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3/14

Students design iced cookies with miniature M&M's by following 10 to 15 step directions. These had been written by a classmate. They commented on the directions and then compared their results to the colored picture that had been created by its author.

After a lot of fun and full stomachs, they realized that the simpler the picture, the simpler the directions, the easier it was to follow them!

posted on: March 14, 2007

3/13

Verbals tests were returned. They have all been posted on i-parent.

Technical writing continued. Students had a lot of fun designing their cookies, and then they found out that the key to writing clear directions was keeping the cookie design simple!

ALL DESIGNS, DIRECTIONS, AND M&M'S ARE DUE IN CLASS TOMORROW.

*Students who will be away for a connection's field trip MUST TURN IN THE DIRECTIONS FIRST THING THURSDAY MORNING OR BEFORE LEAVING ON THE FIELD TRIP TOMORROW.

posted on: March 13, 2007

3/12

The verbals test was today. Most are already graded and posted on i-parent.

Technical writing:

Instructions for the technical writing assignment were given out today. We will use most of tomorrow's class time to begin the assignment. All materials will ultimately be due on Wednesday when we will be decorating the cookies. See below for a copy of the instructions.

Technical Writing Assignment2P2

posted on: March 12, 2007

ACLA2 1/24

Students began reading and interpreting MLK's speech. Figurative language including vocabulary will be the focal point.

In addition, a summarizing activity was assigned and explained. This is due Friday, 2/2. Below is a copy of the directions.

Quiz tomorrow on "Choice" vocab.

I Have A Dream Summary Project

posted on: January 24, 2007

1/11/07 ALL STUDENTS/ALL CLASSES

We continue review for The GWAT next Wednesday.

There is a quiz tomorrow on the study guide given out this Monday.

posted on: January 11, 2007

ACLA2

Students began correcting DOL sentences and analyzing them by writing the grammar rules applicable to the corrections.

Students reviewed the MLA Citation Style format and began writing the Works Cited page rough draft. Below is a copy of the notes and sample entry page.

Mla Citation Style-1

Notes

* Arrange the items on your reference list alphabetically by author, interfiling books, articles, etc.
* Doublespace all lines.
* Indent the second and following lines 5 spaces (or one half inch).
* If no author is given, start with the title.
* Abbreviate the names of all months except May, June, and July.
* If the paging of a magazine or newspaper article is continued elswhere in the issue, include only the first page followed by a plus sign (ex. 25+.).
* If the encyclopedia does not arrange its articles alphabetically, treat the encyclopedia article as if it were a book article. Specific volume and page numbers are cited in the text, not in the list of references.
* Gale Reference Book: cite the original source being reprinted as shown under Book, Journal Article, Newspaper or Magazine Article, etc. The example shows a Magazine Article. Then include the citation information for the reference book.
* Websites: include the title of the web page, the name of the entire web site, the organization that posted it (this may be the same as the name of the website). Also include the full date the page was created or last updated (day, month, year if available) and the date you looked at it.
* Internet Magazine Articles: Include:
o The name of the database (underlined) and the company that created it and its home webpage;
o The full date of the article (day, month, year if available) and the date you looked at it;
+ If you are citing a journal instead of a magazine, include the volume (and issue number) and date as shown under the Journal Style above.
o The library or other organization (and its location) that provided you with access to the database.
o As for page numbers, different databases will provide different information. Include the range of pages (ex. 25-28.); or the starting page followed by a hyphen, a blank space, and a period (ex. 64- .); or the total number of pages or paragraphs (ex. 12 pp. or 33 pars.). If no page information is given, then leave it out.
* The rules concerning a title within a title are not displayed here for purposes of clarity. See the printed version of the manual for details.
* For documents and situations not listed here, see the printed version of the manual.

* Other Styles

Return to Library Homepage

Robert Delaney 1/3/2006
robert.delaney@liu.edu
Long Island University C.W. Post Campus Library Homepage

posted on: December 11, 2006

12/11

Students reviewed the MLA Citation Style. They began writing the rough draft for the works cited page.

