Hello, folks. Welcome to my Weebly post. This coming week we will be working with persuasive texts. By the week's end students will have an assessment on their ability to identify an author's argument, the ways in which they support their argument, and give examples of the rhetorical elements (ethos, logos, pathos) used. Students will also be answering text dependent questions on chapter one of How to Win Friends & Influence People.
There is a vocabulary list for kids to begin learning. It will be broken up into portions and assessed in various ways: some through their writing, some through a traditional vocabulary test. Essentially, students just need to be able to understand what the words mean/identify the definition of each word. It is a long list; therefore, it will not be assessed all at once. Here is the list: RHETORIC, PERSUASION, ETHOS, LOGOS, PATHOS, FUNDAMENTAL, UNTENABLE, DEBATE, OBJECTIVE, SUBJECTIVE, ANALOGY, CONNOTATION, TEMPERAMENT, MUTUAL, CONTRADICTION, FALLACY, IRONY, OXYMORON, THESIS, ANTITHESIS, PARADOX, LOGIC, ABSOLUTISM, RELATIVISM, IMPLY, INSINUATE.
**Next week, students will be working on composing their own persuasive essays.
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Hello - well, at this point all Call of the Wild questions should have been submitted, and the third person narrative should have been as well. Late submissions are still welcome, but it gets harder and harder the longer one waits.
There is a comprehensive test on the novel this coming TUESDAY. I will have a study/review guide for them to take home Monday.
This coming week, students will begin analyzing persuasive writing in preparation for composing their own argument essays. We will be learning about Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle.
There is no anchor novel for this new unit. We have a class set of How to Win Friends & Influence People which we will use from time to time, as well as several other short persuasive informational and literary pieces (which I will provide).
Vocabulary tests will resume shortly. The first batch of new words will be released to the students this week, and it will focus on academically & rhetorically themed vocabulary.
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Last week, we simply could not fit in an assessment on identifying Grammatical Person (1st, 2nd, 3rd Person) and Number (Singular or Plural) in a sentence; therefore, this week that assessment will occur. It looks like Tuesday or Wednesday is the window for that, since I'd like to give them at least one more round of practice at the very beginning of the week.
Students will receive discussion questions for chapters 4 - 6 on Monday. The previous set is now due for a grade. The 4-6 set will be due by the end of the week. I final content knowledge & comprehension test on THE CALL of the WILD will occur on the following Monday.
Students have one final narrative writing assignment due before we begin our persuasive writing unit. This THIRD PERSON P.O.V. NARRATIVE is due by Friday the 22nd. Students will get computer time in class this week. An IB RUBRIC explaining the requirements of the assignment has been distributed to each student, but if you would like a digital copy, you may email me at email@example.com. Students will also receive an example of exemplary third person narrative writing. There is no length requirement. It must fulfill the expectations of a narrative as described on the rubric.
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Welcome back from fall break. I've been grading second person point of view narratives, and I've noticed several students still have not submitted one to me. For that matter, I still don't have the first personal narrative from some students. These narratives should have been typed up and emailed to me by now, and their absence will have a negative impact on the final average.
This coming week students will be assessed on identifying point of view (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and number (singular/plural) in a sentence, and there will be a reading quiz on the first three chapters of TCOtW.
ALso, at the end of the week, there will be a vocabulary quiz: OBSCURE, GENIAL, IMPARTIAL, MOROSE, PERVADE, UNCOUTH, ANTAGONIST, BELLIGERENT, CONSTERNATION, FORLORN, MALIGNANT, DISCONSOLATE, ARDUOUS, DIABOLICAL, INDISCRETION. These grades will all kick off the second 9 weeks grading cycle.
We will only spend the rest of this week and the next on THE CALL OF THE WILD. Following that, we will begin a 3 week unit on analyzing and writing persuasive/argumentative essays. Our next anchor text will be Carnegie's old classic, HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE.
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