Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


  • We played one round of show me with our fifteen vocabulary words.
  • We played the Flyswatter Game, guys versus girls.
  • We took our mid-term today.  I read "Thank You, Ma'am" aloud, and we stopped every so often to talk about making inferences, asking questions, and making predictions.
  • Then people worked independently to finish their mid-terms.  A few people will need more time tomorrow.
  • Study for the vocabulary test.

AP English

  • I checked vocab cards, and then we went over the definitions for all the words.
  • We played one round of Slap It!
They Say/I Say
  • We talked about synthesis, and then we synthesized.  :-)  See below for what I put up on the Big Screen in class today:


Think about it—you’re in a college class, and you have to write a paper.  Your professor expects you to SYNTHESIZE the information he/she has given you.  In this case, you’re using They Say/I Say.

Synthesizing involves abstract thinking.   When you synthesize, you
·      reflect on your reading,
·      combine the ideas you gained by reading with your own knowledge
·      create new ideas, perspectives or opinions
·      create personal understanding of the text

“Synthesizing is the most complex of the reading strategies. Synthesizing lies on a continuum of evolving thinking. Synthesizing runs the gamut from taking stock of meaning while reading to achieving new insight. Introducing the strategy of synthesizing in reading then primarily involves teaching the reader to stop every so often and think about what he or she has read” (Strategies That Work p. 144 in www. readinglady.com).

So today, you are stopping and thinking about what you’ve read.
And you’re thinking about what will be useful in your essay-writing tomorrow.
And you’re thinking about everything else you know about writing.
And you’re reading a new chapter—chapter 3—and your incorporating that into your knowledge as well….

1)            Get with a partner you were NOT with for vocab.
2)            Review your highlights for the first three chapters of TSIS.
3)            Discuss them with each other.  This is why you’re in pairs!
4)            Pick out what is most important and most useful to you in writing the myth essay tomorrow.
5)            Type your synthesis, and save it in the Student Volume in the“TSIS” folder in AP English. 
6)            Save it as you and your partner’s last names, please.

Here’s how your heading, etc, will look:

Shantzy Wabash

Ms. Willis

AP English

21 September 2010

They Say, I Say Synthesis
My Writing Checklist

·      Make sure I include other people’s voices into my text

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

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