MLA FORMATTING AND CITATION HELP ...USE THIS LINK!!!

how to calculate your reading pace:#of pgs. read in 10 mins. x 6= # of pgs/hour,

# of pgs./ hour x 2= # of pgs./week, <----------STOP HERE IF YOU'RE JUST RECALCULATING FOR A NEW BOOK..

#of pgs./week x 18/200= # of books/semester

EX: 10 pages in 10 minutes...
10x6=60
60x2=120
120x18=2,160
2,160/200=10.8 (11 books!)


Daily Schedule: This is where you find everything you need for success in this class!!


  1. survey text
  2. first read: questions, connections, surprises, comments
  3. Do you have "hope"?
prep for next time: FUN READING!!


1/15/2014
prep. for next time: PRINT OUT and BRING IN your text of choice. Answer the six questions about your text that you choose from the list.


1/17/2014
prep. for next time: complete summary/response about YOUR text


1/22/2014
  • book talk (Bossypants by Tina Fey)
  • FUN reading! (collecting summary/response)
  • possessive nouns practice #2
  • another "think-aloud": what do good readers do?
  • discuss: what makes something "scholarly/academic"? Where can you find scholarly text? Why would you need it?
  • finding a scholarly text on the same topic as the text you brought last time:
  1. WN (notes section): write your topic choice, then list at least 5 possible search terms that would help you find a relevant, scholarly article on your topic
  2. search! You must use a database from the school's library or DOAJ.org (open-access to peer-reviewed journals)
  3. read through the results of your search: look over the abstracts, click on and scan the articles.
  4. when you decide on one, see if you can print out a PDF version (this is it's original format and will be much easier to print and read.
prep. for next time: print out the entire article and do a quick first read (read the abstract, identify words you don't understand, get the general idea of the text)...BRING IT IN to class!!


1/24/2014
  1. 1st read: preview the text (follow directions on handout)
  2. 2nd read: mark your thoughts
  3. 3rd read: analyzing text (follow directions on handout)
prep. for next time: FUN reading!!


1/28/2014
(practice with T-Swift)
  1. choose your text
  2. fill in the idea organizer
  3. fill in the blanks in the provided paragraph
prep. for next time: finish the fill-in-the-blank paragraph and bring with you next time!


1/30/2014
  1. class revision of T-Swift analysis (revisions from class )
  2. sign up for your class in Turn It In
  3. individual revision of analysis of your text
prep. for next time: complete revision and submit to Turn It in BEFORE you come to class.

2/3/2014

  1. choosing a topic
  2. creating a message
  3. considering audience
prep. for next time: know what you will be writing about and work on FUN reading quotes!
2/5/2014
  • FUN reading
  • looking at text features: what are the components of different genres? What genres will you create and what are the essential features for each of those genres? Fill in the chart in the packet from last time.
prep. for next time: FUN reading quotes due and complete the "checking in" chart.
2/11/2014
prep. for next time: revise genres and create bibliography
2/13/2014
  • FUN reading
  • sentence study #2 (see 2/11 agenda)
  • multi-genre portfolio:

  1. gathering ideas for reflective introduction
  2. feedback on drafts
  3. checking bibliography
prep. for next time: complete and print out intro and 5 texts
2/19/2014
prep. for next time: completed multi-genre portfolio due next time, printed out and stapled (intro, 5 genres, bibliography)
2/21/2014
  • share multi-genre portfolios!
  • sentence study #4 (see 2/11 agenda)
  • text analysis revisions (due date TBA, but be working on it!)
  • library to get Brave New World
  • read Postman's foreword to his book (quick write in writer's notebook)
  • What If?? activity
prep. for next time: read BNW chapters 1-3 and answer questions with group by Feb. 27
2/25/2014

  1. vocab #1 in WN (worldview, transcendent, purged)
  2. thinking while reading: is our society really "covering up" the negative aspects of life?
  3. rhetorical square

  • revise text analysis essay in Google and resubmit to Turn It In by 3/3
prep. for next time: read chapters 1-3 in BNW and complete group questions in Google (share with me too!)
3/3/2014
prep. for next time: finish reading BNW chapters 4-6 and complete reading log
3/5/2014
prep. for next time: read chapters 7-9 and complete reading log!
3/7/2014
  • book talk (Missing Stars, Fallen Sparrows by Nick Palermo)
  • vocab #4 (write a sentence for 3 of the 5 words we have so far)
  • clarification for BNW?
  • prepare debate:

  1. share your research
  2. finalize thesis
  3. create 3 reasons to support claim

prep. for next time: read chapters 7-9 and complete reading log for next time!

