How's the new year going?

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Registered: 03-24-2003
How's the new year going?
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Thu, 01-08-2009 - 2:03pm

I assume most of you started back on Monday. How's the new year? Did you return to any changes or surprises?

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Thu, 01-08-2009 - 5:16pm

I am in the process of getting my courses for this semester taken care of.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 01-08-2009 - 8:43pm

So far so good on my end. My sophomores are getting a mini-unit on persuasive writing. We've discussed persuasion in advertising and today we began our tour through Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Next week, they'll be writing their own essay based on Swift's. This is the first time I've taught this essay with sophomores, so we'll see how it goes. Once we're finished with that, we'll be on to poetry.

My other class just finished "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment." Most of these students are identified, but I have the help of a wonderful para. They'll be working on how to write an editorial and then transitioning into some short stories by Mark Twain and eventually another class novel.

My co-sponsor and I had a great meeting with our student council officers this morning and because homecoming is the day before Valentine's Day, we're hitting the ground running as far as student council activities.


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 10:34am

What did you decide about a job hunt?


Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 10:40am

Sounds like fun to me.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 11:22am

I don't know if you could say I've made a decision or not.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Sat, 01-10-2009 - 6:34pm

I mostly mash it up with a variety of techniques. Because we're modeling our approach to that of Swift's, they have to go back and look at how he organized and approached his essay. However, I don't expect them to have it completely organized like his; I expect them to make it their own. I found a graphic organizer which helps guide them in how to organize a persuasive paper but I use it more as a brain-storming tool than a way to organize teh paper. As long as they can include all parts of the paper (introduction, body, etc.), following the basic concepts of a persuasive paper, include some persuasive techniques, edit their work well, and make the final copy as polish as possible, I'll be happy. Our recent reports from the state reading assessments indicate that they have a good grasp of persuasion so I'm not going to spend much time on this.

I've traditionally done this with seniors but since they re-arranged the schedule and I no longer have seniors, I'm trying it with sophomores. Several of them are in debate, so I know they'll have no problem with this, and the rest are bright enough that they will catch on fast.


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