Senior Assignments, Spring 2009

Senior Assignments
Spring 2009

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Monday, June 15th, 2009: Yearbook signing and grade returns. How can we effectively finish our last high school English class? I enjoyed teaching all of you! See you at graduation!
Thursday, June 11th, 2009: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS How can we effectively present our graduation speeches? None! The semester is over! See you on Monday to give you final grades and papers. :)
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS How can we effectively present our graduation speeches? Due TOMORROW (LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER!):
  • If you haven't presented your speech, you MUST do it TODAY! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    All work MUST be turned in TOMORROW, Thursday, June 11th (by the end of class time)! No exceptions.

    Check out this Senioritis: Goof Off Now: Pay Later article.

  • Tuesday, June 9th, 2009: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS How can we effectively present our graduation speeches? Due THIS Week (June 8th-June 11th (assigned date given in class):
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    All work MUST be turned in by THIS Thursday, June 11th (by the end of class time)! No exceptions.

    Check out this Senioritis: Goof Off Now: Pay Later article.

  • Monday, June 8th, 2009: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS How can we effectively present our graduation speeches? Due THIS Week (June 8th-June 11th (assigned date given in class):
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    All work MUST be turned in by THIS Thursday, June 11th (by the end of class time)! No exceptions.

    Check out this Senioritis: Goof Off Now: Pay Later article.

  • Friday, June 5th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Practice your speech in front of multiple classmates. Self-assess and offer feedback for improvement to others.

    2. Work Period: Work on speech composition and/or editing, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? Due NEXT Week (June 8th-June 11th (assigned date given in class):
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    All work MUST be turned in by Thursday, June 11th! No exceptions.

  • Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Speech Delivery Practice: Using your speech draft (the one you composed already), join a group of 3-4, present your speech and rate each other on the following questions:
  • What technique does the speaker use to get the audience’s attention in the introduction? Is it successful? Why or why not?
  • Was the volume appropriate?
  • Critique the speaker’s voice control. How was the rate? Were there any filler words? Were there any mispronounced words or vocal stumbles?
  • Did the speaker use gestures? Were they suitable? Did gestures (or the lack of them) add to or detract from the presentation?
  • Critique the speaker’s body control. Was there any nervous movement? Were there any distracting gestures?
  • Did the speaker maintain eye contact?
  • Critique the speaker’s facial expressions. Were they appropriate and expressive?
  • What technique did the speaker use in the conclusion? Was it effective?
  • What do you believe would be the reaction of the audience?
  • Summarize your general impressions of the speech.

    2. Work Period: Work on speech composition and/or editing, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

  • How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? Due Week of June 8th-June 12th (assigned date given in class):
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.
  • Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Speech Delivery Practice: Using your speech draft (the one you composed already), pair up with a partner and rate each other on the following questions:
  • What technique does the speaker use to get the audience’s attention in the introduction? Is it successful? Why or why not?
  • Was the volume appropriate?
  • Critique the speaker’s voice control. How was the rate? Were there any filler words? Were there any mispronounced words or vocal stumbles?
  • Did the speaker use gestures? Were they suitable? Did gestures (or the lack of them) add to or detract from the presentation?
  • Critique the speaker’s body control. Was there any nervous movement? Were there any distracting gestures?
  • Did the speaker maintain eye contact?
  • Critique the speaker’s facial expressions. Were they appropriate and expressive?
  • What technique did the speaker use in the conclusion? Was it effective?
  • What do you believe would be the reaction of the audience?
  • Summarize your general impressions of the speech.

    2. Work Period: Work on speech composition and/or editing, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

  • How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.
  • Monday, June 1st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Choose your speech presentation date.

    2. Speech Delivery Practice: Using your speech draft (the one you composed over the weekend and brought in today), pair up with a partner and rate each other on the following questions:

  • What technique does the speaker use to get the audience’s attention in the introduction? Is it successful? Why or why not?
  • Was the volume appropriate?
  • Critique the speaker’s voice control. How was the rate? Were there any filler words? Were there any mispronounced words or vocal stumbles?
  • Did the speaker use gestures? Were they suitable? Did gestures (or the lack of them) add to or detract from the presentation?
  • Critique the speaker’s body control. Was there any nervous movement? Were there any distracting gestures?
  • Did the speaker maintain eye contact?
  • Critique the speaker’s facial expressions. Were they appropriate and expressive?
  • What technique did the speaker use in the conclusion? Was it effective?
  • What do you believe would be the reaction of the audience?
  • Summarize your general impressions of the speech.

    3. Work Period: Work on speech composition and/or editing, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

  • How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:
  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.
  • Friday, May 29th, 2009: Work Period: Work on speech composition, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. Work on owed HW. How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? IF YOU DID NOT TURN IN YOUR FINAL SENIOR PAPER (WHICH WAS DUE ON TUESDAY), YOU MUST TURN IT IN BY TONIGHT (BEFORE MIDNIGHT)! E-mail me at hconn28@yahoo.com (Remember, it's -10 points for each day late). DETAILS FOR THE PAPER ARE EXPLAINED IN PREVIOUS DAYS.

    It's HIGHLY recommended that you bring in a draft of your speech on Monday. This is recommended because we will be revising the speeches and practicing.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.
  • Thursday, May 28th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Introduce Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.

    2. Work Period: Work on speech composition. Work on owed HW.

    How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? IF YOU DID NOT TURN IN YOUR FINAL SENIOR PAPER (WHICH WAS DUE ON TUESDAY), YOU MUST TURN IT IN ASAP (Remember, it's -10 points for each day late). DETAILS FOR THE PAPER ARE EXPLAINED IN PREVIOUS DAYS.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric.
  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read this sample graduation speech--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College.

    2. Introduce speech requirements (see HW section).

    3. 2019 papers--how can you incorporate yours? What about your self-assessment from the beginning of the semester--how can this be useful for your speech?

    4. Punctuation Error Game Review

    How can we effectively prepare for our graduation speech? IF YOU DID NOT TURN IN YOUR FINAL SENIOR PAPER (WHICH WAS DUE YESTERDAY), YOU MUST TURN IT IN ASAP (Remember, it's -10 points for each day late). THE PAPER ADDRESSES THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning to YOU. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning to YOU (you may address any characters, events, setting, etc. and their personal meaning). Do NOT summarize the plot. You should use PLENTY OF 1ST PERSON (I, MY, ME, etc.). You should NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.). For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! Graduation Speech (Value=25% of 3rd marking period)--includes the following requirements: two-three pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font, proper heading (your full name, my name, class name/period, date and page numbers), original title, attention grabbing opening, your personal story (including struggles and accomplishments) that has led you to graduation, a description of Info Tech (which may include the student community, the teachers, the staff, the activities, your experiences at Info Tech), your personal thank-yous, advice to your fellow graduates, and a great conclusion (that ties everything together and leaves the audience with a final thought). See a sample--The 2008 Valedictorian Speech from St. Francis College. You will be graded by the following rubric--TBA.
  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Turn in your final paper. Evaluate the punctuation posters.

    2. Punctuation Error Game:

  • Evaluate the 25 posters that contain punctuation errors.
  • On your own loose-leaf paper, write the punctuation corrections for each of the sentences/phrases.
  • How can we effectively review punctuation errors? IF YOU DID NOT TURN IN YOUR FINAL SENIOR PAPER (WHICH WAS DUE TODAY), YOU MUST TURN IT IN ASAP (Remember, it's -10 points for each day late). THE PAPER ADDRESSES THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning to YOU. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning to YOU (you may address any characters, events, setting, etc. and their personal meaning). Do NOT summarize the plot. You should use PLENTY OF 1ST PERSON (I, MY, ME, etc.). You should NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.). For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME
  • Friday, May 22nd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish the two-page freewrite on the essential question and the ten subsidiary questions. This work will help you with your FINAL PAPER (due on Tuesday).

    2. Review the paper requirements (for the last time!).

    How can we effectively prepare for our final paper? Due THIS Tuesday, May 26th:
  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER on THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning to YOU. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning to YOU (you may address any characters, events, setting, etc. and their personal meaning). Do NOT summarize the plot. You should use PLENTY OF 1ST PERSON (I, MY, ME, etc.). You should NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.). For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME
  • Thursday, May 21st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish creating the 10 subsidiary questions, using the Subsidiary Question Samples as models.

