Thursday, February 25, 2016

English 10 Honors--2/26/2016

Jump Off
--Turn in "Article of the Week" #8 by placing your best work in the black basket on the front table.
--Read the controlling questions for today’s work block below with your thesis statement that you completed for homework in mind:

  • 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?
S. the C.
Writing Workshop -- The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment
--today's purpose:
  • continue gathering evidence (if necessary)
  • for each piece of evidence:
    • Decide if the evidence will be presented as a direct quotation--if so, how much of the quotation will be used?
    • Decide if the evidence will be presented as a paraphrase (or even a summary)--if so, paraphrase (or summarize) the piece of evidence using the "look away" method.
    • Begin crafting tiebacks, bearing the following in mind:
      • In an essay, the goal is to convince the reader of the validity of your thesis statement; therefore, the thesis statement itself must be meaningful, and the tiebacks to it must occur often via skillful explanations.
      • Tiebacks connect back to the thesis statement and answer how?/why?
      • If it is extremely difficult to craft a tieback for a piece of evidence, it's likely not a strong piece of evidence!
  • continuously revise thesis statement as needed
  • Talking should be very limited.
    • When talking must occur, get peer’s attention first and stay on task.
    • Teacher will use the consequence system in place for lack of compliance.
  • Listening to music (provided by teacher or on personal devices) is acceptable.
--Transition--head down to the Computer Lab for the remainder of the class block
--work block

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish "processing through" all of your evidence.  Then, start an outline by doing the following:

  • Re-write your thesis statement in its current version (likely updated based upon today’s work) at the top of a sheet of paper.
  • Write a rough topic sentence or sentences for your first body paragraph.  (If your thesis statement is strong, simply look at it to determine what your first body paragraph should address!)
  • Roughly outline the contents of your first body paragraph (pieces of evidence, tiebacks, pieces of evidence, tiebacks, etc.)
Though what you are starting is a rough outline, it must be detailed enough for someone else to understand it, as next class, you will trade with a peer in order to provide/garner feedback.
--Continue progressing through your essay-writing process in whatever manner you see fit.  We are heading to the library next class (Tuesday, 3/1) and, most likely, on Thursday, 3/3 as well.
--Work on finishing your free reading book.  You have a little under three weeks between now and the due date of the one-pager.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!  See me if you have finished your book and need a one-pager

On the backburner:

  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions