Journals are due on Friday Nov 3. Here are the topics thus far. Please makes sure that your entries and clearly numbered and titled. Each entry should be a full page, minimum and should be legible. Each entry is worth a maximum of 10 points. (200 points maximum)
1. Tell the story of a time you were involved in a dangerous situation.
2. Write a paragraph (topic sentence, transitions, clear supporting examples) in which you discuss whether you are more a "city person" or a "nature person."
3. Write about a time when you should have spoken up, but you did not.
4. Write about an assumption that people sometimes make about you that is, of course, not true.
5. How important are wealth and money to you? Will you choose a career based on how much money you can earn?
6. Brainstorm for your narrative essay: List possible topics that you can write about and explore at least one of those topics.
7. What is something that you believe is worth fighting for? (an idea, a person, an object, etc.)
8. What, in your opinion, are the 3 biggest challenges faced by Americans today?
9. Choose a proverb and explain it with specific examples (I had put examples up on the screen).
10. What are some causes, in your opinion, of violent behavior?
11. What can we do to be healthier?
12. What is the creepiest thing that ever happened to you?
13. Should California abolish the death penalty?
14. Watch the film "The Education of Omarina" and write one paragraph of summary and one paragraph of analysis.
15. Watch the first 30 minutes of "Growing up Online." According to the film, what are the most serious effects for children who grow up online?
16. What is on your Bucket List? List 10 things you'd like to do/accomplish/see before you die.
17. What are you addicted to? Define "addiction," first of all, and then give your example.
18. Recall a favorite toy from your childhood. First describe the toy through the eyes of the child that you were, and then explain whether or not it lived up to your expectations.
19. 4-5 paragraph essay: Should public high school students be required to wear school uniforms?
20. [In-class on Friday Nov. 3, topic to be announced in class]
OCTOBEr 20: Writing about CAUses AND EFFEcTS
Please download the assignment here: CAUSE AND EFFECT ESSAY. We have a tight deadline on this one, so please choose your topic ASAP and begin your preliminary research to learn about your topic.
On Monday and Wednesday of next week, we will discuss the remaining topics and look at sample essays from Chapter 10.
October 9: Editing and Revising Your Draft
The most common grammatical errors in most people's writing are run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and verb-tense errors. Let's pay special attention to these problems in this next draft. Once you have mastered basic grammar, punctuation makes much more sense which then makes it easier to understand how to use a comma and where to break up sentences or where to join them. To start, try these websites The Road to Grammar and Grammar Bytes.
OCtober 6: Writing Your FIRST dRAFT
Before you write your first draft, take some time to study your outline. Make sure that your thesis statement is clearly worded and adequately conveys the main ideas of your essay. Ask yourself if your examples are truly explaining your proverb or statement in a way that is interesting and engaging.
Want to see what a finished draft looks like? Here is the first draft of an exemplification essay to explain the proverb "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder." This essay is based on the outline provided below. Please take a look at this paper and notice how quotations/references are used and cited.
SAMPLE EXEMPLIFICATION ESSAY "EYE OF THE BEHOLDER"
Week of OCtober 4
Today in class we discussed how to write a basic outline for your upcoming papers. I am including here a sample outline. This is not the same one we used in class. I tried to improve it with more details. Notice that in this version, I am using complete sentences and include the exact examples that I would talk about in my paper to illustrate my proverb or statement. (Download files below)
DUE FRIDAY, OCT 6: TYPED OUTLINE (20 points)
***Reminder for my 9:10 section--This coming Friday, Oct 6, we will begin class at 9:30 instead of 9:10.
See you soon!
This next essay assignment will challenge you to support a proverbial or argumentative statement with specific illustrations and examples. This week and next, we will draft essays together in class. Please make sure to complete the reading (Chapter 8) and to begin thinking about powerful examples that will support your chosen statements. Please print the essay instructions and read carefully: EXEMPLIFICATION ESSAY ASSIGNMENT.
Class Overview, WEEK OF SEPT 4th
This week we began talking about how to develop your writing with well-developed, clearly organized paragraphs. We expanded that discussion and studied, together, a sample essay (In Chapter 4) in three drafts to examine how one student was able to improve clarity, add details and examples, and deepen her analysis. This should be helpful for you as you begin to revise your own first drafts and think about all that you might do to make them clearer and more complex than you'd once thought possible.
By now, you should have completed 3 journal topics in your notebooks. Remember that each entry should be at least one full page.
Journal Topics as of 9/8:
1. A Time You Felt Danger
2. Are you a 'Nature' Person or a 'City' Person? This should be written in one paragraph (topic sentence, transitions, supporting reasons and examples).
3. A Time You Did Not Speak Up, But Wish You Had
Homework for Monday:
I passed back your essays on defining intelligence. Please revise these essays and type them in MLA FORMAT. Remember, that revising means that you are improving them, not just correcting surface errors. Here is a checklist. Before you touch the keyboard, consider the following:
1. Look at the big picture. Can you make some big changes, such as add or remove a paragraph, change your introduction, etc.? Don't keep text that isn't working.
2. Do you have a thesis statement yet? You should have a sentence that effectively sums up all your main ideas. This sentence often is found at the end of your introduction.
3. Are your body paragraphs clearly focused with one main idea? Do they have topic sentences?
4. Have you included transitions to improve logic and flow?
5. Do you have examples to back up your observations? Are your examples told with clear descriptions and vivid details?
6. Have you included enough details about your thoughts and the meaning/significance or your examples? (analysis)
7. Can you add a relevant quotation to boost any of your points? Have you cited your source in a Works Cited list? (Optional for this paper)
8. Have you carefully proofread your final copy? It helps print out a draft and read it aloud with a pencil in hand. You'll be surprised at how many errors you catch this way.
A. SENTENCE CLARITY: Do all sentences make sense?
B. CONCISION: Are all sentences worded as tightly as possible with exact wording?
C. Is each sentence a complete sentence, not a fragment, with a subject and verb?
D. Are your verbs in the correct tense and form?
E. Have you used the correct word form? Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meaning and spelling. You cannot rely on spellcheck! Make sure it's the correct word.
F. Have you checked for missing/correct punctuation? Commas, Apostrophes, Capital Letters?
Finally, after you have typed up your paper using correct MLA Formatting, please staple your paper copy to the back of your final draft. This paper is due at the beginning of class on Monday September 11th.