Warm up: Adjective notes in the grammar section.
We took Cornell notes on creating commentary today. If you were absent please view the presentation below and take notes in the Cornell style.
Make sure you have the back side of the prompt filled out! That means you have your thesis, topic sentences, and evidence found. You NEED your evidence tomorrow to do the activity in class.
Warm up: Today the warm up was on Google Classroom. Take the Multiple Intelligence questionnaire and then upload a screenshot of your results to the assignment on Google Classroom.
Today's assignment is also on Google Classroom titled "Using the Words of Others". There are two parts to the assignment. The first is to read each of the examples from “In Pursuit of Unhappiness,” and identify the source of the comment (who said it), and decide whether the remark is a direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. The second part is to find a passage from the text that you may use in your essay. You will quote it directly using the proper MLA in-text citation. Then you will paraphrase the quote, again with the proper MLA in-text citation. Lastly, you will respond to the quote with your own opinion.
Finish the assignment if you didn't finish in class today.
Warm up: Vocab #1 week 3 of 4. Your vocab practice Quizlet has been updated in the link to the right.
Read through the essay prompt. Then give two ways that someone can achieve true happiness. This question may sound familiar because you were asked to answer this question at the beginning. Now, after reading three articles and discussing happiness more in class, you have a better understanding of the subject and my have different answers to this question.
Theses answers are going to help formulate your thesis statement and your topic sentences for your essay on happiness. For each paragraph you will need to include two pieces of evidence to support your claim of how to achieve happiness. One piece of evidence per paragraph will be a direct quote from one of the articles we read. The other piece of evidence may also be a direct quote, or a personal experience or observation.
This will be a five paragraph essay. Your first two body paragraphs will be your arguments and evidence. The third body paragraph will be addressing a counterargument to each of your two body paragraphs, so you will need to find evidence opposing your point of view.
You may use any of the articles we read in class including:
"In Pursuit of Unhappiness" by Darrin M. McMahon
"The Madness of Materialism" by Steven Taylor Ph.D.
:"But Will it Make You Happy?" by Stephanie Rosenbloom
You may also use your own experiences as evidence.
Finish your initial outline including your thesis statement and three topic sentences. Start looking through the articles for evidence to support your topic sentences.
Warm up: Quickwrite
Notebook checks were today!
Today we watched a YouTube video about MLA format and in-text citations. While we watched we took Cornell notes. If you are unfamiliar with how Cornell notes work, please click the link to find an online example. You can review the video below as well. Be sure to pause when you need to write down important information.
Finish the "main ideas/questions" and the "summary" sections of your Cornell notes if not done in class.
Warm up: Vocab practice - Fill in the blank in the sentence with the correct vocabulary word from Monday. To save time each day in class, we will practice the procedure of having your warm up notebook out and ready when the bell rings. After the bell rings you will have 5 minutes to complete the warm up activity.
Similar to yesterday, a new article is posted in Google Classroom titled "But Will it Make You Happy?" Read through the article, then as a team of 4, work together to answer the question at the end of the article: what is the author's main claim in this article? Then work through the text to look for the evidence that the author is using to support his claim. Highlight that evidence.
Finish highlighting your article and turn in by midnight tonight. The two articles together will be one grade, so each is worth 50 points.
Send your parent to Back to School night! I would love to meet them! Prize drawings for each period!
Warm up: Pronoun practice.
On Google Classroom I posted an article titled "The Madness of Materialism." We read through it as a class and discussed the author's main claim that materialism is making the American people unhappy. With a partner, students found evidence within the text that the author used to support this claim. On the Google Doc, highlight the evidence found.
Finish highlighting evidence and turn in by midnight tonight.
Warm up: Personal pronoun notes.
Today we worked in teams of 4 to complete the SOAPS-LT chart that we made predictions on last week. Since we have read the article a couple of times, we can now complete the SOAPS-LT with the information from the article. This will be collected, so please make sure you've completed it.
Finish your SOAPS-LT sheet.
Warm up: Set 2 of our vocab words. Be sure to get those synonyms!
Yearbook pictures were taken today.
After photos we read through "In Pursuit of Unhappiness" looking specifically at the quotes from Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill. We highlighted quotes from Carlyle in yellow and quotes from Mill in pink.
Book selfies were also due today! If you had trouble getting your photo printed and/or your photo wasn't on the front table you need to let me know. I'll send another batch of photos to the printer on Friday for those that had difficulty.
Finish the assignment from class today.
Warm up: Vocabulary practice. Fill the blanks in the sentence in with one of the vocabulary words from Monday.
We split the text into logical parts today. This is called "chunking". We started by looking closely at the text to determine where the introduction ended, before moving on to group paragraphs together depending on content. After each chunk we drew a line across the page.
Afterwards, we talked briefly about summarizing each chunk's content in the left-hand margin, indicating what the author "says".
Finish the "says" statements down the left-hand column of the text. One statement per chunk, not per paragraph.
Have a great weekend!
Warm up: Identify the nouns in the paragraph presented. Remember, if you are absent it is your responsibility to get the warm ups in your notebook.
Today we read our text "In Pursuit of Unhappiness" as a class. We discussed the text as we read. Afterwards, we talked about the different meanings words can play in the text. McMahon uses the words happy, bliss, joy, euphoria, satisfaction, and pleasure in different ways throughout the text. We ranked these words on how strongly they represent happiness, 1 being the least and 6 being the most.
No homework! Woo!