Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday/Monday, February 5/8, 2016

Sample Informational Essay

Announcements and Reminders:

Do not forget to finish your argument essay on Utah Compose if you have not done that yet.
I am working on grading your argument essays. Finish up your essays, and make sure you meet all of the requirements.   

  • Check for the requirements on your rubric. 
  • Compare your essay to the graphic organizer (on the other side of the rubric), and compare it to the sample essays.
  • Pay attention to the corrections and suggestions provided by UtahCompose.

You will need to let me know when you have worked to meet the requirements on an already-graded essay.

Sample Argument Essay

Some points to check:
  • Use a hook.  Add helpful background information.
  • Write a one-sentence thesis statement. 
  • Base the order of your essay on the order of the reasons in your thesis statement. 
  • Avoid "I" and "you."  in our essay.  Eliminate contractions and abbreviations. 
  • Eliminate unneeded repetition.  (Do not say the same thing over and over and over.)
  • Use transitions at the beginnings of your body paragraphs and conclusion.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on February 11.

On February 18/19 the counselors will come into our English classes to teach you how to register for next year. 
Your registration papers will be due in our class by February 23.

Targets for Today:
I will understand more about how to use commas.

I will notice qualities of  informative writing
I can conduct research, preparing to write an informative essay.
I will find sources and prepare to use and cite them in informative writing. 

Next time:  I can write an effective informative essay. 

Today’s  Agenda: 

1. Pick up your composition books.

2. CSI 


CSI  American Fork

Now Investigating:  Conventions in Sentences Investigation 

Label in your composition book:  CSI #3
  • What do you notice about this sentence?   
  • Copy the sentence into your composition book. 
  • Write down at least three things you notice about it. 

Her cleats, shin pads, and sweats were in her backpack, slung over her shoulder and heavy with homework. 

-- Peter Abrahams, Down the Rabbit Hole (2006)

Reasons to Use Commas

Reason #3.   Use commas to separate words and word groups in a simple series of three or more items

4.  How They Croaked 
Remember that

Authors make choices!

  • The tone/attitude they have toward their subject.
  • The facts they chose. 
  • The conclusions they make based on  those facts

Last time students selected a famous person from this book to research 
and to use as the subject of a informational essay. 

Select a Famous Person -- First Come, First Serve

King Tut Informational Essay Notes and Research

Create a Works Cited as you go. 

Here is the link to Citation Machine: 

Here is the MLA Citation for How They Croaked:
Bragg, Georgia, and Kevin O'Malley. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. New York: Walker, 2011. Print.

Here are the handouts:    Click on the link, click on the Download tab, open and print.

If You Were Absent:
See above.
Complete your research and save it on UtahCompose. Create a Works Cited as you go.

Here are the handouts:    Click on the link, click on the Download tab, open and print.