    2. Work Period: Work on writing a two-page freewrite on the essential question. This work will help you with your FINAL PAPER (due on Tuesday).

    How can we effectively prepare for our final paper? Due THIS Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):
  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER on THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning. For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME
  • Wednesday, May 20th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read and analyze the Subsidiary Question Samples.

    2. Work Period: Creat 10 subsidiary questions for the paper's essential question: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. When finished, work on writing a two-page freewrite on the essential question. This work will help you with your FINAL PAPER (due on Tuesday).

    How can we effectively determine personally valuable literature? Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):
  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER on THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning. For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME
  • Tuesday, May 19th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read over the New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper. Discuss the selection process for determining most influential books in each of your lives. Share a meaningful quote, if time allows.

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we effectively determine personally valuable literature? EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ( You can earn up to 30 extra points on your final paper; Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 20th):
  • In connection with the viewing of The Kite Runner film, write a two-page paper (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, proper heading--your name, date, course name, and my name) in which you explain how one or more theme(s) (such as: the importance of friendship, the strains of a father-son relationship, the struggles with assimilation, etc.) deeply affect the characters and outcome of the story. Use specific evidence from the film and, in particular, examples that the director implemented (examples may be the actors' portrayals of the characters, the music choices, the images of various settings, the interactions between characters, etc.).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER on THIS QUESTION: Discuss personal meaning for an influential novel in your life. Your job is NOT to state that the novel has personal meaning, but, rather, explain how the novel has personal meaning. You should illustrate, explain, analyze, and evaluate the novel's personal meaning. For students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods, it should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. For students who have failed at least one marking period, it MUST be 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. You will be expected to include sufficient supporting evidence, at least three meaningful quotes with analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Resource on Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Monday, May 18th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Share your most meaningful/influential novel with a classmate. Share the meaningful quotes and compare/contrast personal influences. Show HW.

    2. Discussion/Analysis: Discuss the selection process for determining most influential books in each of your lives. Share a meaningful quote, if time allows.

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we effectively determine personally valuable literature? EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ( You can earn up to 30 extra points on your final paper; Due THIS Wednesday, May 20th):
  • In connection with the viewing of The Kite Runner film, write a two-page paper (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, proper heading--your name, date, course name, and my name) in which you explain how one or more theme(s) (such as: the importance of friendship, the strains of a father-son relationship, the struggles with assimilation, etc.) deeply affect the characters and outcome of the story. Use specific evidence from the film and, in particular, examples that the director implemented (examples may be the actors' portrayals of the characters, the music choices, the images of various settings, the interactions between characters, etc.).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods; 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have failed at least one marking period) on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME! You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Friday, May 15th, 2009: 1. Do Now--Film Viewing of The Kite Runner: Analyze character portrayals and determine author/director themes (messages). Be ready to share.

    2. Discussion/Analysis

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we evaluate character portrayals and determine how they support the film's messages? Due THIS Monday, May 18th:
  • Bring in the MOST influential book you've read in high school (it can be an assigned book or a personal choice). If you haven't read one yet, go find one! It can be a classic, but it's not limited to classic novels.
  • You should re-read this book and be at least halfway done by this date. Please identify at least three meaningful quotes and be able to provide your reasons (in written form, at least one paragraph for each quote, and be ready to share verbally).

    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ( You can earn up to 30 extra points on your final paper; Due Wednesday, May 20th):

  • In connection with the viewing of The Kite Runner film, write a two-page paper (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, proper heading--your name, date, course name, and my name) in which you explain how one or more theme(s) (such as: the importance of friendship, the strains of a father-son relationship, the struggles with assimilation, etc.) deeply affect the characters and outcome of the story. Use specific evidence from the film and, in particular, examples that the director implemented (examples may be the actors' portrayals of the characters, the music choices, the images of various settings, the interactions between characters, etc.).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods; 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have failed at least one marking period) on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME! You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Thursday, May 14th, 2009: 1. Do Now--Film Viewing of The Kite Runner: Analyze character portrayals and determine author/director themes (messages). Be ready to share.

    2. Discussion/Analysis

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we evaluate character portrayals and determine how they support the film's messages? Due NEXT Monday, May 18th:
  • Bring in the MOST influential book you've read in high school (it can be an assigned book or a personal choice). If you haven't read one yet, go find one! It can be a classic, but it's not limited to classic novels.
  • You should re-read this book and be at least halfway done by this date. Please identify at least three meaningful quotes and be able to provide your reasons (in written form, at least one paragraph for each quote, and be ready to share verbally).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods; 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have failed at least one marking period) on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME! You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!

    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY:

  • In connection with the viewing of The Kite Runner film, there will be a writing opportunity to help inflate your grade. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 2009: 1. Do Now--Film Viewing of The Kite Runner: Analyze character portrayals and determine author/director themes (messages). Be ready to share.

    2. Discussion/Analysis

    3. HW Reminders

    How can we evaluate character portrayals and determine how they support the film's messages? Due NEXT Monday, May 18th:
  • Bring in the MOST influential book you've read in high school (it can be an assigned book or a personal choice). If you haven't read one yet, go find one! It can be a classic, but it's not limited to classic novels.
  • You should re-read this book and be at least halfway done by this date. Please identify at least three meaningful quotes and be able to provide your reasons (in written form, at least one paragraph for each quote, and be ready to share verbally).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods; 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have failed at least one marking period) on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME! You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Tuesday, May 12th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Awards for Speech Presentations!

    2. Film Viewing of The Kite Runner: Analyze character portrayals and determine author/director themes (messages). Be ready to share.

    3. Discussion/Analysis

    How can we evaluate character portrayals and determine how they support the film's messages? Due NEXT Monday, May 18th:
  • Bring in the MOST influential book you've read in high school (it can be an assigned book or a personal choice). If you haven't read one yet, go find one! It can be a classic, but it's not limited to classic novels.
  • You should re-read this book and be at least halfway done by this date. Please identify at least three meaningful quotes and be able to provide your reasons (in written form and ready to share verbally).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking periods; 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman, for students who have failed at least one marking period) on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME! You MUST use this New and Improved Senior Paper Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Monday, May 11th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Vote on Best Speeches, if haven't completed.

    2. Speech Reflections: What were the positives from preparing and presenting your speech? What were the challenges? What did you find interesting and/or educational from listening to your peers' speeches?

    3. Grade distributions and paper review.

    4. HW introduced.

    How can we effectively reflect on our controversial speeches? Due NEXT Monday, May 18th:
  • Bring in the MOST influential book you've read in high school (it can be an assigned book or a personal choice). If you haven't read one yet, go find one! It can be a classic, but it's not limited to classic novels.
  • You should re-read this book and be at least halfway done by this date. Please identify at least three meaningful quotes and be able to provide your reasons (in written form and ready to share verbally).

    Due Tuesday, May 26th (right after Memorial Day):

  • FINAL SENIOR PAPER on the MOST influential book you've read in high school. You will be expected to attach the meaningful quotes and analysis for each quote (reasons that these quotes are personally meaningful). Those quotes should be inserted in your paper. MORE DETAILS TO COME!

    Due Week of June 8th-June 12th:

  • FINAL SPEECH! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
  • Friday, May 8th, 2009: Speech Presentations! You will be graded by the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present controversial speeches, using the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric? None! The 2nd marking period has ended. Read for pleasure!
    Thursday, May 7th, 2009: Speech Presentations! You will be graded by the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present controversial speeches, using the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric? None! The 2nd marking period has ended. Read for pleasure!
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009: Speech Presentations! You will be graded by the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present controversial speeches, using the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric?
  • Make up any HW owed. All work MUST be turned in by TOMORROW, Thursday, May 7th (Ms. Conn's 2nd marking period grade book closes!).

