Monday, October 9, 2017

Week of October 9th

Class, this week is a big week for us! I have reviewed everything we have done so far, collaborated with your teachers, and decided it is necessary to review the basics of writing. This is good news for you, because the due date of your essays has been pushed back. It also means that your writing will be held to a higher standard. See your class's schedule below for details!

English 7
This week is essay week! You will be expected to learn how to write an effective nonfiction narrative. You will need to take what you observed in our example essays last week and apply it to your own writing this week. Think about things such as characters, conflict and focus. You will have access to Chromebooks in class Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Your essay will now be due on Wednesday, October 18th. Remember, this essay must be typed!

On Tuesday our focus will be on the introductory paragraph. Your introduction should be the exposition of your essay and include characters, setting and primary conflict. Your introduction should begin with an interesting sentence that makes the reader want to continue reading your work. You will have time in class on Tuesday to write your introduction, however, it may not be enough time for you to complete the paragraph. If you do not finish your introductory paragraph in class on Tuesday, you must either see me for a pass to the library during your Academic Prep period, or complete it after school. You will be able to access the work you do in school from any computer with internet access. The libraries in Ringtown, Frackville and Ashland all have computers with internet access, if you do not have one at home. Please see the previous post to find hours for you local library.

On Wednesday, we will review the requirements for a body paragraph. Every body paragraph must have one main idea. This main idea should be the subject of your topic sentence, the first sentence in the paragraph. The remaining 4 to 6 sentences of the paragraph should add detail and explanation to your topic sentence. All of the sentences should be related to the topic sentence as well as the topic of the essay. It is not the responsibility of the reader to figure out why a detail is important to your essay. It is the responsibility of the writing to make that clear to the reader. Your first and second body paragraphs should be part of the rising action. Your third body paragraph should be your climax. You will have time to write your first body paragraph in class on Wednesday. Your second and third body paragraphs should be completed outside of class by Friday.

On Thursday, we will review the requirements for a conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion should be the resolution of your plot. You will have time in class on Thursday to write your conclusion paragraph. Your resolution should be part of your conclusion paragraph.

On Friday, we will have a pep rally and because of this periods will be shortened. You will have the entire class to finish writing and revise your essay. I encourage you to use your time wisely and to edit and revise of the weekend. Your essay will be due on Wednesday, October 18th. You should not count on class-time on Monday, October 16th or Tuesday, October 17th to work on your essay.

If you require more time in school to work on your essay, you must come see me. I can write you a pass to the library during your Academic Prep period and allow you to continue working on your essay during that time. If you need time outside of school to work on your essay, but do not have a computer with internet access, you must go to your local public library and utilize the computers there. If neither of these options work for you, you must come see me as soon as possible! No excuses will be accepted on October 18th. Remember, your grade is lowered by one letter each day it is late. And no papers will be accepted more than 3 days late.

Homework
Monday: Columbus Day!
Tuesday: Complete introduction paragraph
Wednesday: Complete body paragraph 1
Thursday: Complete body paragraphs 2 and 3
Friday: Complete conclusion paragraph
Monday: Revise paper
Tuesday: Edit and print paper


English 8
This week is essay week! You will be expected to learn how to write an effective explanatory essay. You will need to take what you observed in our example essays last week and apply it to your own writing this week. You will have access to Chromebooks in class Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Your essay will now be due on Wednesday, October 18th. Remember, this essay must be typed!

On Tuesday our focus will be on the introductory paragraph. Your introduction should have all of the main ideas you will write about in the rest of your essay, but none of the details. Your introduction should begin with an interesting sentence that makes the reader want to continue reading your work and end with a one-sentence summary of what your essay is about. You will have time in class on Tuesday to write your introduction, however, it may not be enough time for you to complete the paragraph. If you do not finish your introductory paragraph in class on Tuesday, you must either see me for a pass to the library during your Academic Prep period, or complete it after school. You will be able to access the work you do in school from any computer with internet access. The libraries in Ringtown, Frackville and Ashland all have computers with internet access, if you do not have one at home. Please see the previous post to find hours for you local library.

On Wednesday, we will review the requirements for a body paragraph. Every body paragraph must have one main idea. This main idea should be the subject of your topic sentence, the first sentence in the paragraph. The remaining 4 to 6 sentences of the paragraph should add detail and explanation to your topic sentence. All of the sentences should be related to the topic sentence as well as the topic of the essay. It is not the responsibility of the reader to figure out why a detail is important to your essay. It is the responsibility of the writing to make that clear to the reader. You will have time to write your first body paragraph in class on Wednesday. Your second and third body paragraphs should be completed outside of class by Friday.

On Thursday, we will review the requirements for a conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion should summarize the main ideas of your essay and leave the reader with something to think about. You will have time in class on Thursday to write your conclusion paragraph.

On Friday, we will have a pep rally and because of this periods will be shortened. You will have the entire class to finish writing and revise your essay. I encourage you to use your time wisely and to edit and revise of the weekend. Your essay will be due on Wednesday, October 18th. You should not count on class-time on Monday, October 16th or Tuesday, October 17th to work on your essay.

If you require more time in school to work on your essay, you must come see me. I can write you a pass to the library during your Academic Prep period and allow you to continue working on your essay during that time. If you need time outside of school to work on your essay, but do not have a computer with internet access, you must go to your local public library and utilize the computers there. If neither of these options work for you, you must come see me as soon as possible! No excuses will be accepted on October 18th. Remember, your grade is lowered by one letter each day it is late. And no papers will be accepted more than 3 days late.

Homework
Monday: Columbus Day!
Tuesday: Complete introduction paragraph
Wednesday: Complete body paragraph 1
Thursday: Complete body paragraphs 2 and 3
Friday: Complete conclusion paragraph
Monday: Revise paper
Tuesday: Edit and print paper

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