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5 11 2012



Manipulation of Language

29 10 2012

Often writers use their choice of words to manipulate readers to feel a certain way about their topic.   Before Tuesday, find and post a concrete example of a an author using their language choices to influence the readers.

Background information on Truman Capote

25 10 2012

For Monday, read two of the articles from the following link: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/c/truman_capote/index.html

On this page, there are links to various articles about Truman Capote-his life, career, legacy, etc.

Read two of the articles responding on the blog about what you read AND what you learned about Truman Capote.  Be sure to read this before Monday as this serves as background information for our reading of In Cold Blood.


Practicing Citations-due Friday

27 09 2012

Using your sources, write a paragraph that you would actually use in your synthesis essay.  In your paragraph, use the correct citations within the paragraph (Douglass, 4).   If you have any questions, look at today’s handout or look on the blog.

MLA sample link

26 09 2012


Here is the link to the document used in class.  This is a GREAT example of the PROPER use of MLA citations.

Synthesis Sentence Strategies due 9/25/12

23 09 2012

Please refer to the Sentence Strategies Foundation Lessons handout previously given to you.  Please see the handout for specific examples.

Use the pattern below to write a meaningful paragraph about your synthesis topic.  *** You may NOT have the same paragraphs as your group members. Please post your paragraph to the blog


G-Define something

L-Make a list or give examples

F-Give an opinion

M-Construct a bridge between one idea and another

E-Give Cause and Effect

9/24-9/28 Plans

23 09 2012

I just wanted to let everyone  know about the plans for this week as well as due dates.  Also, I will give a presentation rubric AND essay rubric to each student.

***Please note I made a few changes to the synthesis due date paper.

Monday 9/24 Synthesis Work Day

  • Detailed Power Point rough draft due by the end of class.
  • All remaining source cards  must be submitted for approval if not done so by this date. Each group should have 6 sources including Douglass.

***Today is the last day to turn in Dresden rewrites.


Tuesday 9/25 Campus Ministry Day


Wednesday 9/26 Final Synthesis Day in class-

  • We will review MLA citations for individual essays as well as format for works cited page.  Please use http://www.easybib.com/ for help if you get stuck.  That is a resource that I’ve never used before, but it seems very helpful.
  • ALL groups should have 22 cards with notes as well as 6 source cards by the end of class.
  • Each group should prepare some type of question/assignment to give to the class at the completion of the presentation. This could be a questionnaire, a paragraph response, multiple choice questions, discussion questions, etc.
  • Each group should submit the lesson to me by Friday so that I can make copies if needed.

Thursday 9/27:  Douglass Final Test over the following:

  • Douglass’ effectiveness as a writer.
  • Analysis questions about Douglass’ use of strategies in his writing.
  • Connecting your synthesis topics to Douglass.
  • Close reading passages with analysis.

*****I will determine/assign presentation order for next week.

Friday 9/28:

  • Works Cited pages due.
  • Class made assignment due.

Monday 10/1

  • Individual essays due (please see rubric distributed)
  • ALL presentations should be ready to present!
  • Students will grade group members as well as classmates’ group presentations.

Monday 10/1 & Tuesday 10/2: Presentation Days

*** Please note that we will begin using your Vocabulary Workshop Level G beginning 10/10-assignment to follow.