I am proud to announce that our research unit has come to a close. The students worked exceptionally hard learning how to gather, summarize, organize, and format a research paper, internal documentation, and a works cited page. Three weeks of instruction went into this unit, and I believe that much was learned. High school will require research papers in other academic areas, so learning the process step by step has been and will be beneficial. Also, I would like to extend thanks to my students and their parents for remembering me this holiday season with such wonderful rememberances. I am thankful to teach at such an outstanding school in a great and caring community. Have a safe and relaxing holiday. See you in the new year!!!
posted on: December 20, 2006
We are beginning our research unit. All students need to bring a set of 100 lined notecards for note-taking. We will have the opportunity to do research in the library each day this week. Please encourage your child to complete research outside of school at the local library and at home as research time in class may not be sufficient. We are learning to cite references, to summarize information, and how to use the MLA style for research documentation. Our notecards will be due next Monday, Dec. 5.
posted on: November 27, 2006
Our final copies of our persuasive essays are due Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. We have just finished our story, "Flowers for Algernon", and my classes will be receiving a list of project choices that will be worked on at home. Please remember that next week is conference week, so be sure to check your calendars. I am looking forward to conferencing with my students' parents!
posted on: October 12, 2006
We will be writing our persuasive essays in class this Thursday and Friday. Our prompt pertains to choosing an improvement needed at Mabry Middle School. The students must support the improvement with three solid reasons using persuasive techniques and supports. We will employ the use of our columns prewrite and body paragraph organizers. The first draft will be due Monday, Oct. 2. The paper must be typed using Times New Roman style, 12 point font, and the format of the essay will be double-spaced. I am looking forward to reading some great persuasive esays!
posted on: September 27, 2006
We will be having a quiz tomorrow, Sept. 22, on the columns prewrite and its parts. There will also be questions on the thesis statement and the introductory paragraph. Please refer to your writing folder handouts in preparation for the quiz.
posted on: September 21, 2006
First, I would like to brag on my students and their creative abilities! When given the task of creating their own editorial cartoons, my students did an exceptional job! Many were humorous and others reflected more serios topics. All in all, they did an outstanding job! Secondly, we are beginning the writing process. Our writing rubric and prewriting steps will be reviewed first. Next, we will review the thesis statement and 9 cool ways to begin our introductory paragraphs. We will keep all our handouts in our writing folders and literally create our own writing manuals. Write on!!
posted on: September 13, 2006
We have practiced analyzing several persuasive essays and editorials this week. The analysis of these pieces have included recognizing types of support, tone words, words with negative and positive connotations, and audience. We will have a quiz Friday, Sept. 1, on the persuasive writing notes. Each student has a study guide for assistance on studying. I have been very pleased with my students' efforts. We will continue persuasive writing next week with writing our own persuasive pieces.
posted on: August 31, 2006