Friday, March 28, 2014

AOW: Immaculate Perception

Happy Friday!  This is a reminder to READ a lot over spring break because you will have TWO more book reviews due on 4/23. That's sooner than you think. Write a review over break to get ahead.

Today we have a video article of the week.

Take notes as you watch to be able to summarize Mr. Kang's talk. After we finish watching it, you can add one more paragraph about your own reaction to his information. Consider how his information might relate to the research we have been doing about stereotypes at our school. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Data Gathering: Day 2

Yesterday you interviewed two peers, one in class and one on your own. Take out your notes from those interviews.

Today you will enter the data you collected into a Google form and together we will look at it and see what it might be trying to tell us.

New look for the blog:  You probably noticed the blog has a new background image and color scheme. I also added one fun new widget for you to find. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Data Gathering: Day 1


cc image, flicker: dizfunkshinal
You have been reading about stereotype threats.  We will respond to that article by doing our own research about stereotypes on our campus.  Today you will interview two peers about the kinds of stereotypes they are affected by and how they cope with that.  (I will give you the interview questions in class.)

Tomorrow we will enter your findings into a Google Form and begin to analyze the data.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Writing a Rhetorical Precis


Tabs you need open:
Your copy of the stereotypes article
Your Writer's Notebook (in Google Docs)
This blog

Today you will write a rhetorical precis in your writer's notebook about the article you have been reading about stereotypes. 

The rhetorical precis is an AP strategy for briefly and concisely analyzing the content, purpose, and persuasive strategies of an expository text. A rhetorical precis is one paragraph, and follows the pattern below:


Sentence 1: Note the name of the author, the genre and title of the work,and the publication date in parentheses; a rhetorically accurate verb; and "that clause" containing the major assertion or thesis statement in the work.

Sentence 2: An explanation of how the author develops and supports the thesis, usually in chronological order.

Sentence 3: A statement of the author’s apparent purpose, followed by an “in order to” phrase.

Sentence 4: A description of the intended audience, the relationship the author establishes with the audience, or both.

Here is a frame of what each sentence should look like. Click on either image to see it larger. 

Here is an example of a precis from a previous reading: 

   Writer and musician, James McBride, in his article, “Hip-Hop Planet,” argues that though hip-hop is not his favorite genre of music it is one that demands to be heard. He supports his claim by first explaining that he avoided hip-hop throughout his life as it was first introduced to society and then made its way to becoming one of the most popular music genres of all time. He then explains how he eventually came to understand hip-hop for its message, and finally warns parents that it is here to stay and that ignoring it would be ignoring the voice of a generation. McBride’s purpose is to persuade people to keep an open mind about both hip-hop and other new experiences that may seem foreign to them at first but in fact are worth exploring. He adopts a serious and urgent tone for the parents he addresses and warns them not to shut out the music of their children’s generation.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Charting the text

Happy Monday,

We are charting the text today with the article on stereotypes we started last week. If you are absent you will need to ask for the charting sheet when you get back.

Looking for homework? Read and get caught up on your classes because I will have a writing assignment for you later this week. Expect homework on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Article of the week


Login to with your Google account. Read the article called "U.S. Attorney General criticizes stand-your-ground laws as senseless".

This article does not have a quiz, so you will write about it in your writer's notebook.

  1. Summarize the article in your first paragraph.
  2. In your second paragraph, discuss your opinion of the issues in the article and also write about how it does or does not relate to what you have been reading this week about stereotypes. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

SOAPSTone with Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes


Today you will fill out the SOAPSTone form to about the "Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes" article.

Work with a PARTNER to complete the form. Submit the form only once, with both of your names on it.  You will need the article from your Google Docs.

(You must submit the form before you leave because it will not save your work.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Close Reading about Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes


Today we will look more closely at the article you read yesterday. Get ready to highlight and comment to mark your findings and your thinking.

Write a one paragraph summary of the article as you now understand it in your WRITERS NOTEBOOK.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reading About Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes


Today you will read the article at the bottom of the doc I sent you yesterday. We will use the "Say Something" protocol as we read.

When you finish reading check your questions from the end of the pre-reading sheet you worked on yesterday. Did the article answer any of them? Were any of your predictions true?

Together write a one sentence summary of the article you just read. You can write it at the end of the article.  We will use Socrative to "turn in" your summaries.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Starting something new

Happy Monday,

Sorry, some technical glitches kept me from getting the blog post up before class.

