English 9 and English 10 Priority List – Week of 9/6 – 9/9

Happy Tuesday, Monarchs!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Click on the title of this post to see your priority list for the week. The English 9 priority list is first, and the English 10 priority list is second. Remember: if you are absent, I expect you to refer to this priority list for your make-up work! Be sure to get your work turned in within two days of your return to class. If you missed a quiz, email me at kelly.hayes@aps.edu to make an appointment to make up your quiz during lunch or after school. Click “continue” to see your priority list for the week! 

English 9 – Periods 2, 6, and 7

Essential Question: How does the organization of my paragraphs help or hurt my writing?

Tuesday, 9/6 and Wednesday, 9/7: Today we will take notes on how to break down a prompt and how to write an eleven sentence paragraph. All of the notes can be found here or below.

Thursday, 9/8 and Friday, 9/9: Today we are going to combine what we now know about writing strong sentencesembedding evidence into our paragraphs, and how to break down a prompt by writing an eleven-sentence critical analysis paragraph as a class. You will need to copy this prompt and paragraph into your notes. The prompt is below:

The Prompt: Language acquisition is an amazing thing. Ten weeks before birth, the language acquisition process begins with the fetus recognizing the specific speech sounds from its mother’s language (McElroy, 2013). After birth, babies and toddlers learn new words at an astonishing rate – assuming the child’s environment is suited to language acquisition, that is. Write an eleven-sentence paragraph in which you explain three strategies new parents typically use to assist with language acquisition. Use evidence from “Social Interaction and Cognitive Development” by Poole, Warren, and Nunez to support your claims.

English 10 – Periods 3 and 4

Essential Question: How can I use library resources to find reliable sources?

Tuesday, 9/6 and Wednesday, 9/7: We’re going to start working on a research paper today! Hooray! Download the directions for your research paper here.

  1. Once you’ve selected a topic for your research paper, turn to the Reflection section of your interactive notebook on page 147. Draw a three column T-Chart on your paper to make a KWL chart like the example KWL chart below. Notice how I made my Know and my What to Know columns narrower than the Learned column. Upon finishing your KWL chart and your research, you should have far more information in the Learned column than the Know and Want to Know columns combined. Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 3.12.43 PM
  2. Next, you need to turn to your Dialectical Journal section of your notebook. Normally, we keep dialectical journals on fiction or narrative texts, but dialectical journals are also great for keeping track of your sources and keeping your research focused on the prompt. Please copy the Dialectical Journal template on the left onto page 67 of your interactive notebook. As you find information on each source, you will need to keep track of the source title, author, and page number or web address because you will need this information when you make your works cited page next week. To make sure you have all the information you need, keep a separate dialectical journal for each source. At the top of each journal page, write down the source title and author. Next to the quote, write down the page number or web address.The commentary section is for brainstorming. How might this quote help you to answer the prompt or support your claim? Does this quote lead to more questions? If so, add them to your Want to Know section in your KWL chart! By treating the commentary section of your journals as a place to brainstorm for your essay, you are saving yourself extra work while writing because your big ideas will already be outlined in your journal. When it is time to write your essay, the hard part (figuring out what to say) is already done! Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 10.03.56 AM
  3. Mrs. Eaton, the librarian, is going to give you a brief presentation on how to find internet sources in the library. Take notes on her presentation in the Notes section of your interactive notebook. As always, make sure you are taking Cornell notes. Your essential question for this presentation is, “How can I use library resources to find reliable sources?”
  4. You have the rest of the period to start research on your topic. Don’t forget to fill out your KWL chart and keep dialectical journals for every source! Remember, you need three sources: one book source, one internet source, and one of your choice. 


Thursday, 9/8 and Friday, 9/9: We will be in the library again today to conduct research on our research paper topics that we selected last period. Just like yesterday, make sure you are using your KWL Chart and your Dialectical Journals to keep track of your sources and to keep your research focused on the prompt! Next week, we will review how to embed evidence, how to write an eleven-sentence critical analysis paragraph, and how to write introductions, conclusions, and thesis statements.

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