Mrs. Corlett

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Posted: November 12, 2009

Hi!  Today, we used the two introductory paragraphs you completed for homework to complete the next step of our essay prep.  You chose ONE of your two topics, and fully completed an outline page for the essay that would accompany it.  The outline page is attached to this post, and is due tomorrow.  We'll be using the outline to write the entire essay next!  Yess!!!

Posted: November 9, 2009

In class today, we examined seven different ways to write a really effective INTRODUCTION for any essay, by grabbing the reader's attention with a great hook, and using a thesis to help in the organization of your essay.  We looked at some examples of these seven methods (they are attached to this post).  You were also given an assignment to complete for THURSDAY (attached to this post, too) that will require you to write TWO terrific introductory paragraphs. In addition (nice transition, eh?), you were provided with two copies of the rubric we developed together in class (one for each paragraph).  Good luck!

Posted: November 5, 2009

Hello!  In class today, we identified the four major types of essays we'll be working with, and analyzed the essay "The Hazards of Moviegoing."  For Monday, you must FULY complete the "Outline for a Five-Paragraph Essay" form using that particular essay.  For those of you who were absent today, I have attached to this post: the essay notes, the notes we covered regarding the essay (hook, thesis, transitions, topic sentences and restating the thesis), and the outline sheet to analyze the essay.

Posted: November 3, 2009

Hey there!  Today you received your report cards, did a little SSR, and shared your research findings about the allusions used in "Sympathy For The Devil".  Great work!  We'll begin essays on Thursday...AFTER you participate in "Take Your Kid To Work Day" tomorrow!  Enjoy!

Posted: November 2, 2009

Today we added "consonance" to our master list and worked with understanding "allusion" a little better...with some help from the Rolling Stones.  We'll take the first ten minutes of class tomorrow to share our stanza research with the rest of the class, maybe have a little SSR, then begin our essay unit (which will, of course, tie in to our poetry work!).  No homework for tonight...except for you folks who have Homework Lunch tomorrow.

Posted: October 30, 2009

Today, we completed our paired analysis of "Imprints," and shared our findings as a class.  For Monday, please complete the "Comparing and Contrasting Two Poems" sheet (it shouldn't take long!). Have a safe Hallowe'en...and remember that I like the little chocolate bars...

Posted: October 29, 2009

In periods one and six, we worked on a partner poem analysis of "Imprints" - good work!  We'll finish that on Friday (and complete a poetry comparison/contrast...and have a little SSR).  Our period two class worked on a class analysis of "The Man Who Finds That His Son Has Become A Thief."  We'll cover "Imprints" tomorrow.  Please remember to return your immunization slips ASAP, indicating yes or no to the vaccination.

Posted: October 28, 2009

We worked in small groups today to better analyze the poem "The Man Who Finds That His Son Has Become A Thief".  We followed the analysis sheet that was for homework last night, and provided an opportunity for you to learn from each other in small groups, then as a whole class.  Good work!  It was also your first chance to set parameters for meeting in small groups (mutual respect, taking turns, etc.), and identifying a manager, recorder and reporter. Tomorrow, we will work in pairs to analyze another poem, "Imprints."

Posted: October 27, 2009

You found out your marks today (insert threatening theme music here).  Also, we reviewed yesterday's poetry quiz to ensure that you know how to best answer short answer questions of this nature (and to ensure your better understanding of the poems on the test).  Your homework for tomorrow is to complete the analysis page for "The Man Who Finds That His Son Has Become A Thief".  Do your best!

Posted: October 26, 2009

We wrote another quiz today, based on two fairly basic poems, and we added "theme" to our master list of poetic terms we need to know.  You should REALLY be studying that list, right?  Some of your quiz scores aren't exactly where they should be... No homework for tonight.  Get some rest!