Friday, September 22, 2017

Agenda, September 22

  • Due Friday: "How it Feels to be Colored Me," by Zora Neale Hurston. Take good newts.
  • Due Monday, 9/25: Vocab Tree. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences. If your comment won't post, send it to me in an e-mail.
  • Due Monday: "I Want a Wife," by Judy Brady
  • Due Friday: Rough draft of "How it Feels" essay, typed or handwritten
  • Due Monday, October 2: "How it Feels to be _______ Me"  
Today's Agenda
  1. Essay Prompt
  2. Avowed and Ascribed Identities
  3. Rate your notes
  4. 10 Answers
  5. Walk and Talk
  6. How it Feels to have a whole class discussion

How it Feels to Write a College Level Essay


How it Feels to be ___________ Me
Due Monday, October 2

Purpose: 1) To explore one of your avowed or ascribed identities with a depth that surprises yourself and your reader. 2) To use this exploration to make a comment about society in general.

Excellent topics include identities that are unique to you, identities about which you are uncertain, and identities that are commonly misunderstood.

MLA format: Typed. Double Spaced. Twelve point. No blank lines between paragraphs, except to indicate a major shift in tone or setting. Include a header with your name and the page number on each page (except page one). Often, you will need to add a blank line above your name or it prints too high.

Three – five pages. Don’t forget a title.

Required: Include three rhetorical strategies of your choice, underlined and labeled.

Suggested: Close your essay with a powerful analogy.

Audience: 1) A reader who does not know you well. 2) A reader who is familiar with the personalities teens bring to the classroom. 3) Yourself.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Agenda, September 21

  • Due Now: "The Joy of Reading and Writing ...," by Sherman Alexie. What do you suppose you ought to do with it? 
  • Due Friday: "How it Feels to be Colored Me," by Zora Neale Hurston. Take good newts.
  • Due Monday, 9/25: Vocab Tree. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences. If your comment won't post, send it to me in an e-mail.
Today's Agenda
  1. Any models?
  2. Rate your notes
  3. Alexie's Claim
  4. A Purpose Frame That Usually Works 
  5. Says / Does Redux
  6. A quick writing assignment
  7. 10 Questions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Agenda, September 20

  • Due Now: "The Joy of Reading and Writing ...," by Sherman Alexie. What do you suppose you ought to do with it? 
  • Due Friday: "How it Feels to be Colored Me," by Zora Neale Hurston. Take good newts.
  • Due Monday, 9/25: Vocab Tree. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences. If your comment won't post, send it to me in an e-mail.
Today's Agenda
  1. Per 5: Fix the desks
  2. Any models?
  3. A "Super[man]" Discussion 
  4. Says / Does Redux
  5. 10 Questions

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Agenda, September 19

  • Due Now: "Just Walk on By," by Brent Staples. Take good notes!
  • Due Now: "The Joy of Reading and Writing ...," by Sherman Alexie. What do you suppose you ought to do with it? 
  • Due Friday: "How it Feels to be Colored Me," by Zora Neale Hurston. Take good newts.
  • Due Monday, 9/25: Vocab Tree. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
Today's Agenda
  1. Says / Does
  2. Find the Wrinkle
  3. Some loose ends: Alex Landau, Logical Fallacies, Internalized Racism, Racial Profiling
  4. A "Super(man)" Discussion

Monday, September 18, 2017

Agenda, September 18

  • Due Now: "Just Walk on By," by Brent Staples. Take good notes!
  • Due Now: Vocab Too. Typed, please. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
  • Due Tomorrow: "The Joy of Reading and Writing ...," by Sherman Alexie. What do you suppose you ought to do with it? 
  • Due Monday, 9/25: Vocab Tree. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
Today's Agenda:

  1. A Little Logos
  2. Vocab Too Due
  3. Staples' Purpose
  4. Structure
  5. Take Note of Your Notes
  6. Says / Does
  7. Find the Wrinkle

Vocab Tree


You’re so Vain:
Words to Describe a Know-it-all
Due September 25

Provide the definition for each of the following words that you don’t know. Even if you think you are familiar with the word, you should check its definition to confirm your understanding. For words you need to define, include the dictionary definition and a translation of the dictionary definition into your own words.

Write an original sentence for each word in the list, whether you need to define it or not. Post one sentence as a comment. Please type your work.

Bonus challenge: Write all your sentences about trees, foliage, or plant life in general.

  1. condescending
  2. contemptuous
  3. despotic
  4. dictatorial
  5. disdain
  6. haughty
  7. imperious
  8. patronizing

Friday, September 15, 2017

Agenda, September 15

  • Due Now: "I Have a Dream," by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Practice the skills in "How to Read ..."
  • Due Friday: "Just Walk on By," by Brent Staples. Take good notes!
  • Due Monday, 9/18: Vocab Too. Typed, please. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
  • Due Tuesday: "The Joy of Reading and Writing ...," by Sherman Alexie. What do you suppose you ought to do with it? 
Today's Agenda:

  1. Technique / Effect / Purpose
  2. King's Dream
  3. One more shot at A.R.E.
  4. Just Walk: 30 Second Expert
  5. Structure
  6. Says / Does
  7. Find the Wrinkle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Agenda, September 14

  • Due Now: "I Have a Dream," by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Practice the skills in "How to Read ..."
  • Due Friday: "Just Walk on By," by Brent Staples. Take good notes!
  • Due Monday, 9/18: Vocab Too. Typed, please. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
Today's Agenda:
  1. What did we talk about yesterday? What do we need to say today?
  2. Vocab from MLK
  3. Allusions
  4. Antithesis / Metaphors
  5. Structure
  6. Ethos / Pathos / Logos
  7. Says / Does
  8. King and Justice

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Agenda, September 13

  • Due Now: "I Have a Dream," by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Practice the skills in "How to Read ..."
  • Due Friday: "Just Walk on By," by Brent Staples. Take good notes!
  • Due Monday, 9/18: Vocab Too. Typed, please. Single-spaced is okay; try to minimize the number of pages. Make sure you're writing original sentences.
Today's Agenda:

  1. Period 5: Let's play "Fix the desks!"
  2. Vocab and the Feedback Loop
  3. Discussion Grades and Guidelines
  4. "I Have a Dream ..." Whole Class Discussion
  5. The Structure of a Dream