Monday, October 31, 2011

AGENDA 10/31


Examine sample papers: Clare's paper on Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Affair
Mari's paper on Japanese American Internment

Discuss features of each paper:
What is the hook? How does each student writer engage the reader?
What is the thesis? How does each student writer explain the different discourse communities, the lasting emotions of the event, and the overall impact of the event on society?
How are body paragraphs organized? What kinds of details does the student writer give about each source?
How does the student writer discuss appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos?
What does the conclusion suggest about the lasting impact of this event?

HW: Bring ALL of your research sources to class tomorrow!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

AGENDA 10/27

Share Researchpalooza items and give them to your group members, along with your bibliography (if you brought 4 copies; otherwise, turn in your bibliography to the turn-in bin)

Complete a reflection on a separate sheet of paper:

1) What kinds of discourse communities (different groups and perspectives) are present in the three pieces of research my classmates gave me?

2) What kinds of genres did I receive?

3) What genres or discourse communities do I especially need to find—what is NOT represented well?

4) How helpful is the research my classmates brought me? What is the most interesting piece I received?

5) What kinds of things should I look for tonight as I pull together three more sources?

When you finish, begin reading chapter 24 of Ragged Dick

HW: Print out and bring three more pieces of research tomorrow for yourself, on your OWN topic! Remember to get a wide variety of genres, especially “creative” stuff, like photographs, artwork, maps, or other visual sources, or really interesting news articles. Bring the items to class!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AGENDA 10/26

(remember that yours need only include three citations; I did extra ones to show a greater variety of source types)

HW: Bring Researchpalooza items for your classmates and MLA format bibliography (4 copies, if you can!) tomorrow. Print out three additional research items on your own topic for Friday.

Remember to check the recommended resources on your Researchpalooza sheet, especially The New York Times Topics Pages, Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index, and the Library of Congress' online catalog of historical photographs

Monday, October 24, 2011

AGENDA 10/24

Read Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 of Ragged Dick and complete "Thinking While Reading"

Friday, October 21, 2011

AGENDA 10/21

Grammar Practice: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Introduce Researchpalooza Assignment and choose research groups; due THURSDAY

Prepare for Monday's research proposal. Examine my sample proposal with comments to help guide you, or the Rhetorical Historical assignment sheet.

Read Chapter 17 and Chapter 18 of Ragged Dick and complete "Thinking While Reading": choose one quotation or discussion question and write a response for each chapter (1 from each chapter for a total of 2. Remember that we left off on Chapter 14 of the "Thinking While Reading" sheets).

HW: Read Chapter 17 and Chapter 18 of Ragged Dick and complete "Thinking While Reading": choose one quotation or discussion question and write a response for each chapter. Compose and type research proposal for Monday in MLA format; use my sample response to help you.

Monday, October 17, 2011

AGENDA 10/17

Vocabulary quiz over words from Ragged Dick, chapters 1-11

Turn in TWR packets for chapters 2-10; stamp chapters 11 and 12

Introduce Rhetorical Historical Research Paper and step one: Research Proposal

HW: Read chapters 13 and 14 of Ragged Dick and answer the following for your Thinking While Reading assignment: Who is Micky Maguire and why does he dislike Dick? Do you think he is jealous of Dick, do you think he likes to put other people down for fun, or to make himself feel better or more powerful? Why do some people become bullies? Why do some people from tough backgrounds become bullies while others become leaders or helpers?

Reserve topics for Rhetorical Historical research paper this Thursday, 10/20. Research proposals due Monday, 10/24.

Friday, October 14, 2011

AGENDA 10/14

HW: Read Chapter 11 of Ragged Dick
Thinking While Reading:
Question: What does Mr. Whitney give to Dick, and what does Mr. Whitney expect from Dick in return?

Thinking While Reading:
Question: How is Dick's life changing?

