Friday, March 23, 2018

In Class Essay

Goal: On demand, in class, writing assessment.

Read when you finish your essay.

Our assessment: 
Earlier this week you read a story and yesterday you read a poem. Today you will be writing an essay comparing them. I will give you back the prompt and organizer you worked on yesterday.

You made a copy of the story yesterday. Look for it in your Google Drive. If you can't find it get a new copy here. (It will be a new copy and won't have any of your annotations from yesterday.)

See Mrs. Roberts after spring break to make up this assessment. You'll probably need to do it after school unless another teacher is willing to let you miss a class.

Got a good book? 
Today is a really good day to make sure you have a good book (or two) to read over break.
You can also get the Cloud Library app and connect it to your public library card to read ebooks and audiobooks for free.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Preparing for in-class writing

SIFT stands for Symbols, Imagery, Figurative Language, Tone and Theme.
SIFT Acronym
Goal: Performance task assessment.

Today and tomorrow you'll be working on our end-of-unit performance task. (That's like a test.)


  • I'll give you the poem you'll be looking at and a graphic organizer. 
  • You can use your time in class to annotate the poem. 
  • Identify the parts of the SIFT acronym. 
  • Pick out pieces of evidence you might want to use in your essay. 
  • You'll be comparing the poem to "The Necklace" <<Click for a copy. 
  • You can write an outline for your essay on the paperwork I will give you in class. 
  • At the end of the period I will collect all the paper I gave you today. 
  • I'll give it back to you tomorrow to use to write your essay in class. 
  • Please do not bring any other notes or preparation materials to class tomorrow. You'll only be allowed to use the work you do today. 
Be sure you have a good book to read over break. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Preparation proceeds success

Goal: Get ready for our test on Friday

Catch-up list

Today: Catch up and plug any gaps in your preparation.
1. Be sure you have read the story from Friday.
2. Re-read the story from Friday so that it is fresh in your mind and you are ready to write about it on your essay test later this week.
3. Complete the poetry analysis paragraph you started yesterday. it should be in your English Journal doc.
4. Be sure your Poe/Laughton essay is completed and ready for grading. It is due tomorrow.

Thursday: I will give you a poem and a graphic organizer to prepare for your essay on Friday.

Friday: You'll be writing an in class essay test comparing the short story you read on Friday last week with a poem. (If you are going to be absent Friday you can take your test during 6th period Thursday if you are available. People absent Friday have a 0 until you make up your test after spring break.)

Keep reading. Be sure you have a good book to read over break.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lets check out some poetry

Goal: Looking at some poetry, entry into analysis.

Looking closely at a poem
SIFT poetry analysis
English Journal Entry

Comparative Analysis for Poetry
Comparative analysis means looking closely at two things and comparing how they work. We did this with some short stories and then compared what an author does with a story to what a director does with a film. Now we will try it with some poetry.

A bit of poetry: 
We are going to look at some techniques for reading poetry this week.

1. Read this poem A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur. Read it a few times until you are comfortable with the literal meaning of the poem.

3. Let's look at this prezi about poetry analysis together.

4. Use this document to organize your thinking about the poem. You do not need to share it with me.
5. Be sure to complete the paragraph at the end of the doc AND paste it into your English Journal.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Writing Groups for Poe/Laughton Essay

Goal: Writing groups for your Poe/Laughton essays.

Refresh: What are writing groups?
Poe/Laughton Essay with your group

Getting Started:
  • Refresh: What are writing groups?
  • What kinds of discussion help writers most?
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 
Essay Rubric: (below)
How does your essay compare to the rubric?
What do you still need to work on?

Final Draft of your Poe/Laughton Essay is due Thursday. 
Read: You should be on book #9 or #10. Be sure you're working on one of your reading challenges.

Rubric: Comparative Analysis

An excellent paper will meet these expectations
Genre, focus, and
Introduction includes, novel/film’s title, author/director, an overview of
both texts. Thesis statement provides a clear claim and focus. Points
are addressed in a logical order. Strong conclusion.
Evidence and
Develops interpretations that demonstrate a thoughtful,
comprehensive grasp of the text/film. Uses through textual
and cinematic examples to support the thesis in an academic
Writing conventions
Standard English spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are
used appropriately (especially when punctuating dialogue).
Transitional words connect evidence.