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Announcements (New as of 4/29)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
By Mrs. Walker

New Announcement!!

The end of the semester is fast approaching.  Make sure you know and have the following dates saved in your calendar to remind you:

  • Formative Test (Study rhetoric, archetypes, and irony) Wed/Thurs 4/30-5/1
  • 1984 Final Test (Complete your Dialectical Journal in order to take the test) Fri 5/9
  • Dialectical Journal Due (Over 20 entries due on Turnitin.com) Fri 5/9
  • 1984 Project Essay (See the 1984 Group Project Handout to the right) Monday 5/12
  • 1984 Project Presentations Monday-Friday 5/19-5/23
  • Summative/Final Exam (Similar to Formative, Study the 2nd Semester Study Guide under Class Resources) Tuesday – Thursday 5/27-5/29

Do you have a question for Mrs. Walker?  I’m really nice. I promise!  Email me at millta@fusd.net.

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Final day

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective:  Get a 4 on your final.

1.  Do Now

Take the first 10 minutes of class to study.  These are the LAST ten minutes you will have to do anything related to this final.  If you have questions about anything, hold them until the end of the do now and I will answer them for the class.

2.  Final

Log in to OARS, and begin the final.  It is imperative that you take your time, you have the entire period.

3.  AP and IB summer assignments

AP Language and Composition Summer Assignmentis: AP summer assignment, and IB Summer Assignment: IB summer assignment.  I will be going over these, so if you are not in either AP or IB, please be respectfully quiet.

4.  Creating your portfolio

Now that the year is done, find these essays from websites like Turnitin.com, and create a folder in your student drive titled “Tenth Grade Honor’s Portfolio”.  In this portfolio you will place all of the work you have finished over the course of the year.  Here is a list of assignments:

Portfolio Assignments

  • Speak Dialectical Journal
  • Speak Narrative Analysis Essay
  • Creative Narrative
  • Narrative District Test
  • Grapes of Wrath Dialectical Journal
  • GPS Tracking Argumentative Essay
  • Immigrant/Border Crossing Argumentative Essay
  • Grapes of Wrath Project Essay
  • Facebook Creates False Perceptions Analysis Essay
  • Poetry Dialectical Journal
  • “Same Song” Poetic Analysis Essay
  • Poetry Project Poetic Analysis Essay (You chose your own poem)
  • Artistic Analysis Essay (From the Art Gallery Walk)
  • Julius Caesar Literary Analysis
  • “The Bean Eater” Poetic Analysis District Writing Test

5.  Write a letter to Mrs. Walker

It would be a very nice gesture to thank Mrs. Walker for her care and great teaching in an email, and perhaps include a favorite memory you have from the class.  Also, it would be kind of you to congratulate her on having a healthy baby boy!  Be sure to use formal language with “Dear Mrs. Walker” at the start, and “Sincerely” at the end.  Mrs. Walker’s email is millta@fusd.net

Presentations, Final Day.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective:  Students will present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically (using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation) such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization.

Homework:  Continue studying for the final.  Practice your presentation.

Academic Vocabulary:  All previous.

Do Now:  Well, I am gone, so that means Mrs. Walker is in charge.  Take the first five (5) minutes of class and go over your presentation, regardless of whether you are presenting or not.  Take these last few minutes to make sure you have all of your notes, and run through your presentation one time.  Remember the most important things:

  • Explicitly stated theme and thesis.
  • Explicitly stated citations and references to the text and/or any outside sources.  Remember, there should be four, with the page numbers or chapters.
  • Not to read from your note cards unless for a quote.

IF you have already finished your presentations, review the final exam vocabulary found HERE.

1.  Presentations

Today is the last day of your presentations.  Take these seriously.  If you are not presenting today, you will be keeping tabs on your peers.  Questions will be asked after each presentation, so you must keep track of how many citations each group member used, whether the theme was explicit or not, and the various other elements.

2.  After the presentations (or if your period is done)

On a sheet of paper, write a letter to the student that you feel gave the best presentation.  Be explicit with what they did that made them the best speaker.  Was it the amount of evidence they shared?  The depth of their knowledge on their particular topic?  These will be given to your favorite speaker, so if you wish to remain anonymous, do not put your name on it.  Hand these in to Mrs. Walker at the end of the period.

