Wednesday- Essay Writing

  1. Continue with your essay
  2. Conclusions should have
    1. restate your thesis in a new way (so no copy and paste of your introduction)
    2. Summarize your evidence
    3. Extend your thinking with a final thought.
    4. Good (but not excellent) examples Example of conclusions-
  3. Highlight or bold your thesis. Make it clear to me!!
  4. Be sure to add a bibliography of the sources you have used for your essay. Add Lord of the Flies too.
  5. Rubric: Persuasive Essay rubric with quotes-
  6. Revise your essay then print it out.  AND print your research document. Both are due at the beginning of class tomorrow. 

Tuesday- TKAM

  1. Test tomorrow:
    1. Done with a partner
    2. Analyze a NEW poem
    3. Cheat sheets are allowed (your deconstructed poems, tone/mood, poetic devices terms, mind map)
    4. Podcast explaining how your new poem answers our essential question
  2. Group presentations for Historical Context
  3. Review chapter 1-2
  4. To discuss and reflect: Think about a community in which you are a member—for instance, your school, religious community, family, or group of friends. What are some of the most important rules in that community? Are these rules written down? What are the most important unwritten rules, those not written down but which everyone knows about?
    2. Write about a pivotal choice you have made in your life or an experience you have had that was influenced by the setting. What other options might have been available to you if you lived in a different place and time? What
    circumstances would have influenced you to make a different decision?

Tuesday- Narrative Essay

It is your turn to ‘show’ me a story. Remember to try to following:

  • a variation in sentence fluency (short and long sentences)
  • rule of 3’s (not too much!)
  • imagery!! Show don’t tell the story. It is easier if you do this in present tense
  • Can you use poetic devices?
  • Punctuate your dialogue properly. When in doubt, grab a novel to see how the professionals do it 🙂
  • Do you have a strong purpose? This is not a descriptive essay but rather a narrative essay about a lesson you learned in life.

Happy writing!!

Tuesday- Write!!

Use this block to write your persuasive essay. Remember the following:

  • Write in the third person (no “I” or “you”)
  • When referring to literature, use the present tense.
  • Have a variety of sentences such as simple to complex.
  • Formal language at all times (no slang)
  • No contractions I’m, can’t, wouldn’t
  • No conversation (This conclusion is about….)
  • You only use the long form of the title and the author in the introduction. After that, you can use the last name or one of the words in the title. Eg. To Kill a Mockingbird can be shortened to Mockingbird. Harper Lee can be shortened to “Lee”.
  • What grammar have we learned in class thus far? Apply it!
  • Use quotes when possible but do not explain its meaning with “This quote shows…”. State the meaning clearly.
  • Never begin or end a paragraph with a quote.
  • Avoid absolutes. Eg. Always, never, everybody

Thursday- Quotes and Essay Writing

Block A– sorry for being a horrible teacher this morning. I think I probably confused you more than anything. I will clarify what I was trying to teach on Tuesday. For homework, do No Red Ink (there is a new assignment) and if you can, try to write one paragraph for your essay. We can go over them on Tuesday.

Persuasive essay example.  Note- this is NOT a perfect essay. There are too many unnecessary quotes and the title is not formatted properly,  but the structure and argument are good.

Incorporating Quotes into a Literary Essay worksheet-  We need to do this together.

The document below shows how to use present tense AND how to integrate quotes

Writing Sample with quotes for practice-

This is a photo of what we discussed in block D today. Note the structure of the essay. (and my horrible handwriting)

For homework:

  1. Get the outline done including your thesis. Block D- one paragraph completed for the weekend. Block A- get one paragraph done if you can.
  2. No Red Ink- colons, semicolons and THAMO’s