Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wednesday/Thursday, March 6/7, 2013

1.  Self-Starter: Apostrophes Imitation March 7, 2013  (If you are absent, copy as directed, and create your own sentence on a piece of lined paper to be taped into your composition book.) 

To Imitate:  Label  in your compostion book.  Add today's date.   
Copy and imitate this sentence:

Tally's eyes searched desperately for any sign of iron or steel in the cliff. 
-- Scott Westerfield, Uglies (2005)
Ms. Dorsey wrote: 
Dally's muscles strained painfully to lift the heavy roof timber so he could pull Johnny from the burning church.  

Suzie's ears strained to hear the sound of the approaching train.  

sample imitations from Jeff Anderson: 
Ellen's eyes darted back and forth as she desperately hoped I'd drop some of my popcorn on the floor.
 Andrew's eyes searched the cafeteria for his girlfriend.  Back and forth went his brown eyes. She had disappeared. 
-- Anderson's student
Use this pattern: 

__(Pronoun or noun)__'s        ____(noun)___     ____(verb) ____ etc.

2.  Appositive Make-up Assignment  (Make up five points from Appositive Booklet)
Write on a sheet of your own lined paper (not torn from your composition book), five complete, correct sentences that use appositives in the middle of the sentence. Don't forget your name and period on the paper.
Subject                            , appositive,                       verb.

Jill, one of my best students, forgot to put periods at the ends of her sentences. 

This assignment, one to help you replace points you lost on the appositive flip book, should be handed in by March 15 at the latest. 

More Appositives: Examples

3.  Argument :  Do Manners Matter? 

  1. In your composition book, write briefly about a couple of times you've experienced people being rude. 
  2. List three to five ways that you've seen people use good manners.
  3. Share with your book group.

  • Collect evidence (as a class) from an article.
  • Work (in book groups) on creating a thesis statement and hook.
"Evidence includes concrete, observable information; personal testimony; written documents; and material objects and their condition or appearance."
-- George Hillocks, Jr.  in Teaching Argument Writing: Grades 6-12
Evidence can include statistics and surveys and studies. 

Your thesis sentence (your claim)  needs to be broad enough to cover what you want to talk about, but narrow enough that it doesn't cover things beyond what you want to cover. 

Creating a Thesis Sentence for Manners Matter

4.  Book Groups
a.  Have one member of your group pick up your books and your group booklet.
b.  Finish summarizing and discussing for last time, if needed. Catch up any members who were absent last time. 
c. Read individually. -- Use sticky notes to take notes or mark places you want to discuss.  
d.  When instructed by the teacher, discuss what you've read,  and work on the booklet as a group.  (Today you will continue to summarize.)

         Fill out your reading log for this book, and record the page where you left off  on your reading log.

If you need more, ask the teacher. 
e.  Have one group member return books neatly to the shelves and turn in the booklet to the wire basket.

If you'd like to, you may bring non-messy treats for your group.