Below is a copy of the MLA Citation Style page and notes.

Mla Citation Style

Notes

* Arrange the items on your reference list alphabetically by author, interfiling books, articles, etc.
* Doublespace all lines.
* Indent the second and following lines 5 spaces (or one half inch).
* If no author is given, start with the title.
* Abbreviate the names of all months except May, June, and July.
* If the paging of a magazine or newspaper article is continued elswhere in the issue, include only the first page followed by a plus sign (ex. 25+.).
* If the encyclopedia does not arrange its articles alphabetically, treat the encyclopedia article as if it were a book article. Specific volume and page numbers are cited in the text, not in the list of references.
* Gale Reference Book: cite the original source being reprinted as shown under Book, Journal Article, Newspaper or Magazine Article, etc. The example shows a Magazine Article. Then include the citation information for the reference book.
* Websites: include the title of the web page, the name of the entire web site, the organization that posted it (this may be the same as the name of the website). Also include the full date the page was created or last updated (day, month, year if available) and the date you looked at it.
* Internet Magazine Articles: Include:
o The name of the database (underlined) and the company that created it and its home webpage;
o The full date of the article (day, month, year if available) and the date you looked at it;
+ If you are citing a journal instead of a magazine, include the volume (and issue number) and date as shown under the Journal Style above.
o The library or other organization (and its location) that provided you with access to the database.
o As for page numbers, different databases will provide different information. Include the range of pages (ex. 25-28.); or the starting page followed by a hyphen, a blank space, and a period (ex. 64- .); or the total number of pages or paragraphs (ex. 12 pp. or 33 pars.). If no page information is given, then leave it out.
* The rules concerning a title within a title are not displayed here for purposes of clarity. See the printed version of the manual for details.
* For documents and situations not listed here, see the printed version of the manual.

* Other Styles

Return to Library Homepage

Robert Delaney 1/3/2006
robert.delaney@liu.edu
Long Island University C.W. Post Campus Library Homepage

posted on: December 11, 2006

ACLA2

Rough drafts are due no later than Monday. Students should use the handout on parenthetical documentation given to them by Mrs. Hendrix to assist them with their internal citations.

Have a safe weekend!

posted on: December 08, 2006

12/7

As we continue working on our research paper, students finalized the last steps of the rough draft that were due today. Mrs. Hendrix reviewed with them the process of internal documentation yesterday. This is the third year our students have gone through the research process, so many of the steps should be very familiar to them.

The Georgia Writing Assessment Test is January 17th, so we will continue to focus on writing until that point.

posted on: December 07, 2006

11/30

Students continued the research process. Most have almost finished gathering their information and will be ready for Monday. Below is a copy of the suggested questions students may want to answer about their topic.

Research Notes

posted on: November 30, 2006

ACLA2

Students turned in The Light in the Forest literary analysis packets in addition to taking the final test.

Research in the media center continued for a second day.

posted on: November 28, 2006

11/28

Students were in the media center for a second day today. They are researching, writing note cards, etc. Tomorrow they will be in the Mac Lab, so further access to the internet will be provided. Continued research is encouraged at home, as the time provided in school this week may not be enough.

Bibliography cards and note cards are due this coming Monday.

posted on: November 28, 2006

ACLA 2

The Light in the Forest continued) Literary analysis, chapter summaries, and journaling continue to be the main focus.

Homework: Read chapters 9 & 10 and complete the required work.

RESEARCH:

Please add the following list of web sites to the list already given:

http://www.owlstar.com/dailyheadlines.htm

http://www.nativeculture links.com/nations.html

http://www.indians.org/Resource/FedTribes99/fedtribes99.html

http://www.native-languages.org/languages.htm


http://www.kstrom.net/isk/maps/tribesbystate.html

http://www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html

http://hometown.aol.com/Donh523/navapage/index.htm

posted on: November 14, 2006

11/13

Today, Mrs. Hendrix reviewed note cards, bibliography cards, and other valuable researching information. Students were to bring 100 index cards to begin preparing for the research unit after Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow we start working with clauses and complex sentences.

posted on: November 13, 2006

ACLA2

Read chapters 7&8 for tomorrow and keep up with the chapter summaries and journal entries. Quizzes were returned.

