Archive for February, 2010

26
Feb

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Before we begin acting out Othello, we’re going to take a closer look at a few of the characters from the play. You’ll be constructing an analysis of several major passages as a means of figuring out what makes a particular character tick. You can find the assignment here.

Have a killer weekend.

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26
Feb

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Sorry for my absence yesterday; I’ve been dealing with an earache that is kicking my sorry tail. I still feel like I’m listening to the world through a swimming pool. Boo.

We’re in the LibLab today, working on an in-class writing assignment. You can find a link to the prompt here.

Have a totally rad weekend.

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24
Feb

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Here is the writing prompt for The Emperor’s New Clothes. The focus of the writing today is to combine the work we’ve done with introductions and the work we’ve done with body paragraphs. For full credit you should be including each of the elements of an introduction and of a body paragraph.

You’ll notice, of course, that this is a slight modification of our projected week. I’ll be handing back our essays from last week tomorrow (if all goes as planned) and we’ll be working on revision then. Friday is still our writing day, and we’ll push our work with outline strategies into next week.

Here’s a link to the 1977 (?) CBS illustrated version of The Emperor’s New Clothes that we watched in class.

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23
Feb

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Here is the .pdf detailing some introduction techniques. It also outlines one way to construct an airtight intro that will grab your readers and explain clearly what it is that your essay will be doing. Use it. Love it.

Also, here is the Jack and the Beanstalk prompt from class on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Ciao.

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22
Feb

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Ignore the homework for tonight; we ran out of time and weren’t quite able to get there. We’ll get at the same idea in class tomorrow.

Paz.

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21
Feb

Okay, okay, I know I’ve been negligent in making sure that I have 12th Grade posts updated regularly, so here’s my quick attempt at this week, though I suspect things will change rapidly.

M0nday-Friday: Othello. No, seriously. This week is going to be dominated by the play, as we’ll be acting out parts of it, doing some warm-ups and discussions based around its themes, and finishing up our reading of it. Stay tuned for a more detailed overview of the week, but we’ll be neck deep in Shakespeare this week. (And I’m totally stoked).

Additionally, this week I’ll be handing out our in-class acting assignment. I’ve always enjoyed having the class divide the play’s important scenes up and having them act these scenes out, and we’ll be doing the same this year. Start thinking about who you’d like to have in your group (think group of 2-4) and we’ll talk more about this on Wednesday or Thursday.

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21
Feb

Howdy, all!

As we draw ever closer to the HSPE testing dates, we’re going to be spending more and more time working together on our writing. We’ll be working on constructing interesting introductions, fine tuning our paragraph construction, developing strategies for addressing our critics, and drafting killer conclusions. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll be working hard on prewriting techniques such as creating webs, outlines, and other organizational strategies to help you succeed. The test itself is scheduled for March 17th and 18th, just so you know. That said, here’s the week.

Monday: We’ll be reviewing introductory hooks in class with an activity drawn some rather silly places. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so if you’re absent, check back after class for the actual assignment. It should be a good time.

Homework: Come up with your own introductory hook based off of… well, I just can’t tell you yet, can I?

Tuesday: After we share our own hooks we’ll be spending some time looking at a sample introductory paragraph. I understand, of course, that there are many ways to craft an effective introduction, but this is a decent formula to play with as you write your own. I’ll be posting the .pdf after class on Tuesday, so check back for it.

Wednesday: I’ll be handing back the in-class essays from last Friday, and we’ll be spending some time revising our own introductions. My expectation is that by the end of class everybody will have an introduction that is clear, concise, and manages to grab the reader’s attention quickly while still outlining what the paper will be about. You’ll be resubmitting your introductions for credit on this assignment.

Thursday: As we creep even closer to the HSPE deadline I want to begin covering some basic outline/drafting techniques. I know that some of this might seem like review to some of you, but that’s okay. Better to review and be sure than not to and have doubts. I’ll be handing out Friday’s essay prompt, and in small groups you’ll be using one of a few different outlining techniques to create a rough outline of your essay for class on Friday.

Friday: We’ll be in the LibLab (surprise!) working on this week’s in-class essay. (Which, incidentally, means no homework over the weekend).

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19
Feb

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Here’s the writing prompt for our in-class write today. Sorry for the late update (you know how those department meetings go…)

Have a splendid weekend!

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16
Feb

Hola! As we start week 22 (how on earth has this year gone by that quickly?) I have a few important dates to remind you about. First, the writing portion of the HSPE (the not-a-WASL) is scheduled for March 17 and 18, with the reading sections currently scheduled for the March 16. These dates will dominate what we do for the next month or so. With that in mind, here’s your (shortened) week:

Wednesday: I’ll be reading the second-to-last chapter of Night aloud in class. this is one of the more powerful moments in literature, and I think it is important that we all be privy to it. After we finish it there will be a short in-class response to the chapter that should be relatively fun.

Homework: Finish the novel.

Thursday: We’ll be working with the completed novel on Thursday with an in-class assignment that involves crayons, colored pencils, and an opportunity for some creativity. (Hint: We’ll be re-illustrating the cover). Also, I’ll hand back last Friday’s writing prompts so that you can check out my feedback before we have at it again on Friday.

Friday: We’ll be in the LibLab with another in-class writing assignment. This one will be centered on the novel Night, so make sure that you’ve completed it and thought about exactly why it is required reading.

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10
Feb

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I’m modifying the weeks schedule a tad.

Today and tomorrow we’ll be working more with our in-class writing than I had thought.

Wednesday will be dedicated to giving feedback on last Friday’s writing prompt and discussing this week’s prompt. We’ll be putting together a series of pre-write arguments for Wednesday’s writing prompt and discussing the HSPE writing rubric.

Thursday will be spent in the library working on this week’s writing prompt about school uniforms.

Over the weekend make sure to read through page 98 in the novel Night.

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