Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Howdy, Reading!  

September 29th, 2011
Day Twenty-Five

When You Come In
1.      Please sign in.
2.     Get a copy of “Photopeach Directions” off my desk.
3.     Get an iBook fired up. 

Vocabulary Slideshow
·       Remember how we got our pics Wednesday and Thursday?  And we began with the end in mind, knowing we were going to create a slideshow?  Let’s look at a few of those again, to remind ourselves what we’re doing.

Assignment Directions:  Create a vocabulary slideshow using all twenty words.
1.      Go to
2.     Create an account.  “Sign Up for Free”
3.     Write down your user name and password!  If you can’t access this quiz later, you will fail this assignment.
4.     Upload TWENTY of your pictures (“Upload Photos”), one for each vocabulary word.  (This means you will choose your STRONGEST of the two pics you have for each vocabulary word.)  Then click “Next”.
5.     Title it, “________________’s Vocab Quiz.”
6.     Just pick ANY music for now that you like from the first three choices tabs.  You can always go back and pick another song later.
7.     Leave “description” blank.
8.     Select “1 Slower”.
9.     If you need to delete a pic, you have to wait until the end, once you’ve uploaded all your pics.  Then drag it to deleted items.

1.      Choose “Quiz”.
2.     Type in the question for your first slide.  TELL ME WHEN YOU GET HERE!
3.     Your answer choices  (a, b, c) need to be vocab words from your green grid.
4.     Make sure the correct answer is selected.

How This Project Will Be Graded
1.      Do I have all twenty words, and twenty pictures?
2.     Are all my words spelled correctly?
3.     Are all words in the right form?
4.     Are all “correct” answers actually correct?
5.     Is all material classroom appropriate—PG or less, no PG13.

Howdy, AP.
Thursday, 9/29/2011
Day Twenty-Five

1.      When You Come in
Sign in.
2.     Get out your They Say/I Say packet and your notecard.
3.     (Don’t get iBooks yet.)

Vocab Sushi
·       You have an assignment due tomorrow.
·       Do your best work.  When I look at people’s time (hours) and scores on the website, I wonder if some of you are rushing through the exercises.  This could create a problem.  Will I have to
o   Insist you achieve a certain score in order to receive points?
o   Insist you stay on the site for a certain length of time?
o   Give you homework grades based on your score (percentage), instead of for completion?
·       So do your best work on this today and tonight.  Once I look at scores and times, I’ll decide if we need a new grading/credit system.

1.      An outline has bullet points or numbers.  It’s a clearly organized system.
2.     Even an outline in this class requires academic language.  There is never a reason to use slang, text-speak, or informal phrasing in an outline or paper where you’re supposed to be showing your best thinking.
3.     Don’t say “you”.  “A reader” works.  You can use “I” if you are using a personal example.
4.     You should have more than one bullet point per body paragraph.  You need more than one reason why “X” makes a person a stronger reader.
5.     If you quote something (which you will do in this class whenever you write a paper), you must put quotation marks around it.  Otherwise, you are technically guilty of plagiarism.  That is not something I want to see happen to you in college.
6.     Do not say “In my opinion” or “I think”—since you’re the writer, the reader assumes these are your thoughts and opinions, unless you say otherwise.

Planning to Type Your Essay
You will have forty-five minutes to type the essay in class.  The rule of thumb for writing timed essay is that for every hour you have to write, you should spend ten minutes prepping (thinking, making an outline).

Part 3: Prewriting, Brainstorming, and Organizing
·       Before you jump into writing a timed essay, it is a good idea to know exactly where you are going with your argument, so you don't risk digressing off topic (which is very easy to do in a hurried timed writing situation). To ensure that you have strong and focused support of your thesis statement, set aside some time, after you carefully read the prompt and before you begin writing, to create a rough plan. Here are two helpful methods that are commonly used to select and organize possible supporting points.
·       Clustering: One technique to help you generate and organize ideas is called clustering. Clustering provides you a sort of informal map. To cluster your ideas, start out with a topic or question and draw a circle around it. Then connect related ideas to that circle and continue in that way. Clustering provides a mental picture of the ideas you generate. As a result, it can help you organize your material as you think of it. You can also eliminate supporting points that you can't find strong evidence to support.
·       List: Another method used to organize your ideas is called listing. This is the most informal kind of outline in which you jot down your main points and possible supporting examples and detail. This kind of outline is for you only, and you don't need to worry about making it more comprehensive if it does the job for you. Many students find this kind of outline helpful in taking essay examinations because it is brief enough to occupy a very small space, and it doesn't take much time to produce.

·       In-Class Essay:  What Does a Good Reader Do?
o   Create an outline stating the three most important things a good reader does.  (This is your opinion.  This is an argument.)  Make sure you’re arguing HOW and WHY these skills make one a better reader.
o   Use one specific detail from Nabokov’s essay for EACH of your three main points.  (This will be the “They Say” part of your essay.)
o   Take out your They Say/I Say packet, and use it as your write your essay.
o   Please turn your desks so that your’re facing the screen.  I need to be able to see everyone’s screens for the duration of class.

Prep:  Five Quiet Minutes from 11:37-11:42.
1.      Notecard—three quotes
2.     Outline—tweaking, revision (add, subtract, switch around, wording)
3.     They Say/I Say—template pages—review them, and have them at the ready!

11:48                  Start Time                                                     
12:03                  End for lunch
12:32                  Re-start Time
12:57                  Essays saved, DOUBLESPACED, then printed, front/back
                  Please put them in the folder marked “Mid-Terms” on my desk.  Thank you!

Vocab War Explanation (and Handouts)


Your First Name Your Last Name

Ms. Willis

AP English (Mid-Term Essay)

29 September 2011

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