Final draft of argument paper needs to be ready at the beginning of class tomorrow. Go over the writing again looking for spelling errors. Next go over it again looking for grammar errors. Finally, go over it again looking for everything that will fill in the checklist for this assignment. Does, it have a proper cover page? What about a work cited page? Are the pages numbered in the heading like it requires? Is the font the right size, color, and font? Check everything for a final draft version. Don't lose points you shouldn't
Since I have been out the last few days this week and I haven't had a chance to see how your writing has been going first hand, I am extending the Argumentative Paper Due Date to Tuesday of next week. I will also be collecting the Close and Critical from Wednesday on Monday. This affords you the opportunity to revise your comprehension answers and rework your wording to get your best possible score. Earn 15-16 points of the assignment and be done with Close and Critical for the rest of the year.
Students will read aloud in reader's theater style the short play "The Book Thief" and then read through the informative text "The Horror of Nazi Germany" by Kristen Lewis. The informational text is what the students will answer the Close and Critical questions on. This assignment will be do on Friday.
Students can log into their office 365 accounts by using the login chippewa\studentid Password is district password you use to login on a computer
Today we read through and completely evaluated what is expected on Close and Critical writing. We read through the exemplars and samples from students to find what are great examples.
Complete the grading process and return the C&C to class tomorrow.
Read one of the two articles from the October 28, 2013 issue of Upfront magazine.
Using the exemplars provided, think about what the rubric is asking for and compose your answers for the Close and Critical.
Today in class we continued our discussion on Universal Themes. We worked on our own for a writing assignment, then in groups to reinforce our concepts. I was disappointed though in student participation outside of class and wanted to give students something to work with going forward. We can add to this as a class, but for now I thought this was a good starting place for our talk of Universal Themes.
In this unit, you will be looking at Themes and Literary Devices. Themes are the broader ideas found in good literature, while figurative language describes the tools writers use to express those themes. Think of theme as being the painting, while literary devices are the different colors and paints that are used.
What are themes? From About.com:
Finding the theme of a book is tough for some students because the theme is something you determine on your own, not something you find stated in plain words. The theme is a message about life that you take away from the book, which can be derived from a set of symbols or a motif that keeps appearing and reappearing throughout the work. To determine the theme of a book, you should select a word that expresses the subject of your book and try to expand the word into a a message about life. Below you will see words that have been expanded into a message.
A theme should be a statement that expresses a universal message.
There are many lists of themes. Some say there are 25 universal themes, others 40, while others say there are infinite themes. This is because themes can be determined by the reader. However, after hundreds of years of writing literature, a few themes have emerged that tend to repeat themselves. I have chosen a list of 32 themes. I found this list to be a good starting point. Remember, when examining any work of literature, the theme must be examined as close to the work as possible. Unlike math, there is not always a clear answer. This is part of the fun of literature, where the theme and messages can be passionately debated. Now for the list:
1. Alienation - creating emotional isolation
2. Betrayal - fading bonds of love
3. Birth - life after loss, life sustains tragedy
4. Coming of age - boy becomes a man
5. Conformity - industrialization and the conformity of man
6. Death - death as mystery, death as a new beginning
7. Deception - appearance versus reality
8. Discovery - conquering unknown, discovering strength
9. Duty - the ethics of killing for duty
10. Escape - escape from family pressures, escaping social constraints
11. Family - destruction of family
12. Fortune - a fall from grace and fortune
13. Generation gap - experience versus youthful strength
14. God and spirituality - inner struggle of faith
15. Good and evil - the coexistence of good and evil on earth
16. Heroism - false heroism, heroism and conflicting values
17. Home - security of a homestead
18. Hope - hope rebounds
19. Hopelessness - finding hope after tragedy
20. Individualism - choosing between security and individualism
21. Isolation - the isolation of a soul
22. Journey - most journeys lead back to home
23. Judgment - balance between justice and judgment
24. Loss - loss of innocence, loss of individualism
25. Love - love sustains/fades with a challenge
26. Patriotism - inner conflicts stemming from patriotism
27. Peace and war - war is tragic, peace is fleeting
28. Power - Lust for power
29. Race relations - learned racism
30. Sense of self - finding strength from within
31. Suffering - suffering as a natural part of human experience
32. Survival - man against nature
Source : https://sites.google.com/a/patriothighschool.com/english-10-2011-12/assignments/themes
Students took a figurative language test. As we have gone over this material a lot this year I expect that most students will be able to pass this small test with an A. If they cannot pass the test on a first try students will be given another try tomorrow.
Students did some silent reading.
Tomorrow will include a rundown on the argumentative paper that will be assigned, and new root words.