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Summative Calendar

TEXTS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR ESSAY TEST

Short Stories:

  • In the Silence
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Stop that Girl
  • Your group’s presentation story
  • Short Film: New Boy

Play:

  • Romeo and Juliet

Novel:

  • The Secret Under my Skin
    or
  • The Chrysalids

Timeline

Friday, May 11th – Handout Assignment, Prepare Thesis

Tuesday, May 15th  – Essay Prep Day

Thursday, May 17th – Essay Prep Day

Tuesday, May 22nd – Writing Day

Thursday, May 24th – Writing Day

Monday, May 28th – Media Pres

Wednesday, May 30th – Media Pres

Friday, June 1st – Media Pres

Tuesday, June 5th – Rollover Day

Thursday, June 7th – Rollover Day

 

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Book Covers

 

The Chrysalids

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The Secret Under my Skin

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COVER REDESIGN ACTIVITY

Based on how much of the book you’ve now read, I think you have a strong enough grasp of the story to design an interesting cover for the novel.

I would like you to design your own book cover for you novel. In addition, on the back of your book cover I’d like you to include a short paragraph explaining the choices behind your redesign. If your not sure what to write about, consider the following:

  • Colours
  • Font
  • Location and size of author and title on the page
  • Images/Symbols
  • Empty Space

I’ll give you this period and next period (while I’m away) to work on it.


The Chrysalids and The Secret Under my Skin recap

Hey Nerds,

Today we did a little follow-up to your writing assignment from next time. In groups I asked you to do the following things.

1: Share you sheets with each other in groups (that I made). I did this so people could help fill in the blanks for each other.

2: As a group, answer the following questions, based on your observations:

-Does the author do a good job of bring his/her world to life? Did you spot any inconsistencies? What is still lacking in your understanding? Putting aside the more ‘super natural’ elements of the story, does this world feel like it could come to pass?

-Are the characters compelling? Do they feel like characters or caricatures? Is the story overloaded with characters or more sparse.  

– How well do you think the story is paced? Is it taking too long for any conflict to emerge? Is it moving too fast, skipping by important details?

-General Review: Tell me what the best thing about the book and the worst thing about it so far. 

3. We shared our results.


Reading Schedule

Hi Cool and the Gang,

This looks like our first class in ages so I’m going to take a few minutes to let  you know about reading deadlines. I promised some reading periods (Today and Friday)Basically, there are 3 days that you’re going to have to meet a certain reading deadline in your books. Here they are:

April 17th

The Chrysalids – pg. 74

The Secret Under my Skin – pg. 89

 

April 25th

The Chrysalids -pg. 138

The Secret Under my Skin – p. 171

 

May 1st

The Chrysalids – done!

The Secret Under my Skin – done!

 

On each of those days,  you’ll be working on an in-class activity that will she shared and discussed in the following class.

PLEASE NOTE: I will have 1 more reading period on Monday, April 23rd to help you keep on top of things. 


Essay Final Post

Hey Punks,

Your essay is due Friday just before the break. Here’s what you’re handing in. Make sure to staple this in order:

  • Good Copy
    • ROUGH WORK
  • Brainstorming Sheet/Thesis (Step 1&2)
  • Planing Sheet (Step 3)
  • Outline (Step 4)
  • Introduction Sheet
  • Edited Rough Copy
  • Edit Sheet

Good Luck.

 

 


Conclusions

Strategies for Writing a Conclusion

Conclusions are often the most difficult part of an essay to write, and many writers feel that they have nothing left to say after having written the paper. A writer needs to keep in mind that the conclusion is often what a reader remembers best.

A conclusion should…

  • stress the importance of the thesis statement
  • give the essay a sense of completeness
  • leave a final impression on the reader

Suggestions

  • Remind people of your central argument
    • Make sure your revisit your thesis but with the benefit of hindsight. Do not cut and paste it from the introduction.
  • Synthesize, don’t summarize
    • Don’t simply repeat things that were in your paper. They have read it. Show them how the points you made and the support and examples you used were not random, but fit together.
  • Redirect your readers/Final Thoughts
    • Much like your preamble, think of you final words as going outwards or inwards
    • Inwards: Explore the subject of your preamble. Expand on the idea you introduced
    • Outwards: Go in a new direction but guided by the conclusion your essay reaches.

Here’s a place you can draw words from:

http://www.smart-words.org/linking-words/transition-words.html

 

Remember my essay introduction from a while back?

Maturing and aging are often confused to be the same thing. However, they are very different. Aging is simply a physical process that everyone goes through. Maturing, on the other hand, is learning how to make careful, thoughtful decisions. People who don’t mature run the risk of making terrible decisions that can ruin their lives as they get older.  William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is an excellent example of what happens when decisions as made without maturity. The characters of Romeo and Juliet do not have the maturity to deal with the complications of their love and they end up dead as a result. This is evident in Romeo’s approach to love, Juliet’s relationship with her family and in the choices they make together.  To understand this well, it’s best to start by examining these characters individually.

Let’s conclude that essay.

Don’t forget to go back to our transitions list for words/parts of phrase

Conclusion 1: Inward

At the end of the play, Romeo and Juliet lie dead in each others arms, one from poison and the other a knife. Although multiple factors, from bitter feuds to simple coincidence play a role in the deaths, what  ultimately dooms them is their inability to make mature decisions. They make countless foolish choices in an attempt to resolve the complications from their love. Consequently, their lives spiral out of control, leading to their doom. Had they instead waited until they were old enough to gain even a modicum of maturity, things would have undoubtedly worked in their favor. 

Conclusion 2: Outward

At the end of the play, Romeo and Juliet lie dead in each others arms, one from poison and the other a knife. Although multiple factors, from bitter feuds to simple coincidence play a role in the deaths, what  ultimately dooms them is their inability to make mature decisions. They make countless foolish choices in an attempt to resolve the complications from their love. Consequently, their lives spiral out of control, leading to their doom. Young people are chastised by the parents by being told to ‘grow up’. This sentiment is at the heart of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 

 


The Essay Begins

Hey Youngins,

Well, after many reading periods,  a content quiz and some darn fine acting, we’re ready for the last of Romeo and Juliet: An Essay. We’ve already started by talking about thesis development. It’s my hope that by today’s class (Friday, January 25th) you’ve got a thesis in mind. Please come ready with that first sheet filled out. I’ll take a look at it in class and give it back to you.

Today’s class will involved 2 things:

  1. A talk about how to chose and use quotes
  2. A new handout about organizing your ideas

Good luck.

Patterson