Friday, January 19, 2018

Writing Groups for Letter to McBride

Goal: Writing groups for your letter to Mr. McBride

Agenda:
Read
Writing Group Procedures
Writing Groups
Debrief

Writing Groups: 
  • Sharing your writing with a group will help you improve your writing and learn what a reader might think while reading your work. 
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 
  • Be sure to check out the RUBRIC for your letter. 
Chrome Extension: 
If you want to add the chrome extension I showed you in class you can find it here

Reminders: 

  • Read! (Really not kidding about that. Book reviews happen Monday)
  • Finish your letter to Mr. McBride. Due MONDAY.
  • Last day to request any regrades is 1/23. 
  • Finals begin 1/24. 
  • STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL


        Thursday, January 18, 2018

        Progress on letters to McBride

        Goal: Progress on our letters to Mc Bride. 

        Agenda:
        Read
        Reading Progress Update
        Letter to McBride

        Reading Progress Update:
        • Complete the READING PROGRESS FORM about your current book, which should be #6. Update the list in your planner too. 
        Check Power School:
        Now is a good time to check your grades
        Are you missing anything you could make up?
        Is there anything you can still work on for a regrade?
        is there anything I made a mistake on? 

        Letter to McBride:
        • Yesterday you began a letter to Mr. McBride. 
        • Today we will work on the second paragraph. 
        • Tomorrow you need a complete draft to share with your writing group for feedback. 
        Chrome Extension: 
        If you want to add the chrome extension I showed you in class you can find it here

        Reminders: 
        • You will share your draft with your writing group on Friday 1/19. 
        • Final draft of your response to McBride is due Monday 1/22.
        • Keep reading. Finish book #6 by Monday 1/22. 
        • Last day to request any regrades is 1/23. 
        • Finals begin 1/24. 
        • STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL

        Wednesday, January 17, 2018

        Writing a Response to James McBride

        Goal: Beginning a draft of your response to James McBride.

        Agenda: 
        Read
        Explain writing assignment
        Begin drafting

        Writing Assignment: 
        • We have been reading and analyzing James McBride's Hip Hop Planet; now it is time to write about it more formally. 
        • I've sent you a document to write your assignment. Look for it in your "Shared with Me" section in Google Drive. 

        ASSIGNMENT:  SUMMARIZING AND RESPONDING IN A LETTER TO JAMES MCBRIDE
        • Now that you have considered the topic of hip hop and its global influence, you will write a summary and response in the format of a letter.
        • Your task is to compose a letter to James McBride with the purpose of letting him know what you think about the claims he makes about the importance and power of hip hop in his essay.
        • The first paragraph of the letter will be a summary where you show McBride that you understand the main points of his essay. (You can probably use your rhetorical precis as the basis for this.) The second paragraph of your letter will be a thoughtful and formal response to his ideas.
        Reminders: 
        You will share your draft with your writing group on Friday 1/19. 
        Final draft of your response to McBride is due Monday 1/22.
        Keep reading. Finish book #6 by Monday 1/22. 
        Last day to request any regrades is 1/23. 
        Finals begin 1/24. 
        STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL

        Tuesday, January 16, 2018

        January Reading Inventory and Catching Up

        Goals: District reading inventory assessment.

        Agenda: 
        Reading inventory assessment
        Finish your precis of Hip Hop Planet
        Read
        • Today we take a reading inventory assessment. 
        • It may take you the whole period, or you may have some time to read your book when you finish.
        • It will give us valuable data about how you read. This will not become part of your grade, but you will get your results when you finish. 

        START HERE
        (If you are absent don't try to take this test at home.)

        Reminders: 
        Keep reading. You'll be finishing book #6 by 1/22.
        Finish your precis of Hip Hop Planet. This will help you tomorrow. I promise.
        Check your memoir. You can still work on revisions and request a regrade.
        STUDY GUIDE FOR THE FINAL



        Friday, January 12, 2018

        Rhetorical Precis for the win

        Goal: Write an excellent rhetorical precis about Hip Hop Planet.

        Agenda:
        Read
        HHP precis
        Share with your group
        Catch up

        Hip Hop Planet Precis:

        • The SOAPSTone you did yesterday should help you with your precis. 
        • You probably already started it in your English Journal. 
        • Now it's time to finish it. 

        Improve your precis: 
        • Share what you wrote with your table
        • Agree on a favorite
        • Give the author some advice to improve it more. (You want your table to win right?)
        • Improve yours based on what you hear. 
        • Submit the "winner" at your table HERE. (Only one submission per table.)
        • Read or catch up on other work while Mrs. R reviews the entries. 
        Reminders: 
        Make sure you have a good book for this long weekend. 
        Finish book #6 by 1/22. (That's soon.)
        I'll have a study guide for your final for you for next week. If you want to study this weekend, look back through the blog and remind yourself what we have done so far this semester.