    DUE THIS WEEK (TODAY, Wednesday, May 6th-Thursday, May 7th--date assigned in class):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2009: Speech Presentations! You will be graded by the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present controversial speeches, using the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric?
  • Make up any HW owed. All work MUST be turned in by THIS Thursday, May 7th (Ms. Conn's 2nd marking period grade book closes!).

    DUE THIS WEEK (TODAY, Tuesday, May 5th-Thursday, May 7th--date assigned in class):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Monday, May 4th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Speech Presentations! You will be graded by the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric.

    2. Reflections and Work Period (make up any owed HW, if time allows)

    How can we effectively present controversial speeches, using the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric?
  • Make up any HW owed. All work MUST be turned in by THIS Thursday, May 7th (Ms. Conn's 2nd marking period grade book closes!).

    DUE THIS WEEK (TODAY, Monday, May 4th-Thursday, May 7th--date assigned in class):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Friday, May 1st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Work on any owed HW. Turn in Works Cited HW (due today!).

    2. Speech Practice, referring to the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric.

    How can we effectively prepare for our speech presentations through speech delivery practice and sharpening our writing skills? DUE MONDAY:
  • Finish your speech, if necessary! Proofread and edit.
  • Make up any HW owed. All work MUST be turned in by Thursday, May 7th (Ms. Conn's 2nd marking period grade book closes!).

    DUE NEXT WEEK (Monday, May 4th-Thursday, May 7th--date assigned in class):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Thursday, April 30th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Review the Works Cited for Your Speech, if necessary.

    2. Introduce the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric.

    3. Speech Presentation date chosen, if necessary.

    4. Work Period

    How can we effectively understand the components of the Works Cited and understand the speech grading requirements? DUE TOMORROW:
  • Turn in YOUR Works Cited. Use the Works Cited for Your Speech to guide you.
  • Make up any HW owed.

    DUE NEXT WEEK (Monday, May 4th-Thursday, May 7th--date assigned in class):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Introduce the Works Cited for Your Speech.

    2. Introduce the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric.

    3. Speech Presentation date chosen.

    4. Work Period

    How can we effectively understand the components of the Works Cited and understand the speech grading requirements?
  • Make up any HW owed.

    DUE NEXT WEEK (Monday, May 4th-Thursday, May 7th):

  • SPEECH PRESENTATION (25% of 2nd marking period grade). Your speech must follow the outline form found here: Introduction and Body Paragraphs for Your Speech Outline and Conclusion for Speech Outline. You must also include a Works Cited Page; you should use the Works Cited Guide found HERE. Use the Controversial News Speech Grading Rubric to guide you in your speech composition and presentation.
  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read the Conclusion for Speech Outline.

    2. Work Period: Write your conclusion and, if necessary, the rest of your speech. Take care of any work owed.

    3. Discussion/Reflections: How is the speech composition proceeding? What do you need to take care of to ensure that your speech is ready to be presented next Monday (for a grade)!

    How can we effectively compose the conclusion of our speech on a controversial news topic? Due TOMORROW:
  • Finish the conclusion. Use the Conclusion for Speech Outline to guide you in effectively writing this conclusion paragraph.
  • Make up any HW owed.

    In Class TOMORROW, we will introduce the Works Cited for Your Speech. We will do it in class, so BE THERE! We will also go over the grading rubric for the speech and we will choose speech presentation dates. It's important that you come to class so you know what's going on!

  • Monday, April 27th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Show your body paragraphs using this Speech Outline. Compare and contrast your body paragraphs with a classmate. Be prepared to discuss similarities and differences.

    2. Work Period: Make up HW owed.

    3. Discussion/Reflections: How is the speech composition proceeding? What do you need to take care of to ensure that your speech is ready to be presented next Monday (for a grade)!

    How can we effectively compose the body paragraphs of our speech on a controversial news topic? Make up any HW owed!
    Friday, April 24th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read and analyze the "Writing in College" article taken from University of Chicago.

    2. Work Period: Work on the Speech Outline.

    How can we compose the body paragraphs of our speech on a controversial news topic? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 27th:
  • Write the body paragraphs of your speech. Follow the Speech Outline.

    Make up any HW owed!

  • Thursday, April 23rd, 2009--Shakespeare's Birthday!: 1. Do Now: Compose Shakespearean questions and answers for today's Jeopardy game! Category topics include the following: His Life and Times, His Works, Famous Quotes, Famous Characters, and Meaningful Messages in His Plays

    2. Shakespearean Jeopardy! For extra credit, we will play this game in honor of Shakespeare's birthday. The top three winners (with the most points) will earn TWO extra homework credits.

    How can we pay tribute to The Bard? Make up any HW owed!
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read a classmate's introductory paragraph. Compare and contrast it with your own.

    2. Discussion/Sharing: Share your analysis from the Do Now.

    3. Work Period: Read the "Writing in College" article taken from University of Chicago.

    How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively compose college-level writing, beginning with the introduction which contains a clear thesis statement? Make up any HW owed!
    Tuesday, April 21st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Compose your thesis statement for your speech (remember, this is your main idea statement based on all of the evidence you've gathered--news articles, interviews and your freewrite opinions). Here's a sample thesis statement: Gay marriage should be allowed in the state of New York and all over the country. Remember, a thesis statement supports your opinion and it will lead your audience to hear your arguments throughout your speech (or any piece of writing).

    2. Discussion/Sharing: Share thesis statements with the class.

    3. Work Period: Use the following outline to guide you in writing your introduction:
    I. Introduction
    A. Attention Getter
    B. Significance (find a quote from a trusted source, like a president, mayor or governor, which could be found from one of your news articles or your interviews that supports your thesis statement)
    C. Thesis
    D. Preview (For example: First, I will identify my supporting arguments and then I will provide reasons that negate the opposition)

    How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively compose their introductions of their speeches on controversial news topics? Due TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 22nd:
  • Finish today's classwork in which you write the introduction of your speech, using the following outline to guide you:
    I. Introduction
                A. Attention Getter
                B. Significance (find a quote from a trusted source,
                   like a president, mayor or governor, which could be found from one of your news articles or your 
                   interviews that supports your thesis statement)
                C. Thesis
                D. Preview (For example: First, I will identify my supporting 
                   arguments and then I will provide reasons that negate the 
                   opposition)
    

    Make-up HW:

  • Due yesterday--THREE HOMEWORK CREDITS (you will need these for your speech due in the first week of May!!): Read, analyze and bring in THREE news articles (with the newspaper and article titles, authors' full names, the full dates of the news publications, the dates you accessed the articles, and the URLs--complete website addresses) on your controversial news topic in society today (this must be a current news article--published within the last six months). Make sure you read each article and write a 250-word response (a long paragraph of 6-8 sentences) for each article (THREE RESPONSES MUST BE TURNED IN!) which includes your opinion on the news article and analysis of the article in connection to your controversial news topic (this is NOT a summary!). You can do the following to research the articles: You may do a google news search (click on the "news" link in the left-hand corner of the google homepage). You may use The New York Times (login: msconn06, password: power). You may use Newslink to find newspapers and news magazines all over the world.
  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2 (major grade--25% of this marking period!)-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper was based on your chosen classic novel. This was due April 6th! Remember, -10 points will be deducted for each day late. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.
  • Monday, April 20th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Find a partner and read that classmate's news article responses. Evaluate their article findings and responses, looking for the following:
  • Did he/she write the title of each newspaper and each article? Did he/she underline the newspaper title and use quotation marks for each article?
  • Did your classmate write the authors' full names for each article?
  • Did your classmate include the full dates of each news publication? Was each date within the last six months (no earlier than October 20th, 2008)?
  • Did your classmate include the full URL?
  • Did your classmate write three responses, one response for each article? Was each response 250 words or more in one long paragraph of 6-8 sentences?
  • What was the search process that your classmate used to find these three articles?

    2. Discussion: Evaluating Students will share their assessment of their partner's HW with the class.

    3. Reflections: How was this evaluation helpful for you in completing your own news article and response assignment? What other work do you need to complete in order to be up to date in this class? Reminder--three weeks left in this 2nd marking period.

  • How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively evaluate their completion of instructions and steps in successfully researching and responding to news items?