 

If your period is done, your class will be divided into groups of three, and you will be creating a poster of two (2) of the academic vocabulary words.  The poster can look however you want it to look, as long as it contains the following:

  • The textbook definition.
  • A definition of YOUR creation.
  • A sentence of YOUR creation.

You will present your poster to the class at the end of the period.  Be sure that you are not reading from your poster.

Presentations, day two

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective: Students will present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically (using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation) such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization.

Homework: Continue studying for the final.  Practice your presentation.

Academic Vocabulary: All previous.

Do NowEven if you are not presenting today, or if you have already went, the first thing you will do is take the first 5 minutes to individually practice your presentation.   Run through your notes, and remember to look for the following:

  • Explicitly stated theme and thesis.
  • Explicitly stated citations and references to the text and/or any outside sources.  Remember, there should be four, with the page numbers or chapters.
  • Not read from your note cards unless for a quote.

1.  Presentations

Today is the second and maybe final day of your presentations.  Take these seriously.  If you are not presenting today, you will be keeping tabs on your peers.  Questions will be asked after each presentation, so you must keep track of how many citations each group member used, whether the theme was explicit or not, and the various other elements.

2.  After the Presentations

On a sheet of paper, write a letter to the student that you feel gave the best presentation.  Be explicit with what they did that made them the best speaker.  Was it the amount of evidence they shared?  The depth of their knowledge on their particular topic?  These will be given to your favorite speaker, so if you wish to remain anonymous, do not put your name on it.  Hand these in to Mrs. Walker at the end of the period.

1984 Presentations (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
By Mrs. Walker

Learning Objectives: Present a confident and clear interpretation and analysis of the novel 1984 and demonstrate performance techniques in a dramatization (SL10.4; W10.1)

Academic Vocabulary: All Previous

Homework: Study for Summative Assessment (Download the 2nd Semester Final Exam Study Guide under Class Resources).

1. Do Now: Practice Presentation
Individually prepare for your presentation, whether or not you are presenting today.  Check to make sure you have the following:

  • Explicitly stated theme and thesis.
  • Explicitly stated citations and references to the text and/or any outside sources.  Remember, there should be four, with the page numbers or chapters.
  • Not read from your note cards unless for a quote.

2. Presentations
During your peers’ presentations, you will complete the audience evaluation sheet.  Pay close attention during your peers’ presentations because your collaboration score depends on it.

Presentations, day one

Monday, May 19th, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective:  Students will present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically (using appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation) such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization.

Homework:  Continue studying for the final.  Practice your presentation.

Academic Vocabulary:  All previous.

Do Now:  Well, I am gone, so that means Mrs. Walker is in charge.  Take the first five (5) minutes of class and go over your presentation, regardless of whether you are presenting or not.  Take these last few minutes to make sure you have all of your notes, and run through your presentation one time.  Remember the most important things:

  • Explicitly stated theme and thesis.
  • Explicitly stated citations and references to the text and/or any outside sources.  Remember, there should be four, with the page numbers or chapters.
  • Not read from your note cards unless for a quote.

1.  Presentations

Today is the first day of your presentations.  Take these seriously.  If you are not presenting today, you will be keeping tabs on your peers.  Questions will be asked after each presentation, so you must keep track of how many citations each group member used, whether the theme was explicit or not, and the various other elements. 

2.  After the Presentations

On a sheet of paper, write a letter to the student that you feel gave the best presentation.  Be explicit with what they did that made them the best speaker.  Was it the amount of evidence they shared?  The depth of their knowledge on their particular topic?  These will be given to your favorite speaker, so if you wish to remain anonymous, do not put your name on it.  Hand these in to Mrs. Walker at the end of the period.

Presentation Run Through

Monday, May 19th, 2014
By Mrs. Walker

Learning Objectives: Practice individual presentation with clear, confident tone (SL10.4a)

Academic Vocabulary: All Previous

Homework: Finalize and practice presentation.

