Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April 30th

Today we corrected the mastery review for our punctuation unit.

In class, and if you are not finished, at home this evening, you must finish the quotation marks worksheet.

Tomorrow, you must also have two typed versions of your outline in class. You will be starting to write your rough draft tomorrow in class! If you don't have your outline, you will receive a zero for it and you will not be able to start your paper! It is VITAL that you have it tomorrow!

Friday, April 25, 2008

April 25th---HAVE FUN IN DC (if you are going :)

Read the message below for instructions and outline due date.

Remember: The day you come back to school, Wed April 30th, we will be correctly the stash of homework that we have not corrected yet (including the review assignment for the punctuation unit).

Make sure you have it all!

Have a great two day vacation!

Those of you off to DC--have an awesome time and be safe!
Those of you sticking around Michigan---rest and relax :)See you on Wednesday!

Wednesday April 23rd

Today you began writing your outline in class.

You have two options for the due date.

Option #1
You can either handwrite or type the outline and turn it in on Friday April 25th. You will receive 2 points extra credit for it. I will take it and you will receive feedback from me on it.

Option #2
You MUST type it and turn it in on MAY 1st. You will need TWO copies of it on this day. (One you will turn in and one you will use to start writing your paper in class). No extra credit will be given on this day. Also, I will not give you feedback.On May 1st everyone must have a copy of their outline in class so that they can use it to write their paper.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 22nd--HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Today we discussed Introductory paragraphs and Concluding paragraphs. You took notes from my overhead on to how you are to begin writing your outline. You had 25 minutes today to work on the introduction and the conclusion.

The introduction and conclusion must be done and brought in completed tomorrow. You do not HAVE to type it, but think about the legibility of your writing. You will be having two friends read through it tomorrow and get some feedback.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday April 21st

Today you began reviewing for your unit on punctuation.

You worked on this assignment in class:
Page 653 Part A #1-15, answers only
Part B #16-20, write out the sentences
Part C #26-28, write out the sentences
Part D #36-38, write out the sentences
Part E--rewrite the letter correctly
Part F--#56, 57, 60, 61, 62, write out the sentences.

We will cover this along with the other assignment you are holding on to when you return from DC on Wednesday, April 30th.

For the remainder of this week we are going to focus on Thesis Statements, Intro and Concluding Paragraphs and Outlining. We will have LRC days to work on this Tuesday-Friday.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

April 17th

Today we discussed quotation marks. You took a few notes first from the reading and then we applied them to a class discussion.

Next I gave you an assignment. Pay special attention to it and especially when we go over it in class tomorrow. Quotations are sometimes hard to grasp! Ask questions as needed!

Page 649 Part A #1-5, write out the sentences
Page 650 Practice your Skills (section of dialogue) (write out)
Page 651 Part A, answers only

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April 16th

Today we corrected and collected last night's homework.

Next we discussed apostrophes.

Page 645 and 646--take notes
Page 645, answers only Part A
Page 647, answers only Part A and Part B rewrite the paragraph
Page 652 Check Point, Part A only, answers only

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

April 15th

Today I checked your notecards in.

While I did this you completed an assignment. If you didn't finish, it became homework.

Page 641-take notes; Part A, answers only; Part B rewrite the paragraph
Page 643/644-take notes; Part A rewrite the paragraph

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

April 9th

Today you had another work day to take notes for your research paper.

I will not be here tomorrow, and Ms. Stefanakis will be here in my place. You will again be taking notes for the research paper.

Remember: your notecards are due on Tuesday April 15th! (see the blog entry below) You will also have Monday in class to work on them as well.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

April 3rd through the 8th

Last week we discussed statistics (STATS), indented quotes (IQs), paraphrases (PARAs), and direct quotes (DQs). In your final research paper, you will need at least one of each of these in your paper. You may have additional STATs, PARAs, and DQs, but ONLY ONE IQ.

The reason I covered this lesson was so you could properly begin your notecards with all of the research you will need to write your paper.

When composing your notecards you should simply write notes. You may use bulletted points. You may also skip ONE line between each note. After each note, you should also write the Source Card number where it came from so you know where you found the information and also so you can cite it in your paper. Each note card should be completely filled.


See the list below for notecard size:

3x5 = 35 notecards if you write on both front and back (70 if you write on one side only)
4x6 = 25 notecards if you write on both front and back (50 if you write on one side only)


You will have class time today, tomorrow and Thursday. Friday you will not be in class due to the field trip. You will also have one final day to work on Monday (and not to mention an entire weekend). Your total number of notecards are due on Tuesday, April 15th. The total depends on the list provided above. You must do the same size for all of the notecards and you must choose to do ALL front/back or ALL one-sided. You must also highlight your STAT, PARA, IQ, and DQ on your notecards. This makes it easy for both of us to find them.

If you have any questions while you are going through this process, please see me! I am here often times afterschool and am also available during lunch and homeroom.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April 2nd

Today we had a good class discussion about creating Source Cards (also known as Bib. Cards---bilography cards).

I modeled how to document an internet source properly and also showed you the places in your red MLA book where you can find information on citing internet as well as books and magazines.

Tomorrow come to class with at least your minimumly required 5 sources on source cards. If you have additional sources or gather more sources later, you will need to make source cards for those as well. I am only grading 5 (2 hard copy sources and 3 internet sources).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool's Day!

Today I went around to check to make sure you had the 5 required sources I asked for. While I did this, you worked on Page 636, Check Point. This is due Friday. We will check this along with last night's homework.

Tomorrow bring in a stack of notecards. You can chooes 3x5 or 4x6. Please also bring a ziplock bag to keep them in or a notecard carrying case. Start being organized now!

You will also need your red MLA book so we can talk about source cards. We will also begin talking about notecards.

On April 14th (Tuesday) all of your notecards will be due.

3x5 front only = 70 (35 front and back)
4 x6 front only = 50 (25 front and back)