Friday, March 28, 2014

English 9--4/3/2014

Jump Off
--Pick up the quiz titled "Assessment: Commas with Introductory Elements" from the front table.  Purposefully read the directions and carefully complete the task at hand.  Good luck!

Assessment -- Commas with Introductory Elements
--When you finish with the assessment, complete the following checklist:
  • Place your completed work in the black basket on the front table 
  • Pick up a laptop from the cart
  • Log yourself in
  • Open up a Microsoft Word document 
  • Take out your Chapter 4 Dragonsong paragraph (or obtain the paragraph from Mr. Martin)
  • Complete a survey for your peer's leadership project
S. the C.
--During today's Writing Workshop, we will work on the following standards:
Grade 9 students:
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    • Introduce precise claim(s) and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
    • Develop claim(s) fairly, supplying evidence for each in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
    • Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons and between reasons and evidence.
    • Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
    • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the Language standards below.)
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Use a semicolon (and perhaps a conjunctive adverb) to link two or more closely related independent clauses.
    • Use a colon to introduce a list or quotation.
    • Spell correctly.
  • Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g., MLA Handbook, Turabian’s Manual for Writers) appropriate for the discipline and writing type.
  • Use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for writing at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to expression.
Writing Workshop --  Dragonsong Unit--Chapter 4 Close Reading Paragraph Writing Assignment
--Mr. Martin quickly models MLA Format while a student takes careful notes on the front board (which will be posted on the blog after today's classes)--follow along and properly set up your paper
--set the parameters for work block 


  • Return your laptop--make sure that the computer shuts down fully and that you place it in the proper slot within the cart
  • Submit the finalized version of your Chapter 4 paragraph
HW Time

--If you did not finish today in class, bring a print out of your finalized Chapter 4 paragraph in MLA Format next class.  Strive for mastery!
--Actively read Chapter 7 of Dragonsong via the Post-it Note Strategy. This brings us past the halfway point of the novel (a logical place to stop for a reading check...hint, hint!). It would be in your best interest to spend some time reading back through your Post-its/notes for Chapters 1-7 in order to review everything that you have read and your "conversation with the text" up to this point. Don't forget, too, that some of our notes from class discussion have been posted on the blog.