Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friday: Book Review Due Monday (1/23/17)

You have a few options today:

1) If you haven't finished your Letter to McBride, the final draft is due at the end of the day (1/20/17). Click here for directions. When you finish, please send to Ms. Green at using the regular Google Docs-Save As format:


2) Work on your Book Review, which is due at the end of the day on Monday, 1/23/17. You have written a few of these already, but here's another look at the guidelines:

Write book review for your independent reading book of your choice. 
Make sure to use proper formatting and structure guidelines.


Google Docs-Save As : 

    Share with Ms. Green at .

    3) Study for the mid-term. Here's a link to the study guide.

    If you're absent today, please work on these assignments.

    Thursday: Another Day for the Letter to McBride

    Today we're continuing the Letter to Mr. McBride we began yesterday. Click here for directions!

    This will be due at the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, 1/20/17.

    Also, here's a link to the study guide for the mid-term. Study hard!

    Before semester grading time, I just want to mention your citizenship grades. Please be aware of the rubric that we use to determine those marks here at Point Loma High. Click here to check it out. (See page 15.)

    If you're absent today, please work on the Letter to Mr. McBride.

    Reminder: We'll be working on your Book Review in class tomorrow, so please have your Independent Reading Book finished. The Review itself is due at the end of the day on Monday, 1/23/17!

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Wednesday: Letter to Mr. McBride

    Today we'll be using your Precis in a thoughtful letter to Mr. James McBride.

    Assignment:  Summarizing and Responding in a Letter to James McBride
    • Now that you have considered the topic of hip hop and its global influence, you will write a summary and response in the format of a letter.
    • Your task is to compose a letter to James McBride with the purpose of letting him know what you think about the claims he makes about the importance and power of hip hop in his essay.
    • The first portion of the letter will be a summary where you show McBride that you understand the main points of his essay. (This is basically your Precis, but you’ll be adjusting it so it is addressed to Mr. McBride. You are speaking to him in this letter.) The second portion of your letter will be a thoughtful response to his ideas; you’ll be emphasizing the meaning of his metaphorical language by interpreting his imagery.
    Please create a new document in your drive named: Letter to McBride.

    Directions for the beginning of your letter: (salutation)
    ·         “Dear Mr. McBride,”

    Directions for paragraph 1:
    ·      *   Revise your Precis by using the suggestions Ms. Green wrote in your shared Precis document on Google.
    ·      *   Copy and paste your Precis into your letter.
    ·         * Adjust your Precis so that it talks to Mr. McBride.
    Reminders for the summary portion of your letter:
    • Address the author as Mr. McBride.
    • Keep your opinion out of the summary. A summary is not the place to agree or disagree.
    • Avoid using words like I, me, my, or other references to yourself.

    Directions for paragraph 2:
    Write a one-paragraph (5-7 sentences) response to the essay. Include the following:
    ·       *   In the first sentence, state whether you agree or disagree that we have become a “hip hop planet.”
    ·       *  Really think about the phrase, “At its best, hip-hop lays bare the empty moral cupboard that is our generation’s legacy.” What does McBride mean when he writes that?
    ·        * Also think about the phrase, “Hip-hop culture is not mine. Yet I own it.” What does he mean by that, as well?
    ·         * Close your paragraph by stating whether McBride’s essay was strong or weak, and explain to him why he did or did not make his point.

    ·         Sign off (Sincerely, All the best, Yours truly, etc.) with your name.

    REMINDER: Book Review will be due 1/23/17. You'll have time to write it in class Friday, so please have your book read by then!

    If you are absent today, please write the letter according to the above directions.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Tuesday: Return of SOAPSTone

    Today is SOAPSTone day! You've done this before with "Undercover Parent," and I'm re-posting the directions here. SOAPSTone will help you to analyze "Hip Hop Planet" this time, and these skills will aid you during the mid-term.

    In your "Green's English Journal" document, please use the title "SOAPSTone." Then break down the "Hip Hop Planet" article by using these six elements:

    S - Subject / topic / issue of the text
    O - Occasion - what is the context of the text? What were the *circumstances* that encouraged him to write "Hip Hop Planet"?
    A - Audience who is this written for? How do you know?
    P - Purpose - why did the author write this? What is his/her goal?
    S - Speaker - who is James McBride? How do you know? What else can you find out?
    Tone - sarcastic, humble, bitter, convinced, unsure, reasonable, angry, immature, educated?

    REMINDER: Book Review will be due 1/23/17.

    If you are absent today, please complete the SOAPSTone.

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Reading Inventory

    We're taking a "Reading Inventory" assessment today. This will show you us your Lexile level. (To see what that means, check this site.)

    Click on this link to get started!

    When you finish, you can look at your score and how it corresponds to grade levels by clicking here.
    If you're interested in looking up books that correspond with your Lexile score, go to this site.

    The only homework you have is Independent Reading for the Book Review that is due 1/23/17. We'll be working on that assignment in class Friday, 1/20/17.

    If you're absent today, you'll be taking this assessment when you return. It needs to be taken in class, not from home. <G> Meanwhile, please complete a SOAPSTone for "Hip Hop Planet." Here are the directions for SOAPSTone, which you have done before.

    REMINDER: Book Review will be due 1/23/17.

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Peer Edit Day

    Today you'll get feedback from your table partners on your Precis.

    We're going for three rounds of peer editing. You will "comment" in the rough draft document itself.

    1. Round One: Content
    Partners will concentrate on the content of the Precis.
    * Does the Precis follow the required format?
    * Are the verbs used as strong and concise as they can be?
    * Are the examples pulled from "Hip Hop Planet" as strong as they can be?

    2. Round Two: Content
    Follow guidelines for Round One.

    Round Three: Proofreading
    Your partner will proofread your Precis for grammar and spelling issues.

    Note: When you turn in the final product, the "five error rule" will apply. (After five errors, you will lose points.) That means you want this Precis to be as polished as possible!

    After your partners go over your work, you will rewrite your Precis in its own file and share with Ms. Green at You can name the document "Precis" and then "save as" (subject line) the usual format (Period, Your Last Name, Your First Name). This is due by class time tomorrow!
    If you do not finish your rewrite in class, it's homework.

    We will be using the Precis for another assignment next week, so don't fall behind!

    REMINDER: Book Review will be due 1/23/17.

    If you're absent today, you will need to find your own feedback and rewrite your Precis. 

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Say "Precis"!

    Ready to write your first Rhetorical Precis? (Your next one will be for the mid-term!)

    You will need:
    1. Your annotated "Hip Hop Planet" article.
    2. Charting the Text from yesterday.
    3. Rhetorical Precis Format worksheet from last Friday.
    4. Rhetorical Precis example on the back of the documentary worksheet from last week.

    Use all of these to construct your own Rhetorical Precis for "Hip Hop Planet." Follow the example as well as the format as you utilize the verbs you charted yesterday. Check your Precis against the format sheet to make sure you have everything you need in those four very important sentences!

    If you do not finish this in class, it's homework.

    We will be peer editing your Precis sentences tomorrow. This feedback will allow them to shine for a great grade!

    REMINDER: Book Review will be due 1/23/17.

    If you're absent today, you will need to construct your Precis by using the materials listed above.