Study for vocabulary quiz over words from chapters 1-11 of Ragged Dick and five random words from the Zeitoun vocabulary list; vocabulary sheet is due on Monday.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

AGENDA 10/13

Demonstrate Spelling Game using post it notes: letters needed for playing at home to review vocabulary words from the Ragged Dick vocabulary list--
a a b c c d e e f f g i i k l l m n n o p r r s s t t t u u y

HW: Read Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 of Ragged Dick, and complete one quotation/question and response for each of the two chapters. Thinking While Reading sheets due tomorrow (chapters 2-10). Vocabulary quiz over words from Ragged Dick (and five random words from the Zeitoun list!) on Monday. Use today's spelling game or other activities to help you study.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AGENDA 10/11

Read chapters 7 and 8 of Ragged Dick independently, then complete a “free choice” Thinking While Reading for each chapter by selecting THREE quotations/discussion questions, copying them down, and responding to them for each chapter (six quotations/questions and responses total). This should get added on to your “Thinking While Reading” work you did for chapters 2-6.

HW: Finish chapters 7 and 8 of Ragged Dick and complete THREE free choice "Thinking While Reading" quotations/questions and responses for each chapter (6 total).

Monday, October 10, 2011

AGENDA 10/10

Work on American Dream Collages

DIRECTIONS: In chapter 6 of Ragged Dick, the character Frank says, “If you'll try to be somebody, and grow up into a respectable member of society, you will. You may not become rich,--it isn't everybody that becomes rich, you know--but you can obtain a good position, and be respected." Thus, Frank relates what is popularly known as “The American Dream,” that is, that the US is a land of opportunity and that all who work hard can become successful.

How true is the American Dream? Select images to represent your conception of the American Dream. Create a collage of at least SEVEN images to symbolize your thinking. You can add text and words, too, but the images should express your ideas. You may use a combination of magazine images and your own hand-drawn images. Collages should be colorful, neat,

You might choose to think about the following:

  • “rags to riches”
  • success
  • home ownership
  • being famous
  • pursuit of happiness
  • immigrants
  • liberty and freedom
  • equal opportunity (or not?)
  • big business/capitalism
  • the value of hard work
  • appearance/beauty
  • having a family

On the back of the collage, students should write a paragraph explaining EACH of their collage images and how they relate to the idea of the American Dream and/or what it means to be successful. This should be written on notebook paper and then glued to the back, with their full names, period #, and date

Friday, October 7, 2011


Grammar Practice: Pronoun Consistency #2

Discuss chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Ragged Dick using the Bag of Destiny--review responses from "Thinking While Reading" sheet

HW: Finish reading chapter 6 of Ragged Dick and complete the chapter 6 section of the "Thinking While Reading" sheet.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Complete Warm-up #1, Vocabulary from Ragged Dick
Work quietly (alone or with a partner) to complete "Thinking While Reading" sheet for chapters 4-5

HW: Finish chapters 4-5 assignment from the "Thinking While Reading" sheet. Due at beginning of class on Friday for stamp check.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Introduce "Thinking While Reading" sheet for chapters 2-6
Read Chapter 1 of Ragged Dick aloud and discuss Dick's character traits
Complete chapter 2 assignment - Venn diagram comparing Dick with Johnny Nolan - in class
Begin reading Chapter 3 of Ragged Dick silently
Continue working on chapter 3 assignment in class, and finish for homework

HW: Read Chapter 3 of Ragged Dick and complete chapter 3 assignment from the "Thinking While Reading" sheet

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Introduce new vocabulary from Ragged Dick
Share out about Work Interviews using the Bag of Destiny

HW: Begin learning new vocabulary words. Remember to review all of the old words from Zeitoun, as vocabulary quizzes are cumulative over the semester.

Monday, October 3, 2011



HW: Finish reading "Bud Freeman" excerpt, complete "Thinking While Reading" sheet and turn it in today or Tuesday.
Complete Work Interview assignment -- transcript and the reflection in MLA format due TUESDAY, October 4.