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Posted: November 26, 2012

Today we did a mini lesson on conclusions for the 5 paragraph essay.  We looked at effective closing statements or thoughts by studying and discussing examples.   Homework for tomorrow:  Introduction and 3 body paragraphs to be completed.   Good copy of 5 paragraph essay is due for Friday, November 30, 2012
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Posted: November 21, 2012

Today we worked on the body paragraphs for the persuasive essay. We read and discussed some mentor text paragraphs and started drafting the body paragraphs for the Electronic Devices piece.   1st body paragrpah due tomorrow.

Posted: November 20, 2012

Today we worked on how to do an introductory paragraph for the persuasive essay. We read and discussed some mentor text leads and started drafting the introductory paragraph for the Electronic Devices piece.   Don't forget: 1.  Hook 2.  Position statement 3.  Road map of argument ideas.   Introductory paragraph due tomorrow.

Posted: November 18, 2012

We have been working on our first persuasive writing piece this year.  In response to the mentor text, "Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)", students are asked to consider the following question: Do you feel that the amount of time you spend using electronic devices is an effective way to spend your time.  Why or why not? The students will be responding to this question in a five paragraph essay.  We are currently in the prewriting stage of the writing process.  Students used t-charts to assess both sides of the issue and are now using a position/support web to map out their essays.
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Posted: November 14, 2012

Do the 5 questions for "Turn off the Phone"   Remembrance Day assignment due Friday.

Posted: November 14, 2012

Do the 5 questions for "Turn off the Phone"   Remembrance Day assignment due Friday.

Posted: November 13, 2012

Today, we discussed the part that social networking plays in our lives.  We read an argument mentor text called "Turn off the Phone (and the Tension)" from the New York Times.  It lead to some interesting class discussion about electronic devices and the mini-society that exists online.  For homework (due tomorrow), students are to track the amount of time that they spend on electronic devices and we will be discussing tomorrow.
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Posted: November 6, 2012

Assignments owing:  1.  3 leads or introductions for the same story (Due last week)                                2.  Energy Drink label and write-up (Due Tuesday, November 6)   Homework:  Write 5 questions in your writer's notebook that you would ask a Holocaust survivor.   Bring spare change in for poppies   Remembrance Day Ceremony is Friday 1st period.

Posted: October 29, 2012

Good copy of 3 different style of leads for the same story due tomorrow.
Write a strong lead for a story.  The story can be a personal narrative or a fiction story.  We will be creating 2 more styles of leads for the same story tomorrow.   Quiz Friday on apostrophes, AAAWWUBBIS, FANBOYS and quotations

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