Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Welcome to CPR! 
Friday, 1/3/14

**Make sure you have headphones now—run get them quickly, if you don’t have any in your possession.  Thanks!

Research, Technology, and Finding the Information You Want or Need
Ø  Flashback:  CPW = Research
Ø  This I Believe

Today you’re doing something similar to prepare for our short story unit next week.
1.      Research for an interesting story.
2.     Listen to it.
3.     Fill out a story map.
4.     Repeat.
5.     If you are listening to a story, and you decide you don’t like it, stop listening, and find a new one!  There is an incredible variety and range here—something for everyone.
6.     Be independent.

After Lunch

Short Story Elements for Your Study

Now Quizlet!


Writing Lessons
1.      Revise.
2.     Use advice for revising and editing poetry.
3.     Use strong diction—Vocabulary Variety.  One word can make a difference!
4.     Avoid clichés.
5.     Avoid plagiarism and academic fraud.
6.     Make strong paragraphs.
7.     Create strong titles.
8.     Choose precise adjectives.
9.     Think about a word’s CONNOTATION, as well as its DENOTATION.
10.   Show, don’t just tell.
a.     Figurative and literal language
b.    Personification
c.     Simile and metaphor
d.    Hyperbole/exaggeration
11.    Create meaningful, strong line breaks.

When You Come In
1.      Give the poem back to your partner. 
2.     Read over the comments you get back.
3.     Put your prompt word poem in one pile by my candle.
4.     Put your checklist in a second pile by my candle.  Make sure it’s signed and has your partner listed.

Organization:  Prompt Word Poem
1.      Everyone title it as follows:  Prompt Word Poem—Your Last Name
2.     Save it in the correct folder—watch me.

Dig Deep Writing Experiment #9:
Note:  While you are doing your Dig Deep writing, either Megan or I will be calling you back. 
Ø  Choose one topic, either Words on Your Skin or
Ø  Because of _____ I am _____.
Ø  Write this as though it will go into your portfolio.
Ø  Do your best work, and show you are a stronger writer than when you started class in October.
Grading Criteria
1.           I show, and not just tell.  I use details from the five senses, along with examples and specifics, to SHOW the reader.
2.          I use Vocabulary Variety to help with strong word choice.  My writing voice sounds thoughtful—not like my casual-conversation voice.
3.         The piece is a minimum of 400 words.  My word count is in parentheses beside my name.
4.         I use paragraphs correctly to show my shifting ideas.
5.         I use correct MLA format for heading, and my paper is free from obvious errors such as “i” and text spellings, as well as capitalization.
6.         I  doublespace the piece, and it’s printed two-sided.

If you finish early, go to quizlet, and nowhere else.

When You Finish
1.      Print out your WE#9 to the library.  Megan will go get them in a bit.
2.     Got to quizlet, and study the vocab.  Only five or six people have studied enough to get their names on the board.  I need to see all twenty-two names there, so go to Learn Mode, and complete that, then play the games or do the speller.
3.     Your quiz over these words is THURSDAY.

Revision:  Autobio Poem!

1.      If you had your poems in the google folder, you have comments to help you revise.
2.     You will see your revision grade at the top of your google copy
3.     Read the pink rubric—this is how I’m going to grade the poem.
4.     Revise so that you can give yourself a “4” on each category!  J

Friday, 1/3/2013—Happy New Year, Peeps!

Homework Due
1.      Please put your name at the top of your Foster chapter.
2.     Please write one nice sentence about you MAJOR TAKE-AWAY from this piece.
3.     Please lay it by my candle.

1.      Update your Vocab War sheets.
2.     Study Frankenstein vocab on quizlet.

Professor Foster—Literary Lesson
 “It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow”
1.      What have we read this term where rain figured prominently in the piece?
2.     What does rain usually mean?  Snow?  Fog?  Mist
3.     How much weather have you noticed in Frankenstein?

Packet Work
·      I read aloud and we discussed page 13:  responsibility, round versus flat characters, and alchemy.
·       We partnered up for ten minutes and quickety-quick completed page 14, a character list.
·      Page 15—whole class discussion

Vocab Work
·      We did whiteboard work with the Frankenstein vocabulary.


1.      Read and and annotate Professor Foster’s, “Geography Matters.”
2.     Read and annotate Frankenstein, chapters 11 and 12, pages 70-81.
3.     Study quizlet vocab.
4.     Vocab War!

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