Thursday, March 22, 2018

Preparing to write

1. Let's start with a Google Form! CLICK HERE to tell me about what you are reading.

2. Tomorrow you will be writing an on-demand comparative analysis essay in class about "Wings" and "The Necklace." You can use this graphic organizer to help organize your comparison. Be sure to bring your orange workbook and copy of "Wings."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reading "The Necklace"

Yesterday we read and analyzed the poem/song "Wings." Today, you will read "The Necklace" by
Guy de Maupassant, located on page 53 of your orange workbook. After reading, answer the following questions in your English Journal.

1. What is the lesson about materialism and status that the Loisels learn in this story?
2. What are some possible themes for this text?
3. What examples (and what kind) of irony did you notice in the story?
4. Is the necklace that Madam Loisel borrows an example of symbolism? Explain.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"The Necklace" and "Wings"

You spent several weeks reading, writing, editing, and perfecting your comparative analysis essay of "The Cask of Amontillado" and The Night of the Hunter. This week, you will have those skills put to the test as you write an on-demand comparative analysis essay on Friday. The two texts you are going to compare and contrast are "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant and the song lyrics of "Wings" by Macklamore.

Your essay will be evaluated with this rubric.

TODAY, we will focus on reading/listening to "Wings." After hearing the song:
1. Create and fill out a SIFT chart in your English Journal for "Wings."
2. Copy and answer the following questions in your English Journal:

  • What is the message about materialism and status that the song is conveying?
  • What are some possible themes for this text?
  • What are some examples of vivid imagery that the song uses? How do those images support the theme?
  • Choose at least three words or phrases that really speak to you. Explain why.

Monday, March 19, 2018


If you were absent today, or just want a refresher on the SIFT method of poetry analysis, here is a link the Prezi we viewed in class.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the poem we are going to analyze in class.

Use the following frame to help you write an analytical response paragraph to "Introduction to Poetry." Please compose your paragraph in your English Journal.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Peer editing

Today we will be peer editing each other's comparative analysis essays. Use the feedback that you get today to make final adjustments to your essay. I will begin grading them on Monday.

Absent? Have a friend or parent give you feedback using THIS FORM.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Writing the conclusion

1. We will begin today by self-evaluating English Journals. Follow these steps:
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Review the English Journal Scoring Guide
  3. Determine how you would score your English Journal for assignments from 1/29/18 to 3/9/18. 
  4. PASTE the sentence below into the TOP of your English Journal and be sure it is complete. 
March 14, 2018 Self Score:    
I believe I have earned a ______ (Your score 1-5) on my English Journal because_______________________ _______________ (Your reasons you think you earned that score.)

2. Let's write the conclusion! Contrary to popular belief, the concluding paragraph is NOT just a place to simply restate your thesis; that would be redundant. Also, it is NOT the place to introduce new ideas or topics. Here are some things that you might include in your concluding paragraph:
  • a brief summary of the paper's main points
  • ask a provocative question
  • create a vivid image
  • end with a warning
  • universalize (apply or compare to other situations)
You may find the sentence frames pictured below helpful in crafting your own conclusion.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The body paragraphs

Last week you began your essay by crafting the introduction paragraph. Below are a couple of sample introductions that may guide your writing:

Today we are going to focus on the body paragraphs. For guidance on writing the body paragraphs, I suggest that you consult one of the compare/contrast outlines that I provided on the back of your graphic organizer ("point by point method" or "block method"). There are also some helpful posters hung up in the classroom. Again, you are not required to strictly follow either of these outlines, however, they will give you a solid organizational foundation.

Below are some sentence frames that may guide your use of academic language.

Need some more inspiration? Let's watch this video tutorial for writing a paragraph about the mood.

Below are some sample body paragraphs. NEITHER ARE PERFECT! However, they both present  relevant examples, provide insightful analysis, and use strong academic language.

Looking for evidence? Don't forget the student-created evidence spreadsheets: