Note: Journal

  • You have time to write in your class journal almost every class
  • You will turn in your journal at the end of the quarter
  • I won't read everything written in your journal, but I'll glance through it to make sure you weren't just writing nonsense to fill up space
  • You must have at least ten full pages of writing to receive full credit for your journal at the end of the quarter
    • Writing should be about the same size as you would use on a lined sheet of paper
  • You are welcome to draw in your journal, but drawings do not count towards your 10 pages


Wednesday, 15 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on missing work (term ends Friday)

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work, make up work, and extra credit is due by Friday at 2:00

Tuesday, 14 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Turned in warmup packets, Euros, and journals
  • Talked about formal vs. informal writing

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Turn in your warmup packet, Euros, and journal as soon as possible!
  • Look at the slideshow posted under "Materials Used in Class." Read the slides. There are three situations at the end--you need to answer those questions and turn in your work when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work, make up work, and extra credit is due by Friday at 2:00

MATERIALS USED IN CLASS


Friday, 10 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on revising the superhero stories
  • Journaled

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Revise your superhero story. Go back through it at least three times. Consider the following questions:
    • Does my intro grab the reader's attention?
    • Does my conclusion successfully bring my writing to a close?
    • Do my paragraphs flow one to another well?
    • Do events happen in a logical order?
    • Do I describe my characters? Can readers picture them? Hear them? Relate to them?
    • Is my story interesting? Would a reader get bored while reading the story?
  • Turn in your revised story

HOMEWORK
  • Your warmup packet is due on Tuesday
  • Your journal is due on Tuesday
  • You have until 2:00 next Friday to turn in any missing work

Thursday, 9 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Finished watching The Incredibles and talked about plot and characterization

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • No warmup today
  • You need to complete this worksheet and turn it in when you get back to class. We watched the movie in class. You might want to just look up a summary to identify the aspects the worksheet asks for (plot, characters, etc.):

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work you have. The end of the term is a week from Friday!

Tuesday, 7 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Reviewed elements of a fiction story
  • Started watching The Incredibles and identifying those parts of a story

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do the warmup
  • Your superhero story was due today. Turn it in as soon as you get back.
  • When you get back to class, get a worksheet for The Incredibles

HOMEWORK
  • If you haven't finished your superhero story, get it done! Turn it in!


Thursday, 2 March

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on their superhero stories

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • You need to finish your superhero story on your own. Bring it, completed, to class next time.

HOMEWORK
  • You need to finish your superhero story and bring it to class next time. It will be late (and -50%) you turn it in later.

Friday, 24 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on their superhero stories
  • We played Jeopardy

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • No warmup today
  • Do the homework!

HOMEWORK
  • You need to finish the first draft of your superhero story by the next time we meet (which isn't until next Thursday)

Thursday, 23 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Worked on writing the superhero story that you started planning last class

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Work on writing a story! It should feature the superhero/villain you started creating in previous classes and be about either the story of how he/she because a superhero/villain OR about a conflict with their enemy.

HOMEWORK
  • Any missing work

Tuesday, 21 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students worked on creating their own superhero or supervillain
  • Next time, students will start a story with this new character

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Read through slides #8-13 of the slideshow posted below. Follow the instructions on the slides, and write the things they tell you to write. (Note: Slide 12 tells you to complete a worksheet. The worksheet just has the questions that are on slide 13. You don't need the worksheet.)
  • Read through slide #15. Click the link at the top and read through the slideshow it leads you to.
  • Answer the questions on slide #16.
  • Turn in your list, paragraphs, and answers to questions when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you didn't finish in class

MATERIALS USED IN CLASS


Thursday, 16 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Thought about superheroes, got ready to write about your own superhero

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Think about superheroes and supervillains. Write a paragraph on things they have in common, and a second paragraph on things that are different between then. Turn this in when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • None

Tuesday, 14 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Made valentines

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup

HOMEWORK
  • None

Friday, 10 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Played Jeopardy
  • Journaled

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • See "Homework"

HOMEWORK
  • If your essay isn't complete, you'll need to finish it at home. See 9 February's post.

Thursday, 9 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students finished revising their essays
  • Students completed a self-assessment on the essays

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • You need to finish your essay, including revising and editing it, then writing it neatly on a new paper or typing it up
  • Once you've finished your essay, complete the following self-assessment. Turn it in with your essay.

HOMEWORK
  • If your essay isn't complete, you'll need to finish it at home. See the instructions under "If You Missed Class" above.


Tuesday, 7 February

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Students revised their essays today

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup (see the slideshow at the top of the page)
  • Look at the slideshow posted on 19 January. Look at slide #47. Follow the directions on the slides for revising your essay, then bring it to class to turn in.

HOMEWORK
  • You need to finish your essay, revise, and proofread it if you didn't finish in class.

