Thursday- last day!!!

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Morning everyone!

Thank you to all who will get their synthesis essays in by midnight tonight. I have to have my marks official by Monday so I need to start marking tomorrow morning! I appreciate how hard you have worked during this “continued learning” and I know it has not been an ideal learning environment. I just hope you learned something about yourself, something about others, and a skill that takes you into the next chapter of your life.

  1. Today- we will do an official Riverside reflection. Choose an artifact that showed the most growth or challenge for you (narrative, synthesis, project, characterization, etc) and reflect on your critical or creative thinking, communication skills, personal awareness, or social responsibility.
  2. Use the criteria or “I” statements from the document below.
  3. Go to your blog and download a template.
  4. Write the reflection
  5. post the artifact AND the reflection document on your blog (use “add document” for the reflection so it is easy to see)
  6. TAG it appropriately. (It can be more than one TAG 🙂
  7. NOTE: you can probably use either of the reflections you did for me already (the characterization and the project) and just tweak them a bit.

YOu are done!!!! Happy summer everyone!!!

Tuesday- MLA formatting


MLA formatting is extremely important when doing research essays. For this essay you should have THREE sources so therefore, you will only have THREE entries in your works cited.

The three basic criteria for using MLA (English and SS use MLA, Social Sciences and Sciences use APA) is to a) give the author the credit- makes sense. b) show you are not plagiarizing c) the reader knows where to find the information

Owl Purdue is the main reference for this. Use this to help format.

You can also use Citation Machine or Scribbr

UBC’s reference list

In-text citations are the sources WITHIN your writing that reference the citations at the end of the essay.

The basic rule is that the first word in the bracket is the first word in the citations. Then you reference page number (book) or line number (poem) or time stamp (movie/youtube). If you are using a website with no pages, then you don’t need anything after the first word).

Be sure to format properly!!!

  • periods go after the bracket
  • there is no comma in the bracket
  • if you are introducing the quote with a full sentence, you must use a colon
  • if you are introducing the quote with a phrase, use a comma.
  • No Red Ink helps with learning this. Do it!!

For websites

Block quotes: more than four lines of text in your essay means you have to do block quotes. No quotation marks and introduced with a colon







Note the green highlight: it shows synthesis

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Monday- Synthesis Essay

Hello there!

Reminder that your project is due by midnight tonight.

Owen- PechaKucha

I will post the International Students PechaKucha for you to watch when you can.

Synthesis Essay 

  1. Here is the assignment 
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  2. No Red Ink- formatting in-text citations using MLA. Some of it may be review but I highly suggest you do it so you do it right in your essay
  3. Optional MLA formatting class- Tuesday. For those who may want some one on one, attend the class. If you can’t make it, I will record it and you can reference it later. I would suggest doing your MLA Citations immediately so you know how to format your in-text citations. Within your bracket is the first word in your Citations so if you do the Citations ASAP, you can do the in-text right away.
  4. Thesis formula- How are they the same; how are they different; so what? (the so what can be a call to action, or a strong conclusion about humanity. It can be in the introduction or the conclusion)
  5. Examples of multi-source synthesis essays
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MOnday- discussions and Pecha Kucha


Big day today 🙂 Remember we are meeting at 12:35 for the rest of the year.

I will ask you do do a video check in with me on either Thursday between 12:35 -1:35 OR Friday between 12:35- 1:35. Please fill in the Forms if you want Thursday or Friday and if you want the first half of the block or the second. We will have a brief chat about your project. If you want to talk some more, we can schedule another appointment. Appointment Sign Up

Ben and Tobiasz are doing their PechaKucha first (I WILL remember)

Discussion document is posted on TEAMS under assignments. Here is the FORMS

When you are done discussing the book, share your ideas for the project with each other. Help each other out 🙂

Friday- Lens discussion + Final Project

After I have explained your project, you are to get into your groups, post the new lens paragraph to the padlet and discuss.

When you are done, choose your BEST paragraph to hand in for marks on TEAMS. Ask the people in your group which is more insightful and interesting.

