Thursday, December 11, 2014

English 10 Honors--12/16/2014

Jump Off
--Submit both your Article of the Week #9 and your "Article of the Week" #10 by placing both in the black basket on the front table.  For "AoW" #10, staple your writing on top of your documents.

S. the C.


Writing Workshop -- The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment
--Q & A (writing assignment and grading sheet)
--a few controlling quotations 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)."
  • "A thesis is the result of a lengthy thinking process. Formulating a thesis is not the first thing you do after reading an essay assignment. Before you develop an argument on any topic, you have to collect and organize evidence, look for possible relationships between known facts (such as surprising contrasts or similarities), and think about the significance of these relationships. Once you do this thinking, you will probably have a 'working thesis,' a basic or main idea, an argument that you think you can support with evidence but that may need adjustment along the way."
--view TEDEd video titled "Mining Literature for Deeper Meanings

--set the parameters for today's work block (environment, goals, etc.)
  • "fish out the small moments, the complicated moments in the story..."--today, you are gathering/crafting an extended list of evidence
--work block
--meetings as per the order established on the front board--what will you write about in your "Culminating Essay Assignment"?

--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. A document from The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill exists titled "Evidence".  Please visit the following link, as this document is extremely helpful:

--An updated version of your thesis statement for the The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment is due at the beginning of next class. Your thesis statement: A.) can be handwritten on a piece of lined paper, B.) should be your absolute best effort, C.) must follow from the evidence that you have gathered, and D.) must be strong as per the guidelines present in the "Thesis Statements" document from The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill (see link below).

Optional (But Highly-Encouraged!) Assignments:
--Don't forget about your free reading book. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS. See me if you have finished reading your book and need a one-pager.