    Make-up HW:

  • Due Today--THREE HOMEWORK CREDITS (you will need these for your speech due in the first week of May!!): Read, analyze and bring in THREE news articles (with the newspaper and article titles, authors' full names, the full dates of the news publications, the dates you accessed the articles, and the URLs--complete website addresses) on your controversial news topic in society today (this must be a current news article--published within the last six months). Make sure you read each article and write a 250-word response (a long paragraph of 6-8 sentences) for each article (THREE RESPONSES MUST BE TURNED IN!) which includes your opinion on the news article and analysis of the article in connection to your controversial news topic (this is NOT a summary!). You can do the following to research the articles: You may do a google news search (click on the "news" link in the left-hand corner of the google homepage). You may use The New York Times (login: msconn06, password: power). You may use Newslink to find newspapers and news magazines all over the world.
  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2 (major grade--25% of this marking period!)-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper was based on your chosen classic novel. This was due April 6th! Remember, -10 points will be deducted for each day late. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.
  • Wednesday, April 8th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Review the MLA-style paper answers from yesterday's class' extra credit opportunity (if necessary).

    2. Discussion: Review the Vacation HW.

    3. Work Period: Make up any HW needed. Prepare for vacation HW.

    How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively reflect on the essential components of a MLA-style, analytical paper? Due Monday, April 20th:
  • THREE HOMEWORK CREDITS (you will need these for your speech due in May!!): Read, analyze and bring in THREE news articles (with the newspaper and article titles, authors' full names, the full dates of the news publications, the dates you accessed the articles, and the URLs--complete website addresses) on your controversial news topic in society today (this must be a current news article--published within the last six months). Make sure you read each article and write a 250-word response (a long paragraph of 6-8 sentences) for each article (THREE RESPONSES MUST BE TURNED IN!) which includes your opinion on the news article and analysis of the article in connection to your controversial news topic (this is NOT a summary!). You can do the following to research the articles: You may do a google news search (click on the "news" link in the left-hand corner of the google homepage). You may use The New York Times (login: msconn06, password: power). You may use Newslink to find newspapers and news magazines all over the world.

    Make-up HW:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper was based on your chosen classic novel. This was due on Monday! Remember, -10 points will be deducted for each day late. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    FOR FUN: Check this out. "We Live in Public" movie. This documentary is about the rise and fall of an unknown internet pioneer, Josh Harris, and his prophecy of the world we live today 'in public' (on facebook, myspace, twitter, etc.).

  • Tuesday, April 7th, 2009: 1. Do Now: In a group of three, answer the following questions to determine if you are an expert (all 15 correct=two extra homework credits), a learner (10-14 correct=one extra homework credit), or a novice (5-9 correct=1/2 of an extra homework credit) in MLA-style essay writing. Here are the questions:
    1.) What's proper page format?
    2.) What's immediately following a quotation from a source (hint: this is in-text citation)?
    3.) When is a citation NOT needed in your paper?
    4.) In the Works Cited, where does the year of publication go?
    5.) In the Works Cited, what's the first thing that you should write?
    6.) If you see 1956 and 1986 as the publication years for a book, where do you put the earlier year in the Works Cited?
    7.) What should you do when you write the title of a book in your paper--use quotation marks, underline the title or both?
    8.) In a MLA-style paper, should you put the title of the book as the title of your paper?
    9.) Where should the thesis statement go in a MLA-style paper?
    10.) What is a thesis statement?
    11.) How do you organize your ideas in this paper?
    12.) What should go before and after textual evidence inserted in your paper?
    13.) What are the four essentials in a proper heading?
    14.) What should you do before turning in your paper (hint: you cannot depend on spell/grammar check!)?
    15.) Where does the Works Cited belong?

    2. Discussion: Review the MLA-style paper answers from the Do Now.

    How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively reflect on the essential components of a MLA-style, analytical paper? Due Monday, April 20th:
  • THREE HOMEWORK CREDITS (you will need these for your speech due in May!!): Read, analyze and bring in THREE news articles (with the newspaper and article titles, authors' full names, the full dates of the news publications, the dates you accessed the articles, and the URLs--complete website addresses) on your controversial news topic in society today (this must be a current news article--published within the last six months). Make sure you read each article and write a 250-word response (a long paragraph of 6-8 sentences) for each article (THREE RESPONSES MUST BE TURNED IN!) which includes your opinion on the news article and analysis of the article in connection to your controversial news topic (this is NOT a summary!). You can do the following to research the articles: You may do a google news search (click on the "news" link in the left-hand corner of the google homepage). You may use The New York Times (login: msconn06, password: power). You may use Newslink to find newspapers and news magazines all over the world.

    Make-up HW:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper was based on your chosen classic novel. This was due yesterday! Remember, -10 points will be deducted for each day late. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.
  • Monday, April 6th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Students will individually review a checklist for Analytical Paper #2 (due today!). The checklist includes the following questions: Does the paper accomplish its purpose (to analyze conflict(s) in your chosen classic novel and prove which party is more favorable in the conflict)? Is the paper appropriate for the audience (does it account for the knowledge of the teacher?)? Is the thesis clear? Is the thesis placed prominently in the introductory paragraph? Are any ideas in the paper off focus, not supporting the thesis? Are there clear topic sentences for each paragraph? Are ideas presented in a logical order? Is there plenty of supporting evidence from the novel? Is the paper free from points of view (I and you)? If not, are the points of view consistent and not shifting (from I to you or from it to they)? Did you proofread, searching for misspellings, typographical mistakes and omitted words or word endings? Did you include the Works Cited? Did you follow the formatted heading and page format? Did you use proper in-text citation? Are you satisfied with your paper?

    2. Partner Discussion: Discuss the contents of the checklist with a neighboring partner. Ask your partner the following questions: Is your paper completely ready to be turned in for a grade? Why or why not? Would this paper be acceptable in a college English course? Why or why not?

    3. Discuss/Share: In a whole-class, circular discussion, reflect on the checklist and partner discussion.

    How can senior, college-preparatory students effectively compose, evaluate and reflect on a MLA-style, analytical paper? Make-up HW:
  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper was based on your chosen classic novel. This was due today! Remember, -10 points will be deducted for each day late. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.
  • Friday, April 3rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish analysis of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost in honor of Poetry Month and our theme of conflict. Answer these remaining questions:
  • How does this poem exhibit the conflict of fate vs. free-will?
  • What is the significance of the poet's use of literary devices?
  • How is this poem personally relevant?

    2. Paper Requirements Review

    3. Reflections: If time allows, on an index card, write the skills that you'd like to hone before graduating high school. Some suggested questions to ask: What skills do you need to help you on your road to success? What do you want me to teach you or review before graduation (i.e. language skills, writing development, analyzing literature at a higher level)?

  • How can we effectively reflect on our individual career choices for the future and identify the necessary skills needed to ensure success in the real world?
  • Read your classic novel, if not finished (though, you should be finished!). Take notes on the conflicts and evidence of the favorable character(s) as preferred by the author and readers in the conflict(s).

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, April 2nd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost in honor of Poetry Month and our theme of conflict.

    2. Discuss/Share: Annotate the poem (underlining and writing notes in the margin) and answer the following questions:

  • Why is "The Road Not Taken" considered such a profound poem of great merit?
  • What's Robert Frost's message?
  • How does this poem exhibit the conflict of fate vs. free-will?
  • What is the significance of the poet's use of literary devices?
  • How is this poem personally relevant?

    3. Reflections: If time allows, on an index card, write the skills that you'd like to hone before graduating high school. Some suggested questions to ask: What skills do you need to help you on your road to success? What do you want me to teach you or review before graduation (i.e. language skills, writing development, analyzing literature at a higher level)?

  • How can we effectively reflect on our individual career choices for the future and identify the necessary skills needed to ensure success in the real world?
  • Read your classic novel, if not finished (though, you should be finished!). Take notes on the conflicts and evidence of the favorable character(s) as preferred by the author and readers in the conflict(s).
  • Make up any HW owed!

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Work on any HW owed. Show HW--FIVE direct quotes from your novel (with page numbers--in proper citation form) that support your thesis. Also, show the paraphrasing in your own words (at least one sentence) and connection to thesis (at least one sentence).

