Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Organizing Notes

-Hand in MLA Cards
-How to create note cards for information from texts
-Read sample article
-Create MLA Card and note cards for it

-Finish making note cards for the sample article

Happy Halloween!

-Housekeeping (missed days, what to expect from the rest of the week)
-Hand in homework-->note cards from the practice article
-Journal: "Code Switching"  What kind of language do we use with different people?
-"The Raven"  Vincent Price Reading

-What language does Poe use to create a spooky atmosphere?
-Rewrite a stanza to change the poem's mood

-Finish your stanza
-Five more sources for tomorrow
-Get Index Cards!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MLA Workshop

-Powerpoint overview of MLA Format
-5 sources put into MLA format on index cards
Please use
-Continue finding sources

-Original 5 Sources in MLA format on index cards (due tomorrow)
-5 more sources (10 in total by Monday)
-Make-up Work (if you have any)

Yesterday's Class: Participial Phrase Review

-Participial Phrase Worksheet
-Participial Phrase Worksheet Overview
-Beginning of MLA overview

-Make-up work if you have any

Monday, October 22, 2012

Participial Phrases

*Participial Introduction
*Powerpoint Questions (due at the end of class)
*Start working on Practice 1 (we will finish in class on Wednesday)

*Participial Part 4, "Putting Participles to Work," pp. 22-24 (due Wednesday)
*5 Sources with Explanations (regarding credibility)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Informed Research Workshop

-Bell Work: Practice Creative Appositives
-Finish source analysis sheet from yesterday
-Five sources on your topic with 2-3 sentences explaining why they are credible

-Finish finding your sources if you have not already

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to Find Credible Sources

-Write 3 sentences that contain appositive phrases.  Make sure to place the appositive phrase in a different position in at least one of the sentences.
-Powerpoint on Research and 5 tips on how to check to make sure that a site is credible
-Practice links to check the credibility of a site

**Turn in your topics**

-For Monday, you will need to have 5 sources on your research topic of which you have checked the credibility
-Tomorrow, be prepared to finish your packets and to start looking for these sources

Monday, October 15, 2012

Appositive Review Day 2

-Review a couple of other sheets on appositives
-Review the Grammar Girl Podcast on Appositives:
-Appositive Practice Sheet

-Bring in your topics for Wednesday (if you already did this, great!)
-Make sure that this is at least a sentence and no more than a paragraph long

Friday, October 12, 2012

Appositive Phrases

-What are appositive phrases?
-Practicing finding the appositive

-Purple book:  Practice 3 #1-3 and Practice 4 Part 1 and "Putting Appositives to Work"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Topic Sites

-Introduction to choosing a topic
-Workshop on choosing a topic

-For Monday, write down 1-3 potential topics.
-Make sure that this includes your initial stance on the topic
-Make sure that this is between one sentence and a paragraph in length

  • For this initial topic, you may find it easier to write a paragraph than to distill your idea into a one-sentence, thesis statement.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Found Poetry

-Found Poetry using a newspaper article

-For extra credit, create an additional found poem and illustrate it
-If you want some topic inspiration check out the following website:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Argumentative Essay Introduction

-Bell Work: Our experiences with research paper writing
-Notes: What is an argumentative Essay?  What are its components?
-Analysis: Looking at an argumentative essay example.

-Search for another example of an argumentative essay

  • You may have to use key words like "freshman composition sample essay" or "sample argumentative essay"
  • Make sure that it is from a credible source like a college writing center site or a .edu site
  • Once you find a sample, label the component parts that we talked about in class

Friday, October 5, 2012

College Essay Day 3

-Sharing our critiques
-Workshop (answer one of the essay prompts from this year's pool of Common Application Questions)

-Finish your sample college essay
-Memoirs (extended) due Monday

Thursday, October 4, 2012

College Essay Day 2

-Read the Tips Packet

  • Discussion of where good tips come from
  • 3, 2, 1 Activity
  • Questions/Comments
-Evaluating Sample Essays

-Finish your memoir (new due date: Monday, October 8th)
-Please refer to your memoir sheet (also included in this blog) as a checklist to make sure that you hand in everything that you need to complete

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

College Essays

Agenda (We got cut short today, we will pick up tomorrow)
-Bell Work: Write what you know about the college application process
-Writing a good college essay:

-Continue to work on your memoir

Monday, October 1, 2012

Memoir Work Days

Friday--Workshop Day

Monday--Peer Review Day

Homework--Work on your memoir-->Due Friday!