Ms. Cabel Notes

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Posted: September 15, 2011

English 112: "What does it say? / What does it not say?" charts were due today.  A creative extension was assigned for the short story "Twins" (the story can be found on p.213 in Echoes).  A copy of the assignment is attached below.  It is due on Tuesday.  You will have time in the computer lab tomorrow to work on the assignment.   English 10: We have been working on the drafts of our stories all week, and we've been reviewing the 6 + 1 traits of writing (especially voice, ideas, and word choice).  The rough drafts of your stories are due on Tuesday.   Writing 110: Today we focused on how writers create voice in their writing.  Tomorrow we will look at the importance of sentence structure.  Keep working on your pieces.  A rough copy is due on Tuesday.
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Posted: September 13, 2011

English 112: Complete the "What does it say? / What does it not say?" chart for Thursday.  A copy of the assignment is attached below. English 10: Today we talked about the importance of voice in our work.  We looked at different mentor texts to get a sense of how to create voice in our own writing.  We also read a letter by Donald Mills, which has very strong (and kind of comical) voice.  For Thursday, write a letter back to Donald Mills, using your voice as a teen.
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Posted: September 12, 2011

English 112: Today we did some more inferring activities to warm-up for our short story unit.  No homework! Writing 110: We learned a lot today by reading mentor texts of snapshot moments.  We were investigating the techniques of those writers so that we can learn more about the genre and apply the techniques in our own writing.  Tomorrow, we will start drafting our snapshot moment. English 10: Today we started planning our narratives.  We looked at a mentor text, "Violet" to see how the writer used sensory details and slowed time down.  Finish your narrative planning organizers for tomorrow.

Posted: September 8, 2011

Complete your "literacy stampede" graphic organizers if you did not finish them in class!  I will be checking them tomorrow.

Posted: September 7, 2011

It was wonderful to meet all of you today, and I am looking forward to a great semester!  I am attaching the course outlines for each of the classes below. Writing 110 students - remember to bring in pictures to personalize your writers notebooks. English 112 and English 10 students - please finish your Interest Surveys if you did not finish them in class.
Our English 112 group has been recognized for their work on the accessibility project at our school.  "Live at Five" interviewed the students today, and their piece will be featured this evening on the program.  Congrats!