Ms. Kelly

Language Arts 9

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.

Posted: September 16, 2013

Today we looked at the persuasive voice, style and word choice in "A Senseless Death in a Dangerous Age," talked about organizing your essays (specifically writing leads), and you had time to draft. Personal essay drafts are due on Thursday.   Your article of the week for this week was also handed out, and is due on Friday.
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Posted: September 13, 2013

Today in class we discussed your reading records and reading goals for the term (now until mid-October) Reading Records Keep these in the reading section of your Writer's Notebooks, and keep track of the novels you are reading. You don't have to fill out the columns on number of pages read or date pages read.   Reading Goals We talked about the importance of setting personal reading goals for yourself, and everyone set two goals for the first term of this semester. The goals should be challenging, but something you think you can achieve in a month. Goal ideas: Read a certain number of books, read something out of your comfort zone, read more each day, read an entire series of books, etc. See me if you need help setting your goals.   In the reading section of your writer's notebook, fill out the following for each goal: 1. Goal: 2. Reason: why did you set this goal? Why is it a challenge? 3. Plan: how do you plan on achieving this goal?  

Posted: September 13, 2013

Article of the Week Today your Article of the Week was due. If you haven't completed it, please pass it in on Monday.   Personal Essay Mentor Text We are continuing to look at mentor texts of personal essays,and today you read "A Senseless Death in Our Age of Anger." I asked you to look for the following things in the essay, and have your annotated essay with you on Monday: -the author's style -persuasive techniques -interesting words/phrases http://mitchalbom.com/d/journalism/2747/senseless-death-our-age-anger  
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