Counselor meetings for the class period
For the next two days, we will be working on the District Writing Assessment. By the end of class on Wednesday, DWA notes must be uploaded to our class turnitin.com and DWA essays must be uploaded to the district turnitin.com (enrollment codes will be given in class).
I am offering two after school sessions to work on the DWA essay. There will be one today from 2:30-3:45 and another one tomorrow from 2:30-4:30. If you know you will need more time to finish your essay, please plan to attend one or both of these sessions.
Today we will begin the district writing assessment by introducing the topic and reviewing the articles. We will spend three days next week writing the essay in class. This is an entirely impromptu writing task and cannot be worked on at home. Any student who updates a document outside of class time will receive a zero on the assignment.
Do not click on the following link until instructed to do so: 11th Grade District Writing Assessment Instructions and Articles.
Today was our last day to work on the Puritans essay. The final draft must be submitted to turnitin.com by Sunday, October 25th at midnight. The final self-edit was handed out in-class and should be returned to me by Monday at the latest.
Here are some reminders that might be helpful as you wrap up your work on the essay:
1.) Story titles belong in quotation marks ("Young Goodman Brown"), while the title of a play (The Crucible) must be italicized.
2.) The author's last name and the page number are all you need in the citation. EX: (Miller 854) or (Bradstreet 70-71)
However, the Hawthorne stories must also include the title in the citation. EX: (Hawthorne "Young Goodman Brown" 3)
3.) The period belongs after the parenthesis in a citation, not inside the quotation marks. EX: "My hope and treasure lies
above" (Bradstreet 71).
4.) Follow MLA guidelines for the heading: your name, my name, class name, date.
5.) Capitalize Puritans
Sadly, my youngest son has an ear infection, so I have to stay home with him today. However, this does not mean work on the essays should grind to a halt! I fully expect you to offer quality feedback on your partner's 2nd and 3rd body paragraphs today, using the same form and format we practiced yesterday (hand-written comments on the peer edit sheets AND comments on the electronic document).
Once you finish editing, staple together ALL THREE peer edit sheets (two from today and one from yesterday) and hand them in to the substitute teacher. If there is time left in class, you should begin work on your introduction and conclusion. These two paragraphs are due tomorrow!
I will be back on Thursday and available before school (starting at 7:00 am) and after school (2:30-4:30) to review drafts/answer specific questions. If you are falling behind or need some extra help, please plan to attend one of these sessions. Also, feel free to email me with your questions and concerns.
Have a good, productive day. I'll see you all tomorrow!
PS: If you are disruptive and the substitute teacher leaves your name, I will write a discipline referral. I expect you to be respectful and productive when I am out of the classroom. In short, be good and get some work done!
We will begin today by critiquing a few sample 2+1 Chunk Paragraphs. Click on this link to view the samples.
The rest of class will be devoted to peer review of your first body paragraph and drafting body paragraphs two and three. You should have all three completely drafted for tomorrow's class.
We reviewed the expectations for body paragraphs today, specifically 2+1 chunk paragraphs. We also looked at the scales that are used to assess body paragraphs in this class. All of the information can be reviewed by looking back over this 2+1 Chunk Paragraph PowerPoint.
For tomorrow, you need to come to class with a COMPLETED outline and one drafted body paragraph. These do not need to be printed. As long as they are available in your American Lit. folder, you will earn full credit for the homework.
Now is the time to start asking questions if there is anything you still don't understand about the paper. Email me or stay after class if you need specific help with anything!
Today we took our vocabulary quiz and worked on the outline for the Puritan unit paper. The link for the outline is under Thursday's post. Outlines should be complete when you come to class on Monday.
Our schedule for the essay is as follows:
Monday: Outlines due. Work on body paragraphs.
Tuesday: Body paragraphs due. Work on introduction and conclusion.
Wednesday: Full draft due. Edit full draft.
Thursday: Second full draft due. Edit second full draft.
Sunday: Essay due to turnitin.com by 11:59pm
Today we discussed possibilities for thesis statements and brainstormed ideas for the Unit One essay.
HW: Finalize your thesis statement and begin to think about your examples. The link for the outline is HERE. We will be working on it in class tomorrow, but it wouldn't hurt to start filling it out tonight. Make a copy of the document, name it whatever you like, and save it in your LA folder.
Vocabulary quiz is also tomorrow. Study the Week Five words tonight!