    2. Discuss/Share: Reflect on the pre-writing steps conducted thus far. Are you feeling productive? If not, what would help improve your productivity?

    3. Work Period: Read your classic novel. Take notes on the conflicts and evidence of the favorable character(s).

    How can we effectively prepare for the analysis paper #2?
  • Read your classic novel. Take notes on the conflicts and evidence of the favorable character(s) as preferred by the author and readers in the conflict(s). You should be nearly finished with the novel.
  • Make up any HW owed!

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, March 31st, 2009: 1. Do Now: Identify FIVE direct quotes from your novel (with page numbers--in proper citation form) that support your thesis. Paraphrase in your own words (at least one sentence) and connect to thesis (at least one sentence). Show thesis HW.

    2. Discuss/Share: Share findings with classmates. How is this pre-writing step? Why is it valuable?

    How can we effectively prepare for the analysis paper #2? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st:
  • Five Direct Quotes From Your Chosen Novel: Bring in five direct quotes, using proper citation. For example: Winston said, "down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53).

    Read and take notes on conflicts that exist in your novel and evidence that supports which party (person, group, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the readers and author.

    DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Monday, March 30th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Compose your thesis, which answers the analysis paper question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? Make sure to include the title of your novel and the author. Show a neighbor and the teacher.

    2. Discuss/Share: Share theses with the class. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses in thesis development.

    3. Work Period: Identify a direct quote from your novel that supports your thesis. Paraphrase in your own words and connect to thesis.

    How can we effectively prepare for the analysis paper #2? DUE TOMORROW:
  • Write Your Thesis: Compose your thesis (if you didn't do so in class today), which answers the analysis paper question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? Make sure to include the title of your novel and the author. For example: The conflict between Winston and Big Brother is clearly evident in George Orwell's 1984, and both the author and readers would find Winston to be the more favorable party in this conflict.

    Read and take notes on conflicts that exist in your novel and evidence that supports which party (person, group, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the readers and author.

    DUE APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Friday, March 27th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read and take notes to prepare for analysis paper #2. Work on owed HW.

    2. HW reminders.

    How can we effectively prepare for the analysis paper #2? Read and take notes on conflicts that exist in your novel and evidence that supports which party (person, group, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the readers and author.

    DUE APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above). You must also include plenty of citations (direct quotes). For example: Winston said "Down with Big Brother"(Orwell 53). Don't forget to introduce and analyze each quote taken from the novel. Analysis includes explaining how the quote supports the thesis that focuses your entire paper.

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, March 26th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Share your interview analysis with a neighbor and then with the whole class. What patterns did you find? Were there any surprises? Why or why not?

    2. Mini-Lecture: Analysis #2 Paper requirements.

    How can we effectively analyze data?

    DUE APRIL 6th:

  • CONFLICT ANALYSIS PAPER #2-This 3-5 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font paper is based on your chosen classic novel. Since taking notes on the conflicts, influencing factors that affect these conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel, you should have plenty of evidence for this paper. This paper is based on the following question: What conflict(s) exist(s) and which party (person, group of people, society, element, etc.) is more favorable, as determined by the author and readers? You should examine the conflict(s) in the novel, the influencing factors that affect the conflict(s) and evidence that supports the more favorable party in the conflict(s). You MUST use the PAPER REQUIREMENTS to guide you. Remember, you must include Works Cited at the end of your paper, proper heading, page format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which answers the paper question), and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics (as described in detail in the Paper Requirements link above).

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!
  • Interview Analysis: Analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, March 25th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Analyze your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."

    2. Reflections/Discussion: Reflect on the interview process. What did you find especially enlightening/interesting from your informal poll of your peers? What was challenging in this process? What did you enjoy in conducting the poll? What information do you believe will be most helpful to support your opinions on your chosen controversial news topic?

    How can we effectively analyze data? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 26th:
  • Interview Analysis: Finish today's in-class analysis of your 10 interviews, finding patterns in the informal poll you conducted. For each question you asked, analyze the 10 answers you collected. You should have a one-two sentence summary of the patterns discovered for each question. You might want to calculate percentages that reveal patterns, such as "75% of my peers believe that criminals should be sent to rehab instead of jail."

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:

  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    DUE APRIL 1st:
    Read your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. Identify influencing factors that affect those conflicts. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 2009: Work Period: Work on finishing your interviews, if necessary. Read your classic novel, paying close attention (and taking notes!) to the conflicts and influential factors affecting those conflicts. How can we learn from controversial matters in the news and evaluate conflicts in literature? MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:
  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    DUE APRIL 1st:
    Read your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. Identify influencing factors that affect those conflicts. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Monday, March 23rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Discuss your interview results with a neighbor. Did you obtain the anticipated or desired results? Why or why not? Were you satisfied with the results? If your interviews are not done, do them at this time.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the interview outcomes.

    How can we learn from controversial matters in the news? MAKE UP ANY HW OWED, especially the interview assignment found here:
  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    DUE APRIL 1st:
    Read your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. Identify influencing factors that affect those conflicts. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Friday, March 20th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Show your FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which support your opinion) to Ms. Conn for revision. Work on any owed HW.

    2. Work Period: After having created and edited your FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), continue to ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain 10 interviews from Info Tech. students by MONDAY. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). When finished with the interviews, make up any HW necessary. Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    How can we learn from controversial matters in the news? DUE THIS MONDAY, March 23rd:
  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED!

    Read at least 25 pages in your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. You MUST be finished with the novel by April 1st. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, March 19th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Create FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which support your opinion).

    2. Work Period: After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain 10 interviews from Info Tech. students by MONDAY. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). When finished with the interviews, make up any HW necessary. Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    How can we learn from controversial matters in the news? DUE MONDAY, March 23rd:
  • After having created FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which will be asked to your classmates/peers and should help your argument), ask your classmates the interview questions. You will need to obtain TEN interviews from Info Tech. students. Along with their answers, you need the following information--their full name, grade, and city of residence (where they live; Queens is not specific enough). Suggestions: Create paper copies of the interviews to give out to your friends or send the interview questions on myspace or facebook!

    MAKE UP ANY HW OWED!

    Read at least 25 pages in your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. You MUST be finished with the novel by April 1st. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, March 18th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Share your freewrite (two full pages) with a neighbor--the controversial topic in the news. Read your neighbor's and discuss. Can you determine your neighbor's point of view? Remember, it shouldn't be clear because everyone examined both sides--the affirmative and the negative.

    2. Discuss: Discuss the Do Now as a class. What did you learn from your classmate? What did you learn from your own freewrite?

    3. Work Period: Create FIVE interview questions on your news topic (which support your opinion).

    How can we learn from controversial matters in the news? MAKE UP ANY HW OWED!

    Read at least 25 pages in your chosen classic novel. Read with a purpose. Take notes on the conflicts, resolutions and life lessons contained in the novel. You MUST be finished with the novel by April 1st. ANALYSIS PAPER #2 will be due on April 6th (details to come).


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, March 17th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Share your freewrite (two full pages)--what can be learned from reading a classic work of literature--with a neighbor. Read your neighbor's and discuss. Did you share the same views? If not, how were they different? What did you learn from your neighbor's freewrite.

    2. Discuss: Discuss the Do Now as a class. What's the value in reading and analyzing classic works of literature?

    3. Work Period: Brainstorm some ideas on genres of classic literature that would interest you (remember, you need to bring in your classic work of literature tomorrow!). Work on HW (freewrite on a controversial topic in the news).

    How do we prepare for our upcoming unit on debatable topics in the news? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH:
  • Two-page Freewrite on a Controversial Topic in the News: Freewrite on a chosen controversial topic (suggestions: welfare system, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, stem-cell research). You MUST write ONE full page on the affirmative (in support of the debate topic) and ONE full page on the negative (against the topic).
  • Classic Novel Selection: Select and bring in a new independently chosen classic novel. Once you've selected the novel, begin reading. It MUST be read by April 1st. As you're reading, you should consider and take notes on the following--how you can use your chosen classic novel in the future. Think about the following questions: What can you take with you from reading this novel? What can you apply from the novel to your own future endeavors and goals? You might want to consider the following: the language, the setting, the author's message, the characters' development, the characters' purposes/goals, the author's style/structure. Use the following links to find your novel: "101 Books to Read Before You Go to College", “Advanced Placement English Recommended Reading”, “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die", “Ms. Conn’s Favorite Classics”.


