Archive | May, 2015

Using Specific Examples – Notebook Check

18 May

Today we will pay attention to the skill: using specific examples.

Use Specific Examples:  Go beyond simply describing and discuss actual things that happened. Don’t just say that Henry is mean, tell us things that happened.  EX:  Henry pushed his brother down the stairs and stole his candy.  He then ripped up his brother’s comic books and yelled at the dog.

Notebook work:  As an exercise give specific examples from your high school experience for these statements:

  • High school is horrible
  • High school is fun
  • High school is different than middle school
  • High school is stressful
  • There are many fun activities to participate in

Notebook Check

Today I will check your notebook for notes on our short stories, and for seniors, I will also check your quick writes about high school.

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Stress! New Writing Piece

15 May

Today we will read a couple of articles on stress in high school. The Mad Dash and Teens More Stressed Than Adults .

You will then receive your next writing piece, the letter to an incoming freshman!

Finish Working on Short Stories

14 May

All Classes: Make sure you have the notes on the story.  They will be checked for a notebook grade tomorrow, as well as the following:

12th Grade: Quick Writes… brainstorm the following:

  • Best moments of high school
  • Worst moments of high school
  • How have you changed
  • How have others changed
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew when you began
  • What would you change about your high school career
  • What would you keep the same

9th Grade:  In your notebook, answer the questions at the end of the story.

10th Grade: Read Vonnegut’s “Long Walk to Forever” and take notes on the Who, What, When, Why of the story.

Revise and Make Up Work

13 May

Today is a generous day in Mr. Funk’s class!  We will meet in the computer lab, where you will have an opportunity to revise any writing pieces or make up any missing work.  Go on eSchool, check your grades, and get to work!  Your success is in your own hands!

Reading Short Stories

12 May

Finish Reading the Short Stories:

12th Grade: we will start reading “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” by Kurt Vonnegut

9th Grade: we will start reading “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

10th Grade: we will start reading “D.P.” Effect by Kurt Vonnegut

As you read, in your notebook take at least a page worth of notes on :

  • Who (characters)
  • What (plot and conflict)
  • When/Where (setting)
  • Why (Themes)
  • Does the author follow Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules of Short Stories?

Short Stories

11 May

Copy down Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for writing short stories Found here.  As we read the following short story, pay attention to whether or not the author follows these rules.

12th Grade: we will start reading “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” by Kurt Vonnegut

9th Grade: we will start reading “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

10th Grade: we will start reading “D.P.” Effect by Kurt Vonnegut

Working on Mock Eulogy or Life Philosophy Piece in A206

7 May

Today we will be working on our Mock Eulogy or Life Philosophy Pieces in the computer lab in A206.  This piece will be due on Monday!