Archive | October, 2015

Reading Assignment Due; Finish Personal Essay Revisions in Computer Lab

15 Oct

Today I will check your reading assignment in class.

Then we will have time to finish our personal (9th grade) / college (12th grade) essays.

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Avoid Using Words Like “Very”; Forced Revision Activity

14 Oct

Avoid Lazy Words Like “Very”

Today we will start class with a worksheet that will help you use better vocabulary in your writing. Here’s a great worksheet on not using lazy words like “very” “really” so” “extremely”

45 ways to avoid 'very'

Forced Revision Activity

Next we will do a revision activity, in which your peers will read your paper and offer you comments and corrections.

Forced Revision Activity

Don’t Forget! Reading Assignment is Due Tomorrow!

Choose 2 characters from your book and write about how the author characterizes him/her. Explain what kind of person  the character is, based on the author’s descriptions, and/or the character’s words and action. For each character you must provide evidence from the text.

1 page in your notebook. Due Thursday October 15th.

Reflective Narrator; Revise Essay; Reading

13 Oct

Skill: Reflective Narrator

-A reflective narrator does not merely recount the events of a story, they look back and analyze them.  He/she may explain the significance, question actions and event, think about what he/she would do if it happened again, discuss lessons learned, or detail what was going through his/her mind during the event. Here’s a nice article on reflective narrators.


 

Today we will have time in class to revise your personal/college essays, as well as work on the reading assignment.

Make sure your essay has the following:

  • effective lead
  • uses stronger verbs
  • epigraph
  • reflective narrator

Reading Assignment

Choose 2 characters from your book and write about how the author characterizes him/her. Explain what kind of person  the character is, based on the author’s descriptions, and/or the character’s words and action. For each character you must provide evidence from the text.

1 page in your notebook. Due Thursday October 15th.

Writing Piece Due; Characterization; Imagine

8 Oct

Writing Piece #3 is Due Today!


Imagine

Listen to and analyze the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Quick Write: What is the song about? What is the message? Do you agree with it?


Skill: Characterization:

Characterization is how an author shows a character’s personality. This is done by the character’s actions and the things the character says, as well as the author’s description of those characters.

Examples:

Descriptions of that character (He is a kind and caring person)

The character’s actions (Tommy stole money from his mother, who is in extreme debt)

The character’s words (“I’d never leave you alone, even if it meant I’d be in trouble”)

Description is an example of Direct Characterization.  The narrator is Telling the reader what the character is like.

The character’s Actions and Words are examples of Indirect Characterization.  The narrator is Showing the reader what the character is like.


Reading Assignment:

Choose 2 characters from your book and write about how the author characterizes him/her. Explain what kind of person  the character is, based on the author’s descriptions, and/or the character’s words and action. For each character you must provide evidence from the text.

1 page in your notebook. Due Thursday October 15th.

Work on Essays In Computer Lab

8 Oct

Tomorrow the college essay (12th Grade) and the Personal Essay (9th Grade) are due.  We will go to the computer lab to type them up.

A Great Way to End Your Writing :Bookending

7 Oct

Skill: Bookending– A technique for ending a writing piece, in which an idea that was brought up earlier in the piece is returned to.  Sometimes referred to as a frame story.

Read the Time Magazine Article about the roller coaster Goliath.  Notice the way the story is structured. The author begins with a little bit about the roller coaster Goliath.  Next he is on line waiting to ride the coaster.  The story switches focus and discusses other large roller coasters and coaster technology.  Finally at the end, he returns to his riding of the roller coaster.  He has created a “bookend” structure, in which an idea/situation is introduced, departed from, and then ultimately returned to.  This creates closure in the writing piece.

Examples from movies:

The Princess Bride- The story starts with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson.  The actual movie is the story, but every once in a while the “bookend” or “frame story” is reintroduced.  The movie ends with the grandfather and the boy finishing the book.

The Wizard of Oz- The story begins with a tornado in Kansas.  Dorothy is knocked unconscious and awakens in the land of Oz.  The story ends with Dorothy awakening from a dream back in Kansas.

Work on Personal/ College Essays in class!

Essay Checklist, How to Write a Winning College Essay

6 Oct

Skill: Using Better Verbs

Avoid weak words that require additional explanation.  For example: “Walk” does not tell us much, you would need another sentence or modifier words to clarify.  Instead of “I walked clumsily” say “I stumbled.”  Think of all the more descriptive words we have for “Walk” (strut, skip, scurry, stomp, hustle…) These are better choices because they do not require additional explanation.

You probably have a weak verb if you are using adverbs (words that describe how something was done).  

Example: “I spoke loudly.” You need the word “loudly” because “spoke” is a weak word. Use “shouted,” “screamed,” “announced” instead.


 

Today we will read write a winning college essay and you will receive college essay checklist.

Then you will have time to work on your essay or read your book.