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Monday, March 16th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Freewrite (two full pages)--what can be learned from reading a classic work of literature?

    2. Grade distributions

    3. Speech Awards.

    4. HW reminders.

    How do we prepare for our upcoming unit on debatable topics in the news? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH:
  • Finish today's in-class freewrite (two full pages handwritten or one full page typed).

    DUE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH:

  • Two-page Freewrite on a Controversial Topic in the News: Freewrite on a chosen controversial topic (suggestions: welfare system, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, stem-cell research). You MUST write ONE full page on the affirmative (in support of the debate topic) and ONE full page on the negative (against the topic).
  • Classic Novel Selection: Select and bring in a new independently chosen classic novel. Once you've selected the novel, begin reading. It MUST be read by April 1st. As you're reading, you should consider and take notes on the following--how you can use your chosen classic novel in the future. Think about the following questions: What can you take with you from reading this novel? What can you apply from the novel to your own future endeavors and goals? You might want to consider the following: the language, the setting, the author's message, the characters' development, the characters' purposes/goals, the author's style/structure. Use the following links to find your novel: "101 Books to Read Before You Go to College", “Advanced Placement English Recommended Reading”, “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die", “Ms. Conn’s Favorite Classics”.

    Read for pleasure! Challenge your mind!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Friday, March 13th, 2009: Work Period: Begin HW due next week. See details in the HW section. How do we prepare for our upcoming unit on debatable topics in the news? DUE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH:
  • Two-page Freewrite on a Controversial Topic in the News: Freewrite on a chosen controversial topic (suggestions: welfare system, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, stem-cell research). You MUST write ONE full page on the affirmative (in support of the debate topic) and ONE full page on the negative (against the topic).
  • Classic Novel Selection: Select and bring in a new independently chosen classic novel. Once you've selected the novel, begin reading. It MUST be read by April 1st. As you're reading, you should consider and take notes on the following--how you can use your chosen classic novel in the future. Think about the following questions: What can you take with you from reading this novel? What can you apply from the novel to your own future endeavors and goals? You might want to consider the following: the language, the setting, the author's message, the characters' development, the characters' purposes/goals, the author's style/structure. Use the following links to find your novel: "101 Books to Read Before You Go to College", “Advanced Placement English Recommended Reading”, “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die", “Ms. Conn’s Favorite Classics”.

    Read for pleasure! Challenge your mind!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, March 12th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Speech Presentations (finish today!)

    2. Vote for the top three best speech presentations.

    How do we effectively exhibit our learned speech writing and delivery? Read for pleasure! Challenge your mind!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 2009: Speech Presentations How do we effectively exhibit our learned speech writing and delivery? DUE TOMORROW:
    Turn in all owed HW!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, March 10th, 2009: Speech Presentations How do we effectively exhibit our learned speech writing and delivery? Due TODAY, Tuesday (March 10th)-Wednesday (March 11th)--your assigned day was given in class:
  • Oratory Speech Presentations (25% of your marking period grade). Remember, your speech should be about 2-3 typed pages (double-spaced) and presented in 5 minutes. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric. Don't forget to include citations (appropriately quoted sources to support your arguments). You may want to reference The Kite Runner, if/when appropriate.

    Check out this Youtube video: Shift Happens, 2008 version, by Karl Fischer. You might get some ideas worth quoting for your speech on skills that should be taught in high school.

    Make up any owed HW! All owed work must be turned in by THIS THURSDAY, March 12th!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Monday, March 9th, 2009: Speech Presentations How do we effectively exhibit our learned speech writing and delivery? Due TODAY, Monday (March 9th)-Wednesday (March 11th)--your assigned day was given in class:
  • Oratory Speech Presentations (25% of your marking period grade). Remember, your speech should be about 2-3 typed pages (double-spaced) and presented in 5 minutes. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric. Don't forget to include citations (appropriately quoted sources to support your arguments). You may want to reference The Kite Runner, if/when appropriate.

    Check out this Youtube video: Shift Happens, 2008 version, by Karl Fischer. You might get some ideas worth quoting for your speech on skills that should be taught in high school.

    Make up any owed HW! All owed work must be turned in by THIS THURSDAY, March 12th!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Friday, March 6th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Speech Delivery Practice. Work on speech delivery in small groups. Volunteers will deliver excerpts to the whole class. Incorporate the following:
  • eye contact
  • posture
  • facial expressions
  • volume
  • articulation
  • gestures
  • energy/enthusiasm
  • persuasiveness
  • confidence
  • moving (with transitions)

    2.Work Period: Work on speech writing and any owed HW.

    3. Speech presentation requirements reminders.

  • How do we prepare for the speech writing and delivery process? Due Monday (March 9th)-Wednesday (March 11th)--your assigned day was given in class:
  • Oratory Speech Presentations. Remember, your speech should be about 2-3 typed pages (double-spaced) and presented in 5 minutes. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric. Don't forget to include citations (appropriately quoted sources to support your arguments). You may want to reference The Kite Runner, if/when appropriate.

    Check out this Youtube video: Shift Happens, 2008 version, by Karl Fischer. You might get some ideas worth quoting for your speech on skills that should be taught in high school.

    Make up any owed HW!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, March 5th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Work on speech writing (follow the sample speech and grading rubric). Work on owed HW.

    2. Speech Delivery Practice: Work on speech delivery with a partner. Incorporate the following:

  • eye contact
  • posture
  • facial expressions
  • volume
  • articulation
  • gestures
  • energy/enthusiasm
  • persuasiveness
  • confidence
  • moving (with transitions)
  • How do we prepare for the speech writing and delivery process? Due Monday (March 9th)-Wednesday (March 11th):
  • Oratory Speech Presentations. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric.

    Make up any owed HW!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, March 4th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Choose speech presentation dates (random selection).

    2. Review the Oratory Grading Rubric.

    3. Work on speech preparation.

    How do we prepare for the speech writing process? Due Monday (March 9th)-Wednesday (March 11th):
  • Oratory Speech Presentations. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric.

    Make up any owed HW!


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Review the details on the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech to guide you.

    2. Introduce the Oratory Grading Rubric.

    3. Work on speech preparation. Show quotes HW.

    How do we begin the speech writing process? Due Monday (March 9th)-Wednesday (March 11th):
  • Oratory Speech Presentations. Refer to the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech and the Oratory Grading Rubric.


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Monday, March 2nd, 2009-SNOW DAY: Work Period: Work on preparing for the oratory speech. Use the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech to guide you. Also, work on completing owed HW. How do we begin the speech writing process? DUE TOMORROW, TUES (March 3rd):
  • Find and bring in 10 direct quotes from sources (found online) that support the topic of what students should learn in high school to prepare them for college and the real world. For each direct quote, you must include the URL (website address), title of the webpage or article, title of the newspaper or organization, year published, and author. To find resources, I suggest that you go to Google and do a web search and go to Google and click on the news link (on the top left-hand corner). It will help you to do multiple Google searches, including a general search of "what students should learn in high school" and a narrowed search to a specific topic like "morals should be taught in high school" or "life lessons should be taught in high school."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Friday, February 27th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Exchange your freewrite with a neighbor. Read their freewrite and discuss the desired high school education. Show freewrite HW.

    2. Oratory Instructions: Review the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech.

    How do we begin the speech writing process? DUE TUES (March 3rd):
  • Find and bring in 10 direct quotes from sources (found online) that support the topic of what students should learn in high school to prepare them for college and the real world. For each direct quote, you must include the URL (website address), title of the webpage or article, title of the newspaper or organization, year published, and author. To find resources, I suggest that you go to Google and do a web search and go to Google and click on the news link (on the top left-hand corner). It will help you to do multiple Google searches, including a general search of "what students should learn in high school" and a narrowed search to a specific topic like "morals should be taught in high school" or "life lessons should be taught in high school."


