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Due Thursday, May 2 at the start
Due Tuesday, May 7 at the start
- Bring 2 copies of your This I Believe, one for Cherri and Al. 50 points with submission forms.
- Ask any questions you have about portoflios today. Please read the directions.
- We're watching The Hunger Games. Bring snacks to share; bring your own beverage.
Due Thursday, May 9 at the start
- We're finishing The Hunger Games. Bring your own snacks and beverages.
- If we finish Hunger Games in time, we'll go over this Revision Checklist
Due Tuesday, May 14 Last Day of Class
- Rough draft of portfolio letter due today for peer workshop (handwritten is ok). 25 points.
- Cherri will pass out grade reports today.
- Anything else you want to peer edit, today is the day.
- Last day of class. Portfolios due at noon. We'll be done by 12:20.
January 21—No classes, MLK day
February 1—The last
day to drop a class without a "W"
February 15—No classes, Lincoln’s
February 18—No classes, Washington’s
last day to drop a class and earn a "W"
Break, no classes
April 30—Last day to turn in any
revised essay for feedback before portfolios due
May 14—Last day of class,
portfolios are due
May 21 12:45 pm—Final
Exam Time (We will not be meeting this time.)
January 24 at the start of class
- Read the
syllabus and bring any questions you have about it.
- Here is the freewriting
advice we looked at during the first class.
must provide me with verification that you have met the prereq for this
class by the beginning of class today or you will be dropped. You
should print out your eservices assessment scores if you do not have
the form from the assessment center. See the counselors if you need to
have your transcripts read.
- Bring your
completed information index card, which should contain the following
details printed neatly on one side. 10 points.
- You name, as it
appears on the syllabus. (If you have a nickname you’d prefer to go by,
a light line through your “real” name and write your preferred
name above it.)
- Your email
address. (You must have an email you check regularly for this class.
- Your phone
number. Write text
if you prefer text messages; write call
if you prefer a voice call.
- Here is a
sample of what it should look like when you’re done.
- Write either
your six-word memoir OR one secret of adulthood
on the other side of the notecard you've already written on above.
These pieces of writing are brief introductions that will help us get
to know each other; they only need to be true for you and not
universal. We'll read them
aloud in class and then you’ll turn them in to me. (Creative presentation is optional;
words are required.) 25
points. Here is a sample:
- Register and/or
pay and/or get parking permits should you need to take care of those
- Join/like the facebook
page, if you like. it's not required. (Not many students are
on there, so it’s relatively inactive. Maybe you can change that.)
please remember to avoid the fragrances.
January 29 at the start of class
- Please read the following two chapters by Don Murray about writing (Craft and Unlearning).
Decide which of his points speak to you and which you might have an
issue with. Bring your ideas to class and be preapred to discuss with
your peers and as a class.
two of Don Murray's ideas to write about for today. Quote the idea
directly from the chapters--retyping his ideas into your own paper--and
then explain why that idea speaks to you. You can use personal examples
and bring in other ideas about writing in if you like. You should have two
full paragraphs (about 300+ words) in response to Don Murray's ideas. Type and use MLA Formatting. 50 points.
- Also, if you
have not received an email from Cherri by Monday morning, the email address you
gave her didn't work or she couldn't read your writing, so email her.
- We will look at this DURING class; no need to print or read before.
Due Thursday, January 31 at the
start of class
Starting today, all 300 classes will be held in Portable 612
- Read this short article. Annotate it.
a breif summary of the article. Be sure to include the following
information: author, article title, author's purpose and other
important details and ideas. The summary of an article this size should
be no longer than 3 sentences. 25 points for the summary. Handwriting
it is fine.
Due Tuesday, February 5 at the start
As of today, all MLA formatting and late work policies apply.
- Read up on this popular writing genre: the MANIFESTO and the MISSION STATEMENT. There are a whole bunch of examples here, here and here.
Don't read all of them, but read as much as you want to get
an idea of what a mission statement / manifesto is AND to gather
inspiration for writing your own. Bring your favorite example with your
to share with the class.
brainstorm for your own mission statement/manifesto (it doesn't matter
which one you work on; they are both essentially the same thing.) This can be handwritten or typed; whichever works for you. You
don't have to be visual/artistic--unless that's right up your alley. 20 points
for brainstorms. We're going to be sharing these ideas and talking about these in class, fyi.
- During class, we will use the following links: ARC's Mission, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Middlefinger Manifesto, Rules to Live by, other examples.
Due Thursday, February 7 at the
start of class--plan in advance; this will take awhile
Write out a rough draft of your manifesto/mission statement. This does
not yet have to be typed, unless you want it to be. Your draft should
be about 200 words. Bring the draft to class. 20 points.
2. Self-Discovery 30 points for completion.
today, do some self-discovery and learn about: yourself. Be sure to print
out/write down your results so you can refer back to them.
First: Take the Meyers-Briggs
personality test. When you find out your four-letter
type, learn more about it. If you're already taken it, take it again.
Sometimes results will differ. (Here is a slightly
shorter version of the above test. If you don't "like" your
results, take this and see what happens.)
Second: Take one of these learning
inventories/multiple intelligence tests. Here is information
about Multiple Intelligences and Vak. Here is a great chart of the different intelligences
Thrid: take any one of these various tests/inventories.
Due Tuesday, February 12 at the start
- Continue the discovery: read these articles. Note the most interesting stuff.
- Continue the discovery: complete the worksheets I gave you last week. 20 points. If you were not in class, the workseets are here and here.
then, revise your misson statement accordingly. Try to address what you
learned about yourself and any ideas you've had since you wrote your
draft last week.
with you a typed, MLA formatted copy of your 200 words (or more)
mission statment/manifesto for peer workshop today. 50 points. You will
be sharing this as a class.