Today Mrs. Hendrix reviewed note cards, bibliography cards, and other valuable researching information. Students were to bring 100 index cards to begin preparing for the research unit after Thanksgiving.

posted on: November 13, 2006

11/10

Happy Friday!

Students are to type their final copy of the expository essay over the weekend; it is due on Monday.

Below is a copy of the editing checklist that was handed out in class.

Editing Checklist 1

posted on: November 10, 2006

11/9

Students continue to work on their expository essays. Final copies are due on Monday.

We begin work on complex sentences next week along with a review by Mrs. Hendrix on research skills. Students will be need 100 3X5 index cards for their research unit, and I have heard they now sell them spiral bound and of different colors. Times, they are "a'changin" !

Students have asked to post these sample organizers for the introduction and conclusion. They know the meaning of the abbreviations!

Expository Notes

posted on: November 09, 2006

11/6

Students began work on the expository essay. This essay will be written in class this week. The rough draft will be typed at home over the weekend to be turned in on Monday the 13th. Students with computer issues are to handwrite the essay using ink and skipping lines.

(Click below for a copy of the instructions and the prompt,

ExpositoryFiveParagraphEssay-1.doc

..or simply view it below.)

Expository Five Paragraph Essay

PROMPT:

Earth is being evacuated due to environmental concerns. Individuals have been instructed to relocate with only
THREE personal items. Choose three items; describe them in detail; explain the reasons you chose these, and finally, explain how they will benefit you on Mars, your new home.


ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:

1. Prewrite: Use columns

2. Rough draft: You must use graphic organizers for all three BP’s.

3. Transitions: You must include transitions in your essay. Use the handout for assistance.

4. Style builders: You must include at least a total of 4 style builders in the essay.

5. Compound sentences: You must include at least one compound sentence per BP.

6. High level vocabulary words: You must highlight 4 high level vocabulary words that you used.

7. Final copy: Your paper must be typed using 12 font, double-spaced in Times New Roman, with NO TITLE.

8. To turn in (The essay must be in the following order):

Final copy: Heading done MLA style
Rough draft
Prewrite
Assessment rubric

posted on: November 06, 2006

10/12

Essay final copies are due on Monday. The few of you who did not have them returned, will have them back on Monday.

Enjoy the week end!

posted on: October 12, 2006

10/2

Today was the last day for writing workshop. Students have been meeting individually with me and/or Mrs. Collins for advice, guidance, etc. First drafts are due Wednesday, 10/4.

posted on: October 02, 2006

ACLA2 10/2

First drafts were returned today. Students are to make changes according to teacher notes and return the second draft by Wednesday, 10/4. All paperwork is to remain together and turned in each time.

We continued working with verbals. Participles and participial phrases were the focus of today's lesson. Below is a copy of the practice sheet we began on participles. Students were to complete it for homework tonight so we can review it tomorrow.

Participles and participial phrases

Participles-5

Gerunds and gerund phrases (for Tuesday's lesson)

Gerunds-3

posted on: October 02, 2006

ACLA2 9/29

All first drafts were turned in today. I hope to have those returned on Monday with comments and suggestions for draft 2.

We began discussion of participles today, and on Monday we will continue with participial phrases. By Wednesday we hope to cover gerund and infinitive phrases so we can begin working on our Keynote projects.

Enjoy the week end!

posted on: September 29, 2006

9/29

The writing workshop continued today. Most students are well on their way, and some are even close to finished. The decision was made to extend the workshop one more day, and so Monday will our last day of working on the draft in class. The typed first draft will be due on Wednesday, 10/4.

posted on: September 29, 2006

9/28

Students began work on the first draft of their essay. Pre-writing, thesis statements and body paragraphs were begun today. This will continue tomorrow.