1. Do Now: Practice Presentation
Take out note cards and practice your presentation. You should rehearse as if it were real.

2. Set Up Headset and Record Presentation
Plug in the headset and follow the steps to set up the microphone (Under Trouble Shooting) and open Audacity.

Record the presentation all the way through.  Do not stop and start over.

3. Rehearse with Group
Rehearse the entire presentation with your group, so that everyone knows how the presentation will go.  Mrs. Walker will let your group know when you’re going to present.

Reminders for your presentation:

  • Do you know who’s presenting first, second, etc?
  • Dress nicely to reflect the effort and respect you have for the work you’ve done.
  • Does the video play?
  • How long was each person’s individual presentation, and how long is the video?  It has to be 15 or 18 minutes.

 

 

 

Practice

Monday, May 19th, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective:  Students will collaborate on a group project, providing feedback as to how well each of their group-members did according to the rubric. 

Homework: Practice your presentation.  Study for the final.

Academic Vocabulary:  All previous.

Do Now:  Take the first ten minutes of class and practice your part to yourself.  If you have not finished your notes you will use for your speech, now is the time to create them.

1.  Practice

Take out a piece of paper.  Now, get with your groups and go through your presentation.  What I would like each of you to do is to keep a list of:

·         How many times each of your group members references the text, or a website which he or she found the information.

·         Whether or not the specific theme was explicitly stated, and what it was.

These two things are required to get a 4 on your presentation.  Today is the last day in which you will have time to work on your presentation in class – use your time wisely.  I will be going around the class, making sure that you are taking notes of each other’s performance.  By giving your group-member good feedback, you WILL help raise their grade.

1984 Analysis Presentation

Friday, May 16th, 2014
By Mrs. Walker

Learning Objectives: Plan an organized presentation that analyzes Orwell’s choices in 1984 (SL10.4a)

Academic Vocabulary: All Previous

Homework: Prepare presentation and practice dramatization.  Your full presentation and dramatization run through will be on Monday 5/19.

1. Do Now: 1984 Essay Feedback
Log on to Turnitin.com to view the feedback on your essay.  While your essay may or may not have a final score, it will have notes on at least your introduction.  Essays that have been graded may NOT be resubmitted.

2. Project Presentation
Create notecards that bullet point what you need to speak about.  Make sure to view the requirements of the presentation in the 1984 Group Handout (Under class resources).

3. Group Collaboration
Meet with your group to plan for Monday.  The entire presentation must be done, including the video. And you will do a run-through.

Group work day III

Friday, May 16th, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objective: Students will work collaboratively to create/refine their 1984 project presentation

Homework:  Study what is expected of you in the presentation; practice your presentation.

Academic Vocabulary:  All previous.

Do Now: Turn in your revised essay if you have it.  If you are not turning in an essay, get with your groups.

1.  Group collaboration

Today is the last day that you have to work in class on your presentation.  All visual aids should be finished today, and you should (if possible) work on your video during class.  Remember, Monday we will begin with your presentations.  If you are not prepared to present on Monday, your group collaboration score will automatically be lowered by one point.

Group work, day two

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
By Mr. Modereger

Objectives: Students will work collaboratively to create/refine a script for their 1984 project presentations.

Homework: Practice your presentations.  You will start on Monday.

Academic Vocabulary:

Do Now: Log into Turnitin.com and find the group discussion for your thematic topic.  Upload your 1984 individual task as a reply to that thread.  Then, read through your entire group’s essays, and determine what ideas everyone seems to have in common.  What seems to be the overarching idea discussed within each essay?

1.  Presentation Requirements

Read through the 1984 Project Requirements (found to the right).  What is required for you to get a 4 on your individual presentation?  On your dramatic scene?  How long should the entire thing be? Discuss with a partner and be prepared to speak with the class.

2.  Group Collaboration. 

Today is the day which your script should be finished.  If you have someone doing task five, then it should be done already.

Remember: your dramatization needs to be of a key scene or scenes which ultimately show your assigned theme.  What is George Orwell’s message on your assigned thematic topic?  Make that very clear in each of your presentations.

Tomorrow you will have time to work on your individual presentation, so discuss what each person needs to have done before class.