Thursday, August 31, 2006

The College Essay

The College Essay


250-500 words

Specific event full of description


Freewrite (handwritten at least a page) on two of the prompts due Tuesday (9/5) by the end of class.

First draft typed and in class by Thursday. (9/7)

Peer review in class Thursday.

Final Draft typed and due in class Mon. (9/11)

Go to the following sites to see information regarding writing the Personal Statement/College Essay.

Getting Started


Blunders to Avoid

The Essay Structure

The Writing Process

See my web page for a handout that has the college prompts to choose.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Found" Character Description

Last night you read several chapters out of the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Your goal for the 10 Spot is to create a "found" character description. Use the designated chapters and find at least three quotes (direct words from the book) that uniquely define one of the characters in the book. Write a brief explanation after the quotes telling why you chose them. I would prefer that you not choose literal descriptions that someone makes of a character. (ex. She was smart and had brown hair.) Here is an example of how it should be formatted:
ex. Christopher
"So I tore the piece of paper up and threw it away." (ch.3 pg. 3)
" ........."
I chose these lines from the book because they show...

1st period- Chap. 2-5

3rd period- Chap.7-11

5th period- Chap. 13-19

7th period- Chap. 23-29

When you finish, visit the Wikispace and search through the new Tech Tools.

The New 10 Spot

Choose one of the following questions to answer. Please include the number of the question to which you are responding:

1. Most of us have been in a situation where we made a promise that we were unable to keep. When were you disappointed because someone made you a promise that they failed to keep? Or when did you break a promise that you made to someone else?

2. All of us are works in progress with a long way to go before we reach our full potential. In what skill or area are you still working to make progress?

3. Everyone has problems or challenges to overcome. What obstacles are you proud to have faced and conquered?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

How to comment like a king (or queen!)

Seniors '07 welcome to our blog. This week you will be asked to comment on our blog as well as other blogs on the web. One of my favorite bloggers, Vicki Davis, created a great post regarding the ins and outs of commenting. Heed her directions. These are gold when it comes to blog commenting etiquitte.
Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Thank you for reading

This is a thank you to all of the bloggers out there who contribute to the knowledge base. I am thankful for those that became pioneers and continue to blaze a path for eager educators and students. Thank you to the parents who believe in teaching moderation and responsibility with technology rather than cutting off the source. Thanks to all of the school systems who encourage, promote, and drive technology with students and teachers. Forward thinking, 21st Century "evangelists" are the people who will guide our students and our future. Thank you (please forgive me if I forget you):
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Cathy Gassenheimer
John Norton
Alabama Best Practices Center
Mountain Brook City Schools
Jan Rogers
Kathy Sierra
Anne Davis
Vicki (Cool Cat) Davis
Wesley Fryer
Will Richardson
Darren Kuropatwa
Alan November
David Warlick

Monday, August 14, 2006

Welcome to English 12

Hello Seniors! Welcome to our classroom BLOG. This is the central nervous system of our class. You will use this to as a vehicle to let your voice be heard. Add comments and browse around to see our progress last year. I have big plans for the blog. Join the Blogosphere.