Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tomorrow's Socratic Semiar

For tomorrow's Socratic Seminar, you will need to bring the following:

Extra time today?

  • Be sure all assignments in your English Journal are complete.
  • Create debatable questions related to the texts we read and add to the back of your note sheet. I guarantee this will help you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Socratic seminar articles

You have already read "The Undercover Parent," "Big Brother Meets Big Mother," and "6 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Life."

Today, you continue to prepare for Friday's Socratic seminar by reading and taking notes on another article of your choice. You may choose from the list below.

"The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers"
"Why Teens Need Privacy Online"
"Parental Dilemma: Whether to spy on their kids"
"Privacy and Teens in Social Media"

Use the provided Socratic Seminar preparation guide to make notes about what you read. Bring this with you to the Socratic Seminar on Friday.

Extra time? Take a look at this infographic about teens, social media, and privacy. You may want to make some brief notes on the infographic (or even print it out), so that you can bring that info to discuss at the Socratic seminar.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Preparing for a Socratic Seminar

We will be participating in our first Socratic seminar this Friday (12/15), so we will spend much of this week preparing for it!  Today, we will read and make notes on the article "6 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Life." The notes you take today will count toward part of your final Socratic seminar grade. For your section of the article you will:

  1.  Create a title that accurately describes what the section is about.
  2. Summarize the section into 3-5 key bullet points.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Who has the most well-written precis?

1. I need to know about your current independent reading book. TELL ME ABOUT IT HERE.

2. Finish your rhetorical precis for "Big Brother Meets Big Mother." There are extra points on the line for really good writing...

3. Time for a little competition! Paste your rhetorical precis in SOCRATIVE. I'll give you the room number.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Analyzing "Big Brother Meets Big Mother"

Yesterday we read "Big Brother Meets Big Mother" by Ellen Goodman.
Today, you'll begin by testing your knowledge about the text.

1. With a partner at your table, COMPLETE THIS FORM. You will be asked some comprehension questions about the text, followed by SOAPSTone. Please submit ONE form per partnership.

2. Once your form has been submitted, you will begin working independently on a rhetorical precis about "Big Brother Meets Big Mother." Compose your rhetorical precis at the top of your English Journal. The sentence stems below may help:

Sentence 1 (What does the author argue?):
Ellen Goodman, in the article, “__________________________” (2007) argues that parents are........ and should......

Sentence 2 (What are 3 pieces of evidence the author uses to develop his/her argument?):
Goodman supports her claim by listing the over the top ways that parents keep track of their kids, then ___________________, and finally by ______________________________.

Sentence 3 (Author's purpose):
Goodman's purpose is to  _____________in order to make the the point that________________.

Sentence 4 (Tone and intended audience):
Writing in a ________________ tone to ______________________ (audience), the author hopes to help the audience realize / understand……….

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A quick quiz and a new text

FIRST, we'll take a brief QUIZ to see if you've been thinking about the rhetorical strategies we've
been studying.


THIRD, copy the SOAPSTone chart below and paste it into the top of your English Journal. Work with your table group to complete the chart based on the article you just read.

Text Component
“Big Brother Meets Big Mother”
By Ellen Goodman

What is the subject or topic of the piece?
What theme or big idea do you see?
What is this piece about?

What event or occasion do you think caused the author to write this piece?
Immediate event? Larger event in society / world that may have influenced?

To whom is the author writing? How do you know?
What does the author want you to believe or understand?
What is the purpose of the text? (choose one):
• To educate or inform (if the author’s  position was neutral)
• To persuade or convince (if the author’s  position was negative or positive)
• To reflect on an important event or idea (poetry, personal narrative).
What do we know about the speaker?
How does his/her background affect his point of view on the subject? Education?  Roles in society? Beliefs? Values?
What is the attitude of the speaker or writer as revealed by the choice of vocabulary?
Tone words: academic, formal, informal, sarcastic, humorous, informative, reflective,  persuasive, casual, argumentative, passionate, cautionary, condescending, respectful,  etc.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rhetorical Precis

The rhetorical precis is an AP strategy for briefly and concisely analyzing the content, purpose, and persuasive strategies of an expository text. A rhetorical precis is one paragraph (four sentences), and follows the pattern below.

  Today, you will write a collaborative rhetorical precis for "The Undercover Parent" with your table group. You will write this on a sheet of notebook paper and turn it in to the inbox.  Each person's handwriting must be present.

Sentence 1: Note the name of the author, the genre and title of the work, and the publication date in parentheses; a rhetorically accurate verb and the major assertion or thesis statement in the work.

Sentence 2: An explanation of how the author supports his/her claims, usually in chronological order.

Sentence 3: A statement of the author’s purpose, followed by an “in order to” phrase.

Sentence 4: A description of the intended audience and the relationship the author establishes with the audience.

For you visual learners, here is a frame of what each sentence should look like:

And here are definitions for each part of the frame:

Lastly, here is an example. The example follows the general outline of the frame above, yet incorporates the author's own personal writing style:

Harlan Coben’s op-ed piece, “The Undercover Parent” (2008) argues that using
spyware to monitor children’s online activity is an unpleasant but probably
necessary part of responsible parenting in today’s world. Coben approaches
this uncomfortable subject with a blunt tone and numerous concessions and
anecdotes that candidly acknowledge both the dangers of the Internet and the
distastefulness of electronic monitoring. His apparent purpose is to alert parents to the potential dangers of the Internet and increase parental involvement and protection in children’s online lives. While Coben does not explicitly identify himself as a parent, he does present himself as a peer of parents of teenagers, and his audience is clearly parents whose children have home access to the Internet.

In the op-ed editorial “The Undercover Parent” (2008), Harlan Coben debates
whether or not parents should use spyware to monitor and protect their children on the Internet. Coben cites life examples, and rebuts possible objections, while sharing the dangers he’s learned in his research to establish understanding with parents who waver over the decision to use spyware. In a concerned and informative tone, Coben ultimately suggests setting the spyware aside and opening a dialogue with teens to discuss the dangers of the Internet.

In the “The Undercover Parent” (2008), Harlan Coben asserts that parents
should discuss installing spyware on their children’s computers so they can be
monitored. Coben backs up this claim by using different situations that are
possible and by acknowledging both sides of the argument. Coben encourages
parents to install the spyware in order to keep teens safe. Coben writes to parents of teens and teenagers themselves as a mediator with a concerned tone.