- We'll be starting Hunger Games soon, so get that ASAP.
Due Thursday, February 14 at the start
your revised version of your manifesto today. 5 points extra credit if
you bring 2 copies. This should be the best work you can do on your own
with peer feedback and self-discovery. Then, you'll get teacher
feedback and can imporove it again. 50 points.
- Read, Every Little Hurricane,
a short story by Sherman Alexie. This is a fictional story, told in the
first person. Come prepared to discuss. Annotate, peeps.
The Hunger Games: where the odds are decidedly not in your favor.
be homework in addition to the reading--writing and worksheets due--as well as
pop quizzes, but so you can plan ahead, here is the reading schedule for Hunger
in order to pass the quizzes and write the paper, you will need to cite
specific examples from the actual text. Watching the movie is not enough, nor
is reading the cliff notes.
Tuesday, February 19 at the start of class
chapters 1-3, pages 3-47. Bring your questions. No spoilers. If you read ahead,
that's fine, but don't spoil the plot for those who haven't finished it yet.
- Read through the packet I handed out in class last week.
Thursday, February 21 at the start of class
chapters 4-5, pages 48-72.
- We will
have a visitor from the counseling office in class today. Bring any questions
you have that might be answerable by counseling.
Tuesday, February 26 at the start of class
chapters 6-14, pages 73-149.
Thursday, February 28 at the start of class
- Work on your answers to page 9 of the packet for today. 20 points. We'll go over these in class.
- Review the study questions I emailed on Monday. There will be a quiz today 40 points.
Tuesday, March 5 at the start of class
- Read chapters 15 to end of the novel. So, finish the book.
- We'll be talking about essay topics and there will be another quiz this week sometime.
Thursday, March 7 at the start of class
Due Tuesday, March 12 at the start of class
- Pick out
some symbols you'd like to talk about today and be prepared to show how
they work in the text. (You can use the chart in your packet if you
- Read over the prompt I passed out on Tuesday.
- We'll discuss symbols and themes and go over questions for the essay prompt.
brainstorming and thesis statement for your essay drafts that are due for peer
workshop on Thursday. 20 points for a page of brainstorming and a thesis
statement. Here is the prompt again.
- We'll have the Hunger Games essay quiz today. Please print and read the directions
for the quiz before you come to class. If you do not print it, you will
not have a copy of it as I'm not bringing extras with me.
Due Thursday, March 14 at the start
rough draft of Hunger Games essays due for peer workshop today. 50
points for essay (on time and at least 900 words) and workshop.
- Go over thesis
at exmples of Literary Analysis essays. These examples are available
for viewing only. Do not print or share these examples with anyone
else. The essays were written by students at varying levels about three
different texts. They represent "B" and "A" grades. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/40589318/studentexamplesliteraryanalysis.pdf
Due Tuesday, March 19 at the start of class
- Revised drafts of The Hunger Games essays due for Cherri and Al today. 50 points.
about grammar pet peeves. Ask your friends, family and
co-workers--what kind of things "bug" them about they way people write
Due Thursday, March 21 at the start
Break, no classes
- Complete Grammer homework for today. 25 points.
- There will be reading due the day you come back from spring break, so check the website the weekend before you come back.
credit. Whenever we haved a typed assignment due, you can earn 5 points
extra credit by bringing two copies of it: one for me and one for Al.
This is totally optional, but a great way to earn cushion points.
Due Tuesday, April 2
Class Cancelled today. Get caught up in your classes and preare for Thursday.
Due Thursday, April 4 at the start
Due Tuesday, April 9 at the start
- Read and annoate this article.
Come prepared to disucss. Be sure to print or download to your
electronic device. This article will be a source for your next essay.
- Read and annoate this article.
Come prepared to disucss. Be sure to print or download to your
- Read the prompt for today. (to be posted)
- In class, discuss how to create an essay topic from an article/prompt
Due Thursday, April 11 at the start
Due Tuesday, April 16 at the start
- Rough drafts of essays due for peer workshop today. 50 points for draft and
Due Thursday, April 18 at the start
- Revisions of
essays due for Cherri and Al today. Bring two copies of the essay and
two copies of the submission form--one for Al and one for Cherri--to
get full credit.
- We'll go over this handout, which I'll bring you paper copies of.
- We'll review and we'll start next unit.
Due Tuesday, April 23 at the start
Visit the website for the This I Believe Project.
can read about the project, here.
2. Then, browse around and read and/or listen to some of the
essays people wrote for the Project. There are thousands and you can search
using any number of criteria--by age, by theme, by keyword search.
one essay you really like--that
really speaks to you--and print
it out to bring with you to class. You will read this one essay aloud to a
small group of peers and we will discuss them. 20 points.
we will read from this
packet. You don’t have to print it, but you can if you want to. The essay
you bring to share cannot be from this packet. Here are the
links to the audio for the stories in the packet:
Due Thursday, April 25 at the start
Write a very rough draft--can be hand written--of your own This
I Believe Essay
(prompt). 25 points for 2 handwritten pages or 500 words. You may
go through a number of false starts and you may change your topic as
The goal is to fill your essay with many specific details and examples.
(I won't collect them today, but we will look at them in class.)
We'll talk revision strategies and look at more examples today.
Due Tuesday, April 30 at the start
draft of This I Believe essay due for peer workhsop. Bring FOUR copies of it today for our workshop. 50 points. You will be reading this rough draft aloud in class
for peer workshop. The This I Believe Essay is an oral experience and saying
the words aloud is part of the process.
- Today is the last day to turn in revisions of any of the previous essays--Manifesto, Hunger Games or High School