Ms. Kelly Notes

Language Arts 9


Posted: March 11, 2015

In class this week we have been working on a literary essay on The Outsiders. In each class you have been expected to complete one or two steps of the essay writing process, and so far you have chosen your topic, organized your ideas, written a thesis statement, found evidence to support your arguments, written an introduction and learned how to include in-text citations. If you've missed any of these steps, please see me.  Homework for Thursday is to have your introduction completed. Thursday and Friday's classes will be used for completing the body paragraph and writing the conclusion. The final essay will be due on Wednesday, March 18.

Posted: March 9, 2015

The final copy of your research essay is due on Friday, March 13. Please see me in class, at lunch or during Independent Study if you need help writing or revising your drafts.   800-1000 words double-spaced (3-5 pages typed)You must have at least three sources cited in your works cited. Your final draft must be double spaced on unlined paper, in pen or type (must be 12 point font – Times New Roman or Arial). Don't forget to include your Works Cited page.   

Posted: February 23, 2015

Due tomorrow:-Chapter 9-answer one of these questions in paragraph form (100-150 words), making sure you provide adequate support for your answer:      1. Why is the rumble ironic?                              OR      2. How does the rumble change Ponyboy's perspective on fighting?

Posted: February 23, 2015

Your research outline was due today.Have your introduction completed for tomorrow.

Posted: February 20, 2015

Homework for Monday: Read Chapter 8 of The Outsiders.Chapter 4-6 Critical questions were due today, so have those ready to pass in on Monday if you didn't have them in today.

Posted: February 20, 2015

Today I showed you my formal outline for the research essay, and went over how to write a thesis statement. Your outline should be as detailed as possible and include information and quotes from your research. This outline is due on Monday.
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Posted: February 19, 2015

Please bring all of your research to class tomorrow, and a highlighter or two.Have your position/support web filled out. It doesn't have to be very specific right now- it should just give a general idea of what your essay position will be and what arguments you will use for support.
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Posted: February 19, 2015

Due Friday, February 20: Chapter 4-6 Assignment-Critical Thinking Questions-updated Characterization charts

Posted: February 12, 2015

Please have Chapter 6 of The Outsiders read for Monday.

Posted: February 9, 2015

The Outsiders Chapters 1-3 Assignment due Wednesday:Critical questions (1-8, answered in complete sentences)Characterization chart for chapters 1-3Greasers vs. Socs chart for chapters 1-3

Posted: February 2, 2015

Reading Like a Writer: student sample essay On the sample student essay you chose on Friday, do a close reading, looking for the following things:  1. Organizational strategies 2. Persuasive technique3. Evidence to support the arguments4. Questions/Comments Due: Tuesday, February 3

Posted: January 19, 2015

To view the class To Kill a Mockingbird documentary project, follow this link:
The English Language Proficiency Assessment is on Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14.   A few reminders: -you can prepare for the assessment by studying the figures of speech and literary devices -be on time on Tuesday and Wednesday, and call the school if you are sick -have a pencil (or two, or three) with you on Tuesday morning, and pens/pencils for the afternoon and Wednesday.  

Posted: January 6, 2015

The test on To Kill a Mockingbird will be on Wednesday, January 7th.

Posted: December 15, 2014

Your To Kill a Mockingbird test will be on Thursday, December 18. A review sheet was passed out today, so be sure to know the answers to the study questions and be able to identify the speaker, context and significance for each quotation on the sheet. The written connection for the documentary project was due today (MLA format with a Works Cited page)