Wednesday, November 6, 2013

English 10 Honors--11/8/2013 (1/2 Day)

Block 2  8:34-9:22
Block 4  10:20-11:05

Jump Off
--Turn in your thesis statement by placing it in the black basket on the front table.
--Pick up the "Literature (Fiction)" document from The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill.  Spend approximately ten minutes purposefully reading through the document in order to help you progress through your writing assignment.  Today, you are looking to continue gathering/crafting an extended list of evidence and improve the current draft of your thesis statement. 
--After taking a quick look and providing some feedback, Mr. Martin will return thesis statements.

S. the C.
--Mr. Martin shares list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio--Meetings will occur during class today.  Would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during Mr. Martin's office hours?
--controlling quotation for today's block:
  • "At this point [of gathering evidence], you want to include anything, anything, that might be useful, and you also want to avoid the temptation to arrive at definite conclusions about your topic.  Remember that one of the qualities that makes for a good interpretation is that it avoids the obvious.  You want to develop complex ideas, and the best way to do that is to keep your ideas flexible until you've considered the evidence carefully.  A good gauge of complexity is whether you feel you understand more about your topic than you did when you began (and even just reaching a higher state of confusion is a good indicator that you're treating your topic in a complex way)."
--controlling questions for today's block:
  • Does my thesis statement fulfill the assigned task?
  • Have I taken a position that others might challenge or oppose?
  • Is my thesis statement specific enough?
  • Does my thesis statement pass the "So what?" test?
  • Does my thesis statement pass the "how and why?" test?

--"top dog" thesis statement shared with the class/briefly discussed through the lens of today's controlling questions

Writing Workshop -- The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment
--agree upon parameters for today's short work session (same as last class?)
--work block--meetings with Mr. Martin will occur during this time (CWP and/or current assignment) as per the order established on the front board

--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 18th (a little over 1 week from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol. When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time.
--Finish gathering evidence for your The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment.  Next class, you will have some time to look through all of your evidence and make some decisions about what evidence you will actually end up using.  Another document from The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill exists titled "Evidence".  If you think that this document will help, pick up a copy from the univent or visit the following link:
--Bring your vocabulary book next class!