Ms. Kelly Notes

Language Arts 9

Notes

Posted: October 3, 2013

Yesterday we looked at two songs and practiced writing theme summaries, and today you were asked to find a song of your choice and write a paragraph about its theme. These are due tomorrow with the lyrics attached. Don't forget to include the author, title of song, brief summary and two or three quotations from the song to support the theme you choose.   There was no article of the week handed out on Monday.

Posted: September 30, 2013

Today we read a passage from Edgar Allen Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" and looked at the creative use of conventions in it. You were asked to find four examples of creative use of conventions in mentor texts and/or your novel and record the convention as well as what effect is created.   Snapshot moments are due tomorrow. Please remember to put them in MLA format and pass them in before 3:30 p.m.
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Posted: September 30, 2013

Today I gave you a catch up class for all of the work we have done so far. Please make sure that you have passed in your three articles of the week, your personal essay, reading comprehension questions on "Charles" and your reading goals.   Independent Correction Sheets for your Personal Essays are to be handed in once you get your essay back, and I will accept essay rewrites

Posted: September 27, 2013

Final copies of snapshot moments are due on Tuesday, October 1st. Please have them passed in by the end of the day in MLA format (see attachment on previous postings). Try to make some improvements based on my answers to your draft questions, and don't forget the revision strategies we have reviewed (STAR and question floods). If you didn't finish the questions for "A Sound of Thunder" in class today, please pass them in on Monday.

Posted: September 25, 2013

Today you did some group work on analyzing "A Sound of Thunder" for repetition used for effect, examples of showing and not telling, similes and metaphors and the use of sound. We also discussed the dash and how it can be used for effect, and reviewed coordinating conjunctions.   Snapshot moment drafts will all be passed back tomorrow with comments, and the final copies will be due on Monday.

Posted: September 25, 2013

Personal Essays are due tomorrow. Please have them typed, double spaced and in MLA format (see attachment for instructions).   Article of the Week #3 is due on Friday.
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Posted: September 24, 2013

Today in class we read "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury, and tomorrow we will be looking at the author's writing techniques in the story. Please see me if you missed the class today and need to borrow a copy of the story to read before tomorrow's class. You can also find the story online.   Snapshot drafts with draft questions were due today, and the final copy will be due on Monday.

Posted: September 24, 2013

Homework: Finish reading "Charles" by Shirley Jackson. http://www.loa.org/images/pdf/Jackson_Charles.pdf   Assignments: Personal Essay (MLA format) due Thursday.                     Article of the Week #3 due Friday.

Posted: September 23, 2013

Today in class you created a first draft and revised it using the STAR strategies (substitute, take away, add and rearrange). Your homework is to use the STAR strategy on your snapshot drafts, marking where you use each strategy. Snapshot drafts with draft question and STAR strategies are due tomorrow. School pictures will be taken in class on Thursday.

Posted: September 23, 2013

Today we started our short story unit and practiced mapping plots on a plot diagram.   Reminders: The playground article of the week is due on Friday Final copies of your personal essays are due on Thursday in MLA format (see attached document) School pictures will be taken during class on Wednesday.
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Posted: September 19, 2013

Snapshot Moment: drafts, with a draft question, are due on Monday (they can be on looseleaf or in your Writer's Notebook)   -The draft question is what you want me to look for as I read your snapshot moment. Do you want me to  look  at voice, grammar, ideas, your conclusion, etc.? Period Three: I will be collecting your Writer's Notebooks on Monday. Make sure they are organized, have all of your Quick Writes in them as well as your two reading goals.

Posted: September 19, 2013

Personal Essay drafts (with a draft question on them) were due today. Article of the Week #2 is due tomorrow.

Posted: September 17, 2013

Today we looked at adding voice to our writing, and read "Young People and Their Video Games Make Me Furious!" by Donald Mills. You were given an assignment to respond to Donald Mills' opinions about teenagers and video games using your voice as a teenager. The assignment is due on Thursday, September 19th.   Assignment Reminders: ·MLA Format: typed, double spaced, no title page·10% deducted for each day late·no electronic copies accepted- print on your own time·I will accept assignments until 3:30- just pass it in to me or to the main office   See the attached document for how to type the first page of the assignment in MLA format.    
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Posted: September 17, 2013

Reminders: Personal Essay drafts are due on Thursday. Article of the Week #2 is due on Friday.

Posted: September 16, 2013

Today we discussed dialogue and how to incorporate it into your snapshot moments. We read an excerpt from Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, and looked at how dialogue is used in his snapshot moment. The rest of the class was for working on your snapshot moment drafts, which will be collected later this week.   Please make sure your reading goals are complete and your Writer's Notebook is organized. Period 3 and 4 notebooks will be collected tomorrow.   See Friday's post for information on setting reading goals.

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