3/11/2014
prep. for next time: complete debate organizer and read BNW chapters 10-13
3/13/2014
  • book talk (Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler)
  • FUN reading
  • vocab #6 (write a context-filled sentence using "transcendent," "vivacious" and any two words from last semester)
  • organize writer's notebook for check
  • finish visual interpretation discussion from last time
  • look at debate format
  • work on preparing debate

  1. continue research for evidence
  2. finalize ideas in organizer (collecting before class is over)
  3. discuss who will focus on which section of debate
prep. for next time: read BNW chapters 10-13 and complete reading log, be ready to practice debate
3/17/2014
  • FUN reading
  • discuss chapters 10-13
  • prepare for debate next class! (finalize ideas with Mrs. O'Shea, practice speaking!)
prep. for next time: be prepared for debate! Start reading chapters 14-18 of BNW and complete reading log
3/19/2014DEBATE!!
  • demonstrating research, preparation, listening and speaking skills.
WHO WILL REIGN!?! :)prep. for next time: finish reading chapters 14-18 of BNW and complete reading log
3/21/2014
prep. for next time: start back in your FUN reading book!
3/25/2014
  • FUN reading
  • sentence study #2 (see attached from 3/21)
  • writing section: what is the difference between a juvenile and an adult?
  • defining and understanding legal terms for homocide
  • get book quote papers (due 4/17)
prep. for next time: FUN reading!!
3/27/2014

  1. vocab in context: erratic (4), inhibit (7), coddling (14), perpetuate (20)
  2. descriptive outlining (what does each section "do" and "say"?

prep. for next time: read "Startling Findings...", talking with the text (Descriptive Outlining and rhetorical square)
3/31/2014

  1. rhetorical square (focusing on word choice)
  2. summary/response

  • look at in-class writing prompt for next class
prep. for next time: complete summary/response and prepare for in-class writing
4/2/2014
  • prepare for in-class writing

  1. look at quick write with initial beliefs
  2. look at the articles read and think about class discussion
  3. new quick write: what do you believe now?

  • in-class writing in Google (share with me, due before class is over)
prep. for next time: FUN reading
4/4/2014
prep. for next time: complete essay and submit to Turn It In also READ!!
4/15/2014

  1. summarize every 2 pages and create a DOK question/statement to prepare for Socratic Seminar next time
  2. complete DOK chart with your best questions
prep. for next time: finish revising in-class essay and submit to Turn It In BEFORE you come to class!
4/17/2014
prep. for next time: FUN reading!!

4/21/2014
  • FUN reading
  • organizing writer's notebook (starting 15 week check next week!)
  • How Can Young People Make a Difference?
  1. watch video clip
  2. notes (collecting notes)
  3. quick write: What makes YOU extraordinary?
prep. for next time:FUN reading!

4/23/2014
prep. for next time: print out, annotate and bring in research to help synthesize a definition of your topic



4/25/2014
  • FUN reading
  • look at Informative Rubric for your Guide
  • read "Bullying in Schools" (see 4/23 agenda for copy of text)
  1. deciphering words using context clues
  2. what does each section SAY? (summarize each section)
  3. In the end...summarize: "bullying is..."
  4. collecting "Bullying in Schools" (assessing your summarizing skills)
  • look at your definition research with your writing group
  • begin to synthesize the definition of your issue for your guide on your chart organizer (remember to create the Google Doc following the directions in the assignment packet so that you can write the draft for next time)
  • review: who is writing the draft and who will do the research for the existing policies pertaining to your issue?
prep. for next time: research existing policies, print out, annotate and bring in your findings!


4/29/2014
  1. identify the policies in place for bullying
  2. explain if you think they are effective
  • discuss your Existing Policy research with group
  1. what did you find?
  2. fill in your organization chart to summarize the policies in place
  • conference with Mrs. O'Shea about definition draft and how to move forward.
prep. for next time: Existing Policy draft in Google (same document as Definition) and research examples of your problem happening in "real life."


5/1/2014
  1. identify examples of "showing"/narrative style
  2. explain how those details appeal to the audience's emotion (pathos)
  • discuss your Examples research with group
  1. what did you find?
  2. fill in your organization chart to summarize the examples, using your "showing" skills
  • conference with Mrs. O'Shea about Existing Policy draft and how to move forward.
prep. for next time: Examples draft in Google (same document as Definition and Existing Policy) and research ideas to create advice or a "call to action" to solve your issue.


5/5/2014
  1. analyze text sturcture in notes section of writer's notebook
  2. explain effectiveness of headings and visuals
  1. what did you find?
  2. fill in your organization chart to synthesize your advice to solve the issue.
  • conference with Mrs. O'Shea about Examples draft and how to move forward.
prep. for next time: Advice draft in Google (same document as Definition, Existing Policy and Examples). Begin revising all drafts and deciding what headings and visuals to use. Gather all sources with final works cited page


5/7/2014
  • FUN reading!
  • preparing presentation:
  1. look at Creating Change prompt--what is "multi-media"?
  2. what are your ideas for your presentation? Brainstorm!
  3. presentation proposal
  • works cited
  1. begin gathering all of the sources used in your guide
prep. for next time: working draft of works cited (formatted correctly) in your Google Doc by next time.


5/9/2014
prep. for next time: entire draft completed in Google, works cited, intro and conclusion and all four sections.


5/13/2014
prep. for next time: PRINT OUT completed informative guide for peer review


5/15/2014
  1. submit to Turn It In "Informative Guide First Draft" to use for editing help
  2. continue making changes in Google to prepare for final draft next time
prep. for next time: submit final draft to Turn It In, "Informative Guide FINAL"


5/19/2014
prep. for next time: work on portfolio and/or prepare presentation


5/21/2014
prep. for next time: work on portfolio and/or prepare presentation


5/23/2014
prep. for next time: complete and PRINT OUT final portfolio to turn in next time


5/28/2014
prep. for next time: read, read, read! Review old notes and other texts you have read and annotated.