – September 1 (Weeks 1-4)

THURSDAY/FRIDAY, August 31/Sept 1: Today we attended a presentation given by your counselors. You may want to drop by their office if you were absent and pick up your transcript and the booklet that they gave everyone.

We also spent some time “leisurely reading” the material that the counselors distributed. To make up your class points for today you will need to “leisurely read” for about 15 minutes and write a ½-3/4 page summary of what you read and submit it to next class.

We also distributed the ERWC workbook and wrote your name on the cover in BIG LETTERS! Be sure to get one when you return to class.

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WEDNESDAY, August 30: We finished introducing our classmates and sharing their memoirs. Be sure to add these students to your list when you return to class.  We also put on a little play titled “What’s Next” about life after high school and we reflected on it.

Then below your answers to yesterday’s quickwrite “Generating Ideas” in your spiral notebook, please do the following:

  • ›Create a list of 4-6 reasons why you are ready for the next stage of your life
  • ›Then, list 4-6 questions about what you still need to know about your plans.Also, to receive any points for daily participation, you must submit 1/2 page description of what you leisurely read for about 10-15 on your own time

I collected these, so please be ready to submit them when you return top class

Also,  if you were absent you can make up the points by submitting a 1/2  page description of what you read for about 10-15 on your own time.

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, August 28/29: Today, 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.

Next, we titled the first page of your ERWC spiral notebook “What’s Next?  Module 1” – write your name, period, my name and Santiago High School at the bottom of the page.  Then, title page 2 – “Generating Ideas” and respond to the following questions in a ½ page + quickwrite:

  1. If I am going to college, where might I go and why am I going to college? What do I want to get from my college experience?
  2. If I am going into the work world, or the military, why am I choosing that as an option? What do I want from working or entering the military or any other career I might be considering?

They submitted their self-addressed an envelope with the letter that they wrote to themselves and filled in a “goal-sheet” of things they want to do in the future (a bucket-list) that can be found here: (Dreams and Goals recorder). They also created a list of “team members” who will help them complete their dreams and goals. ALL of these things should go in the envelope before you seal and submit it!

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Aug 24/25: Today we self-peer critiqued and presented our memoirs and introduced our partners to the class.  If you were absent, you will need to introduce yourself to the class when you return.  You also will need to get the list of your classmates names from one of your fellow classmates (it should be kept on the last page in your spiral notebook).  Be sure to submit your memoir to me when you return.  Also a typed envelope is due next class!  Don’t forget!

We all started class by finishing the district assessment. If you were not here, you will need to complete it next week!

Then we also leisurely read. If absent, be sure to write the ½ page + summary of what you read during your 15 minutes of silent reading time and submit it to me when you return to re-earn your daily participation points.

Then we continued class by writing a “Letter to Ourselves” at the end of the school year; I asked students to detail their current life/family/relationships/classes and to make some predictions as to what they thought was going to happen between now and when they graduate.

Homework: Filled envelope (with letter and possible gifts to yourself – like a giftcard, for example) is due next class. DON’T SEAL THE ENVELOPE though!   Also, bring your ERWC spiral notebook next class!

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Wednesday, August 23:  Thursday/Friday will need a typed envelope, addressed to yourself and from me at the address below.  Please see this tutorial for assistance with the envelope!   Typed Envelope directions

We also met with our memoir partner. If you had a partner, you are responsible for making a 6 word memoir for them.

You also need your spiral notebook next class!

Homework:  Your published memoir is due next class!  Also, bring a typed envelope to class – addressed to you and with my name/address in the return box. 

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Monday/Tuesday, August 21/22:  Today we started with the first half of the District Assessment. If you were absent, you will need to take it when you return to class.

Then we also leisurely read. If absent, be sure to write the ½ page + summary of what you read during your 15 minutes of silent reading time and submit it to me when you return.

We then went over the requirements for the homework assignment – a visual “6 Word Memoir”.  The students who were present today will be writing one about their partner… if you had a partner from last class (and you have their prewriting) you will write one about them. If you were not here last class AND were not here today you will need to write one about yourself.  GOOGLE “6 Word Memoir” for ideas, and I have attached the samples that I made for my friend Vics 6 word memoir and that he made about me Kathy’s 6 word memoir .

The memoir should be smaller than an 8×11 sheet of paper (~1/2 page), contain 6 well selected words that create a phrase about you, pictures, your name should be prominent on the front, and it should be CREATIVE!  It can be computer generated, hand drawn, a collage, etc.

Finally, students had time to get together with their memoir partner to discuss any last minute needs.

Homework:  A draft of your memoir is due next class!  Also, bring a typed envelope to class

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Thursday/Friday, August 17/18:  Today we started a Common Assessment, which is a 45 minute essay that can be accessed here:  essay assessment     Please give yourself no more than 45 minutes to complete.

We followed with leisure reading.    To make up those points, you need to read for about 10-15 minutes and write a 1/2 page + summary of what you read.  Be sure to submit it when you return to class.