Decide on the roles for Monday’s discussion. It will be marked out of 10 and it will be self assessed on FORMS. I will look to your document as evidence of your number.

As for assessment, there have been some number changes (which I think you will prefer):

___ /100 (divided by 50 points for the report card)

  • Participation and preparedness for Monday Discussions- /25 (now 20 marks as I will take your lowest mark off)
  • Tech Assignment + reflection #1-  /25
  • Literary lens and connection questions- /20 (now out of 15)
  • Tech assignment + reflection #2-  /30 (now out of 40 – 30 plus 5 and 5 for the two reflections)

Here is the final project:

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Friday’s Class

Hello everyone,

I am in the building on Friday so if you really want to get a paper copy of the novel instead of using your computer, email me and I can set something up for you. I will bring my disinfectant with me and put the book in a bag 🙂 We can figure out a hand off strategy.

For Friday’s class:

  1. I have read all your lens paragraphs (you are so smart!) and I have chosen some of the best ones to put onto one central padlet. I have taken off the names. I tried to get a variety so don’t think yours is not good if it is not on there. I would like you to take some time in this class to read some of them to get an idea on how to do each one. Stellar Examples of Lens Analysis
  2. On Friday, the 29th, you will be asked to explore your book through a different lens. By the end of class today, decide which lens you will use. It must not be the one you did last week.
  3. Read the next 4/5 of the novel for Monday. We will be going back to the discussion format on Monday. Choose who is the recorder, inquiry person, and leader. Be prepared for Monday. READ MY COMMENTS from past posts to get feedback.
  4. Be ready to discuss your text to text connection. All you need to have is the inquiry question you are investigating, the title of the source that answers your question and then evidence that answers the question. Similar to what you have been doing in the discussions on Monday.
  5. Post this source and the evidence to the group’s padlet.
  6. Discuss with group.
  7. Start thinking which question you will focus on for the final project (you have to answer the question in the project. The platform will depend on the grade. More of this to follow.) and if you want to watch the movie/read the book/watch the show so you can use it in your research.

See you on Monday 🙂

Tuesday- Literary Lens Assignment

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. Here is the plan for today:

PechaKucha- Quinn and Jason (Gracey on Friday)

Literary Theory- Lens Assignment

  1. Get into your groups and start the meeting. Videos on, please.
  2. We will use Padlet to collaborate. Here are your Padlets:
    1. 1000 Splendid Suns
    2. Fight Club
    3. Lovely Bones International Group
    4. Lovely Bones
    5. Fight Club 2
    6. High Fidelity
  3. The instructions:  
    1. Add your name
    2. Add your paragraph or your point form answer
    3. Add images that complement your argument
  4. Wait for everyone to finish
  5. Take turns discussing your lens interpretation.
  6. Other group members can/should add onto each lens. This can be in the form of a question or additional details. Be sure to add your name to your comment

Here is an example of what it could look like:

For Friday:

  1. Watch one of the other novel’s movie adaption OR find a non-fiction piece OR find a novel or another movie you have already watched that answer one or more of the inquiry questions. We are moving towards researching your synthesis essay- time to start thinking of what inquiry question you will research for your essay.
  2. For Friday, have the question and the answer ready to share as you will be adding it to your padlet so everyone can see and share. You may want to use someone else’s sources for your essay that we will begin the week of June 8th.

Friday- No class and other reminders

A reminder:

  • no class today
  • office hours are from 10:15-11:15 (I will be watching capstones all day so I will be around but I have a few family commitments I have to attend to as well.)
  • read half your book by Tuesday
  • Have your lens assignment ready for Tuesday. We will NOT do the usual discussion format but will concentrate on the lens instead.
  • By Friday, May 22nd, watch one of the other novel’s movie adaption. OR find another novel or movie you have read that answers 1-2 of the inquiry questions. I will have the assignment document ready for Tuesday.

Have a nice long weekend and happy reading. See you on Tuesday.