Friday, November 30, 2012

Preposition Quiz

-Study if you get here early
-Preposition Quiz
-Workshop time if you finish early

**Please remember that if you misuse your computer during class time, your computer access will be taken away.  This will make doing the next project difficult for you, so please act responsibly.  I will not give any more warnings than those I gave in class today and here now.**

-Monday is our new day for peer review.  Please have two pages of your draft ready by then.
-At the end of next week, we will start our 21st-century writing unit.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drafting Workshop II

-Due to the number of people absent and where everyone seems to be on their papers, we devoted more work time to putting together our drafts.
-Peer Review (if finished.  We will have some more time for this at the beginning of next week).

-Study for tomorrow's quiz on prepositions
-Continue to work on your paper.  We will peer review on Monday

Peer Review Questions

Although this is just a draft, make sure to give your reviewee useful feedback that can help him/her before he/she goes on to write the final version of his/her paper.  At this point, it would be most useful to make sure that the paper has a thesis and follows the grading criteria (see earlier post if you lost yours).  These questions are designed to touch on most of them.  

Ms. Hoffmann

Peer Review

Name of Reviewee:

Does the piece have an effective title?

Does the piece use first-person pronouns (I, me, my)?

Does the piece have a logical form of organization?

Does the piece have a thesis?  What is it?

What is one thing that you like about the paper?

What is one thing that you find confusing/think needs editing before the final draft?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Drafting Workshop

-Prepositional Phrase Review

-Outlines (Ticket to work on your draft)
-Drafting Workshop 


Remember to pace yourselves through this unit.  Even though the paper is not due until December 10th, you should make sure that you do not wait until the last minute to work on your paper.  A lot of us seem to be behind on some of the steps despite the amount of time devoted to workshopping in class.  It is okay that we are not all at the same point, but keep in mind that we will be starting a new unit by the end of next week and will not have the luxury of the classwork time at that point.  Tomorrow, you should have a draft to share with a partner.  Ideally, this draft will be 2 pages in length (so it is not a draft of your entire paper), but something to share is better than nothing.  If you have any concerns or are stuck at any point in your writing, please see me so that  I can help you and so that we can get you back on track.

Study for Friday!  (This may include some of the previous types of phrases on which we have worked).

Helpful Links as You Finish Your Paper...

Sources (you should be finished with these...but if you find you need a better source you might want to try these)

Harvard Outline:

MLA Format:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Drafting Tips

-Practice #1 (pp. 37-38, #1-6)
-Notes:  What do we do with our note cards?  How do we work with our outlines?
-Final Paper Guidelines (see previous post if you lost yours)

-Finish through your outline for Wednesday
-Your outline will be your ticket to start your draft

Research Paper Unit Assignment

Ms. Hoffmann
Research Paper Unit Assignment

-Write arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
-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.
-Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

-Using the steps that we have taken in class to help you, complete your research paper (4-6pp.)
-Use the grading criteria as a checklist to make sure that you hand in everything

Grading Criteria:
-Research Paper is
·        Between 4 and 6 pages in length (15 pts)
·         Accompanied by at least 60 note cards (15 pts)
o   If you did not hand these in before, you need to hand them in now
§  Some points will be deducted from your preparedness score
o   If you already handed them in, hand them in again
·        Accompanied by an outline, which it follows (10 pts)
o   Some changes in order are okay
o   It should be obvious that you used the research paper in some way
·         Accompanied by a draft that is clearly marked with edits (10 pts)
·         In MLA Format (20 pts)
·         Works Cited page follows MLA format (This does not count towards the page count!!)
·         In-text citations are used properly
·         You do not need to hand in your MLA cards!
o   You should have copied what you wrote in the works cited page
·         In line with academic conventions (20 pts)
o   There is no use of “I”
o   The paper has a thesis
o   The paper flows from point to point and is focused on this thesis
o   Paragraph divisions are logical
o   Paper is developed enough to make sense and to make a convincing argument
-Writing is clear and polished.  It follows the conventions of Standard English (15 pts)

Total:  _______/  105 pts
Due Date: Monday, December 10th

Monday, November 19, 2012

Workshop Day

-Bell Work: Practice Prepositions
-Workshop Day!  Finish your missing work.  Continue to work on your papers.  Let me know if you find anything confusing.

-You should have all of your notecards as well as your outline finished by the time we get back on Monday

Have a nice break!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Prepositional Phrases

-Review Past Quizzes
-Introduction to Prepositional Phrases Notes
-Workshop--Finding the Preposition
-Memory Device Song Writing

-Quiz Corrections
-These will be put in as a quiz grade...which will bring your grade up if you did not do so well

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From Note Cards to Outlines

-Practice the three types of sentences
-Note Cards to Outlines Overview

Timeline for Completing the Paper
Mon--all 60 note cards
Before Thanksgiving Break--Outline
Nov. 29th--Draft of your paper (At least 3/5 pages)

-Bring your purple books for tomorrow
-Continue to work on your research paper with this timeline in mind

Group Outlines Con't

-Hand in missing work
-Group Outlines Continued
-Presentation and Discussion of Outlines

-Practice outline on first page of an article (either the one we attempted before or a news article)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Absolute Phrase Quiz and Outlines Revisted

-Bell Work: Study!
-Absolute Phrase Quiz
-Harvard Outline Review & new practice

-Missing work?  Get it in!  Especially your note cards!
-Sample Outline will be due Thurs!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Absolute Phrase Review & Note Card Workshop

-Bell Work--Absolute Phrase Practice
-Note Card Workshop & Conferences about pacing

-40 Note Cards (total) by Friday
-Quiz tomorrow (study!)
-1 extra day for the outline (we will review outlines tomorrow)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Absolute Phrases

-Bell Work: Thoughts and feelings about the research paper
                    Action Plans for Missing Work
-Absolute Phrases: Notes
-Finding the Absolute Phrase
-Practice #1

-Finish practice #1 in the Absolute Phrase section
-Study for a quiz on Friday on Absolute Phrases
-Another 20 index cards by Friday
(You should have 40 in total at this point.  On Thursday, you will have workshop time to complete more of your cards/catch up on other work).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Harvard Outline

-Bell Work: Write down slugs used on index cards
-Outline Notes
-Sample Outline
-Workshop: Create an Outline using the Video Game Article

-Finish the outline
-Another 20 cards by Fri.
-Hand in your first 20 on Wed. if you did not today

Friday, November 2, 2012

Appositive and Participle Quiz

-Finish Note Cards when you finish

-By Monday, you should have finished 20 of your 60 note cards (these do not include MLA cards)
-Bring your purple books for Monday

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pre-Test Review & Note Card Workshop

-Bell Work: Appositive and Participle Review
-Note Card Workshop
-Late Work Discussion!!!

-Study for tomorrow
-Continue creating note cards (you will have at least 60 by the end of the unit)
-You should have ten sources (handed in!!) by now