Today we started with finishing the presentations. Thank you to all my brave students who showed up and did an awesome presentation.
After the presentation was the vocab quiz followed by a peer evaluation on the group project.
Everything we've done up till today will be on your quarterly grade report. Remember to turn in your essay if you didn't already!
Warm up: Adjective Practice
After a brief instruction on how the final draft of the essay on happiness should look, students were given time in class. Students are expected to turn in their final draft tomorrow during class.
Finish the final draft of your essay and turn it in on Google Classroom.
Warm up: Vocab #1 4/4 - TEST FRIDAY!
Since our rough drafts of our essay are done (right? you all finished?), we moved on to doing our peer editing in class today. I passed out a peer editing sheet to fill out as you read through someone else's paper. I then gave time in class to finish peer editing.
Finish the peer edit FIRST and then finish your rough draft if you didn't have that done for class today.
Warm up: Vocab practice! That test is next Friday so be sure to study your words!
Students were expected to come to class prepared with a rough draft of their essay. Today we took notes on a brief lesson on how to write the introduction and the conclusion paragraphs of the essay. The presentation can be found at the link below. Students were then given the rest of the period to add their introduction and conclusion paragraphs to their rough draft.
Finish your rough draft! Your rough draft should start with your introduction, have three complete body paragraphs, and end with a conclusion. You will need this on Tuesday to do peer edits.
Warm up: Adjective notes, set 2
Today was designated as a work day for students to write the rough draft of their essay. I uploaded an essay layout on Google Classroom for students to complete.
Students were expected to have their thesis, topic sentences, and evidence written at the beginning of class. This class period was provided as a work day for adding two sentences of commentary for each sentence of evidence.
Finish the rough draft of your essay.
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: 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.