Prepare for the next vocabulary assessment–on lessons 3 &4, which will resemble the last one you took. Review feedback on the first assessment; you can find it under “feedback” on this blog.
brief blog post, based on in-class teacher-introduction to R. Pinsky, US Poet Laureate
listen to “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” a short story by Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
title and print your essay draft
—without your name on it
for two other essays, complete a rubric,
making sure to sign that rubric
based on the feedback, revise and submit your essay,
adding to the bottom:
1) an acknowledgment statement that recognizes contributors to ideas or details in the essay
2) the complete text of the post-conference summary you emailed to Mr. Brown several weeks ago. If recent changes to bearsmail mean you cannot access sent mail before a certain date, please say so–in place of that post-conference email.
Before the block class, submit–to TURNITIN–a full draft of your short story “11-sentence” paragraph-essay.
Remember to put your topic sentence (main idea) in bold font, and to underline the three ideas (reasons or examples) that support it.
Refer, when helpful, to Mr. Brown’s sample draft of his “War” essay, which he distributed in Tuesday’s class.
next stage of “War” essay
tips and work
submit full draft before block class w/o template
Add to your digital template at least one quote for each of the essay’s three sections.
Be careful to use just as much of the passage that illustrates the statement for that section; avoid including more quoted material than you need. Also, be sure to cite the page number.
help Mr. Brown find quotes that best fit his “War” essay
begin finding quotes that fit your individual essays
due next class: template with four idea-sentences and at least one quote for each of the essay’s three sections
Using the “11-sentence” paragraph template (available on the “raw materials” page of this course blog), write the refined topic sentence (main idea) for your short story essay, and the sentences that represent the three reasons (parts) of that essay. Follow the model Mr. Brown reviewed in Friday’s class–the template for his essay on “War.”
Come to class with a digital copy of the template that contains these four sentences. If you decide to forge ahead by entering other sentences or quotations, feel free.
collect vocab workbooks for Lesson 4 work
groups present working ideas; feedback follows
what seems workable—i.e., specific, valuable, defensible statement
review of template with Mr. Brown’s “War” outline
We are a heterogeneous group, insofar as we take away different thoughts and feelings from the same short story. I believe that today’s exercise will engender essays as varied as our individual minds and hearts. You have ideas worth expressing; work at refining them well enough to center an essay on them.
The main premise of this work today is that you will form an idea that means something to you; drive your own intellectual car, rather than someone else’s.
Today, in small groups organized by chosen story (see pink index card), you will create a group slide show that reveals ideas your individual group members want to express in an “11-sentence” essay. This slide show has several elements, the sequence of which is designed to demonstrate the evolution of your ideas.
Sequence of elements
opening slides: the texts of each group member’s pink card from Tuesday’s class, revised for clarity, if necessary
slide that shows five-sentence summary of your story
closing slides: from each group member, a working idea (a sentence that makes a specific statement about some feature of the story). For help generating or refining the idea, make creative use of the questions that follow your story. On these closing slides, copy the text of the question(s) you used for inspiration or guidance–above the working essay idea.
When refining the idea, with feedback from your group members, ask yourself this question: So what? In other words, how has my idea enriched someone else’s reading of this story? How has the idea broadened someone’s horizon with respect to this story?