Monday, February 29, 2016

English 10 Honors--3/1/2016

Jump Off
--Pick up a copy of today’s agenda from the front table.  We will then go over the agenda together before heading over to the library.

S. the C.

Writing Workshop -- The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment
--view the following video for A.) inspiration?, B.) ideas about literature to bring to future discussions about literature, and C.) key ideas for today's work:

--key ideas for today's work:
  • The thesis statement (or argument...whatever you'd like to call it) must present a meaningful and complex idea.
  • The evidence gathered via active/critical/purposeful rereading must be both strong and thorough.
  • The explanations about the significance of these pieces of evidence in terms of your thesis/argument must be both clear and convincing.
  • Overall, the essays that you are currently working on, in their finished forms, must communicate complex ideas effectively. No barriers should exist between you and your audience.
--other key considerations for today’s work block following library instruction:
  • Database sources are always stronger than “random” sources found via internet browser searches--in fact, in college courses, most professors will not accept essays citing web sources.
  • A good goal for today’s work block is finding stronger sources in support of some of the claims that you have attempted to bolster via outside research.
  • It might also be a good idea to begin crafting your Works Cited page via NoodleTools.

  • 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 over to the library for the remainder of the class block
--library instruction
--independent work time--continue gathering evidence, outlining essays, creating Works Cited pages, etc.

HW (Class Preparation)
--Revise/finish crafting your outline for the "The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment" prior to next class:

  • Continuously re-write your thesis statement whenever any revisions are necessary during the outlining process.
  • Write a rough topic sentence for each of your remaining body paragraphs. (If your thesis statement is strong, simply look at it to determine what the rest of your body paragraphs should address!)
  • Roughly outline the contents of your remaining body paragraphs (details, tiebacks, details, tiebacks, etc.)
Though what you are finishing is really 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 one more time next class (Thursday, 3/3).  The final version of your essay (your absolute best effort) is tentatively due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, 3/9.
--Work on finishing your free reading book.  You have just over two 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