Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3/30 Classwork (film review, review)

We start the fantastic process of publishing a book of film reviews and memoirs today! You are an author, and take full ownership of that title.

Film Review
1) locate the film review you wrote in January (Docs,, Write the World)
2) identify the components of a film review in your review (label each element in ALL CAPS and in BOLD). Look back at yesterday's handout for a description of each component.
3) MLA formatting check! Have your review title at the top, with By: underneath. Film titles should be placed in italics. Text is arranged for columns, so use full justification to fill the entire width of the page.
4) Plan how you are going to have a printed copy of your review ready for tomorrow at the start of class.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Snow Day MCAS review!

Snow day? That promise of spring is yet to be realized!

1) finish your MCAS cheat sheets. Use Sparknote videos, Shmoop, and your ROAR notes to get the info.

2) look over the MCAS prompts from previous years. Here

3) testing schedule

MCAS Long Composition
(pick a book, write an essay)

MCAS Reading Comprehension
(multiple choice, paragraph responses)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


You're welcome...

The Antigone of Sophocles: An English Version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, copyright 1939 

3/7 Antigone Family Background

Here is the introduction to Antigone's family via John Green:

Friday, March 4, 2016

Cloud Print

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

3/3 Classwork

Amazing day of work, yesterday! I'm proud of how you have managed the process, and for all the research paper epiphanies popping up.

Conferencing with Mr. Doreian
1: MLA edits, only.

ROAR Proposal moved
1: Tuesday, March 8. New date!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/2 Classwork

I need to offer an apology for some surly and salty attitude this week. My frustrations should never result in making students feel bad for rough draft questions and rough draft research papers. Sorry.

Turnitin Uploads
1: all sections of RASH, and a draft of your combined paper, must be uploaded. Do it!
2: look back at the originality reports- the final draft should be 10-20%. Fewer than 10% means not enough direct quotes; more than 20% means looooooong direct quotes or not enough analysis.

Final Draft
1: you must check your paper using the Final Research Paper Handout.
2: I will not review papers that demonstrate poor reading and application of our handouts: Intro/Conclusions, Putting It All Together, and Research Paper Standards.
3: Please ask good questions about the handouts, but I will not work with papers called "Catcher in the Rye," or that mention the book title in the first sentence, or that do not have a direct/indirect quote in every paragraph

ROAR Proposal
1: don't sleep on your "History of..." book. Propose and start reading!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3/1 Classwork

Final library day!

Turnitin Drafts 
1: upload ALL of your RASH sections for the individual  and combined sections for the Final Draft

Thesis Statements
1: you need four things: novel title, author, topic, bold present tense verb

a- In Life of Pi, Yann Martel proposes that religious faith is best experienced as an unfolding of multiple stories.

b- Alice Walker, in her award winning novel The Color Purple, addresses traumatic violence against African American women as her characters find hope through giving voice to their stories.

c- Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's brutally satirical novel, renounces America's consumerism and contends that male identity is corrupted in the pursuit of material possessions.

How to talk about THEME without using the word “theme”? Use these sentence stems:

The author _____________                      
The narrator ______________                  
The novel ______________

Expounds                    Expands                      Justifies                        Denounces                  Illuminates                 Perceives                    Addresses
Diagnose                     Exposes                       Contends                     Depicts                        Contradicts                 Challenges                  Alleges
Presents                      Examines                    Probes                         Questions                    Investigates                Evaluates                    Scrutinizes
Highlights                    Deride                         Negate                        Accentuates               Rationalizes                Illustrates                   Transforms
Validates                     Proposes                     Condemns                   Implies                        Insinuates                   Divulges                      Disputes

Renounces                  Critiques                     Accesses                     Asserts                        Explicates                     Constructs                  Represents

MLA Formatting Exemplar