Sunday, December 23, 2007
Any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the Researched Argument Paper assignment in case you lost yours. ;)
Monday, December 17, 2007
On Wednesday, we'll make sure there are no questions about the paper before break and having a bit of a party. We'll talk about who would like to bring what as far as food and drinks tomorrow.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
For this evening, work on the first ten questions in your packet. They are the ones that go with the reading that begins "It is not easy to write a familiar style."
- For all the questions, identify what type of question it is. For instance, is it a diction question or does it deal with description, tropes, antecedents, etc.?
- For the questions you missed, figure out why you missed it. To do this, look at the line of thinking that led to your answer and then examine the line of thinking that leads to the correct answer. Make sure you know why the correct answer is the correct answer.
Tomorrow we will take a look at one way gender is affecting the current election and you will have the opportunity to defend, challenge, or qualify the assertion: the angel in the house is dead and no longer lives in the imaginations of either women or men.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Also, your classmates that are putting the results of our synthesis activity on their blogs are:
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Then blog your reflections on how gender stereotypes affect both society and the individual. Be specific.
Mary's Group: Strategy Guide To Better Writing
December 11, 2007
- Read ALL sources
- Contextualize for the intro.
- Multipule sources in the same paragraph
- Answer the “so what” of the issue to conclude
- READ THE DIRECTIONS!
- Writing in 1st person
- Stretching connections between citing and thesis
- Summarizing without CM
- Answering part of OR a less complex version of the question
- Answering a different ot wandering a way from the question
- If it says at least 3 sources, using less than 3
Aldrick's Group: Strategy Guide To Better Writing
Developing an Effective Essay
- Good intro, conclusion, body paragraphs
- Cite sources well
- Makes sure you’re answering the right question!
- Make lots of commentary throughout the essay
- Fully develop your argument
- Remember to use a clear control of language
- Choose the examples you use to support your argument carefully
- Clear transitions
- Forget to use sources
- Use knowledge from a source without citing it
- Leans toward compare/contrast instead of a synthesis
- Argument not well developed
- Summarize the information
- Answer the wrong question
- Bad transitions
- Poor handwriting
- Read passages & sources carefully
- Plan ahead
- Write essay using skills discussed in this quide
Andrea's Group: How to Write a Synthesis Essay
Before you start writing…
1. Figure out what the question is asking you.
2. Determine if you are challenging, defending, or qualifying.
3. Figure out what sources you are going to use and make sure they support your argument.
4. Devolop your points before you start writing the actual essay (organize your argument).
5. Know the purpose of each paragraph.
1. Don’t forget to cite the sources.
2. Don’t just list the sources, use them in order to support your argument.
3. Don’t leave a thought hanging; be sure to complete them.
4. Use smooth transitions, connecting each paragraph together with the next.
5. When you use a quote, explain it! Don’t expect the audience to know what’s going on in your head.
6. Don’t oversimplify.
7. Don’t be redundant.
8. Stay on topic.
9. Don’t use big words that you don’t know how to use. Write within yourself.
1. Refer to the essay prompt periodically throughout the essay.
2. Read everything thoroughly.
3. It helps if you prewrite or organize your thoughts before you write anything.
4. Read a lot of outside stuff, like articles, novels… Be aware of current events and catch up on your history because you might need them to write your essay.
5. DON’T - under any circumstances - FREAK OUT!!!
Alycia's Group: Synthesis Writing Suggestions
December 11, 2007
- Be stupid (duh)
- Be like Junho (kind of harsh, huh?)
- Make comments about Pokemon (why would you do that?)
- Use outside sources
- Use fewer sources than the prompt asks
- Repeat yourself
- Make a conclusion like the introduction
- Organize your thoughts clearly
- Site at least 3 sources
- Answer the prompt
- Mall all three sources different
- Use sources to support your claim
- State your position clearly
- (If possible) state a counterargument and your rebuttal
- Stick with what you should do and stay away from what you shouldn’t do
- (Just for you Nakayla) Be like a ninja; aka Nakayla
- Think to yourself “What would Zach do?”
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Then on Tuesday, we're going to take an analytical look at the synthesis essay that we wrote last week. You're already familiar with the question, but it might not hurt to take another look at it and read through the sample essays.
In small groups, we'll sift through the student responses and look at the commentaries. Take notes on your group discussion. When you get home, go on your blog and reflect on what exactly the synthetic essay is asking you to do and what you need to remember to be successful.
Finally, for homework you’ll take the following Synthesis Question 2 prompt and blog it completely for Friday December 14th.
- Synthesis Question
- Scoring Guidelines
- Comments by the chief reader
- Student Sample Essays
- Scoring Commentaries
- Synthesis Question 2
PS Do the homework. This snow likely isn't going to stick around long.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Turn these in on the blog if possible.
Tomorrow we'll take a look at a portion of AI, what it means to be human, and finish with some Woolf.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Questions for Discussion numbers 1, 3, 4
Questions on Rhetoric numbers 1, 3
These questions will require the use of your noodle. Don't leave them until right before bed.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I prefer that you turn this one in on your blog, but I will accept paper as well. This is due tomorrow whether it is on paper or the blog.
Some of you are falling off a bit on your homework completion. Don't let it become a habit.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Then map out the argument, noting why he arranges the peices of his argument they way he does and how they work together to make for a compelling essay. For example, he leads with the historical context for the issue of eugenics, choosing to quote from Plato's Republic. How does leading with the historical context and the references to Plato serve his argument? What is the rhetorical purpose?
You may find it helpful to look at the beginning of the book to see what arrangment(s) he uses and then review the point of the arrangement(s) in your textbook (13-25).
Please do this one on paper as I'd like to have you do some group work on this as well.
Under "AP" in the sidebar, there are a list of links. One link says "Text Annotation Site."
Your assignment is to follow that link and make at least one (1) annotation on the Google article we just did some work with (see, I said no new reading!). I know we've already looked at this article a bit, but this is mainly about familiarizing ourselves with this tool. Note that their are some basic instructions on what to do in the About box to the right of the Google article link.
You will need to input your name and email address in order to post. It is important that you put in the same name and email address each time you post comments on the text annotation site so that you get credit for your posts. (Yes, I changed the options on the blog to get around the problems
Try to make more detailed observations about the text and the argument-that is what this tool is for.