We then went on to prep for our “First Impressions” project.  Using the pre-writing we have been doing, the students who were present were teamed up with a partner and they did intensive interviews and discussed all sorts of interesting things.  They received points for doing this!  To make up the class points, you will need to write a 1+ page memoir of your life (a summary).  Start with your childhood and work your way to the present day.  We shared a LOT in class, so you only will receive full credit if your memoir is at least a page!

Homework: gather together pictures of yourself that you will share with classmates. They can be pictures of your doing things you love, of places you have visited, or just regular selfies. Be ready to share them in class.

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Wednesday, August 16th -We completed this questionnaire (needs to be complete at the start of next class!):  What makes you You?  This will be read/shared with one of your fellow classmates, so keep this in mind while you complete it.

We also discussed leisure reading in this class and you need to bring something to read to EVERY block class, starting next class!  Choose something that you will enjoy and that will interest you.

We also collected all of the work that is due today.

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Tuesday, August 15:  First we did some prewriting that WILL BE SHARED with a classmate (so don’t write anything you are not willing to share). The prewriting was 4 parts:  first, select a word that describes you that begins with your first or second initial and explain why that word describes you; second, write about a place you would like to be right now (your favorite place); third, describe who is the most important person in the world to you and why; fourth, select the word that bests describes who you are at this point in your life.

We then went on to complete the second ERWC start of the year reflections that can be downloaded here:  First of the year reflection – Activity 2   This is a reflection of your language arts class from last year. Complete it and be ready to submit it (along with the first reflection hyperlinked yesterday) when you return.

We also shared the deadlines for the upcoming ACT and SAT test. Be sure to check out their websites! http://sat.collegeboard.org and http://actstudent.org

Homework: syllabus due next class AND First of the year reflection that is hyperlinked last class, as well as the reflection hyperlinked above!

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MONDAY, August 14, We went over the syllabus for this class.  Please download it here (if you don’t already have a copy) read it and have your parents sign it and return for homework points:   ERWC Syllabus

Then began our first ERWC reflection piece.  You can download it here:  First of the year ERWC reflection. Be sure to complete this for next class.

We collected the Cal State assessment (which can be accessed here: http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept_practice_tests

We also checked that you “followed” this blog. Be sure to sign the grade sheet for the blog when you return.

Homework: get syllabus signed and complete the reflection

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FRIDAY, August 11th – Quickwrite #3 “Advice from a Shark” – at the bottom of Quickwrite #2, record the “Advice from a Shark” found here:  Third Day – advice from a shark (essay writing day).  Comment on your thoughts (you should fill the rest of the back side of your paper with writing for full credit).  You will need to submit yours next class!!!  We discussed the commonalities in our schedules and some of the procedures for day to day activities.

You need to “follow” this blog for homework credit this evening.

I also collected the information sheet that was completed on the first day.

If you were not here to take the CSU success test yesterday, you can take it here: http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept_practice_tests .   I need the results from the FIRST reading test     Just print out the results page at the end!  (Be sure to print ONLY the results page or your will get about 35 pages of results as well)

Homework: Access the CSU test you started in class here: http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept_practice_tests  (it is the first reading test) and plug in your choices (if you were absent on Thursday, you just need to take the complete test online now).   Then, print out the results page from the website.  If you have trouble with your printer, at least write your total score on the top of your answer sheet provided in class.  The results are due Monday.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH – SECOND DAY!  We started class with a 1/2 – 3/4 page journal entry (Quickwrite #2) describing your initial thoughts on each class/teacher you have on your current schedule.  Then we took the Pre-Assessment CSU English Success Test that can be found here:  http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept_practice_tests.   I need the results from only the FIRST reading test. Print out the results page at the end!  (Be sure to print ONLY the results page or your will get about 35 pages of results as well)

Homework: Access the CSU test linked above (the first reading test) and plug in your choices. Then, print out the results page from the website.  If you have trouble with your printer, you may also screen shot and/or email me the test results at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us.  The results are due by Monday of next week (I will take them tomorrow though)! 

Tomorrow, I will collect the information sheet that was completed on the first day.

Also, procure your supplies; you will need something to leisurely read in class on Thursday/Friday of next week.

Finally, be sure to “follow” this blog!!!

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 WELCOME TO SENIOR YEAR!!!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9th – FIRST DAY!!!  Welcome to your senior year!!!  I have set up this blog to help you with assignments and to keep you on-track any days that you might be absent.  So… put it in your list of “favorites” and check it often.   Remember though, much of your grade depends on class participation, so be sure to be in class!

Today we wrote your first quick write assignment (responding to the quote “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”),  completed an informational sheet that is due tomorrow that can be downloaded here: senior questionnaire for first of the year , had a quick overview of the class, and learned about this blog.

HOMEWORK – Get Supplies for ERWC IV ; complete the questionnaire and submit it next class; also… start bringing a book that you are interested in reading (for pleasure reading); finally, check out the blog (which you are already doing if you are reading this!) 🙂