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Thursday, February 26th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Add more notes for each statement on The Kite Runner--1.) The Kite Runner should NOT be required reading for high school students around the U.S. 2.) The Kite Runner should be required reading for high school students around the U.S.

    2. Work Period: Begin freewrite HW on the following question--What should students learn in high school (something that they are not learning or not learning enough) to prepare them for college and the real world?

    3. Speech Instructions: Begin to introduce the Oratory Speech Writing Instructions, Requirements and Sample Speech.

    How do we begin the speech writing process? DUE TOMORROW:
  • Finish the freewrite (2 full pages, handwritten, or 1 full page, typed) on the following question---What should students learn in high school (something that they are not learning or not learning enough) to prepare them for college and the real world?

    TURN IN THE KITE RUNNER PAPER, WHICH WAS DUE ON TUESDAY. REMEMBER, IT'S -10 EACH DAY IT'S LATE!! TOMORROW IT WILL BE -30 POINTS.


  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Brainstorm two reasons for each statement on The Kite Runner--1.) The Kite Runner should NOT be required reading for high school students around the U.S. 2.) The Kite Runner should be required reading for high school students around the U.S.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss your Do Now responses with a neighbor.

    3. Debate: Class Debate on why or why not The Kite Runner should be read in high schools.

    How do we begin an informative speech on The Kite Runner? TURN IN THE KITE RUNNER PAPER, WHICH WAS DUE YESTERDAY. REMEMBER, IT'S -10 EACH DAY IT'S LATE!! TOMORROW IT WILL BE -20 POINTS.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships.
  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Discuss the composition of your papers with a neighbor. Turn in The Kite Runner Analytical Papers.

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss the composition of your essay and address the novel on one of these questions:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success?
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?

    How do we reflect on the analytical paper on The Kite Runner? TURN IN THE KITE RUNNER PAPER, WHICH WAS DUE TODAY. REMEMBER, IT'S -10 EACH DAY IT'S LATE!!
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Monday, February 23rd, 2009: 1. Do Now: Identify any concerns and/or questions that you may have regarding the composition of your essay on one of these questions:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success?
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?

    2. Discuss/Share: Address the concerns and questions identified in the Do Now.

    3. Essay Reminders:

  • Remember to address multiple characters in your essay.
  • Include plentiful citations.
  • Recognize similarities between characters when addressing your essay question.
  • Show how characters experience transformations. Think about this question: How did these characters change from the historical and political events, define success at different times in their lives, or commit sins at different stages of their lives?
  • Consider how the events (the events that apply to your essay question) affect the story as a whole.
  • Achieve "aha" moments (epiphanies). These will be achieved by thinking deeply about how the novel can answer the essay question.
  • Organize your ideas clearly. Make sure that ideas within and between paragraphs are clearly connected and support the essay question.
  • How do we prepare to compose an analytical paper on The Kite Runner? Due TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 24th:
  • Finish the reading of The Kite Runner and turn in the Analysis Paper (along with an attached list of your essential question and the 10 subsidiary questions). Choose one of the following questions to address in your paper:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) Everyone measures success differently. How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success? You may consider how their pasts influence their definitions of success.
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?
    You MUST follow these ESSAY REQUIREMENTS. You should analyze your chosen question as an expert reader. You may consider, though you're not limited to, the following: diction (author's expression and choice of words), the author's message and purpose, the characters' development, and the purpose and importance of the literary elements used to address the question. Paper length: 3-5 pp. You must make plentiful references to your novel and you must use proper citation. Here's a citation format to follow: According to Winston, the protagonist, "Big Brother is watching me at every corner" (Orwell 55). Be sure to use proper sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and conventions of standard written English. This is formal writing. E-mail or instant message language should not apply. All papers should be type-written, using 12-point font, and be double spaced. Appropriate heading should be included and should always include your name, the teacher's name, the class and period, and date. Your paper should be well-organized and well-written. Sophisticated analysis is essential, so support your ideas with specific evidence from The Kite Runner.

  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Friday, February 13th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Choose one--a.) Freewrite one full page on another essay question. Refer to yourself instead of characters from The Kite Runner. b.) Freewrite one full page on yesterday's essay question, referring to the characters from The Kite Runner. Here are the essay questions:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success?
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers share their insight into the novel for each essay question.

    3. Group Work: Instructions on developing subsidiary questions for each essay question can be found HERE. Each group will finish analyzing one essay question together. With your group members, finish developing 10 subsidiary questions that model the questions found in the link above (handout provided in class). Each group member should write the subsidiary questions so that everyone can use the questions for their own essay composition. When finished developing your questions, begin finding answers in the text. You will be expected to attach a copy of your essential question and 10 subsidiary questions to your final paper.

    4. Reflections: How was the composition and answering of the subsidiary questions? How does this help your writing process?

    How do we prepare to compose an analytical paper on The Kite Runner by developing personal insight and subsidiary questions to support the essential question? Due Tuesday, February 24th:
  • Finish the reading of The Kite Runner and turn in the Analysis Paper (along with an attached list of your essential question and the 10 subsidiary questions). Choose one of the following questions to address in your paper:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) Everyone measures success differently. How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success? You may consider how their pasts influence their definitions of success.
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?
    You MUST follow these ESSAY REQUIREMENTS. You should analyze your chosen question as an expert reader. You may consider, though you're not limited to, the following: diction (author's expression and choice of words), the author's message and purpose, the characters' development, and the purpose and importance of the literary elements used to address the question. Paper length: 3-5 pp. You must make plentiful references to your novel and you must use proper citation. Here's a citation format to follow: According to Winston, the protagonist, "Big Brother is watching me at every corner" (Orwell 55). Be sure to use proper sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and conventions of standard written English. This is formal writing. E-mail or instant message language should not apply. All papers should be type-written, using 12-point font, and be double spaced. Appropriate heading should be included and should always include your name, the teacher's name, the class and period, and date. Your paper should be well-organized and well-written. Sophisticated analysis is essential, so support your ideas with specific evidence from The Kite Runner.

  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Thursday, February 12th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Freewrite one full page on one of the essay questions. Refer to yourself instead of characters from The Kite Runner.
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success?
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers share their personal insight for each essay question.

    3. Group Work: Instructions on developing subsidiary questions for each essay question can be found HERE. Each group will decide on one essay question to analyze together. With your group members, work on developing 10 subsidiary questions that model the questions found in the link above (handout provided in class). Each group member should write the subsidiary questions so that everyone can use the questions for their own essay composition.When finished developing your questions, begin finding answers in the text. You will be expected to attach a copy of your essential question and 10 subsidiary questions to your final paper.

    4. Reflections: How was the composition of the subsidiary questions? How does this help your writing process?

    How do we prepare to compose an analytical paper on The Kite Runner by developing personal insight and subsidiary questions to support the essential question? Due Tuesday, February 24th:
  • Finish the reading of The Kite Runner and turn in the Analysis Paper (along with an attached list of your essential question and the 10 subsidiary questions). Choose one of the following questions to address in your paper:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) Everyone measures success differently. How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success? You may consider how their pasts influence their definitions of success.
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?
    You MUST follow these ESSAY REQUIREMENTS. You should analyze your chosen question as an expert reader. You may consider, though you're not limited to, the following: diction (author's expression and choice of words), the author's message and purpose, the characters' development, and the purpose and importance of the literary elements used to address the question. Paper length: 3-5 pp. You must make plentiful references to your novel and you must use proper citation. Here's a citation format to follow: According to Winston, the protagonist, "Big Brother is watching me at every corner" (Orwell 55). Be sure to use proper sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and conventions of standard written English. This is formal writing. E-mail or instant message language should not apply. All papers should be type-written, using 12-point font, and be double spaced. Appropriate heading should be included and should always include your name, the teacher's name, the class and period, and date. Your paper should be well-organized and well-written. Sophisticated analysis is essential, so support your ideas with specific evidence from The Kite Runner.