Today, I sent you a doc called "period, name, Stereotypes Reading". Look for it in your "shared with me" section.

The doc has BOTH the pre-reading activities and the article we will read in the same document, so the motto today is >> Keep Calm and Scroll Down<< You will find the article you need to do the pre-reading part at the bottom of the doc I sent you.

Some of you still need to call me and read your letter to James McBride to the voicemail. Do it before 9pm tonight. 

Keep reading your book. Next two book reviews are due April 23rd. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Aricle of the week on Newsela

Happy Friday - and it is Pi day!

If you were here today you know we read another article from If you weren't here login to Newsela and read the article I assigned you. (Hint: click on the binder icon.) If you have never done Newsela you can email or text me for the class code.

Note: the article I assigned you this week has a quiz attached to it.  You need to take that quiz.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Finishing our letters to James McBride

Happy Thursday. Lets read!

Today we are going to put finishing touches on your letter to James McBride.

Homework: Complete the back of your evaluation sheet that you started in class today. Also, CALL ME and leave a voice-mail of you reading your letter to Mr. McBride.  I gave you the number in class and you can also use the "Leave a Message" widget widget on the right. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Response to McBride

Today we worked on the second paragraph of your response to James McBride. Several of you requested a picture of the whiteboard to help you finish your response tonight.  Remember, these sentences frames are suggestions. You won't use all of them and you may have to change them to make sense in your writing. 
Click the picture to see it larger.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Writing a response to James McBride.


We have been reading and analysing Hip Hop Planet; it is time to write about it more formally.
Today we will work on the first part, summary. Tomorrow we will work on the response portion.
I've sent you a document to write your assignment. Look for it in your "Shared with Me"section.

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 portion of the letter will be a summary where you show McBride that you understand the main points of his essay. The second portion of your letter will be a thoughtful and formal response to his ideas.

It might be helpful to review what you did with SOAPSTone last week. Find those responses HERE.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Structure of Text

Photo By: Jen Roberts

Today we are going to look closely at the structure of Hip Hop Planet.  You will need the text open via Google Docs.  I will give you a sheet in class to guide your analysis.  It is due before the end of class today.
(If you are absent email me and I will send you this to complete at home.)

Homework: Stylistic Analysis. Tonight you will look closely at the word choices McBride makes in his essay. (If you are absent email me and I will send you this to complete at home.)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Article of the week

Read, (boot, login, open firefox, go to the blog...)

Today we are going to try something new that I hope you will like and it might make our article of the week activity a bit more fun.


  1. Go to 
  2. Click "Register" in the upper left corner
  3. Choose the RED button, sign in with Google. 
  4. Choose "I'm a Student" (This is the default.)
  5. Enter our class code AOHNT
  6. Click the BINDER next to your name. 
  7. Read the assigned article "Street signs with rap lyrics spark a treasure hunt in LA"
  8. Write a response in your writer's notebook in Google Docs. Two paragraphs, one summary and one about your opinion.  The original author is Matt Stevens. 
Be sure your book reviews and comparative analysis essay are complete. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014



Today you will look again at the article we read yesterday.
With a partner you will complete a form called SOAPSTone.
I will tell you more about it in a moment.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Let's Read: Hip Hop Goes Global

Lets Read!

Lets read some more. Today you will read the text we previewed yesterday.
It is shared with you in Google Docs. Hint: Sort your 'shared with me' section by clicking on the words "Date shared".  The reading will pop to the top.

While you read you will use the "Say Something" strategy.
Stop after each paragraph (or two) and discuss what you read with your partner. Take turns going first in the conversation.
If you can't talk about what you just read...READ it again.

Book reviews are due TODAY. Use the Independent Reading tab at the top of the page or the link in the post below to submit your links. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pre-Reading for Hip Hop Goes Global

Reading is awesome.

Remember BOOK REVIEWS are due tomorrow.  You can turn in your links HERE. 

Today you will be working on some prereading activities. I shared a Pre-Reading document with you. This is your classwork for today.  I also shared an article with you called "Hip Hop Goes Global". You will need the article to complete the pre-reading activities, but we will be reading it tomorrow during class.

Note: This unit comes from the CSU college prep English curriculum (ERWC) and is designed to prepare students for the reading expectations of 10th grade.  The article was originally published in National Geographic Magazine in 2007.