Archive | March, 2015

Conclusion Paragraphs; Work on Song Piece/Research Paper

18 Mar

Today we will briefly discuss conclusion paragraphs.  You have notes in your research paper packet. Essentially a conclusion paragraph does the following:

  • Firmly restate your thesis statement.  Don’t repeat it word for word, but remind your reader what the point you just proved in your paper was.
  • Quickly recap major points that prove thesis.  No major details, just a quick list of your points.
  • Relate the topic of your paper to the “big picture.” How is this important in life, to people, to the world?
  • Does not give any new evidence.  Your conclusion is not a place for more quotes, new points or extra information. If you have any of these, put them in a new body paragraph.

Tomorrow we will be in computer lab a206.  I will be checking your notebook for the week.  I am just looking for evidence that you used the last three days of class productively.  (Notes on songs/poems, outlines, rough drafts, etc.)

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Writing Introduction Paragraphs; Work on Projects

17 Mar

Today there will be a brief discussion on writing introduction paragraphs (notes found in your research paper packet).  From there, you will have time to work on research paper stuff, as well as your song piece.

Outlining; Song Piece

16 Mar

This week we will be in the computer lab a206 on Thursday and Friday.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I will briefly give notes on outlining, intro paragraphs and conclusion paragraphs, respectively.  That should take less than 10 minutes and the rest of the class you will have time to work on the following…

Outlining Your Research Paper

Today there will be some brief notes about outlining (found in your packet).  An outline is just a plan on what each paragraph in your paper will be about, and the evidence you plan to use.  For your intro, simply write down your thesis.  Then for each body paragraph, write down the topic you wish to discuss and any evidence from the poem and articles that you can use to support that idea.

Outlines are Due Next Monday!

Song Piece

During this week, research paper work has been slowed slightly to work on a Song Piece.  For this piece you will choose any song and show why that song is important to you.  The notes and requirements are here Song Piece Overview.

Song Piece is Due Friday!


Don’t Fall Behind!

At this point, you should have:

  • A Poem you will be writing about
  • Thesis statement about a theme in your poem
  • Articles about your poem or topic your thesis is discussing
  • Some notes/highlights on your article (pick out what you plan to use in your paper)

Here is a calendar to help you organize March 2015

Computer Lab to Find Articles; Notebook Check

13 Mar

Calendar for March; Stay Organized!

Today I will give you this calendar: March 2015, detailing what will be be doing everyday this month, when assignments are due, and when we will be in the computer lab.  This is designed to help you stay organized and plan your time wisely.

Get At Least 3 Articles About Your Poem or the Theme You Will Be Writing About

Today we will meet in the computer lab for a second chance at finding articles for your research paper.  Be sure to use the following sites only (quoted from Monday’s post):

Here are some very useful sites, link from the Virtual Reference Collection of our very own Sachem East Library.

Bloom’s Literature

Literature Resource Center

ProQuest: Learning Literature

You will need a username and a password to login; I will write those on the board in class.  Copy it into your notebook, in case you need to login from home.

Notebook Check

As promised, I will be checking your notebook for 3 items:

  • 1 Full Page of Notes on Your Poem
  • Your Thesis for your research paper and Lines from the Poem to Support it
  • Notes on the Article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” Found in your packet (you need 2 direct quotes and 2 paraphrases)

Parenthetical Citations

12 Mar

Today we have notes on Parenthetical Citations, which you must use to give credit to the authors of your research.  Here are those notes: parethetical citations

Tomorrow we will meet in the computer lab a206.  You will have time to find articles and take notes on them in your notebook.  I will be checking to see that you have notes on your articles Monday.

For tomorrow’s notebook check, I will be looking for the following:

  • 1 FULL page of notes on your poem
  • Your research paper Thesis statement and lines from you poem that support it
  • Notes on the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (2 direct quotes and 2 paraphrases)

You will have time to work on all of this in class today, after our notes.

Note Taking Practice

11 Mar

Today we will focus on note taking for your articles.

Please refer to your Research Paper packet, Section 4: Taking Notes.  Read the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin,” and find two direct quotes and paraphrase two ideas that help support the thesis statement: “While physical activity is important for good health, in actuality, it does little to help humans lose weight.” Do this in your notebook.

For Friday, you will be expected to have the following in your notebook:

-Your Poem and 1 page worth of notes about it
-Your Thesis statement and lines from the poem that support it.
-Notes on “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin”
-At least 3 articles you plan to use in your research paper.  (We will meet in the computer lab a206 on Friday, if you need more time on this)

Thesis Statements; Skill: Present Your Opinion As Fact

10 Mar

Thesis Statements

Today we will discussing Thesis Statements. Be sure to follow along with your packet (section 2).

A Thesis Statement is the main point you are trying to prove in your paper. It is only one sentence long and goes at the end of your introduction.

Skill: Present your opinion as fact

When writing persuasive papers, it is important that you do not use phrases like “I believe that,” “In my opinion,” I think that.”  Also avoid “It seems like” “probably,” “Might be.” These statements remind the reader that your statements are just your opinion.  They sound uncertain and tentative, as if you don’t really know what you are talking about or are unsure of your opinion.

What You Should Have By the End of the Day

By the day’s end, you should have the following for your research paper (all in your notebook):

  • a poem, and a page worth of notes about that poem.
  • a thesis statement and lines from the poem that help prove that statement.

By Thursday you must have at least 3 articles about your poem, printed out.