ALL STUDENTS NEED TO RETURN PERFORMING ARTS FIELD TRIP FORMS TOMORROW.

posted on: September 28, 2006

Writing Process Podcasts
Parents and students, I am very excited to announce that our writing unit has been recorded and made into podcasts. These represent 4 lessons that introduced the unit, the pre-writing, thesis statement, body paragraphs, transitions, and so forth. We were not able to include today's lesson on the conclusion because of our deadline. I sincerely hope you find them helpful, especially if you have been absent, missed one of the lessons, or simply feel the need to review. Please click on the podcasts to listen to the lessons. Podcast One: Introduction - Assessment Rubric - Essay Categories - Prewriting rubric Podcast Two: Prewriting - Concrete Details - Commentary - Thesis Statement Podcast Three: Prewriting rubric - Body Paragraph + 11 Sentence Rubric - Commentaries - Concluding Sentences Podcast Four: Body Paragraph - Transition words/phrases - Sample Paragraph

posted on: September 27, 2006

Sept. 27

Today we learned about the conclusion paragraph and were given the instructions for our persuasive essay. Students are to brainstorm about the prompt and be prepared to begin work in class tomorrow. Make sure to bring your binders and your thinking caps! Thursday and Friday will be used as class time workshops in order to provide students with teacher help if necessary. The first draft is due on Monday.

Below is a copy of the Persuasive
Essay instructions.

 Persuasive Essay 2
.

posted on: September 27, 2006

ACLA2 - 9/25

First draft of your persuasive essay is due this Thursday. Remember to use style builders, transitions, and follow all the requirements listed on your handout. Above all, choose the persuasive format that best suits your topic. Don't forget to review persuasive techniques and types of support listed on your "Persuasive Writing" handout or in your textbook.

posted on: September 25, 2006

SEPT. 25TH

After completing our DOL, we reviewed the graphic organizer for the 11 sentence paragraph. Transitions were discussed and a handout listing transitions and their signals was handed out. Students are to complete a sample paragraph using the rubric; they are to insert transitions wherever necessary.

Tomorrow we will cover concluding paragraphs and style builders. We hope to assign the first essay by Wednesday. More details on this tomorrow.

posted on: September 25, 2006

ACLA 2

If your topic has been approved, you may begin your prewriting. Remember, use the expanded paragraph rubric for the BP's for this first essay. Students who were asked to narrow their topics or change them, must do so for Monday's class.

We will cover the concluding paragraph on Monday and how to edit the first draft. Transitions and comma usage will also be reviewed.

posted on: September 22, 2006

Sept. 22nd

Today we covered the body paragraph. Students were introduced to the expanded paragraph rubric. Using this rubric will guarantee that the BP's are 11 sentences long and that they are organized.

By placing the prewriting rubric alongside the BP rubric, students were shown how to transfer the information from one to the other. Commentary sentences were then added to each concrete detail as a means to expand the paragraph.

The concluding sentence wrapped it up. We will be learning to write these as transition sentences in the near future.

Below you will find a copy of the sample rubric we filled out together in class.

11 Sentence Body Paragrah Rubric

Next week we will continue with style builders, transitions, and concluding paragraphs.

No homework

posted on: September 22, 2006

ACLA 2

Instructions and requirements for the persuasive essay were given. Students have until next Tuesday to turn in their first draft. Below is a copy of the handout should you need it.

Persuasive Essay Acla2

posted on: September 21, 2006

Sept. 20th

Classes continued grammar review with DOL.

We reviewed the purpose and the parts of the thesis statement. Handouts on the introductory paragraph were distributed and discussion was introduced regarding the two functions of this paragraph. Sample introductory paragraphs were read, and students were asked to identify the thesis statement in each.

Thesis Statement Notes 1-1

posted on: September 20, 2006

Sept. 19th

Today we continued work on prewriting and thesis statements. The process continues tomorrow when we will begin discussing the introductory paragraph and ways to begin an essay.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is an early dismissal day and classes will be shorter. Be looking for conference information from your child's third hour teacher.

posted on: September 19, 2006

Sept. 18th

Having begun the writing unit, classes reviewed the new writing categories and their components. In addition, the assessment rubric was explained and the weights of each category pointed out.