  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2009: 1. Do Now: In your assigned groups, finish your list of strategies that good readers use to read and analyze literature effectively. If necessary, also finish your analysis of Chapter One of The Kite Runner. If time allows, continue reading and analyzing the text, as an expert reader. Analyze with a purpose (addressing the paper topics--see HW).

    2. Discuss/Share: Finish discussing and taking notes on the Chapter One analysis and strategies of good readers. Introduce The Kite Runner Paper requirements and topic choices.

    How do we prepare to read and analyze The Kite Runner as expert readers? Due Tuesday, February 24th:
  • Finish the reading of The Kite Runner and turn in the Analysis Paper. Choose one of the following questions to address in your paper:
    1.) How are characters in the novel shaped by the historical and political events that occur in their lives?
    2.) Everyone measures success differently. How do different characters in The Kite Runner measure success? You may consider how their pasts influence their definitions of success.
    3.) Why do characters in the novel have “unatoned sins” and how do they find ways to be “good again”?
    You MUST follow these ESSAY REQUIREMENTS. You should analyze your chosen question as an expert reader. You may consider, though you're not limited to, the following: diction (author's expression and choice of words), the author's message and purpose, the characters' development, and the purpose and importance of the literary elements used to address the question. Paper length: 3-5 pp. You must make plentiful references to your novel and you must use proper citation. Here's a citation format to follow: According to Winston, the protagonist, "Big Brother is watching me at every corner" (Orwell, 55). Be sure to use proper sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and conventions of standard written English. This is formal writing. E-mail or instant message language should not apply. All papers should be type-written, using 12-point font, and be double spaced. Appropriate heading should be included and should always include your name, the teacher's name, the class and period, and date. Your paper should be well-organized and well-written. Sophisticated analysis is essential, so support your ideas with specific evidence from The Kite Runner.

  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Tuesday, February 10th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Continue the analysis of Chapter One of The Kite Runner. Freewrite everything you've ever learned about how to analyze literature, referring only to Chapter One of The Kite Runner. Prove that you are an expert high school student (you are seniors!) in the analysis of literature. You may consider the significance/purpose of the setting, flashback, characterization, repetition, motif, mood, and any other literary elements. Make predictions and identify what led you to those predictions. Use all of your prior knowledge about literary analysis.

    2. Group Work: Share your introductory analysis of The Kite Runner with your assigned group mates. Add to your list. On another sheet of loose leaf, write a list of strategies that good readers use to read and analyze literature effectively. Work with your group mates to come up with a list that all of you agree on.

    3. Discuss/Share: Share your introductory analysis of The Kite Runner and the strategies that good readers use to read effectively.

    How do we prepare to read and analyze The Kite Runner as expert readers? Due Tomorrow:
  • Begin reading The Kite Runner.

    Due Tuesday, February 24th:

  • Finish the reading of The Kite Runner and turn in the Paper (TBA).

  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Monday, February 9th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Read over your "2019" paper. On a post-it, write at least two strengths in your writing. On another post-it, write at least two goals for your writing (what you'd like to improve). If you didn't do the "2019" HW, then take out a piece of loose leaf and write the reasons that prevented you from doing the assignment (1/2 the page) and your writing goals (what you'd like to improve in your writing)

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss Do Now.

    3. Reading/Analysis of Chapter One of The Kite Runner: Read Chapter One (the first two pages) and freewrite everything you've ever learned about how to analyze literature, referring only to the first chapter. Think about setting, flashback, characterization, repetition, motif, mood, and any other literary elements. Make predictions and identify what led you to those predictions. Use all of your prior knowledge about literary analysis. Prove that you are an expert high school student (you are seniors!) in the analysis of literature.

    How do we effectively analyze our own writing and an author's writing in terms of flashback and foreshadowing?
  • Make up any HW owed.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Friday, February 6th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Discuss and reflect on your scholarship findings. Were you satisfied with the scholarships available to you? Did you do a google search to fit your needs?

    2. Creative Writing Instructions: Imagine it's 2019 and you're about to go to your 10-year high school reunion. Write a fictional story about yourself in 2019. Describe your life, the people around you, the state of our country and the world, and your community. Include the effects of your childhood/adolescent events and choices. Show (use the five senses--sight, sound, smell, taste, touch); do not tell. Include both direct quotations (where a person's exact words are used and those words are set off with quotation marks: Jack said, "The match won't start on time if it rains.") and indirect quotations (give the meaning of what a person said, but not necessarily his or her exact words: Jack said that the game would start late if it rains tonight.). Write a minimum of 500 words.

    3. Work Period: 2019 Creative Writing piece. Turn in the scholarship freewrite HW in your folders.

    How do we effectively reflect on our pasts and prepare for our future through creative writing? Due Monday:
  • Finish the 2019 Creative Writing piece. Imagine it's 2019 and you're about to go to your 10-year high school reunion. Write a fictional story about yourself in 2019. Describe your life, the people around you, our country, the world, and your community. Include the effects of the events and choices that occurred in your childhood and adolescence. Show (use the five senses--sight, sound, smell, taste, touch); do not tell. Include both direct quotations (where a person's exact words are used and those words are set off with quotation marks. For example: Jack said, "The match won't start on time if it rains.") and indirect quotations (give the meaning of what a person said, but not necessarily his or her exact words. For example: Jack said that the game would start late if it rains tonight.). Write a minimum of 500 words (two pages typed). Your paper should have the proper heading (your name, the date, my name, and the course name (E8 Period___) and it should be double-spaced in 12 point font.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Thursday, February 5th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish the Self-Assessment. Examine the Scholarships for New York City Students and find scholarship(s) that fit your interests and qualifications.

    2. Freewrite: Brainstorm two full pages explaining your reasons for choosing specific scholarship(s) that fit you.

    3. Discuss and Share your findings.

    How do we effectively reflect on our pasts and prepare for our future? Due Tomorrow:
  • Finish today's classwork--brainstorm one page typed OR two full pages (handwritten) explaining your reasons for choosing specific scholarship(s) that fit you. Use the Scholarships for New York City Students, scholarships listed below and even do a google search on your own.
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Wednesday, February 4th, 2009: 1. Do Now: Finish the Self-Assessment: Write a minimum of one paragraph for each question below. Write in descriptive detail. You may want to include specific examples.
  • Describe your performance in high school thus far. Include any factors that have influenced your school performance, either negatively or positively.
  • Describe your academic and personal strengths.
  • What three characteristics or traits best define you?
  • Choose one: If you were writing yourself a recommendation for college, what would you say about yourself? What skills do you want to improve or acquire in English and other subjects before high school graduation?
  • What are your future goals? What do you want to become? What area of study (in college) most interests you and why?
  • For Fun: Share five random things about yourself that would be surprising or unique. Of course, this would be appropriate to share with me, your teacher, and your classmates.

    2. Discuss/Share: Volunteers share any insight and/or random things about themselves.

    3. Introduce Spring 2009 Senior Syllabus.

  • How do we engage in a self-assessment?
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: Magic Johnson Scholarship (deadline: first Friday in February), List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!
  • Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009: Do Now: Work on the Self-Assessment: Write a minimum of one paragraph for each question below. Write in descriptive detail. You may want to include specific examples.
  • Describe your performance in high school thus far. Include any factors that have influenced your school performance, either negatively or positively.
  • Describe your academic and personal strengths.
  • What three characteristics or traits best define you?
  • Choose one: If you were writing yourself a recommendation for college, what would you say about yourself? What skills do you want to improve or acquire in English and other subjects before high school graduation?
  • What are your future goals? What do you want to become? What area of study (in college) most interests you and why?
  • For Fun: Share five random things about yourself that would be surprising or unique. Of course, this would be appropriate to share with me, your teacher, and your classmates.

  • How do we engage in a self-assessment?
  • Work on remaining college applications!
  • Work on college scholarships! Here are some: Magic Johnson Scholarship (deadline: first Friday in February), List of a wide variety of college scholarships, and Hispanic College Fund, which offers a great deal of scholarships. HERE'S A NEW SCHOLARSHIP JUST FOR NYC STUDENTS AND BIG PRIZE $$ (Deadline: Feb. 15): Random House Creative Writing Contest for NYC Seniors!