Friday, April 11, 2014

Notes and Example from Punctuation Workshop

Find the examples and paragraph as the first comment.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paragraph Answer for "A Spoiled Man"

Write an answer that is based on information found on the page you have been assigned. Try, as best you can, to connect what happens on that page to events that occur either before or after in the story. Use at least one literary term (setting, conflict, plot, irony etc.) in your answer. Quote the story at least once, but no more than 20 words, maximum, for all quotes. Identify the page number, please, as a heading before your paragraph. See my model answer for more ideas on what to do.

Write between 150 and 200 words. Bring your word processed work to class on Wednesday. Remember to do five annotations (on different pages than the one you were assigned) and bring them to class as well.

Link to the story online for easier cut and paste quoting.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Making a "Pitch" for Your Narrative Essay

Write a short (100 to 150 word) pitch (to attempt to promote, sell, or advance someone or something)  for your narrative essay idea. Why would we be interested in the person you chose? What makes this person interesting? What influence have they had on you that is interesting to others?


Bring your pitch to class that day and prepare to discuss the pros and cons of your idea and to improve your overall plans for your first draft.

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Memorable Scene: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"

Post your comment here by next Wednesday. Answers should be approximately 200 words, plus or minus 10%.

Here's a link to the film at YouTube: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Class Answers on a Specific Page for "Literally"

Answer based on ONE of the topic choices from Page 2 of your worksheet. Please identify which question you are answering first, before your paragraph. A good answer will range from 150 to 200 words and use one or two short quotations. It will be easier if you relate your answer to the overall "gist" of the story (how the element you discuss fits within the story in other words).

Also, remember to annotate your story before coming to class next Wednesday. Bring your sheet of annotations and word-processed answer to class. Thank you!

Guide to Literary Terms (Word Document)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Personal Reaction to Class Activity and William Zinsser's "Writing Good English"

What is your personal reaction to what you learned about writing from your peers and from William Zinsser? Did anything surprise or puzzle you? Do you strongly agree or disagree with any suggestion? Explain why. Answer in a paragraph. Write no fewer than 150 words and no more than 200. 

Due in time for Wednesday's class. Bring a copy, word processed and double spaced, please.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Here I Am

Write your version of "Here I Am" here as a comment to this post. Remember to follow the format of my examples exactly (use the same punctuation and word forms etc.).

I will provide my new version here as well.


NOTE: Be sure to post your "Here I Am" here as a comment and not to "post" to the blog.
Remember to bring a copy on paper to class for your performance. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Something New; Something Memorable

Write two paragraphs, one for each topic, one for "something new" and one for "something memorable." You may mention multiple examples or expand on one example. Your paragraphs should be a minimum of 150 words and maximum of 200 words for each topic.

Be specific and detailed in your writing. Use your best sentences and proofread carefully. Work is due before class time on Wednesday, January 15. Post here and bring a copy, properly formatted, to class to hand in that day. Thank you everyone.

My comments will follow yours and will be posted before the end of next week.

Practice Provincial Exams

Transcript of J. K. Rowling's Harvard Commencement Speech