Thursday, 2 February

We started revising your essays today. See 7 February for more information.

Tuesday, 31 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • Practiced the "writing" step of the writing process

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • Write an essay:
    1. Choose one of the questions listed on Friday, 27 January.
    2. Answer: What is my opinion on this topic? This will be your thesis.
    3. Write an outline for a five-paragraph essay:
      1. Thesis
        1. Reason #1 with examples
        2. Reason #2 with examples
        3. Reason #3 with examples
      2. Conclusion
    4. Write a five-paragraph essay on the prompt (note: each paragraph must be at least five sentences long)

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you didn't finish in class

Friday, 27 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
We've been talking about the writing process, and we're starting to focus more on the "writing" step. Today, students wrote for 80 seconds on various prompts and then chose one to expand into a five-paragraph essay.

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
Write a paragraph on each of the following prompts. If you want to time yourself, each should only take you about a minute and a half. Turn these in when you get back to class.
  1. Do you want to go to college? Why or why not?
  2. If this class were given one million dollars to donate to a non-profit or charity, which should we donate it to? Why? Assume we can’t break it up, and we have to agree where to donate it.
  3. In some cultures, it’s normal for extended families to live together. These “multigenerational households” are also growing in the United States. This might mean grandparents or aunts and uncles would live with you. What might this look like in your family? What would be some of the effects—think about money, relationships, and so on. Would this be a good idea? Why or why not?
  4. For $35,000 USD, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone until after the three months is up. (From http://www.sciforums.com/threads/20-hypothetical-questions.7284/)
  5. Compare Rockwell High with another school you went to or that you know about
  6. If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?
  7. I’m new to the US. I love sports, but I’m not familiar with any American teams. What’s a team I should follow? Why?
  8. Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job? Why or why not?

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you didn't finish in class

Thursday, 26 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We talked about the steps of the writing process
  • Students journaled

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup, posted in the slideshow above (there are three parts)
  • In class, students made a sign with the steps of the writing process. You need to do this on your own if you missed class. Use an 8.5 x 11" white piece of paper and write the steps and a short explanation of each one. Make it colorful and pleasing to the eye. The steps are listed below; you'll need to look up on your own what each one is (if you don't know):
    1. Prewriting
    2. Writing
    3. Revising
    4. Editing
    5. Publishing

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you didn't finish in class

Tuesday, 24 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We finished practicing prewriting
  • We started journals

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
  • You need to turn in examples of practicing all six prewriting techniques.
    • These are all posted in the slideshow on 19 January. The slideshow describes a prewriting technique and then gives a link to the article. For each technique, read the information, then look at the article, then use the prewriting technique as if you were prewriting for an essay on the news article.
    • After all six techniques, there are some questions for you to answer. Write the answers on the same paper.
    • Finally, there are two videos about Trump's wall. Watch them, decide on your opinion, then choose a prewriting technique and do the prewriting for an essay on your opinion about Trump's wall.
    • Turn everything in when you get back to class.

HOMEWORK
  • Anything you didn't finish in class

Thursday, 19 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We learned about and practiced prewriting

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Do today's warmup
    • This is posted in the slideshow at the top of the page
    • Note there are three parts: A vocabulary word, a sentence to re-write correctly, and a writing prompt
  • Look at the slideshow posted under "Materials Used in Class."
    • Go through slides #1-14, including clicking on links
    • The slideshow presents three different prewriting techniques (on pink slides). When you get to the slide that has a news headline and says "practice," read the linked article and practice the previously listed prewriting technique with that article.
      • Example: When you get to slide #14, click the link and read the article. Then, on a piece of paper, write the key words you'd write about if you were writing something based on that article (this is the prewriting technique written on slide #8)
  • Turn in this paper when you get back to class

HOMEWORK
  • None

MATERIALS USED IN CLASS


Tuesday, 17 January

WHAT WE DID TODAY
  • We talked about some logistics for the class
  • We did a writing pre-assessment

IF YOU MISSED CLASS
  • Complete the following and turn it in!
  1. How do you feel about writing? (2-3 sentences)
  2. What do you want to get out of this class? (2-3 sentences)
  3. Think of a class you had in the past that you enjoyed. What was it? What kinds of things did you did in the class? Why did you enjoy it? (2-3 sentences)
  4. What are topics or activities that you feel would be useful to cover? (2-3 sentences)
  5. What are topics or activities that you think would be fun to include in this class? (2-3 sentences)
  6. Choose one of the following and write a five-paragraph essay on the topic:
    1. Participating in team sports helps to develop good character
    2. Selling and buying marijuana should be legal in the entire US
    3. Cell phone use should always be allowed at Rockwell High--teachers should not be allowed to make rules that forbid students to use their cell phones

HOMEWORK
  • None