The "columns" format of prewriting was introduced and we created 2 samples. Students were shown how this format guarantees the writer connects the body paragraphs(BP) to the thesis statement, as it also requires them to give a least 3 concrete details per BP topic.

Tomorrow we plan on working with thesis statement, ways to begin an essay, and finally, commence work on the expanded paragraph rubric.

Please be checking later this week for a podcast of the day's lesson for those of you absent from class.

posted on: September 18, 2006

Sept.11th

ITBS : Started today and will continue every morning this week.

Classes will meet on the following days:

3rd, 6th, 7th: Mon., Wed., Fri.

3rd,1st, 2nd: Tues., Thurs.

We will begin the writing process this week. This will be the foundation for all of our writing lessons this year. it is very important that students be present to ask questions and take notes.

All final copies of editorial cartoons are due Wed. /Thursday depending on your meeting day.

posted on: September 11, 2006

Sept. 7th

Testing continued today. Periods were shortened, though we were able to see all classes.

Students will be creating editorial cartoons in class tomorrow. Notes on characteristics of the cartoons and requirements can be found on yesterday's post.

Review and practice on simple subjects and verbs were directed by students using the promethean board. It was a lot of fun using our new toy!

posted on: September 07, 2006

Sept. 6th

COGAT's began this morning. They will continue tomorrow immediately following homeroom.

Today's schedule had students attending 3rd, 1st, and 2nd hours.

1. We worked on DOL.
2. Students and teachers discussed and took notes on the characteristics of editorial cartoons and analyzed 3 examples of these from the AJC.
3. Students took notes on the requirements for the cartoons they will be creating. These will be worked on in class. Everyone needs to be thinking of a topic having to do with school.

Below you will find a copy of our class notes plus a typed version.

Editorial Cartoon-Characteristics
Editorial Cartoon-Requirements

1. It must be school appropriate.

2. No names must be used.
3. The content must be about a school issue.
4. It must be illustarted with color.
5. It must have a clear message.
6. It must be on 8.5" x 11" unlined paper.

posted on: September 06, 2006

September 5th

Persuasion tests were returned and answers reviewed.
Retesting was offered to students who needed to raise their grades. This is not an option that will be offered in the future, as students were informed.

Portfolios were distributed and explained. The new writing domains were presented and will be thoroughly described when we begin the writing process later this week.

Students begin testing tomorrow morning; COGAT's will be given Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

No homework

posted on: September 05, 2006

Sept. 1st

Students took their test today.

There is no homework for the long weekend. Enjoy!

posted on: September 01, 2006

August 31st

Today we read "I Will Be Drug Free" on page 153 of the grammar book. In addition, we analyzed the piece and discussed the types of techniques the author used to build his case.

All classes worked on DOL.

posted on: August 31, 2006

August 30th

After reading our first editorial together in class, we analyzed the article by using the analysis form given earlier in the week. Below you will find some of the notes we wrote in class.

Paddling Analysis Notes 1 Paddling Notes P.2

For tonight, all students are to use the editorial they brought to school today and analyze it themselves using an analysis form. Practice makes perfect...attempt all answers even if you are unsure. We will review your responses together.

Editorial Analysis P.1 Analysis P.2



THERE WILL BE A TEST ON FRIDAY ON THE PERSUASIVE WRITING HANDOUT. IN ADDITION, STUDENTS WILL HAVE A SMALL EDITORIAL TO READ, AND THEY WILL DO A PARTIAL ANALYSIS BY ANSWERING ONLY A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.

posted on: August 30, 2006

August 28th

Today we began our unit on persuasive writing. Below you will find a copy of the notes we presented and will continue to work on tomorrow. Students were also given a copy of these notes to keep in their binders.

For Wednesday, all students must bring an example of an editorial or letter to the editor from a newspaper or magazine.

Grammar text books were handed out this morning, and students are expected to keep them in their lockers for availability.

Persuasive Writing P.2

Persuasive Writing P.1

posted on: August 28, 2006

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